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28 Years of Workstations

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Whitley Anaerobic Workstations looked a little different in 1989 … like something out of the Tardis, looking at this old newsletter article from the archives.

It’s interesting to see, however, what things have changed in the  28 years that have passed. Looking at the photographs in the article on the right, a couple of innovations are evident immediately. The round gloveports on the Compact Workstation pictured have been replaced with either patented oval ports or Whitley Instant Access Ports in our modern workstations and all those buttons and switches have been replaced by a full colour touchscreen display. The latest airlocks are integral and the 12 litre version (pictured on the Whitley A35 Workstation below) takes only 60 seconds to run a cycle.








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Don Whitley Scientific also now manufactures the Hypoxystation range of workstations for cell culture applications. These workstations accurately control oxygen and carbon dioxide via gas sensing technology. We now use this technology on our anaerobic workstations too, to accurately monitor oxygen levels at all times so you no longer have to rely on chemical indicators … as was the case in 1989!

With a strong focus on quality and ergonomics, we think we have taken the design of our workstations to another level over the years and our customers tell us they agree. But there are a couple of Compact Workstations out there, still going strong



“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points,

but it is by no means the most interesting.”

The Doctor, 3rd (Jon Pertwee), The Time Warrior

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A more recent article published in the NewDesign Yearbook 2016





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Whitley A55 Workstation

Workstation with two airlocks launched

Don Whitley Scientific Limited (DWS) has launched a new 4-port anaerobic workstation that has two airlocks, one at either end of the chamber. Unveiled at the Biomedical Science Congress in Birmingham in September, this workstation has been designed for busy laboratories where two people may need to use the workstation simultaneously. The positioning of the two airlocks at either end of the chamber allows samples to be introduced at one end and removed at the other, significantly improving laboratory workflow.

The A55 incorporates all the latest Whitley Workstation features such as a colour touchscreen interface, sleeveless instant access ports, automatic commissioning and a range of options and accessories to tailor the workstation to the customer’s requirements. A removable front is fitted as standard on the right hand side of the cabinet to facilitate the introduction of bulk samples and equipment that may need to be used inside the chamber. The A55 can accommodate up to 1,400 x 90mm Petri dishes.

Evan Kitsell, Design Director, commented: “Our research into customer requirements confirmed that there was an need for a larger workstation with an airlock at either end. We discovered that the increased throughput in some laboratories has led to a need for improved workflow, larger cabinets and a the ability for additional staff to work simultaneously in the chamber.”

Options for the A55 include a fully integrated Anaerobic Conditions Monitor, internal power sockets, single plate entry system and a fully comprehensive maintenance contract.