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From the beginning, BMG Labtech, the microplate reader company, has understood that automation is a key feature in high-throughput screening and has designed all of its microplate reader instrumentation to be easily automated. Stop by hall B1, booth number 307 to see this advantage for the ultimate multidetection HTS microplate reader PHERAstar FS and other microplate readers.

Based on Tandem Technology, the PHERAstar FS high-end plate reader incorporates two technological concepts: an ultra-fast UV/Vis spectrometer for full spectrum absorbance measurements from 220nm to 1,000nm and high performance assay specific filter-based optic modules for all other detection modes. The PHERAstar FS also features a UV laser dedicated for TR-FRET measurements such as HTRF®, an AlphaScreen® laser, simultaneous dual-emission detection, advanced top/bottom reading including high-resolution cell layer scanning, and on-board reagent injection for precision kinetic measurements.

The PHERAstar FS comes with a comprehensive software package including established reader control and powerful MARS data analysis software. For rapid mid-throughput plate handling, the 50 microplate capacity Stacker can be added to the PHERAstar FS and all other BMG Labtech microplate readers. For high-throughput screening, the PHERAstar FS can also be controlled through ActiveX or DDE interfaces for easier robotic integration. The ASCII data output is the most versatile in the industry and works with all LIMS and automation platforms.

For more complex tasks, BMG Labtech offers unmatched flexibility with built-in script mode and the experienced software team works with customers to help design any automation solution needed. In order to foster standardisation in laboratory automation, BMG Labtech is also a supporting member of the Standardisation in Lab Automation (SilA) consortium.

Demands on production efficiency and automation are continuously increasing in all industries. FlexLink are taking small products production lines to new heights with the launch of the X45 and X45e conveyor platforms.

X45 is the new, compact conveyor platform which offers easy integration with machines and space-efficient filling, production and packaging lines. Thanks to careful design, product handling is gentle and stable, contributing to high product quality standards and high line efficiency. The X45 design offers a long service life, low noise level and easy engineering.

"The compact boundary dimensions and the ability to run in bends allow new opportunities to automate sophisticated flows in a simpler way than before. The X45 conveyor runs very smoothly which is crucial e.g. in transporting standing vials in the pharmaceutical industry," comments Fredrik Boberg, head of innovation management at FlexLink.

X45e is the intelligent platform for automated processes such as assembly, controlled filling and samples analysis. Sophisticated 24V drive units and puck handling modules with embedded controls simplify controls engineering and enable high line efficiency. Power consumption is very low due to the efficient PM motor and transmission. All is RFID prepared, facilitating track and trace and automated QA capability.

"The X45e solutions with embedded controls and efficient PM motors open up new possibilities to make highly efficient production lines in an easier way than before. This is the first step in this direction from FlexLink," concludes Fredrik Boberg.

Allegheny Bradford Corporation is pleased to announce that it will be attending Interphex Canada, which will be held 16-17 September 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Canada. Allegheny Bradford Corporation will exhibit at booth 405, while its sister company Top Line Process Equipment Company will be present at booth 604.

Allegheny Bradford Corporation, Top Line Process Equipment Company and Allegheny Surface Technology will all be attending the ISPE Boston show on 8 October 2009, while Allegheny Bradford Corporation will be exhibiting at China Pharm from 27 to 30 October 2009 at booth W5-5212.

Allegheny Bradford Corporation is a leading manufacturer of ultra-pure equipment for the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries. We design and manufacture precision high-purity stainless-steel processing equipment, ASME BPE shell and tube heat exchangers, filter housings, custom-designed tanks and vessels, modular process systems, enhanced value-added equipment and manifolds. We look forward to welcoming you and discussing your requirements at these events.

BIOQUELL, a leading bio-decontamination company, officially opened its new UK manufacturing site on Friday 21 May 2010. The Right Honourable Sir George Young, Bt. MP cut the ribbon that marks a significant stage in the ongoing investment the company is making as it expands to meet a growing global demand.

Speaking at the event, Nick Adams, chief executive officer said: "The new site enables BIOQUELL to design, manufacture and assemble the latest bio-decontamination equipment that is used in the healthcare, life science and defence industries around the world. Our technology is at the forefront of best practice bio-decontamination and this expansion will enable us to meet the growing demand we have for our products."

BIOQUELL's unique hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) technology has been used across the globe to eradicate problematic bacteria, viruses and fungi. Its systems provide 'residue-free', safe and repeatable sterilisation of rooms, buildings, equipment and sensitive electronics, making HPV the clear alternative when replacing traditional decontaminants such as formaldehyde or chlorine-based products.

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