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Getting on ANALYTICAL Labs

February 3, 2016 | by Brian Peasley, PE, CRB | News | Comments

The past few years have yielded some interesting trends in the design and operation of analytical laboratories in the corporate biopharmaceutical marketplace. This article summarizes those trends and some considerations to be mindful of as it relates to the physical environment in which analytical labs operate.

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Desiccator Cabinets

February 3, 2016 12:00 am | by Terra Universal | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal's IsoDry Desiccator Cabinets are designed to increase efficiency of low relative-humidity storage. This design features a gas dilution module that automatically mixes internal air with nitrogen, or other process gas, to reach the programmed set-point.

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Micro Scale Bioreactor System

February 3, 2016 12:00 am | by Sartorius | Product Releases | Comments

Sartorius Stedim Biotech offers the ambr 15 fermentation system, an automated micro bioreactor system designed to enhance microbial strain screening with advanced capabilities supporting fed-batch microbial cultures.

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2016 TurnKey Conference

January 28, 2016 4:23 pm | Events

The 2016 TurnKey Conference will be held May 24-25 in  in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Now in its 13th year, the TurnKey Conference offers an educational and networking event for facility directors and managers, veterinarians, vendors, designers, and architects, from all over the world! Last year’s event was well-attended and received high rating from attendees—and TurnKey 2016 already promises to surpass that record.

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Laboratory Design Conference

January 28, 2016 4:19 pm | Events

The 2016 Laboratory Design Conference will be held April 25-27 in Houston, Texas. Since 2002, the Laboratory Design Conference has provided a dynamic educational and networking event for those involved in planning, designing, engineering, constructing and operating laboratory facilities.

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Benchmarking: The Benefits and Limitations in Research Space Planning

January 27, 2016 2:59 pm | by Sarah Holton, AIA, LEED AP, CLSS, Payette | Articles | Comments

When planning new research space, using benchmark data assists the decision-making process as it enables the client to understand what peer institutions are doing in similar situations. Benchmark data can also compare metrics between different researchers within an organization.

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FINAL Call for Presentations

January 27, 2016 12:00 am | News | Comments

The Laboratory Design Conference is seeking qualified professionals interested in sharing their experience and knowledge as a member of our faculty. Hurry - the deadline is rapidly approaching!

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Cleanroom Ladders

January 27, 2016 12:00 am | by Terra Universal | Product Releases | Comments

Non-folding cleanroom ladders and work platforms designed and manufactured by Terra Universal support up to 300 pounds, and are OSHA-compliant for safety. Durable ladders are made of stainless steel; electropolishing available to meet the most stringent ISO cleanliness standards.

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Fluid Automation Equipment

January 27, 2016 12:00 am | by Graco | Product Releases | Comments

Graco Inc. offers its Fluid Automation F4-5 & F4-55 liquid silicone rubber (LSR) dispensing equipment.

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Microscope Cameras

January 27, 2016 12:00 am | by Carl Zeiss Microscopy | Product Releases | Comments

ZEISS Axiocam 702 mono camera and ZEISS Axiocam 512 color camera complement the current portfolio of high-speed USB 3.0 microscope cameras.

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Flexibility—it takes a plan

January 25, 2016 2:03 pm | by Greg Muth, AIA, LEED AP BD&C, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | News | Comments

Research labs need to be able to adapt to change. Science is changing, new equipment is being developed, and funding priorities shift, so modern labs must incorporate some degree of flexibility to deal with this. You start with what are the limits of what you can achieve in your lab. What is a flexible modification and what is a fundamental redesign. How far can you bend your facility before it breaks?

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New ideas to help universities attract and empower STEM students

January 21, 2016 3:04 pm | by Stephen Blair, PE, LEED AP, Cannon Design | Articles | Comments

Projections released by the U.S. Department of Education paint a bright future for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. As populations grow, natural resources diminish, disease prevention and treatment become more complex and evolutionary and universal mysteries continue to be explored, STEM will remain critical to expanding human knowledge and solving challenges of today and for the future.

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Will You Be Attending the 2016 Laboratory Design Conference?

January 21, 2016 2:50 pm | News | Comments

The 2016 Laboratory Design Conference will be held April 25-27 in Houston. Meeting sessions feature recognized experts delivering unique presentations on trends in creating the most efficient, state-of-the-art facilities. The conference also marks the official "reveal" of the Laboratory of the Year winners, with in-depth discussions by the winning project teams. Register today!

Aluminum Vacuum Chambers

January 21, 2016 12:00 am | by Terra Universal | Product Releases | Comments

Terra Universal’s vacuum chambers are used to test, store or transport items sensitive to moisture and particles.

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Softwall Cleanrooms

January 21, 2016 12:00 am | by HEMCO Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

HEMCO's softwall cleanrooms are designed to meet ISO 5 to ISO 8 requirements and feature a flexible design that allows them to locate over and around equipment, with the option of being mobile with casters.

Sustainable lab equipment: What’s new, what’s possible

December 7, 2015 4:00 pm | by Victor J. Cardona and Christopher Vanneste, SmithGroupJJR | Articles | Comments

A building’s energy use intensity (EUI) is measured by the number of kBtus of energy it needs to operate per square foot per year. Code-compliant buildings meet the current energy standard set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (usually ASHRAE 90.1 2010).

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