Advances in Bench Top Centrifuge Technology

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Multipurpose or general purpose centrifuges are undoubtedly one of the most indispensable tools to have in the laboratory. Used to separate different components in a wide variety of solutions, general purpose centrifuges come in two main variations: floor-standing and bench top. While both floor-standing and bench top models perform important work in a lab, there are many benefits to choosing a bench top centrifuge like the NuWind by NuAire. To understand how the NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge Technology can lead to greater advances in scientific research, learn more about its unique, standout features below.

Touchscreen Controls Advance Bench Top Centrifuge Technology

One of the most valuable features of the NuWind centrifuge is that it offers touchscreen controls in its InSight Electronic Control Center. Touchscreen controls are easy to use and understand, and this ultimately makes for a quicker and simpler user adoption process. Also, touch screen controls can help speed up tasks and eliminate user errors, since menus are clearly defined and intuitive to use. Thus, NuWind’s controls actually result in a smoother workflow in the lab.

Bench Top Centrifuge Technology, Touch Screen Controls

ClickSpin Rotor Removal and Installation

Another advanced bench top centrifuge technology is a centrifuge’s rotor – and if a rotor is not functioning properly, it must be replaced. Removing and installing rotors can be intimidating, however, because they operate at very high speeds. NuWind makes this task much safer and less unnerving by utilizing NuAire’s patented ClickSpin technology. ClickSpin rotor removal and installation allows lab workers to change rotors quickly and easily, without needing any tools.

Bench Top Centrifuge Technology, Quick Rotor Removal and Installation

Smaller Size

Centrifuges can be very large and take up a lot of space in a lab. However, one of the benefits of the NuWind is that it has a smaller footprint – but can hold a large volume. According to Anthony Locatelli, the centrifuge product manager at NuAire, NuWind is the largest capacity centrifuge that is available for the footprint. This means that NuWind can spin more solution without having to give up any lab bench space, which is particularly convenient for small labs.

Ease of Use

The NuWind’s touch screen controls and simple rotor removal make it easy to use. However, NuWind also has several additional features that make it a convenient tool to have around the lab. With the ClickSpin technology, the bucket of the centrifuge can be opened and closed with a single hand. Also, its automatic locking feature allows the rotor to be securely installed without the worry of damaging the centrifuge. Finally, according to Locatelli, the NuWind is built with “vibration shock absorbers to remove the vibrations and make [the instrument] extremely quiet,” which means it is not unpleasant or distracting to run the NuWind in the lab while you work.

Rotor Recognition

One final standout safety feature of the NuWind is its rotor recognition technology. NuWind’s rotors cannot achieve speeds higher than their intended use – which means that you can rest assured knowing that your product is spinning at just the right speed, and not faster.

Ultimately, the unique features of the NuWind general purpose centrifuge make it an excellent tool to have in any lab hoping to make scientific advances. As Locatelli explains, “Blood centers and hospitals would benefit from the features and robustness of this centrifuge and be able to use these as workhorses.”

If you want to get the most out of your NuWind centrifuge once you have one in your lab, download our white paper on how to optimize centrifuge performance.

Purchasing Biosafety Cabinets

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Having a biological safety cabinet in a laboratory can be essential for the safety and protection of both the personnel in the laboratory and the products they are working with. If you are a lab manager who is in the market for purchasing biosafety cabinets, the following steps can help ensure that you’re purchasing the piece of equipment that is best suited for your lab.

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1. Assess the safety risks when purchasing biosafety cabinets

Biosafety cabinets are required in labs where biohazards are present. However, there are a variety of classes and types of cabinets available, so you should be sure that the cabinet you select is one that targets your specific safety risks. To make sure you’re selecting the right one, you should undertake a safety risk assessment, which incorporates the following four components: hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose response assessment and risk characterization.

2. Choose the proper size when purchasing biosafety cabinets

Another important consideration for biosafety cabinets is size. You want to be sure that the cabinet you purchase fits properly in your work space. First, consider the location of the installment, and ensure proper clearance. Next, locate the appropriate services — such as electrical outlets — to make sure the cabinet will function properly once it’s in place. Finally, make sure there is sufficient room in doorways and hallways to easily move and install the cabinet.

3. Consider ergonomic features purchasing biosafety cabinets

Lab staff may spend a lot of time working in or around the biological safety cabinet. For the comfort of workers, take into account ergonomic considerations when choosing your biosafety cabinet.

Ergonomics play a large factor when purchasing biosafety cabinets

Cabinets should allow workers to sit or stand at a variety of heights while they work. Cabinets should also have attributes like comfortable forearm rests, proper lighting, quiet operation and an efficient work zone. As well as keeping lab staff comfortable, ergonomic features also help increase productivity and minimize the risk of injury.

4. Inquire about pricing purchasing biosafety cabinets

Biosafety cabinets are long-term investments, so you shouldn’t just look at sticker prices before you buy. You should also consider the lifetime cost of operating the cabinet to ensure you’re investing an appropriate amount. The lifetime cost includes things like energy-saving features, service life and the product’s track record.

Biosafety cabinets are crucial for a safe and productive lab, but they usually only have about 15 years of usable life. To determine whether it might be time to replace your lab’s biosafety cabinet, check out this helpful white paper. You can verify that your cabinet is still providing adequate protection, and if not, what kind of equipment you should replace it with.

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge Now Available

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NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge now available

NuAire, Inc., a leading American manufacturer of laboratory equipment, now offers the NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge for blood separation, microbiology, bio-production, cell culture and other applications. The NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge is available in a ventilated or refrigerated configuration. The NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge is designed as a general purpose centrifuge allowing use for multiple applications. It provides the biggest capacity for the smallest footprint in its class. It features a tough, thin steel shell that is only five-sixteenths of an inch think, or eight millimeters, allowing robust construction in a compact form that saves space.

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge robust wall barrier

“Along with its efficient design, the NuWind centrifuge reaches the highest speeds among its competitors today,” a company spokesperson said recently. “In addition, the InSight electronic-control center has a handy touch screen that greatly simplifies operation. This allows anyone on staff to use the machine quickly and efficiently. An end-of-cycle light signifies the operation is finished, and a microprocessor keeps a handy log of accessories, notifying you when it is time to renew an accessory.”

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge InSight Electronic Control Center

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge feature ClickSpin

The NuWind multi-application, bench-top ventilated (model NU-C200V) and refrigerated (model NU-C200R) centrifuge comes with an exclusive feature called “ClickSpin” that allows users to remove and install rotors easily without a tool. Just align the motor shaft and the rotor, and then operators will hear it click into place. Likewise, when one takes the red part of the rotor and rotates it counter clockwise while holding the rotor body, they will hear another click that indicates when it unlocks again from the motor shaft. ClickSpin is a standard feature on every NuWind rotor. Workers can change the applications quickly as well. Additionally, routine cleaning of the device is simple, which helps to keep a tidy working environment.

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge ClickSpin tool-less rotor removal


NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge Operation

The NU-C200V and NU-C200R centrifugation is 100-percent repeatable due to the regulation of consistent voltage and amperage of power supplying the motor at all times. It has a maximum speed of 15,300 rpm and a maximum relative centrifugal force of 22,380 and a power consumption of 900 Watts. It dissipates heat at 3071 Btu. Overall net weight excluding the rotor is 156 pounds. It has a maximum sound level of 60 decibels. Contact NuAire representatives at 1-800-328-3352 for more information.

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About NuAire

NuAire is family-owned and operated in Plymouth, MN providing employment to more than 250 Minnesota families. NuAire manufacturers ergonomically designed laboratory equipment to life science, clinical, animal and environmental laboratories as well as compounding pharmacies. We are committed to your success by designing quality, long-lasting laboratory equipment that fits your application for an affordable price.

PITTCON 2016, join NuAire exhibiting at booth 3357

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PITTCON 2016 Conference and Exposition

Plymouth, MN. NuAire Laboratory Equipment will be exhibiting during PITTCON 2016 taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from March 7 through 10. PITTCON is a conference and exposition on laboratory science bringing over 14,000 attendees from 90 countries. NuAire will be located at booth 3357 displaying the NuAire line of polypropylene fume hoods and casework, biological safety cabinets, CO2 incubators, and centrifuges. In every NuAire product you’ll find brilliant but practical design, keen attention to detail in every phase of the fabrication and assembly process, thoroughly tested, outstanding value, and dependable service. These are the foundation for NuAire’s international reputation, and practical reasons why NuAire is universally recognized as the finest. NuAire will also be displaying Haier ultralow temperatures freezers and Hitachi high performance centrifuges. NuAire’s distribution division scours the earth to find products that meets NuAire quality standards and offers them to our customer base.

During the exposition NuAire’s staff will be providing on site product demonstrations as well as providing information on best product practices. Join NuAire at booth 3357 and learn why NuAire is the safer choice for your laboratory.

PITTCON 2016 New Product Highlight:

NuAire will have on display the newly released NuWind general purpose bench top centrifuge. NuWind centrifuges are offered in ventilated and refrigerated configurations. The current line offers 2 liter capacity and speeds reaching 18,000 rpm (30,980 xg). The tool-less rotor removal feature called ClickSpin provides a quick and simple way to remove and install rotors for routine cleaning and/or application changes. A robust steel outer body shell improves laboratory safety as well as shrinks the overall footprint saving bench space. The InSight electronic control system utilizes touchscreen controls. The touchscreen was designed with easy identifiable icons to improve usability. Visit NuAire booth 3357 to receive a personal demonstration to learn all the NuWind Centrifuge features that can assist your research.

NuWind Refrigerated Bench Top Centrifuge

NuAire CO2 Incubator Made with CuVerro Fights Contamination in a University of Liverpool Laboratory

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SCHAUMBURG, IL– The University of Liverpool’s (UK) Biological Sciences Department has installed a NuAire incubator lined with CuVerro® bactericidal copper. Copper and copper alloys are powerful antimicrobials with rapid, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria, including MRSA, E.coli, and VRE. CuVerro is a bactericidal copper touch surface that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours of contact and is EPA-registered.

Incubator Made with CuVerro

John Jerger of Triple Red UK, who supplied and installed the NuAire CO2 Incubator Made with CuVerro, explains, “Bacterial contamination was a particular concern for this client, so we supplied the incubator with a CuVerro® bactericidal copper lining. Bacteria settling on the copper surfaces will be continuously killed off, working in conjunction with HEPA filtration and a high temperature decontamination cycle to offer the cleanest possible surfaces.”

Incubator Made with CuVerro 2

Touch surfaces made CuVerro are used by healthcare facilities and research laboratories around the world to reduce exposure to infectious bacteria*, supplementing key infection control measures such as good hand hygiene and frequent surface cleaning and disinfection. 

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To learn more how adding CuVerro to your NuAire CO2 Incubator can benefit you download our white paper.

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About CuVerro

For more information visit or contact Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing Coordinator, at or 1-877-311-2883.

CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0032-1509)

About NuAire

NuAire has built a reputation as an industry leader in laboratory equipment manufacturing for more than 40 years. It now produces over 100,000 biological safety cabinets in 150 countries around the world. It now serves the needs of the world’s growing laboratory community with brilliant and practical designs of outstanding value, backed by exceptional service.

About Triple Red UK

Triple Red UK has been NuAire’s authorized and dedicated local distributor in the United Kingdom for over 15 years. Triple Red provides the sales and service of laboratory equipment. The company philosophy is one of customer service, whether it be next day delivery for consumables, specialist help for any of the products or comprehensive service packages for all the equipment. To learn more about Triple Red visit

*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

A Proper Biosafety Training Program is a Must

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A Proper Biosafety Training Program is a must

A biosafety cabinet can be an essential tool for effective laboratory work. However, it is also essential that a complete biosafety program be implemented in any laboratory that uses a biosafety cabinet. A biosafety cabinet program can help ensure that users of the cabinet and those around it stay safe and uncontaminated while work is being done.

Not implementing a program can have disastrous results. For example, just last week, an employee at the world-famous disease lab in Winnipeg was infected with a dangerous disease due to a lack of proper training and no formal safety instruction program in the lab.

The Importance of Proper Biosafety Training Program for Biosafety Cabinet Users

There are many components to a biosafety program, and one of the most important for those using a biosafety cabinet is proper routine training. The reason routine training is so crucial is that user error when operating a biosafety cabinet can have catastrophic results.

Routine training can help regularly remind both supervisors and employees of the important do’s and don’ts of safely working with a biosafety cabinet – and there are many for users to keep in mind. For example, a training program can remind users that simple things like an arm movement blocking the cabinet’s front airflow grill may result in contaminated air leaking out into the laboratory, as well as ruin the experiment inside the cabinet. It can also remind them that not working at the proper sash height may cause an imbalance of inflow and downflow velocities, resulting in contaminated air either entering the sterile work area or flowing into the laboratory. Routine training is one of the most effective ways to avoid simple user errors like those mentioned above and keep everyone safe.

Training Resources for a Proper Biosafety Training Program

If you are looking to develop the right biosafety program for your facility, one of the best resources is NuAire. NuAire is not only an expert on biosafety cabinets and their usage, but they also have a series of helpful Working Safely videos, which provide a wealth of important, easy-to-understand information about how to use a biosafety cabinet and what to keep in mind while you do so. NuAire’s videos provide instructions on all aspects of using a biosafety cabinet – from proper preparation to effective cleanup – and they are an extremely valuable tool for any lab looking to build and implement a regular training program for its biosafety cabinet users.


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LabGard AIR Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet Now Available

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LabGard AIR Class II Biosafety Cabinet Now Available

NuAire, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of our newest biological safety cabinet, the LabGard AIR. This is a Class II, Type A2 cabinet specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s research facilities. With a demonstrated concern for safety, multiple opening options, and variable output scenarios, the LabGard AIR is the answer to your lab’s needs.

LabGard AIR Major Features

With an ergonomic design and monolithic construction, the LabGard AIR cabinet is a sturdy and functional addition to your facility. It features three available opening sizes: 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch. The 8-inch opening offers a lower operating cost while the 12-inch offers a 40 percent larger reach for your technicians. The ergonomic features also include an armrest to reduce forearm and wrist strain while leaving the air flow system fully operational. This cabinet is available in widths from 3 to 6 feet to suit a variety of lab layouts.

The FlowGard system uses an airflow sensor to control your airflow in real time and display it on the easy-to-read OLED display. Depending on the biologics being used in your lab, you can choose to recycle the airflow in the cabinet, vent it to the HVAC system for low-grade contaminants or a combination of the two. HEPA filtration is standard and is attached to the plenum assembly.

We know safety is a major concern for you. That’s why each LabGard AIR cabinet features a plenum under negative pressure pressure at all times, reducing the risk of airborne leaks.

Other Standard Features

  • NSF and TUV listed
  • OLED display with intuitive controls
  • Ultra high efficiency motor
  • Front filter removal
  • HEPEX Zero Leak Airflow system
  • Tempered glass view screen

With optional features that include overall width, opening size, and such accessories as stands and ultraviolet lights, you can customize your LabGard AIR to meet the specific needs of your project and facility.

For more information or a demonstration of the LabGard AIR Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet please contact your nearest reputable NuAire sales representative.

About NuAire

NuAire is family owned and operated in Plymouth, MN providing employment to over 250 Minnesota families. NuAire manufacturers ergonomically designed laboratory equipment to Life Science, Clinical, Animal, and Environmental Laboratories as well as Compounding Pharmacies. We are committed to your success designing quality, long lasting laboratory equipment that fits your application for an affordable price.

Curious when you should replace your Biosafety Cabinet? This document will help. Click Here 

NuAire to help with ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety in February of 2016

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ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety

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Many technological advances have been made to ensure biosafety in the workplace. ABSA (American Biological Safety Association) is putting on a 5-Day Course of Principles & Practices of Biosafety that will introduce the essential elements of biosafety. NuAire is assisting the 5-day course by providing a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet for ABSA’s use. NuAire is at the forefront in promoting biosafety, and continues to make technological advances towards a safer workplace environment.

ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety

The ABSA adheres to certain principles and practices of biosafety which they believe you should know about and practice in your workplace. In their five-day course, they focus on biosafety principles and practices that include an introduction to the essentials elements of biosafety, as well as an extensive resource list for reference. Along with teaching about potential biological hazardous materials, ABSA can educate you on how to minimize the risk of releasing hazardous materials or otherwise exposing yourself to them. They can also provide you with effective technical expertise for situations in which you may come in contact with biological hazardous materials.

ABSA’s end objective with this course is to give you hands-on experience so that you not only know how to describe biological hazards, but also identify potential risks associated with them, allowing you to effectively implement safety solutions your workplace. This course is for beginners entering the profession as well as biosafety professionals with up to three years experience.

To sign up for this course, visit and register online. You can also call the ABSA Office at 1-866-425-1385 or e-mail for more information.

NuAire’s Class II Biological Safety Cabinet

NuAire providing a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet to help with ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety. They offer several models of cabinets, each of which features personnel, product and environmental protection. All of these products are high quality and will provide you with optimal control over biological hazards. One such cabinet is LabGard ES Air Class II Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet that protects you, your work, and the environment by monitoring and controlling real-time airflow through an airflow sensor.

Looking to purchase a Biological Safety Cabinet? Download our Buying Guide

NuAire’s Place in the 2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

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2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

When it comes to safety in the workforce, businesses have taken an important stance on developing technology that ensures better biosafety and biosecurity. From using biodegradable equipment to implementing high-quality air-filtration systems, companies are ensuring a healthier environment for future generations. As a leader in the biosafety industry, NuAire is currently working with the IFBA to provide and promote biosafety and biosecurity worldwide and has enlisted in ABSA as a corporate member.

2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

ABSA is working with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Inc. to soliciting proposals for a project that includes developing materials that will assist biosafety practitioners throughout the world with understanding, developing, implementing and validating protocols for inactivation of biological agents.

To apply for a grant to assist with this project click here.

Collaborating with the IFBA

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations has been integral in raising awareness and promoting biosafety and biosecurity and strives to ensure safe, practical and sustainable solutions for Biological Safety Cabinets — enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspaces where users can safely handle materials that might contain pathogens — worldwide. IFBA and NuAire work to provide safe alternative products that are healthier for the environment and are committed to training, educating and servicing Biological Safety Cabinets to ensure they are used in accordance with regulations and continue to be a sustainable option. NuAire has also signed on to Containment Engineering Working Group in an effort to educate and train biocontainment engineers to install, service and maintain Biosafety Cabinets.

>The ABSA and Griffin Grant Program

The American Biological Safety Association was founded in 1984, serves the increasing needs of biosafety professionals worldwide and ensures biosafety as a discipline. The Griffin Grant Program, a nonprofit organization, was created to promote safety, increase occupational awareness in research communities and help fund further research into zoonotic diseases. The Griffin Grant Program teamed up with ASBA in an effort to support activities that align with the goals of both institutions, allocating funds to promote safety measures and education.


For over 40 years, NuAire has prided itself on designing, manufacturing and selling biosafety products to meet the industry’s needs and expectations. All of the models use HEPA filtration and are designed according to the user’s needs for containment and experimental focus. To learn more about Biological Safety Cabinets, please contact us at NuAire today.


LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available

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 The LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available. One of our most exciting product launches yet!

The LabGard ES is designed as a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet to provide personal, product, and environmental protection used for work with minute quantities of non‐flammable or explosive volatile toxic chemicals and trace amounts of radionuclides required as an adjunct to microbiological studies must be exhausted through properly functioning exhaust canopies.

LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Construction Highlight

Model NU-540 is designed as a monolithic shell to lengthen product life and enhance safety. A single piece of stainless steel is bent to create the back and side walls of the cabinet. A stainless steel top and bottom are welded into place creating the pressure tight shell. Finally a coved insert is welded into place creating an easier to clean work zone and adds durability creating a double wall under negative pressure. The end result is a pressure tight, single piece shell to help keep you and your laboratory safe.

LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available uses multiple pieces welded into oneLabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available is constructed as a monolithic piece

LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Protection Highlight

LabGard ES can put your concerns to rest with a dynamic air barrier of 105 fpm (0.53 m/s) at the front of the cabinet. The air barrier creates a vacuum through the air foil grill separating the work zone from the laboratory. This air barrier protects you and your work.

True laminar airflow flushes the work zone at 60 fpm (0.30 m/s) protecting your samples. The 70% recirculated/30% exhausted air created an air split in the middle of the cabinet helps to minimize product cross contamination by capturing particles within the unidirectional airflow and capturing them through the front and/or back grills to the HEPA filter.

Learn more about how LabGard ES NU-540 can help you and your research. Click here to view the product page! →