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.

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.”

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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 cuverro.com or contact Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing Coordinator, at jill.miller@olinbrass.com 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 triplered.com.

*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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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 http://www.absa.org/eduppb.html and register online. You can also call the ABSA Office at 1-866-425-1385 or e-mail info@absa.org 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.

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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! →

 

Novartis Pharmaceuticals are developing a new way to treat cancer

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Morris Plains, NJ: In what may prove to be the next breakthrough in cancer treatment, researchers at Novartis Pharmaceuticals are developing a new way to treat cancer. The process, known as CAR-T, involves removing the patient’s T-cells, genetically engineering them in the lab to recognize and attack tumor cells, and returning them to the patient’s body.

While this process may sound like a clinical trial that is many years out, it is actually close to becoming a reality. Early clinical trials involving patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who stopped responding to other treatments have shown some success. Many of the patients’ tumors completely disappeared, and several patients have remained cancer-free for long periods.

“There are going to be many other tests, in other cancers, immune diseases and even some genetic diseases may eventually be treated,” Dr. David Epstein, the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Division Head, told CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. “So we don’t know if it’s going to be used for thousands of patients, or tens of thousands of patients, or in the best case scenario, many years out, even more.”

Novartis Pharmaceuticals is leading the push to bring this new treatment to fruition. CAR-T stands for chimeric antigen receptor therapy. It’s a form of immunotherapy known as adoptive cell transfer in which treatments are designed to use the patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer. Novartis says that if all goes well, its first product could hit the market as early as 2017.

Sterility is of the utmost importance when handling patient cells. Clinical researchers at Novartis view every cell culture as an extension of the patient, and because of that, they engage in the most rigorous biosafety measures. Researchers must wear several layers of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, two pairs of gloves, goggles and masks.

Additional biosafety is provided by using NuAire custom biosafety cabinets while working with cell cultures. These cabinets offer Class II protection for personnel, product and the environment. They can be used for applications that require protection from potentially harmful aerosols and airborne particles. NuAire custom solutions aren’t limited to cancer research – they allow for a variety of application uses.

 

Performance Test of Class II Biosafety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations Used for the Safe Handling of Animals in the Animal Laboratory

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Testing of Airflow Products in the Animal Laboratory Presentation

The TurnKey Conference took place May 7-8, 2015 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The TurnKey Conference brings together the industry’s brightest and smartest in Animal Laboratory Facility Design. The conference offers useful information and ideas on how to update or design animal laboratories to be more efficient and economical, and how to avoid the common pitfalls and costly mistakes.

The need for the safe handling of animals and protection in the animal laboratory for end users is ever increasing. With this increase comes an influx of new airflow products stating an offering of product and personnel protection.

“Each manufacturer has taken their own approach to the [Animal Transfer Station] market. No common sizes or configuration… no common performance or testing requirements…”

NuAire’s Vice President of North American Sales Scott Christensen recently brought this issue to light during the TurnKey Conference presenting Performance Test of Class II Biosafety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations Used for the Safe Handling of Animals. In this presentation Mr. Christensen discusses the various types of airflow products, safety standards, and what to be aware of when purchasing or using airflow products in the animal laboratory.

If you were unable to attend the animal laboratory conference or presentation please download the presentation slides to learn the following:

  • Understanding how Class II Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC) and Animal Transfer Stations (ATS) are used in animal the laboratory.
  • Knowledge and principles behind airflows to understand product and personnel protection.
  • Certification and Performance Testing of Class II Biological Safety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations.
  • Placement of materials in the Biological Safety Cabinet and Animal Transfer Station – Impacts of movement on animals and researchers.
  • Pulling it all together –how design, performance and testing along with proper technique optimize the safety of researchers and animals in the animal laboratory.

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Why You Should Work at the Proper Sash Window Level

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Work at the Proper Biosafety Cabinet Window Sash Level

Class II Biological Safety Cabinets, or BSCs, provide vital personal, product, and environmental protections in the laboratory setting. BSCs go through a certification process to meet the NSF/ASNI 49 and/or EN 12469 standards. However operating errors can negate the carefully designed protections. Laboratory workers must operate at the proper window sash level to prevent potential contamination.

How a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet Works

Window Sash’s Airflow Impact

Biosafety cabinets have a movable or fixed window on the front that protects workers from the active work area. This is called the window sash. A cabinet’s certification will be based on having the window sash positioned at specific heights due to the potential impacts on downflow and inflow velocities. Current industry standards will provide a workable window sash height of 8, 10, or 12 inches (203, 254 or 305 mm).

Proper Window Height Notification

Most cabinet’s will have some type of notification of where the window should be placed during work activities. New cabinets and even some from the 1990’s will have a window sash alarm if not aligned properly.

 

Before a BSC leaves the NuAire factory it will go through testing that includes airflow balancing placing the workable sash height at the level you requested 8, 10, or 12 inches (203, 254 or 305 mm). A professional in the field will then certify your cabinet after installation at the window sash height you requested.

Window sash positioning is among the most vital information about biosafety cabinets and is as important as proper laboratory sterilization. The Biosafety Cabinet works to keep contaminated air from entering the work zone and into the laboratory as well as minimize cross-contamination within the work zone through unidirectional air.

The accuracy of this biosafety process depends on the cabinet maintaining a balance between inflow and downflow velocities. When working within the cabinet and not placing the cabinet’s window sash at the certified working level you compromise airflow balancing. If the inflow velocity is too strong, contaminated air can enter the sterile work area and contaminate the work. Excessive downflow velocity can push contaminated air from inside the cabinet out into the laboratory without filtering as well as create turbulent air at the work surface causing product contamination. The result of improper airflow balance can be seen below.

Improper Airflow Balance

Not working at the proper window sash height can throw off the airflow balance within a Biosafety Cabinet.

 

Potential Risks: Contaminated Air and Work Space

Unbalanced airflow velocities pose heightened risks when dealing with infectious materials that can pose serious safety risks to lab workers. However, the imbalance can also destroy complex, controlled experiment conditions such as those used in growing cell cultures.

Proper window sash positioning can reinforce worker diligence on properly interacting with the cabinet. The easy access allows the operating worker to use careful arm movements that help minimize the amount of room air that enters into the cabinet. A sash that’s positioned too high or low can leave the worker constantly reaching up and down, churning the interior air, and increasing the chance of laboratory equipment handling errors, and introducing risks of contamination and splattering.

 

First international parliamentarian TB summit to precede the Union World Conference on Lung Health

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26 October 2014 – Barcelona, Spain – The Global TB Summit, an inaugural meeting bringing together elected parliamentarians from across the world, will take place for the first time on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 October, a few days prior to the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, in Barcelona.

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NuAire Biosafety Cabinets for Quality

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Built in 1987 and Still Protecting Through 2015

 

For nearly half a century, NuAire has been considered the industry leader in the production of reliable, safe, ergonomically designed laboratory equipment. NuAire’s outstanding products include biological safety cabinets, CO2 water-jacketed and direct-heat incubators, Laminar air flow equipment, custom biological enclosures, ultra-low temperature freezers, centrifuges, small research animal handling equipment, pharmacy barrier isolators, polypropylene fume hoods and casework, and more. NuAire’s biosafety products go through meticulous manufacturing, rigorous testing, and are handled with excellent service, and are considered to be of the highest quality on the market. However, in addition to creating some of the sturdiest and most reliable products available, our company is also known for producing laboratory products that last for an exceptionally long time–particularly our biosafety cabinets.

 

One of the finest examples of the enduring quality of NuAire’s cabinets is the LabGard NU-425-400 Unit Series 5. The cabinet, built in 1987, is over 27 years old. However, despite its age, the cabinet looks pristine, and with minimal repair to a gas shock that holds up the hinged window front, could be restored to perfect working order. This means that a one-time purchase of a NuAire product can still remain useful nearly three decades later if the owner handles it properly and performs proper maintenance. NuAire products are not only of outstanding quality but also outstanding value. With a one-time expense, they won’t need to be replaced for years to come.

 

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NuAire’s products last a long time because of the quality and care put into the manufacturing process. We base our business around a quality policy to satisfy customers, comply with quality system requirements, and continue to improve–which means that we guarantee you’ll have a pleasant and successful buying process when you purchase biosafety equipment from our company. NuAire uses a quality system structured to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 requirements, which means we meet the internationally-accepted standards of performance for biosafety products and will deliver high-quality, reliable, and long-lasting equipment time after time.