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Accuris MyGel Mini Complete Electrophoresis System

Accuris Instruments, a sister company to Benchmark Scientific, has introduced a electrophoresis system known as the MyGel mini which works as a complete Electrophoresis system. All you need is the Agarose (and right now, that is included!)

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Benchmark Scientific Platefuge Microplate Centrifuge

Centrifuging is one of the more important activities in a lab. Separating solutions and precipitates is critical for many functions in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology. But most centrifuges are designed to hold specially made centrifuge tubes or glass flasks & test tubes. But sometimes a small laboratory needs to centrifuge a microplate (a plate with multiple wells in a rectangular matrix) rather than in individual tubes. The question is how to centrifuge such plates? Some centrifuges have adapters for microplates but these are a bit clunky and awkward.

Benchmark now introduces the Platefuge, the first microcentrifuge with a swing-out rotor for handling microplates.

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New from BenchMark Scientific – The Vornado!

Vortex mixers are an important part of any lab that needs to mix or stir liquids thoroughly. The vortexing action (video link) assures an even blending and since you just push the tube or beaker against the Vortexer you don’t need to waste any time loading a shaker.

Now Benchmark has released a new mini Vortex mixer, one with a bit of color to it. Introducing the Benchmark Scientific Vornado

5002The Vornado measures less than 4″ wide and mixes with a fixed speed of 2800 rpm on a 4mm orbit. It can handle tubes up to 50ml in capacity. The overall size is under 4″ x 4″ making it perfect for crowded labs. And yes, that does mean it can literally fit in the palm of some people’s hands.

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Shake it up! The BenchMark 12L Shaking Water Bath

We have Water Baths, and we have Laboratory Shakers but there are actually many times in Chemistry and BioChemistry where you actually need to have both: The temperature control heating of a water bath combined with the shaking of a Lab Shake. Since it is considered a bad idea to put electrical equipment into water a solution is needed. Hence why BenchMark has developed the SB-12L Shaking Water Bath

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The SB-12L does double duty as a water bath as well as a laboratory shaker. It can operate at temperatures from Ambient+5°C up to 80°C. The accuracy is +/- 0.3°C and is set in 0.1°C increments. The shaker portion has an orbit of 25mm and speed range of 30-200 rpm in single increments. The unit is compact, with just 12″ x 13.5″ x 12″. The interior chamber is stainless steel and measures 5.3 x 9.4 x 5.5 in. The timer can have the Shaking Water Bath run from 1 minute up to 48 hours, or operate on a continuous operation. Like all electrical BenchMark lab equipment, the device can run on 115V or 230V, be sure to request the proper plug for your country if ordering for out of the USA.

Bottles, tubes and flasks can be inserted individually and the SB12L holds 12 50ml flasks, 8x125ml flasks, 3x250ml flasks, or 2x500ml flasks or 1 1000ml flask. Some larger flasks may not fit in the water bath. The SB-12L holds an equal or greater number of bottles or tubes. A Universal spring platform is included for holding 15ml and 50ml tubes which the SB-12L can hold 63 or 15/30 respectively.

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Optional tube racks for holding 1.5/2.0ml microtubes or 0.5ml microtubes are available.

The SB-12L has a hinged, removable lid to reduce splashing, save energy and divert condensation. When removed the SB-12L can handle taller flasks and bottles.

Compact, efficient and with an excellent price, the BenchMark SB-12L is a great instrument for your lab.  Right now we are offering FREE SHIPPING within the continental US. Customers in AK, HI and PR please contact us for affordable shipping methods.

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Benchmark Scientific Incu-Mixer- For heating and shaking microplates

Continuing with their fine tradition of producing high quality laboratory instruments Benchmark Scientific has introduced the Incu-Mixer microplate heater and shaker , available in two sizes: 2 microplates or 4 microplates.

Equipment to shake and heat at the same time is hardly a new thing to Benchmark, but previously such equipment was on the larger size and designed for either microtubes or flasks. The Incu-Mixer is designed to mix and heat Microplates:

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Cell Smashing Time Redux! The BenchMark Scientific Handheld Homogenizer

So. homogenizers.  Quite possibly the most violent of devices used in a laboratory. When you consider that the term ‘homogenize’ is a more scientific term for ‘beaten to a (literal) pulp’.  This process is used for turning organic material (such as bone, wood, plants) in to a material that can be better examined.

While we joke about homogenizers beating organic materials to a pulp, keep in mind that what a homogenizer does is actually destroy the cell walls of a material. This process is called lysis. It has many uses, far too many to go into here.

Spectrum has already carried the excellent Benchmark Scientific Homogenizers the BeadBug and the BeadBlaster. These are fine devices but they have two disadvantages: one is their lack of portability, and two is that the material needs to be inserted in microtubes prefilled with mashing material (beads).  Well, Benchmark has now added a new homogenizer to their product line, it is the D1000 Handheld Homongenizer:

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The New BenchMark IsoBlock – For when you need to heat two things at once

Dry Baths are a staple of labwork, and we’ve carried a decent variety of them – mostly supplied by BenchMark Scientific.  But there have been some minor issues in that you can only do one heating run at a time. Sure, you can get models that hold multiple blocks but you end up with the same problem: the blocks are all being heated to the same program and having the same things done to each block.

Sure you can solve the problem by purchasing multiple Dry Baths and have each one run a different program, but in a small lab that means more benchtop real estate taken up, more cables, and more clutter.

BenchMark has decided to relieve the problem by adding a new product to their product line, it is the IsoBlock Digital Dry Bath:

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The IsoBlock has two separate heating chambers the are insulated from each other by a blocking wall:

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The IsoBlock’s two chambers can each be separately programmed to different heating programs. You effectively get two Digital Dry Baths in one!

The IsoBlock does not come with a block, but is shown with the popular QuickFlip Block that covers a lot of needs. It can hold tubes from 0.5 to 2.0ml, and with a quick flip can handle 0.2 tubes or PCR strips. The IsoBlock can hold two different blocks and different machined blocks are available for everything up to 50ml tubes (note: lid might not close with larger blocks).

Want to see more Dry Baths & Water Baths?

Want to purchase the BenchMark IsoBlock?

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