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IKA Honored with Innovation Leadership Award

 Überlingen – This year, IKA has once again been ranked among the most innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany. The company from Staufen is being honored with a place in the 24th annual TOP 100 of Germany’s most innovative SMEs by Ranga Yogeshwar, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke und compamedia. This is the fourth time the company has been awarded this seal of approval and a place in Germany’s innovation elite. The company’s innovative processes and external focus were key winning factors in the independent selection process.

Throughout the world, there are a lot of chemistry laboratories in which scientists work with and rely on products made by IKA. The four-time TOP 100 winner from Staufen in the Breisgau region of Germany is one of the world’s leading companies in the laboratory, analytical and process equipment segment. The award-winning innovator offers a product portfolio for almost all applications in laboratories in the chemical industry. The company uncompromisingly strives to attain technological leadership in the cause of the advancement of science. To achieve this aim, IKA works in close collaboration with its customers around the globe. One outstanding achievement of this approach is the development of a magnetic hotplate stirrer with a lifetime warranty.

In addition to its commitment to the promotion of open innovation, the family-owned company, founded in 1910, also convinced the jurors with its innovation processes. IKA places a strong emphasis on innovative process organization methods and simultaneously promotes rapid realization of the ideas proposed by its more than 800 employees around the world by the implementation of flat hierarchies and short decision paths. These ideas arise from numerous incentive activities such as, for example, employee exchange programs. As a driver for this long-established spirit of innovation, the owner family Stiegelmann dedicates around 80 percent of its working time to innovative research and development. The success of this policy speaks for itself: around 30 percent of the company’s revenues are earned with products that have been on the market for less than three years.

Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

PECVD is a fabrication method for depositing thin films on a wafer. PECVD is used to deposit SiO2, Si3N4 (SixNy), SixOyNz and amorphous Si films. Plasma is added in the deposition chamber with reactive gases to create the desired solid surface on the substrate. PECVD allows the creation of highly uniform thin layers, promotes purity and adhesion, and varies compositions on substrates of different materials and geometries. PECVD widely use in optics industry on manufacturing optical filters, anti-reflective films, and devices with an undesired refractive index. Other applications are in electronics and microelectronics, semiconductive or conductivecoating for parts or devices, and in the production of solar cells for surface passivation.  PE-CVD (Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition) tube furnace system is consists of RF plasma source, precision mass flow meter with gas mixing tank, and mechanical pump.   The PE-CVD furnace is an ideal and affordable tool to deposit thin films or grow nanowire from a gas state (vapor) to a solid state. Benefit of PECVD tube system are lower temperature processing compared to conventional CVD, film stress can be controlled by high/low frequency mixing techniques. Control over stoichiometry via process conditions and offers a wide range of material deposition, including SiOx, SiNx, SiOxNy and Amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) deposition.

Sputtering is a Physical Vapor Deposition vacuum process used to deposit very thin films onto a substrate for a wide variety of commercial and scientific purposes. Sputtering occurs when an ionized gas molecule is used to displace atoms of a specific material. These atoms then bond at the atomic level to a substrate and create a thin film. Several types of sputtering processes exist, including ion beam, diode, and magnetron sputtering. Angstrom Sciences specializes in Magnetron Sputtering Technology. High Vacuum Mini Co-Sputtering System specifically designed for R&D laboratory and pilot production applications and capable of uniform deposition of ≦±5% (center-to-edge). It is designed with compact integrated design and high-speed turbopump is built-in. The sputtering system can be applied to a various application such as in aerospace & defense, automotive and optic industries.

Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) is a fabrication method for depositing thin films on a wafer. PECVD is used to deposit SiO2, Si3N4 (SixNy), SixOyNz and amorphous Si films. Plasma is added in the deposition chamber with reactive gases to create the desired solid surface on the substrate. PECVD allows the creation of highly uniform thin layers, promotes purity and adhesion, and varies compositions on substrates of different materials and geometries.

PECVD is widely used in optics industry on manufacturing optical filters, anti-reflective films, and devices with an undesired refractive index. Other applications are in electronics and microelectronics, semiconductive or conductivecoating for parts or devices, and in the production of solar cells for surface passivation. PECVD tube furnace system consists of RF plasma source, precision mass flow meter with gas mixing tank, and mechanical pump.

The PECVD furnace is an ideal and affordable tool to deposit thin films or grow nanowire from a gas state (vapor) to a solid state. Benefit of PECVD tube system are lower temperature processing compared to conventional CVD, film stress can be controlled by high/low frequency mixing techniques. Control over stoichiometry via process conditions and offers a wide range of material deposition, including SiOx, SiNx, SiOxNy and Amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) deposition.

This article is brought to you by PT KGC Saintifik. Visit them at booth B14 this April to find out more about the PECVD furnace.

PT Wholesome Announces New Product Range

PT Wholesome has recently announced their latest product range, the DURALINE Arm Hood Model DL-AH. Built with chemical-resistant components and easy to be disassembled for maintenance, the DURALINE local extractor armhood allows optimum extraction by positioning the hood close to the contaminant source.

 To find out more about the DURALINE DL-AH, visit Wholesome (S) Pte Ltd at Booth D13 this April, at Jakarta Convention Centre.

BINDER Program Controller Now Also Available for Simulation Chambers with Light and Humidity

As of March 1 2017, the new BINDER touchscreen controller is now also available for growth chambers with light and humidity as well as for constant climate chambers with illumination and light dose control.

Last October 2016 saw BINDER, the world’s largest specialist in simulation chambers for scientific and industrial laboratories, launch constant climate chambers in the KMF and KBF series with the new touchscreen controller for the first time. And now further series are following suit.

 

As of March 1, the new BINDER touchscreen controller has been added to growth chambers in the KBW series with light and the KBWF series with light and humidity as well as to constant climate chambers in the

KBF P series and the KBF LQC series with ICH-compliant light source and light dose control.

 

This state-of-the-art controller is incredibly intuitive to operate and the innovative features make it even more efficient to use. You can see all the functions required for day-to-day use clearly at a glance on the user-friendly 5.7” touchscreen and the smart menu is intuitive and easy to navigate.

 

The program controller regulates the climate conditions in the unit interior and can also be used to program temperature and humidity cycles as well as weekly and time programs in real time. The required values and programs are entered directly via the screen interface on the controller or alternatively via the APT-COM PC software developed specially by BINDER.

 

The new program controller is also extremely secure thanks to the password-protected access levels with various hierarchical authorization functions that prevent third parties from gaining unauthorized access. These levels can each be assigned their own passwords and access to the controller’s functions is locked until a user logs in by entering the correct password.

 

The controller also offers various status and alarm notifications with visual and acoustic indicators. When an alarm is triggered, an e-mail can be sent immediately to the specified e-mail addresses if you wish, and you can save up to three e-mail addresses.

 

The controller comes with a built-in USB port for configuring the unit, and exporting and importing data.  With a web server, it is possible to access the controller screen online, in order to view the event list or error messages, for example. However, due to the strict safety concept, it is not possible to make changes to the settings.

 

New BINDER volume offers further advantages

BINDER chambers in a chic design and with a new size

On January 1 2018, BINDER GmbH will launch the drying chambers and incubators, each in size 720 with the Avantgarde.Line technology. This means that the 720 liter heating chambers will now be on the same technical level as the 56, 115 and 260 liter units of the respective series. BINDER once again proves its development competence and innovative strength." The incubation of organisms and the gentle drying of the finest particles is possible with a new interior volume of 720 liters and under the most modern technical conditions. With the Avantgarde.Line technology, the BINDER drying chambers and incubators can withstand the highest loads in the scientific and industrial laboratories. With the air circulation system APT.Line, the temporal and spatial temperature accuracy of the chambers is absolutely precise. The 60-millimeter insulation of the units reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent while increasing performance.

The BINDER chambers also feature an ergonomic handle design. The modern controller features an LCD display and provides a diverse range of functions with user-friendly operation. The operating data can be easily recorded via a USB stick. "The new controller generation combines easy operation with excellent robustness for the tough daily lab routine."

More information on BINDER product series can be found by visiting PT INDOFA UTAMA MULTI CORE at Booth C23 this 4 – 6 April, at Jakarta Convention Centre.

Global Good and Motic Introduce Breakthrough AI-Powered Microscope to Fight Drug-Resistant Malaria

Xiamen, China and Bellevue, Washington – Nov. 13, 2017 – Advanced microscope designer and manufacturer Motic China Group Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Motic (Xiamen) Electric Group Co Ltd (SHE: 300341), announced recently that it has partnered with the Global Good Fund, a collaboration between Intellectual Ventures and Bill Gates to develop technologies for humanitarian impact. This new collaboration will create and distribute the EasyScan_GO*, a breakthrough AI-powered microscope to fight the spread of drug-resistant malaria and assist in case management. Using custom image recognition software, EasyScan_GO is capable of identifying and counting malaria parasites in a blood smear in as little as 20 minutes.

“This collaboration, combining Global Good’s impact invention focus with Motic’s engineering, manufacturing and distribution capabilities, represents the type of innovative healthcare solution that is needed to improve health in emerging and low-income markets,” said Maurizio Vecchione, Intellectual Ventures’ Executive Vice President of Global Good and Research. “By distributing and commercializing an intelligent microscope, Global Good and Motic are creating a future where quality diagnosis of multiple diseases is within reach for everyone everywhere.” 

“Malaria is one of the hardest diseases to identify on a microscope slide,” said David Bell, Director of Global Health Technologies supporting Global Good. “By putting machine learning-enabled microscopes in the hands of laboratory technicians, we can overcome two major barriers to combating the mutating parasite—improving diagnosis in case management and standardizing detection across geographies and time.”

Every year, malaria kills almost half a million people, and researchers estimate nearly half the world’s population is at risk of contracting it. The rapid spread of a multidrug-resistant strain in parts of Southeast Asia is a particularly alarming development detailed by researchers in a letter published recently in The Lancet.

Accurate detection of severe and drug-resistant cases requires analysis of a blood smear by a WHO-certified expert microscopist, which takes roughly 20 minutes per slide. Automating the process with an intelligent microscope can alleviate the shortfall of trained personnel in under-resourced countries.

Field tests of an early prototype of the microscope presented at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) showed that the machine learning algorithm developed by Global Good is as reliable as an expert microscopist.

“Our goal in integrating Global Good’s advanced software into Motic’s high-quality, affordable digital slide scanner is to simplify and standardize malaria detection,” said Richard Yeung, Vice President of Motic China. “Success with the most difficult-to-identify disease paves the way for the EasyScan product line to excel at almost any microscopy task and to detect other major diseases that affect developed and emerging markets alike.”

In fact, EasyScan_GO is currently being trained to recognize all species of malaria and the team is exploring its application to other parasites and traits commonly found on a blood film, including Chagas disease, microfilaria and sickle cell, as well as to other sample types, such as sputum, feces and tissue. For more, please visit: www.easyscango.com.

About Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good Fund

Global Good is dedicated to inventing technology for humanitarian impact. Millions of people suffer and die each year in poor countries from causes that humanity has the scientific and technical ability to solve. Funded by Bill Gates and focused on a shared vision with Nathan Myhrvold, Global Good invents technology to solve some of humanity's most daunting problems. Global Good does this by collaborating with leading humanitarian organizations, forward-looking governments, research institutions, and corporate and private sector partners that bring our inventions to market. www.globalgood.com

About Motic

Motic is a groundbreaking company specialized in manufacturing conventional compound microscopes. Thanks to our optical expertise, thorough and heartfelt customer service, and aim to enhance the microscopy experience, we have grown into a global brand within everyone's reach. We are committed to standing by our young scientists from their early steps, improving healthcare, and supporting the progress of scientific research by adapting to the market trends, and by focusing on advanced digital solutions aimed at fulfilling the needs of today and exceeding the expectations of tomorrow.

INTERSCIENCE has launched ScanStation, Real-Time Incubator and Colony Counter

INTERSCIENCE is pleased to announce the launching of ScanStation, real-time incubator and colony counter at MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany (November 16-17, 2017).

The ScanStation is a revolution for microbiological analyses: it detects and counts colonies as soon as they appear at the beginning of the incubation. It is a real-time revolution providing anticipated results for control quality labs in the pharmaceutical, agro-food, cosmetic industries and research. The anticipated results save time and allow earlier release of production batches.

With this new technology, microbiologists can actually see, in real-time, the video of bacterial growth on the Petri dishes. This innovation is a mix between classic methods with the Petri dish and the latest innovations in robotic and computing, providing analyses’ results with unequalled accuracy and much sooner, says Emmanuel JALENQUES, Head of R&D and Co-CEO of INTERSCIENCE.

The major innovation of the ScanStation is the automatic counting of the colonies at an early stage of their development, starting at the beginning of the incubation cycle. Up to 100 Petri dishes are counted every 30 minutes throughout the process, delivering a video recording of the bacterial growth. Final results are known 3 times sooner and faster because up to 100 Petri dishes are processed simultaneously and with unequalled accuracy as colonies are detected before clustering or covering can occur.

Interscience has been an industry leader in the field of microbiological analysis for the food, agrofood, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, veterinary, medical, environmental and chemical industries, research institutes and universities since 1979.

Designer and manufacturer, we provide labs with scientific equipment to guarantee safe products for consumption.

Our French family business is run by co-CEO brothers Emmanuel and Jules Jalenques with 80 colleagues working in 5 locations: Saint Nom and Mourjou in France, Boston (USA), Singapore and Shanghai (China).