In March, we discussed our expectations for Pittcon 2013, and noted how some of the emerging trends parallel the benefits of our SC950 and SC920 vacuum systems. Specifically, these vacuum systems make use of an industry-first Bluetooth controller, which promotes not just form, but function throughout the lab. Let’s take a look at the advantages this technology yields in a scientific setting, and highlight the benefits along the way.
First, and perhaps most important, is the idea that this provides more than just wireless control. Utilizing Bluetooth eliminates traditional line-of-sight issues as well. This is critical in the lab,
where both lab equipment and colleagues vie for limited benchtop space. If the vacuum system is stored below the bench or in a cabinet, the Bluetooth still functions as required. This is thanks to the same low-powered radio waves used to control garage door openers, modern cordless phones, baby monitors and more. Therefore, Bluetooth control can actually help free up bench space, as it allows the controlled vacuum system to be moved to an out of the way location and still perform as needed. With the vacuum operating out of sight, lab personnel can redirect their efforts toward other processes while retaining full ability to control the system at the simple click of a button.
An ever-growing topic in the lab (and one we’ll be discussing at length in the near future), energy savings and green initiatives aren’t just driving the way labs operate, but also the way the
equipment within them are purchased and used. Thanks to Bluetooth performance, SC950
and SC920 vacuum systems can be operated within a fume hood without the need
for annoying cable feedthroughs. Fume hoods, which consume a large amount of lab
HVAC conditioned air, are a sizeable contributor of wasted energy expenses in the lab. The SC950 and SC920 Bluetooth control allows the hood to be continuously operated at maximum efficiency even when making critical system control adjustments. In fact, according to California Institute of Technology, a variable volume fume hood is 60 percent more energy effective when the sash is down when not in use1.
Finally, Bluetooth promotes increased lab safety as well. As mentioned above, SC950 and SC920 vacuum systems can operate within the fume hood with the sash closed, and without the need for any tether or cable feedthroughs. This allows researchers to confidently work with hazardous or toxic chemicals from outside the fume and with a barrier in place, simply making use of the system remote control for additional lab safety.
Remember, laboratory equipment continues to evolve. The integration of Bluetooth controller technology into a portable vacuum system offers many benefits that can be applied throughout your lab. To learn more about SC950 and SC920, or to learn how KNF Neuberger continually drives lab efficiency via world class pumps and systems, visit www.knfusa.com/products/laboratory-pumps.