Reaction Time: Q&A with Jim Abbott, Market Manager, Julabo USA, Inc.

PITTCON mascot, Pete Con, standing beside the Julabo reactorNot too long ago, while attending the PITTCON show in Atlanta, Georgia, we came across a unique and eye-catching exhibitor system – a special reactor manufactured by Julabo USA, Inc. featuring two KNF SIMDOS® liquid metering pumps transferring fluids to and from the reactor vessel. The machine is quite intriguing on its own; however, after having noticed the two KNF liquid diaphragm pumps, we contacted Jim Abbot, Market Manager, from Julabo USA, Inc. to learn more about the company’s impressive reactor.

1. Overall, what is the purpose of this reactor, what exactly does it do? Does it have an official name?

“We typically just refer to the small reactors of 100mL to 5L size as ‘bench scale’ or ’bench top reactor’, and the 10L to 100L sizes as ’kilo-scale pilot plant reactors’. Systems are available in both glass and stainless steel. Also, we are proud to be the US distributor of Berghof high pressure reactor systems – these have a ton of applications which they are used for but typical uses include: pharma, bio-pharma, plastics, paints, polymers, adhesives, petrochemical, energy, and most recently cannabis. The reactors are primarily used in mixing applications but with add-on features they can be easily equipped for various distillation methods such as: refluxing, short path and fractional distillation. All of our units are automation capable and can be easily controlled using our PC or PLC based AUTOReactor™ control and data logging packages.”

2. What is the function of the two KNF SIMDOS® pumps used within the Julabo reactor?

SIMDOS_Pumps_2 SIMDOS_pumps_1“We use the KNF pumps to control liquid additions or product sampling. The KNF SIMDOS pumps are used, specifically, because of their high quality, reliability, and automation capability. The pumps are connected to our PC or PLC based AUTOReactor™ control and data logging packages which allows users to program and control the process quite effectively and efficiently.”

3. I noticed that the reactor uses both KNF SIMDOS 10, and SIMDOS 02 pumps. Is there a reason why two different KNF SIMDOS pump types were selected?

“We displayed both [pumps] on [our demo] system, but typically we use the SIMDOS 02 on the bench scale reactors, while the SIMDOS 10 is used on the kilo-scale reactors. This is because of their different delivery rates as associated with the scale of the process, but quite often these are used interchangeably across both platforms.”

4. Is there any particular reason that compelled the system’s designer to choose KNF pumps over other dosing pumps from other pump manufacturers?

“We (Julabo) have had a long relationship with KNF both in the USA, and around the world. Moreover, we know without a doubt that KNF has the same principals as JULABO as far as delivering high-quality, reliable products.”

5. Will the Julabo reactor(s) be featured at the ACS tradeshow next week?

“Yes it will; we plan to display it again with the [KNF SIMDOS] pumps in a different configuration but always taking front stage, hand-in-hand with the JULABO products.”

6. Would you like to share any additional facts, or interesting notes regarding this system?

“We are devoted to offering our expertise in temperature control and reaction systems to our customers. Likewise, we are dedicated to providing solutions, from the inception of a process, through scale-up, and into manufacturing. One of the key factors is we design all of our systems with the utmost flexibility so as processes change, and companies grow we to can change and grow together with them.”

Julabo will be exhibiting at the upcoming ACS tradeshow in Philadelphia on August 21-23, 2016. If you will be attending the show, then be sure to check out Julabo’s incredible reactor system(s) incorporating KNF SIMDOS dosing/metering pumps. Also, don’t forget to visit KNF booth #1626 to see our latest laboratory technology, including: SIMDOS 10 and SIMDOS 02 liquid metering/dosing pumps, LABOPORT diaphragm vacuum pumps, LIQUIPORT liquid transfer pumps, the versatile VC 900 vacuum controller, and KNF’s award-winning RC 900 rotary evaporator.

KNF’s Laboratory Symposium Offered an Evening of Exploration and Learning

Last week, KNF Neuberger Inc. hosted a Laboratory Pumps and Applications Symposium in collaboration with the Trenton Section of American Chemical Society (ACS). The event, a first of its kind, attracted attendees from local academia and industry.

Beginning in the early evening, the Lab Symposium kicked-off with a mixer featuring beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Attendees became better acquainted with each other, and more familiar with KNF laboratory equipment which was on display throughout the room. Soon after, guests were invited to a guided tour of KNF’s 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The tour, led by KNF Director of Sales and Marketing, Eric Pepe, allowed symposium guests to view important aspects of KNF’s pump production area including: assembly and testing stations, high-tech machining equipment, and state-of-the art inventory management systems.

Roland Anderson delivering the Laboratory Symposium presentation.

R. Anderson leads a discussion tailored to the applications employed by those in attendance.

Next, attendees were invited to help themselves to a complimentary hot buffet, featuring local Italian fare. Guests and staff carefully balanced plates, as they made way to their seats for the Laboratory Pumps and Applications presentation, delivered by KNF Laboratory Products Manager, and applications specialist, Roland Anderson (pictured right). The presentation featured a review of pump technologies, their pros/cons, and the benefits of their usage in several typical lab applications.

The evening was capped off with desserts and coffee, as well as a door prize drawing. Congratulations to the prize winners, and thank you to all who helped make this initial KNF Laboratory Pumps and Applications Symposium a success!

If you would like to schedule a similar KNF lunch-and-learn symposium with KNF, at your facility, please contact a laboratory applications specialist.

 

 

KNF to Host Lab Pumps & Applications Symposium in Collaboration with Local ACS

Pumps are an important component in practically all chemistry laboratories. Yet for such a common device, selecting the correct pump for a particular application is often a challenge.

Join us for a Laboratory Pumps and Applications Symposium

Join us on Nov. 4th for a Laboratory Pumps & Applications Symposium

KNF Neuberger, in collaboration with the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society, will be hosting a symposium on “Laboratory Pumps and Applications”. The presentation will focus on taking the mystery out of laboratory pumps, looking at the most common applications and the pumps that best support them. Discussion topics include:

  • What is the best pump type for my application?
  • What accessories are available to help me optimize the performance of the pump in my application?
  • What are the signs that my pump is in need of maintenance or repair?
  • And much more!


LOCATION

This exclusive, co-sponsored event will be held at KNF’s state-of-the-art, 50,000 square ft. manufacturing facility at Two Black Forest Road in Trenton, NJ.

SCHEDULE
5:30 pm – Mixer with drinks and appetizers, plant tours and product demos
6:30 pm – Dinner and presentation
7:30 pm – Coffee and dessert
Refreshments and dinner are complimentary. There will also be a drawing for door prizes.

PRESENTER
Roland Anderson is the Laboratory Products Manager and applications specialist at KNF Neuberger, Inc.

RSVP
Reservations are required, as seating is limited, so be sure to register now!

As ACS Fall Arrives, KNF Neuberger Launches Four New Products

LabManager-NewStyle-Banner-300x250ACS Fall is here once again, and while we’re not yet ready to say goodbye to summer, this is always an exciting time of year for new product launches and breaking industry news. At last year’s Fall meeting, we introduced our flagship RC 900 Rotary Evaporator to mesmerized lab personnel and students. Not to be outdone, this year we’re extremely proud to once again expand our lab product offering by introducing four new products, including:

  • The RC 600 Rotary Evaporator: An efficient, robust instrument designed for intensive day-to-day use in a wide range of laboratories, from academia to industry. It’s well thought out ergonomic design and intuitive control interface ensure ease of use, allowing rapid user familiarization and straightforward operation. For maximum operator safety, a simple flask exchange mechanism and an easy-to-pour heating bath are incorporated, and there is minimal exposed tubing.
  • VC 900 Vacuum Control Unit: a stand-alone unit allowing accurate, two-point control of any vacuum source, including KNF and other manufacturers’ pumps, or even central vacuum. Used with select KNF pumps, enjoy the added convenience of automated boiling point detection and control.
  • SCC 950 Vacuum Pump System: The SCC 950 offers precise, cost-effective vacuum control of two separate processes concurrently, and is perfect for simultaneous operation of two rotary evaporators.
  • N 920 G Vacuum Pump: The latest addition to the KNF line of oil-free, high suction speed pumps, featuring an integrated gas ballast valve for superior handling of aggressive gases and vapors.

For more information, please visit ACS Fall Booth 324, or find us online at www.knfusa.com/newproducts.   

ACS Fall: Thanks for a Great Show

The KNF team, after a successful ACS Fall.

The KNF team, after a successful ACS Fall.

The 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition has officially come and gone. From the attendees to the ACS show team, as well as our KNF staff, thanks to the many hard working moving parts that came together to make this such a successful show. We enjoyed talking to a lot of you about your laboratory vacuum and liquid pump needs and in particular about the new RC 900 Rotary Evaporator.

We’re not done just yet though; we have more winners to announce! Selected from Monday’s visitors to our booth, Jane Aldrich, from The University of Kansas, won herself a $100 Visa Gift Card. And on Tuesday, David Myers, of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, was awarded a Visa Card worth $100 as well.

And at long last, our Grand Prize Winner is… Kevin Woller, of AbbVie. Congrats! You’ve won a $250 Visa Gift Card; thanks for coming by our booth and learning about our latest products.

Also, be on the lookout for forthcoming information on our website and blog about the new 12 volt Mini LABOPORT® field filtration pump. This new pump provides lightweight and portable vacuum filtration powered by a simple 12 volt car receptacle.

ACS Fall, from the show floor: New Rotary Evaporator Earns Attention; Our First Sweepstakes Winner Earns some Cash

Day two from the floor of the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition has arrived, and we’re excited by the attention our new RC 900 Rotary Evaporator has received. As pictured below, the KNF Lab team has been demonstrating the RC 900’s simplified and efficient operation here at booth #837. Ask about the wireless remote, touchscreen, or easy flask exchange.

Seeing the new RC 900 Rotary Evaporator for the first time

Susan Jones, Cathrine Jarinko, Kate Harrigan and John Hendricks, of the University of the Sciences, upon seeing the RC 900 Rotary Evaporator’s wireless remote for the first time, as demonstrated by Roland Anderson.

We’ve heard quite a few “oohs and aahs” over the features the product provides. For example, the simplified flask exchange has drawn more than one attendee to comment on how much easier it will make any chemist’s life. Also, we’ve seen students and well-seasoned chemists alike marveling at the wireless, Bluetooth–enabled controller with the ability to operate the instrument while the sash is closed. And though a seemingly innocuous feature, we had one attendee compliment the RC 900’s bath, which was designed with walls that are perpendicular to its base. Therefore, while being carried, it helps to prevent spills. Regarding the sleek design, one attendee simply said, “wow, that’s beautiful!”

Also, it’s time to announce the first winner of our giveaway, taking place during ACS Fall. Sharon Kirk, from the University of Utah, congrats! You’ve won the first of four Visa Gift Cards. If you have not yet entered the sweepstakes, stop by the KNF booth (#837) today or tomorrow, and check back to The Pump Post blog to find out if you’re a winner.

To learn more about the new RC 900 Rotary Evaporator, or our full line of vacuum and liquid pumps and systems for the laboratory applications, visit www.knfusa.com. And don’t forget to drop by the booth this week!

ACS Fall: Analytical Chemists Gather in San Francisco

We’re checking in from sunny San Francisco, California, before the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition starts. Setup for KNF booth #837 is just about complete, and we’re excited to see the Moscone Center fill later this evening with more than 16,000 chemists, chemical engineers, academicians, graduate and undergraduate students, and many other scientific professionals.

KNF Rotary Evaporator at ACS Fall, 2014

KNF booth featuring the RC 900 Rotary Evaporator

ACS Fall provides an “ear-to-the-ground” look at the state of the lab marketplace, allowing attendees and exhibitors alike to take the proverbial pulse of the industry. Among the lab innovations on display will be our new RC 900 Rotary Evaporator (pictured). We’re excited to create some buzz by launching the RC 900 during the conference, and we’re even more excited to see first-hand reactions from so many laboratory chemists.

Learn more about the new RC 900, or our full line of diaphragm vacuum and liquid pumps and systems for laboratory applications. And don’t forget to drop by the KNF booth this week!