RC 900 Rotary Evaporator Earns Red Dot Award for Product Design

Red Dot Award Winner: RC 900 Rotary Evaporator

We’ve seen the favorable impressions from the lab industry; we’ve heard the positive reviews from the academics who tested it. And while our customers currently put it through its paces, it’s a great honor to announce the RC 900 has won a Red Dot Award for product design. The RC 900 was selected from a pool of 4,815 applications, from 53 countries, so we don’t take this internationally-recognized and well-respected award lightly.

The reasons behind the award winning design, however, come from a combination of two great voices: the product designers at KNF Neuberger, and…you. That’s right, our design team was wise enough to simply ask our customers what they were looking for in their next rotary evaporator. As pump manufacturers, part of our mission has been to develop vacuum pumps that connect to rotary evaporation devices. Therefore, we’ve been hearing from customers for years about simple fixes that could improve their process.

The RC 900 is the result of these conversations. The instrument has all the traits of a KNF product; it’s built extremely well, has a very long product life, and is backed by KNF’s global support system. Simultaneously, it addresses major -and minor- “pain points” for lab scientists who spend the greatest amount of time with these products. After beta testing from our esteemed colleagues at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, in Germany, and Oxford University in England, for further refinement, we’re extremely proud of the final product.

For example, some of the enhanced features on the RC 900 include:

  • Added safety with wireless remote control. Thanks to a Bluetooth remote control, you can simply dial in the characteristics the instrument needs to perform to – even from outside a closed fume hood. Touchscreen operation makes this job even easier.
  • Easy, fast flask exchange. Flasks can be exchanged quickly and easily, thanks to a new fastening clip that allows users to simply push the flask into the retainer until it locks into place. Removal is just as easy; to release, lift the fastening clip and remove the flask. A safety catch prevents the flask from slipping accidentally during removal.
  • Fully adjustable flask angle. Different flask sizes require adjustable pivoting to ensure the flask is properly immersed in the water or oil bath. Now, the optimum position can be set with ease using a fully adjustable control knob that adjusts the angle of the flask.
  • Space-saving, minimal footprint. Space on the bench is prime real estate. The reduced footprint of the RC 900 requires little bench space, and in return allows for a safer –and more organized- workspace.

Therefore, the Red Dot Award is validation for the effort we proudly put into the new RC 900 rotary evaporator. The combination of KNF ingenuity, and the strength of the customer input, has led to an instrument that leads the way into the new level of efficiency and effectiveness during rotary evaporation.

To learn more about the RC 900 rotary evaporator, visit www.KNFusa.com/RC900.

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!

Closer Look: KNF USA Process and Industrial Pumps

Our “About KNF USA” series comes to a close with its fourth and final chapter, a video snapshot of the Process and Specialty Products division. Richard Aerts, Process Products Engineer, walks you through options for reliable transfer, sampling, evacuation and recirculation of liquid and gas in critical—and often hazardous—industrial applications.

To explore further, download our Process Pump Catalog, or see our Process product line.

You can view the entire KNF Neuberger video library here.

See You At AACC!

NFB 100 liquid diaphragm pumpNFB 100 liquid diaphragm pump with datasheetToday we’re packing up and preparing to send materials to display in the KNF Neuberger booth at AACC 2014, held this year in Chicago on July 29 – 31. Before we lock up the crate, though, we thought we’d take a quick break and mention that we’ll be introducing a brand new liquid diaphragm pump at the AACC show.  With two heads driven by one motor, this pump provides twice the flow and half the pulsation when operated in parallel mode. In the individual mode, two different liquids can be transferred simultaneously by one unit, eliminating the need for a second pump.

Please plan to stop by KNF Neuberger booth #4328 at AACC next week. For more information before the show, or to arrange
a meeting there, please click on one of the following links:

  • New NFB 100 liquid diaphragm pump.
  • Learn more about KNF air, gas and liquid pumps, designed to perform critical tasks for clinical diagnostic instruments and medical devices, such as liquid transfer, liquid aspiration, liquid dosing/metering, degassing, vacuum, and pneumatics.
  • Contact us to arrange a meeting at AACC Chicago.

See you there!

OEM Diaphragm Pumps: Coming to Life in 3D

Check out our latest video from KNF Neuberger, illustrating a typical OEM pump project. This 3D animation gives you a first-hand look into the typical back-and-forth between customer application needs and resulting KNF pump design modifications.


Specifically, the animation addresses a customer’s evolving request for a diaphragm pump with attributes, such as:

  • High-capacity
  • Extended life
  • High pressure
  • Improved leak-tightness
  • Quieter operation
  • Various port configurations

To learn more about how KNF USA’s team of engineers works with customers to build spec-driven gas and liquid pumps, visit our blog titled “The Consultative Approach: Translating Value via Engineer-to-Engineer Design“.

Or, watch additional videos, visit the KNF video library.