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.

 

 

Enhanced Line of Liquid Laboratory Pumps

It’s day two here at #pittcon15 in New Orleans. If you are here at the conference and have not yet had a chance to stop by KNF booth #2211, please plan to do so. One of our features at this year’s show is the recently enhanced line of SIMDOS 10 liquid laboratory pumps.

KNF's SIMDOS 10 liquid laboratory pump

SIMDOS 10 pumps are ideal for metering and dosing applications in a number of professional and academic fields, including: chemistry, pharmaceutical, food research, and polymers, to name a few. SIMDOS 10 pumps offer lab personnel the ability to transfer liquids (up to 500 centistokes*) at flow rates of 1-100 mL/min, with dose volumes from 1 mL to 999 mL.

“While the SIMDOS 10 and SIMDOS 02 pumps can move liquids quickly and accurately, their real strengths are configuration and control options which can be matched to a user’s automation requirements and/or chemical profile” said Dan McDougall, Senior Manager of Laboratory Products at KNF. Indeed the SIMDOS pumps are designed to allow for convenient control of lab metering/dosing tasks which may be repetitive and redundant.

For example, new to this latest version of the SIMDOS 10 is a Cycle Metering Mode. “Say you’re performing an automated fill of vials on a conveyor belt…”, explains MacDougall. “You can program the SIMDOS to dispense a discrete volume into each vial with set pause durations in-between.” This new feature allows the user to set the number of cycles, the pause duration, and the dosing volume.

In addition to the added convenience of the Cycle Metering Mode, there are a few new control type options now available for the  SIMDOS 10. First, the SIMDOS 10 is now available in an RCP-version, which includes a RS 232 interface, enabling ASCII character control of virtually all pump functions, plus the ability to use programmable lab control software such as LABVIEW, or KNF’s free PC control software (available for download at knfusa.com). Next, an RC-version is available, which includes an RC cable for external control options such as a foot switch, or analog PC control. Finally, the standard S-version of the SIMDOS relies on the manual on-board interface with back-lit display for intuitive, push-button operation.

For a demonstration of the SIMDOS 10 and 02 lab liquid pumps, click the video below courtesy of Jean Delteil, KNF Liquid Pumps Product Manager; or stop by PITTCON booth #2211 for a live demo.

* Please visit knfusa.com/SIMDOS10 for detailed performance specifications.

Selecting the Proper Pressure Control Valve

KNF FDV Valves with PVDF materials

KNF FDV Valves with PVDF materials

Before deciding on the appropriate diaphragm pressure control valve for your application, it is important to first understand some of the basic uses of these devices. Gaining a better understanding of how a pressure control valve works, and determining how one can best suit your specific application, will simplify the selection process.

What Does a Pressure Control Valve Do?

When used in tandem with a pump, a pressure control valve provides more accurate control over the pressure supplied by the pump. Generally, pressure control valves can be used in the following 2 ways, depending on the application:

1) Pressure Control

A pressure control valve can be used to maintain constant back pressure for exact flow rates under free flow conditions, with positive pressure on the inlet side or with varying back pressure, or with the operation under vacuum, etc.

2) Bypass Valve

A pressure control valve can serve as a safety device for protection of a system’s pump, motor, tubing and connections, vessels and other accessories. Installed as a bypass valve, it prevents excessive pressure build up in the system caused by dirt, misuse or other problems.

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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!