Pittcon 2015: KNF Technology Enables Faster, Simpler Rotary Evaporation Process

Greetings from NOLA! The KNF Lab team is checking in from the #pittcon15 Conference and Expo, booth #2211, in balmy New Orleans, LA. Among the new products, applications, and all-things-lab we’re looking forward to seeing this week, it’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness about our own innovations and contributions to the scientific community.

KNF RC 900 rotary evaporator

KNF’s RC 900 rotary evaporator

While some exhibitors may be launching products sure to be marketed as the “latest and greatest” this year, KNF is providing a simple, yet time-saving update to our already well-received RC 900 rotary evaporator.

As is the foundation of our business, we’ve listened to the industry, and learned how we can make lab practices easier. This continued research led to the development of an upgraded memory system, which saves precious time in the lab. Even though we’ve seen the amazed faces the RC 900’s features cause, we’re proud to announce that this memory function will provide a new level of simplified rotary evaporation.

While rotary evaporation often requires numerous flask exchanges, the process parameters sometimes don’t change. The time required to exchange the flask and input the same parameters during each step could be well-spent elsewhere. To remedy this, KNF developed a memory feature for the RC 900, which saves the rotary evaporator’s current immersion depth and rotation speed. Pressing the button on the Bluetooth-enabled wireless remote control allows the flask to be changed quickly, easily and reliably during iterative processes, as the instrument automatically re-sets to the previous depth and speed. Consequently, lab scientists need to simply press the button, and the RC 900 will take care of the rest.

Learn more about the 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!

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.