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Phosphoramidites and reagents for Oligonucleotide Synthesis

Let us support your entire oligonucleotide production workflow, from synthesis, cleavage and deprotection through to desalting, purification and QC analysis. Many of our oligo synthesis columns and reagents are specifically configured to work with your synthesiser (ABI 3900, 39X, Expedite, MerMade, AKTA® and OligoPilot®) from R&D to production. (more…)

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Liquid crystals formed by short RNA strands, revealed by polarised optical microscopy.

Liquid crystals and the origin of life

The display screens of modern televisions, cell phones and computer monitors rely on liquid crystals – materials that flow like liquids but have molecules oriented in crystal-like structures. However, liquid crystals may have played a far more ancient role: helping to assemble Earth’s first biomolecules. Researchers reporting in ACS Nano have found that short RNA […]

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Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new facility in Nashua, NH

Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new facility in Nashua, NH

New two-story, 27,000 square foot construction to accommodate administrative functions Former building to house Service Centre of Excellence Fast repair services employing clean processes Pfeiffer Vacuum, one of the world’s leading providers of high-tech vacuum solutions for the semiconductor, industrial, coating, analytical and R&D markets, opened up a new 27,000 square foot building in Nashua, […]

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Mphoma Matsheke, winner of the Young Chemist Award

Metrohm announces Young Chemist Award Winners

In keeping with the global celebrations, Metrohm made two special awards to aspiring chemists at its recent celebrations in Johannesburg and Cape Town. (more…)

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NEO Monitors has developed a method of measuring hydrogen in-situ – the LaserGas 11 SP H2

Global first from Neo Monitors and RTS Africa – real-time in-situ hydrogen monitoring – a major boost for petrochemical and refinery process control engineers

The reliable in-situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. (more…)

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KSB Pumps and Valves has become the first OEM pump manufacturer to receive Level 1 B-BBEE certification. Present were: Front: Tönjes Cerovsky, Director; David Jones, Regional Sales Manager Sub-Sahara Africa; Sahana Vaidya, Empower Capital, Matshepiso Finca, Director; Nicola Mackay, Recruitment And Training; Shonah Smith, Manager Human Resources And Industrial Relations; Zanele Maduna, Alternate Director; and Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Director. 

Back: Clinton Harris, Central Functions Manager; Friedrich Görgens, Engineering Manager; Dr. Stephan Bross, Director; Dr. Sven Baumgarten, Managing Director; Jan Avramov, Service Division Manager; Philip Haslam, Empower Capital; Grant Glennistor, Operations Manager; and Michael Erasmus, Financial Manager.

Global pump manufacturer obtains level 1 B-BBEE certification

KSB Pumps and Valves has become the first OEM pump manufacturer in South Africa to obtain Level 1 B-BBEE certification. This follows the purchase of a 30% equity stake in the company by the black female-owned Insikazi Synergies (RF) (Pty) Ltd, a company with four business women shareholders including Nonhlanhla Ngwenya and Matshepiso Finca, who […]

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The Fluidity One system analyses protein in solution and in their natural state using Microfluidic Diffusional Sizing (MDS).

Fluidic Analytics redefines protein analysis with the global launch of the Fluidity One System

Proteins are the building blocks of life. They form the structure of cells, regulate cellular activity and carry out the biochemical processes that underpin function in every living organism. To understand proteins and their function, we must understand the way they fold, aggregate and interact. Fluidic Analytics Ltd, Cambridge UK, has announced the global launch […]

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Metrohm acquires B&W Tek

Metrohm AG from Herisau, Switzerland and B&W Tek from Newark in Delaware, USA are pleased to announce the acquisition of B&W Tek’s Spectroscopy Solution Business, B&W Tek LLC, as well as several overseas subsidiaries. This acquisition contributes to the strategic growth of Metrohm, enhancing the company’s capabilities to further develop its Raman product line with […]

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Yokogawa South Africa welcomes a new Managing Director

Yokogawa South Africa is proud to announce that Mr. Naoki Nakamura has been appointed Managing Director of Yokogawa’s Southern African Group of companies. With more than 30 years history at Yokogawa Global, he succeeds Eiji Hamanaka who has returned to our Regional Headquarters in Bahrain. (more…)

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Reflecting on Achema 2018

The latest installation of Achema, which is a platform for exhibition of the latest and most innovative equipment in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, was held from 11 to 15 June 2018 in Frankfurt. The Batswadi/Labotec team attended the Achema to identify new products, trends and innovations that are suitable for the African market. […]

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Once raised from the seabed, the ship was sprayed with cold water, which stopped it from drying out and prevented further microbial activity.

Bringing salvaged wooden ships and artefacts back to life with ‘smart’ nanotech

Thousands of shipwrecks litter the seafloor all over the world, preserved in sediments and cold water. But when one of these ships is brought up from the depths, the wood quickly starts deteriorating. Scientists report a new way to use “smart” nanocomposites to conserve a 16th-century British warship, the Mary Rose, and its artefacts. The new […]

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Verder expands its network with Nelspruit distribution partner

Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions – is pleased to confirm the company has appointed Flo-Tek as its exclusive distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. (more…)

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FluidCom valves help customers achieve significant reductions in OPEX

Yokogawa Wins Chemical Injection Metering Valve Orders for Two Oil Fields off Coast of Norway

Improving productivity and HSE in an upstream application Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that its Norwegian subsidiary, Yokogawa TechInvent AS, has received orders to provide 59 high-performance FluidCom chemical injection metering valves for two offshore oil fields that are being developed by Equinor ASA, a Norwegian energy company. One destination is the Johan Sverdrup […]

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refurbished medical equipment is becoming increasingly popular as a way to economise.

The pros and cons of refurbished medical equipment

Whether you are a large established healthcare facility, a small clinic, or a healthcare professional in private practise, medical equipment is the staple of your business.  (more…)

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“Access to energy is critical for Africa’s development, which is why it forms one of five priorities for the African Development Bank”, says Fred Kabanda, Chief Oil Sector Regulatory Officer, African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire.

Fred Kabanda, Chief Oil Sector Regulatory Officer, African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire discusses prioritising the oil, gas and energy transformation debate in Sub-Saharan Africa

According to the IEA, the electrification rate in sub-Saharan Africa is currently just 43%. It is clear that greater action must be taken to achieve the international community’s goals of universal electricity access by 2030. There are a number of key challenges facing the transformation of the sector, however, developments are happening across the continent. […]

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Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Electrical Engineering Department’s newly refurbished laboratory can accommodate 42 students per lab session.

State-of-the-art test equipment for TUT’s Electrical Engineering Lab

The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Electrical Engineering Department has recently undertaken a major refurbishment of their Electronic Engineering Laboratory.  This involved scrapping the older, outdated instruments and replacing them with: Tektronix AFG 1022 Arbitrary generators Tektronix TBS 1052B-EDU digital storage oscilloscopes GW INSTEK GPE 3323 DC Power Supply The newly configured laboratory is used […]

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Professor Rob Field (far right) and the John Innes team enjoy a day sailing the Broads in a traditional Norfolk wherry.

Taking a closer look at algal blooms

Scientists at the John Innes Centre are relying on automatic photobioreactors from algal specialists Algenuity to look more closely at algal blooms – a phenomenon that is increasingly becoming an issue and has been linked to extreme weather patterns. Professor Rob Field, a Project Leader at the centre, explained: “Our work so far has centred […]

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The Bee Live upgrade will provide immediate connectivity to a variety of Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Priorclave’s autoclaves now have Wi-Fi connectivity

Dedicated British autoclave manufacturer Priorclave is announcing the launch of Wi-Fi connectivity Bee Live.  This will be available as a service upgrade to all Priorclave laboratory and research sterilisers currently in use and fitted with the extremely versatile Tactrol® 2 controller. The Bee Live upgrade will provide immediate connectivity to a variety of Wi-Fi enabled […]

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Mafube Colliery crop irrigation

Government, Anglo American’s Mafube Colliery and academia partner in Mafube crop irrigation project

In a first for Anglo American Coal South Africa, its Mafube Colliery has been selected as the first trial site to determine the long-term sustainability of using mine-impacted water in agriculture. (more…)

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Kobold’s NMC capacitive level indicators for measuring liquid levels in tanks,

Secure liquid level detection

Instrotech is offering the Kobold capacitive level indicators type NMC, specifically designed to measure liquid levels in tanks.  They consist of a measuring probe and a connecting head with a plug-in evaluation module.  Depending on the operating conditions, different probes are available: (more…)

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