Let's talk about lab water
Let's talk about lab water
Earlier this month, along with over 16,000 scientists our ELGA team were in New Orleans, birthplace of jazz, home to Creole cuisine, rich with history and host to this year’s Pittcon Conference & Expo 2015. Pittcon is recognized as one of the foremost leading scientific events in the calendar year. As a dynamic and constantly evolving discipline both Scientists and equipment, software, and service manufacturers meet to share new discoveries, technologies and advancements.
And Pittcon not only attracts analytical chemists, but all scientists across all disciplines covering anyone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules, or those who manage these laboratories.
So what is trending in the science industry? Unsurprisingly it’s all about time and money. How can scientists process results faster and for less cost? So the demands on equipment manufacturers are all about smaller samples and faster delivery of results using instruments with smaller footprints. We’re seeing life sciences suppliers adapt to these demands with instruments that are faster than ever and require very small amounts of sample.
This year, there has been a real emphasis on the use of data; with several exhibitors unveiling software solutions to help users quickly and effectively understand their analytical results faster. Such as the new LIMS system from Waters, the NuGenesis Lab Management System which delivers the ability to register samples from external locations, speeding up the whole process.
Other trends included size-reduction of technologies to preserve valuable lab counter space, as well as an increase in concern for safety. Products that protect lab scientists by keeping them away from chemicals and reagents are a growing segment in the market.
Another theme was wholly devoted to the research and products in food safety. The Food Labs Conference focused not just on one discipline such as microbiology or chemistry, but took a more holistic approach to best practices in managing food testing and analyses needs. Japanese manufacturer, Horiba, showcased a new range of portable water meters allowing for accurate testing for pH, ORP, conductivity, resistivity and salinity in field in an exhibition area dedicated to food safety solutions.
Water is the most common reagent in labs worldwide, vital to keeping the momentum in the dynamic world of science. Ensuring your drinking water as well as your laboratory water is at the optimal quality is important. Check out our free whitepaper “Water: The Essence of the Lab” to find out more.
The ELGA team brought back some great first hand insights into how water is used in today’s lab as well keeping abreast of trends and requirements in the dynamic world of science. Looking forward to next year’s new developments. What were your top trends or discoveries from Pittcon? Share them with us below in our comments.