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Beckman Coulter, Velocity11, NIST, TTP LabTech

Beckman Coulter this week launched the Q-Check program for its Quanta SC and Quanta SC MPL flow cytometers, providing tools for installation and operational qualification, the company said.
According to the manufacturer, Q-Check is a comprehensive package that includes the necessary elements to document the installation and operational qualification of the instrument.
The Q-Check kit is appropriate for drug discovery and pharmaceutical flow cytometry applications where users need to comply with cGMP and GLP regulatory guidelines. Q-Check also provides a section for routine performance qualifications and material modules for subsequent annual recertification.
Q-Check addresses required aspects for proper instrument validation including specification qualification, design qualification, IQ, OQ, and performance qualification, from product development to ongoing performance verification. 

Velocity11 announced this week that it has expanded the range of labware racks available for its popular BenchCel microplate handling system and VStack labware stacker.
The company said that it will offer three different labware rack types: the standard economy rack will continue to be supplied as standard equipment on the BenchCel microplate handling system and VStack labware stacker, and an optional slot-style rack will be available in four sizes (tall, standard, small, and extra-small).
The slot-style rack has been designed to allow users to load a stack of ANSI-compliant labware by sliding it in from the top of the rack.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued its first reference standards for nanoscale particles targeted for the biomedical research community, the agency announced this week.
The new materials are citrate-stabilized, gold spheres in a colloidal suspension in water. The spheres are nominally 10, 30, and 60 nm in diameter.
The materials were developed in cooperation with the National Cancer Institute’s Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory.

TTP LabTech this week announced that it will launch comCHECK, its solution for the non-invasive volume detection for microtubes, at LabAutomation 2008, Jan. 27 to Jan. 30 in Palm Springs, Calif.
According to the manufacturer, investigators can use comCHECK to determine the volume of sample within a tube with an accuracy of 10 µL and identify tubes that contain a liquid below an acceptable threshold volume.
comCHECK can be used with 96-tube racks from all major suppliers and can operate stand-alone or be integrated into a laboratory system using the automation interface, the company said.

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