Introducing MéCour’s temperature control systems video series.
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We have been producing Thermal Inserts longer than anyone else, dating as far back as 1999 and demand-driven by our customers. It was simple - place any type of microplate on any type of thermal surface at any temperature, and you had a problem. There is an air gap on all plates that exists under the plate from the bottom of the wells or cap to skirt or perimeter of the plate's base. The problem is that air does not act as a very good thermal transfer medium.
Introducing the latest in our accurate and uniform temperature control systems: MéCour's thermal trays that can be configured to integrate with a GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler MPS WorkStation or sample preparation robot, independent of the chromatography system. Sample preparation steps are easily set up for maximum flexibility and ease-of-use without compromising sample integrity due to temperature instability. The thermal trays can be designed to accommodate any consumable plate, vial or tubes and provide a temperature range between -40˚C to +200˚C. You are able to conduct specific ramping cycles all within the same MéCour Thermal Block.
MeCour in its ongoing efforts to address and resolve your temperature control and management issues had a little fun shooting a dry ice photo session. As you will see in all of our Product Catalog sections (with exception to Thermal Inserts), we wanted to illustrate how unfortunately dry ice or regular ice does not fully envelop and transfer temperature to the samples contained in various consumables.
As noted throughout MeCour's history of 16+ years, we have focused our efforts on providing total uniform, stable temperature to whatever consumable we've designed a thermal block for. As illustrated in the dry ice shots, there is a household thermostat and RS232 cable. We trust that you know there is no way to control the temperature of dry ice nor interface with the management of temperature dry ice or regular ice provide. The other point we wanted to focus on is how much of your sample or reagent is not technically in contact with dry or regular ice; thus, no temperature transfer or control exist.
The SLAS 2014 show was a great success for MéCour in a number of ways. First and foremost, it was the first opportunity to introduce the “Mé” of MéCour Temperature Control, my oldest daughter Meghan Linehan (pictured at right) to many of MéCour’s loyal customers and friends. To say the very least, she made her Father quite proud. The large amount of consistent booth traffic did not deter her from greeting folks and introducing what MéCour does. She quickly learned the basics on MéCour’s fluid driven, circulator controlled thermal systems and the wide temperature range the company offers with precise, stable and uniform management.
MéCour has been at it for 14+ years now. We've been listening to customers and their various needs for reliable and stable temperature control for their plates, tubes, media bottles, you name it. We provide the temperature to it. For automation or benchtop applications in Big Pharma, BioTech or local academic institutions or start-up companies, it’s all the same. It doesn’t matter if the required temp is 4°, 37°, -80° or +250°C. All the circulators connect to MéCour Thermal Blocks in the exact same manner. The system technically operates in the same manner as well. No matter what you call them
Our latest "Odd Duck" thermal control solution consists of twin, three liter bottles maintained at a five-degree pitch to allow for maximum extraction of valuable reagents. The thermal control system is maintained at 4°C with complete uniform temperature distributed to both bottles.
MéCour displayed Caliper’s 40 plate capacity Thermal Plate Stacker thermal control solution at the SLAS show with corresponding thermal mapping detailing temp measurements at points inside the Stacker.
As we start 2012, MéCour continues to field many requests for our thermal systems that now fall under the “MéCour Odd Duck Category.” Thus, we will have plenty to blog about.
It seems like a never ending battle we wage at times with a number of interested potential customers and customer-hired consultants regarding the correct thermal circulator that will properly run a MéCour thermal system; especially one that must cool the application. MéCour takes seriously what our customers dictate for their application requirements and what their samples need to be maintained at.
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