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MéCour Presents at Gossler Park Elementary School

Posted by Ken Linehan

MéCour had the honor of being invited to speak to the 4th graders from the Gossler Park Elementary School in Manchester , NH on May 3, 2019.

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Tags: thermal solutions, Precise Temperature Control, Controlled Freezing & Thawing, temperature control systems

Temperature Control Highlights from ASMS

Posted by Ken Linehan

MéCour’s fourth time exhibiting at the ASMS show was a huge success! We displayed the newly upgraded fluid-driven thermal units that included the three-drawer/six-plate position thermal hotel that is rated to sustain sample temps at -15 ° to -20°C . The six positions offer maximum flexibility in the use of various consumables or small tube racks. (pictured on right)

The hotel's compact footprint fits with new or older versions of the CTC PAL (main visual below). A powerful, yet economical Huber Minichiller circulator provides constant uniform temperature to the hotel and adjacent PCR plate and 24-vial unit and the cooling chamber that envelopes the valve to maintain constant reproducible temperature stability to entire MéCour system. 

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Tags: laboratory automation, thermal solutions, mass spec

Five Ways Thermal Blocks Outperform Thermal Electric Devices

Posted by Ken Linehan

We continuously receive requests from customers and prospects who have used thermal electric devices and achieved poor results from their applications. These common situations have prompted us to produce this blog post with five ways that precise, uniform, stable temperature control is the answer for the best sample quality and application results.

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Tags: thermal control systems, thermal solutions, thermal block, Precise Temperature Control

One Size Fits All vs. Plate Specific Thermal Inserts

Posted by Ken Linehan

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.

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Tags: thermal control systems, thermal solutions, thermal tube racks, thermal block, Precise Temperature Control, Microplate Applications, thermal inserts

New GERSTEL Temperature Control System & "Condensation Terminator"

Posted by Ken Linehan

MéCour-GERSTEL Thermal System, Part No. 80-60GL

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.

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Tags: thermal control systems, thermal solutions, thermal tube racks, mass spec, MeCour Videos, thermal block, heating block, cooling block, Temperature Stability, temperature control systems

WHITE PAPER: Thermal Control Solution for Freezing/Thawing Cells

Posted by Ken Linehan

 

Download a newly released white paper on a feasibility study conducted by ImmunoSite Technologies. 

Feasibility Study: Improving Cryopreservation of PBMC for More Reliable Information From Clinical Trials 

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Tags: thermal solutions, thermal block, throughput, Precise Temperature Control, Temperature Control, Temperature Stability, Controlled Freezing & Thawing

Thermal Control Update: Modified Plate Stacker for Caliper Twister II

Posted by Ken Linehan

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. 

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Tags: thermal control systems, thermal solutions, Custom Projects, Microplate Applications

Thermal Control Systems: More Odd Ducks to Control

Posted by Ken Linehan

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.

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Tags: thermal control systems, thermal solutions, thermal tube racks, thermal block

Odd Ducks: Thermal Control of Non-Standard Media/Reagent Bottles

Posted by Ken Linehan

Ever try and get odd sized media, reagent bottles or tubes controlled for temperature in an ice bucket or open circulating bath? Or better yet, store them in refrigerators or freezers, retrieve them and pray the sample stays “OK” cooled or heated while you run your application process?

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Tags: circulators, thermal solutions, thermal tube racks

Event Recap: MéCour Thermal Solutions at BMSIARC

Posted by Ken Linehan

We had the opportunity to exhibit at the recent 36th Annual BMS Interdivisional Analytical Research Conference (BMSIARC) in NJ. This private show was sponsored by BMS solely for the Discovery Analytical Sciences – Mass Spec groups within BMS. It was BMS’ get-together for this group to review and discuss current technologies and new technologies and equipment offered by vendors who specialize in this area.

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Tags: thermal solutions, mass spec

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