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Lab Inventory, Safety and Compliance Management System
System to Improve Scientists’ Productivity in the Lab



Biotechnology, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals
Lanexo System. (Picture: Merck)
Lanexo System. (Picture: Merck)

Merck, a science and technology company, today launched its Lanexo Lab Inventory, Safety and Compliance Management System, a new digital laboratory informatics solution designed to drastically reduce1 time in labs and improve data quality and traceability.

“Today, 85 percent of labs are using paper or Excel to manage consumables data, and 25 percent of time is spent managing these data — taking scientists away from bench research,” said Jean-Charles Wirth, head of Applied Solutions, Life Science at Merck. “Lab efficiency is critical as it gives scientists more time to focus on their research and analytics work and less on administrative tasks, which ultimately leads to faster drug development. Our Lanexo System — with first-to-market features — underscores Merck’s commitment to advancing and commercializing laboratory informatics.”

Laboratory informatics is the application of data using a platform of software, data management tools and equipment that allow scientific data to be captured and interpreted for immediate use, and then stored for future research and development purposes. The laboratory informatics market, which accounted for $2.4 billion in 2018, is expected to reach $5.45 billion by 2027, according to a recent Research and Markets global market outlook report.

Merck is the first to offer radio-frequency identification (RFID) labels which auto-register open dates and calculate expiry dates. Through this digital data capture, the Lanexo System rapidly documents lab reagent data in real time. Digitalized inventory, expiration and storage monitoring reduces human error and safety risks and improves the reliability and traceability of compliance documentation. Ultimately, each reagent, including in-house preparations, can be instantly matched to a full audit report. Within an experimental workflow, the system allows for easy reagent identity checks and provides automatic alerts, helping scientists to avoid using expired reagents and minimizing experimental error.

The cloud-based Lanexo System can be easily set up and rapidly integrated into existing lab workflows. It includes mobile (Android) and web applications and is designed for use in highly regulated analytical and research labs in pharmaceutical, quality assurance / quality control and industrial testing markets.

Merck last year launched Milli-Q Connect, a cloud-based service portal for its water purification systems, and also acquired BSSN Software, a lab informatics company that makes data more readily accessible for ease of integration, collaboration, analysis and long-term archiving.

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Power Supply Product
Bi-directional DC-DC converter series has extended voltage



2.5kW Bi-directional DC-DC converter series has extended voltage and temperature ranges
Picture: TDK

TDK Corporation (TSE 6762) announces the introduction of the EZA2500W-32048 TDK-Lambda brand bi-directional DC-DC converter model to its EZA series. The extended high voltage range now covers 260 to 400Vdc and the lower voltage 36 to 65Vdc. The operating temperature has been increased to -10 to +50°C. Double sided protective board coating and long-life dust resistant fans have also been included.

Designed for energy storage systems with rechargeable batteries, this 2500W digitally controlled, compact 1U power supply can seamlessly change conversion direction from high voltage dc sources, powered by solar or wind, to 48Vdc batteries and vice versa. Other applications include lithium-ion battery testing as well as the use of regenerated energy from robots, cranes, autonomous ground vehicles and lifts. The EZA2500 can be used to replace large power resistors currently used for lift braking and use that previously dissipated energy to charge batteries. That stored energy can be used to either provide peak power for high torque demands or as battery back-up for power cuts.

The output voltage and current can be programmed and monitored using the RS-485 communications port. Multiple units can be operated in parallel by using the RS-485 interface to set units for “droop mode” current share. Alarm signals are also accessible, as well as remote on/off and under/over voltage functionality. The high voltage (grid) to low voltage (battery) isolation is 3,000Vac, grid to ground 2,000Vac and battery to ground 500Vac.

The dimensions for the EZA2500 are 43.6mm (1U) high, 423mm wide and 400mm deep. All models in the EZA series are certified to the IEC/EN/UL 60950-1 and IEC/EN/UL 62368-1 safety standards with CE marking for the Low Voltage, EMC and RoHS Directives. A five-year warranty is standard.

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Virtual Annual General Meeting On May 28



Merck, a science and technology company, will hold its Annual General Meeting this year in virtual form on May 28. The company is thus making use of the possibilities afforded by the German legislator in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Within the scope of the Annual General Meeting, a resolution on the dividend proposal of € 1.30 per share will also be voted on. Payment is planned for June 3.

The Annual General Meeting will be publicly webcast in its entirety on the Internet. Physical participation is not possible. The invitation will be published by May 7, in keeping with the official deadline. Notes on exercising shareholder rights and further information on the virtual Annual General Meeting will be available as of May 7 on the website and in the invitation.

Merck had already announced back in March that it would postpone its Annual General Meeting originally planned for April 24 and hold it in virtual form as soon as possible in order to protect the health and safety of employees and shareholders.

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Oil-free vacuum solutions
Intelligent technology for modern analytics



The controllers of the Graphix and Display series complete the range of accessories. (Picture: Leybold)
The controllers of the Graphix and Display series complete the range of accessories. (Picture: Leybold)

Low-noise, oil-free vacuum solutions, energy efficiency and optimized data evaluation are the requirements in analytics and the associated research and laboratory environments, such as mass spectrometry. Vacuum technology functions almost as a heart in most systems, as it enables processes to run. Often however, little attention is paid to the correct choice of vacuum components, which is nevertheless an essential factor for the efficiency of analytical or even manufacturing processes.

Fore vacuum – innovative technology supports the environment

Oil-free vacuum is the method of choice here. With the Ecodry series, Leybold offers a clean, silent, compact and low-maintenance pump for use in analytical or research laboratories. This pump class lies exactly in the transition area between small laboratory devices and large machines. However, the most significant innovation is undoubtedly the reduction of the noise level: “The pump is compact, low-vibration, powerful, easy to operate and very quiet in its design”, states Product Manager Alexander Kaiser.

The Ecodry plus was developed exactly in line with the requirements of systems such as mass spectrometers and electron microscopes. It is therefore also suitable for use in large accelerators, because there is no contamination by dust or oil. It offers users a high degree of comfort, pumping speed performance and flexibility.

Equipped with two flexible interfaces, the pump can also be remote-controlled. When used in commercial analysis systems, it is often integrated into the plant control system and can be started, stopped, varied in speed and also monitored as required.

High vacuum – Plug & Play pump systems

The devices of the Turbolab series are plug-and-play high vacuum pump systems and offer a wide range of variants: They are compact, fully assembled and can be put into operation immediately. Different configurations cover the vacuum requirements of applications in the R & D markets and analytical applications. The unique oil-free hybrid bearing of the Turbovac i/iX turbopumps and the choice of different dry-compressing fore vacuum pumps allows hydrocarbon-free operation. These compact pump systems are delivered fully assembled and ready for operation.

They include a turbomolecular pump, a backing pump and an innovative TPU display unit. Both compact tabletop and mobile cart versions are available and offer flexible and convenient operation. Installation kits for variable mounting of the turbopump away from the pumping station frame can also be obtained.

A wide range of accessories, such as sealing gas and / or venting valve, backing vacuum safety valve, cooling unit, heating tape, etc. facilitates the adaptation to individual requirements.

Today, data and its correct interpretation are essential factors in machine-based research and development, but also in manufacturing. Therefore, the measurement technology associated with vacuum technology is crucial for the evaluation of processes from basic research to industrial manufacturing. Leybold therefore offers a wide range of measuring instruments, sensors and components.

Measure – Analyze – Optimize

Turbolab systems can be equipped with Thermovac TTR fore vacuum gauges and Penningvac PTR high vacuum sensors. Connected sensors are detected and pressure readings are automatically shown on the display.

All critical parameters and operating conditions such as errors, warnings, frequency, temperature etc. are automatically recorded in an internal memory based on a standard time interval and can be adjusted by the user directly on site. An integrated web server allows remote control, monitoring and configuration of the Turbolab devices from the mobile device or from the computer via browser.

A full portfolio of sensors and controllers makes the measurement and control of processes easy. Leybold offers real innovations with its sensors for vacuum measurement in numerous applications in the pressure range of 2000 to 10-12 mbar.

These measuring devices offer higher precision, an extended measuring range, improved reproducibility and process stability. They complement the portfolio with novel interfaces and additional areas for use in lock chambers.

Leybold offers sensors of various designs with their own characteristic measuring ranges. A distinction is made between direct and indirect pressure measurements.

These gas type independent vacuum sensors cover measurements directly and mechanically:

  • capacitive CERAVAC measuring devices and
  • capacitive DI/DU and piezo pressure sensors

The indirect, gas type dependent pressure measurement is possible with the sensors

  • Thermovac, a thermal conductivity vacuum gauge according to Pirani
  • Penningvac cold cathode ionization vacuum gauges based on the principle of the reversed
  • Ionivac hot cathode ionization vacuum gauges according to Bayard-Alpert.

The controllers of the Graphix and Display series complete the range of accessories.

Leybold offers from one source everything from consulting to after sales options to support the customers in achieving their goals.

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