Monthly Archives: August 2012

30 Aug

Glove Liners / Inspection Gloves

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Protective Glove Liners.  Also know as Cotton Lisle Inspection Gloves.  So right about now you’re probably asking yourself ”Gloves”?  This is another reason why I love my job, or at least I can say it’s anything but boring.  So what prompted me to … Continue reading

27 Aug

Reverse Osmosis Water

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Initial water treatment in the lab could start with a water filter to remove particulates followed by reverse osmosis.  Reverse Osmosis removes >94% of dissolved ions and >99% of suspended solids, bacteria and pyrogens.  Reverse osmosis produces Type III water … Continue reading

24 Aug

Legionnaire’s Disease

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A Chicago hotel has recently experienced an outbreak of legionnaire’s disease that caused the death of two former patrons.  It is unknown how many people have been infected.  Legionnaire’s disease is caused by bacteria in the genus Legionella.  Legionnaire’s disease … Continue reading

23 Aug

Celestron Handheld Digital Microscope

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  I happen to be watching an episode of the crime drama “Criminal Minds” the other night and noticed their lab tech was using a Celeston Handheld Digital Microscope to examine some blood samples.  One of the things I love about … Continue reading

20 Aug


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Distillation process as a water treatment has the advantage of removing more contaminants than any other treatment.  It has no consumables, and has very simple equipment.  In distillation the water is heated to a vapor.  The vapor collection begins when … Continue reading

13 Aug

Laboratory Water

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Water types used in the laboratory can be type I water, type II, type III determined by the levels of impurities.  The impurities are described as the following: Particulates – suspended particles which could be debris from piping, sit, colloids. … Continue reading

10 Aug

Compound Microscope

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A compound microscope is an optical instrument that uses a series of lenses collect light from a sample then focus the light to create a virtual image.  At the base of the microscope there is a light source ( halogen … Continue reading

09 Aug

Agglutination Viewer

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Well, I guess great minds think alike.  One of my Associates recently posted a blog on July 27th, on the Tube Agglutination Test.  Coincidentally, I was working with a lab who requested information on the Agglutination Viewer pictured to the left.  The … Continue reading

06 Aug


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pH meters, along with appropriate pH electrodes are used to determine pH.  pH is defined as the negative log of the Hydrogen ion concentration (not percent Hydrogen).  Water, H2O, dissociates into H+ and OH- ions. The concentration of H+ and … Continue reading

02 Aug

Illuminated Magnifier

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I decided to blog on Illuminated Magnifiers this week after receiving a request from  a customer to provide some detailed specifications.  I’ve actually had this on my personal OpticsPlanet wish list for some time.  In a past life, when I was repairing circuit boards, this would have been a … Continue reading