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Laboratory, scientific and industrial processing equipment

I have written many blog posts for a variety of specialist websites in the field of laboratory, scientific and industrial processing equipment. My copywriting work has also included online magazine articles and press releases on similar topics. Key subjects have included water treatment, force sensors, industrial power supplies, liquid flow meters, air heat exchangers, refrigeration, vial washers, continuous flow analysers, other analytical instruments, microwave chemistry, milling and sieving, and laboratory information management systems (LIMS).

Pittcon 2013

Posted on 11/07/2013

An article on the Pittcon laboratory science conference and expo, for Labface - the Laboratory Equipment and Lab Products Marketplace. Continue reading

A modern obsession with fat analysis

Posted on 11/07/2013

An article on fat analysis using microwave technology for online magazine laboratorytalk. Visit website

Vortex liquid flow meters

Posted on 09/06/2013

The futuristic-sounding vortex liquid flow meter, or vortex shedding liquid flow meter, is one of the classes of meter whose functioning depends on modifying flow in some way. Continue reading

Matrix Gemini and the nuclear industry

Posted on 08/06/2013

As you will have gathered from previous articles, Matrix Gemini biobank software from Autoscribe is extremely flexible and can be configured to meet the precise LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) needs of any application. Our case in point today is the nuclear industry. Continue reading

A word about digital power

Posted on 07/06/2013

You may well have come across the expression ‘digital power’ in recent months, and you may be wondering whether it might have something to contribute to your industrial power supply. The answer is probably ‘not yet’, but in the meantime let’s just clarify what it is and what it does. Continue reading

Coulter Counters in the study of bacteria

Posted on 06/06/2013

As you will probably have read by now, the Coulter Principle was discovered in the 1940s by Wallace Coulter, who used it to develop a very quick and efficient way of carrying out blood cell counts. Since its introduction, its uses have expanded dramatically. Today, Coulter Counters can be found counting and sizing anything from toners to explosives, and from food to construction materials. Even so, the Coulter Principle still has a major role in the field of human health. Continue reading

Stress analysis – on-site

Posted on 05/06/2013

Wouldn’t life be simple if any component or structure subjected to stresses could be taken to a fully equipped ‘stress centre’ for routine analysis? In real life, it’s not always possible to move the item you want to test. In fact, in many cases stress analysis only makes sense if it is carried out as an element of long-term monitoring on site. There is a clearly a need for stress analysis services out in the field. Continue reading

The principles of effective vial washing

Posted on 04/06/2013

Before looking at vial washer products and applications in further detail, it’s worth pausing to recap on what we want vial washers to do and how they can achieve it most effectively. In industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and animal health, contamination of vials and – in turn – contamination of their contents can be disastrous. Continue reading

Electromagnetic flow meters in sand dredging

Posted on 03/06/2013

While many electromagnetic flow meter applications involve water, solutions and relatively light suspensions, there are others in which the material being pumped through pipes is very heavy indeed. And flow materials don’t come much heavier – or more abrasive – than sand. Continue reading

Continuous flow analysis in oceanography

Posted on 02/06/2013

As someone with a deep love of the sea, I can’t help but think of oceans when I hear the name Astoria-Pacific. It seems very appropriate to me that the system on which Astoria-Pacific’s continuous flow analysis products are based was originally developed by an oceanographer. Continue reading

Brownian motion and dynamic light scattering

Posted on 01/06/2013

When reading about the principles underlying a particular analytical instrument or technique, I often come across concepts which are not fully explained but which the authors assume will be recognised by the reader. Sometimes it’s good to have a look at those concepts and make sure their significance is understood. One that I’d like to mention is Brownian motion, or Brownian movement. Continue reading

Permeability in battery components

Posted on 31/05/2013

Components used in the construction of a battery or fuel cell may be exposed to strong chemicals, high pressures and raised temperatures. In developing new and better products, it is essential to study the behaviour of components under different conditions – and component permeability is a key factor. Continue reading