Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has expanded its range of Avanti High Performance centrifuges with the Avanti JXN-30, which incorporates features from the Optima X Series.
The Avanti centrifuge offers an expanded and varied separations capability through high efficiency, high volume separations using fixed angle rotors, though to high force zonal separations with swinging bucket rotors.
The MobileFuge remote application for Avanti JXN and Optima X series centrifuges enables customers to access all types of data, carry out remote monitoring, control and error handling via networks and mobile devices.
The app, available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, has already attracted more than 700 downloads. Its data management capability combines with the network and MobileFuge applications to make the Avanti JXN series especially suitable for shared lab environments.
Randy Pawlovich,director of product management, Centrifugation and Tools, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, said: “The Avanti JXN-30 enables academic researchers to benefit from the performance and versatility they would expect from ultracentrifuge technology - including high spin speeds, multi-language GUI, excellent data management and networking.
“However, in today’s lab this has to be combined with biosafety features which improve the working environment. In addition, researchers are increasingly looking to data management technology to help them manage their workloads. This is particularly important in a shared laboratory where it is necessary to be able to account for costs, use of resources and supplies.”
Recycled resin is incorporated in the outer paneling of the Avanti JXN-30, and each instrument contains up to 7.5 lbs (3.4kg) of recycled PET bottles.
A Friction Reduction System (FRS) enables the Avanti JXN-30 to run more quietly, increasing energy efficiency by reducing the air in the chamber. This in turn reduces rotor friction, minimising the effort required to accelerate and to maintain speed.
The FRS also lowers the amount of heat present in the chamber, reducing refrigeration system usage.
The BioCertified fixed-angle and swinging-bucket rotors offer a range of biosafety options including a BioCertified dual-locking lid configuration for workflows that include biohazardous samples.
This maintains biocontainment when removing and transporting the rotor to a containment hood. Avanti JXN-30 rotors range in capacity from 360 mL to 4 L, and some are independently certified to contain liquids and aerosols.
The Avanti JXN-30 has built-in safety features to ensure that no individual rotor exceeds the maximum speed permitted.
A lower work surface makes rotor handling easier with a foot pedal for hands-free lid opening. Large footpads allow the unit to be used unanchored. Interface options enable users to customise the touchscreen with pictures, backgrounds, avatars and sounds.
An optional pharmaceutical grade sterilising filter system, located on the unit exterior for ease of access, also enhances biosafety.