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EditorialMar. 10, 2015
Simple Methods for Sampling Process Tank Residues Print

By Mary Stellmack, McCrone Associates

Processing tanks may display residues on the tank surfaces after routine cleaning, typically appearing as faint whitish or dark stains that cannot be easily wiped off. In order to remove the residue without damaging the tank surface, it is necessary to identify the residue so that the correct solvent or cleaning method can be used. However, it can be challenging to obtain a large enough sample for analysis, due to the small amount of residue. For unambiguous identification of the residue, the sampling method should allow for complete removal of the residue from the sampling tool prior to analysis, without any attached material from the sampling tool.

Traditionally, white cotton or polyester swabs have been used as sampling tools, but they are not ideal because only a small amount of residue is transferred to the swab, the sample is difficult to remove from the swab for analysis, and light-colored residues cannot be seen on the white swabs. The purpose of this study was to investigate alternative sampling methods that would fulfill three objectives: 1) obtain a larger volume of residue than the swab method; 2) the residue should be easily removable from the sampling tool for micro-analysis; and 3) the sampling tool should not damage the tank surface.

Several traditional and non-traditional scraping tools were compared for their ability to fulfill our objectives:

  • Cotton and polyester swabs
  • Double-edge razor blade
  • Polypropylene spatula
  • Plastic polystyrene knife

Our "tank surfaces" consisted of a flat stainless steel sheet with a thin spotty coating of rust, and a stainless steel vessel having a faint coating of white-colored hard water deposits. The stained surfaces were vigorously rubbed with the dry swabs, or moderately to lightly scraped with the other sampling tools while holding each tool at approximately 45 degrees to the surface. The sampling tools were examined under a stereomicroscope, and a tungsten needle was used to transfer some of the residue to a glass slide. The transferred residue was examined under a polarizing light microscope at 500X magnification to see whether particles from the sampling tool had contaminated the residue.

SWABS Cotton or polyester swabs that were used to sample the rust-colored surface displayed a visible residue of fine brown particles trapped among the swab fibers. The brown particles were very difficult to remove from the swab without removing some cotton at the same time. When swabs were used to sample light-colored residue, no residue was visible on the swab with the naked eye. Under the microscope, a faint residue was seen on the swab, but could not be easily removed from the fibers if it was not clearly visible in the microscope. Swabs are most useful for heavy deposits of dark-colored residues.

RAZOR BLADE The blade was held at about a 45-degree angle, and the tank surface was gently scraped. Light-colored and dark-colored residues were easily seen on the blade, and could be easily removed for analysis. The blade may scratch some tank surfaces, and fine metal wear particles can be dislodged from the blade and mixed with the sample, making it difficult to identify residues that consist of metal corrosion. The razor blade is most useful for hard or soft non-metallic residues.

POLYPROPYLENE SPATULA The edge of the spatula was used to scrape the tank surface to remove the residue. Using a dark blue spatula, light-colored residues were clearly visible. For dark-colored residues, a light-colored spatula should be used. However, polypropylene is a somewhat soft material, and rolls of plastic form along the edge of the spatula with the particles of interest trapped within. The residue cannot be easily separated from the loose plastic filaments for analysis. Scraping tools made from soft plastics such as polypropylene are best suited for soft waxy residues that do not require hard scraping of the surfaces.

PLASTIC POLYSTYRENE KNIFE The knife was a standard disposable plastic knife available at any grocery store. We removed the handle from the knife, and held the blade at a 45-degree angle while the teeth were scraped over the tank surface. A large amount of residue was collected in the teeth of the knife, and additional loose residue clung to the surface of the blade adjacent to the teeth. The loose residue on the blade was easily removed for analysis. The residue on the teeth contained a few scattered fine polystyrene particles that were abraded during the scraping process. Polystyrene is readily soluble in many common solvents and can be easily dissolved if knife debris is suspected of contaminating the residue—leaving the residue intact and able to be re-tested.

CONCLUSION The best scraping tool for process tank residues depends on the type of residue to be sampled. This brief study focused on hard residues on metal surfaces, as these are the most challenging residues for sampling. If the residue consists only of metal corrosion, any of these sampling methods, except the razor blade, are suitable. The polystyrene knives were the best sampling tools for both hard and soft tank residues in this study, combining ease of sample removal and minimal contamination from the sampling tool, without damaging the tank surface. The knives can be obtained in different colors to contrast with the color of the tank residue, enhancing the visibility of small amounts of sample. The knife, or any of the other sampling tools, can be attached to a glass slide with tape, and inserted into a standard 50mL plastic tube with a threaded cap for shipping or safe transport to the lab for analysis. The standard glass slide fits firmly into such a tube, and will not move during shipping.

Mary Stellmack is a senior research chemist at McCrone Associates, Inc., the analytical services division of The McCrone Group. Stellmack co-teaches a course in Infrared Microscopy at Hooke College of Applied Sciences.
 
EditorialDec. 31, 2014
LabX Enters Our 20th Year Print

January 1, 2015

Dear LabX Supporters:

On behalf of all employees of LabX Media Group, I want to thank you for your support as LabX enters our 20th Anniversary of connecting buyers and sellers of laboratory products. With over 200,000 registered users and over 140,000 website visitors coming to source products for their laboratories each month, we are very honored to have such a loyal customer base. In 1995, the founder of LabX, Bob Kafato, identified a significant gap in our industry–a website was needed where buyers and sellers of used laboratory equipment could connect to provide needed equipment at great market values, and he created the LabX website. We now serve the Laboratory, Process, Test and Measurement, Semiconductor, and Medical marketplaces. During the last 20 years, our website has improved and adapted to meet the needs of the scientific community.

In October we released many upgrades to our LabX platform which included: a new design for better user experience, better search capability via our dynamic search box tool to easily find new or used products quickly, category filters, and most recently a Buy Now capability for select products. The purchasing environment is changing rapidly and we understand that laboratory professionals need to source and purchase products quickly and efficiently. Our Buy Now program gives buyers and sellers the ability to close transactions on our site and will be a game changer for faster procurement of products at reasonable prices.

In 2014, our site displayed over 2 million products, making us one of the top websites to visit for scientific equipment and supplies. To that accomplishment we owe the many loyal companies and sellers on LabX who manage inventory and post products tirelessly on LabX. If it weren’t for the wide selection of products, the marketplace would not be the industry’s leading sourcing site.

LabWrench, our sister website to LabX, continues to enjoy increases in traffic each year as the site for “power users” of equipment to submit product and service questions. Visitors can find information on new products, solve problems they encounter using their equipment, and engage with manufacturers of scientific apparatus in a community environment.

As we enter 2015, we are humbled to have played a unique part in helping advance scientific research over the past 20 years, and we are even more excited for the future of LabX and the developments which are forthcoming. We look forward to releasing new features throughout 2015 and if you have any questions about using the LabX website or selling on LabX, please contact our Help Desk team at 888-781-0328 ext. 244.


Sincerely,
Robert Sweeney
Publisher-LabX
 
EventJan. 16, 2014
LabX Media Group hires Robert Sweeney as Publisher of LabX Print

LabX and LabWrench’s daily business operations will now be managed by their newly hired Publisher Robert Sweeney.LabX Media Group Logo

LabX Media Group (LMG) today announced the new hire of Robert (Rob) Sweeney as Publisher of LabX and LabWrench. For the last three years Rob held the title of Publisher at Compare Networks, where he helped integrate the 45 year print brand of American Laboratory with that of Labcompare. During that time both brands websites were re-launched, and the product portfolio expanded. It was at Compare Networks where Rob gained invaluable experience managing digital platforms, and increasing engagement with their websites and media offerings.

Rob will report to Mario Di Ubaldi, Managing Partner of LMG. He steps into this new role and will be responsible for growing sales and product development for LabX.com. “Rob will bring energy, experience and a unique perspective to our business. We are thrilled to have him join the team,” says Mario. “He is an incredibly talented publisher with the rare ability to deeply understand both the needs of our clients and product development. This understanding coupled with his business development, and sales background will be a tremendous asset to our organization and our clients.“

According to Rob, “LabX has enjoyed over 19 years of success in helping connect laboratory buyers with sellers of lab products, and technologies. I look forward to joining LMG and becoming part of the organization where I will have the opportunity to contribute to the company’s tremendous growth and unveil what is in store for 2014 and beyond.”

Rob is a proud graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where he received a B.A. degree in Business Management. He resides in Connecticut with his wife Caroline, and two children, Allyson and Robert.

ABOUT LABX MEDIA GROUP:

LabX Media Group is a fast-growing business-to-business publishing company serving the scientific research market with four primary business units. Started in 1995, the company's flagship website, LabX, is an online marketplace to buy and sell laboratory equipment and related products via auctions and fixed-price classified ads. Lab Manager Magazine is a free monthly publication covering the latest trends in the lab, including leadership and staffing, lab safety, and new product technologies and is sent to over 50,000 laboratory professionals across the US, Canada, and the world. LabWrench is a product- focused social network with discussions and forums about all laboratory equipment. The Scientist is a magazine that provides scientists with state- of-the art life science information.

Contact Information:

For information about Sales & Advertising with LabX or LabWrench:
Robert Sweeney
LabX Publisher
(203) 530-3984
rsweeney@labx.com

 
New CategoriesDec. 05, 2012
New Process Equipment Categories Print

ProcessX.com continues to expand and diversity its marketplace with industrial, processing, and manufacturing sectors for new, used, surplus and refurbished equipment. In the effort to meet demands of both buyer and seller alike ProcessX.com has recently expanded with the addition of specific categories tailored to Water Treatment Processing and Equipment. The main category has now been sub-divided into the following 7 key categories:

• Instrumentation

• Ion Exchange Equipment

• Reverse Osmosis Equipment

• Ultraviolet Systems

• Wastewater Treatment Equipment

• Water Filtration Equipment

• Water Treatment - Misc

Please check back regularly as we continue to populate these new categories! If you haven't had the opportunity to connect with us on our new Facebook Fanpage dedicated to Process Equipment you should click here and "Like" it to keep up to day on new trends!
 
New FeaturesJun. 20, 2012
Laboratory Equipment Marketplace LabX.com Receives Fresh Look and Updated Features Print

LabX.com adopts a new look offering improved navigation to meet the requests of its growing B2B marketplace. The updates include a home page redesign, better navigation, faster page speed and better organization of classified and auction product listings.

Midland, ON June 20, 2012

LabX.com, considered the premiere global marketplace for new and used laboratory equipment is pleased to announce the re-launch of its business to business ecommerce website. The site has recently undergone a facelift, which looks to offer buyers and sellers a faster, more convenient way to conduct equipment transactions with increased ease of use. The cleaner site design makes it easier for users to navigate through top equipment categories such as Laboratory, Process/Industrial, Healthcare and Medical Equipment, and Electronic Test Equipment and Semiconductor Equipment. A newly-added slideshow adds a central location to showcase key and important features of the LabX website that aren’t always apparent to new visitors.

More than just a facelift, the architectural underpinnings are improved to increase page speed for faster user navigation. The “Sell” section has an updated flow for “Running an Ad” which now helps to better integrate customer’s product listings with Google Shopping and Google Merchant interface requirements.

At LabX there is a strong understanding of customer satisfaction and supporting the loyal audience base. LabX continues to serve a buying audience of over 12,000 visitors each day for laboratory and related hi-tech industrial equipment. This re-launch is the first phase of multiple improvements LabX looks to be rolling out over the remainder of the year. As a response to an audience satisfaction survey, emphasis will be placed on better searching and sorting of products as key steps in the upcoming development plans. This summer, LabX will be rolling out a new server infrastructure to add even greater speed improvements and server redundancy in a new facility.

ABOUT LABX MEDIA GROUP:

LabX Media Group is a fast-growing business-to-business publishing company serving the scientific research market with four primary business units. Started in 1995, the company's flagship website, LabX is an online marketplace to buy and sell laboratory equipment via online auctions and classified ads. Lab Manager Magazine is a free monthly publication covering the latest trends in the lab, including leadership and staffing, lab safety, and new product technologies and is sent to over 40,000 laboratory professionals across the US, Canada, and the world. LabWrench is a product-focused social network with discussions and forums about all laboratory equipment. The Scientist magazine which delivers award winning editorial to over 52,000 life science readers. Delivering the message to the life science community of "Exploring Life, Inspiring Innovation".

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Advertising/MarketingMar. 15, 2012
LabX Media Group Hires New Publisher for The Scientist Print

The Scientist’s daily business operations will now be handled by their newly hired Publisher Rob D’Angelo.

Midland, ON - March 13, 2012 LabX Media Group, a diversified global media company for the laboratory professional is very pleased to announce that Rob D’Angelo will be joining the organization as publisher of The Scientist.

D’Angelo brings more than 20 years of experience managing successful B-to-B media organizations within the pharma and life science industry including: Sales Director, BioTechniques; President, BioScience Group at Informa Business Information (IBI); Publisher at Advanstar Communications and Thomson/Medical Economics.

Rob will be responsible for the daily business operations of The Scientist. The Scientist is the life science research industry’s most essential and trusted independent resource covering the latest developments in research, technology, news, business, and careers. The Scientist reaches out to a database that exceeds 400,000 users and readers, 60% of whom have doctoral degrees.

"We're excited to have Rob on board," said Mario Di Ubaldi, Publishing Director. “Rob is one of the most experienced publishers in B-to-B media serving the life science community and has a proven high-growth track record in building customer relationships and strong brands. We look forward to having Rob develop unique services that address marketplace needs while building a clear competitive advantage in the markets we serve.” “I'm very pleased to join the LabX Media Group and help The Scientist move into its next phase of growth” said Rob. “It’s a strong brand with outstanding editorial quality and the perfect match for my experience and skills.”

ABOUT LABX MEDIA GROUP

LabX Media Group is a fast-growing business-to-business publishing company serving the scientific research market with three primary business units.

Started in 1995, LabX is an online marketplace to buy and sell laboratory equipment and related products via auctions and fixed-price classified ads. Lab Manager Magazine is a publication covering the latest trends in the lab, including leadership and staffing, lab safety, and new product technologies. LabWrench is a product-focused social network with discussions and forums about all laboratory equipment. The Scientist is a magazine that provides scientists with state-of-the art life science information.

ABOUT THE SCIENTIST

The Scientist has informed and entertained life science professionals around the world for over 25 years. We provide print and online coverage of the latest developments in the life sciences including trends in research, new technology, news, business and careers. We reach the leaders in academia and industry that are interested in maintaining a broad view of the life sciences by reading insightful articles that are current, concise and entertaining.

 

For information about LabX Media Group:

Mario Di Ubaldi

Publisher

1-888-781-0328

Pres s Release Available Here.

 
Advertising/MarketingJan. 24, 2012
Grab your Advertising spot for Pittcon 2012 on LabX Print

Each year, around this time LabX offers a customized page on our site with core focus of offering valuable advertising for exhibitors planning to attend the annual Pittcon Conference and Expo.

Our "Pittcon 2012 Page" on LabX website provides visibility to thousands of equipment buyers, and sellers interested in Pittcon 2012 show information. People visiting this page are more often people who will be attending the show, or are people who may not be attending but are keen on getting inside information into current industry news and trends.

This will be the 11 year LabX has made this page available for exhibitors, and each year the page gets more traffic and generates more interest to the participating companies. Are you going to be part of this growing trend? Contact us below for more details and to get your company listed.

Full exposure begins January 1, 2012 and runs until the very last day of the show on March 15th!

See the page:
Pittcon 2012 Page

Become a LabX Advertising Sponsor:
Contact Sales

 
Advertising/MarketingNov. 30, 2011
December Listing Event - Listing fees 75% off for Lab Glassware and Supplies for the month of December! Print

LabX 
Polarbear Mascot The Tenth annual December listing event starts Thursday, December 1st and runs through December 31st. All seller fees to run ads in the glassware and supplies categories will be offered at 75% off the regular listing fee. Discount applies to Single Item For Sale classifieds and Auction ads.

It's a great opportunity to generate sales during the slower holiday season, or use this event and take advantage of that quiet time to clean your shelves and post items available into the new year.

This special will cover all LabX laboratory glassware and lab supplies categories:

  • HPLC Columns
  • HPLC Systems
  • Lamps
  • Mixers
  • Plasticware
  • Porcelain
  • Quartz Glass
  • Shakers
  • Stirrers
  • Supplies and Labware
  • Test Tubes
  • UHPLC Systems
  • Valves/Fittings
  • Vials

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  • Medical Parts
  • Medical Supplies
  • Ultrasound Transducers
  • Simply run your ad to automatically qualify for the discount. Special ends December 31.

    Click Here to Run an Ad and take advantage of this listing special! And remember! LabX never charges commissions or final value fees, all you pay is the up-front listing fee. Need help selling your items on LabX? Just call our toll-free number 888- 781-0328 and ask for Darlene and she will help you get started; she can also offer great tips on selling successfully on LabX.

    * LabX reserves the right to qualify any ads deemed unacceptable for the category special. Any ads not clearly matching the specified categories or deemed better suited for another category, will be adjusted for appropriateness and billed using the regular LabX pricing structure. If you are unsure if your item fits these promotions, please contact LabX before running your ads to determine eligibility. Listing enhancements like "Bold Highlight" or "Category Featured" upgrades, and various equipment or announcement ads are not included in the special offer.
     
    Advertising/MarketingNov. 03, 2011
    The Scientist Earns Folio Gold for Top Editorial Print

    Midland, Ontario (PRWEB) November 03, 2011

    LabX Media Group is pleased to announce that The Scientist magazine received five 2011 Folio Awards for editorial excellence. For the second year in a row the magazine garnered gold in the Business to Business/Science category, single issue, for the July 2010 issue. The magazine also received a silver award in the same category for its June 2010 issue. Also for the second year running, Senior Editor Bob Grant won gold (B-to-B, Science, Single Article) for his feature, “Opening a Can of Worms,” which appeared in the February 2011 issue. Correspondent Megan Scudellari received bronze award for her July 2010 feature article, “Brain, Interrupted.” The magazine also won a silver award for Best Online News Coverage, B-to-B, for its 3-part series, “Fallout at Fukushima.”

    The Scientist is published by LabX Media Group, which acquired the magazine from Sciencenow, Inc. a member of the Science Navigation Group, on October 21, 2011.

     
    Advertising/MarketingNov. 01, 2011
    LabX Acquires The Scientist Magazine Print

    MIDLAND, ON--(Marketwire - Oct 27, 2011) - LabX Media Group, parent company to LabX.com, Lab Manager Magazine, and LabWrench.com, announced today that it has finalized the acquisition of print and digital publication for The Scientist magazine from Sciencenow Inc., a member of The Science Navigation Group.

    LabX Media Group welcomes the addition of The Scientist to their print and digital publishing portfolio. The acquisition of The Scientist and the-scientist.com will complement LabX Media Group's existing media products and enable them to extend their reach to a respected audience of life science professionals.

    The Scientist magazine has been the leading source of information for science professionals globally since its founding 25 years ago by Eugene Garfield as a trade tabloid, and LabX Media Group looks to continue this trend. LabX Media Group President Bob Kafato is emphatic, "The Scientist will continue on the great editorial pathway it exhibits now. We will seek ways to deliver even more value to our readers for their time spent interacting with the magazine. After acquiring Lab Manager Magazine in 2008, we were able to triple its size in only three years, despite a declining market. We plan to apply the knowledge gained from that experience as we move forward with publishing The Scientist. Our company is committed to keeping The Scientist intriguing and interesting to our 56,000 print subscribers, more than 400,000 e-mail newsletter subscribers, and 310,000 monthly visitors. We look forward to serving our audience."

    Kafato comments, "Print advertising remains strong and we are excited to marry the print with the digital strengths our core online business provides. With improved economies of scale, the print edition will continue for many foreseeable years to come. We believe our strong Internet background running LabX for the past 16 years can bring invaluable digital foresight to this publication."

    Bob Kafato went on, "I also want to acknowledge the thoughtfulness of the management and owner of Sciencenow who have been, and continue to be, extremely helpful and supportive of our effort to make this acquisition quickly and smoothly because the principle driving force to make this deal happen was quite simply to save the employees' jobs and to save the institution of The Scientist. It was a selfless act and we are very grateful for that."

    Mary Beth Aberlin, Editor in Chief of The Scientist, said, "My wonderful editorial team and I are delighted to be able to remain together and to jump right back in to preparing another issue of the magazine after such a short hiatus. We've been energized by the outpouring of reader support and look forward to the future."

    LabX Media Group and the continuing staff from The Scientist are already setting the stage for the much anticipated release of a November/December combined first issue under the new ownership. The New Year will see the publication back on a regular monthly publishing schedule.

    ABOUT LABX MEDIA GROUP:
    LabX Media Group is a fast-growing business-to-business publishing company serving the scientific research market with three primary business units.

    Started in 1995, the company's flagship website, LabX (www.labx.com), is an online marketplace to buy and sell laboratory equipment and related products via auctions and fixed-price classified ads. Lab Manager Magazine (www.labmanager.com) is a free monthly publication covering the latest trends in the lab, including leadership and staffing, lab safety, and new product technologies and is sent to over 40,000 laboratory professionals across the US, Canada, and the world. LabWrench (www.labwrench.com) is a product-focused social network with discussions and forums about all laboratory equipment.

    ABOUT SCIENCE NAVIGATION GROUP: The Science Navigation Group is a group of independent companies that collaborate closely with each other to publish and develop information and services for the professional biomedical community and for the consumer market. Our products run the gamut from journals to websites, databases, maps and audiovisuals, and cater to clients as various as physicians, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, patients, students and the general public. The Group has its head office in London (UK), with additional offices in New York, New Jersey, Geneva, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv.

    Contact Information
    For information about The Scientist editorial:
    Mary Beth Aberlin
    Editor in Chief
    1-212-461-4470

    For information about LabX Media Group:
    Mario Di Ubaldi
    Publisher
    1-888-781-0328

     

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