Philadelphia Pennsylvania is a city rich with historical importance – the liberty bell, independence hall, and other signatures of revolutionary significance.
It was also the site for the Pittcon Conference and Expo this year – an annual landmark and up-to-the-minute resource for the latest in the scientific technologies and instrumentation.
Pittcon has evolved over the years to become a preeminent event for science attendees and exhibitors alike. Similar to Pittcon’s roots as a convergence of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP), the annual conference brings together academic, industry, and government lab professionals from over 90 countries. In essence, the meeting is a must for anyone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes, or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules, or those who manage these scientists.
Pittcon is a comprehensive event to learn about not only high-tech research and discovery, but the products and instruments that are leading the way in advancing science. Here is a snapshot of exhibitors in attendance this year.
LECO, as a diversified instrument provider, serves many industries in-line with Pittcon’s reach and beyond. The life sciences, environment and agriculture, food science, and energy and fuels all factor into the broad portfolio of products and instrumentation.
Horiba is known for their advanced fluorescence technology and one of the latest instruments, the Duetta, won Gold in the Pittcon Excellence awards last time around.
Hamilton is well-known for superior products and technologies spanning the worlds of automated liquid handling, sample storage systems, small devices, consumables, and more.
Metrohm products range from titration, pH/ion conductivity devices, to spectroscopy and electrochemistry instruments.
ABB Analytical products and applications extend from power generation and industrial automation to the life sciences and associated fields including food and beverage testing.
Anton Paar brings a diverse collection of instrument solutions to Pittcon.
Of course, quality refurbished and used analytical equipment vendors showed a strong presence as well.
The Pittcon conference, along with certain corporate sponsors, also hosts a variety of awards competitions for research achievement, product innovation, and potential commercial impact, among other accolades.
A favorite of ours is the Pittcon Today Excellence Awards, which is conducted by and judged by members of the media.
As discussed in our review of the 2018 Pittcon conference, last year’s winners represented an eclectric group of lab innovations in product design and instrumentation.
This year definitely delivered, and nominees even included a wider presence of data management and software solutions – keeping pace with the evolution of smart technologies and laboratory operations of the future.