ACHEMA 2012 - An insight into the laboratory of the future from IKA

“Most impressive”, “professional layout” and “the finest stand at Achema” were typical of the comments that IKA staff heard repeatedly from their trade fair guests. The trigger was not only the Mercedes SLS, in which customers and other visitors to the stand could be photographed with IKA’s models. Lighted plinths displayed the results of almost five years of intensive and highly successful development work: the IKA 2013 product range.

In the forefront of the 500 m2 display were 50 product innovations – including two world premieres. With these and the pipettes, thermostats and centrifuges newly introduced into the range, IKA impressively underlined its market leadership in the laboratory sector.

The first laboratory devices of a new generation gave an insight into the laboratory of the future: a completely new range of shakers, plus new stirrers and dispersers. The entirely new range of magnetic stirrers not only has a revised design, but also innovative features, such as a weighing function. An extended range of rotary evaporators was on show at Achema: the new RV 8 entry-level model is excellent value in terms of performance and ideal for all standard evaporation applications in universities and research laboratories. The RV 10 control has been equipped with upgraded automation functions.

The two world premieres impressed not only visitors: the new Tube Mill made it to the shortlist for the ACHEMA Innovations Award presented by the journal “Laborpraxis”, while industry and research professionals unanimously hailed the C 1 calorimeter as a “revolution in calorimetry”.

The new Tube Mill control is the first batch mill in the world with single-use milling vessels. For the first time, it enables serial testing to be carried out under reproducible conditions. The single-use milling vessels save on cleaning, time and energy. They also prevent cross-contamination of the sample material – a major advantage for quality assurance.

The C 1 represents a new generation of calorimeters. Water and oxygen handling have been automated, and sample preparation and handling of the decomposition vessel have been greatly simplified. The unit carries out an internal system check at the start of each test and indicates to the user if the oxygen pressure is too low, the ignition contact is poor or the water temperature is not appropriate. This saves time. It uses the isoperibol static jacket process and, therefore, meets the requirements of DIN 51900 and ISO 1928. The C1 is compact and excellent value in its class. The multifunctional control unit and logically configured software lighten the laboratory workload.