We’ve Moved

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

We have moved our blog to www.Camblab.info

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Camlab Double Tamper Evident Bottle – Now in Packs of 10

July 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Are you concerned about sample security?

The Camlab 200ml Double Tamper Evident bottle is the ideal sample collection vessel in situations where sample security is paramount.

The tamper evident bottles designed and developed by Camlab, form the integral component of HFL’s new doping control kits, which contain all the components required to collect and ship samples from the racetrack to HFL, for analysis.

HFL Sport Science has developed sample collection kits for blood and urine – used worldwide for sports doping control – as well as saliva and sweat. The kits contain everything needed for regulatory compliant sample collection and come in a pre-labelled box ready to return to the laboratory for analysis. For doping control, sample bottles are double tamper evident and International Air Transport Association (IATA) compliant, meaning your samples get back to us safely and securely.

  • Secure– Camlab double tamper evident bottles, ‘sealed at event’ label and IATA compliant
  • Simple– everything you need in one kit, including all the paperwork, needles, syringes, bar-code labels and even bags and gloves
  • Environmentally friendly – compact design reduces impact of production and disposal.

In addition to the normal pack sizes of 100 bottles, you can buy these now from Camlab in smaller packs of 10.

CLICK  Double Tamper  to buy your Sample Pack and for more information about this unique product.

Camlab also have a full range of tamper proof products CLICK Sample Security to view or call 01954 233100 to speak to a member of our team.


Can you re-activate alumina after de-activating the compound by addition of water?

July 14, 2011 Leave a comment

An interesting question was put to Camlab’s Techincal Team to answer.

”I am using baked alumina in a clean up process in the environmental industry and the compund has to be deactivated by adding water, can I reactivate alumina to be used for re-baking”

For those of you who are unsure exactly what alumina is, its  Aluminium Oxide  with the chemical formula Al2O3. It is commonly referred to as alumina, or corundum in its crystalline form, as well as many other names, reflecting its widespread occurrence in nature and industry.

Its most significant use is in the production of aluminium metal, although it is also used as an abrasive owing to its hardness.

Pure Alumina                                                                        


The chemical activity of alumina can be dampered by simply adding a polar compound such as water. Each application requirement can be resolved via simple adjustment of the sorption system.

To reproducively obtain the desired activity, weigh an appropriate amount of alumina into a stoppered glass bottle. Add the appropriate weight of water to the alumina and close the bottle. For example, 97 g of alumina + 3 g H20 = 3% water addition.

Due to the  ionic bonds that from form between the negatively charged oxygen and positively charged hydrogen ions, adding heat will cause dissociation of these bonds.  This process is called dehydroxylation.

So, by re-baking deactivated alumina we can create activated Alumina.  This is the theory and is currently being tested, watch this space for the results!

Camlab will strive to answer all your technical questions, call us on 01953 233100 or get LIVE help from our support team on our website

What types of molecules and substances can the Green Solution Hood handle?

July 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The Green Solution Hood with the Neutrodine® filtration system can handle a broad spectrum of molecules from a variety of chemical families including acids, bases, and solvents together or separately and all under the same hood. The use of powders is also handled with the addition of an optional HEPA module.

The Green Solution Hood is capable of handling 98% or more of the chemicals commonly used in 99.9% of laboratories. Most of the remaining 2% of chemicals are either non-toxic or they are chemicals used in less than 0.1% of laboratories.

>> Click Green Solution Hood for more information

I need a simple chlorine measurement?

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Need a simple chlorine measurement for water samples?

Chlorine is a widely used disinfectant for water treatment.  It is easily applied and very effective for the deactivation of pathogenic microorganisms. Chlorine is fairly persistent and relatively low cost, products such as Instachlor can be used with little or no instruction.

There are a number of simple ways to measure Chlorine.

Test Strips: Test strips are simple to use and easy to transport, The presence of free chlorine changes the colour of the strip which you compare to a scale. The results are OK for indication but will not give you an accurate reading.examples would include the ITS test strips listed here . Simply dip the strip into the sample and wait then take a reading.

Check it test kit

Check it test kit


Test kits: Test kits are simple tests usually using a visual colour or colour change to give a reading. simple single parameter test kits supplied by Tintometer and Hach Lange such as the Chlorine Checkit test kit  and the Hach Chlorine test kit CN-70 are available with different ranges and styles of reagents. These complete kits are more accurate that the strips. the sample is taken, a reagent added and a colour change will occur, the colour is check against a scale and the reading taken. They are simple to use but require good light to get a consistent reading. 

camlab water CW1000+

Camlab Water pocket colorimeter

Colorimeters: Single parameter colourimeters are probably the most accurate way to make this measurement in the field. They operate in a similar way to the test kits, a sample is taken, reagent added a colour change will occur but the colorimeter measure the colour so no human judgement is involved in the colour assessment. Colorimeters such as the Hach Pocket II and the Camlab water CW1000+ are examples of simple battery powered colorimeters for chlorine.

Omni Tip Plastic homogeniser probes – Frequently asked questions

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The unique Omni plastic homogenising probes are a time saving innovation from Omni Inc. These probes are easy to clean and come as a simple 2 part design, they can be easily cleaned and autoclaved if necessary and are suitable for a wide range of applications. Submit details of your applications here.

Omni_Tips closeup

Omni_Tips closeup

Omni have collected a number of frequently asked questions about the Omni tips so you can make an informed purchased. Camlab hold stock of both types of Omni tips in the Uk as well as the full range of Omni Homogenisers

Q: What is the recommended processing volume for Omni Tips?
A: Volume ranges are from .25ml to 30ml

Q: What types of samples can be processed with Omni Tips?
A: Omni Tips are ideal for small tissues samples (soft and hard/frozen), most plants. Not ideal for bone or skin. The Omni metal generator probes can be used for this application.

Q: Are Omni Tips easy to clean?
A: Omni Tips are easy to disassemble (no tools required) and clean. A customer may choose to clean Omni Tips between each sample or batch clean after the homogenization process is complete. Common cleaning methods include autoclaving up to 250°F, chlorine bleach (5%), Alcohol (70%) . Omni Tips may also be disposed of after one use to completely eliminate cleaning and the concern of cross contamination.

Q: What about sample loss concerns with the Omni Tips?
A: Sample loss is eliminated with clear two piece construction (sample is always visible).

Q: How do Omni Tips eliminate cross contamination concerns?
A: Omni Tips are disposable or autoclavable up to 7 times.

Q: What type of reagent kits are recommended for use with the Omni Tips?
A: The Omni Tips are suitable for use with most reagent kits. Reagent kits containing trizol, phenol, guanidine, and/or chloroform will reduce the effective life of the Omni Tips to one or two uses.

Q: What is the plastic composition of the Omni Tips?
A: The clear external tube is polycarbonate (Lexan) and the blue or black internal shaft is polyetherimide (Ultem).

Q: I share a homogenizer in my lab. Will that be a problem with Omni Tips?
A: Omni Tips are virtually unbreakable. No worries of costly broken probes, or sample contamination from previous processing.

Q: What is the difference between the soft tissue and hard tissue Omni Tips?
A: The soft tissue Omni Tips are ideal for brain tissue, liver, spleen, emulsions and suspensions. The hard tissue Omni Tips are ideal for heart, tumors, fatty tissue, muscle, kidney, lung as well as most soft tissue applications. Physically, the hard tissue Omni Tips have a saw tooth tube and a more aggressive blade profile when compared to the soft tissue Omni Tips.

Q: Are Omni Tips compatible with liquid nitrogen?
A: Yes, they can be used in liquid nitrogen.

Q: How many uses can I get out of Omni Tips?
A: On average, customers get between 5-15 uses per Omni Tip. If autoclaving the Omni Tips, the number of uses will reduce to approximately seven. We have also had some customers get as many as 100 uses per Omni Tip.

Omni Th kit

Omni Th kit

Q: Do Omni Tips really work as well as the stainless steel probes?
A: The processing capabilities of the Omni Tips are virtually identically to stainless steel probes. The stainless steel probes however, are more effective with sample types such as skin, bone, cartilage and some other hard tissues.

Q: Are Omni Tips available in different diameters or lengths?
A: The Omni Tips are currently offered in a 7mmx110mm (diameter x length) configuration.

Q: Are the Omni Tips sold sterile?
A: The Omni Tips are not sold sterile, but can be autoclaved and the customer may option to receive the Omni Tips in autoclavable bags.

Omni Th kit

NEW – Completely Clear Cryogenic Polycarbonate Box Range + 50% discount

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

You may have seen the standard range of cryogenic boxes in the market place, coloured base and clear lid.

Camlab have  launched a unique range of freezer boxes with a completely clear lid and base.

To celebrate the launch Camlab are offering Introductory 50% OFF 81 Place Clear box

What are the advantages of clear boxes:

  • Clear translucent lids make sample viewing possible without opening the box lid easy, clear bases give the optional advantage of labelling the bottom of your cryovial depending on your ways of working
  • Can use clear labels to mark up your boxes for storing.
  • View your cryovials from any angle within   the box, when stacking and using for for inventory purposes

3 sizes are available; 25, 81 and 100 place cryoboxes


Click Cryoclear boxes to advantage of this great offer

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