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World market leader expands its portfolio with reliable shakers with "GFL Technology"
LAUDA, the world market leader for constant temperature equipment and systems, is expanding its product range of reliable laboratory devices for a wide spectrum of applications with the new Varioshake shakers. The LAUDA Varioshake product line comprises ten shakers in three sizes with five different shaking motions, as well as three shaking incubators in three sizes with a circular motion. Like the new LAUDA Hydro water baths, the Varioshake shakers feature “GFL Technology” and represent the many years of experience and outstanding quality of premium manufacturer GFL Gesellschaft für Labortechnik mbH, which became part of the LAUDA Group at the end of 2018. Equipped with modern LAUDA design and excellent performance data, the new GFL Technology laboratory devices stand for premium quality and precision.
LAUDA Varioshake: Shakers for reliable continuous operation
The LAUDA Varioshake shakers are reliable partners in many applications in the laboratory. They are used for mixing a variety of liquids or powders, prevent sedimentation or are used for oxygen enrichment and sample preparation. LAUDA Varioshake shakers are extremely user-friendly, robust and durable and are therefore the ideal companion for everyday work in the laboratory. Their sturdy, low-wear mechanical system ensures extremely smooth operation and reliable continuous duty. The electronics system controls the soft start. With a space saving of up to 35 percent compared to the previous model, Varioshake shakers are adapted to the limited space available in laboratories. All models of the LAUDA Varioshake shakers are presented in the new, modern LAUDA design.
LAUDA Varioshake shakers are available in versions with a load bearing capacity from 8 to 30 kg and work surfaces up to 676 x 540 mm. Depending on the model, the devices are equipped with user-friendly analog or digital control. The Varioshake VS 8 OE and VS 8 BE models stand out in particular: They are extremely compact and offer an extended ambient temperature range up to 60 °C (instead of the 50 °C typical for series production) for use in incubators. The shaking incubators from the LAUDA Varioshake product line offer a usable volume of 45 to 150 l with shaking areas up to 676 x 540 mm and excellent temperature stability of ±0.2 K. LAUDA Varioshake shakers are equipped with a large number of possible shaking movements. From orbital shakers for round vessels, such as Erlenmeyer flasks or petri dishes, and horizontal shakers to Varioshake overhead shakers with 360° rotation, the Varioshake product line offers movement patterns for a wide range of applications.
LAUDA Varioshake shakers with an extensive accessory range
The extensive accessory range enables the LAUDA Varioshake devices to be tailored to individual requirements. The modular system provides easy exchange and quick and easy adjustment to virtually any size or form of vessel. The range of accessories includes adhesive mats, universal attachments, trays, racks and clamps. In addition to this, almost all of the auxiliary equipment is globally compatible within the Varioshake shaker product range. Quick and easy retrofitting is therefore no problem.
"The LAUDA Varioshake shakers mean that we are adding another core piece of GFL laboratory technology to the extensive LAUDA portfolio. The designation 'GFL Technology' stands as a quality mark for quality and precision, coupled with new product features in a first-class design", explains Dr. Gunther Wobser, Managing Director of LAUDA. "With LAUDA Hydro and LAUDA Varioshake, we have already successfully introduced two LAUDA-GFL appliance lines in the modern LAUDA design this year. We will complete the reorganization in the course of this year."
Precise temperature control from LAUDA makes an important contribution to the fight against the corona virus
The corona virus is changing our daily life and work in a way never before seen. Since the restrictions in public life currently continue to be largely maintained and can only be eased gradually, the pressure on global medical research to develop drugs, therapies and ultimately a vaccine against this novel virus is increasing. LAUDA, as a manufacturer of temperature control units and systems as well as laboratory equipment, contributes to the solution in dealing with COVID-19. As a long-standing supplier of professional temperature control technology with over 60 years of experience, LAUDA equips laboratories all over the world with highly accurate and reliable temperature control and laboratory technology. In times of the Corona Pandemic, an even more important part of LAUDA's expertise is found in the area of pharmaceutical production of active ingredients.
LAUDA temperature control units support companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, for example in the commercial production of pharmaceutically and biotechnologically produced active ingredients - this becomes important, for example, in the production of a vaccine against the coronavirus in large quantities. An important step in this process is the temperature control of bioreactors. Here, microorganisms are cultivated under the best possible conditions, for example in the range of body temperature to 37 to 38 °C, and then suddenly cooled down. "In the field of bioproduction, we have been supplying all well-known customers for years. Especially our Integral process thermostats and the Variocool recirculating coolers with additional heating have become a kind of gold standard in the temperature control of bioreactors," explains Dr. Gunther Wobser, President and CEO of LAUDA.
For the mass production of a possible vaccine or supporting medication, the industrial division of LAUDA develops heating and cooling lyses for scale-up processes. These include process cooling systems for so-called "Freeze & Thaw" processes, in which active ingredients are deep-frozen in large tanks and shipped for further processing. "We are currently receiving enquiries from major technology companies in the USA who are using our industrial cooling systems for research on COVID-19," says Dr. Marc Stricker, the COO responsible for this area.
In addition to production, the storage of active ingredients plays an important role in combating the pandemic. LAUDA cryogenic equipment is used, for example, in the pharmaceutical industry for the production of vaccines and medications in order to store samples safely and over a long period of time.
LAUDA also offers solutions in the area of preparatory steps: "In the area of laboratory technology, we are currently receiving an increasing number of enquiries about LAUDA-GFL stills", explains Dr. Gunther Wobser. The distillation apparatuses of the youngest LAUDA subsidiary are used for the production of purified water for the manufacture of disinfectants as well as for the supply of autoclaves for sterilisation/autoclaving, e.g. of surgical instruments, components or tubes of respirators. So-called overhead shakers also help in the fight against coronavirus - the shakers are used to produce solutions for test kits for the extraction of DNA and RNA from a variety of sample materials such as serum, plasma, oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs (mouth, throat or nose) or other respiratory samples.
However, LAUDA's contribution does not end with its products and services. The company has also offered its support to the Corona Task Force for Medical Technology of the state of Baden-Württemberg, as well as to the well-known medical technology company Dräger in the production of urgently required medical devices. LAUDA also helped Corona helpers of the Main-Tauber Kreis with donations in their solidarity against the consequences of CO-VID-19: "We take the virus very seriously in our own company as well and have initiated strict rules and safety measures to protect the health of our employees and at the same time ensure the availability of our temperature control units worldwide," says Dr. Gunther Wobser. "Fortunately, we can still guarantee this at present. All of our employees are working flat out, either on site or from their home offices, to deliver first-class quality under the given restrictions for those who are urgently dependent on our products in the fight against COVID-19," adds CFO Dr. Mario Englert. "We are proud to be able to contribute to the solution of the Corona crisis with our daily work".
LAUDA intensifies involvement with innovative start-up watttron
The LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GmbH & Co. KG, the world market leader for precise temperature control, has renewed its support for the Saxon technology start-up watttron. Together with other renowned investors, LAUDA is providing fresh capital of EUR 3.4 million in addition to expertise. LAUDA is thus underlining the importance of the successful cooperation with the young company from Freital near Dresden, which began in 2018. The multi-award-winning start-up company develops and manufactures intelligent heating systems that are able to heat with pinpoint accuracy. This is particularly important in the packaging industry, as the innovative process can save energy and material. Together with LAUDA, marketing opportunities in the fields of analysis, bio and laboratory technology and on the North American market are being worked on. In addition, both companies are working on a prototype that is not only capable of heating with pixel accuracy, but also of cooling.
With the current financing round, watttron aims to accelerate its own development, gain new partners on a global level and open up new industries such as biotechnology, chemistry or 3D electronics. LAUDA as a partner firmly believes in the success of the young company and is convinced of the joint partnership: »We have been watttron's cooperation partner for around two years because we have already seen and actively support the benefits of the patented heating technology beyond the packaging market in 2018«, says Dr. Gunther Wobser, President and CEO of LAUDA. »The positive development of recent years has confirmed our decision to continue investing in watttron.«
LAUDA Introduces New Thermoelectric Process Thermostats
Thermoelectric process thermostats, which are used in the temperature control of etching processes in the semiconductor industry, have been a permanent feature of LAUDA’s comprehensive portfolio since its acquisition by Noah Precision (now LAUDA-Noah) in 2014. Now the global market leader has fully revised and expanded the former POU product line with the new “Semistat” series.
The new LAUDA Semistat product line comprises three models: LAUDA's Semistat S 1200 is an affordable entry-level device that offers an even smaller footprint than its predecessor – with the same cooling output of 1.2 kW at 20°C. Meanwhile, the newly developed Semistat S 2400 retains the mechanical and hydraulic structure of the product line. The process thermostat also incorporates the latest innovations from the thermoelectrics sector, such as the latest generation of high-performance Peltier elements, which guarantees a higher power density and greater reliability. With the Semistat 4400, LAUDA has brought a whole new performance class with 4.4 kW cooling output to market. This process thermostat is specially designed for applications using 300 mm wafers with a high cooling output requirement at low temperatures.
Thermoelectric process thermostats for the semiconductor industry from -20 to 90 °C
Semistat process thermostats have been optimized for precision temperature control in plasma etching applications in the semiconductor industry. Defined areas are removed from the surface of the wafers during the etching process. A dynamic temperature controller keeps the wafer chucks located inside the plasma etching chamber at a constant temperature, to prevent temperature drift. The constant temperature is crucial in maintaining a stable etching profile and producing a high-quality surface. Peltier technology realizes the two main advantages of Semistat thermostats: energy and space savings combined with maximum long-term operational stability.
The new process thermostats are extremely energy-efficient because they only control the temperature and consume energy when there is a need to regulate the temperature inside the etching chamber. Since the Peltier element is the only component used for heating and cooling, it is possible to minimize the space requirements of the thermostat. The compact design and optional underfloor installation ensure that minimal space is occupied in the cost-intensive cleanroom. A small internal fluid volume and short hose connections from the device to the application mean that less energy is required to control the fluid temperature. The low volume of the temperature control fluid, in particular, allows rapid temperature changes. Semistat temperature control systems use up to 90 percent less energy than compressor-based systems.
Like its established predecessor, the Semitat product line has a working temperature range of -20 to 90°C and offers a high temperature stability of ±0.1 K. With cooling outputs from 1.2 to 4.4 kW, the water-cooled devices can be used in combination with a large variety of chamber and platform models.
The most important functions of LAUDA Semistat process thermostats
Measures for the maintenance of business operations
The global situation regarding the coronavirus has changed dramatically and has reached unexpected proportions. Today, we have once again defined important measures within the company that also have an impact on our business operations. We have drawn up a plan that will keep our business operations going for as long as possible. However, there may be certain restrictions on accessibility.
We have decided that from 17 March 2020, all business trips from Germany to other countries will be prohibited. In addition, we will not receive any business visits from abroad from 17 March until further notice. We ask for your understanding. It is important to us to emphasize that the health of our employees is always our top priority.
Furthermore, we try to conduct our business in such a way that our customers are affected as little as possible. However, certain effects cannot be avoided due to the epidemic. We thank you for your understanding and are available to answer your questions.