Franek Technologies announces an Instrumentation Grade Laboratory Uninterruptible Power Supply for the “KingFisher Duo Prime”.

Tustin, Ca -Franek Technologies has configured an uninterruptible power supply unit to support the “KingFisher Duo Prime”. “KingFisher Duo Prime”.. Franek has had many requests from various laboratories that have a need for a battery backup solution for their “KingFisher Duo Prime”. Franek has developed a plug and play solution for every lab that owns this instrument. Geri Miller, President of Franek Technologies says, “We have had them going in various labs with very successful results.”

The KingFisher Duo Prime is a magnetic particle processor it separates and organizes the particles. It does so by picking up the particles.

Franek Technologies’ UPS/LPS products protect the KingFisher Duo Prime” from these eleven power problems that any laboratory faces.

 

  • Weather – lighting hits (power spikes) and power outages
  • Summer Heat – under voltage (brown outs)
  • Over voltage – power grid imbalances and settings
  • Switched transients – power grid or standby generator switching
  • Unstable frequency – standby generator drift
  • Voltage sag due to large electrical equipment (elevator) startup in the lab or building
  • Voltage surges due to power grid load switching
  • Load (instrument) Power Factor issues
  • Electrical noise induction on 50/60 Hz power lines and voltage flicker
  • Harmonic distortion
  • Complete power failure – power outage

 

The Uninterruptible Power Supply unit arrives complete with the correct power, voltages, and receptacles making installation simple. Plug in the instrument and accessories, plug in the unit and turn it on and you are finished. Installations requiring different voltages for the instrument, computer or accessories will have all voltages and the correct receptacles with circuit breaker protection for your plugs. This assures the instrument and accessories have a common electrical ground and common electrical neutral.

Franek Technologies announces an Instrumentation Grade Laboratory Uninterruptible Power Supply for the “Optima 5300 DV ICP-OES Spectrometer”.

Tustin, Ca -Franek Technologies has configured an uninterruptible power supply unit to support the “Optima 5300 DV ICP-OES Spectrometer”. “Optima 5300 DV ICP-OES Spectrometer”. Franek has had many requests from various laboratories that have a need for a battery backup solution for their “Optima 5300 DV ICP-OES Spectrometer”. Franek has developed a plug and play solution for every lab that owns this instrument. Geri Miller, President of Franek Technologies says, “We have had them going in various labs with very successful results.”

Franek Technologies proudly serves and protects Optima 5300 DV ICP-OES Spectrometer which is an inductively coupled plasma Mass Spectrometer. This process heats up an agent by chemical process and will separate any substrates into multiple structures. The Agilent instrument will then be able to provide a precise analysis in any element that resided in the substrate.

Franek Technologies’ UPS/LPS products protect the “Optima 5300 DV ICP-OES Spectrometer” from these eleven power problems that any laboratory faces.

 

  • Weather – lighting hits (power spikes) and power outages
  • Summer Heat – under voltage (brown outs)
  • Over voltage – power grid imbalances and settings
  • Switched transients – power grid or standby generator switching
  • Unstable frequency – standby generator drift
  • Voltage sag due to large electrical equipment (elevator) startup in the lab or building
  • Voltage surges due to power grid load switching
  • Load (instrument) Power Factor issues
  • Electrical noise induction on 50/60 Hz power lines and voltage flicker
  • Harmonic distortion
  • Complete power failure – power outage

 

The Uninterruptible Power Supply unit arrives complete with the correct power, voltages, and receptacles making installation simple. Plug in the instrument and accessories, plug in the unit and turn it on and you are finished. Installations requiring different voltages for the instrument, computer or accessories will have all voltages and the correct receptacles with circuit breaker protection for your plugs. This assures the instrument and accessories have a common electrical ground and common electrical neutral.

Returning to work from Covid-19 Lab Closure and your Instrumentation UPS.

Many laboratories found themselves shutting down their facility along with their many instruments due to inactivity in response to COVID-19 and their states rules on sheltering in place. We now find ourselves in a period of this pandemic where many states are allowing business to slowly reopen. So what are the next steps you should be taking when it comes time to return to work and safely power your laboratories back up?

Ideally you had enough notification to properly shutdown your laboratory instruments while leaving your Uninterruptible Power Supply unit (UPS) in operation. If your buildings power is in good condition, your UPS will be fully charged and ready when you return to start up your instrument. 

But what if you did have to unplug your UPS without turning it off first? The UPS will simply assume the utility power had gone out and would continue running on the internal battery until it is depleted and eventually the UPS will stop running as well. When you return to work and plug it in it may or may not be able to start on the depleted battery based on how long it has remained in this state. If your batteries have not been replaced in the past 3-6 years and they are weak, the UPS may be completely dark and unable to start. A battery replacement will be in order.

If you did properly shut down your UPS before unplugging and you still return to a dark UPS that will not respond to the startup, it is likely you may have had batteries that were completely gone prior to shutting down and the battery charger was holding up the UPS. You too should order replacement batteries.

If you decided to leave an instrument idling and the UPS on and return to find both shut off, this may be due to a power outage that depleted the UPS batteries resulting in the UPS and the instrument powering off. When power returned, if the UPS batteries are in good condition and not completely depleted resulting in the UPS batteries will recharge. Simply start the UPS and instrument and resume operation.

If you do find you are in need of battery replacement, Franek Technologies is still operating with minimal staff onsite to ensure you can get your batteries replaced or a new UPS shipped to you as soon as possible. We have a full inventory of UPS instruments and batteries in stock to meet your laboratory instrument needs. In addition we are now selling masks and hand sanitizer made with 80% alcohol to WHO formulation at a FDA registered site.

Backup System for COVID-19 Cover Testing Lab

As the COVID-19 spreads across the globe, medical facilities are starting to crumble under the pressure. Most organizations in the deeply affected areas have cut down on their operations and this, in the long term, affects the supplies needed in testing for COVID-19 and catering for patients. 

To minimize possibilities of disruption, it’s important for medical establishments to put in place a backup system that would guarantee continuity in their noble work.  

So, what should a back system for COVID-19 entail?

While there are tens of basic items needed when testing for COVI-19 or catering for the affected, here are key items that should be available at all times.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPT) – these include face masks, protective goggles, protective footwear, body gown, and gloves. Lacking these key items may lead to exposure of the staff as they attend to the affected.
  • Testing kit– fact is without testing kit, there isn’t much that the medics can do about COVID-19.  
  • Clinical care equipment- besides the basic testing kit, it’s paramount to have a back up of equipment that can help cater for sick. Such apparatus include ventilators, medical supplies for managing the conditions, and blood supply for emergency cases. 
  • Power back up system- it’s no brainer blackout can lead to deaths besides slowing down the testing process. It’s thus important to ensure you have backup power sources that can serve the facility for some hours before the main supply is restored. 

The items included in a backup system may differ in composition and quality depending on the state, cases at hand, and other factors. What’s important is to ascertain the availability of basic items that can guarantee continuity of the testing services and the treatment of COVID-19 patients.   

Why Backup Power System is Crucial on the Speed of Testing COVID-19

There are arguably countable institutions where reliable power supply is vital than the health industry. In the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the power supply can spell the difference between living and dying.  The majority of life-saving equipment in medical facilities run on electrical energy and power crisis could shut the whole system down. 

Here are steps to ensure there is constant power supply especially for speedy testing of COVID-19 cases:

  • Have separate back up power supply for key equipment and servers. This allows doctors to offer critical services and access to patient’s data.  
  • Invest in UPS units to protect key electronic equipment in the patients’ rooms. 
  • Backup power supply units should be maintained on a regular basis to ensure they are always working to the optimum level. The maintenance routine should entail optimizing them to ensure they perform at expected level in different scenarios.
  • Put in place the necessary power management technology and trained man power to monitor the technology. 

Regardless of how stable power supply is in the location chosen for COVID-19 testing, it’s advisable to ensure there is working power backup to bail the testing station in turbulent times. The systems should be tested often especially in this critical duration of time

Turn Around Time for COVID-19 Testing

Turn Around Time for COVID-19 Testing
Positive blood test result for the new rapidly spreading Coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, China

The duration between testing and releasing of the results for COVID-19 tests for an affected individual varies depending on the availability of testing kits and testing procedures employed among others.

The main tests methods employed include:

  1. Detecting the virus

In this method, specimens from an individual is collected through sputum sample or by carrying out a nasopharyngeal swab. Depending on the availability of testing kits, results can be ready within two days of carrying out the tests. 

  1. Detecting antibodies in an affected individual

This testing procedure is based on the premise that when a body is attacked by pathogens, it produces antibodies to fight off these pathogens. 

With regard to COVID-19, peripheral blood specimens are used to test for presence for antibodies. While the procedure is still at the early stages of testing, it is expected that it will be faster than other procedures and can return results within 15 minutes of testing.

Because of the exponential spread of the COVID-19 flu and limited testing kits, the world’s turnaround time has been taking longer than stated in the methods above. On average, the results are released between four to five days after testing.

As a precautionary measure to protect yourself and loved ones, always strive to follow safety procedures outlined by healthcare givers and authorities. These include practicing social distancing, minimizing unnecessarily traveling, eating healthy, and have some backup power supply.

Lab Devices for Covid19 Testing

The Quest Diagnostics Lab-Developed Test (LDT)

The Lab-Developed test is an in vitro diagnostics procedure used to detect nucleic acid caused by the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in an individual’s respiratory specimen. 

Quest Diagnostics runs LDT tests on samples given by healthcare givers in a quest to determine if individuals under scrutiny have been attacked by COVID-19.

How the LDT works

First off, healthcare givers request for Quest supplies from Quest’s in-office phlebotomists. The healthcare caregivers then use the supplies to collect respiratory specimens from suspected individuals and send them to Quest Diagnostics labs. Medicals at Quest laboratories then run The LDT test to with a view to finding presence nucleic acid in the suspected COVID-19 specimen. 

Quest Diagnostics then sends the results to public health labs basing on existing guidelines. Unlike other COVID-19 testing centers, the Quest Diagnostic LDT doesn’t deal directly with the client under observation.

Key Developments Under the Lab Developed Test for COVID-19

  • At full capacity, the Quest Diagnostic labs will be carrying 25,000 a day. This will ease the burden on other COVID-19 testing centers
  • The test is only limited to testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid
  • Students being tested will receive a phone if the results are positive or inconclusive
  • Physicians can request for the LDT test using the code 39433.

Bronchial Lavage/Wash (BAL)

Have you ever heard about Bronchial lavage in the past? This is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the installation of sterile normal saline into sub-segment of the lungs. You will realize that it normally followed by the suction and the collection of the installation for later analysis. Here, a flexible bronchoscope is normally introduced into the sub-segment of the lung. It is worth noting that this procedure was introduced by American physicians in 1974. These physicians were known as Reynolds and Newball. Nowadays, it serves as a diagnostic tool for checking lower respiratory tract pathology. Also, this procedure has proved to have some therapeutic utility.

It is important to note that BAL is a diagnostic tool that can be used to accurately diagnose various infections out there. Also, it can be used to get material for culture and sensitivity. In most cases, this tool is normally preferred over other invasive techniques such as thoracoscopy and biopsies. For instance, if a disease such as Tuberculosis is on the rise, BAL will be able to sample the epithetical lining of the alveoli and thereby manage to detect tuberculosis more effectively. It is ideal for the early detection of many ailments.

Also, BAL can help in the diagnosis of fungal infections. This is because it has a sensitivity of 98%. You will note that it is almost equal to bronchial biopsy when it comes to sensitivity and specificity. Finally, BAL is a useful tool that can help you diagnose lung malignancy. From diagnosing bacterial pneumonia to lung malignancies, BAL has proved to be very effective in the past. For optimal performance, you need to have a backup power system. Consider this procedure today and you will be able to diagnose different respiratory infections that can hinder your productivity at the workplace or even at home. It is truly incredible.

Tracheal Aspirate/Sputum

Are you suffering from a respiratory system disorder? There are many factors that you should consider. You should consider undergoing a tracheal aspiration procedure. Here, your lungs and the lower airways will be samples for cytology and culture. This goes a long way in avoiding the potential contamination of the pharyngeal flora. Currently, diagnosing ventilator-associated pneumonia, is not very easy. It remains to be a big challenge for many doctors. Managing patients with this problem has also proved to be cumbersome as more resources are needed.

It is important to note that due to the increased technical skill and equipment needed, the collection of specimens other than sputum from the lower respiratory tract can be challenging for patients with more severe diseases. The tracheal aspirate which is one of the main methods of collecting a specimen from different patients involves obtaining tracheal secretions for culture and microbiological diagnosis of VAP. This procedure can readily be conducted at the bedside. The good news is that it is simple and is minimally invasive and inexpensive. This has proved to be very accurate and requires minimal investment.

Besides collecting this specimen this way, you can still use the test code 39433 (LDT test). This is a type of vitro diagnostic test which should purposely be carried out in one single lab. These tests can readily measure, or detect several analytes such as proteins, chemical compounds and so on in a certain sample. This is more ideal if you want to collect other respiratory specimens such as bronchial lavage/wash (BAL), nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash and so on. This has worked well for many patients in the past. If you have a respiratory disorder, you can consider using an LTD test to diagnose your problem. For optimal results, your clinic of choice should have a backup power system so that these tests can be carried out even when there is a blackout in that area. It is true to say that LDT tests are vital to the continued development of personalized medicine.

Roche Diagnostics Test for COVID-19

As opposed to lab-developed testing, the Roche Diagnostics test helps in decoding the SARS-CoV-2 virus genetic signature. The tests can be done from any reference laboratory or hospital across the US.

The results can be availed within four hours of completing the testing procedure. Besides this, the testing system can process up to nine hundred results within a duration of eight hours.

How the Roche Diagnostics Test work

  • A suspected COVID-19 case is referred to as a healthcare provider for further assessment. The healthcare giver should then get in touch with a medical professional who is at liberty to order for the COVID-19 test.
  • The medical professional collects swab samples from the suspected individual and proceeds to carry out the test within designated COVID-19 testing station that has the Roche Diagnostics testing system. 
  • The results are available within four hours of testing from where the individual can be placed under specialized care or released. 
  • Individual labs are at liberty to determine the cost of the test
  • This diagnostic system is only available is specific countries such as the United States.

Roche Diagnostics test comes along like a fast and effective procedure for testing for COVID-19 cases. Even then, it’s paramount that individuals observe precautionary measures that safeguard them from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These measures range from healthy eating and avoiding crowded areas. It’s also prudent to source for enough food supplies and has some power system back up in preparation of the worst-case scenario such as a lockdown.

Benefits of Franek Backup Power For lab testing

Franek Technologies provides all in one power protection systems that include seamless automatic backup power. Its systems actively clean up power inconsistencies in voltage, frequency, and sinewave shape. This is extremely important when using a generator as the primary power source as generator power is notorious for damaging electronics with inconsistent frequency variations. Franek Technologies UPS systems also come into play when power is completely lost, as backup power is already online and synchronized, so there is not even a momentary loss of power experienced by the protected devices similar to how a dual power supply system works for a computer server only on a much larger scale.

Battery Backup Power Temporary Lab Power Solutions For Onsite Corona Virus (COVID-19) Testing

Franek Technologies is working with various labs to provide battery backup systems also known as uninterruptible power supplies,  for the Covid-19 testing.  Franek Technologies is part of the “essential business” and continues to give support to the labs.  Geri Miller, Franek president stated “We realize how important our business is to helping with the Covid-19 testing”, “Franek is doing our part by keeping our employees safe.  I have sent home more than 75% of our workforce home.  They all remote in and still work and get paid”.

Battery Backup Power, Inc. Mobile/Temporary Lab Power Solutions For Onsite Corona Virus (COVID-19) Testing

Benefits of Franek Backup Power For lab testing

Franek Technologies provides all in one power protection systems that include seamless automatic backup power. Its systems actively clean up power inconsistencies in voltage, frequency, and sinewave shape. This is extremely important when using a generator as the primary power source as generator power is notorious for damaging electronics with inconsistent frequency variations. Franek Technologies UPS systems also come into play when power is completely lost, as backup power is already online and synchronized, so there is not even a momentary loss of power experienced by the protected devices similar to how a dual power supply system works for a computer server only on a much larger scale.

Mobile Testing and Backup Power Systems

Due to the recent increase in the need for mobile or temporary labs close to potential outbreak sites, Franek Technologies systems are used with generators to provide utility grade or higher quality power to onsite lab instruments such as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) systems that detect the presence of Corona Virus (COVID-19) in the blood sample by analyzing DNA. If power is lost or fluctuates during the analysis, the sample could be lost/damaged and/or the time consuming test would need to be restarted from the beginning potentially causing a dangerous delay in diagnosis.

Quest Diagnostics is receiving COVID-19 specimens and performing testing. Testing is available nationally.

Battery Backup Power, Inc. Mobile/Temporary Lab Power Solutions For Onsite Corona Virus (COVID-19) Testing
Turnaround time for COVID-19 testing is typically 4-5 days from the time of specimen pick-up but can vary due to high demand. Please contact your Quest representative to obtain the turnaround time at your specific laboratory location.

To meet the growing demand of our healthcare providers and patients, Quest Diagnostics has been rapidly expanding testing capacity by adding:

·         The Quest Diagnostics lab-developed test (LDT) to many of our other high-complexity laboratories including Chantilly, VA and Marlborough, MA. This test has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories.

·         A high-throughput, FDA-Emergency Use Authorized Roche Diagnostics test for COVID-19, which is now available.

·         Customers are encouraged to order the Roche Diagnostics test (test code 39444) because it provides high-throughput automation, which will enable us to provide more testing capacity.

·         For other respiratory specimens (eg, bronchial lavage/wash (BAL), nasopharyngeal aspirate/wash, tracheal aspirate, or sputum) the test code 39433 (LDT test) should be used.

·         Both tests codes available can utilize the nasopharyngeal (preferred) and/or oropharyngeal specimen types.

·         Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers and Quest in-office phlebotomists will NOT collect respiratory specimens, including those from patients suspected of having COVID-19.

Protect Critical Biomedical Research Instrumentation

Franek Technologies Selected to Protect Critical Biomedical Research Instrumentation at the University of Michigan Medical School

Franek Technologies protects $700K in biomedical mass spectrometry instrumentation and informatics for University of Michigan Medical School. Tustin, CA – Franek Technologies, Inc., the leader in certified Category III-3 Laboratory Battery Backup Power Protection Systems (LPS/UPS), has been selected to protect the University of Michigan Medical School Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility’s investment in mass spectrometry analysis equipment. With Franek Technologies’ instrumentation-specific power protection solutions, the Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility is now protected against power fluctuations or failure that could otherwise cause costly damage to instrumentation, loss of samples and data, as well as significant lost productive time. Franek Technologies’ certified power protection systems currently protect all of the research instrumentation and electronics within the Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility, including Thermo Electron LTQ and TSQ Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometers, along with the Waters CapLC and Alliance 2695 Modular System High Performance Liquid Chromatographs. The University of Michigan desired protection from significant power abnormalities (brown-outs, sags, surges etc…) caused by summer heat waves, the thunderstorm season, and ice storms. Dr. Kate Noon, manager of the Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility, wanted consistent power delivery to the facility’s expensive instrumentation to avoid costly damage to the instrumentation and the potential loss of irreplaceable research samples and data. Based on a referral from the director of the DNA Core Sequencing Laboratory at the University, where Franek Technologies’ currently protects its Applied Biosystems Prism® 3100, 3700, 3730XL Genetic Analyzers and 7900HT Sequence Detection System instruments, Dr. Noon sought the power protection expertise of Franek Technologies. “I’ve seen first hand what can happen to a laboratory without power conditioning,” Dr. Noon explains. “Brown-outs and power surges can cause extensive damage to mass spectrometry equipment. We need power clean enough for our sensitive research equipment. If we are going to invest significant resources in research instrumentation, we need to go the extra step to protect the instrumentation and keep things running smoothly.” Working closely with Dr. Noon, the experts at Franek Technologies custom designed a power protection solution to guarantee that the mass spectrometry instrumentation and supporting electronics will remain viable 24/7, regardless of the condition of the power coming into the facility. The Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility provides unique, hands-on training to graduate and post-doctoral students, as well as faculty members, on the fundamentals of mass spectrometry for application to future pursuits in pharmacology. Through research at the facility, many new drug candidates are identified and modifications on existing drugs are developed. Investigators focus on a wide-array of areas, such as cardiovascular health, oncology, and autoimmune diseases, with a huge variety of applications. As one of the top medical schools and research institutions in the country, the training provided at the Biomedical Mass Spectrometry Facility ensures that the top graduate students are well prepared to enter the field of pharmacology and make great strides in drug discovery. Franek Technologies, Inc. provides the scientific, research, laboratory, and informatics markets with an energy and power technology bridge, via certified Category III-3 “Instrumentation Grade” interface devices, between the utility and its distribution network. Franek Technologies safeguards instrumentation operators from undesirable power surges, sags, and interrupts via true online LPS/UPS protection, specifically designed and engineered for critical drug discovery, research and clinical instrumentation applications. Its website of over 1,400 instrument LPS applications for more than 75 OEMs can be viewed at www.franek-tech.com.    

Weather-Related Power Outages

 

Microcheck Combats Frequent Weather-Related Power Outages with Franek Technologies Power Protection System

Further aligning itself with market leaders, Franek Technologies installs mission-critical power protection system at Microcheck to ensure its Applied Biosystems Gene Sequencer runs around the clock, processing 300 samples per week. Tustin, CA – In a good month, Microcheck, a leading microbial identification laboratory, suffers only 2 power outages, and again, that’s a good month. Frequent outages are caused by severe weather, including ice and windstorms, in its remote location in the one-stoplight town of Northfield Vermont. Since even a power flicker as short as 30 milliseconds will result in equipment damage, sample loss, and lost productive time, Dr. Mike Sinclair, CEO/Laboratory Director of Microcheck, proactively installed a certified Franek Technologies power protection system with battery back-up to protect the laboratory’s $200,000 Applied Biosystems (ABI) PRISM® 3130xl Genetic Analyzer/Gene Sequencer. According to Dr. Sinclair, if the laboratory’s Gene Sequencer were to go down due to unconditioned power, the laboratory simply would not be able to keep up with customer demand, which requires running 300 samples per week. Since the overall success of the company is directly linked to its ability to run tests 24/7, Microcheck’s investment in the Franek Technologies power protection system was determined to be mission critical. As experts in bacterial and fungal identification, environmental monitoring, and microbiology testing, Microcheck, which is FDA-regulated, supports quality control programs for the pharmaceutical, medical device, and related industries. In the pharmaceutical/medical device arena, which represents the lion share of Microcheck’s business, the company ensures that critical human health medical devices, such as heart valves and knee replacements, are completely sterilized and therefore safe for transplant into patients. Without this verification process, the long-term prognosis for such transplant patients would be significantly compromised. Without the certified instrumentation-specific power protection provided by Franek Technologies, Dr. Sinclair estimates that each power outage would result in a monetary loss of a minimum of $9,000 per outage in laser damage to the ABI Gene Sequencer. Since the Microcheck laboratory experiences at least 2 outages per month, the cost of unprotected instrumentation is significant, and this doesn’t include sample loss or lost productive time as a result of the outages. At the recommendation of ABI, Dr. Sinclair contacted Franek Technologies for a customized power protection solution with battery back-up so that, when the inevitable power outages do occur, the Gene Sequencer is able to complete the test run and then initiate a managed shut-down of the instrumentation and computer systems, thereby protecting all instrumentation and samples. “I sleep better at night knowing that our ABI Gene Sequencer will run 24/7 regardless of what’s going on weather-wise outside our laboratory,” explains Dr. Mike Sinclair, CEO/Laboratory Director, Microcheck. “It would be ridiculous not to have a Franek Technologies’ unit supporting the Gene Sequencer as the risks are just too great and directly tied to our bottom line. Our investment in this level of protection is insurance and absolutely mission crucial for Microcheck.” “We are very proud of our relationship with Microcheck,” states Raymond L. Hecker, VP/General Manager, Franek Technologies, Inc. “We like being associated with leading-edge organizations who have selected our products to help them advance science, public health, and national security. We look forward to working with Microcheck for years to come.”   Franek Technologies, Inc. specializes in providing Laboratory Productivity/Protection Systems (LPS/UPS) for analytical, diagnostics, forensic, life-science, pharmaceutical and biotechnology instrumentation systems applications. Its certified uninterruptible battery backup power sources for laboratory and instrumentation applications protect over $3 billion in laboratory assets worldwide. The company’s power engineers have developed LPS/UPS products for over 1,500 instrumentation applications, from more than 100 manufacturers, to meet US Government power requirements. For more information, call (800) 326-6480 or visit   Microcheck is an independent microbiology laboratory specializing in microbial identification of bacteria and fungi. The company supports quality control programs for the pharmaceutical, medical device, personal health, sterile manufacturing/packaging, agriculture/food, raw materials, water testing, research, bioremediation, and other industries. Over 200,000 isolates have been identified to species at Microcheck since 1988. Microcheck’s scientific teams are experts in bacterial identification, fungi identification, gene sequencing, environmental monitoring, and microbiology testing. For more information, call (866) 709-6600 or visit www.microcheck.com.