SciMed open days 2015: 6-7 October

SciMed Open Days 2015

SciMed are pleased to announce their fourth annual open days.  This event is designed to give customers a better understanding of the full suite of laboratory equipment that SciMed have to offer.  In the last year we have seen our Analytik Jena product line become an integral part of our business and we are holding a specific day after the 2 open days that will see the official launch of the Plasma Quant ICP-MS.  This will at the unique features of the PQ-MS along with our other elemental techniques from Analytik Jena.  We have also taken over Rigaku’s powder XRD business in the UK which opens a new exciting chapter for SciMed and we will highlight what sets out this range of equipment from other XRD suppliers.

On the following pages you will find more information about the event including the technical program and a list of the equipment we will have on display for demos.

We look forward to seeing you in our new home.

Dates:   Open Days Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October 2015

PlasmaQuant ICP-MS launch : Thursday 8th October 2015

Start Time:  Registration from 9:30 with the first talks at 10:00.

Location:  Unit B4, The Embankment Business Park, Vale Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, SK4 3GN.


Lunch : A buffet lunch will be served.

Accommodation : We have teamed up with The Didsbury House Hotel which is conveniently located near the office.  Please let us know if you need accommodation and we will book it for you.  Current SciMed customers are entitled to a complimentary nights’ accommodation.

Evening Meal on the Tuesday evening:  Those people attending both open days are welcome to join us for dinner on the Tuesday evening.


Tuesday 6th October 2015

9:30  Registration and coffee.


10:00-10:30 What’s new at SciMed? Adam Rucklidge

This talk will give a brief overview of what new techniques we offer at SciMed and also what developments there have been in our existing product range.


10:30-10:50  The myths about dust explosions.  Dave Dale

Dusts in many industries represent a major explosion hazard. This presentation will show the devastating consequences of either being unaware of or ignoring such threats and what must be done to address these issues. A live demonstration of a small scale dust explosion will be used to supplement the discussion.


10:50-11:10 The use of ultrasonic homogenizers in both lab & industry. Dan Clarke


11:10-11:30 Coffee Break


11:30-12:00  Powder Flow Characterisation using Shear testing,  Paul Vanden Branden

Most processes involving powders face issues from poor flow and is particularly true for cohesive powder and issues will occur in silos hoppers, when filling devices etc. The Jenike method has been the benchmark method not only for the determination of flow properties, but also in applying the Quality by Design approach to powder handling systems this avoiding all flow related issues.


12:00-12:30 Many angles in one square box – why you need to be flexible in particle sizing, Dan Clarke

Dynamic Light Scattering is evolving. Higher resolution, larger size range, more techniques;
all in the same box. Brookhaven now offer the complete particle characterisation solution 
in one instrument

12:30-13:00 Food Integrity- You are what you eat, but what are you eating? Darren Machen.

Food integrity and fraud is of key concern for obvious reasons. Technology is available to quickly determine that the food and drink that we consume. How can we prove what is claimed on the bottle. NIR and RAMAN can offer a quick and powerful tool to scrutinise the food in question.


13:00-14:00 Lunch


14:00-14:30 Feeling the pressure under flow?, Adam Rucklidge

                As chemists and chemical engineers are put under increasing pressure to make their chemical processes more cost effective more and more investigation is being carried out on flow chemistry.  This presentation will show how operating chemical processes requiring pressure and flow can be carried out on the lab scale.


14:30- 15:00  The safe scale up of phenol formaldehyde reactions and scale up calculations. Dave Dale



15:00-16:30 Discussions and product demonstrations with coffee
9:30 Registration and coffee


Wednesday 7th October 2015

10:00-10:30 XRF a spectroscopic method for the analysis of major, minor or trace inorganic components? Garry Smith



10:30-11:00  Analysis of volatile elements by XRF using borate fusion sample preparation. Malcolm Haigh

In XRF analysis, sample preparation is an important step in the analytical procedure. A borate fusion is frequently used for the determination of main components but the high temperatures involved can lead to problems for light elements such as sulphur, fluorine and chlorine.  This talk will examine how this issue is negated with the new Fluxana electric fusion system


11:00-11:20 Thermogravimetric  Analysis – The balance between low & high mass techniques. Dave Dale

Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) has a wide application range and here we will introduce this technique and show examples of the information that can be obtained both on small and large sample masses. Particular focus will be made on highly automated high mass TGA that is finding use  in industries (e.g. coal, food, waste, flour, biomass , soil etc.) that require , for example, high sample throughput for  moisture loss, volatile content, and ash content  analysis.


11:20-11:40  Coffee Break


11:40 – 12:10 Supercritical CO2: an overview and latest developments. Prof Ray Marriot, Bangor University

The extraction, optimisation and separation of valuable compounds from waste and biomass utilising CO2. The tuneability of CO2, where by the density of the solvent can be altered by strict control of both temperature and pressure allows for a wide range of products to be selectively extracted, be that with liquid or supercritical CO2


12.10 – 12:50  Introduction to Rigaku’s range of Powder XRD and X-Ray tomography equipment. Darren Machen



12:50-13:50 Lunch


13:50-14:10 UV-VIS  – not just for use with a 10mm cuvette.  Rene Nowka, Analytik Jena

Most people’s exposure to UV-VIS spectrometry is coloured liquids in a 10mm cuvette.  This talk will look at some of the many accessories available with the AJ Specord range of UV-VIS spectrometers and the different application avenues that this opens up for both R&D and QC testing.


14:10-14:30 Automated solutions for TOC. John Hall.

This talk will look at the options avaibale for carbon analysis.  We will cover how both liquid and solid samples can be handled and what information can be obtained with little operator sample preperation


14:30-15:00 Listen to you oil it might tell you something you really need to know. Malcolm Haigh

We don’t change tyres or brakes without first inspecting them, but in many cases we change our oil without inspecting it at all.  Now, with the development of Spectro Scientific’s range of potable analysers, lab quality data in real time, right at the point of sampling can be obtained, resulting in reducing the cost of new oil purchases (and used oil disposal) as well as gaining early indications of critical asset failures. 


15:00-16:30 Discussions and product demonstrations with coffee


Thursday 8th October 2015


Official UK launch of the PlasmaQuant MS ICP-MS from Analytik Jena


After the purchase of the Bruker ICP-MS range in 2014, Analytik Jena have launched a new suite of ICP-MS Spectrometers : The PlasmaQuant MS and the PlasmaQuant MS Elite ICP-MS.


The PlasmaQuant® MS series offers two high-performance, high sensitivity models with the lowest operating costs on any ICP on the market. A number of innovative technologies make this instrument a leader in its class and through a number of presentations and discussions we will highlight these and what difference that makes to the modern day analyst.


PlasmaQuant MS Elite and PlasmaQuant MS from Analytik Jena

As part of this exciting day we will also delve in to Analytik Jena’s other unique metal analysis spectrometers : PlasmaQuant PQ9000 ICP-OES and ContrAA High Resolution Atomic Adsorption Spectrometers.   With these and the other AAS from Analytik Jena (ZEEnit and NovAA series) we will look at what makes this fleet both unique and robust spectrometers.  Specific focus will be given to direct solid sampling AAS which is only possible with an AJ AAS.


Equipment on display

During the day we will have our demo equipment on display which will give attendees the chance to better familiarise themselves with our products. If you are interested in running some of your samples on the equipment please let us know and we will ensure we make time for this.


XRF Spectrometers and sample prep

  • Rigaku Nex-CG XRF Spectrometer
  • Rigaku Nex-QC+ XRF Spectrometer
  • Rigaku Supermini 200 WD-XRF
  • Fusion Station


Ultrasonic Processors

  • Hielscher UP1000 Ultrasonic
  • Hielscher lab scale Ultrasonic
  • Hielscher Vial Tweeter



  • Parr 6050 Oxygen Bomb calorimeter
  • Parr 6100 Oxygen Bomb calorimeter
  • Parr 6400 Oxygen Bomb calorimeter
  • Hitachi 7000 TGA/DTA
  • Fauske ARSST
  • Fauske VSP
  • Navas High Mass TGA2000



  • Gamry Reference 600 Potentiostat
  • Gamry Interface 1000 Potentiostat
  • Gamry Reference 3000 Potentiostat






Molecular Spectroscopy

  • Rigaku Progeny Handheld Raman Spectrometer
  • JDSU MicroNIR Spectrometer
  • Foster and Freeman Benchtop Raman Spectrometer
  • AJ Specord 210 UV-VIS


Pressure Vessels

  • Parr 4566 benchtop pressure vessel
  • Parr 5513 Compact Lab Reactor
  • Parr 4871 Process Controller
  • Waters Supercritical CO2 Systems


TOC Analysers

  • AJ Multi-NC 3100
  • AJ Multi NC UV-HS

Other Analysis techniques

  • Sherwood 926 Chloride Analyser
  • Sherwood Flame Photometer
  • Brookhaven Omni Particle Size Analyser
  • Dietmar Schulze Shear Tester