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Secure Sealing of SBS Format Tube Racks


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Ziath has announced the launch of impressiOn - a semi-automatic device designed to take the strain out of applying friction sealing mats or septum sealing caps to SBS format tube racks.

Tube racks are a valuable tool in life science research and clinical diagnostic testing laboratories as they can be used to simplify the handling and storage of large numbers of samples. It is essential that tube racks can be securely sealed in order to avoid contamination and evaporation thereby maintaining the integrity of your samples. The Ziath impressiOn is designed for high integrity, cost-effective sealing of single use SBS format tube racks.

Using the impressiOn is intended to be simple and quick, involving placing the rack or plate with its attendant friction mat or septum cap web in the drawer and pushing it firmly shut. Sealing is initiated using the single action large start button, then electronics take over, applying reproducible and even pressure every time to force the septum seals down into each tube.

The compact unit requires only a 110v or 220v power supply to operate and is small enough to sit on most lab benches. The Ziath impressiOn will work with most commercially available septum cap mats and different manufacturers 2D-coded and uncoded tubes in SBS-format racks. Both friction and septum seals for 96-, 48- and 24-tube plates have been shown to work using the ImpressiOn sealing device. As standard, the unit is also supplied with two rack adaptors to enable sealing of shallow and deep racks. Alternative rack adaptors are available to suit specific manufacturers’ tube racks.

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