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LAIX makes robust and reliable robotics and dry baths for oil analysis and Solid Fat Content (SFC)

Dry Tempering Blocks

LAIX dry tempering blocks are robust and reliable, easy to operate, and have 4, 5 or 6 blocks which can independently thermostat from 0 to 100 °C.

Cooling to -40 °C

Cooling dry blocks can chill large numbers of samples down to -40 °C without the use of circulating liquids

SFC Automation

Completely automate your SFC measurements and add advanced features like automated calibration

ECO Automation

Completely automate your SFC measurements at a economical price point without sacrificing accuracy and precision

Droplet Size Automation

Completely automate your droplet size distribution measurements

Automate Oil/Moisture

Completely automate your SFC measurements and add advanced features like automated calibration

Fat Lab

LAIX robots can incorporate many laboratory oil measurements according a specific customer's need.

Advantages

  • Highly accurate sample temperatures-
    Makes sure that results are strictest accordance with International Standard Methods like AOCS Official Method Cd 16b-93
  • Smaller, more energy efficient and quieter than water baths
  • Easy operation by 3,5″ touchscreen for highest user friendliness
  • Easy to clean, because each temperature zone can be individually switched off. The aluminum block in question can be separated from electrics by means of simple handles, cleaned and reassembled.

Specifications:

Model PDB1.36 PDB4 PDB5.36 PDB6
Footprint (mm)
250 x 300
150 x 530
150 x 760
150 x 760
Weight (kg)
5
20
25
25
Voltage
80-250 V; 50-60 Hz
Power Consumption (W)
100
300
600
480
Average Power (W)
40
150
300
250
Temperature Range
0.0 to 100.0 ± 0.1 °C
Zones
1
4
5
6
# Positions
36
18
36
18
Orifice dimensions
10.35 x 80 mm (dia. x depth)
Display
2 color
Multicolor display
Operation
4 keys
Touch Display

To reach lower temperatures we offer liquid cooled types (external chiller required), wich reach up to -30ºC (PDB1LC), respectively -10ºC.
The modular design of the SFC Automation system means that you can convert your LAIX Dry Baths into fully automated fat determination instruments.

  • High performance temperature controller specifically designed to work with Peltier elements to maximize their lifetime and performance.
  • Colors, language and functionality customizable.
  • Optimized heat dissipation for the use of Peltier elements provides for a low-noise operation.
  • Replacement of temperature zone without interrupting the operation of the other zones.
  • Tempering units are identical and fully compatible for all systems.

SFC- Automation Software
The process is similar to the fully automated system, but the change of the test tubes has to be done manually. This procedure has many advantages because the software manages and controls the whole process and therefore the user has less sources of error through human faults, less paper-work and an automatic data exchange with LIMS.

Medium Temperature Control
The control of the temperature is performed by the media temperature directly, not by the block temperature. Therefore one position in each temperature zone is permanently equipped with a temperature probe, wich constantly measures the temperature of the medium in the tube.

Inert gas Flow Control
The desired quantity of the flowing gas can be adjusted by the user.

Electronic Inert gas Flow Control
The desired quantity of the flowing gas is supervised by an electronic control with display. In case of deviations there will be an acoustic and optic alert.

Cooling Dry Block

LAIX dry bath CDB

Ther perfect way to cool down your samples
Electrical cooling with FPSC-Cooler

Advantages:

  • Fast: reaches up to -40ºC in a very short time
  • Efficient: Only 80 Watt
  • Small: (CDB1-36): 250 x 300 x 430 mm (WxDxH)
  • Long lifetime without maintenance
  • Free of liquids

More Features:

SFC-Automation

Our proven system for the fully automated SFC-Analysis Complies with international standard methods by AOCS and IUPAC

LAIX Technologies recognize that while the SFC-Analysis is very important in determining the quality of the goods that manufacturers are producing,it is also a routine and standardized task. To enable laboratory efficiency and to decrease the risk of human error, LAIX have developed an automation platform to handle the processing, from raw sample to reported result.

The SFC Automation seamlessly blends more than 15 years of automation experience with customer inspired ideas and proven technologies.
The result is a streamlined system that maxi­ mizes flexibility, efficiency and ease-of-use. It can also work 24/7 and eliminates operator error.

The compact modular design not only saves you laboratory space, but also allows us to take your methods and your sample throughput as a basis for designing a custom-made system that exactly meets your needs. In order to reliably avoid malfunctions, the device is equipped with a fault-free positioning system, based on a stepper motor with absolute sensor.

That means no more positioning errors, no end switches, no homerun.The robot always “knows” its position, even in the event of a power failure or physical collisions. Besides we use a very efficient, newly developed temperature controller, which allows to reach low temperatures with little energy. Last but not least the profile system ensures a high torsional stiffness and makes the whole system very service-friendly.

Modules

Our system is optimized for the use of either Minispec or SpecFit. A software extension PNMR Server is required which enables automatic daily check and modification of measurement parameters.

Electronically heated/cooled dry baths 

All PDB models can be integrated and combined. We recommend the PDB6, because it meets most common requirements. Each PDB has a USB connection for supervision and control of temperature by the software. Interaction is done from the PC as opposed to the touch screen.

Smooth and fast running XYZ linear system with up to 700 mm per second

  • Fast electrical gripper
  • Standard size 140x80x100 em (WxDxH), adaptable to customer’s needs
  • Durable chassis with shatter-proof clear panels and doors
  • Operator protection by safety doors, light curtains and LED strips
  • Less than 200 W power consumption
  • Safe sample transportation controlled by sensors
  • Integration of up to 36 temperature blocks
  • Integration of TD-NMR Analyzer
  • EZ-access sample introduction block 

Software to perform SFC-Measurements using the NMR-Method

With SFC-Application you can process computerized measurements with your Bruker mi­ nispec.The software controls the processing of the sample tubes, the measurement using the minispec and also other devices, such as robot, tempering blocks etc. SFC-Application manages the methods for the measurement and all sample data with their re­ sults.

  • For Windows XPNista/7/10
  • Sophisticated, proven in practice
  • Up to date and user-friendly interface allowing to run many different methods, even with a small number of temperature baths
  • Available in German and English language, easy adaptation into other languages
  • Standard LIMS interface for data import/export, also for SAP
  • Temperature and time management with easy traceability and color coding in case of deviations
  • Method management for all methods (parallel & serial)
  • Sample archive with filter, search and print function
  • Barcode able

Options for SFC-Automation

You still want to use a water bath in addition to our dry baths? No problem, we integrate it into our automation.The sample tubes are dried automatically with air pressure for the next step after using the water baths.

Included in the Premium Version)

The convenient solution to work always with exact temperatures. This is ensured by our newest development, which performs automatic temperature calibrations with a certified thermometer in custom defined periods. For documentation (e.g. for audits) the software produces a report for each calibration.

(Included in the Premium Version)

Save a complete work step by putting the samples directly into the heated input block,which repla­ ces a complete melting bath. Only possible if all samples have the same start temperature.

Instead of a sample tube a closed cup is put into the automation,opening and filling into the tubes is done automatically.

Sample containers provided with a barcode are scanned before filling.Then the system runs auto­ matically the predefined process of the required analysis.

Standard configurations SFC-Automation:

Feature Basic Comfort Premium
# of Temperature Blocks
12
12 std / 24 optional
12 std / 24 optional
# of Sample Tubes
1500
Content
2000
Dimensions (cm)
120 x 80 x 100
140 x 80 x 100
140 x 80 x 100
Shatter proof housing
EZ-access input block
36 position
72 position
72 position
w/ thermal control
Condensation Protection
SFC App v2
Housing Auto-Lock
LIMS-Interface
Condensation Monitor
Temperature Calibration

SFC-Automation ECO

Limited to the essentials – Unlimited in efficiency

Our Economy-version is the perfect solution to benefit from the advantages of automation even with a smaller budget. In comparison to our standard SFC-Automation it is limited to the essentials, but it offers several of its features. It has a smooth and fast running XYZ Iinear system with sensor controlled sample transport and an error free positioning system.

The robot of the ECO12 version is equipped with two PDB6 dry baths with a temperature range from -10°C up to 100°C.The ECO8 version has one heating block for temperatures from ambient up to 100°C, one cooling block for temperatures from 0ºC up to ambient and six baths with a range between 5ºC and 60°C. Of course both comply with international standard methods by AOCS and IUPAC.

Specifications

ECO8:

  • 1 Cooling Block with 36 positions
  • 1 Heating Block with 36 positions
  • 1 PDB6 (6 baths with 18 positions each)SFC-Software SmartSpec
  • Up to 500 tubes per day
  • Max. 800 Watt
  • Size: appr. 850 x 800 x 800 ( WxDxH)

ECO12:

  • 2 x PDB6 (= 12 temperature zones, each with 18 positions)
  • SFC-Software SmartSpec
  • Up to 1000 tubes per day
  • Max. 800 Watt
  • Size: appr.1000 x 1000 x 800 ( WxDxH)

Droplet Size Automation

Automated Analysis of Droplet Size Distribution

Based on our ECO Automation platform,we developped a user-friendly solution for the comfor­ table automated analysis of droplet size distribution.Equipped with one Dry Bath from our COB series and a reliable XYZ-system.Due to its modular design it can easiliy be extended to other analyzes like SFC.

Droplet Size Automation consists of 4 Modules:

1

TD-NMR Analyzer

Droplet Size Automation is not bound to a specific spectrometer. We can implement your equipment or we can offer you a new one of your choice.
The system that we standardly support is the Bruker Minispec.

2

Auto Sampler

Smooth and fast running XYZ linear system
-Fast electrical gripper

-Standard size 800x800 mm, depending on equipment

-Integration of TD-NMR Analyzer

3

CDB 1-100 Dry Bath

-For 10 mm tubes

-1 termperature zone with 100 positions

-Temperature range: ambient to -10ºC

-Inert gas cover

4

Droplet Size Software

- a new development by LAIX

-User-friendly

-For all Windows versions (XPNista/7/10)

AOM - Automated Oilseed Measurement

A system for the fully automated analysis of oilseeds

For the measurement of the oil and water content in oilseeds with an NMR spectrometer. By using an NIR device, also the protein content can be analyzed.

Modular constructed, that means easy adaption to the customer’s me­thods and his sample throughput.

Two modes, one for research and one for fully automated measurements.

 

AOM consists of the following 5 modules

Our AOM is an open system that is not bound to a specific spectrometer.

We can implement your equipment or we can offer you a new one of your choice. The system that we standardly support is the Bruker Minispec.

Fast and precise Mettler-Balance with 0,1 mg resolution.

Smooth and fast running XYZ linear system with up to 700 mm/sec

  • Fast electrical gripper
  • Standard size 140x80x100 em (WxDxH), individually customizable
  • Operator protection by safety door, light curtain and LED stripes
  • Required energy only -200 Watt
  • Safe sample transportation controlled by sensors
  • Integration of TD-NMR Analyzer

Two sample racks with sensor detection for up to 500 samples.

A new development, easy to use and flexible
  • For Windows XP/Vista/7/10
  • Allows to run many different methods
  • Latest and user-friendly Interface, at any time you can:
-Start or stop samples
-Place or take out sample racks
-Switch between the two modes
  • Available in German and English, easy adaption into other languages
  • LIMS Interface for data import/export, also for SAP.

FatLab - Automated Fat Laboratory

Automation of most fat lab analyses

Fatlab is a customer-centric automa­tion strategy; we take into account the laboratory processes of each customer, the desired analyses and use existing analyzers and the labware specific consumables.

The system does the filling, sample prep and measurement in an integrated environment.

The core of automation is the handling of vessels and liquids.The system transports vessels of various shapes and sizes,opens and closes the lid,manages automatic vessel feeds and doses greases and solvents fully automatic using disposable pipette tips.

With an automatic gripper changer, Varilab temperature baths and flexible software our Fatlab can be adapted or expanded to meet the customer’s specific requirements.

Scan sample barcode

Place sample in rack

Completes measurements and stores results in the database

Features:

  • Opening and closing containers
  • Transport and handling of various containers
  • Filling and handling of fat, reagents and chemicals
  • Tempering
  • Weighing
  • LIMS-friendly
  • User friendly application

We can integrate the following analyses (others by request):

  • Titration: POZ, FFA, Karl Fischer, TAN, TBN
  • GC & GC/MS
  • HPLC
  • NMR
  • NIR
  • Refraction
  • Color index
  • Saponification number
  • Iodine value
  • Viscosity
  • ICP
  • FT-IR