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January 26, 2012 | Customer News

Tecan injects new life into environmental science

Tecan injects new life into environmental science

Männedorf, Switzerland, January 26, 2012 –
Picarro, a laboratory instrument manufacturer specializing in isotope analysis for the environmental sector, is using Tecan’s Cavro® Centris Pumps as part of an innovative atmospheric water vapor isotope analyzer. Based on Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS), the Picarro analyzer provides environmental scientists with important information on the movement and cycling of water around the world, by measuring the ratio between environmentally significant isotopes such as 1H and 2H or 16O and 18O. Gregor Hsiao, Product Marketing Manager at Picarro, explained: “Our customers rely on fully automated, standalone systems which are able to operate autonomously in remote and inaccessible locations for prolonged periods. To achieve the quality of data required, it is necessary to perform regular, unattended calibration checks using known calibration standards, and so we began developing a module that would provide this functionality.”


“The Picarro analyzer requires vaporization of very small volumes of liquid standards which, in turn, requires very accurate control of flow rates and injection volumes. We needed incredibly high performance fluidics transport, combined with extremely reliable operation, to ensure consistent performance during days, weeks or even months of continuous operation. Tecan’s Cavro Centris Pump can provide this accuracy while coping with the demanding operational needs of the application, and is compact enough to be easily integrated into our platform. The system has two Centris units – each delivering a separate calibration standard – allowing our instruments to perform optimally for prolonged periods in harsh and challenging conditions.”


To find out more about Tecan’s Cavro Centris Pump, visit www.tecan.com/components




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About Tecan

Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. The company specializes in the development, production and distribution of automated workflow solutions for laboratories in the life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, forensic and diagnostic laboratories. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Tecan is also a leader in developing and manufacturing OEM instruments and components that are then distributed by partner companies. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2010, Tecan generated sales of CHF 371 million (USD 356 million; EUR 269 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN/Reuters: TECZn.S/ ISIN: 1210019).



About Picarro

Picarro, Inc. (www.picarro.com) is the world leader in greenhouse gas and optical stable isotope measurement instruments for a variety of scientific and industrial applications including environmental, atmospheric, energy, life science and food testing. The company’s products are based on more than two-dozen patents related to Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) technology. Investors include Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, and DAG Ventures.