Saffron Walden, UK-based Radleys has introduced a new controlled laboratory reactor (CLR) system that, it claims, incorporates a modular system that offers capabilities normally associated with much higher-priced CLRs.
The new system "sets new standards in flexibility and ease-of-use for process automation,"according to Radleys.
The standard Lara system comprises an interchangeable jacketed glass reaction vessel (either 500ml, 1 litre or 5 litre capacity), along with an integral stirrer and a secure mounting stand with a built-in PC control system to set-up and run experiments.
Radleys noted that Lara has a small footprint, saving valuable laboratory space and allowing it to fit into a regular fume hood. The standard system offers direct connection for up to the sensors and the utility of controlling an unlimited number of third party devices via RS232 or analogue input / outputs. It has been designed to operate over a -70 to + 200 degrees Centigrade temperature range and can work under vacuum or with inert atmospheres.
Down the line, a range of 'plug and play' expansion modules will be made available for Lara to develop its capabilities. These will include automated reagent addition, calorimetry, crystallisation, liquid/liquid extraction, fractionation and automated sampling, noted Radleys.