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The New Cubis® II Balance is Modular and Customisable

Mar 22 2019

Several variables can affect the ability to weigh accurately with high-performance balances, such as the location of the balance in the lab and the environment around the balance. Lab balances, must, therefore, provide the most reliable and repeatable weighing results within that lab’s unique situation. To help maximise operational efficiency and experimental outcomes, a fully customisable laboratory balance is an ideal solution to align weighing needs with each lab’s unique demands and requirements.

The ability to pick and choose the hardware, accessories, software, and applications of a fully customisable lab balance allows researchers to meet their specific needs and situation, thus minimising their research costs and maximising return on investment. The Cubis® II balance, with its practical array of modular components, including hardware, software, applications, and accessories offers labs the potential to fully individualise their balance, thus enabling faster, more efficient workflows and enhanced protocol applications.

Because of its intelligent design with the ability of the optional climate monitor to detect environmental influences and the status of the balance via a dashboard, the Cubis® II series of lab balances ensures the highest level of weighing accuracy and precision even when the balance is placed in unideal locations within the lab. Almost all physical variables, such as vibration, drafts and air pressure, temperature, humidity, and static electricity, can affect weighing accuracy with high-resolution balances. Therefore, high-resolution balances must be able to operate accurately in unideal locations, and must be able to report to the user when and how the placement conditions are affecting weighing results. With the Cubis® II, customers can choose an interface unit that actively monitors temperature, atmospheric pressure, and humidity with climate sensors and alerts users to the potential for these variables to affect their weighing results.

The customisable modularity of the Cubis® II series begins with hardware; customers may choose from among 45 weighing modules, two user interfaces, and seven draft shields. Depending on a lab’s specific needs, for instance, weighing modules may be ultra-micro- or micro, semi-micro or analytical, precision, or high-capacity.

Both user interfaces allow touch-control and include essential weighing applications. The advanced user interface has the ability to run tasks with integrated QApps, which are clustered by theme in packages according to topic and are clearly structured and compact, so they are easy for Sartorius to test and validate for the customer. In addition, to help enhance productivity, efficiency, and data integrity in the lab, the advanced user interface allows communication over standard internet protocols, which helps eliminate manual data transcription errors and enhances data quality and integrity because it communicates directly with external software systems. Moreover, if customers have special needs regarding their SOPs or workflows, Sartorius developers are able to modify the software exactly to the customer’s needs.

All balance draft shields are designed to protect substances being weighed from the effects of drafts and, with ionisers installed, static electricity. Drafts and moving air will be detected by highly precise balances. The mechanical force exerted by static electricity is also detectable with analytical balances, with an increasing influence on micro- and ultramicro balances, and is the cause of instability in weighing measurements. Static elimination accessories, such as external air ionisers, can be purchased to dissipate static charges in the air around the balance.

The innovative draft shield technology of the Cubis® II balance not only protects from drafts, but has an optional accessory to eliminate static effects. This draft shield is an automatic glass draft shield that may be operated by gesture sensors, allowing the user to open the draft shield and print with specific movements of the hand over the infrared sensor. One of the Cubis® II balance’s draft shield options also includes an integrated ioniser to eliminate static charges on samples and sample containers, and a conductive coating for extra protection against electrostatic build-up, particularly that which derives from users.

One of the other factors affecting accurate results is correct levelling of the balance because even being slightly off-level can introduce systematic error. The Cubis® II line of balances has a quick and easy, motorised, auto-levelling function to simplify the process of preparing the balance for use and keeping it level for the most accurate weighing results.

The Cubis® II laboratory balance has a fully customisable hardware, software, and connectivity suite that will align with each lab’s unique demands and compliance requirements to help maximise operational efficiency and experimental outcomes.

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