The Hutchison/MRC research centre in Cambridge is among the first to use the Sci-Q 323 pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group. The pump was chosen following an extensive comparative trial, where it excelled in ease of tube replacement, its straightforward software set-up procedure and the large LCD display, which was particularly useful during training.
Karen Hébert, the media unit supervisor at Hutchison, commented: "An important requirement was the ability to swap tubes quickly and simply. Because we often deal with media that needs to be kept within specific temperature ranges under aseptic conditions, we sometimes need to change tubes in seconds - to start dispensing before the media cools.
"The wide range of tube diameters available is also a major benefit, allowing us to optimise flow rates for jobs that involve dispensing volumes of between just a few millilitres and up to 20 litres, keeping dispensing time to a minimum and reducing waste."
With a choice of five drives and five pumpheads, the Sci-Q 323 range allows users to choose a precise combination to meet their needs without paying for unwanted features. The Hutchison/MRC 323 is optimised for dispensing, allowing size of dose, delivery interval and number of doses to be specified.