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Microwave Devices – Why can’t I use a microwave oven that I can buy from an appliance store? Part 2

This blog is Part 2 on microwave devices. Please check the website for Part 1 of the blog where regulations and safety issues related to microwave devices are explained. When I was shopping for a new kitchen microwave for my home, there seemed to be hundreds of models with different wattage, sizes, features, etc. These …

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Microwave Devices – Why can’t I use a microwave oven that I can buy from an appliance store? Part 1

I still get asked this question, particularly by people whose lab is becoming CAP accredited for the first time and they are suddenly confronted with a non-compliance citation by the CAP. Laboratory microwave oven specification standards are strictly regulated by federal agencies governing laboratory safety. CLSI addresses the standards in publication GP-281 “Microwave Use in …

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Rankin Biomedical Corporation selected as one of the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” by MCSB

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch

Rankin Biomedical Corporation Honored as one of the 2014 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” (Holly, MI) –Rankin Biomedical Corporation has been recognized as one of the 2014 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Rankin Biomedical Corporation will be honored at an awards ceremony during the tenth annual …

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Digital Pathology Market is Expected to Reach $5.7 Billion, Globally, by 2020 – Allied Market Research

According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled “Digital Pathology Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Growth Trends, Share, Opportunities and Forecast 2012-2020,” the global digital pathology market was valued at $2.2 billion in 2013, is estimated to reach $5.7 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 14.3% during 2013-2020. North America led the overall digital …

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The 15 Jobs That Are Most Damaging To Your Health

Female patient looking at a nurse in hospital ward

Some jobs intrinsically have more health risks than others. A nurse working in a hospital is far more likely to catch an infectious disease than a lawyer working in an office. To rank the most unhealthy jobs in America, we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a U.S. Department of Labor database full of …

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What Other Departments do I Need to Contact, if I’m Buying a Piece of Equipment?

Congratulations on being able to buy equipment for your laboratory! Usually, the supervisor has looked into several vendors’ versions of the equipment, researched cost (outright and down the road), and looked to see if it would fit in allotted space. Then comes the matter to convincing department manager that there is a need to spend …

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Why Does the Third Container on my Tissue Processor Have White Granular Precipate in it?

In gathering more information to answer this question, my first questions would be: Are you using 10% neutral buffered formalin (NBF)? Is the first alcohol after the NBF 95% alcohol? I’m going to assume your answers would be YES to both of these questions. Let’s review tissue processing for a moment, so we’re all on …

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