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We recently launched our newest product: Model 120 CA Goniometer. This is a first for us in at least four
different ways: It's our first goniometer to use our new proprietary LED
backlighting system. During the past decade all of our instruments --
both manual and camera-based -- have used a fiber optic illuminator for
back lighting. While we have been very happy with this solution, it's
heavy, uses a lot of power, and is noisy. Our new LED backlight uses a
fraction of the power, is quiet and cool, and on top of that, the bulb
has an anticipated life of 60,000 hours. Overall, we're very happy with
this new backlighting subsystem. Second, the Model 120 is our first
instrument to use a FireWire camera. We've tested dozens of cameras and
only after extensive research have we been able to find a camera and
lens combination that will provide us with the same level of precision
that we currently enjoy with our established 200/250 and 300/500 product
line. Third, it's our first product to use our new DROPimage CA
software. This version of our DROPimage software is simple to use and
optimized for taking contact angle measurements without the
sophistication and complexity of our DROPimage Standard or Advanced
versions. Thus, DROPimage CA is well suited for classroom and QA
environments. Fourth, our Model 120 is the most affordable camera-based
goniometer we have ever offered -- making it a popular choice for
schools and labs where the budget may be constrained.
The Model 120 is called our CA (Contact Angle) Goniometer as it's really optimized for contact angle measuring. It does not have software tools for calculating surface energy, surface tension, or for doing dynamic studies. Software upgrades are available. For more information, or to obtain a brochure or quotation, please contact us.
|At ramé-hart instrument co., we are constantly striving to improve our products -- making them more robust, more accurate, and more useful for the end-users. But as you know, anything that is based on technology is subject to the vagaries of constant change. Recently we've discovered some unusual services that are part of Windows XP which affect serial communications. Our Automated Dispensing System (previously called our Auto Pipetting System) is affected by these communications issues. Our previous default value for the timeout setting was 20 and in Windows 2000 worked fine. With the changes that Windows XP has made to serial communications, we've found that this setting is too low. In our latest versions of DROPimage we have changed the default setting to 50, which in all cases has resolved the the communications problems which have surfaced with users that have upgraded from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. If you feel you are affected by this issue, please review the step-by-step instructions located on our website under Standard Support|
Recently we conducted a survey among our
customers who have purchased one of our instruments over the past
two years. We learned a lot that will help us improve our products and
focus on your needs. Here are a few of the results we'd like to share
1. When asked Would you recommend ramé-hart instrument co. to a colleague looking for a surface science tool? an amazing 100% responded in the affirmative. We take great pride in our craftsmanship and reputation. We were the first company to mass produce a contact angle measuring device (back in the 1960's based on the design of Dr. William A. Zisman) and while we know that we are not the only company that makes surface science tools, we strive to be the best.
2. 93% of the respondents rated the overall quality of our instruments between Excellent and Above Average. 0% responded below average; and only one respondent answered simply average.
3. 47% of respondents use our instruments to perform (in addition to other tasks) dynamic (aka, advancing/receding) studies.
4. When asked How often do you use your ramé-hart instrument?, 48% answered that they use it on a daily basis; 33% use it at least once a week; 19% use it at least once a month.
Your feedback is important to us. Already we have made several minor changes to our design and software based on the feedback we received from this survey. If you have any comments, positive or negative, about our products, I would invite you to send them to us.
This month's featured product is our
Automated Dispensing System, p/n 100-22-100. This optional tool is
software-driven and is supported by both our DROPimage Standard and
Advanced applications. We also offer a stand-alone program for those
they may be using our older RHI software (now discontinued) or are using
the dispensing tool with another tool.
The Automated Dispensing System is invaluable for making accurate drops. With the optional 50uL syringe, you can make drops in increments of less than 0.1uL. The system is also designed to be used in dynamic (advancing and receding) studies offering tremendous flexibility to the researcher in designing special experiments. Over 70% of our Model 300 and 500 sales include this optional accessory.
Thank you for your repeat business, your
referrals, your feedback, and your loyalty. If there is anything I can
do to help you with an existing instrument, a new sale, or a quotation,
please don't hesitate to call on me.