Analytical Instrument targets water quality applications.

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Featuring 6 sensor inputs, hand-held LabNavigator® collects 100 k samples/sec and can be used as computer interface, stand-alone device, or as field instrument for water analysis. Multi-parameter unit features built-in graphing and analysis software, 320 x 240 pixel color touch screen, and 40 MB on-board data storage, expandable through SD/MMC card or USB drive. Housed in splash-proof enclosure with rubber molding, instrument operates on rechargeable battery or AC power.

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Forston Labs Introduces the LabNavigator at Pittcon 2010

FORT COLLINS, CO - Forston Labs, a manufacturer and vendor of high-quality analytical equipment and applications, today announced the introduction of the LabNavigator®, a multi-parameter instrument that previously has been unavailable to the commercial market in North America.

The hand-held LabNavigator is a multi-technology/multi-sensor analytical measurement platform used either as a computer interface, a stand-alone device or in the field for water analysis. Until now, analytical instrumentation used for water quality applications have either been low quality/cost or high quality/cost. Even moderately priced instruments of adequate quality are still a significant cost for water and wastewater plants.

With six sensor inputs (electrochemical, turbidity, spectrophotometer, and more), the cost-effective LabNavigator has a 100k samples per second collection rate. The instrument has built-in graphing and analysis software; 40 MB of on-board data storage, with further expansion through SD/MMC card, or USB drive; a vivid 320 x 240 pixel color touch screen easily visible outdoors, and; a rugged, splash proof enclosure with rubber molding for shock absorption. Other features are a rechargeable, high-capacity internal battery or AC power; built-in air temperature sensor; microphone, and sound sensor; an on-screen keyboard; plus the easy ability to take notes during experiments and export the results to a PC.

"We are pleased to announce that Forston Labs new LabNavigator instrument comes ready to interface with Ocean Optics spectrophotometers and fluorometers," said Brian Williams, Forston Labs' president and CEO. "Users of Ocean Optics portable USB-interfaced spectrophotometers can now power their spectrophotometer directly from the LabNavigator USB port. They will see their spectrophotometer analysis in full color on the instrument's LCD display as they take measurements in the field, in lab or at their desk. No longer will they need to be tied to their computer."

Also introduced today is Forston's affordable UV/Vis CCD spectrophotometer/fluorometer array instrument combination that allows analysts to collect a full wavelength spectrum absorbance, percent transmittance, or intensity in less than one second. Once the peak wavelength has been determined, the analyst can then easily determine the concentration of a solution or monitor rates of reaction.

About Forston Labs

Founded in 2009 and based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Forston Labs, is a manufacturer and vendor of high-quality analytical equipment and applications. The company's mission is to bring existing high-value technologies that have previously been out of the reach of end-users and make them available as affordable high-quality analytical instrumentation systems. More information on Forston Labs can be found at

Forston Labs and LabNavigator® are trademarks of Forston Inc.. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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