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May 13, 2015
by Sarah Kilburne
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3 Days, 4 Auctions – Get Ready to bid Next Week!

 

ONLINE AUCTION – May 19, 2015

Mechanical Spares and Maintenance, Repairs and Operations Parts (MRO)
 

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Online auction featuring MRO equipment from Bayer, Merck and other leading global firms! Inventory includes a variety of motors, valves, compressors, pumps, gauges and heat exchangers.

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ONLINE AUCTION – May 19, 2015

Processing, Packaging and Facility Support Equipment
 

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Equipment available for multiple industries including Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, Food and more. Inventory includes labelers, vessels, reactors, hoppers, mixers, metal detectors, gas-fired boilers and much more. Large variety of aluminum hoods, cone lifts, stainless steel storage totes, balances, scales and a couple pallet trucks.

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ONLINE AUCTION – May 20, 2015

Surplus R&D, Biotechnical and Other High Quality Equipment from BioCity
 

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Robotic Liquid Handlers, Combiflash Chromatography Systems, HPLC Detectors, Microplate Readers, Thermal Cyclers, Microscopes, Tissue Processors, Microtomes, Autoclaves, Washers, Incubators, Freezers, Centrifuges, Balances & much more!

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ONLINE AUCTION – May 21, 2015

Lab, Pharma and Bioprocessing Equipment
 

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Over 400+ lots including Chromatography Skids, Bioreactors, Autosamplers, Multimode Imagers, Microplate Luminescence Scintillation Counter, Liquid Handlers, Spectrometers, Centrifuges, Gas Generators, Tablet Coaters and much more.

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May 12, 2015
by Lauren Kolodny
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3rd BVS Cambridge Biotech Day Event

EquipNet is exhibiting at the 3rd BVS Cambridge Biotech Day on Wednesday evening May 13th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm at the Cambridge Marriott.  The event is focused on the latest advancements being used in the field of Epigenetics and includes talks given by top local experts followed by an Exhibit Hall and Dinner and Wine Reception.
 
Find us in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the industry’s latest technologies and services!
 
BVS Mass Life
 
We look forward to seeing you there! For more information and to register for this event please go to www.bvsweb.com.


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May 11, 2015
by Sarah Kilburne
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Proactive Asset Management Delivers Maximum Return on Investment

PharmTechAs pharmaceutical and biotech businesses continue to grow, companies are investing millions of dollars in equipment and instrumentation to conduct primary research, move discoveries through to development, and ramp up to full production. “The result is a significant asset base sitting on the balance sheet,” noted Ben Potenza, vice-president of marketing at EquipNet. He further pointed out that when projects are completed, the emphasis of research shifts, or as companies merge, relocate or close facilities, equipment often fall out of use. The Investment Recovery Association (1) states that on average, 10% of a manufacturing company’s global asset base is lying idle at any one time. Most laboratory and process managers do not have good visibility of these assets. Ben Potenza spoke to Pharmaceutical Technology about the advantages of active asset management and how it can maximize a company’s return on investment (ROI).
 

PHARMTECH:

What are the practical considerations on managing assets as research priorities shift?
 

POTENZA:

There have always been equipment dealers looking to buy surplus instrumentation as low as they can and then sell them for profit. In recent years, however, best practice in asset management has evolved away from this simplistic model; forward-thinking managers are becoming increasingly aware of the hidden value that is sitting in their facilities. But the pharma business is not principally about managing assets; naturally, the focus is on the discovery and development of the next important drug. Even when a manager understands the benefits of actively managing assets, pursuing a proactive strategy is not without its challenges. It requires formalized processes, specialist knowledge of the industry and its equipment, dedicated resources, and a concerted approach to change management. As many companies lack the time or resources necessary to implement such a program, they are increasingly relying on a partnership with a specialist service provider for successful delivery.
 

Read the full interview, here.


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May 5, 2015
by Ashley Parrelli
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How The Confectionery Industry Is Taking On Healthy Lifestyles

gift-setsThe confectionery industry has long been associated with indulgence – from the luscious golden crinkle of an undone wrapper to the decadent treat waiting inside, candy doesn’t exactly scream healthy and eco-friendly. In an edibles market crowded with kale and starving for sustainability talking points, where can confectionery find its new niche?  Confectionery manufacturers are embracing the future by cutting down waste with efficient equipment, turning their production capabilities into more agile, versatile resources and dabbling in new innovations like 3D-printed candy and chocolate, which make a product to the exact specifications of an individual consumer. Candy and chocolate are not resting on their century-old recipe laurels, however; here are a few of the ways that their manufacturers are staying in step with eco-friendly trends while still catching their customers’ attention.

 

Chocolate Is Going Upscale

 

Buoyed by the public’s desire for the nuances of craft-everything, chocolate manufacturing has become a surprising black horse contender for picky palates. Companies such as Green And Black’s tout their organic roots and sustainable practices, while other luxury confectionery producers like Chuao are shrinking their complex creations into individually bite-sized bits, which Chuao dubs “Chocopods” and Green And Black’s simply calls their 1.2 oz bars.

 

While at first blush this may actually seem like a lot of extra packaging, the benefit of versatility it gives their products far outweighs the effort put into the wrapping’s creation. These smaller versions can be placed in cross-promoted gift baskets, any number of the wildly trendy monthly subscription boxes, and even sent out as samples to customers. The company gets to spread its products far and wide, less full-size bars are produced to sit in storage – it’s a win-win for both the company and the planet.

 

Innovative Earth-Loving Chocolate Packaging

 

According to a report by Jennifer Elks of Sustainable Brands, even this diminutive packaging may get a green makeover of the meta variety: a UK paper manufacturer is developing a process to make biodegradable food paper wrappers from recycled cocoa husk waste. UK designer Connor Davey took the idea one step further with the conceptual Bloom Everlasting Chocolates – special seed-infused chocolate bar wrappers that divide – half is planted to grow the specified plant, and the other half functions as a tidy plant marker.

 

Gluten-Free Is Here To Stay

 

While some confectionery manufacturing professionals were closely watching consumer’s treatment of gluten-free lifestyles with an eye towards marking a downward trend, it doesn’t seem to be forthcoming. The answer to this has been naturally gluten-free candies highlighting their “new” and unexpected bullet point on packaging and advertising materials, and non-gluten-free companies scrambling to R&D to concoct a different, alternative version of their classics. A spot on gluten-free candy lists on consumer blogs like GlutenAway has become a coveted spot for some confectionery manufacturers, amounting to a stamp of approval that helps increase consumer confidence.

 

Ultimately, the confectionery manufacturing names that will win the day are those that bend to the consumer’s will – at least a little – and listen to their needs. Less packaging, better sourcing and more wholesome, sustainable ingredients – the recipe for success in savory food corners is equally well-advised in the sugary pursuit of sweet tooth satisfaction.


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April 20, 2015
by Sarah Kilburne
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THIS WEEK’S AUCTIONS

 

ONLINE AUCTION – APRIL 21, 2015

 

Complete Oral Care Manufacturing Facility is Closing!
Therwil, Switzerland
 

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Featuring Toothpaste Processing Equipment and Mouthwash Packaging Lines that must be sold!

Colgate Images

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ONLINE AUCTION – APRIL 22, 2015

 

Laboratory, R&D and Sterile Equipment from Several Multinational Firms!
Multiple Locations – Europe & UK: Marburg, Wehr, Darmstadt & Frankfurt, DEU; Brigend & Amersham GBR
 

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Featuring HPLCS, Mass specs, Microscopes, Auto Samplers, Freezers, Pumps and so much more! 400+ Lots!

GE-Novartis Images

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ONLINE AUCTION – APRIL 23, 2015

 

Lab & Pharma Equipment!
Multiple Locations – USA: Canton, MA; Marietta, GA; Lititz & Pittsburgh, PA; Seattle, WA
 

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Over 300+ Lots of Lab, Analytical & Bio Processing equipment from Sanofi, Bayer Healthcare & other leading Global Firms!

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