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Service Training – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
21.05. - 24.05.2019
In May LCTech organized a service training for our distributors which covered the topics FREESTYLE SPE, EVA and XANA. Three service technicians from Saudi Arabia and one from Switzerland took part in the training. In the small group, the participants become acquainted with the FREESTYLE robotic system and had the opportunity to apply what they had learned on the device themselves. Most of them were already familiar with FREESTYLE, therefore the content of the training was quickly understood in the very open and friendly atmosphere. As a small supporting program, there was a city tour through Erding followed by a visit to a delicious organic restaurant.
Forum on Halogenated Pollutants 2019 - Burghausen - Germany
Scientists discuss assessment of toxicological content in food LCTech, manufacturer of automated sample preparation systems for food and environmental laboratories, conducted a top-class congress on the topic of halogenated persistent pollutants, the FoHP 2019 (Forum on Halogenated Pollutants), at the Science & Study Center of the Technical University of Munich in Raitenhaslach from 04. - 05.04.2019 (Burghausen/Germany).
The focus was on toxic substances such as dioxins/PCBs, brominated flame retardants, chlorinated paraffins and especially poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in food and drinking water. The extent to which these substances are already influencing our daily lives can be seen in the public discussion in the district of Altötting (Germany) due to past PFAS contamination in the chemical industry.
77 opinion-forming and leading scientists from 14 nations visited this congress. The day before they were tuned with a tour through the beautiful old town of Burghausen and subsequent visit to the longest castle in the world as well as a Get-together in a Bavarian hotel restaurant in the evening.
As in previous years our distributor BCON was represented at the LabAutomation 2019 in 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands). The LabAutomation is intensively engaged in the exchange of scientific knowledge about automation and software solutions in laboratories.
With DEXTech Heat, BCON presented a brand new solution developed by LCTech for the automated clean-up of PCB and dioxin samples such as PFAS or stearin that melt at room temperature. With three integrated heating zones, the system keeps the samples liquid during the whole clean-up process without any additional manual handling.
In addition to DEXTech Heat, the FREESTYLE system was also presented as probably the most adaptable robotic system for sample preparation on the market. Whether food and feed samples, environmental and biological samples or pharmaceutical samples - with FREESTYLE you can reliably automate countless working steps 24/7 in a wide variety of applications.
National Dioxin-Workshop „ Second Annual Workshop on Advanced Training in Dioxin and PCB analysis“ – Thiruvananthapuram – South India
LCTech is technology leader when it comes to sample clean-up of highly toxic dioxins. During a three-day workshop, 30 experts from all over India discussed about dioxins and related contaminants in environmental, food and feed analysis. Mainly the aspect of waste incineration was on focus, which has been recognized as the major source for the dioxin-contamination of the environment in India. Over the last year, the country has put a lot of efforts to introduce European and US guidelines to limit dioxin pollution in the future. The pilot laboratory uses LCTech equipment for reliable sample preparation. The aim of this workshop was to share this best practice with the regional laboratories and to achieve a standardization through the exchange of knowledge in order to use the results from India for an international comparison and to contribute to the important global task of pollution reduction. As a thank for her lecture and the practical workshop, a souvenir of the conference was given to our sales manager Mrs. Angelika Köpf.
Donation for the Volunteer Fire Brigade Obertaufkirchen – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
The volunteer fire brigade of Obertaufkirchen is an important element in the community life and for the security of the citizens. LCTech gladly supports the extraordinary commitment of the many volunteers with the donation of a defibrillator, which complements the equipment of the HLF 20/16 vehicle according to the motto of the fire brigade “save-extinguish-rescue-protect”. n the picture (from right to left) Mayor Franz Ehgartner, Chairman of the Voluntary Fire Department Robert Huber, Commander Wolfgang Gill and Managing Director of LCTech GmbH Michael Baumann.
Customer Training – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
In January, seven users travelled from Indonesia to Obertaufkirchen for an application training. The customers were from the institute BPPT. The pioneering institute plays a major role in the introduction of new technologies and new environmental protection regulations in Indonesia. The training included all questions regarding the installation and use of the DEXTech Pure System from LCTech for PCB and dioxin analysis. The event was financed by the UNIDO as part of the "PCB Free Indonesia" project. Of course, the Bavarian culture was also included in the program. Thus they visited a traditional Bavarian inn. Above all, the snow and the view of the mountains was a very special highlight for our guests. LCTech was also introduced to a piece of Indonesian culture. Our CEO Michael Baumann was presented with a gift from their Indonesian homeland.
All years again - but this year LCTech celebrated Christmas unconventionally in its own house. Over a staircase full of candle lights the catering team welcomed the employees with mulled wine and cookies. The casino has been transformed into a place with Christmas ambience down to the smallest detail. The LCTech team enjoyed the evening and was served with delicious food and drinks. Also this year, the trainees prepared an amusing entertainment and thus the male colleagues had to sing the song "Last Christmas" together in the choir after a lost riddle game. As a highlight of the evening, three of our employees were honored for their 10th anniversary at LCTech. With gratitude and pride, managing director Michael Baumann presented our jubilees, together with Heidi Baumann a gift basket. (Hubert Stanglmayr, Bianca Basener, Michael Baumann, Heidi Baumann und Bernhard Rumpf (left to right))
An Extract of the Team Behind the Scenes
Strong women's power hides behind the scenes of LCTech.
During the production of goods of various requirements, the ladies' team pays attention to customer-oriented, precise and quality-conscious execution.
Of course is safety a top priority. Thus, protective gowns, gloves, and during certain activities a mouthguard are part of the daily working life. In spite of a very demanding and purposeful work, the fun never comes too short. Then one or the other recipe is exchanged with pleasure.
Service Training – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
09. – 12.10.2018
In October we let our distributors from Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Indonesia come together in Obertaufkirchen for a service training. The focus was on our FREESTYLE robotic system for automated sample clean-up in the laboratory. The participants were intensively familiarized with the fascinating technology of the system and the easy-to-use software. In addition, the distributors learned how to maintain and install the devices themselves. It is always a great pleasure for us to maintain the close cooperation with distributors on an international basis through trainings just like these and thereby ensure the high technical competence of our distributors.
11. BioDetectors Workshop – Aachen – Germany
Customer and cooperation partner BioDetection Systems organized a workshop for scientists in cooperation with RTWH Aachen University in order to discuss the latest technologies out of environmental research. Development Manager Dr. Uwe Aulwurm (LCTech) presented with a lecture about FREESTYLE XANA our unique fully automated solution in the field of water analysis. The robotic system FREESTYLE XANA has been specifically developed for sample preparation of large-volume water samples, for example of drinking water, raw water or river water. Without the need for supervision, the system processes samples reliably over 24 hours and 7 days / week through all stages beginning with the raw sample up to filling into GC vials.
Participation at this workshop gave LCTech access to a new clientele that will generate some new projects.
The MWAS is a congress that is accompanied by a trade exhibition, on which scientists, user, and manufactures from their working area meet. Besides numerous lectures, the participants can exchange their experiences in water analysis and inform themselves about the latest technologies in this field at the trade exhibition.
LCTech was also on site with a booth and let the participates “dive in” for a moment into the world of fully automated sample clean-up in water analysis with the FREESTYLE XANA product video. Furthermore, the conversations during the exhibition enabled us to learn more about the current development of legislation in water and environmental analysis.
Jersey Sponsorship Football Men’s Team TSV Obertaufkirchen - Obertaufkirchen - Germany
For the winter season of 2018/19 LCTech supports the local football club TSV Obertaufkirchen with new jerseys. The first use of the jerseys brought already luck, as they won an important derby against the neighbouring village.
We are happy about this great cooperation and keep our fingers crossed that the new jerseys will continue to bring the team much joy and success for the current season!
A high-resolution DFS mass spectrometer from Thermo Fisher Scientific underlines our own claim for continuous development, reliable quality assurance and customer support at eye level.
This great technology allows us to do dioxin and PCB analysis in-house, in order to optimize methods, and to ensure the incomparable high quality standard of our products.
Close cooperation with scientists and customers worldwide is particularly important to LCTech, because only in this way can we meet changing but also new requirements and offer suitable solutions.
Our dioxin specialist Thomas Kerkemeier (2nd from left) is "the one in charge" when it comes to quality assurance in analytics. Together with Product Manager Maximilian Baumann, Sales Support Dr. Thomas Fiedler and Development Manager Dr. Uwe Aulwurm (from left to right), he ensures the basis for the perfection of our products for best customer advice and support.
From experts for experts - As experts for automated sample preparation, we take our responsibility very seriously to be an experienced and reliable partner for you.
20th Anniversary of LCTech – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
As part of a summer party, the employees celebrated LCTech`s 20th anniversary in beautiful weather. Above all, the celebration should be a celebration by and for the employees themselves, who make a considerable contribution to the success of the company on a daily basis. After the official speech by Michael Baumann, founder and managing director of LCTech GmbH, in which he emphasized the changes in the working world over the past 20 years, various games were offered in addition to coffee and cake, such as traditional “beer mug pushing” and minigolf. A photo box created special fun, where everyone could be photographed with the funniest disguises. After a delicious meal, the day ended with cocktails, music, and dancing and was a lot of fun for everyone.
analytica 2018 - Munich - Germany
The analytica in munich is an international meeting place for laboratory technology, analytics, and biotechnology every two years. As the largest and most important European congress exhibition of this kind, scientists, industry, and users meet there. LCTech had very special highlights this year: Our team of experts presented the latest technologies for sample clean-up in the field of water and environmental, PCB and dioxin, as well as food and feed analysis. There was also a very special surprise already on the first day of the fair: For the second time, the trade magazine LABORPRAXIS presented the Application Award among fifty applicants in the four categories of laboratory technology, biotechnology & pharmaceuticals, water & environmental, and food analysis. LCTech was nominated for the latter. Actually, our new automated QuEChERS method put us in first place.
The editor-in-chief of LABORPRAXIS, Marc Platthaus, handed over the award to Maximilian Baumann, who accepted it proudly. In summary, we look back on four interesting, exciting, and successful days at the fair and thank you for the numerous visitors, good discussions, and great feedback that made analytica so special once more.
A milestone in the history of LCTech is presented: DEXTech 16 – THE sensation in PCB and dioxin analysis: 1 system – 1 sequence – 16 samples, unattended during day, night and even at the weekend. Realized based on many years of experience, knowledge, competence, and above all through outstanding employees who do fantastic work every day. Every department – whether development, design, purchase, warehouse, production, administration, marketing, or sales – is involved in one way or another in the creation and development of a product. But who was involved in this development, and how? Product manager of the DEXTech devices, Maximilian Baumann, called the entire staff to a "kick-off-meeting" to introduce the system and the employees involved in development and used this opportunity to thank all those involved in the project - for their performance, their passion and their attention to the smallest detail, which made this unique device possible in its entirety. A presentation with pictures - rummaged out of the depths of the company archive - already provided some laughs at the beginning. Pictures documenting the development of our DEXTech product family: from the first drafts to numerous prototypes up to the finished masterpieces: DEXTech Plus, DEXTech Pure and DEXTech 16. "We have set a milestone," said Maximilian Baumann in his subsequent speech. In addition to thank-you speeches from the general manager and the head of development, employees from development, production and design also had their say and proudly presented their daily work. A “Weißwurst” (veal sausage with a white peel) dinner together rounded off the emotional event.
The World Mycotoxin Forum – 10th Conference – Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Mycotoxin contaminations – a global challenge that the World Mycotoxin Forum 2018 in Amsterdam focused on, because food contaminated with mycotoxins is an enormous health risk to the consumers. In addition, climate change is having an increasingly negative effect on the global occurrence of mycotoxins in food and feed.
The conference offered the excellent opportunity to network with scientists from the food and feed industry, representatives from universities and governments from all over the world, exchange ideas, and discuss approaches.
Our head of laboratory, Dr. Frederik Wuppermann, showed on site with a poster presentation how LCTech supports customers to save time and money in their daily laboratory routine: With the robotic system FREESTYLE ThermELUTE™ you can automate your mycotoxin analysis from raw extract to chromatogram, without even one manual step. At the same time, results with a remarkable sensitivity in the lower ppt range are achieved, so that even baby food can be processed without any problems.
Sales and Service Training – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
LCTech is represented worldwide through excellent distributors who sell our devices and products. For a close cooperation, regular sales and service trainings are of great importance.
For this reason, our distributors from France, Spain, and Italy visited us in spring 2018 to familiarise themselves with our latest systems and methods for automated sample preparation.
Of course, the focus was on our brand new DEXTech 16 for fully automated PCB and dioxin analysis. Also the field of water analysis wasn`t missed out with the FREESTYLE XANA system for automated clean-up of water samples. Moreover, we introduced the new automated QuEChERS method à la LCTech for standard matrices and difficult dry matrices to our distributors, which will be present to the general public for the first time at analytica 2018.
National Dioxin-Workshop „Advanced Analytical Solutions in Dioxin Analysis“ – Thiruvananthapuram – South India
LCTech is moving at the worlds elite when it comes to sample clean-up of highly toxic dioxins. During a one-day analysis-workshop, 50 experts from all over the India discussed the topic of dioxins and related contaminants in environmental, food and feed samples. Of particular interest was the aspect of waste incineration, which has been recognised as the major source for the dioxin-contaminated environment of India. The country is currently undergoing a phase of transition concerning its food and environmental legislation. They are increasingly oriented towards European and US-American directives.
Dr. Marc von Essen (LCTech) was on site and gave a presentation about the importance of sample preparation. In the afternoon, he organised a hands-on seminar at the “National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, CSIR-NIIST” to introduce the participants our latest technologies for sample clean-up in PCB and dioxin analysis.
New Year’s Reception of the „Educational Pact Secondary School Gars“ – Gars am Inn – Germany
School – and afterwards? The end of schooldays is approaching; a new phase of life is waiting to begin. Especially now it is important for schoolchildren to ask themselves: How should things proceed after school? What are my interests and what am I good at? We would like to support young people with these questions and offer them opportunities for their future careers.
For this reason, we have been part of the Educational Pact of the secondary school in Gars (Germany) since this year, which links the school with companies and self-employed workers from the region.
During the New Year’s Reception, headmaster OStD Gunter Fuchs presented us with the certificate for cooperation with the Educational Pact. At the education fair, which took place in parallel, we had the opportunity to present our training offer in the occupations of laboratory assistants and industrial clerks. We are pleased to cooperating with the secondary school Gars!
Besides training positions, we are also looking for new employees in other positions. Curious? Find out more about open vacancies under LCTech Career. We look forward to receiving your application!
Every year we organise a in-house Christmas tombola. We collect all received gifts and raffle them among our employees, in order that each one gets to enjoy them. Our heartfelt thanks at this point to all our suppliers and business partners who make our employees happy every year again.
We are Proud of our Employees: Honours for Long-Standing Seniority – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
We are extremely pleased to congratulate six of our employees for 10 “round” years of seniority.
Managing director Michael Baumann honoured our jubilees at this years Christmas party and thanked them wholeheartedly for their many years of great cooperation, which has contributed to make the company what it has become today.
LCTech Christmas Party 2017 – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
Ho-Ho-Ho! What is Santa Claus doing at LCTech? Champagne reception by candlelight, great food and trainees who ensured the right mood: Perfect for a cosy end of the year in a relaxed atmosphere. In the newly constructed ambience of the brewery in Stierberg, the employees of LCTech reviewed the turbulent and successful year 2017. This time our trainees came up with a surprise: With a patchy Christmas story, they awakened the ambition in all of us to take part and puzzle. The resourceful ones got home-baked cookies, delivered by Santa Claus himself - who can resist that?
We would like to thank you very much for the funny Christmas party, wish you a wonderful Christmas season and a happy new year 2018!
3. Linzer Kontaminantentagung – Linz – Austria
This year´s participants at the conference for contaminations in Linz dealt with pollutants along the food and feed production chain. During the two days, international experts from universities and authorities as well as representatives of the European Food Safety Authority (EBL) intensively discussed about prevention, monitoring, and controlling strategies against pollutants.
We also contribute for food safety: Environmental expert Dr. Marc von Essen and sales manager Angelika Köpf presented an approach to achieve excellent results in mycotoxin analysis even with smallest sample volumes. Fast, reliable, and cost-efficient with the fully automated FREESTYLE ThermELUTE™ robotic system using IAC SMART columns.
13. Bayerische Wassertage – Augsburg – Germany
Trace substances in water bodies were the focus of this year´s two-day congress of the 13. Bayerischen Wassertage. Besides numerous lectures, the participants could use the time to exchange their experiences in the area of water analysis. Our experts were on site to demonstrate how the very time-consuming preparation of water samples in the laboratory can be facilitated immense.
The highlight was the robotic system FREESTYLE XANA, which is already successfully implemented with best results and without cross-contamination for the automated clean-up of explosives, sweeteners, pesticides or pharmaceutical residues in water samples in many laboratories in routine.
Our Environmental Expert Visits China - Hanghzou - China
Our expert for environmental toxins, Dr. Marc von Essen, went to China in November. He was invited to give talks to Asian specialists for dioxin, PCBs and brominated compounds.
Besides several visits of governmental labs and institutions between Beijing and Shanghai, the trip climaxed in the speaker participation at the DIOXN ANALYSIS ROUND-TABLE SUMMIT in Hangzhou. Hand in hand with Chinese partners, culinarian and cultural aspects were considered as much as possible besides business occasions. Hence, this trip has been a memorable experience.
From Trainee to Trainer: Congratulations for Qualifying as a Instructor (IHK) – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
Our employee Lisa Klinger obtained her instructor certificate from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in November and is now allowed to actively train laboratory assistants herself. We express our congratulations to her on passing the exam!
Our success is based on the qualifications, motivation and responsibility of each individual employee – which is why we are particularly proud of Mrs. Klinger. At the time she started her career she was trainee at our company`s biotechnology department as well. After graduating, she continued to work for us as a biolaboratory assistant. We are pleased that Lisa is now accepting the challenge of serving as a point of contact for future trainees and accompanying them on their professional career path of life.
District Administrator Visited LCTech – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
Exciting topics concerning food and environment were discussed when Georg Huber, District Administrator of Mühldorf (Upper Bavaria, Germany), and executives from the District Office visited the company LCTech. LCTech’s Managing Director, Michael Baumann, explained which tasks the company’s innovative robotic systems perform in laboratories around the world. Using the example of coffee, the application areas were vividly illustrated. In this luxury foodstuff, the entire spectrum of sample preparation for the subsequent analysis of pesticides and mycotoxins can be illustrated, from the producer to the cup of coffee.
A tour through the building completed the visit, where the District Administrator and his staff got to know an innovative, internationally oriented company.
GTFCh Workshop - Rostock - Germany
05. - 06.10.2017
Storm “Xavier” caused some trouble for the participants of this year's GTFCh Workshop (Society for Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry), especially on their way home. At the event, however, LCTech presented a simple solution for the sample preparation of difficult matrices, such as brain and similar matrices: the bidirectional SPE. Due to the special kind of the procedure, cross-contamination can reliably be excluded because the sample does not get into contact with the system at any time.
Thailand Lab – Bangkok – Thailand
Our distributor, Bara Scientific, presented our flexible and modular robotic system FREESTYLE at Thailand Lab. The system was equipped with the SPE-, the GPC-, and the EVAporation module for the automated sample clean-up via solid phase extraction (SPE) or gel permeation chromatography and the precise concentration down to 0.2 mL
We Welcome Our New Trainees – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
On Friday, 01 September 2017, a new phase of life began for two young people.
The new recruits are Julia Urbanek (left), who began her training as an industrial clerk, and Laura Sperber (right), who is being trained as a biology laboratory assistant. We wish them a good start to their professional life, many new and exciting experiences, and of course a successful time at LCTech!
Dioxin 2017 – Vancouver – Canada
20. - 25.08.2017
Scientist from all over the world focusing on dioxins and PCBs, met at the Dioxin 2017 taking place in Vancouver, Canada. One of the sponsors was LCTech. We presented our sample preparation system DEXTech Plus that enables the very fast and reliable sample clean-up; proven to be without cross-contamination. But the LCTech crew also brought something special in their bag: The brand-new video about DEXTech 16! It shows for the first time our new system, that processes one complete sequence of 16 samples unattended. This is an absolute innovation on the market of sample preparation for the dioxin and PCB analysis!
Service Training – Obertaufkirchen – Germany
Directly after the sales training the first service training in our new building took place. Besides several demonstrations, a hands-on course was part of the training, where the participants learned how to unpack, set up and install our systems. Once the job has been done, the trainer and the participants enjoyed a visit and a walk through the beautiful city Erding completed by a delicious dinner.
Sales Training - Obertaufkirchen Germany
In our new building, we invited our distributors from around the world to our first sales meeting. Focus of the training were especially our new systems for automated sample prep: FREESTYLE XANA for clean-up of water samples and DEXTech Plus for sample clean-up for dioxin and PCB analysis. Besides that, special application areas for our FREESTYLE system like Solid Phase Extraction for forensic and toxikological samples were discussed.
Workshop DEXTech Plus – Ankara – Turkey
Guests at a workshop organised by our distributor: Together we showed the advantages of our automated sample preparation system for PCB and dioxin analysis, DEXTech Plus, to interested customers and users.
Lab Automation – S-Hertogenbosch – The Netherlands
Together with our distributor BCON we presented our FREESTYLE and its various fields of application in the Netherlands: Automated sample clean-up of food and feed samples, environmental and biological samples and even pharmaceutical and forensic samples. The applications are numerous and a lot are already implemented in routine and described in application notes.
Arablab – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
At Arablab 2017 our distributor Gulf Bio Analytical showed the various and flexible usage of our robotic system FREESTYLE at his booth. Wheter Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) or gel permeation chromatography, evaporation or any combination of these applications, the samples are always cleaned-up reliably for the subsequent analysis.
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