March 18-22, 2023
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Pittcon Exhibitors Making a Difference
Highlighting Exhibitor Efforts During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The scientific community is collaborating as part of an unprecedented effort to address the COVID-19 outbreak, playing a vital, front-line role in keeping our world safe and healthy. Pittcon wants to highlight exhibitors that are making a difference during this uncertain time.

Alicat Scientific

Alicat instruments are used in test stands for many respirator and ventilator manufacturers. Given the urgent need to increase the manufacturing of these devices, and Alicat’s engagement with many manufacturers, the company has prioritized all production to these test stand orders. Simply put, Alicat is building flow controllers and meters for ventilator, respirator, and mask manufacturers before anything else in their production queue. Given the large demand, the company’s production division is working quickly to ship as much as they can, as fast as they can. Alicat instruments also play a role in bioreactors, and the company is prioritizing shipments to vaccine and drug producers as well, as long as the project is COVID-19 related.

Alicat Scientific Website


The JEOL JEM-1400 Transmission Electron Microscope is being used by CISRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Australia to help fast-track the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The high-containment facility is conducting key research in understanding the most dangerous infectious agents in the world. As part of the ever expanding rapid global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the team at AAHL has imaged the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, using their JEOL microscope to accomplish this.

Matric Group

Matric Group, an electronics contract manufacturer, located in Seneca, PA, is building personal protective face equipment with their 3D printers to assist with the current shortage of medical supplies due to COVID-19. The first donation is expected to ship to NY Presbyterian hospital in New York City, New York, U.S.A., where nearly 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported.

A2LA WorkPlace Training

A2LA WorkPlace Training purchased hand sanitizers as a bag stuffer for the A2LA’s 2020 Tech Forum, but the event has since been cancelled. As a result, A2LA WorkPlace Training packed 900 of these hand sanitizers to be delivered to Community Living, an organization with the goal of supporting and empowering adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live their lives to the fullest. These hand sanitizers were also sent to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department in Maryland, U.S.A.

Tosoh Bioscience LLC

Tosoh Bioscience LLC donated excess lab supplies, including non-latex gloves, and Tyvek disposable lab coats to Doylestown Hospital, which is located in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Specifically, J. Kevin O’Donnell, Ph.D., Process Chromatography Support Manager, and his son, Tim, took the lead in Tosoh Bioscience LLC’s effort to play a part in the global fight against COVID-19.

SP Industries – SP Scienceware

SP Industries recently donated biohazard bags to agencies and organizations involved in the COVID-19 pandemic response, including organizations/agencies such as three major hospitals in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These biohazard bags and other safety products are being used in laboratories as well as within hospitals and other healthcare facilities worldwide.

SP is aware that many pharmaceutical and research customers are using their equipment and labware to research and develop testing protocols and vaccines in response to COVID-19. Specifically needed and used are SP Freeze Dryers and SP Genevac Evaporators. To support these efforts, SP is also provided COVID-19 vaccine specific content, including a complimentary webinar entitled ‘Freeze-Drying COVID-19 Diagnostics’ with Dr. Kevin Ward from Biopharma, which occurred on April 8th.

SP employees are also helping on a local level by supporting food banks and other services as well as supporting the frontline workforce by providing food to local hospitals and contributing in the production of fabric masks.

HUBNER Photonics – Cobolt

HUBNER Photonics–Cobolt recently donated face masks to an emergency hospital tent in Sweden. They have also donated lasers, which they produce, to hospital research facilities in order to assist in developing a COVID-19 vaccine and medicine.

Not only did HUBNER Photonics-Cobolt donate supplies, but they also offered that their staff work for 1-3 months at a factory that produces respirators. Additionally, the company has also offered that staff who have already had COVID -19, and that are therefore immune to the virus, volunteer with efforts to assist the elderly during this pandemic.

HUBNER Photonics – Cobolt has reported that more efforts are coming soon.

Fluid Metering, Inc.

Fluid Metering’s precision micro-pumps are on the front line every day, disinfecting hospitals and the critical instruments used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Fluid Metering is taking every action to be prepared to keep up with increased demand from customers who are actively managing the challenges of this pandemic.

Fluid Metering employees are working to increase production of precision pumps used in a variety of applications such as filling reagent packs, coating test tubes, and preparing test strips. Additionally, Fluid Metering pumps move critical assays through the worlds’ leading diagnostic instruments that are, at this moment, running tests integral to finding a cure for the COVID-19 virus.

Fluid Metering is committed to increasing output of the critical components necessary to help support public health and those impacted by this global health crisis. As an essential business, Fluid Metering is open and will continue to operate in order to fully serve and support their critical industry customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

V&P Scientific

V&P’s well-known line of magnetic bead separators, stir motors, and pintool liquid transfer devices are in high demand with researchers involved with discovering the COVID-19 vaccine. In order to get this equipment into the hands of the scientists that will halt the march of this new enemy as quickly as possible, V&P has enacted free overnight shipping and front-of-the-line priority for production of equipment. They have also offered price discounts to all customers battling this pandemic.

V&P Scientific Website


KNF supplies pumps to medical device companies throughout the world. Their pumps play a vital role within ventilators, respirators, and other medical devices, medical diagnostic systems, and sanitation disinfectant systems. KNF is working on the front line with many companies involved in battling COVID-19 by ensuring that supplies of these pumps are readily available. Their supply chain and production team is working around the clock to increase delivery on a weekly basis. Within the next month, KNF foresees doubling the production of their pumps, and expects to double that number the following month.

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KNF Website


Scinomix provides automated tube labeling systems to medical testing kit suppliers. Scinomix’ automated tube labeling equipment is used by these companies to automatically print and apply labels to tubes for COVID-19 testing kits, which are in high demand. In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scinomix has increased inventory and reduced lead times for tube labeling automation.

Scinomix Website


PolyScience is a manufacturer of liquid temperature control equipment. This equipment is playing an essential role in the fight against COVID-19 and is used extensively in bioreactors for drug development, polymer chain reactions (PCR) for DNA amplification, electrophoresis instrumentation for DNA separation, and mass spectrometers.

The temperature control systems that Polyscience provides serve an integral role in a broad range of applications, including but not limited to CAT scans, PET scans, and a plethora of other medical testing instrumentation. Outside of the hospital and clinic, Polyscience also provides the support equipment vital to pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.


A number of UK businesses from the aerospace, automotive, and medical sectors have united to produce medical ventilators to fight COVID-19. Renishaw is proud to play a part in this global effort to increase the supply of this vital equipment.

UK Ventilator Challenge

Renishaw has started mass-producing critical components for medical ventilators, as part of a nationwide effort to support the NHS in the fight against COVID-19. A significant part of their manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales have been dedicated to the production of precision-machined components for two different ventilators manufactured by the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, with production at the sites now running seven days a week.

NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing

Trainees at NETZSCH Instruments’ manufacturing facility are utilizing the company’s 3D printer to produce face shields, which are being donated to hospitals and volunteer supporters during this time of need.

VICI Valco

VICI continues to support a wide array of industries with critical components and instrumentation. Industries include supply chains for the medical field including vaccine development, transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of wastewater treatment, emergency services, and much more. Their products help keep fuel and skies safe, water, and air clean. More recently since hospitals don’t have enough ventilators for critical patients with COVID-19, VICI’s experience in gas flows and engineering has allowed them to partner with a group of engineers to help make critically needed ventilators as a part of an open-source project.

I.W. Tremont

I.W. Tremont (LabExact® Brand consumables) has responded to COVID19 in four ways:

  • Retooled a production line to manufacture Cotton Isopropyl Alcohol (70%) wipes, producing nearly 1mln wipes in the first batch
  • Bolstered capacity in ventilator and respiratory therapy filter production to meet the urgent demand
  • Shipped 6+mln DNA/RNA isolation pads for antiviral research to OEM customers
  • Submitted the HydroBlokr™ serological pipette filter to major U.S. research labs to help prevent cross contamination of samples, which was introduced at Pittcon 2020





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