IDEX Health & Science Develop Sample Loops for Life Science Applications

Company News
July 30, 2020

Recognized as a leader in optics and fluidics, IDEX Health & Science last week introduced sample loops to their BioVersal™ line of products for challenging bioinert UHPLC (Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography) applications.

Sample loops are an essential part of the UHPLC process, which work in conjunction with injection valves to inject samples for analysis – often helping the Food and Drug Administration test quality in food products and pharmaceuticals.

When sample loops are used, they are attached to a fluidic valve and fill up with a sample that will be analyzed by a lab instrument. Once the sample loop is filled, the fluidic valve switches position and releases the sample to the analytical instrument for analysis.

To watch a video of how sample loops work, click here

With much of the market shifting to UHPLC (Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography) bio applications, IDEX Health & Science designed BioVersal™ sample loops using patented PEEK lined stainless steel and MarvelX™ connections technology to achieve the highest-pressure rating for bioinert PEEK sample loops on the market.

Additionally, the loops can connect and disconnect more than 100 times, improving efficiencies and reducing costs.

To learn more about the BioVersal™ sample loop, click here



IDEX Reports Second Quarter Results

News Release
July 23, 2020

LAKE FOREST, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 23, 2020– IDEX Corporation (NYSE: IEX) today announced its financial results for the three month period ended June 30, 2020.

Second Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Cash from operations of $169.5 million led to record quarterly FCF of $161.1 million
  • Completed a public offering of $500 million 3.0% Senior Notes
  • Operating margin of 19.7%; adjusted operating margin of 21.1%
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of 25.1%


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IDEX is Helping Battle COVID-19 in Many Ways

Company News
July 22, 2020

IDEX teams have come together to provide an impressive array of essential products and tools to aid in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some examples of the ways in which IDEX Health & Science Technologies’ companies are supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, include:

  • IDEX Health & Science designing and manufacturing fluidic and optical components used in Next-Generation DNA sequencing technology (NGS), which have sequenced the genome of COVID-19, a critical step toward testing for the virus, identifying potential treatments, and ultimately developing a vaccine.
  • IDEX Health & Science making degassers, manifolds, pumps, tubing and connections for Clinical Chemistry and Immunoassay blood analyzers used for patient results in COVID-19 testing.
  • IDEX Health & Science manufacturing microfluidic consumables and optical filters used by molecular diagnostic instruments to detect COVID-19.
  • IDEX Health & Science making microfluidic consumables used by testing instruments that detect high levels of immune system proteins, known as a “cytokine storm,” that causes a patient’s body to attack its own cells rather than fighting off the virus. This has been caused COVID-19 patients into a deadly downward spiral.
  • Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE) and Novotema manufacturing critical seals for medical respirators used in the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients.
  • Gast Manufacturing producing compressors that are critical components of hydrostatic disinfectant sprayers used in the cleaning of hospitals and other large facilities.
  • Microfluidics building microfluidizer processors, which are a key technology needed to make the nanoemulsions required for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Steridose manufacturing magnetic mixers and valves used in pharmaceutical processes, including the production of vaccines.


IDEX Fluid & Metering Technologies (FMT) and Fire, Safety & Diversified (FSD) companies have also stepped up to help businesses remain operational and to provide aid to first responders. Examples include:

  • Pulsafeeder SPO shipping dosing pumps to disinfect wastewater, helping the Chinese government build two new hospitals in less than two weeks at the beginning of February.
  • BAND-IT providing clamps for 1,300 new ambulances and other vehicles for emergency medical transport to support China in February.
  • Warren Rupp supplying the world’s leading manufacturer of hand sanitizer, with nearly 30 SANDPIPER SSB2 Metallic Air Operated Double Diaphragm (AODD) Pumps to maximize production and enable the customer to create as much product as facilities could sustain
  • Vetter manufacturing decontamination tents for COVID-19 testing facilities and hospitals
  • Akron Brass and Hale partnering together to develop a portable system that, when paired with EPA-approved disinfectants, combats the spread of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV- 2).  The FS100 Portable Disinfectant Spraying System’s compact size makes it ideal for use in fire apparatus, ambulances, law enforcement vehicles and field hospitals, and the compact size makes it convenient for tight storage spaces.
  • The internationally diverse IDEX team from AWG in Germany and GODIVA in England joining forces to release the new SANISTREET FLEX sprayer and cleaning agent induction system. The SANISTREET FLEX system mounts on to a fire pump through the attachment of a delivery valve and enables fire fighters and first responders to disinfect larger outdoor areas.


IH&S Semrock Filters Used on NASA’s New Mars Rover

Company News
July 9, 2020

Optical filter technologies from IDEX Health & Science are on NASA’s new Perseverance rover that will try to definitively answer whether life ever existed on Mars.

Partnering with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), IDEX Health & Science (IH&S) developed filters for the SHERLOC instrument, which will enable the rover to identify, collect and store rock and soil samples from Mars.

NASA’s Mars 2020 team aims to launch the rover between July 20 and August 11, 2020, with the earliest launch date landing on July 30.  The mission needs to be launched by then, or its next launch window to travel to Mars will not come until 2022.

The SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals) instrument is an arm-mounted, Deep UV (DUV) fluorescent spectrometer, which enables the rover to spatially resolve, and detect the characterization of organics and minerals in the Martian surface. The instrument is used to assess past aqueous history, detect the presence and preservation of potential biosignatures, and to support selection of return samples.

Mars 2020 will collect and store rock and soil samples in sterilized tubes to be sent back to Earth for analysis. The rover will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, and pave the way for human exploration.

If the NASA JPL team launches the Rover before August 11, 2020, The Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021.

To watch a short video and learn more about the 2020 rover, click here
To watch a recent “60 Minutes” segment on the Mars Rover, click here
To ‘take a virtual tour of Mars’ using images taken of the Red Planet by its Curiosity Rover, click here



LUKAS Releases Book Focused on Vehicle Extrication

Company News
July 6, 2020

First responders looking to learn modern techniques for saving people from trapped vehicles may now turn to an IDEX company’s publication. LUKAS in Erlangen, Germany, announced the release of its book “Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation” last week.

Partnering with Fire & Safety Author and Expert Ian Dunbar to improve brand recognition, Lukas’ 290-page hardcover textbook offers a comprehensive, authoritative guide for everyone involved in road crash rescues.

Using nearly three decades in emergency response experience as an operational fire officer, consultant, author, and educator, Dunbar helps outline technical aspects of extrication, safety, vehicle construction, engineering and electrics as well as a wide range of technical processes and developments in “Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation”

The book also details factors that contribute to a safe and successful rescue operation, including extrication planning, human factors and training on how to continuously improve.

Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation is based on a revised version of the team approach to vehicle extrication – The Team Approach v2.0, which Dunbar originally conceived in 2016 and has continued to develop.

Because vehicle extrication is a truly interagency process, “Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation” is written not only for fire and rescue personnel but also for pre-hospital clinicians and includes paramedics and doctors who routinely play an absolute critical role on each rescue scene.

“I have been lucky enough to work with paramedics and doctors from all over the world. I make a conscious effort to ask them about their own training and preplanning for attendance at road traffic collisions and it ranges from zero to very little. Most of the training they have received has been down to their own endeavour, initiative, time, and cost. There simply is very little statutory training for paramedics (called prehospital clinicians in Europe) in dealing with road traffic collisions. It would be easy to spend the next few hundred pages just considering the technical aspects of rescue, but this would be completely inappropriate and for that reason, I have written this book with pre-hospital clinicians in mind,” Dunbar said.


“Whether you are a paramedic or doctor who practices in the pre-hospital environment, there is no aspect of extrication that does not apply to you; you are a fundamental part of the process”


Vehicle Extrication – The Next Generation devotes a whole chapter to prehospital clinicians and covers aspects such as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), scene safety, scene integration with technical rescue services, vital roles in conceiving and delivering the extrication plan and other considerations such as positioning and how you can assist with a post incident debrief. In addition, the book provides readers with QR codes for access to training videos and PDFs.

The book also shares new Vehicle Extrication Techniques, as materials of cars evolve, the places where cuts must be made change and rescue equipment improves. Particularly with the increased electrification of cars, these techniques continue to change.

To learn more about Ian Dunbar, click here

To look at the book, click here

Versamatic Supports Distillery Converting to Sanitizer Production

Company News
July 2, 2020

As distilleries have turned to also producing hand sanitizer, IDEX has offered them assistance in how to properly convert the use of their pumps.

Versamatic, a brand of Ohio-based Warren Rupp, recently assisted The Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville, Kentucky, as it joined the fight against COVID-19. Known primarily for its bourbon production, Old Pogue quickly converted to producing hand sanitizer in March.

Using a Versamatic pump, they were able to transfer high-proof alcohol between tanks and into high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers, including buckets and spray bottles. In order to comply with FDA regulations, they used a Versamatic 1″ (25mm) FDA Stainless Steel air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump, which the distillery purchased in 2011.

“It’s been a challenge to improvise a hand sanitizer product as fast as possible, but we started talking to local businesses about the endeavor and there was an outpouring of ingredients, containers, parts in order to expedite production,” said a representative from the distillery.

Over the span of ten weeks, the Old Pogue Distillery produced approximately 500 gallons of hand sanitizers. Four hundred gallons of hand sanitizer were donated to hospitals, first responders and healthcare facilities across eight Kentucky counties.

The remaining 100 gallons were sold to local businesses in order to assist with the cost of production and to provide other essential businesses with access to sanitization products.

“We never would have been able to deliver the product to the market as quickly as we did without the contributions from the business community, including Versamatic,” said a representative from the distillery.

To visit Versamatic’s new website, click here

IDEX Fire & Safety Launch “Jumpseat” Video Series

Company News
July 1, 2020

​With trade shows and most in-person demos on hold, IDEX Fire & Safety teams continue to find creative ways to interact and engage with prospective buyers and current customers, including firefighters and first responders.

After the biggest trade show of the year – the FDIC International tradeshow – was cancelled in April, Regional Sales Manager John Martens and IDEX Fire & Safety Vice President of Strategic & Government Sales David Durstine, wanted to give customers a platform to speak about their products and enable professionals to share expertise on Fire and Safety topics. With many firefighters and first responders spending idle time online, John and David began filming and recording “The Jumpseat” live video series at the end of April. The Jumpseat is a common term for a Firefighter who rides in the back of the Fire truck and is often responsible for jumping out of the seat quickly to pull a fire hose line and enter into a burning building.

Using their product expertise and experiences as current firefighters, David Durstine and John Martens aim to share Fire Service information by putting special and interesting guests in “The Jumpseat.”

Guests featured on “The Jumpseat” include a variety of industry leaders, key partners, and subject matter experts to discuss a diverse array of topics within the Fire service.

Topics discussed so far have included, “Getting the Most out of Your Truck’s Pump,” “How stress impacts decision making,” Hose & Nozzle Selection, the IDEX SAM flow control system, and more.

“The Jumpseat provided a unique opportunity to connect IDEX Fire & Safety with first responders through education and awareness on key industry issues, while showcasing key products. Ultimately, we want IDEX to be known for leaving the fire service better than we found it,” Durstine said.

Since airing their first episode in April, David and John have produced an episode every week and continue to grow their audiences on Facebook and YouTube.

To learn more about John Martens, David Durstine, and The Jumpseat, click here or watch this weeks episode “Live” on Friday at 3:00pm EST on the IDEX fire & Safety Facebook page.

To view previously recorded episodes, visit Facebook or YouTube


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