We have a long history of creating high-quality hardware and software within the life science community. We pride ourselves in making reliable, easy to use products that are built to stand the test of time. Our PowerLabs are a prime example of this, with many of our customers still running PowerLabs they bought over 20 years ago!
However, we believe it's important to keep innovating and pushing the boundaries of what our data acquisition systems can do, which is why we are excited to share the story behind our new PowerLab C and C Series devices!
Built on the foundations of accuracy, reliability, and ease of use when it comes to data acquisition, the PowerLab C is the ideal solution for researchers looking to invest in a customizable, reliable system for both now, and the future.
Why build a new PowerLab?
Over the last 10 years, we’ve noticed three major trends within the scientific community:
1. Research is diversifying, rapidly.
First and foremost, the questions scientists are asking have become more specialized and also more diverse. With this, researchers are looking for greater flexibility in the tools they use for both sampling and analyzing their data.
2. Technology has shifted digital
Secondly, data acquisition technology has seen a dramatic shift from what was primarily an analog world, towards digital. With this shift has come a plethora of new research devices that can now connect directly to a computer via Bluetooth or USB.
While this is an exciting time for researchers, these new digital devices have often been created in isolation and aren’t designed to work with existing analog devices/experimental setups.
3. Research funding is limited
Lastly, for many researchers (especially those just starting in their academic careers), securing money through research grants can be a major pain point. So when it comes to spending that precious grant money on things like new laboratory equipment, you want to make sure it's money well spent.
Researchers want to know they are investing in solutions that will stand the test of time and can grow as their research needs grow, rather than becoming obsolete 5 years down the track.
These three trends became the driving force behind the creation of our latest data acquisition solution - the PowerLab C and C Series devices.
Introducing the PowerLab C + C Series devices
PowerLab C is our latest data acquisition device based on modern digital technology. Sitting at the heart of our new research system, PowerLab C is designed to connect our next-generation C Series digital devices with advanced sub-microsecond time synchronization.
C Series Devices
When creating the PowerLab C, we wanted to make sure it could still work with any existing analog technology, prioritizing the development of the first of our new C Series devices: the Front End Interface and the Instrument Interface.
When connected to the PowerLab C, these Interfaces allow the integration of any existing analog technology, ADInstruments or otherwise, with sub-µS synchronization and data streaming into one software platform (LabChart 8 or LabChart Lightning).
The PowerLab C and C Series devices are an extension of the reliability and bulletproof performance that scientists expect from our data acquisition devices, packed with a range of new features that we think you are going to love…
Advanced modularity - A system that can grow as your research grows
‘The modularity of the PowerLab C and C Series devices means that customers can scale the system in a way that we couldn't with our current PowerLabs.’- Brandon Bucher, Head of Research
With the PowerLab C and C Series devices, you can easily scale up (or down) the system to suit your research needs; From simple setups of one device connected directly to a computer via a C Series Interface, to multiple devices connected together via Interfaces combined with a PowerLab C.
Furthermore, for those looking to do more complex experiments, PowerLab C units can be ‘daisy-chained’ together for even greater sampling capacity.
Connect up to 4 devices using PowerLab C Options to connect C Series devices directly to a computer for simple setups Daisy-chain PowerLab C's for increased sampling capacity
Analog compatible - Integrates with your existing lab setup
The C Series Instrument Interface and Front End Interface offer backward compatibility with any existing analog technology, eliminating the need for a complete equipment overhaul.
‘We've made sure that the new technology we've created works with a long history of ADInstruments products, but will provide customers with new capabilities going forward.’- Brandon Bucher, Head of Research
Powerful and portable
PowerLab C can be powered from mains power, laptops, or portable battery packs for increased portability in different experimental setups. This allows researchers to perform studies outside of the normal lab environment and (quite literally) take their research to new places!
What's more, PowerLab C can also power other USB-PD compliant devices and offers power management for up to 4 devices at 100W each.
A digital framework for the future
Another exciting new feature of the PowerLab C and the C Series devices is the integration of USB-C technology. USB-C not only allows for charging and power management capabilities between the PowerLab C and the C Series devices, but it also provides the housing for a new communication protocol involving inter-device communication and sub-microsecond time synchronization that wasn’t possible with the PowerLab 35 Series.
For more information about the PowerLab C and C Series Interfaces and how they might be useful for your research please contact your nearest ADInstruments representative who will be happy to help!