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Meiji Techno selected to supply suite of 365 light microscopes to the new Central Teaching Laboratories at the University of Liverpool

Central Teaching Laboratories

Meiji Techno in association with Mazurek Optical Services are pleased to announce they have installed a suite of 365 light microscopes to the new Central Teaching Laboratory at the University of Liverpool


The new laboratory complex was officially opened on Monday, October 22nd but has already been extensively used by students returning for the new academic year at the beginning of the month.

The University of Liverpool's new Central Teaching Laboratories for the Faculty of Science and Engineering are set to transform the way in which Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Archaeology, Geography, and Earth and Ocean Science) are taught at the University. They are housed in a new three storey building which has been designed to enhance the student experience by creating high quality, contemporary learning facilities, to support new modular teaching courses and promote inter-disciplinary learning between the sciences. These facilities will also be made available to other University departments as well as outside organisations.

The laboratories were formally opened by Sir Paul Nurse who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology & Medicine in 2002. He saw the new facility as "an exciting development for students" while the University's Vice-Chancellor, Sir Howard Newby noted "The CTL will ensure that Liverpool's teaching provision in the physical sciences is first-rate and will meet the future needs of the next generation of scientists in this country."

The second floor is home to the Environmental Sciences teaching laboratory. It has 170 individual work stations, each backed with video and online computing capabilities. Students will learn microscopy from first principles using one of 365 microscopes from Meiji Techno equipped with cameras from Lumenera making this the most advanced and largest light microscopy teaching facility in the UK. Installation and training was completed for the start of term by Mazurek Optical Service, Meiji Techno's distribution and service partners in the UK.

As Dr Alan Boyle who oversaw the tendering process remarked, "Meiji and Mazurek met all specifications of our comprehensive tender documents. However, it was Mazurek's overall experience working with teaching laboratories around the country and their maintenance plan backed by Meiji's limited lifetime warranty that won the day. They suggested and undertook several tasks that will extend the operation and lifetime of the microscopes. For example, they removed all thumb screws and replaced these with counter-sunk screws to stop inquisitive hands making unwanted and often costly mistakes while trying to adjust a microscope. These little extras set Mazurek apart from most service groups we have worked with previously."

The opening ceremony was attended by one of Mazurek's servicing specialists, Peter Heimrath. Peter was most impressed with the laboratory now it is complete. He said "To see the finished laboratory in use, I feel envious of the students who will gain the benefit of studying in such a modern and relaxed environment."

To learn more about the products and services of Meiji Techno and their partners, Mazurek Optical Services, please visit their web sites at www.meijitechno.co.uk & www.mazurekopticalservices.co.uk


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