MSE (UK) Ltd. of London at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

MSE (UK) Ltd.

57 Kangley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham, SE26 5BA London
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Telephone +44 208 6634610
Fax +44 208 6597491

This company is co-exhibitor of
Gambica Association Limited

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MEDICA 2017 hall map (Hall 3A): stand 3AD06-5

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MEDICA 2017 fairground map: Hall 3A

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.06  Homogenizers


  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.06  Homogenizers
  • 02.06.04  Ultrasonic disintegration systems

Ultrasonic disintegration systems

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.06  Homogenizers
  • 02.06.05  Ultrasonic-homogenizers


  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.10  Laboratory equipment

Laboratory equipment

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.10  Laboratory equipment
  • 02.10.02  Fume cupboards

Fume cupboards

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.10  Laboratory equipment
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Fume cupboards

  • 02  Laboratory Equipment
  • 02.22  Centrifuges

Our products

Product category: Centrifuges

Blue Force 1L R

Succeeding the popular Harrier 18/80 R refrigerated centrifuge, the all new Blue Force 1L R combines cutting edge Programmable Logic Controller technology with the performance and reliability you would expect from every MSE centrifuge.

Reaching a top speed of 15,000 rpm (20,125xg), the Blue Force 1L R is ideally suited for work in clinical, industrial and academic environments. Users can choose run temperatures of between -9°C* and +40°C* (*to be confirmed)  as well as vary acceleration and brake rates depending on the type sample being spun. It is also possible to customise the full colour touch screen to suit individual laboratory requirements, changing colour schemes or making limiting certain features for users.

Designed to spin a range of tubes, bottles and microplates, the Blue Force 1L R has a wide selection of standard adaptors to choose from. However, MSE can also provide custom made adaptors to suit an unusual size or shape of tube. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.

The Blue Force 1L R comes with a 2 year warranty as standard and is manufactured in the UK, complying with all European safety and environmental standards.

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Product category: Ultrasonic disintegration systems

Soniprep 150 Plus

The MSE Soniprep 150 Plus is an improved, digital version of the original Soniprep 150. It is a benchtop ultrasonic disintegrator enclosed in a purpose built chamber to reduce residual noise from sonication.

The Soniprep 150 Plus also has a wattage output, which allows users to measure the wattage being delivered to the probe. There is a range of titanium probes available to satisfy a wide variety of requirements.

The piezoelectric transducer produces vibrations from an electrical input to a level of 93% efficiency. This compares well with magnetostrictive versions which are only 45% efficient.

  • New digital display
  • Control and monitor amplitude for reproducible results
  • Sound-insulated self contained unit
  • Range of 3 titanium probes to suit most applications
  • High frequency 23KHZ generator with piezoelectric transducer
  • 99 minute timer with override facility
  • Optional process timer unit available
  • Optional wattage meter available
  • Ideally suited for volumes of 2ml to 100ml plus continuous flow
Ultrasonic Disintegration
The Soniprep 150 Plus transmits sound energy to the medium through high frequency vibration at the tip of an interchangeable probe. The effect of this is to create many series of micro-cavities in the dispersion medium. The rapid alternation of positive and negative pressure produced by the sound waves travelling through the liquid causes these minute gas filled bubbles to disintegrate implosively during the rarefaction phase of the sound pressure wave. This produces intense local shock waves in which the pressure may reach several thousand atmospheres and rapid microstreaming of the liquid around the point of collapse. The intense localised sheer gradients so generated combined, in part, with the transient regions of high pressure, result in the disruptive capabilities of this instrument.

Varied Applications
The Soniprep 150 Plus can be used for a wide variety of applications, but is mainly used for the disintegration, disruption and homogenisation of cells, tissues, spores and bacteria.

Our powerful ultrasonic disintegrator is highly regarded in throughout the world and its uses can encompass the preparation of emulsions, the stimulation of bacterial activity, the dispersion of solids in liquids and the promotion of chemical reactions.

Choice of Probes
The choice of 3 probes covers the needs of most applications. The exponential probe can be used for particularly small volumes down to 2ml and the larger probes can be used for increased volumes or continuous flow applications. A range of tubes and vessels are also available to accommodate samples for the various applications that may be needed. Rubber sealing caps are available if the tubes need to be sealed during the disruption process.

Safety Features
The Soniprep 150 Plus comes with a sound reducing cabinet as standard to help to minimise disturbance near the unit. The frequency of operation has been specially selected to operate at levels higher than those normally audible to the human ear to help maintain minimum noise levels.

The clear door of the Soniprep 150 Plus allows the operator to observe the sample whilst sonication is taking place thus allowance can be made for aerosol production or spillages.

Amplitude Meter
An amplitude meter is positioned at the front of the Soniprep 150 Plus to monitor the probe amplitude. It is calibrated in microns and gives the actual peak to peak movement that is taking place by using the relevant multiplication factor for the desired probe. This gives a more accurate reflection of what the probe is doing, unlike some sonicators which merely give a reading of the power input into the probe. This does not necessarily reflect the optimum power transfer to the sample.

Process Timer Available
The Soniprep 150 Plus comes with a 99 minute timer and an override switch. This allows the operator the opportunity to perform continuous or timed sonication up to 99 minutes. The override switch is particularly useful to the user who wishes to use the continuous flow facility for through flow sonication. The continuous flow feed and exit lines can be accessed to the continuous flow vessel via the apertures present at the rear of the unit.

In addition to the 99 minute timer that is available on the Soniprep 150 Plus, there is a process timer available. This allows the operator the flexibility to accurately time sonication for reproducible results. It also allows the operator the facility to pulse sonication to help build up over a period of time. Pulse times can vary from 1 to 99 seconds and can be controlled in minutes or cycles.

All in all, it can be seen that the Soniprep 150 Plus has become an indispensable item in laboratory ultrasonics by offering a unique blend of facilities. It has gained an enviable reputation, along with other MSE products, for giving long term service combined with excellent long term reliability. These factors combined to make the Soniprep 150 Plus the obvious choice when it comes to laboratory ultrasonic applications.

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Product category: Laboratory equipment


The Cirrus is a highly versatile isolator dedicated to animal research and other applications where high level containment is paramount. The Cirrus isolator can be custom made to suit your needs: whether you need a single isolator with two gloves or two connected isolators with an input-output chamber, MSE can create a bespoke unit to meet your needs. Our isolators are available in both hard body and flexible canopy options and all are built to the highest quality you would expect from MSE.

Absolute Protection For Your Rodents
Isolators fitted with a single fan increase the risk of the user accidentally taking the life of the rodents if the filter is blocked by litter and other substances such as powder. A blocked filter will raise the internal pressure, which is perfectly normal in a positive pressure isolator. However, air flow is often not measured, meaning a blocked filter can gradually decrease the amount of air being delivered to the chamber without the user knowing there is a problem. The Cirrus isolator avoids this issue by using two fans, one for pressure control, the other for air flow control. This provides absolute protection for your rodents in case of filter blockage.

Varied Applications
The Cirrus isolator is used when absolute containment is essential. The Cirrus can be used for a wide variety of applications, but is mainly used for research on animals such as mice and other rodents.

Intuitive Design
The keypad is located at eye level in an easy-to-reach position, making it simpler for the user to operate. Furthermore, the chamber is fully transparent, meaning the user is working in natural light and thus minimises strain on the eyes. In addition to this, the transparent case allows a supervisor to monitor the user's work, making the Cirrus an ideal choice in a training environment.

Customised For Your Requirements
Fully customised and adapted for your needs, the Cirrus isolator has a variety of optional extras available. Users can choose to equip their isolator witht the following features:

  • 2, 3 or 4 gloves in a linear position or facing each other
  • Positive or negative pressure inside the chamber
  • Storage shelves of various dimensions
  • Different sized gloves
  • Different sleeve materials available
  • Hard body or flexible canopy
  • Adjustable stand
  • Adjustable stand for users of different heights
  • Transfer chambers or input-output Double Door Transfer Port (DDTP) containers
  • Optional ColourSafe™ system to prevent the user from inadvertently opening a transfer door
  • Steriliser
  • H13 filtering

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Product category: Centrifuges

Harrier 18/80R

The Harrier 18/80R is the refrigerated version of the Harrier 15/80 centrifuge. A successor of the popular Mistral 2000 range, the Harrier 18/80R is a benchtop centrifuge designed for routine laboratory use where refrigeration is needed. As you would expect from any MSE centrifuge, the Harrier 18/80R represents excellent value for money in terms of performance, ease of use, safety and reliability.

  • Intelligent Microprocessor Control
  • Inverter Controlled Brushless Motor
  • Automatic Rotor Identification System
  • Set And Run In RCF Or RPM
  • Key Lock Facility
  • Instant RCF Reading
  • Last Run Memory
  • Green Led Display
  • Overspeed Protection System
  • Full Lid Interlock
  • Imbalance Detection System
  • Self Diagnostics
  • Status Indicator
  • CFC - Free Refrigerant Gas (Harrier 18/80R)
  • Fast Efficient Cooling (Harrier 18/80R)
  • Precool Facility (Harrier 18/80R)
  • CFC-Free Insulation (Harrier 18/80R)
  • Simple And Easy To Use
  • Easy To Service
  • Superior Lid Lock Mechanism
  • 9 Acceleration Rates
  • 9 Brake Rates
  • Wide Range Of Accessories
  • All Accessories Fully Autoclavable
  • Sealed Buckets With Porton Down Approval
  • Sealed 24 Place Microtube Rotor Available
  • Language Options Available
  • Selectable Temperature Range -9C To +40C (Harrier 18/80R)
Automatic rotor identification system
The Harrier range of benchtop centrifuges incorporates an automatic rotor identification system. This important feature ensures that the centrifuge recognises the rotor in use and prevents it from being used beyond its safe maximum speed. As the centrifuge identifies the rotor in use, it can also work out the ‘g’ force at any set speed. This means the centrifuge can convert rpm to ‘g’ and vice versa once in use.

Microprocessor controlled induction drive
The Harrier range utilises an induction motor for maintenance free long life operation. This motor has no carbon brushes so not only is there no need for routine maintenance but there is no build-up of carbon dust inside the centrifuge. This makes it suitable for use in clean environments. Microprocessor control combined with the frequency driven motor ensures accurate operation for run to run reproducibility.

Refrigerated version available
The Harrier 18/80R refrigerated benchtop centrifuge combines all the capabilities of the proven Harrier 15/80 in a refrigerated format. The selectable temperature range is from −9 to +40 degrees celsius and uses CFC–free R134a refrigerant gas. This means that in refrigerant terms, the Harrier 18/80R complies with all the regulations pertaining to the Montreal Protocol. A precool facility allows the bowl to be cooled to the required temperature prior to use.

High speed microtube rotor
The use of the induction motor provides another benefit in that higher rotational speeds can be achieved. This allows the Harrier range to have a maximum speed in excess of 15,000 rpm with the 24 place microtube rotor. In the case of the Harrier 18/80R refrigerated centrifuge, the microtube rotor can achieve speeds of up to 18,000 rpm giving a maximum ‘g’ force of 28,980 g. See rotor table for details.

Wide range of accessories available
For routine benchtop work, the 4 x 200ml swing out rotor and 200ml sealed buckets are available on the Harrier 18/80R refrigerated centrifuge. This uses the same 200ml buckets as used on the Harrier 15/80 but with an increased speed capability of 6,000 rpm giving a maximum g force of 6,466 g. These, combined with a wide range of adaptors, can accommodate most manufacturers’ tubes. In addition to the swing-out rotor, other angle rotors and specialist rotors are available. Please see tables for details.

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Product category: Centrifuges

Micro Centaur Plus

The Micro Centaur Plus is an improved version of the original Micro Centaur, adding new features and accessories. Its space-saving design and programmable features makes it an ideal choice for your laboratory. This powerful microcentrifuge is capable of speeds up to 14,500 rpm (14,573 g) and can use a range of rotors up to 2.2ml capacity. A Haematocrit and PCR rotor is also available.

Convenient Top–Mounted Rotor
So much easier to load, empty or clean than rotors in wells. The rotor removes quickly for autoclaving. In case of an accident, spilled liquids or broken tubes remain in the rotor, not in the centrifuge.

Timer or 'Pulse' Operation
For short bursts of centrifugation or manual operation, simply press and hold the ‘Pulse’ button. For automatically controlled spins of longer duration, the timer can be set for intervals of up to 99 minutes.

Incredibly Light and Small
The Micro Centaur Plus microcentrifuge weighs only 5 kg meaning you can easily carry it from one laboratory to the next, or use it for off-site research purposes. Furthermore, its small footprint (270 x 220 x 180mm when closed) makes it an ideal choice in laboratories where space is a premium.

24 Tube Capacity
Choose which rotor best suits your centrifugation needs: 24 x 2.2ml, 18 x 0.5ml rotor, PCR strip or haematocrit rotor. Alternatively, you can combine the 24 x 2.2ml rotor with a tube support for added flexibility.

Smooth, Quiet Operation
The aerodynamically designed rotor spins smoothly and quietly, virtually without vibration, even at maximum speed.

Safety Lid Lock and Out-of-Balance Detection
An electronic interlock prevents operation of the lid release button while the rotor is in motion. An indicator light signals when the rotor has come to rest and the lid may be opened safely. For emergency situations such as power failures, an override key is provided.

The Micro Centaur Plus microcentrifuge is also equipped with an automatic out-of-balance detection system for improved safety.

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About us

Company details

The History of MSE Laboratory Centrifuges
The Birth of MSE

MSE (Measuring and Scientific Equipment) was first formed in 1936 by Dr Ernest Foulkes and was funded with a capital of just £500. At the time, MSE was not a manufacturer of laboratory equipment, but instead specialised in the importation of machine tools into the UK.

The Outbreak of War
At the start of World War Two, the UK Ministry of Supply appointed MSE as lease lend agents for American machine tools. The company was also required to provide servicing facilities and established a small workshop in the heart of Westminster, employing and training about a dozen high precision engineers who later became the nucleus of the MSE production unit.

After the war, the newly formed National Health Service requested MSE to develop a range of hospital microtomes. At the same time the Atomic Energy Authority approached MSE to make centrifuges to replace instruments that up until then were only available as imports from the USA. It was from this point that MSE moved away from importing machine tools and instead reinvented itself as a manufacturer of specialised laboratory equipment, particularly laboratory centrifuges.

The First Production of Centrifuges
Like today, the first centrifuges were developed for research purposes and proved very popular in hospitals and research departments of universities.

The Minor, or 'the Mushroom' as it was affectionately called, was the first centrifuge manufactured by MSE. Production began in the early 1950s and the model became a huge success. The MSE Minor has played an important role in scientific research throughout the years.

Market Domination and International Competition
When the company moved to Crawley in the 1960s, MSE was at its height, employing over 700 people, making it one of the largest centrifuge manufacturers in the world. In 1968, MSE centrifuge sales accounted for nearly 65% of the total market share.

In 1972, MSE was acquired by Fisons and shortly after, took on Kontron OEM products to maintain its ultra centrifuge presence. Some of the manufacturing section was transferred from Crawley to Uxbridge in 1981 and the remainder by 1983, while sales and service remained at Crawley.

MSE regrettably failed to take full advantage of the 1978 Howie Report on infection control in Pathology laboratories which sparked a boom in sales to the NHS to replace equipment that did not conform to the reports recommendations. Overseas competition from German and American companies during the 1980s started reducing MSEs domination of the UK centrifuge market.

From Japanese Ownership to Present Day
In 1990, the company was divested as part of Fisons Scientific Equipment as Gallenkamp manufacturing to Sanyo of Japan following Fison’s withdrawal from the market of low to mid–range centrifuge manufacturing.

From 1990, MSE became the centrifuge arm of the Sanyo Gallenkamp, which manufactured a range of laboratory products. Sanyo of Japan made considerable investment in improving the quality of existing products and consolidated sales and manufacturing to one geographical location in Loughborough in 1998. However, in 2003, a decision was made by Sanyo of Japan to withdraw from all manufacturing in the UK and a buyer for the MSE brand was to be found.

In May 2004, the MSE centrifuge part of Sanyo Gallenkamp was purchased by Henderson Biomedical Ltd, a family business specialising in the service and repair of centrifuges since 1987. Henderson Biomedical formed a new company called MSE MSE Family(UK) Ltd and therefore brought the MSE brand back into UK ownership. The manufacturing of laboratory centrifuges already complimented the business activities of Henderson Biomedical, making the purchase of MSE seem like a natural progression for the company.

At the time of the purchase of MSE, Henderson Biomedical was located in Beckenham, Kent. The addition of MSE meant that both companies needed to relocate and so in 2005, the company moved a new site in Lower Sydenham, London (above left). Our current home in Lower Sydenham is much larger and contains offices, an assembly area, workshops and a warehouse.

Our objective is to improve existing MSE products as well as introduce new ones, thus re-establishing the company as a leader in the global laboratory equipment market. Export currently makes up around a third of MSE's turnover and the company hopes to increase this figure over the coming years by re-capturing old markets and breaking into new ones.

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