As the voice of Kett on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, I am familiar with our products, but have had little opportunity to interact with our customers. So, John Bogart, Kett’s CEO, invited me to find out more at my first tradeshow. I had no idea what to expect as I boarded the plane heading from Denver to Chicago to join John Bogart, our Japanese colleagues and several thousand analytical chemists at Pittcon14.
It’s the first day of Pittcon 2014 and it’s buzzing with scientists, all seeking to find out how the latest instrument advances will help them achieve lab quality results efficiently and simply. We’ve enjoyed speaking to individuals involved in applications as diverse as analytical chemistry, food analysis and safety, drug discovery, water and wastewater analysis, life sciences and other emerging markets looking for new analytics techniques.
The Sochi Olympics has been a time of intense controversy, competition and celebration. It’s never anything less than inspirational to see athletes perform at the height of their abilities, as they seek to gain that slight edge that makes all the difference. The sense of achievement you can see from the gold medalists comes only from years of grit and sheer determination. There is no room for error. Each participant has had to build on the success of the past, while innovating new moves to appease some of the planet’s harshest critics. Truly, we can all learn something from these professional’s dedication to their craft. There is a great story to be told behind each gold, silver and bronze medal that the television audiences don’t often get a chance to witness.
The city that launched the boon of American industrial optimism with the historical Chicago World’s Fair, is set to host the largest annual global conference dedicated to laboratory equipment and instrumentation. Early March 18,000 laboratory scientists will converge in Chicago to attend the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, or Pittcon 2014.