SOURCE: Franek Technologies, Inc.

October 15, 2007 08:00 ET

Franek Technologies Installs 10 More Power Protection Systems at Orange County, CA Sheriff's Department Forensics Science Laboratory

Now Protecting 12 Critical PCR and Genetic Analyzers, Valued at Approximately $1 Million, the Orange County Sheriff's Department Ensures Reliability of Forensic Testing for Crime-Scene Investigations for All 46 Cities Within the County

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - Franek Technologies, Inc., the leader in certified Category III-3 Laboratory Battery Backup Power Protection Systems (LPS/UPS), has installed 10 more power protection systems at the nationally accredited Orange County (CA) Sheriff's Department Forensics Science Laboratory, now protecting 12 of its critical Applied Biosystems (ABI) PCR and Genetic Analyzers. As a result of these installations, key instrumentation, valued at approximately $1 million, at the state-of-the-art laboratory is protected against power fluctuations or failure that could otherwise cause loss of irreplaceable crime-related samples and data, costly damage to instrumentation, as well as significant lost productive time.

With this latest installation of customized, instrumentation-grade power protection systems (with 30-60 minute extended run-time depending on the application), Franek Technologies now protects the Forensic Science Laboratory's significant investment in ABI 3130 Genetic Analyzers, ABI 7500 PRC High-speed Systems, ABI 9700 PCR Systems, and ABI 310 Genetic Analyzers. Like other forensic science laboratories, this laboratory is extremely vulnerable to power fluctuations, even those lasting as little as 30 milliseconds, due to the complexity and sensitivity of its instrumentation and automated equipment. Providing this level of certified power protection is especially important with forensic testing since sample volume is often extremely limited making a rerun due to suspect instrument performance impossible.

Tasked with providing forensic science services for Orange County is no small task. As the second most populous county in the state of California and the fifth most populous in the U.S., its population is approaching 3 million residents. The Orange County Sheriff Department Forensic Science Laboratory serves the criminal justice needs of all 34 incorporated cities, and an additional 12 unincorporated communities, within the county by applying sound scientific principles to the collection, evaluation, and interpretation of physical evidence. To ensure its ability to serve and protect the county, the higher level of power protection provided by Franek Technologies was considered mission critical for the Forensic Science Laboratory.

Orange County is situated at the center of Southern California's "Tech Coast," as well as the home of the Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm. It has also been popularized by television shows such as "The OC" and "Laguna Beach." Maintaining the safety of this popular tourist and life-science development center is important for the economic growth of the 46 communities supported by the Orange County Sheriff's Department Forensic Science Laboratory.

"As a locally based company, we are pleased that the OC Sheriff's Department, along with the many forensic organizations we serve, has chosen Franek Technologies again to protect their key DNA instrumentation," states Ray Hecker, vice president, Franek Technologies, Inc.

Franek Technologies, Inc.:

Franek Technologies, Inc. specializes in providing Laboratory Productivity/Protection Systems (LPS/UPS) for analytical, diagnostics, forensic, life-science, pharmaceutical and biotechnology instrumentation systems applications. Its certified uninterruptible battery backup power sources for laboratory and instrumentation applications protect over $3 billion in laboratory assets worldwide. The company's power engineers have developed LPS/UPS products for over 1,500 instrumentation applications, from more than 100 manufacturers, to meet US Government power requirements. For more information, call (800) 326-6480 or visit www.franek.com.

Orange County Sheriff Department Forensic Science Services Division:

The Forensic Science Services Division provides all public agencies in Orange County with services for the recognition, collection and evaluation of physical evidence from crime scenes. The FSS is the only full-service, internationally accredited laboratory providing forensic analyses to all law enforcement and fire protection agencies in Orange County. The Division employs over 140 staff members, housed in a spacious, modern 100,000 square foot facility, serving the over 2.9 million residents of Orange County. For more information, visit www.sheriff-forensics.ocgov.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Jeanna Sanchez
    JCS Public Relations
    Tel: +1 (760) 295-4166
    Email Contact

    Ray Hecker
    Franek Technologies, Inc.
    Tel: +1 (800) 326-6480
    Email Contact