Ohaus Analytical Scales Star in Top-Rated “CSI” Television Dramas

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High end scales help solve crimes in forensics labs on popular TV dramas.

On “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spin-offs “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York,” teams of criminalists work to solve crimes using forensic science. While the shows capture audiences with their sleek, intelligent and dramatic storylines, they have also made science – and science equipment – trendy and glamorous.

According to Nielsen Media Research, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “CSI: Miami” are two of the top five shows on television, with the original “CSI” having held the #1 position for much of the last year.

While viewers closely follow crime timelines and the inevitable drama of the Emmy® Award-winning “CSI” shows, what especially captures their interest is the mysterious world of forensic science – the testing and processing of the evidence collected by criminalists at crime scenes. The lab equipment – including analytical scales from leading manufacturer Ohaus – takes center stage, along with chemical compositions, blood samples and fingerprinting.

Within a few short years of the original show’s debut, two additional “CSI” shows followed. Criminal justice programs nationwide experienced a record boom in student applications, something many refer to as “the CSI effect.”

Analytical scales, such as Ohaus’ Explorer® Pro and Adventurer? Pro, are commonly used by forensic scientists to meticulously measure dry chemicals, allowing scientists to create reproducible batches of reagents; the scales’ accuracy allows forensic scientists to adhere to strict laboratory protocols.

The television “CSI” labs are extraordinarily equipped with the most sophisticated laboratory and science equipment – and lots of it. “We have a bigger variety of equipment than any lab I know of in L.A. County,” said “CSI” technical advisor Rich Catalani in a May 2003 Chicago Sun-Times interview. “Every technical advisor comes on the set and says, ‘I want to work in this lab.”

Headquartered in Pine Brook, New Jersey, Ohaus Corporation manufactures an extensive line of high-precision electronic and mechanical balances and scales that meet the demands of virtually any weighing need. The company is a global leader in the Laboratory, Industrial, and Education channels as well as a host of specialty markets, including the Food Preparation, Pharmacy and Jewelry industries. An ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, Ohaus products are precise, reliable and affordable, and are backed by industry-leading customer support. For additional information, contact Ohaus Corporation at 973/377-9000, or visit the web site at http://www.ohaus.com.

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