CARON has announced its recent partnership with Manheim, Germany-based Buddeberg, a specialist in laboratory automation and process technology. Buddeberg manufactures components and assembles "miniplants" for use in scale-up and pilot plant areas of many chemical and pharmaceutical companies. This equipment is also used in small R&D and QA/QC labs. With the combination of hardware and innovative software, these systems simulate large-scale plant conditions. Buddeberg also manufactures magnetic and compressed-air stirrers, as well as electrically controllable drain or dosing valves that can be controlled manually or through software. The compressed-air stirrers can be used in explosion-proof environments.