Rapid extraction of solid and semi-solid samples can be automated with the ExplorerQ microwave extraction system, which shortens extraction times to minutes and can process up to 48 samples at a time. The system accommodates 35-mL or 10-mL pressurized vials with easy-to-use snap-on caps and is available with a 24-, 36- or 48-position deck. There is no need for frits, O-rings or tools to cap the vials and no need to mix sand with the sample. Intelligent rack design automatically detects vial size and the system may be programmed to run samples individually or as a batch. Microwave technology is utilized for extractions using common solvents at elevated temperatures and pressures. The Focused microwave cavity applies the optimum amount of energy to the sample for accurate results with minimum solvent usage. ExplorerQ is useful for the extraction of environmental, pharmaceutical and other samples. CEM Corp., 704-821-7015, www.cem.com.