Top 7 Signs that You Should Service or Replace Your Centrifuge

Consider these warning signs in servicing and replacing your laboratory centrifuge. This article also features the top 5 questions you should ask when buying a new lab centrifuge, and a list of centrifuge companies.

By Lab Manager Magazine

Top 7 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Centrifuge

See, hear, smell—You see rust and corrosion or damage, it makes noises that cannot be explained/fixed by service, or it has strange smells that cannot be explained.
You make a lot of adjustments to run your application— i.e. there is a more efficient, modern, innovative rotor/tube/adapter to perform your application.
There are no longer rotors to buy (rotors are obsolete).
Your instrument is no longer supported by the supplier’s service department, or you’ve received a letter from the supplier that parts are no longer available.
Service and/or parts replacement purchases are increasing—i.e. more breakdowns as time goes on.
No one can remember when it was purchased.
It is older than you are.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Centrifuge

What is the maximum g-force the centrifuge can generate?
How does the company’s centrifuge differ from other ones that have the same speed and capacity?
What kind of warranty comes with the centrifuge, what does it cover?
If the company discontinues the product, for how many years do they provide accessories and parts for the centrifuge?
Ask about cost of the purchase—not just the price of the product being installed but the total cost of ownership, which includes price, service expectations, warranty, etc.

Recently Released Centrifuges

Sorvall LYNX Superspeed Centrifuge

  • Features a 100,000 x g top speed performance
  • Supports high-throughput sample processing from 50 mL conical tubes and microplates to 1 L bottles, up to a six-liter capacity
  • Includes easy run set-up with the touchscreen interface featuring a bright, highly visible and durable display and on-board video tutorials and access controls, for advanced training and programming options

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Avanti J-26S High Performance Centrifuge

  • Newly redesigned
  • Combines important environmental benefits with increased BioSafety features
  • Coupling the J-26S with new 1-liter polypropylene bottles furthers sample security and extends the range of biopharmaceutical and research applications
  • Provides high speed, low heat output, imbalance tolerance and low noise, and a range of ever-expanding separations capabilities

Beckman Coulter

5424 R Refrigerated Centrifuge

  • Much quieter than its predecessors
  • 24 place centrifuge can spin up to 21,130 x g and can accurately cool to set temperatures from -10°C to 40°C
  • Includes a condensation drain to eliminate water accumulation and to prevent corrosion
  • FastTemp program takes just eight minutes to cool the sample down to 4°C


Hettich Cell Culture Value Package

  • Boasts a five-year total warranty and is guaranteed to ship in 24 hours
  • Centrifuge features a wide variety of swingout and fixed angle rotors
  • A wide range of other accessories is also available
  • Exchangeable rotors also offered
  • Features ROTOFIX 32A benchtop centrifuge— all steelconstructed centrifuge that is quiet, reliable and safe


Centrifuge Manufacturers

Beckman Coulter





LabNet International


Mystaire Misonix


Sartorius Stedim

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Categories: Lab Products

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2013/2014 Product Resource Guide Magazine Issue Cover
2013/2014 Product Resource Guide

Published: August 9, 2013

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