2010 Centrifuge Product Survey Results

As part of our online Lab Products Survey series, we present the results from our recent survey on purchasing a centrifuge.

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Centrifuges are among a select group of laboratory instruments that are as scalable as they are configurable. Individuals who have used benchtop centrifuges that handle sub-milliliter volumes may be surprised to learn that centrifuges— some as large as rooms—are used in industrial processing.

Basic centrifuge designs are simple, consisting of an enclosed compartment inside which a rotor spins rapidly. Rotors, which can usually be interchanged, contain equally spaced openings into which sample tubes are inserted. Samples will either spin at a fixed angle relative to the rotating axis or “swing out” to perpendicular under centripetal force as the rotor speed increases.

As part of our online Lab Products Survey series, we present here results from our recent survey on purchasing a centrifuge. Total completed surveys: 268

For such a relatively simple design, it is surprising that nearly 40 percent of respondents told us they were not happy with their centrifuges. Manufacturers, take note.

Number of Centrifuges installed within labs.

Most widely used Centrifuge brands currently in labs.

The primary purpose for this product.

Types of Centrifuges being used.

Satisfaction with Centrifuges being used.

Annual Centrifuge consumable purchasing budget for items such as tubes and rotors.

Purchasing plans for a new or used Lab Centrifuge.

Reasons for purchasing a new or pre-owned Centrifuge.

Budget range for a Centrifuge purchase.

Factors/features in the decision-making process to buy a Lab Centrifuge rated by importance.

Respondents' fields of work.

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Published: September 1, 2010

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