2013 Thermal Analyzers Product Survey Results

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Thermal analysis is the broad category of at least 20 techniques that measure some fundamental property of matter as a result of adding heat. For example, dilatometry measures volume changes upon heating, thermomechanical analysis quantifies the change in dimension of a sample as a function of temperature, and thermo-optical analysis detects changes in optical properties on heating or cooling.

6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Thermal Analyzer

If you are going to be analyzing x,y,z properties, ask if the company has any customers conducting the same type of work and if you can talk to them.

Ask if you can submit a sample for a demo using specified conditions and, if so, how long this will take and whether a report will be provided.

What type of post-sale application and technical support does the company offer, and how much will it cost you?

What features distinguish the company’s instrument from their competitors’?

What can the company tell you about the quality of the product, i.e., how it was manufactured and tested? This will help you determine the typical lifespan.

What can the vendor tell you about the total cost of ownership, including expected consumables, software upgrades, service, and warranty costs?

Types of materials used for thermal analysis as reported by survey respondents:

Polymers 34%
Organics such as lubricants, pharmaceuticals, paints, adhesives, etc. 31%
Minerals, inorganic chemicals, and other inorganics 14%
Metals/Alloys 8%
Other 7%
Ceramic/Glass/Building Materials 6%

When asked how new workers were trained in thermal analysis, respondents reported as follows:

They are trained by existing lab members 58%
They are trained by an in-house trainer 14%
They are trained by a manufacturer's representative 15%
They are trained by an outsourced instructor 3%
They learn it themselves 8%
Other 2%

Nearly 27% of respondents plan on purchasing a new or additional thermal analyzers in the next year. The primary reasons for these purchases are:

 
Replacement of aging system
First time purchase of a thermal analyzer
Addition to existing systems
Setting up a new lab

Top 10 Features/Factors respondents look for when purchasing a Thermal Analyzer

Completed Surveys: 397


For more information on thermal analyzers, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/thermal-analyzers

 

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