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 can achieve the same speed and capacity?
- What kind of warranty comes with the centrifuge and 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 including price, service expectations, warranty, etc.
Types of centrifuge(s) used by survey respondents:
|Benchtop refrigerated centrifuge||19%|
|Floor refrigerated centrifuge||12%|
|Benchtop clinical centrifuge||8%|
Centrifuge speed range(s) used by survey respondents:
|0 - 7,500 RPM||32%|
|7,500 - 10,000 RPM||18%|
|10,000 - 15,000 RPM||25%|
|15,000 - 20,000 RPM||13%|
Nearly 24% of respondents plan on purchasing a BSC in the next year. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:
|Replacement of aging centrifuge||
|Addition to existing systems, increase capacity||
|Setting up a new lab / developing a brand new method||
|Require more speed (g-forces) and capacity||
Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a centrifuge:
|Ease of use||96%|
|Low maintenance/operating costs||93%|
|Service and support||74%|
|Type of centrifuge rotor||68%|
|Ease of installation||66%|
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