2015 Electrophoresis Product Survey Results

Electrophoresis relies on a basic process — particles moving in an electric field. Known for more than 200 years, this phenomenon still drives fundamental techniques in many labs and its long history plays a role in the widespread use of the technology. Current interest lies in making the technology faster, more accurate and more sensitive.

By Trevor Henderson

Top 9 Questions You Should Ask When Buying Electrophoresis Equipment and Supplies

  1. How many gels per experiment can you run at once in a single electrophoresis cell?
  2. Can you run hand cast and precast gels with the same electrophoresis equipment?
  3. Can you blot in the same tank as you run the gels?
  4. How fast can you run a set of gels with optimal performance?
  5. How fast can you visualize your proteins in the gel?
  6. Do you need any special buffers or sample buffer to run your gel?
  7. Does a precast gel give you the same separation as a hand cast gel?
  8. How fast can you transfer proteins from your gel to a membrane?
  9. How efficiently can you transfer your high molecular weight proteins from your gel to a membrane?

Types of electrophoresis systems used by survey respondents:

Horizontal electrophoresis system 76%
Vertical electrophoresis system 70%
Electrophoretic blotting system 49%
Other 12%

Electrophoresis components being used by survey respondents:

Reagents: gel staining chemicals, premade gel or gel chemicals, buffers, etc. 90%
Electrophoresis gel apparatus 85%
Cooling apparatus 28%
Digital camera/gel documentation systems 69%
White light/UV light box 60%
General lab equipment: pH meter, pipettors, scale, stir plates, etc. 79%
Power supply 82%
Other 6%

Nearly 41% of respondents are engaged in purchasing new electrophoresis equipment. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging system
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
Setting up a new lab
First time purchase

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing electrophoresis equipment:

Ease of use 80%
Durability of product 77%
Low operating costs 70%
Price 66%
Availability of supplies and accessories 65%
Fast time to results 61%
Low maintenance/easy to clean 61%
Many separation options with high precision, accuracy, and robustness 61%
Safety and health features 53%
Low operating costs 51%

For more information on electrophoresis, visit www.labmanager.com/electrophoresis

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