2015 Viscometers Survey Results

Many industries measure viscosity, though the biggest user is the quality control department utilizing single-point measurement.

By Trevor Henderson

2015 Viscometer Survey Results

Research scientists also use viscometers to see how a material reacts to being sheared. The task at hand determines the kind of viscometer to use—different viscometers measure different magnitudes of viscosity and different changes in it. According to one expert, the most important factor to consider when buying a viscometer is robustness, even if users have to give up some sensitivity.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Viscometer

  1. What kind of temperature control and spindle rotational speed control does the instrument offer? Temperature is critical, since viscosity generally rises as a fluid cools. Spindle rotation may also affect viscosity.
  2. What range of accessories (ex. sample holders) does the company offer for the instrument?
  3. How easy to use is the viscometer? Since most users nowadays aren’t experts, an easy-to-use instrument is probably the best fit for most labs.
  4. What are the sizes of the samples you’ll be working with? This may be an issue when analyzing very expensive materials such as drugs or proteins and cost of ownership is also important for high-volume applications.
  5. What is the instrument’s measurement range? If you’re analyzing petroleum, from crude oil to gasoline, do you want to change out the capillary for each measurement, or use something that works all the way through?
  6. What kind of service and support does the company provide?

Viscometer types used by survey respondents:

Rotational viscometer 68%
U-Tube / Ostwald Viscometer 29%
Falling Ball Viscometer 8%
Vibrational Viscometer 8%
Falling Piston Viscometer 1%
Rectangular Slit Viscometer 1%
Other 11%

Frequency of viscometer usage by survey respondents:

Several times daily 45%
Several times each week 24%
Two to three times a month 11%
Less than once a month 20%

Nearly 51% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new viscometer. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

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

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look for When Purchasing a Viscometer:

Repeatability 86%
Durability / Rugged design 67%
Price 64%
Torque accuracy 60%
Simple operation 58%
Warranty 40%
Training 36%
Onsite service / support 34%
Extended warranty 26%
Compact design 24%

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

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Published: September 10, 2015

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