Laboratory ovens are common instruments in most laboratories and are used across most scientific disciplines. Lab ovens are most commonly less than 12 cu.ft. in volume, although a great variety of sizes are available in benchtop, stackable, and floor-standing models. Over 25 percent of survey respondents reported using larger ovens in their labs. While lab ovens are most commonly used for heating and drying (77% of respondents), they find a variety of other uses including evaporating (49%), temperature-linked experimentation (47%), sterilization (14%) and baking (13%).
Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Lab Oven
- What temperature range do you require? (Does the product have reserve temperature capacity?)
- What accuracy and uniformity does the product have? (Will my sample be damaged or will my experiment only function in one “sweet spot”?)
- Are interior chamber space / weight of my sample and floor space in the lab a match to application and lab?
- Do I need any computer interfaces, alarms or safety devices on my oven?
- Are accessories like data loggers, viewing windows and modifications like access ports available from the manufacturer to suit my specific needs?
Types of lab ovens used by survey respondents:
|General Purpose Oven||78%|
|Mechanical Convection Oven||18%|
|Gravity Convection Oven||15%|
Main applications respondents use their lab ovens for:
|Heating and drying||77%|
Nearly 24% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new lab oven. 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 a lab oven:
|Ease of use||64%|
|Low maintenance/operating costs||61%|
|Temperature ranges ambient +40°C to 200°C / 250°C||45%|
|Controlled airflow to provide uniform temperature heat distribution||42%|
|Service and support||41%|
|Ease of installation||35%|
|Double wall for insulation||34%|
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