2016 Electrophoresis Survey Results

Learn readers’ purchasing plans and more from our latest electrophoresis survey results.

By Ryan Ackerman

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.

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 72%
Vertical electrophoresis system 68%
Electrophoretic blotting system 44%
Other 9%

Electrophoresis components being used by survey respondents:

Electrophoresis gel apparatus 92%
Reagents: gel staining chemicals, premade gel or gel chemicals, buffers, etc. 89%
General lab equipment: pH meter, pipettors, scale, stir plates, etc. 88%
Power supply 82%
Digital camera/gel documentation systems 72%
White light/UV light box 63%
Cooling apparatus 19%
Other 2%

Nearly 60% of respondents are engaged in purchasing new electrophoresis equipment. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

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

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

Durability of product 71%
Ease of use 69%
Availability of supplies and accessories 64%
Price 57%
Fast time to results 56%
Low operating costs 55%
Low operating costs 52%
Low maintenance/easy to clean 49%
Many separation options with high precision, accuracy, and robustness 48%
Safety and health features 44%

Do You Want to Get Accurate and Efficient Separations?

Here are some ideas on where to start with getting the best electrophoresis equipment.


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

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