The wide variety of lab-shaker designs on the market reflects the increasing diversity of scientific experimentation. Labs now use a greater range of sample sizes than ever before, from liters to microliters. And while replicate and combinatorial studies increase the number of samples, requirements for environmental control create yet a third dimension that shaker designers must consider.
Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Laboratory Shaker
- What is the capacity of the unit (both for total weight and volume)?
- What accessories are available?
- What is the RPM range and what increments can it be controlled in?
- What are the temperature and humidity operating conditions for the unit?
- What programming functions, if any, does the unit have?
Shaker types used by survey respondents:
Number of hours per day shaker is in operation:
|Less than 1 hour||28%|
|1 - 3 hours||42%|
|3 - 5 hours||9%|
|5 - 7 hours||2%|
|more than 7 hours||19%|
Nearly 43% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new laboratory shaker. 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 laboratory shaker:
|Durability / Rugged design||73%|
|Low maintenance / Easy to clean||70%|
|Simple operation - Easy to program and monitor||54%|
|Low noise - Quiet||40%|
|Electronic speed controls||37%|
|Orbital vs. reciprocating motion||34%|
For more information on lab shakers, visit www.labmanager.com/shakers
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