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2014 Centrifuge Product Survey Results

When it comes to common technology in a laboratory, centrifuges rise toward the top of the list. Centrifuges separate particles and structures suspended in liquid by applying thousands of gravitational force equivalents to the sample through spinning and play a role in a wide range of workflows and applications.

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Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Centrifuge

  1. What is the maximum g-force the centrifuge can generate?
  2. How does the company’s centrifuge differ from other ones that can achieve the same speed and capacity?
  3. What kind of warranty comes with the centrifuge and what does it cover?
  4. If the company discontinues the product, for how many years do they provide accessories and parts for the centrifuge?
  5. Ask about cost of the purchase— not just the price of the product being installed but the total cost of ownership including price, service expectations, warranty, etc.

Types of centrifuge(s) used by survey respondents:

Environmental 22%
Benchtop centrifuge 22%
Microcentrifuge 19%
Benchtop refrigerated centrifuge 19%
Floor refrigerated centrifuge 12%
Floor ultracentrifuge 8%
Benchtop clinical centrifuge 8%
Benchtop ultracentrifuge 7%
Floor centrifuge 6%

Centrifuge speed range(s) used by survey respondents:

0 - 7,500 RPM 32%
7,500 - 10,000 RPM 18%
10,000 - 15,000 RPM 25%
15,000 - 20,000 RPM 13%
20,000+ RPM 12%

Nearly 24% of respondents plan on purchasing a BSC in the next year. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of aging centrifuge
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
Setting up a new lab / developing a brand new method
Require more speed (g-forces) and capacity

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a centrifuge:

Reliability 96%
Ease of use 96%
Low maintenance/operating costs 93%
Price 91%
Safety features 86%
Warranty 81%
Accuracy 80%
Service and support 74%
Type of centrifuge rotor 68%
Ease of installation 66%

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