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2015 Homogenizers Survey Results

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Turning a sample into a suspension—the essence of homogenizing—occurs in a wide range of laboratory applications. In life science and clinical research, scientists often homogenize tissue samples for various analytical studies.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Homogenizer

  1. How does this homogenizer differ from the competition? What makes it superior in quality and cost effective for the scientist?
  2. What accessories are necessary to run the unit? Are there pre-assembled bead kits to use that will simplify the homogenization process?
  3. Does the company offer demo units for the scientist to test out?
  4. Does the company offer application and technical phone support before/after the product purchase?
  5. Ask about replacements in case the product parts break down with use.
  6. Finally, ask about cost of the purchase, installation charges, and warranty extension costs.

Homogenizer types used by survey respondents:

Bead mill 16%
Fluidized bed 7%
Rotor-stator 57%
Ultrasonic 37%
Other 7%

Homogenizer applications as reported by survey respondents:

Homogenization 70%
Cell disruption 41%
Extraction 41%
Emulisification 23%
Mixing 23%
Dissolving 16%
Shredding 9%
Precipitation 5%
Gassing 2%
Process reactions 2%

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look for When Purchasing a Homogenizer

Durability of product
Results within minimum deviation
Low maintenance - easy to use and clean
Value for price paid
Service and support
Safety features
Variable speed controls
Reliability of vendor
Reputation of vendor

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