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2014 Homogenizers Product Survey

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.

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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.

Types of homogenizers used by survey respondents:

Rotor-stator 41%
Ultrasonic 30%
Bead Mill 17%
Fluidized bed 7%
Other 6%

Primary purpose for homogenizers as indicated by survey respondents:

Research  66%
Processing 15%
Quality Control 8%
Clinical and Diagnostics 7%
Other 53%

Nearly 32% of respondents plan on purchasing a homogenizer in the next year. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

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

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

Durability of product 92%
Low maintenance - easy to use and clean 86%
Value for price paid 83%
Results with minimum deviation 78%
Variable speed controls 78%
Reliability of vendor 75%
Service and support 69%
Warranty 68%
Safety features 66%
Reputation of vendor 62%

Completed Surveys: 219

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