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2014 Lab Oven Product Survey

Common laboratory ovens maintain temperatures ranging from just above ambient to about 300°C and are ubiquitous in chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical, forensics, and environmental labs. Units operating at temperatures above 300°C are normally dedicated to specialized applications in physics, engineering, electronics, and materials processing. Typical lab ovens use four to six cubic feet of space and are located on benchtops or stacked atop another oven; other units may be much larger.

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Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Lab Oven

  1. What temperature range do you require? (Does the product have reserve temperature capacity?)
  2. What accuracy and uniformity does the product have? (Will my sample be damaged or will my experiment only function in one “sweet spot”?)
  3. Are interior chamber space / weight of my sample and floor space in the lab a match to application and lab?
  4. Do I need any computer interfaces, alarms or safety devices on my oven?
  5. Are accessories like data loggers, viewing windows and modifications like access ports available from the manufacturer to suit my specific needs?

Types of lab ovens used by survey respondents:

General Purpose Oven 41%
Microwave Oven 17%
Mechanical Convection Oven 16%
Vacuum Oven 10%
Gravity Convection Oven 8%
Other 4%
Safety Oven 3%

Oven-related applications performed by survey respondents:

Heating and drying 56%
Temperature-linked experiments 18%
Evaporating 12%
Other 5%
Baking 3%

Nearly 30% of respondents plan on purchasing a lab oven in the next year. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

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

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

Ease of use 92%
Low maintenance / operating costs 90%
Price 90%
Safety 89%
Service and support 87%
Warranty 68%
Temperature ranges ambient +40°C to 200°C / 250°C 86%
Energy efficient 84%
Ease of installation 84%
Power requirements 84%

Completed Surveys: 264

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