Lab shakers are available in two different mixing actions: orbital and reciprocal and are primarily used for culturing organisms in shake flasks or test tubes, and can also be used for mixing liquids. Shakers range from small to mid-size bench top models, larger-capacity console (floor standing) models, or space-saving stackable models.
Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a 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?
Choosing a shaker comes down to such features as heating/cooling capability, capacity, shaking speed, orbital vs. reciprocating motion, ease of use, programmability, heating capability, and footprint. With research budgets tight and lab space even tighter, groups or departments are increasingly sharing shakers.
Different types of lab shakers respondents are using or planning to purchase for their lab, based on our latest survey data:
|Currently Using||Planning to Purchase|
Components respondents are using with their lab shaker:
Top 10 factors and features our readers look for when buying a lab shaker:
|Simple operation – easy to program and monitor||89%|
|Low maintenance/easy to clean||87%|
|Electronic speed controls||65%|
|Orbital vs. reciprocating motion||51%|
Recently Released Shakers
• Series includes the VSN-5 Nutating Mixer, the VSM-3 Vortex Mixer, the VSR-50 Variable Speed Rocker, the VSOS-4P Orbital Shaker and HPS-7 Hot Plate Stirrers
• Features a variety of available accessories for an array of applications
• Can be integrated into current lab procedures with ease
• Simplifies everyday lab processes such as mixing, blending and resuspending
• Provides fast, accurate separations of materials 2mm and finer
• Touchscreen programmable controller allows selection of vibration level, time, and pauses
• Allows storage of 99 testing profiles in non-volatile memory
• For 8in and 200mm sieves
AS 450 basic
• Sieves large quantities up to 15 kg
• Accepts sieve diameters up to 450 mm and covers a measuring range from 25 μm to 125 mm
• Allows time and amplitude to be digitally set
• Offers efficient electromagnetic drive with 3D movement
• Rapid vertical movement imparted by the shaker continuously helps clear apertures
• Several models are fitted with a high degree of control over the shaker functions—useful with many materials in establishing a rapid end point
• Include a unique clamping device enabling the clamp plate to be fitted in seconds
|New Brunswick Scientific||www.nbsc.com|
|Stovall Life Science||www.slscience.com|
|Thermo Fisher Scientific||www.thermo.com|
|Yamato Scientific America||www.yamato-usa.com|