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Cover Story |  Volume 17 - Issue 10  |  Product Resource Guide 2023

Product Resource Guide '23

Your go-to source for technology trends and analysis, product offerings, and manufacturers


Purchasing Guides

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Purchasing Guide: Biological Safety Cabinets

Biological safety cabinets are crucial for the safety of staff and the protection of products, so it’s important to know when these units should be upgraded

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Purchasing Guide: Baths and Chillers

One consideration to keep in mind when purchasing a bath or chiller is whether you need a unit with extra features like circulation, ultrasonic cleaning, or shaking

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Purchasing Guide: Balances

There are many different configurations to choose from with various accessories, compliance features, and settings

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Purchasing Guide: Automated Liquid Handlers

Automated liquid handlers have several benefits, such as reducing the risk of cross-contamination and improving traceability with barcode scanning features

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 Purchasing Guide: Assays, Kits, and Reagents

It is very important to purchase assays, kits, and reagents from trusted sources, as the experiments conducted will only be as good as the components in these products

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Purchasing Guide: Centrifuges

There are many different sizes and types of centrifuges available to fit the requirements of a variety of applications

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Purchasing Guide: Certified Reference Materials

CRMs offer the highest level of accuracy over uncertified reference materials and can be used in the lab as controls

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Purchasing Guide: Cold Storage

Laboratory cold storage solutions such as freezers, refrigerators, and cryogenic storage tanks are critical to keeping valuable reagents and priceless samples safe

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Purchasing Guide: Evaporators

Rotary evaporators are often used to remove low boiling organic solvents, and the addition of vacuum can lower the boiling point. Nitrogen evaporators apply a steady stream of nitrogen to remove moisture. Centrifugal evaporators, ideal for high-volume sample processing, use vacuum centrifugation to evaporate samples

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Purchasing Guide: Freeze Dryers

Freeze dryers are used to preserve food, extend the shelf of pharmaceutical products and vaccines, and more via the process of sublimation

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Purchasing Guide: Fume Hoods

These ventilated enclosures enable laboratory personnel to safely work with materials that produce hazardous fumes and volatile vapors

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Purchasing Guide: Gas Chromatography

The simplicity and sensitivity of this method means that it is widely used for applications such as drug testing, analyzing essential oils, and breaking down food samples.

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Purchasing Guide: Glassware Washers

This equipment cleans glassware more effectively than handwashing and limits your lab workers’ exposure to potentially harmful substances

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Purchasing Guide: Glove Boxes

Gloves boxes are completely closed compartments ranging in size from a few cubic feet to several hundred cubic feet

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Purchasing Guide: Homogenizers

There are handheld and bench-mounted configurations available, along with a variety of probes to match various sample types

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Purchasing Guide: Incubators

CO2 incubators allow researchers to create optimal environments for cell and tissue culture, while microbiology incubators provide ideal conditions for growing microorganisms

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Purchasing Guide: Informatics

Laboratory informatics can be used to manage inventory, keep track of maintenance schedules,and more

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Purchasing Guide: Lab Furniture

Furnishing your laboratory with the right countertops, cabinets, seating, and storage can help to improve productivity and efficiency

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Purchasing Guide: Liquid Chromatography

Before purchasing LC systems, it’s important to consider your application as specific components, including columns and detectors, that are better suited for certain sample types

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Purchasing Guide: Mass Spectrometers

There are many different configurations of mass spectrometers available depending on the sample type being analyzed and the resolution and speed of analysis required

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Purchasing Guide: Microplate Technology

Because microplate handlers can increase user walk-away time, as well as throughput and efficiency, they are often used in biomarker research, cell biology, and assay development

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Purchasing Guide: Microscopy

Optical microscopes offer ease of use but have limited resolving power.  SEMs use a beam of focused high-energy electrons to produce information about the specimen including morphology, chemical composition, and crystalline structure

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Purchasing Guide: Lab Monitoring

Effective lab monitoring can help improve the reliability and performance of the lab and ensures that lab staff are notified of out-of-specification situations promptly

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Purchasing Guide: Outsourcing

With the right partner, outsourcing can be highly cost-effective and help position your lab for growth

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Purchasing Guide: PCR/Thermal Cyclers

When purchasing technology for PCR and qPCR, consider the accuracy of the temperature and fluorescence measurements, and the robustness of the instrument as it will be running for long periods of time

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Purchasing Guide: pH Meters

Choosing the right pH meter probe (electrode) is important to configure the instrument to your sample type

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Purchasing Guide: Pipettes

From basic micropipettes to electronic pipettes, there are a variety of types and volume ranges available to fit your exact needs

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Purchasing Guide: Pre-Owned Instruments

Individual sellers, resale vendors, and auctions will have different policies and guarantees, so it is important to ask some quality assurance questions before buying

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Purchasing Guide: Presses

Lab presses can be floor or benchtop units, can generate from 15 to upwards of 100 tons of compressive force, and have heated platens that can range from 600°F to 1200°F

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Product Purchasing Guide: Lab Pumps

Vacuum pumps are used in freeze drying, evaporation, and more. Non-vacuum pumps are used in automatic pipetting, titration, and other applications

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Purchasing Guide: Relocation

Hiring a laboratory relocation company is one of the best ways to ensure a smooth transition to a new facility

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Purchasing Guide: Repair and Maintenance

In-house repairs aren’t always possible if none of the lab staff have the expertise needed, and OEM service contracts may not always be the best option. In such cases, third-party service contracts are the best route

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Purchasing Guide: Safety Equipment and PPE

Masks, face shields, safety goggles, lab coats, and gloves all limit your staff’s exposure to harmful agents

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Purchasing Guide: Sample Preparation

Automated sample preparation systems have numerous benefits, such as increasing lab throughput, lessening the margin for error, and minimizing risk of staff developing repetitive strain injuries

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Purchasing Guide: Spectroscopy

When purchasing, consider what detection range you will require for your sample type and look for instruments that are sensitive, accurate, and consistent

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Purchasing Guide: Staffing

If done properly, finding the right lab staffing service can make the hiring process more efficient for you

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Purchasing Guide: Stirrers and Mixers

Stirrers and mixers are used for mixing a variety of samples in the lab, and there are numerous options available depending on what you’re mixing and the volume you’re working with

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Purchasing Guide: Supplies and Consumables

Supplies and consumables are all the things the lab needs to execute its scientific work. They are a hugely diverse set of materials, ranging from pipette tips to specialty gases

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Purchasing Guide: Valves

Valves come in a grand array of sizes, materials of construction, controls, and precision.

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Purchasing Guide: Water Purification Systems

Depending on your applications and the space you have in your lab, there are many different filtration types, water purification techniques, and system configurations that could work best


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2022 Purchasing Trends Survey

Insight into the purchasing power and decision-making of lab managers

Business Management

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Choosing Services to Improve Lab Performance

Lab services involve the same kinds of decisions as other investments

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The Case for Outsourcing Lab Equipment Repairs

Outsourcing can result in high-quality, quick, and cost-effective repairs

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Navigating the Pre-Owned Lab Equipment Marketplace

Tips and tricks for finding quality alternatives to new equipment for your lab

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Test Outsourcing: Picking the Right Partner for You

Outlining the elements of a contract testing partner relationship

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Completing a Successful Laboratory Relocation

Assembling a well-rounded team is essential to relocating a lab successfully

Asset Management

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Best Practices in Lab Monitoring

Protect valuable assets, samples, and time in the lab with lab monitoring services

Leadership and Staffing

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How to Decide When to Use a Laboratory Staffing Service

Staffing services offer a range of benefits but how do you know when you need them?