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2017 Shakers Survey Results

2017 Shakers Survey Results

Learn how often our readers use their lab shakers and much more in our 2017 survey results.

Erica Tennenhouse, PhD

Erica Tennenhouse, PhD, is the managing editor of Clinical Lab Manager.

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The wide variety of lab shaker designs on the market reflects the increasing diversity of scientific experimentation. Labs now use a greater range of sample sizes than ever before, from liters to microliters. And while replicate and combinatorial studies increase the number of samples, requirements for environmental control create yet a third dimension that shaker designers must consider.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Laboratory Shaker

  1. What is the capacity of the unit (both for total weight and volume)
  2. What accessories are available?
  3. What is the RPM range and what increments can it be controlled in?
  4. What are the temperature and humidity operating conditions for the unit?
  5. What programming functions, if any, does the unit have?

Shaker types used by survey respondents:

Vortex shaker55%
Orbital shaker55%
Rocking shaker46%
Incubator shaker38%
Vibrating shaker20%
Biological shaker17%
Reciprocal shaker15%
Nutating shaker4%

Number of hours per day shaker is in operation:

Less than 1 hour33%
1 - 3 hours29%
3 - 5 hours19%
5 - 7 hours9%
More than 7 hours4%

Nearly 42% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new laboratory shaker. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

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

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

Durability / rugged design80%
Low maintenance — easy to clean74%
Shaking speed65%
Simple operation — easy to program and monitor58%
Orbital vs. reciprocating motion43%
Electronic speed controls41%
Minimal vibration38%
Compact design36%
Low noise — quiet33%

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