Centrifuges are key workhorses in many laboratories to separate fluids based on density and particle size. Gravitational force causes particles of higher density in relation to the solvent to sink, and those of lower density to float to the top of the solution. The differences in density needed to separate particles within a solution can be very small. There are many different sizes and types of centrifuges available to fit the requirements of a variety of applications. For a list of centrifuge manufacturers, see our online directory: labmanager.com/centrifuge-manufacturers
5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Centrifuge
- What is the maximum capacity you will require?
- What format will your samples be in (e.g., tubes or blood bags)?
- What g-force is required for your application?
- How much laboratory space is available? There are many different sizes of floor-standing and benchtop models available.
- Will you require refrigeration and temperature control?
Many rotor failure incidents occur when the rotor is improperly attached to the centrifuge spindle. Make sure you and your staff know how to properly install and remove each type of rotor in your lab.
Recent advancements in centrifuge technology have made them greener than ever. Learn more about the benefits of sustainable centrifuges here: https://www.labmanager.com/sustainable-centrifuges