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.
Shaker types currently in use as reported by survey respondents:
Shaker usage per day as reported by survey respondents:
|less than 1 hour||33%|
|1 - 3 hours||26%|
|3 - 5 hours||14%|
|5 - 7 hours||5%|
|more than 7 hours||22%|
Nearly 28% of respondents plan on purchasing a new or additional laboratory shaker in the next year. The estimated budgets for these purchases are:
|Less than $500|
|$500 - $1,500|
|$1,500 - $3,000|
|$3,000 - $6,000|
Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Laboratory 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?
Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a laboratory shaker:
Completed Surveys: 202
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