Laboratory ovens are common instruments in most laboratories and are used across most scientific disciplines. Lab ovens are most commonly less than 12 cu.ft. in volume, although a great variety of sizes are available in benchtop, stackable, and floor-standing models.
Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Lab Oven
- What temperature range do you require? (Does the product have reserve temperature capacity?)
- What accuracy and uniformity does the product have? (Will my sample be damaged or will my experiment only function in one “sweet spot”?)
- Are interior chamber space / weight of my sample and floor space in the lab a match to application and lab?
- Do I need any computer interfaces, alarms or safety devices on my oven?
- Are accessories like data loggers, viewing windows and modifications like access ports available from the manufacturer to suit my specific needs?
Types of lab ovens used by survey respondents:
|General Purpose Oven||66%|
|Mechanical Convection Oven||26%|
|Gravity Convection Oven||19%|
Lab oven applications as reported by survey respondents:
|Heating and drying||84%|
Nearly 34% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new lab oven. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:
|Addition to existing systems|| |
|Replacement of an aging system|| |
|Setting up a new lab|| |
|First time purchase|| |
Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a lab oven:
|Ease of use||69%|
|Low maintenance/operating costs||69%|
|Controlled airflow to provide uniform temperature heat distribution||52%|
|Temperature ranges ambient +40°C to 200°C / 250°C||51%|
|Ease of installation||50%|
|Service and support||47%|
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