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Ten Factors Readers Look for in Their Lab Ovens

Find out readers’ purchasing plans and more from the latest lab ovens user survey results

by Shane Downie

Laboratory ovens are an indispensable instrument in most laboratories as they are used across various 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

  1. What temperature range do you require? (Does the product have reserve temperature capacity?)
  2. What accuracy and uniformity does the product have? (Will my sample be damaged or will my experiment only function in one “sweet spot”?)
  3. Are interior chamber space / weight of my sample and floor space in the lab a match to application and lab?
  4. Do I need any computer interfaces, alarms, or safety devices on my oven?
  5. 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 Oven67%
Mechanical Convection Oven28%
Microwave Oven25%
Gravity Convection Oven24%
Vacuum Oven17%
Safety Oven6%

Lab oven applications as reported by survey respondents:

Heating and drying80%
Temperature-linked experiments42%
De-gassing samples5%
Die-bond curing3%

Nearly 23% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new lab oven. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

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

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a lab oven:

Low maintenance/operating costs71%
Ease of use69%
Controlled airflow to provide uniform temperature heat distribution59%
Temperature ranges ambient +40°C to 200°C / 250°C50%
Service and support44%
Ease of installation39%
Energy efficient39%

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