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2016 Centrifuge Survey Results

Learn the most common rotor types and more from our latest centrifuge survey results

by Ryan Ackerman

When it comes to common technology in a laboratory, centrifuges rise toward the top of the list. Centrifuges separate particles and structures suspended in liquid by applying thousands of gravitational force equivalents to the sample through spinning and play a role in a wide range of workflows and applications.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Centrifuge

  1. What is the maximum g-force the centrifuge can generate?
  2. How does the company’s centrifuge differ from other ones that can achieve the same speed and capacity?
  3. What kind of warranty comes with the centrifuge and what does it cover?
  4. If the company discontinues the product, for how many years do they provide accessories and parts for the centrifuge?
  5. Ask about the cost of the purchase—not just the price of the product being installed but the total cost of ownership including price, service expectations, warranty, etc.

Types of centrifuge(s) used by survey respondents:

Benchtop Centrifuge56%
Benchtop Refrigerated Centrifuge36%
Benchtop Clinical Centrifuge24%
Floor Refrigerated Centrifuge19%
Floor Centrifuge16%
Floor Ultracentrifuge14%
Benchtop Ultracentrifuge7%

Centrifuge rotor type(s) used by survey respondents:

Fixed angle rotors77%
Swinging-bucket rotors72%
Vertical rotors8%

Nearly 59% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new centrifuge. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of aging system
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
Require more speed (g-forces) and capacity
Changing from the current type of centrifuge
Setting up a new lab

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

Low maintenance / operating costs76%
Ease of use76%
Safety features73%
Ease of Installation53%
Service and support42%
Noise Reduction37%

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