Are you in the market for a new centrifuge? As technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, the options for centrifuges and other lab equipment can be overwhelming. Here is a checklist of criteria to help narrow the field so you can make the right selection.
Tips for Evaluating and Choosing a New Centrifuge
- Have there been any changes in number of personnel and available lab space? You'll need a centrifuge that can accommodate your current situation.
- What are your basic lab requirements? The necessary speed, temperature and sample volume will further dictate the model of centrifuge you need.
- Which sample format is used in your lab? There is a wide range of rotors engineered for microplates, bottles and various other formats.
- Does the centrifuge in question have an effective rotor locking system? Recent advances have produced rotors that lock easily and safely, reducing the risk of losing samples or experiencing rotor failure.
- Is the centrifuge available with a corrosion-free rotor? Today there are lighter and corrosion-free alternatives to traditional metal alloy rotors.
- Is sample containment a major concern? Look for rotor lids with certified biocontainment as well as transparency for spotting damaged tubes.
- How versatile is the centrifuge? Models that support a broad range of rotors can handle multiple applications on a single workstation.