Centrifugation is one of the most basic of laboratory applications. In clinical laboratories, centrifuges are used for pre-analytical processing of human samples such as blood, urine or sputum. While there are quality floor model units, these are not suitable for laboratories with space-constraints. Leading manufacturers offer benchtop centrifuges with a small footprint for laboratories with limited space. They offer maximum versatility, perform hematology applications efficiently, and help improve lab efficiency. Their portability and reduced noise also makes them suitable for physician’s offices and small labs.
Benchtop units are available in diverse categories such as fixed angle or angle head in which tubes are at a specified angle, swinging bucket or horizontal type, and microhematocrit type. When choosing a benchtop centrifuge for your laboratory, ensure that the speed, size and capacity are suitable for your application. Reliable models currently available include the following:
- Drucker 614B – Ideal for blood separations and general purpose clinical or analytical applications, this model uses advanced engineering materials and an advanced cooling system to provide high-quality fixed-angle separations. It features a clear lid for easy viewing, SmartView platform, stay-in-place hinges, and a 1 to 30 minute mechanical timer.
- MyFuge™ Mini Centrifuge – This unit from Benchmark Scientific can be used for quick spin downs of microtubes and PCR tubes. Extremely easy to use, it virtually fits in the palm of your hand. It features an eight-position microtube rotor and a storage compartment for the PCR rotor. Units come with different lid colors such as blue, red, purple, and clear.
- Beckman Coulter Airfuge – This air-driven ultracentrifuge delivers accurate results for lipemic clarification. Lipemic samples can be cleaned in 10 minutes, eliminating the need for send-outs. This versatile device has a variety of rotors, including four fixed angle rotors that generate the high speeds and forces needed to carry out a variety of tasks.
Consider the reliability and experience of the lab equipment supplier you partner with for centrifuge purchase. Leading vendors have online stores that make the purchase process easier and much faster. Professional dealers also offer parts and accessories for the devices they supply as well as efficient maintenance support.