Technology advancement takes place rapidly. As soon as one manufacturer launches one particular model of lab equipment, competition is already trying to do better. Laboratory devices are expensive and therefore it would be logical to consider long-term use, flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements before purchase. Attention to the following points can help make the right decision:
- Adaptability of the device to future requirements: Before purchasing a device, labs have to consider needs that may arise in the future. If it is expected that more complex procedures will be carried out in the future, it is important that the device purchased allows this.
- Potential for updates: The scope for potential updates for a device is relevant as research needs progress over time.
- Work capacity of instrument: If the workload for a given device is expected to grow, does it offer the capacity necessary to achieve this?
- Safety and environmental factors: Can the device be operated safely and are processes environment-friendly?
- Faster turnaround: Turnaround time is crucial and there is always pressure on labs to deliver faster results. Does the device have options for this?
- Manufacturer dependability: Does the manufacturer of the device have a long and established track record of providing high quality laboratory equipment?
Finally, consider the lab equipment dealer. Does the dealer stock leading brands and are proper warranties available? Can you purchase recertified devices, if required? Are the products competitively priced?