Recertified centrifuges are a practical and economical alternative for small and medium-sized laboratories with budget constraints. These recertified devices are used instruments that lab equipment vendors purchase and refurbish to meet original manufacturer specifications. They are then sold at a price much lower than new.
Properly functioning laboratory instruments are an important aspect of good laboratory practices and safety. Hazards associated with centrifuges include mechanical failure of the instrument due to stress, metal fatigue, failure of tubes, and corrosion of rotor, exposure hazards such as aerosol generation, and operator error. So when purchasing a recertified centrifuge it’s important to invest in a quality device that works efficiently and safely.
Centrifuges come as benchtop and floor models. The first thing that needs to be ensured when purchasing a used device is whether it has been properly reconditioned. The vendor generally disassembles the used device, replaces or repairs damaged parts, and puts it through stringent inspections to assure quality. Whether purchasing a new centrifuge or a recertified one, the following factors should govern decision making:
- Accuracy for consistent performance
- Low maintenance and ease of use
- Minimal vibration
- Low operating costs
- Service and support
- Competitive pricing
- Prompt delivery
Purchase from a reliable, CCR-certified vendor will ensure all of this. A reputable lab equipment store ensures that the used devices it supplies are recertified to meet original manufacturer’s specifications. All reconditioned instruments would be guaranteed to be free from defects for at least 90 days from the date of delivery. In addition, the refurbish package would include support in the form of extended warranty, service contracts, material service visits, and in-house service.