Editorial Article: How to Optimize Centrifuge Performance for Your Application

Are you using the best centrifuge for your application?

06 Dec 2016


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Whether you perform protocols in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, bio-production, or microbiology, when choosing a centrifuge, it is important to determine how it will meet the needs of your application. With a range of mini- to ultra-centrifuges and a variety of accessories available, there are several factors to consider to ensure you are using the best centrifuge for both your current and future applications. NuAire has produced a white paper to help you choose the right laboratory centrifuge for your application, here we present an overview of the most important considerations.

 

1. Maximum Speed

The speed that your application requires (revolutions per minute (RPM) or Relative Centrifugal Force (RCF)) determines the category of centrifuge you will need; low-speed, high-speed or ultracentrifuge.

 

2. What and How Much will be Spun?

Consider the type, size and quantity of tubes you will need to spin in one cycle to identify the centrifuge capacity you require.

 

3. Laboratory Space

With floor and benchtop models available, maximize your lab space by choosing a model with a high capacity-to-footprint ratio.

 

4. Versatility

Consider your current and future applications. If you will be performing lots of different applications, look for a centrifuge capable of operating at many speeds with different rotors to enable different protocols. 

 

5. Easy Operation

Features such as user-friendly controls and touchscreen display may help to make operation more efficient.

 

6. Reliability and Servicing

Centrifuges are reliable, but do occasionally need service. Service contracts are advisable in addition to regular maintenance of the centrifuge by laboratory staff. Look for accessible designs that enable fast servicing.

 

7. Power

The quality and reliability of electrical power can cause performance fluctuations in internal components of a centrifuge. Look for models that are designed to compensate for fluctuations in power to protect your work.

Download the white paper for more tips on how to optimize your centrifuge.