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The action of combining liquids or other ingredients brings up the question ‘do you need a mixer or stirrer? The choice of mixing, stirring, or shaking produces varied impacts, and results within scientific experimentation. OHAUS offers products designed to meet your specific laboratory needs.
Mixing, stirring, and shaking laboratory equipment is specialized due to the complexity of mixing; there are different types to choose from. Let’s discuss the differences, and their uses. The hotplate lab stirrers by OHAUS are designed to mix volumes up to 20 liters, while a vortex mixer is commonly used in bioscience labs; and with “cell culture and microbiology laboratories, used to suspend cells
.” In biochemical or analytical labs, they are used to “mix the reagents of an assay or to mix an experimental sample, and a dilutant
.” Lab shakers provide agitation used to homogenize samples before testing.
Whatever your task requires, there are Vortex Mixers
available in various configurations to handle the range of needs, from Mini Vortex Mixers
used for gentle to high-speed reliable mixing; to Heavy-Duty Vortex Mixers
designed to increase productivity with continuous-duty mixing of multiple samples. Accessories including, microtubes, microplates and a variety of tube sizes from 0.5 to 50 ml; allow the unit to be adapted to lab-specific needs. When choosing a mixer, the quality of the motor is an important consideration. OHAUS uses motors that allow for continuous duty operations at increased capacities up to 1.1 kg.
The simplest stirrer you will use is a glass stirring rod, used to mix small amounts of chemicals; used in your earliest lab experiences. Fortunately, the professional lab has Overhead Stirrers, Specialty Stirrers,
as well as Hotplate and Stirrers.
For reliable performance, and everyday use with powerful mixing at constant speed, the OHAUS Achiever 5000
is the choice for delivering accurate, controlled stirring of viscous liquids at a quiet operational volume.
Specialty stirrers include multi-position stirrers, and large volume stirrers are designed with speed ramping, speed control, and other adjustment features critical for safety and enhanced coupling. Hotplate Stirrers
have been designed to protect the lab, the samples, and the user, with critically important features such as automatic shut-off; two independent safety controls for temperature management, and precise stirring from 60 to 1600 rpm.
It is not just the action of shaking but rather the exact methods of shaking that provide optimal results. The wide variety of lab shaker types reflects the increasing diversity of needs within scientific experimentation. A shaker
has the ability to shake while maintaining optimal conditions for incubating microbes. Labs generally utilize a variety of models with varied applications. OHAUS Open Air Shakers
are made for everything from light duty orbital; to heavy duty orbital; onto Extreme Environment, Reciprocating, and Rocking & Waving shakers. Incubating and Incubating Cooling Shakers
are used in cell cultures, fermentation, hybridization, biochemistry, and research of enzymes, and cell tissues which require high quality temperature and shaking-speed control.
As with all lab equipment, the most important factor in choosing is to determine the performance specifications and needs of the experiment. Consider container capacity, speed and movement range, viscosity range, and operating temperature.
Simply, in choosing your equipment consider the following:
- What volume and viscosity are your samples?
- Are your samples temperature sensitive?
- Will you be working with various temperatures?
’ staff are dedicated to help guide you to lab equipment solutions to fit your needs of equipment performance features, capacity functions, and use applications.
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