23 Results for tag Lab Equipment

Difference between laboratory glasswasher and domestic dishwasher

Although a domestic washer is a much lower cost than a laboratory glassware washer, it is not always suited for use in the commercial setting as it may not have the advanced features needed for laboratory work. Here are some key differences between domestic dishwashers and laboratory glassware washers: Pump and rinsing systems Domestic washers […] ... Read More

Choosing a Laboratory Rotary Evaporator

Understanding the basics of Rotary Evaporators before buying them Rotary evaporation is the process of reducing the volume of a solvent by distributing it as a thin film across the interior of a vessel at elevated temperature and reduced pressure which promotes the quick removal of excess solvent from less volatile samples. Rotary Evaporators are […] ... Read More

Measuring Melting Point

Measuring Melting Point The determination of a melting point of a sample is a standard laboratory procedure and is relatively straightforward. It is used to identify a sample, establish its purity, and determine the thermal stability of the sample. When measuring a melting point, you will generally find that it is recorded as a melting […] ... Read More

Tips to Properly Care for Your Microscope

Microscopes can be really expensive, especially when you enter into the industrial range of high-end microscopes where you can expect to see prices in excess of $20,000. They are a significant investment to any laboratory and proper care and maintenance is paramount to ensure your microscope stands the test of time. We’ve analysed our top […] ... Read More

Key Budgeting Tips for Saving Money in Your Laboratory

Documenting a budget is a great starting point when given the job to supervise the expenditure for your laboratory. Managing a budget in a laboratory can be an overwhelming task as there is responsibility and accountability expected of persons responsible.  While you don’t receive any more money by budgeting, it allows you to maximize and […] ... Read More

A Guide to Taking Proper Care of Your pH Electrodes

If you measure the pH of solutions on a regular basis, you would know it is quite a tedious task. You have to stand there and adjust the pH of the buffer, add acid or alkali drop by drop till you get the right pH. While pH-ing can be boring, it is essential that the […] ... Read More

10 Tips to Improve Your Pipetting Technique

It is important to establish a proper pipetting technique as poor techniques can dramatically reduce the accuracy and performance of the pipettor. It is worth taking the time to fine tune your technique to ensure you are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. We have compiled a list of the top 10 pipetting technique […] ... Read More

Choosing A Laboratory Balance

There are many types of laboratory balances on today’s market and when making a decision to purchase a balance, you need to ensure you are buying for the best outcome possible. Consider the application first, what is the maximum capacity? What is the accuracy? Consider ROI (Return on Investment) next, what is the load cell […] ... Read More

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a pH Meter

When you are purchasing a pH Meter, there are 5 essential things you should consider: Accuracy, Calibration, Electrodes, Temperature, and Portability. In this article, we seek to discuss these aspects and help guide you to make a decision that will best suit your needs. Accuracy Consider the accuracy needed for your reporting. A research or […] ... Read More

What is the difference between a laboratory and domestic refrigerator/freezer?

Fridges and freezers are a vital piece of laboratory equipment. They work for 24 hours a day, seven days a week storing samples, reagents, kits, chemicals, and poisons in the required optimum cold environmental conditions. How can the everyday researcher be confident that they are getting the right fridge or freezer? With pressures on finances, […] ... Read More

Key Considerations when Buying a Laboratory Fridge or Freezer

Selecting and buying the right fridge or freezer for your laboratory is an important aspect in modern lab management. You might think it’s as simple as choosing the fridge that looks good and can hold all the samples, but believe it or not, there are many things to weigh up before picking one out. Selecting […] ... Read More

A Guide to Purchasing a Compound Microscope

The microscope is one of the greatest inventions in science giving the ability to place small subjects such as cells and microorganisms on a slide and magnify them between 40x and 1500x allowing for a clear magnified view of the object. There are several different types of microscopes used in the lab, but the compound […] ... Read More

What Is a Spark Free Fridge and Why Is It Important?

When in the market for a laboratory refrigerator, you’ll likely come across both a standard refrigerator and a ‘spark free’ refrigerator? What exactly does spark free mean and do you require a spark free fridge? Let’s explore this topic in more detail so you’re able to make a more informed decision. What does it mean […] ... Read More

Digital Vs Traditional Refractometers

At Westlab we are often challenged with the question, how can we justify the extra expense of a digital refractometer over against a traditional refractometer? In this article, we look at basic pros and cons of digital and traditional types and seek to assist you with a making the right decision for your application. Analogue […] ... Read More

Difference Between RCF and RPM in Centrifugation

When dealing with centrifuges, you will come across two different units of measure: The Relative Centrifugal Force (RCF) and Revolutions Per Minute (RPM). It is important that you are aware that the two are very different, get them wrong (which isn’t as uncommon as you might think) and the experiment will be ruined. Let’s take […] ... Read More

Things to Consider When Choosing a 3-Decimal Balance

Laboratory balances are one of the pieces of equipment that is often taken for granted. However, these analytical balances are an important instrument in any laboratory – without a functional, accurate balance proper sample preparation and data analysis would be impossible. An assortment of various balances will allow the flexibility and customization of the laboratory […] ... Read More

A Guide to Purchasing a Centrifuge

An essential equipment item in many laboratories is a centrifuge. It is used in processes such as separation of red blood cells, DNA, cellular debris, and organelles. Lab managers need to keep in mind that there are numerous brands of centrifuges in the market and as a result, there are a number of consideration to […] ... Read More

What is the difference between TD and TC Pipettes?

Do you ever get confused with the terms “TC” or “TD”? A pipette is either calibrated to “TC” or “TD” and abbreviations are normally printed on the side or bulb of the pipette. TC or TD abbreviated for “to contain” and “to deliver” respectively. In a ‘TC’ marked pipette, the contained quantity of the liquid […] ... Read More

LED vs Halogen – What is the best lighting for your microscope?

There are many choices when buying a microscope in the 21st century and “lighting” is one of them. In this article, we look at the differences between LED and Halogen lighting to assist you with the best outcome for your application. LED Lighting LED (Light Emitting Diode) is the latest technology with many advantages. They consume […] ... Read More

What are Moisture Analyzers and How do They Work?

Moisture analyzers, sometimes called “moisture balances”, are used to measure the moisture content in various types of samples including solids, liquids, and gases. Trace moisture in solids must be controlled for plastics, pharmaceuticals and heat treatment processes. Gas or liquid measurement applications include dry air, hydrocarbon processing, pure semiconductor gases, bulk pure gases, dielectric gases […] ... Read More

The Difference Between a Lab Oven and a Drying Oven

If you are ever in the market for an oven for your laboratory, you will likely come across standard lab ovens and drying ovens. It can be a common misconception that both these types of ovens are the same but they are actually two different pieces of equipment. Drying Oven A Drying oven is designed […] ... Read More

Choosing the Right Fume Hood for Your Laboratory

Selecting a fume hood can seem intimidating. When working in a laboratory environment, whether it be educational or industrial, it’s not only important to have a properly functioning fume hood at your disposal and a lab worker that knows how to use it, it’s crucial to have the right one for your intended use to […] ... Read More

6 Key Considerations when Purchasing Laboratory Equipment

Purchasing laboratory equipment is one of the biggest investments your laboratory will ever make. It is essential that you consider multiple facets of the purchase to maximize your return on investment. We’ve compiled a list of key things to take into consideration when choosing the best laboratory equipment to suit your needs. Availability – Generally, […] ... Read More

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