What to Look for in Refurbished Laboratory Equipment
Whether you are in the market looking for good refurbished lab equipment or you’re just going to purchase the latest new lab equipment on the market, it’s vital to choose the right equipment for the correct laboratory setting. You need to consider multiple factors before buying any laboratory equipment that’s most suited for your laboratory. Proper due diligence is needed before making any major and vital equipment purchasing decisions. The perfect solution for your organization is definitely out there, you just need to do your homework properly. Below are some things to think about before purchasing.
When you’re looking for refurbished laboratory equipment, the price should always be your major concern. Not only the purchase price but how much is it going to cost for properly maintaining the equipment should also be taken into consideration.
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First and foremost, you need to find out about the warranty duration as it actually varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. The equipment must have a minimum of 90 days warranty. Apart from the warranty, you should also have a clear understanding about the service terms and conditions that are being offered and at what cost.
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Availability of Parts & Consumables:
You need to ask yourself a big question before buying refurbished lab equipment. Are the refurbished parts and consumables easily available? Also do these parts/consumable prices fall within our allocated equipment maintenance budget? It’s important to thoroughly review service contracts, keeping parts and consumables in mind. It’s equally important to interview possible time and material service vendors who can perform the required maintenance and repairs on the lab equipment being considered.
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Another major determining factor that should be kept in mind when purchasing refurbished lab equipment is its usage. In what environment and how often we are going to use the equipment? The environment and the circumstances in which the equipment will be utilized will help determine the list of product features necessary to get the job done well and in a timely fashion. For example, when looking for equipment for a biotech lab it’s important that the chosen equipment should be environmentally friendly. You will need “green” lab equipment which can be limited and it’s possible that the product features available may or may not meet your wish list needs. The initial purchase might be a little more than what you anticipate. However, the maintenance costs over its lifetime are usually significantly reduced.
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Buying from Known Brands:
When looking to purchase refurbished laboratory equipment it’s important that you consider brands that have a decent reputation in the industry like: Eppendorf, Beckman, Thermo. Why is that? Buying from known brands reduces the risk factor. Moreover, they usually come with a good technical support system and their equipment usually performs according to your specific needs.
In the end, implementing and examining the above criteria will help determine what make, model and product features will be best suited for the organization. It’s important to choose wisely when making such an important purchase. You should not rush the process. The final purchase must ultimately come down to the right products that meet the majority of your desired needs and yields the biggest benefits to your organization.
Here at Prodigy Scientific we strive to bring you high quality, refurbished lab equipment for all your instrumentation needs. Contact us today for all your lab equipment needs or to discuss the details of your next acquisition.