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When & Why to Upgrade Your Lab Equipment

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If your lab equipment isn’t performing at its best, should you consider repairs or a complete replacement? If you have an older unit that still works, how do you know when it’s time for a new one? It’s crucial to make the right decisions for your lab, and investing in new products versus repairing older ones is a significant financial decision — but there are times when it’s worth it and even necessary.

8 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Lab Equipment

  1. Safety issues

Ensuring laboratory safety involves various components, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and handling hazardous chemicals properly. Equipment plays a vital role in safeguarding lab personnel and preserving samples and research. If any issues arise with your equipment, specific parts or the entire unit may need replacement. For example, centrifuge rotors can develop hairline cracks or corrosion over time, posing safety concerns. If worried, a manufacturer representative, such as those from DHLabs, can inspect and address potential issues.

Other safety concerns may include damaged cords, leaks, faulty electric wiring, corrosion, and broken glass. Even seemingly minor dings and dents may indicate internal damage not visible to the naked eye.

  1. Increased downtime

While some equipment downtime is normal, constant interruptions for repairs or replacements indicate inefficiency, affecting your research’s progress. Excessive downtime can lead to timeline delays, increased risk of sample contamination, and additional project costs.

  1. The need for constant recalibration

Most lab equipment requires regular calibration, but frequent recalibration can lead to increased downtime, project delays, and inaccurate data. Investing in updated equipment can mitigate these issues, ensuring efficiency and precision.

  1. Automation and increased accuracy and precision

Modern lab equipment often includes automated features, saving time and reducing the risk of human error. For instance, the DeNovix CellDrop FL Cell Counter simplifies cell counting with a press of a button, allowing researchers to focus on other tasks.

  1. Advanced technology

Lab equipment technology evolves continuously, offering new features that enhance efficiency and save time. Examples include cloud-based temperature monitoring systems, safety features in biological safety cabinets, and intuitive touchscreen monitors for easier use and data collection.

  1. Energy savings

Newer lab equipment designs prioritize sustainability and energy efficiency, leading to reduced energy consumption. ENERGY STAR-labeled equipment ensures the latest energy-saving features, helping lower utility bills. Some utility companies may offer rebates for purchasing energy-saving equipment.

  1. ROI and lower lifecycle cost

While the initial purchase price of lab equipment can be high, constantly replacing parts and increased downtime can result in higher long-term costs. Newer equipment with energy-efficient features and better-performing components can lead to significant savings over its lifecycle.

  1. Advancements in ergonomics

Equipment designed with ergonomics in mind helps prevent repetitive motion injuries and physical stressors among lab personnel. Features like slanted viewscreens, padded armrests, and cable ports enhance comfort and safety.

When Should You Replace Your Lab Equipment? Reputable manufacturers, like DHLabs, are ready to assist with repairs, but considering the continuous evolution of lab equipment, ordering parts for older units may become challenging. While there’s no strict rule for when to replace lab equipment, it’s advisable to explore new models if your unit is over 10 years old, as it may be more cost-effective to invest in new equipment than expensive repairs

 

FAQs

Q: If you aren’t 100% sure whether your lab equipment needs replacement, what should you do?

A: Determine the unit’s age and check if it’s still supported by the manufacturer. If uncertain about the purchase date, provide the serial number for recommendations from DHLabs or an authorized service company.

Q: How do you know whether it’s more cost-effective to replace a part or two versus completely replacing the unit?

A: Seek a quote from an independent service company to assess the financial benefits of repair versus purchasing new equipment.

Q: How can you help ensure a piece of lab equipment stays in good working condition?

A: Be proactive with routine and preventative maintenance. Work with your lab equipment provider, such as DHLabs, for tips on annual maintenance to keep your equipment in optimal condition.

Discover How Upgrading Your Equipment Could Benefit Your Lab If you’re considering a unit upgrade or need additional information, contact DHLabs. Our free, no-obligation consultation call is the best way to ask questions and gather the information you need for an informed purchase.

The experts at DHLabs are familiar with every type of analytical laboratory in the pharmaceutical, educational, clinical, and biotech industries. What sets us apart is our commitment to understanding and supporting our products.

Whether you need a single replacement unit for your laboratory or an entire equipment package for a new building, we are a one-source provider for all your laboratory equipment needs.

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