3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Homogenizer

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Deb Shechter
Apr 1, 2016
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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Homogenizer

Homogenization is a mixing process that can reduce particle size, lyse cells, create mixtures like emulsions and dispersions, and more. Most laboratories require one of these processes, and would therefore benefit from this type of mixing equipment. It is important to consider, however, that purchasing a homogenizer requires a significant financial investment. Making the decision of which company and model you will select should be informed and well-researched. To assist you in making these decisions, we have compiled a list of questions that target some of the most important factors, yet which many consumers may not think of until after pulling the trigger. Keep reading for essential questions to ask before purchasing your first homogenizer. (1)

  • What differentiates my homogenizer from the other products on the market?

Specifically, what makes it superior and more cost effective than other products? If anyone knows the answers to these questions, it is the manufacturer. They design their machines with specific functions in mind, and should be able to articulate these to the customer. For example, customer support representatives should be knowledgeable about capabilities that a machine has, which others may not. This combination of uniquely functioning machine and company guidance is a recipe for high quality user experience.

  • Which accessories are recommended and/or required for optimal performance?

A ‘naked’ homogenizer will oftentimes perform its job just fine. But what if, by adding a few small accessories, a user can save time, run a more efficient process, and improve process accuracy? Homogenizer accessories, when carefully selected, can do these things. For example, deflector heads can facilitate homogenization of viscous material and generator probes can prevent cross-contamination, and pre-assembled bead kits can make the process much easier.

  • Are demo machines available for testing by our scientists?

When most people buy a new television, they want to test out different models and companies to see which gives the best quality for its price and intended use. This is the idea behind testing out a demo homogenizer. If a scientist needs to find a unit that can lyse a tough cell wall, a homogenizer that makes high quality emulsions, while functional, is not appropriate for this scientist’s intended use. It is important that anybody in the market for a new homogenizer try out models from multiple companies to see which is the best fit for their lab.

Pion: High Pressure Homogenizers Worth Selecting

Have you decided that a pressure homogenizer will be the right choice for you? Begin your search with laboratory homogenizers by Pion. Pion's BEE brand is trusted by pharmaceutical researchers and lab managers around the world. We deliver an array of key benefits, such as production of cell lysates, nano/micro emulsions and dispersions and lipids and suspensions. Our homogenizer processes can be controlled to better suit your product; for example, pressure can be adjusted to be gentler or harsher and the results can be scaled to manufacturing. Finally, our equipment is easy to use, produces higher yield in less time, and results are reproducible and scalable.

Pion offers a variety of laboratory, pilot-plant, and industrial scale models that can help you achieve high quality applications. Learn more about Pion and our high pressure homogenizer. 

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