What Do Lab Managers Look for in a Homogenizer?

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David Shechter
Feb 18, 2016
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What Do Lab Managers Look for in a Homogenizer?

How many laboratory techniques can you think of, that are used to create the aesthetic makeup, essential food & beverages, life-saving treatments, and even environmentally friendly fuel alternatives? I can think of only one, and that technique is homogenization!

Laboratories around the world use homogenizers on a daily basis, and those who don’t may need to soon. The Laboratory Supply Network recently conducted a survey that asked researchers what they look for in a homogenizer. The below factors ranked in the top four of this survey; here we provide a breakdown of what they mean and how to use them to assess a product of interest. (1)

  • Product Durability

Ranked as the #1 priority for homogenizer buyers, durability is technically defined as the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage. No matter which company you decide to purchase your homogenizer from, you should plan for a significant financial investment. In return, the machine should provide you with high quality performance over a long period of time.

  • Consistent Results

Imagine the frustration you would feel if you finally, after months of troubleshooting, optimized a technique, yet the machinery you used is unreliable in producing the same results every time. Even worse, consider the health-related repercussions of taking a pharmaceutical treatment that is inconsistent in its doses or bioavailability. High quality homogenizers do not typically see these worst-cases scenarios, as they pride themselves on producing consistent results.

  • Easy to Maintain

Homogenizer maintenance refers to ease in cleaning and replacement of parts. Homogenizers that are easy to maintain confer two central benefits:

1) Enhanced effectiveness - Regular cleaning allows for smooth function, and part replacement as needed guarantees optimal performance.

2) Financial savings - Regular maintenance extends the life of a homogenizer. Over a single timespan, fewer costly parts and machines will therefore need to be purchased.

  • Cost Value

Cost value was ranked as the 4th highest priority in terms of what researchers look for in a homogenizer. In an era of science where funding is increasingly difficult to come by, the way a lab distributes its budget is critical to its long-term success. A homogenizer that provides cost value allows for some budget money to be allotted to other important equipment and reagents, thereby helping to enhance the lab’s overall productivity.

Homogenization Product Recommendation: Pion's BEE brand homogenizers

As you embark on the search for a homogenizer that is highly ranked in each of the above factors, you will be well-served to browse equipment from Pion's Technology. Our products are trusted by pharmaceutical researchers and lab managers around the world for delivering an array of key benefits; these include production of nano/micro emulsions, dispersions, lipids, and suspensions.

In addition, we have extensive experience in the challenges that our customers face across industries. From drug development to food and beverage processing, our service and support will help users troubleshoot and optimize their homogenization techniques.

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