Choosing a piece of laboratory equipment is no easy task. The laboratory is where some crucial and difficult experiments are carried out, which can be great discoveries or inventions. Laboratory equipment is expensive and has to be maintained carefully. You may be handling dangerous substances and the lab equipment must be able to protect you against it. You will need new equipment to either replace outdated equipment or just to upgrade to new technologies.
The equipment must be suitable for the organization, the working environment, diagnosticians and patients. Below are five tips to consider before choosing laboratory equipment.
Price and Service Contract
Whenever you purchase something, the price always matters. We want to get the best possible option at the best possible price. Consider the purchasing cost as well as costs of maintenance over the life of the equipment. Lab equipment has to be maintained to ensure safety. Compare the price with different models and brands to choose the best for you. Also, note the manufacturer’s warranty and then the service contract after the warranty expires. Check things like the term of service, cancellation fee, response time, spare parts etc. Look at all the details, before you sign for the purchase and service contract.
Availability of Spare parts
The original equipment manufacturer or OEM must have consumables and spare parts for the equipment. The benefits of parts from the OEM versus a third-party have to be considered. Look at their effect on the maintenance costs.
Support and Updates
System updates and technical support can be given as bundled services when you purchaselab equipment and sign up for the service contract. Look for this benefit and read the terms and conditions well. It is better to negotiate the inclusion of such perks while purchasing costly equipment. The system updates must be free and technical support must be easily available by calling a phone number.
The knowledge level of testers, operators or diagnosticians must be up to date to use the new equipment. This must be thought about well, before making any purchase. Will the staff know how to use the equipment? Would they need training? What would be the cost of training? These are some questions that you must answer for yourself.
Another factor to look at is the level of usage. The number of times the equipment will be in use, the environment it will be used in are examples of the thought process in buying the equipment.
Today it is important to be cautious about the environment. Equipment that is green or environmentally friendly may appeal more to you so you can go for that. However, not all equipment that is in the market is green. You may not find an environmentally friendly piece of equipment in the market unless someone has already made it for sale.