If you work in an independent lab testing products, compounds or forensic evidence, you are probably surrounded by a vast array of chemical analysis instruments on a daily basis. Analytical labs focus on qualitative and quantitative analysis of samples, chemical composition and particle data. Here are some of the common types of analysis equipment you can expect to find in most chemical labs
Most independent labs are filled with different types of equipment. The reason for the diversity is so that scientists can have access to a wide range of testing methods. Some samples undergo multiple different chemical testing processes before a definitive conclusion can be made. Chemical analysis equipment is used in the food and beverage industry, in clinical and chemical trades, for environmental testing, for specified forensics purposes, for animal and life science research, for pharmaceutical analysis and research and to test petrochemicals.
Spectroscopy equipment, atomic absorption and emission tools, X-rays, UV-VIS equipment, gas and liquid chromatography systems, process analyzers, refractometers, viscometers, evaporators, rheometers, titrators, thermal analyzing systems and a variety of types of pumps are used regularly in most lab environments. The usage of each type of equipment depends on the specific trade or industry, the type of sample needed, whether the material is hazardous and whether the sample needs to be delivered with speed or accuracy. Results vary greatly depending on the type of instrumentation being utilized and the type of sample being analyzed.
Some machines need to deliver accuracy while others are needed for sensitivity, portability, low noise, high resolution, dimensions and parameter-based versatility when it comes to testing. If you are shopping for new lab equipment, there are many medical conventions and showcases you can attend across the country. You can meet with vendors and machine manufacturers, ask questions, learn about the newest advancements in equipment technology and order supplies and machinery for your company. For the most accurate results, you should always be investing in new equipment with the latest technology. Not only are new machines more reliable, they are often much easier to operate and more energy efficient; they will end up saving your company lots of money.