Essential Tips for Replacing a Lab Instrument

9 Considerations When Purchasing a Replacement Instrument​

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Academic and pharmaceutical innovation in life sciences and human health relies on efficient lab instruments. Even with the appropriate maintenance and care, there will come a time when an instrument no longer delivers accurate, reliable data and will need to be replaced. This guide explores the key considerations for purchasing a replacement, as well as how to reduce the impact of downtime on lab productivity, to inform the best decision for your lab and ensure you achieve robust and precise data.

When Should a Lab Instrument be Replaced?

Continued technological innovation produces new lab instruments and software with improved speed, reliability, or accuracy — whether this is a factor that weighs in deeply when deciding to replace an instrument depends on the lab’s priorities. For example, newer models are typically WiFi compatible to improve data collection and sharing, which may be of value to certain labs but not essential to others. For pharmaceutical labs working in strict, regulated environments, having up-to date equipment and software to ensure data security is critical, as older systems may leave labs vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

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