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Used Lab Equipment for Your Lab

autoclave sterilizing equipment

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “laboratory?” It’s probably a microscope, and for good reason. It’s an essential piece of equipment in a lab setting. There are plenty of other pieces of equipment that hold a similar level of importance when it comes to research. Without them, many aspects of science would be unable to advance. Even the brightest minds need them for their research. Your lab may be on a tight budget, but you have to have these machines and gadgets. That’s where used lab equipment comes in!

Benefits of Buying Used Lab Equipment

One of the most significant advantages of opting for used equipment is the cost savings. Equipment that’s fresh off the production line can have sky-high price tags that either strain your budget or exceed it entirely. If it’s used, it can be acquired at a better price point.

Of course, used products always come with the uncertainty of whether or not they’ll work. At BaneBio, our quality control and testing process is second to none. If it doesn’t meet the original specs and offer excellent performance and longevity, we don’t list it for sale.

As if those incentives weren’t enough, buying used helps the environment! By purchasing second-hand, you’re trimming down electronic waste and promoting an attitude of sustainability in yourself and your lab. With sustainability becoming a prominent talking point in pretty much every industry, eco-friendly practices like this contribute to global green initiatives!

Key Considerations When Purchasing Lab Equipment

Just because we guarantee the quality of our used equipment, that doesn’t mean every seller follows suit. If you’re shopping around, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

  • Equipment Condition: No matter who you’re buying from, always check the condition of the equipment. 
  • Seller Credibility: Even if a piece of equipment looks like it’s in pristine condition, don’t buy without doing research on the seller. Reputable ones will give you detailed information and records about the used lab equipment you’re considering.
  • Warranties or Guarantees: These are essential when it comes to used equipment of any kind. It’s disheartening enough when something breaks. It’s even worse when you can’t get your money back for it.

Types of Used Lab Equipment

We all know about the microscope. It gets all the attention, but we want to go over the unsung heroes of the laboratory. Without them, you probably won’t get far in some of your research projects.

Autoclaves

These are essential for sterilizing your equipment and materials. Because of their use of high pressure steam, viruses and bacteria run in fear from them. That said, there are different autoclave types that are specialized according to sterilization needs. These types range from gravity displacement, pre-vacuum, and steam generator.

When you’re purchasing an autoclave, here are a few factors to keep in mind to make sure you make the right call.

  • Size: Can the autoclave you have your eye on handle the kind of sterilization your lab requires?
  • Cycle Time: Look for models that offer efficient cycle times so you can maximize your productivity.
  • Temperature Range: Can it reach the temperatures required to meet your sterilization needs?

Ultrasonic Cleaners

These are similar to autoclaves in that they’re used to clean equipment. However, the difference comes in the method. An ultrasonic cleaner gets the job done with high-frequency sound waves that can remove contaminants from complex and delicate surfaces. They’re fast and efficient, and they require minimal manual intervention.

If you’re in the market for one of these essential cleaning tools, consider these factors:

  • Frequency: If you have delicate items, aim for high frequency. Need more robust cleaning done? Lower frequency is up to the task.
  • Capacity: Make sure the tank in the ultrasonic cleaner is large enough to handle your average cleaning load.
  • Power Output: The higher the power output, the more efficient. This may not be necessary for the less complex equipment, however.

Incubators

If you’re dealing with microbial and cell cultures in any way, an incubator is essential for cultivation. CO2 incubators are ideal for cell culture, while refrigerated ones are used for low temperature storage and experimentation.

When you’re trying to make a decision on a used incubator, consider these:

  • Temperature Control: Accurate temperature control is a must in any incubator.
  • Humidity Levels: Depending on the application, you may need precise humidity control.
  • Interior Space: Does the model you’re considering offer enough space for your samples?

We’re the Supermarket for Your Used Lab Equipment!

Purchasing used lab equipment can be a boon for your laboratory. Between the cost savings, quality assurance, and other benefits we offer, it’s well worth your consideration over the shiny new stuff. By considering things like condition, seller credibility, and warranties (areas we excel in), you can get your hands on high quality equipment and save money doing it! 

Are you ready to outfit your lab with top-quality tools? Reach out to BaneBio at the scientific supermarket and enhance your research!

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The Essential Modern Lab Equipment List

scientist looking through a microscope

When performing scientific research, different types of laboratory equipment are needed to conduct experiments and analyze information correctly. They help you collect data, measure substances, and observe changes in a controlled environment. 

One tool that we are all likely familiar with is the microscope. Many scientific fields require the ability to see tiny details that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Another tool, a balance, helps to measure the exact mass of a substance. Along with other pieces of common lab equipment, these tools make it possible for scientists to standardize procedures with consistent experimental methods. This allows them to conduct experiments with the confidence that other researchers will follow the same procedures and achieve the same outcomes. By using the same tools and techniques, scientists can compare their findings with others and build upon existing knowledge in the field. This consistency in scientific methods also reduces the margin of error and increases the reliability of the research outcomes.

But what would happen in the same kind of lab if it didn’t have any of the common lab equipment needed for conducting experiments? Well, if there weren’t any microscopes, scientists wouldn’t be able to observe tiny microorganisms, limiting their ability to study cells or bacteria. Also, without the proper tools like balances or pH meters, researchers may not be able to accurately measure substances, affecting the validity of their findings. A lack of proper laboratory equipment could also compromise a lab’s safety, increasing the risk of accidents. Without the proper tools to get the job done, the scene in the lab would become chaotic, progress couldn’t continue, and few to no discoveries would be made. 

Basic Laboratory Equipment 

Every lab should at least have these pieces of laboratory equipment:

  • Microscopes to allow the examination of tiny cells and molecules
  • Centrifuges that spin samples to separate components
  • PH meters to measure how acidic or basic a solution is
  • Balances to give you an ingredient’s exact mass or to compare the masses of two ingredients
  • Incubators for keeping bacteria and cells at optimal and consistent  temperatures

Scientists need the items on this lab equipment list in order to perform research and continue discovering new things about our world. At BaneBio, we’re here to help you set up or upgrade your lab. 

Advanced Equipment for Specialized Research

Now, let’s talk about some advanced scientific tools that are needed for research: 

  • Spectrophotometers measure light absorption and transmission for analyzing chemical composition. 
  • NMR spectrometers look at the core of atoms, studying atomic nuclei’s magnetic properties to show molecular structures and interactions. 
  • Mass spectrometers are used when analyzing the mass characteristics of ions to provide information about the composition and structure of compounds.
  • Chromatography systems separate the molecules within complex mixtures, like the sorting hat in Harry Potter.
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines act as copy machines for DNA, creating millions of copies in a matter of seconds.

At BaneBio we have the advanced tools that are essential for your high-level scientific research.

Safety Equipment

In the lab, it’s important to have a safety-first policy. Every lab should have fume hoods designed to protect people from toxic fumes. Safety goggles are needed to shield your eyes from chemicals that may splash or be spilled. Emergency showers and eyewash stations can provide quick decontamination. Meanwhile, personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and masks provide a barrier to protect you from harmful substances. Of course, a lab also needs fire extinguishers in case there’s a mishap with a Bunsen burner. 

Automation and Robotics

Now, it’s time to think about technology. Liquid handling robots, high-throughput screening systems, and automated sample preparation systems are changing how experiments are done. Liquid handling robots take the repetitive pipetting tasks off your hands. Automation including high-throughput screening systems speed up the discovery of new drugs by screening thousands of compounds at the same time. By assigning mundane tasks to these automated systems, scientists can free up their valuable time for more engaging and intellectually stimulating tasks.

Maintenance and Calibration

Last but not least, maintenance and calibration both matter. Regular maintenance tasks, like cleaning and calibrating lab equipment help instruments stay in good shape. So, don’t skip simple maintenance tasks.

In a science lab, calibration tools can vary depending on the instruments being used. Some of our commonly used calibration tools include:

  1. Calibration weights for balances and scales
  2. pH buffers for pH meters
  3. Thermometers for temperature calibration
  4. Multifunction calibrators for electronic instruments
  5. Pressure gauges for pressure calibration
  6. Tachometers for speed calibration

It’s important to establish regular calibration schedules for your laboratory equipment’s accuracy. This helps to maintain the reliability and precision of scientific instruments. By performing regular calibration you can be certain that the measurements you take are consistently accurate, and you can have confidence in the data your equipment gives you.

Invest in Discovery

You need to have the right laboratory equipment for scientific progress. Whether it’s basic tools like microscopes and centrifuges or more advanced gear like spectrophotometers and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines, each piece is important for learning more and making advanced scientific discoveries. So, be sure you invest in updated equipment, prioritize safety, and welcome scientific innovation. When you work with BaneBio you’ll have the equipment and materials you need for experiments and scientific discoveries. Reach out to us for all of your laboratory needs.

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I-270 Innovation Labs: Partner for Life Science & Tech Companies

female scientist in life sciences who works with I-270 Innovation Labs working with microscope

Did you know there is a one-of-a-kind facility located in Frederick, MD which caters to life science and tech companies?  The I-270 Innovation Labs provides a niche lab space offering to launching start-ups, small and medium size companies as well as any company looking to establish a regional satellite location in the BioHealth Capital Region.  

With leases as short as 6 months and up to as long as needed, I-270 Innovation Labs offers flexibility to organizations who have short to medium term needs, or a need for high quality lab space to bridge organizational needs while a long-term space is being planned and constructed.  

As a member of the I-270 Innovation Labs, the monthly rent is inclusive of WiFi, Utilities, access to on demand lab equipment, conference & collaboration rooms, DI water, co-working infrastructure, biohazard waste disposal, autoclave and glass wash services, and so much more which makes I-270 Innovation Labs a great partner for all types of life science and tech companies!

Equipment and Supplies 

At the I-270 Innovation Labs, one of the featured amenities for their members is access to quality on demand lab equipment.  Through a strategic partnership with BaneBio, members can utilize on demand lab equipment that has been curated by the members of the I-270 Innovation Labs and supplied by BaneBio.  

All the equipment at I-270 Innovation Labs is maintained by BaneBio’s expert service team, which helps to minimize costly member equipment budgets and service calls.  I-270 Innovation Labs members also receive discounts through the partnership with BaneBio when either renting equipment as a part of a member sublease or an outright purchase of the equipment from BaneBio.  

Either way, I-270 Innovation Labs members can continue their scientific or tech work with confidence knowing BaneBio is available for equipment service and support.  

Logistics Services 

At the I-270 Innovation Labs, the strategic partnership with BaneBio assists their members by providing Lab Logistics Services.  BaneBio takes care of all the internal movements of equipment within the I-270 Innovation Labs.  

In addition, BaneBio offers Lab Logistics service to many companies in the BioHealth Capital Region.  Whether moving a single piece of equipment or a whole lab, contact the Lab Logistics experts at BaneBio for a quote.  I-270 Innovation Labs members can take advantage of this valuable service and receive discounts based on their membership.    

Room to Grow

At I-270 Innovation Labs, the heavy lifting of designing and building a great flexible lab space has already been done.  Every lab at the I-270 Innovation Labs includes dedicated outlets for various power requirements, ethernet ports for a more connected lab, HVAC to minimize possible cross contamination, wet lab ready plumbing, lab sink, lab benches, extra wide doors for large equipment, various size labs, anti-microbial epoxy flooring, and co-working infrastructure to minimize ‘office space’ within the lab and to provide more room for important lab work.  

The I-270 Innovation Labs is the right place to grow. There’s no need to start from scratch, commit to a fixed location or floor plan, or spread yourself too thin. Focus your resources on discovery and development. Invest more in talent and science, and less in space and equipment.

Flexibility

I-270 Innovation Labs was built with flexibility in mind.  From the design aspects of every lab to the amount of space needed and minimal lease terms, all types of organizations can find a home at I-270 Innovation Labs.  

Many similar facilities in the BioHealth Capital Region, which are run by local or state governments, can be more restrictive in leasing terms and will take equity from companies if they choose to move outside of the jurisdiction.  There is no equity assignment demanded from members of I-270 Innovation Labs, so that members can focus on making their business great and retain independence on where they move to next.  

Members of the I-270 Innovation Labs can access high-quality, purpose-built, Flex Wet Labs and Dry Labs, multimodal working spaces, and right-sized, key resources. If you need even greater flexibility, start out with an Individual Flex Bench, and get to innovate alongside Members at a similar growth stage and beyond, including established Enterprises.

The I-270 Innovation Labs is a unique offering for companies needing flexible lab space.  When compared to identifying a location, negotiating a lease, project management for buildout, and providing a personal or business guarantee for the duration of the lease, I-270 Innovation Labs is a No-Brainer for your next location.  

In case you need further incentive, to become a member at the I-270 Innovation Labs there is:

  • No Equity Surrender
  • No Personal Guaranty
  • No Financials/Projections
  • No Long-Term Commitment
  • No NNN/CAM
  • No Government Affiliation
  • No Fluff!

Whether you are getting ready to establish a regional satellite location, or expand into the BioHealth Capital Region, the I-270 Innovation Labs is the leading choice of tech and biotech enterprises that:

  • Have short- or medium-term needs for additional, highquality lab space or are unsure about their medium to long term requirements.
  • Do not currently have the bandwidth or financial resources to commission and manage the additional specialized infrastructure their operations demand.
  • Need or will need to quickly, and cost-effectively ramp up/down their operations.
  • Require on-demand access to reliable lab equipment and instrumentation, and/or cold and ULT storage with power backup options.
  • Want to provide teams or individuals with flexible, remote workplaces, and/or training location alternatives that include access to lab infrastructure and services.

Check out I-270 Innovation Labs and schedule a tour.

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10 Most Important Pieces of Lab Safety Equipment

lab station with lab safety equipment such as goggles and gloves

Safety is paramount in any laboratory setting, and understanding the potential risks involved is crucial. In this blog, we’ll highlight the ten essential pieces of equipment you should always have.

Lab Coats

These shield you from chemical spills and splashes, protecting your clothing and skin. Donning a lab coat reduces the risk of contamination and personal injury.

Safety Goggles

The importance of safeguarding your vision can’t be overstated. These goggles protect your eyes from potential injuries during experiments involving chemicals or other hazards.

Gloves

These prevent your hands from coming into contact with harmful substances. Wearing the right type of gloves for your specific laboratory tasks protects your skin. This is essential for your personal safety and contamination control.

Emergency Shower and Eyewash Station

In the event of a chemical spill or an eye exposure incident, it’s vital to have quick access to emergency showers and eyewash stations. Your skin and eyes are delicate, and even a few seconds of delay can result in a serious injury. Emergency showers and eyewash stations allow users to wash away hazardous materials, providing immediate decontamination.

Fire Extinguisher

A suitable fire extinguisher is a must-have in any lab to address potential fire hazards. First, It’s important to understand that not all fire extinguishers work the same way on all flames. Next, be sure you know how to use it effectively. Remember the acronym PASS which stands for:

  • Pull the pin
  • Aim
  • Squeeze
  • Sweep

Watch this video to see how to select and properly use the correct fire extinguisher.

Fume Hood

A fume hood is a ventilated enclosure designed to safely handle and contain potentially hazardous fumes, chemicals, or particulates. It’s equipped with an exhaust system that vents air away from the lab’s work areas. This protects users and the surrounding environment from exposure to harmful substances.

First Aid Kit

Every lab needs a fully-stocked first aid kit to care for minor injuries promptly. Make sure it has:

  • Medical gloves
  • Bandages, sterile pads, and adhesive tape
  • Scissors
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Breathing barrier
  • Burn dressings
  • Instant ice pack
  • Eye patch
  • Hand sanitizer

Be sure to regularly check and replenish the kit’s contents so it’s fully stocked and ready when needed.

Spill Kits

Accidents happen, and chemical spills can occur. Having spill kits on hand makes it possible to quickly clean up after such incidents, minimizing risks and overall environmental impact. Designed to soak up liquids, according to Iowa State University, these kits should contain:

  • A copy of the Spill Cleanup Protocol
  • Nitrile disposable gloves (8 mil)
  • Lab coat(s)
  • Safety goggles
  • N95 dust mask respirator(s)
  • Disposable shoe covers (booties)
  • Absorbent material, such as absorbent paper towels, granular absorbent material, etc. 
  • All-purpose disinfectants, such as normal household bleach (diluted 1:10) or an iodophor
  • Bucket for diluting disinfectant (this can be used to store the kit contents when not in use)
  • Tongs and/or forceps, and/ or dustpan and hand broom or squeegee, etc. (for picking up broken glass or other contaminated sharps)
  • Sharps waste container(s) 
  • Autoclavable biohazard waste bags
  • Biohazardous spill warning signs (“Biohazard Spill Kit”).

Ventilation System

Your lab needs to have an effective ventilation system. This maintains air quality and reduces exposure to harmful substances. It plays a key role in removing fumes and providing a safe breathing environment.

Safety Signs

Posting clear safety signs communicates potential hazards and guidelines effectively. They promote awareness and adherence to safety protocols, helping everyone work more safely.

Staying Safe

Prioritizing safety in your laboratory is non-negotiable. With these ten essential pieces of lab safety equipment, you can create a secure environment for yourself and your colleagues. Remember, safety should always come first in the lab. For more information, reach out to BaneBio today. 

Works Cited

Biohazard Spill Kit. Iowas State University Environmental Health and Safety. Retrieved November 10, 2023, from https://www.ehs.iastate.edu/research/biological/microbial/spill-cleanup/biohazard-spill-kit

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A Brief History of Centrifuges

scientist preparing to use centrifuge for experiment

Centrifuges are devices that can spin objects at high speeds in order to separate their components. This incredible tool has played an important role in various fields for many years. Let’s travel back through time and explore their fascinating history. 

Early Beginnings

In 1864, Antonin Prandtl invented a type of centrifuge machine to separate cream from milk in a dairy. In 1869, Swiss biologist and physician Friedrich Miescher built upon Prandtl’s invention. He became the first person to apply the principle of centrifugation in the lab.

However, the first truly continuous separating centrifugation product was developed by Gustaf de Laval. He took Prandt’s design and added turbines to it. In 1878 he and Oskar Lamm used that technology to patent a milk separator with one pipe for cream and another for milk. The principles of continuous centrifugation are still used today.

World War II

During World War II, centrifuges took on a new, darker role. They became invaluable tools in wartime research, specifically the Manhattan Project. They were used to separate isotopes, a crucial step in the creation of the atomic bomb. 

Medical and Scientific Advancements

As time went on, centrifuges made their way into the world of healthcare and scientific research. Centrifugation became crucial for tasks like blood separation, which is essential in diagnostics and treatment. In many laboratories, this tool still plays an important role in separating and analyzing substances, driving revolutionary scientific discoveries.

Modern Applications

Today, centrifuges have made their way into the fields of biology and food production. According to Science Direct, they are “One of the most useful and frequently employed techniques in the molecular biology laboratory” (Stephenson). In biology, they’re used to separate DNA, proteins, and cells, creating advancements in genetic research and disease diagnostics. In the food industry, they continue to be used to separate solid from liquid components, making processes like olive oil extraction and beer brewing more efficient. As technology has advanced, they have become faster, safer, and more accurate.

Conclusion

Centrifuges have come a long way from their early beginnings as mere spinning devices. They have left a lasting impact on various fields, from the arms races of World War II to today’s cutting-edge laboratories. Their relevance and importance remain strong and continue to grow, making them an indispensable tool in the modern world. For more information on how they can be best utilized in your lab, reach out to BaneBio!

Works Cited

Stephenson, Frank H. “Calculations for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Third Edition).” 2016, ScienceDirect, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/centrifugation#:~:text=molecular%20biology%20laboratory.-,Centrifugation%20is%20used%20to%20collect%20cells%2C%20to%20precipitate%20DNA%2C%20to,using%20a%20variety%20of%20rotors

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Tips for Safe Lab Equipment Transportation

moving van with boxes of lab equipment for safe transportation

Transporting lab equipment properly is more than just a process of getting your supplies from point A to point B; it’s about getting it where it needs to go safely so everything remains in optimal condition. Here’s how to make that happen!

Equipment Assessment

Before you start packing up your lab equipment, you need to assess the nature of what you’ll be transporting and create an organized plan for how to proceed. First, identify fragile components requiring special attention during transportation, including delicate glassware, sensitive electronic components, and precision instruments. Next, measure the dimensions and weigh each piece to help you select the right packaging and handling methods and materials. 

Lab Equipment Packaging and Protection

Customized packaging is key to ensuring the safety of your lab equipment during transit. Invest in high-quality materials that fit the dimensions you need. Secure it all inside containers that maintain a snug fit. Cushioning materials such as foam or bubble wrap can fill empty spaces and provide shock absorption, reducing the risk of damage from bumps and vibrations.

Transport Logistics—Choosing the Right Carriers and Planning Ahead

It’s vital that you take the time to make sure you’re choosing a reliable carrier to safely handle all of your lab equipment. Conduct a bit of research to be certain they’re experienced in handling delicate scientific instruments. Now it’s time to plan your transportation route and timeline carefully, taking into account factors like traffic, road conditions, and any potential delays that may pop up. Pay attention to the weather and environmental conditions, especially if your equipment is sensitive to temperature or humidity changes.

Regulatory Compliance

Understanding and complying with legal and regulatory requirements is a must whenever you’re moving lab equipment. It’s important to know that different countries and regions may have specific rules governing the transportation of scientific instruments, particularly if they contain hazardous materials. Make sure you’re aware of and follow all relevant regulations. Additionally, it’s essential for you to have all of the required documentation to avoid any legal complications during transit.

Unpacking and Installation

Once your lab equipment reaches its final destination, your job still isn’t over. Now it’s time to carefully unpack each item, inspecting it for any signs of damage or mishandling. If you notice any damages, immediately make a note of them and contact the carrier to report the problem. Once everything’s unpacked, it’s time to tackle installation. Especially if you aren’t completely familiar with all of the equipment, consider enlisting a professional who’ll help ensure it’s all set up correctly so that it’s ready for use without any unexpected hiccups.

Conclusion

Transporting lab equipment requires meticulous planning and attention to detail. Don’t underestimate the importance of these steps in ensuring the longevity and functionality of your scientific instruments.

In the scientific world, precision and accuracy are paramount, and that extends to the proper transportation of lab equipment. Neglecting proper handling and packaging can result in costly damage and wasted downtime. Following the steps outlined here will allow you to safeguard your lab, and maintain its integrity, so you can continue all of your vital research without interruptions.

Contact BaneBio for More Information

Contact us to learn more about transporting lab equipment and discover how BaneBio can assist you and give you expert guidance and support. Your research deserves nothing less.

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10 Tips for Selling Used Lab Equipment

used lab equipment sitting on a counter

If you have lab equipment that you aren’t using, you probably don’t want it sitting around collecting dust (and taking up space). Selling it not only helps you declutter your space but also provides valuable resources to other researchers and labs. Here are ten tips for how to sell your used lab equipment efficiently and responsibly.

Assess Equipment Condition

Before you put your lab equipment up for sale, take some time to thoroughly evaluate its functionality and appearance. Is everything in working order? Are there any noticeable signs of wear and tear? Being honest about its condition will help you get a fair price while setting the right expectations for potential buyers. And don’t forget that even if it’s not in perfect condition, somebody may still want to buy it for its parts. 

Determine the Equipment’s Age

While older equipment can still be valuable, newer models might fetch a higher price. However, sometimes something older but well-maintained can be worth more than something newer that isn’t as solidly constructed or hasn’t been cared for. Also, some items may be so outdated that they’re difficult to sell. Therefore, you should research similar models to get an idea of how age impacts pricing.

Gather Documentation

Buyers will feel more confident if you can provide them with documentation such as maintenance records, manuals, and specifications. In addition to offering insights into how well the equipment has been cared for and used, these documents can prove you own the item(s) and have the legal right to sell them. 

Clean and Refurbish

Present your equipment in the best possible condition. Be sure to clean off any dust and grime. If it’s obviously well-maintained, it will be more likely to attract potential buyers. You can also sell it for more money if you list your equipment as “refurbished.” Be aware however that this might require you to have the item tested to make sure it meets the manufacturer’s standards

Determine Fair Pricing

Setting a fair price will increase your chances of a successful sale. So, you’ll want to research the market values of similar items. Take into account the age, condition, and any unique features, as well as depreciation. Also, consider how readily available the item is. Finally, bear in mind the manufacturer’s reputation; if they’re no longer in business or have ceased supporting that equipment or its applications, that can reduce its anticipated price.

Post High-Quality Images

When you’re advertising it, a picture is worth a thousand words, so make sure your images do justice to your lab equipment. Capture clear photos from various angles to showcase its features. This will give buyers a better idea of what they’re thinking about buying.

Provide Detailed Descriptions

When creating descriptions, focus on accuracy and information. Highlight key features that might interest potential buyers. This increases the appeal of what you’re selling, and it can answer many questions upfront.

Utilize Online Platforms

Take advantage of specialized online marketplaces and social media platforms to reach a wider audience. There are websites dedicated to buying and selling used lab equipment, making it easier for you to connect with interested buyers.

Negotiate and Communicate

Be open to negotiation and maintain transparent communication with potential buyers. Respond promptly to any questions and provide additional information if needed. Building trust leads to a smooth sale process.

Practice Safe Transactions and Shipping

Prioritize secure payment methods to protect both you and the buyer. Once the payment is settled, make sure to properly prepare it for shipping. A well-packaged item is less likely to get damaged during transit.

Conclusion

Selling used lab equipment can be a win-win situation. You get to clear out your space while providing researchers and labs with the tools they need. By following these ten tips, you can have an efficient and rewarding experience for everyone involved. 

If you have used lab equipment you want to sell, BaneBio is here for you. Give us a call at 855-777-2322 or email us at [email protected].

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The Science Behind the Distillation Process

beer undergoing the distillation process at a brewery

If you’ve ever been curious about how scientists separate mixtures into their individual components, you’ll want to learn about distillation. This fascinating process is used to produce many things including alcoholic beverages, fuels, and essential oils. 

Defining Distillation 

Distillation is the process of purifying a liquid by turning it into a gas with heat and then converting it back into liquid form. In simple terms, it’s a way to isolate individual ingredients within a mixture based on their boiling points. 

Vaporization and Condensation

The distillation process involves two key steps: vaporization and condensation. During vaporization, the mixture is heated. This causes the component with the lowest boiling point to evaporate and change from a liquid to a vapor or gas state. Then the vapor is gathered and passed into a separate container. Any remaining liquid, which still contains the higher boiling point compounds, will be left behind.

The next step is condensation. At this point, the collected vapor is cooled, causing it to condense and return to a liquid state. This liquid is now rich in lower boiling point components. Repeating the process allows you to purify the mixture further while producing increasingly concentrated samples of the desired substance.

Fractional Distillation

Sometimes substances in a mixture may have similar boiling points making it challenging to separate them using a simple distillation. In cases such as these, the method of fractional distillation is used. This involves using a fractional column, which has several plates or trays. As the vapor rises through the column, it repeatedly condenses and vaporizes on the plate, allowing for more efficient separation. 

Applications

Distillation has many practical applications in numerous fields and industries. It’s vital in the production of alcoholic beverages, and by carefully controlling this process, distillers can separate alcohol from fermented mixtures, resulting in beverages with different alcohol concentrations.

Distillation is also an integral part of producing fuels, including gasoline and diesel. Crude oil, a mixture of hydrocarbons, is distilled to allow specific hydrocarbons to be extracted and used for fuel production.

Additionally, distillation is used when extracting essential oils from plants. Subjecting plant materials to steam distillation allows the plates’ aromatic compounds to be isolated and collected and then used to produce fragrances, flavors, and therapeutic oils.   

Conclusion

Distillation is an intriguing process that plays a vital role in separating mixtures into their individual components. Taking advantage of the differences in boiling points gives scientists and industry professionals purer substances to use in a wide range of applications. Whether it’s used for the production of fuel, essential oils, or alcoholic beverages, distillation is essential. So, the next time you fill up your gas tank or take a sip of your favorite beer, remember the science behind the distilling process is making it all possible. 

Learn more about distilling, brewers, and wine-making here.

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The Science Behind Cannabis

female scientist holding cannabis oil

Over the course of the last few years, interest in the cannabis plant has significantly increased as society has become more aware of its potential therapeutic benefits. From pain relief to seizure management, this plant has shown considerable promise in various areas of healthcare. 

Let’s take a look and explore its anatomy, diverse cannabinoids, therapeutic potential, safety considerations, ongoing research, and potential future developments.

What Is Cannabis?

To truly understand what cannabis is, we need to first look at the plant’s anatomy. It is comprised of different species, including cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and hybrids. 

The areas of greatest importance are the plant’s flowers and the leaves because this is 

where the potent components live. These compounds known as “cannabinoids” cause the plant’s various effects.

Cannabinoids

These can be considered to be the lifeblood of marijuana. They’re the chemicals that engage with specific receptors located within the central nervous system. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two cannabinoids that most people are familiar with. 

THC causes psychoactive effects, while CBD is non-intoxicating and is typically associated with healing properties.

Therapeutic Benefits

Research suggests that cannabis may alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relieve muscle spasticity, help control seizures that are typical with epilepsy, and even benefit individuals who are suffering from certain mental health conditions including social anxiety and sleep disorders. However, it should be noted that individual responses may vary, and the effectiveness of cannabis may differ from one person to another.

Safety and Side Effects

It’s vital to consume cannabis responsibly. Before using it, an individual needs to be aware of the potential side effects which can include:

  • Short-term memory impairment
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Potentially heightened anxiety in some people

Those who use cannabis heavily on a regular basis may eventually become dependent on it. Therefore, it’s crucial to use it cautiously and seek professional help if needed.

Research and Future Developments

Cannabis research is ongoing with studies and clinical trials examining its potential benefits and risks. As more countries and more states are reconsidering their cannabis policies, we may one day come to see the full integration of cannabis-based medicine into mainstream healthcare. The future holds exciting possibilities including more personalized treatment options and a deeper understanding of the ways in which cannabis can contribute to wellbeing. 

The Intriguing Cannabis Plant

The cannabis plant, with its CBD and THC cannabinoids and potential therapeutic applications, is captivating researchers, healthcare professionals, and the general public alike. It would be helpful to consider this with both caution and curiosity. If you are interested in buying cannabis equipment, including testing equipment, BaneBio provides economical and effective supplies. Contact us today!

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5 Signs You Should Consider a Lab Relocation

female scientist enjoying lab relocation

Chances are the laboratory business you launched originally has changed a lot from the company you see today. Even if your core business remains the same, you may be doing a wider scope of work for more clients using new equipment and procedures—all factors that might leave you asking “Are we still in the ideal location?”

But relocating your laboratory isn’t to be taken lightly. Moving materials, equipment, data, samples, and more to a new location requires meticulous planning, coordination, and execution. You’ll need to think about shutting down, packing, shipping, unpacking, installing, and recalibrating the equipment. Moving temperature-sensitive materials and samples is a painstaking process, and data transfer has a zero tolerance for error. If your work involves animals, this opens up an even more complex set of considerations. This level of complexity is why a lab relocation can take 4–6 months of planning before the moving even begins. 

Our best advice is this: Don’t just look at what you need now. We recommend you evaluate your current workspace in light of your projected needs as well as your current concerns—what will you need as your 5–10 year plan begins to come to fruition? 

Let’s review five important factors that influence whether you should consider a laboratory relocation.

Size Matters

Is your laboratory large enough for your team to work safely? Do you have enough storage space for supplies and equipment? Do you have enough room to take on additional business based on your growth projections? Ensuring that your laboratory is large enough for your current and future needs is one of the most important factors when considering a lab relocation.

Safety First

A crowded lab with an inconvenient configuration is not a safe lab. Having enough room between work stations for your team to function efficiently provides safer conditions and a more comfortable layout.

Hindered Access to Resources

Is your lab able to receive materials and ship product efficiently? Moving your lab so it is better positioned to more affordably handle the raw materials you need and ship your products to your end users is one of the most important things you can do to increase your bottom line.

The Convenience Factor

Do your employees travel a lot? How close is your lab to a major airport? Is your current location inconvenient for clients?  Moving your lab to a more accessible location could make a big difference in your ability to attract customers and an appreciated benefit to your team.

Dollars and Sense

Are you paying for building amenities you don’t need? Are there building features that you don’t have now that would help your business operate more efficiently? Compare your expenses for rent, lease, property taxes and insurance with other available properties, and decide if investing in a less expensive option with different features would benefit your bottom line. Could it be time to buy instead of rent? Speak to your business manager or accountant about the possible benefits of a lab relocation into a building that you own vs. one you rent.

The location of your lab is critical to your company’s growth, stability, safety, and overall operations. Ensuring that your lab is located in a convenient, safe place where your team feels comfortable will help morale and productivity, and ultimately affect your lab’s profitability and long term success. 

If all signs point to a necessary relocation, strongly consider finding a partner like BaneBio to assist you. BaneBio has years of experience and a proven track record in helping businesses like yours plan, coordinate and execute a successful laboratory relocation. We’re poised and ready to assist you, so reach out today and start the conversation.