How to Select a Lab Homogenizer

When you invest in a lab homogenizer the more you know about your needs the better your odds on getting the correct model.  That’s why we at CAT Scientific developed our online Homogenizer Questionnaire.  When you take the time to complete it you will accomplish two valuable objectives:

  1. It will make you think seriously about what type of homogenizer you need and
  2. It will help us give you the correct recommendation as well as learn about the various applications for this versatile laboratory tool.

The questionnaire was created based on the long experience of our company in the area of liquid processing.  Through this experience we’ve developed both basic and detailed information segments.  And while it may seem burdensome to you, the detailed information segments are the most important for both of us because it makes us both think seriously about how we can provide the closest match in these critical specification criteria.

Among these criteria are included:

  1. Drive motor power.  This is in terms of watts and primarily relates to the viscosity and volume of your samples.
  2. Drive motor speed.  While homogenizers have variable speed faster is not always better.
  3. Sample volume.  How much is in the (a) test tube (b) beaker (c) flask or (d) other container you are using?
  4. Goals.  Homogenizing, dispersing, emulsifying, disrupting, continuous processing…… this helps us recommend the correct generator (rotor-stator) configuration.
  5. Dwell time.  How long is the process?
  6. Heat. Will overheating your sample cause a problem?
  7. Cleaning/disinfecting criteria.
  8. Physical and chemical properties.  Acid?  Base?  Volatile? Abrasive?
  9. Standard, in-line or closed-loop processing.
  10. Etc.

Got the message?  Then give us the message simply by taking the time to download, complete and fax back our homogenizer questionnaire.  The time you take to do this now is the best assurance we can give to providing a correct lab homogenizing system.

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Bob Wilcox

Bob Wilcox has represented CAT Scientific’s family of homogenizers, magnetic stirrers, liquid handling and related laboratory equipment since 2002 when Staufen, Germany-based CAT Ingenieurbüro M. Zipperer GMbH established operations in North America. Bob oversees CAT Scientific laboratory apparatus sales and service organization from the company’s headquarters in Paso Robles, CA. He also is in charge of the parent company’s line of JetCat jet turbines, turboprop, and helicopter power plants for hobbyists’ radio controlled fixed wing and helicopter model aircraft. -- Earlier in Bob’s career he was involved in visual and special effects as well as camera and electronics supervisory responsibilities for the motion picture and television industry.

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