Product Focus: Lab Ovens
Nearly every lab or production facility of any sort needs an oven. Moreover, those ovens get used in a wide range of ways. As Uwe Ross, president at Binder in Great River, New York, says, “Oven applications range from prep work to curing to treating to testing.” He adds, “We really find lab ovens in applications from biotech and pharma to heavy-duty material testing.”
Expanding the specs of temperature range and accuracy
Historically, ovens and incubators have been distinct cousins in the lab. “Ovens have a wide temperature range but less accuracy,” says Ross, “and incubators have less temperature range but more accuracy.” He adds, “But they are really closely related.” In fact, advances in research demand even closer capabilities from these devices. As Ross explains, “Applications are asking for wider temperature range and close, tight specifications for accuracy. That has to do with the development of new materials like plastics and nanomaterials being used for batteries and all sorts of things.” The platform that provides those temperature and accuracy features is really a hybrid between an oven and an incubator.
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