Product Focus: Laboratory Washers
Choosing the right lab washer depends entirely on what needs to be cleaned and why. Both the labware and the washer features come into play, and these change with advances in technology.
New labware and techniques drive the need for new cleaning regimens
“Today, more of the labware being used is difficult to wash,” says Odette Nolan, product manager at Labconco (Kansas City, MO). “Many scientists are also moving toward reusable supplies, which are greener and cost less.” Doing that, though, might require more throughput in a lab washer. Likewise, the labware’s composition changes. For instance, Paul Miller, national sales manager for Miele Professional (Princeton, NJ), says, “With the increasing use of plastics, we adjusted our wash cycle to accommodate that. You can’t use as high a heat to clean it, so you add a better detergent.”
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