Function and Uses of a Medical Centrifuge

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A centrifuge is an instrument that makes use of the principle of centrifugal force. The basis centrifugal force lies in how the force is being applied. Centrifugal force is essentially an outword pusing force that is felt by bodies moving in a circular motion. As you may have noticed I mentioned the force is felt by the bodies and not applied because there is no direct force being applied in the outward direction. Hence it is also often referred to as a fictitious force.

This force that is felt by the bodies in circular motion is due to the inertia and inward pushing exteranal forace. The centrifugal device makes use of this theory while spinning samples at high speeds.

Applications of a Medical Centrifuge:

A Centrifuge is found in almost every medical laboratory, be it a hospital, a research laboratory or a private practice. This is a versatile, efficient and extensivley used device with some it’s applications mentioned here:

  • Blood Sample Separation: A centrifuge uses small samples of liquid in the form of tube samples to process. It is capable of separating blood samples into upper plasma layer, a thin interface layer consisting of white blood cells and platelets as well as a lower layer consisteing of red blood cells.

  • DNA/ RNA Separation: This is a two step process which involves spinning the sample at top speed for a short while and later carrying out the second step in the laboratory using chemcials.

  • Cell Culture Separation: The process of cell culture separation is possible by using a sample in conical tubes. This process is possible with the help of a centrifuge.

  • Others: There are several other applications of a medical centrifuge that includes study of viruses, proteins, nucleic acids, polymers and blood . There are also several other centrifuge devices besides the medical centgrifuge that can be used for many different applicatoins like in the petroleum industry as well as cosmetic industry.

Features:

A medical centrifuge is a simple device that spins samples in a tube.” This is a vage description of a centrifuge. However a centrifuge is much more that just a simple device and hence has several good and useful features that you can take advantage off:

  • Cooled Samples: There is the option of going for the refrigerated centrifuge device which has the ability to keep the samples cool and in a state that preserves the sample.

  • Size: The centrifuge is available in several sizes which at times also depends on the power of the device. A device with high RPM will generally be heavier and larger. A centrifuge needs to be placed on a very sturdy table so that there are movements due to the virartions it

generates. Hence a portable centrifuge will ideally be a small one with low power.

  • Others: A centrifuge has several other features and funcitons that can make it easier, safer and more effecient. For example an autopmatic lid lock can avoid a big mess in terms of spills due to a lose tube or unsecured tube.. At the same time an auto shut down feature when the lid is openned is also a good safety feature that can prevent accidents. Many of the devices have varying speed levels and are also programmable thus adding to the number of appilcations.

Conclusion:

Neuation is one company all but aware of the importance of safety in Centrifuges. They have a wide range Centrifuges devices that have many different functions available as per the needs of the institutes. One thing that Neuation makes sure of is that their devices work well at high speeds and that they are also safe. They lay extra stress on the safety features of the devices.

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The perfect Medical Centrifuge

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Of all the medical equipment found in medical laboratories, the Medical Centrifuge is one of the most common one. Almost all laboratories will have a requirement for a centrifuge, be it in a hospital, a medical laboratory or a private practice of some kind. Since this device is so much in demand, it is necessary to be careful while making the purchase so that you do not end up with the wrong or defective one.

Here are a few factors that are listed that you should take into consideration while obtaining a good medical Centrifuge.

Application:

The centrifuge is mainly sued to separate solid from liquid suspension and thus has many applications like:

  • Science and Medical laboratories to separate proteins and chemicals.
  • For several non-hazardous substances like urine or blood.
  • Blood banks usually require high speed centrifuge
  • Pharmaceutical companies also make use of it
  • The Petroleum industry also makes use of a centrifuge, although it is different from the medical centrifuges used for medical purpose.
  • The sugar industry uses it to separate sugar from liquor too.
  • Life Science and testing laboratories.

Hence it becomes essential to make some knowledge of the type of the centrifuge that you require. The main factors to look our for are:

Spin Speed:

Hence it becomes essential to have some knowledge of the type of the centrifuge that you require. Special importance needs to be given to the speed of the centrifuge, since that is the main factor in a centrifuge. The revolutions per minute tend to vary from device to device. The main factors to look our for are:

  • What you need to spin?

  • The speed at which you need to spin it.

  • How long do you need to spin it?

  • The programmable flexibility.

  • Being able to pre-program the speed settings.

  • Do the settings give you precise control?

Size:

But that is not all, a centrifuge is available in several sizes as well. Size is important, depending on the application and also on how much space you have in the laboratory. The reason being that a centrifuge should ideally be placed clear of other disturbances, in a clear spot which does not vibrate and is not unstable. The device is capable of spinning at high speeds and the higher the RPM, the heavier the device (in general). Thus medical laboratories can afford to invest in a big one which is slightly heavy however since they will rarely be shifting it around. On the other hand if you require it to be portable, it would be wise to select a lower power one which is likely to be lighter.

Construction:

The medical centrifuge being a very handy device is likely to be used several times a day, if not constantly. Hence it is necessary to select a good quality one that does not break down easily and at the same time has low maintenance as well.

Additional Features:

A medical centrifuge can come with several extra features and options that may require and can choose to include:

  • Keeping it cold: A refrigerated centrifuge as the name suggests can keep the contents cool. This is often required for certain samples. For example while running tests on blood, it is often vital to maintain the low temperature are which blood is stored.

  • Automatic lid lock: This makes sure that when the centrifuge is operational the lid locks automatically and hence if you do happen to attempt to open the lid it will not open. Additionally it is also necessary that if the lid does open for some reason while the centrifuge is operational it should shut down instantly.

Conclusion:

The right centrifuge can make your day, while the wrong can set you back a month or two. Hence it pays to have some additional information about the device. Neuation Technoligies provides next generation laboratory equipment and also follows the ISO 9001 & USI 13485 standards. They are medical equipment manufacturers. Thus the benefit of picking one of the many centrifuge devices that they have to offer is that you can be certain that it is a feature rich, good quality device that has been built tough.