Why Invest In An Illumina DNA Sequencer?

Feb 12, 19 Why Invest In An Illumina DNA Sequencer?

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In the past, Sanger sequencing was the only option for researchers and medical experts to use in sequencing DNA. The use of CE or capillary electrophoresis offered many benefits and is still in use. However, it is slower, has limited scalability and has a limited throughput capacity, which impacts how efficient it is to use. With new technology in place, the Illumina DNA sequencer models overcome these barriers to provide rapid, accurate and highly scalable sequencing potential. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been used for many years, allowing for extremely accurate genetic information and sequencing abilities. The Cost Factor While researchers and labs understand the importance of being able to access this new technology, there is still the practical issue of the cost of adding this equipment to a lab. As with any technology, options and features with the equipment can add to the base price of the new models. There are some important options to keep in mind that make adding a current model of the Illumina DNA sequencer to a lab a cost-effective option. In addition, the ability to produce massive amounts of data in a single sequencing run makes this equipment a very good return on investment. Unlike some systems and equipment, the Illumina models are very small and are easily used on existing countertops or workstations. As an easy to operate and user-friendly system, this is an ideal option as a primary or secondary sequencer in any lab. Used and Refurbished A very effective way to reduce the cost of a new system is to purchase a used or refurbished Illumina DNA sequencer. These systems can provide savings of fifty percent or more off of the cost of new models. The refurbished equipment from top suppliers comes with a warranty, providing peace of mind with the purchase. Be the first to...

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Adding Capability With An Illumina MiSeq 2

Feb 12, 19 Adding Capability With An Illumina MiSeq 2

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A very significant challenge for any lab, research or testing facility is to be able to plan for future testing and analysis requirements. This can be particularly difficult for new labs with a focus on expanding their customer base and increasing the throughput of the lab. When it comes to next-generation sequencing or NGS, the Illumina MiSeq 2 is one of the most frequently selected systems for any size and type of lab. With several features that make it a top match for small startup labs through to additional small genome sequencing and target resequencing applications, this small, compact system is ideal. The Many Applications The big advantage to adding the Illumina MiSeq 2 is the ability to complete cluster generation, sequencing, amplifying and data analysis all in one single, small piece of equipment. Small, in the case of the MiSeq 2, is less than two feet by two feet, making it easy to install in any lab on existing counter space. In addition, all of these various processes can be completed in much less time than older systems using Sanger sequencing technology. This is not a small time difference of just a few hours; this equipment can provide results in hours where the old technology systems require days. User-Friendly With all of the advanced technology, the Illumina MiSeq 2 is still one of the most user-friendly systems on the market. All of the instructions for operation all features and capacities of the system are available through tutorials that can be watched on the display screen. A touch screen panel allows for easy control of all systems, and the plug and play reagent cartridges make prepping a simple task. The system also offers RFID technology on the reagent cartridges and samples, which virtually eliminate one of the biggest areas where human error can impact results. Be the first to...

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3 Things To Verify Before Buying From Used Lab Equipment Dealers

Jun 07, 18 3 Things To Verify Before Buying From Used Lab Equipment Dealers

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Making the choice to buy used lab equipment and instrumentation is a very savvy and wise decision. Experienced lab managers quickly learn how using used equipment or refurbished equipment from top sellers provides a cost-effective way to keep lab testing capacity and testing options current. However, not all used lab equipment dealers are the same. Taking the time not just to consider the equipment but also the dealer’s reputation and practices will ensure the purchase is for high quality, fully functioning equipment backed by a reputable company. Company Reputation and Years in Business A quick online search will provide the information you need to know about any used lab equipment dealers you are considering. Check the website for specifics on the company including how long they have been in business and what areas they serve. Many of the top dealers have the ability to ship equipment to any location in the country. This is ideal for labs, hospitals, and other facilities. Many of the best companies also provide the option for their customers to sell their surplus equipment, which can help in offset the cost of the purchase. In-House Testing and Refurbishing Ideally, look for refurbished and used lab equipment dealers who complete testing, repairs, and upgrades in-house. Some companies outsource this work and act more like equipment brokers, which can be problematic for accuracy in descriptions and information on specific in-stock models. Knowledgeable Customer Support It is important for the buyer to have a reliable, knowledgeable customer support and sales team to call. These representatives can assist in providing specific information about the equipment they sell, as well as offering suggestions and options for the buyer to consider. As with any type of major purchase, having options is always a positive. When the sales team can provide that information and those options, labs can be assured they will get the equipment they need for their specific testing requirements. 1 person likes this...

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3 Assumptions To Avoid When You Buy Medical Equipment

Oct 26, 17 3 Assumptions To Avoid When You Buy Medical Equipment

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Buying medical testing and laboratory analysis equipment and systems is never easy. There are always budget considerations, and there is often a significant difference between models and manufacturers that have to be considered. A very simple yet effective way to buy medical equipment at a very good price is to buy used or refurbished equipment. Many labs don’t use this option due to assumptions and misunderstanding they have about the process. To clear up some of these misunderstanding and misassumptions about the process to buy medical equipment, here are the three most common issues. Assumption 1: Online Medical Equipment Sites are Buyer Beware Purchases Whenever you buy medical equipment or medical supplies online from routine consumables to large equipment purchases, it is always important to check out the dealer and to make sure they have a top reputation for standing behind the products they sell. There are used medical equipment dealers online with stellar reputations as well as decades of selling to top labs and testing facilities across the country and even internationally. Assumption 2: Refurbished Equipment Has a Short Remaining Life Cycle Refurbished equipment is fully upgraded, repaired and tested, including all routine maintenance checks and repairs. Often this equipment has been used for limited testing or may be equipment that saw very limited use before a lab closed or the equipment became surplus. Assumption 3: Warranties Aren’t Available on Refurbished Equipment This point also is directly related to the quality and the experience of the medical refurbishing company making the sale. Many of these companies offer top warranties on the equipment they sell and will stand behind the work they do to provide full peace of mind with any purchase. Even with used equipment or like-new equipment, it will be tested before leaving the seller’s facility. The cost savings combined with the guarantee of quality equipment makes this an option that more labs need to consider. Be the first to...

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Stretching The Budget For Analytical Instruments

Sep 11, 17 Stretching The Budget For Analytical Instruments

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The increasing use of technology and advanced automation in testing and analytical equipment used in labs across the world has increased accuracy, efficiency and decreased the need for repeat testing protocols for verification of results. While these are all positive issues, the advancement of the technology has also resulted in increased costs for equipment from basic testing through to advanced analytical instruments. This, in turn, creates a problem or any lab or testing facility. To complete the testing to the accuracy that is demanded, it is important to have newer equipment and technology. At the same time, budgets aren’t unlimited, which can put smaller and independent facilities as well as research labs in a budget dilemma. Pre-Owned Equipment One solution that is used by large and small facilities alike is to choose used analytical instruments rather than buying new. The best used medical and analytical equipment dealers will provide certified used equipment that has been tested to ensure it is in top functioning condition. Pre-owned equipment can be more than seventy percent of the cost of new. With these savings, even small labs can find newer model HPLC, GS/MS, ICP/AAS and mass spectrometry systems that will fully integrate with and improve the current testing capacities. Consider Modular Units Many of the newer pre-owned options in analytical instruments come in a modular format. This allows the lab to choose which components to include with the basic testing equipment. By choosing the modular design, any lab can configure a testing system to their specific needs, saving them money. Sell Surplus Equipment To add to the budget for testing equipment and instruments, consider selling existing surplus equipment. Most of the pre-owned equipment sellers will work labs to buy surplus equipment. This additional income from the sale can further offset the price of the purchase, helping to add rather than subtract from the equipment budget. Be the first to...

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A Closer Look At Companies That Buy And Sell Medical Equipment

Jun 01, 17 A Closer Look At Companies That Buy And Sell Medical Equipment

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Many people do not realize the labs, hospitals and testing facilities often choose to buy used medical equipment rather than new. This offers several advantages to the facility, including lower costs, the ability to upgrade and even the option for better financing rates through companies that buy and sell medical equipment. There are some very well established companies that have been in the market to buy and sell medical equipment for decades. These American-based companies work with some of the largest testing facilities across the country to continue to provide like-new used or refurbished equipment while saving the buyer money. Some of the key factors in looking for the best used medical equipment companies to work with either to make a purchase or to sell your existing equipment have specific features and practices in common. These include the following three key elements of their business. National Network These companies are able to buy and sell medical equipment as they have established a national network of labs, testing facilities and hospitals that work with the company. With this network, it is possible to find specifically used equipment for their customers while also helping out the facility by removing unused or unwanted equipment at a fair market price. Highly Experienced Staff and Technicians The best companies in the industry have staff that knows the equipment they buy and sell. They are able to talk about the features of specific equipment as well as provide information on different models and options. The technicians are fully trained and certified and provide refurbishing to Original Equipment Manufacturer standards. They also fully test all equipment to ensure full operation before listing the equipment. In addition, they are able to listen to the needs of the buyer and suggest equipment that is a good match for functions, testing features and price. This is an essential benefit to both buyers and sellers, helping to streamline the process. Be the first to...

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