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The term “homogenize” is a general term, broadly used to represent processing samples uniformly, usually by means of mixing, emulsifying, stirring, disrupting tissues, lysing cells, or various other methods. The majority of researchers we speak with have not had previous experience with a specific laboratory homogenizer product in the past, and thus may not know which product or method is most suitable for their application.
Where does one start? In today’s market choices abound. Here are several important data points to consider before deciding what to purchase, and who to purchase from.
- Application info – does the company or organization you’re speaking with have previous successful experience processing samples similar to yours? Do they have application data they can reference?
- Testimonials – Can they reference customers using their products?
- One Stop Shop – does the company offer several different types of homogenizing methods, as well as accessories?
- Customer-centric – does the company have experienced technical people available to answer your questions, both pre and post sale? Will they offer a solution to meet your needs? Can you try the product before you buy? Do they offer a guarantee?
- Reliability – how long have they been in business? Do they offer service for the product? Where is the product manufactured?
- Availability – once you choose, are these products readily available (off the shelf) and if not, how long will you have to wait? Can you buy through your own preferred scientific distributor or do you have to purchase direct from the source? Is online purchasing available?
Pricing is important as well, but it should not necessarily be the main issue. Remember, the key is to find a successful solution to your specific application. Any potential supplier should be able to answer all of the above points to your satisfaction.