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Device: Spectrophotometer
Manufacturer: Abbott Laboratories
Model: Quantum II
Location: United States, Missouri
Rating: 73%

Spectrophotometer may also be referred to as :

Spectrophotometer, Visible/UV | Spectrophotometer | Spectrophotometer, Visible/Ultraviolet

Tips for buying Spectrophotometer

  1. The configuration of spectrophotometers can be either a single-beam or double-beam. A double-beam spectrophotometer configuration offers better accuracy, especially when used for spectral scans, because it allows continuous automatic correction for anomalies in the light beam. The single-beam spectrophotometer configuration is also suitable for many applications.
  2. When choosing spectrophotometers lamp types, facilities should consider ones that offer the spectral range required for the types of tests to be run.
  3. For the visible spectrum, the most common choices are tungsten and halogen lamps - both produce light in a relatively wide wavelength range. Labs that will heavily use the spectrophotometer should consider halogen lamps, which tend to have almost double the life of tungsten lamps. Both deuterium and hydrogen lamps emit radiation in the ultraviolet range, but deuterium lamps have a longer life and tend to be more stable.
  4. The following are recommended features for any analytical instrument, including spectrophotometers: an available display to report results, an interface to a laboratory information system to facilitate data management and reporting of results to physicians, and an interface to a printer for producing hard copies of spectrophotometer results.
  5. Facilities need to evaluate their clinical needs before purchasing spectrophotometers. The spectrophotometers range from recording double beam devices to spectrophotometers with less spectral purity.
  6. Facilities should be aware of the fact that the initial acquisition cost of spectrophotometers does not accurately reflect the total cost of ownership, since these devices require ongoing maintenance and operational costs. Facilities should consider life-cycle cost, local service support, discount rates and non-price-related benefits offered by the supplier, and standardization with existing equipment.
  7. To compare high-cost alternatives and to determine the economic value of a single alternative, facilities can use an LCC analysis. They can use LCC analysis techniques to examine the cost-effectiveness of leasing or renting spectrophotometer equipment, versus purchasing it outright.
  8. When facilities debate the use of disposable over reusable spectrophotometer accessories, they should consider the long-term costs of these items. The analyses for plastic and glass curettes show that the cost of replacing all the used curettes every two years can be significantly less than the cost of using disposable curettes over this period.
  9. The spectrophotometer suppliers offer facilities service contracts or service on a time-and-materials basis. A third-party organization may also offer such services. Facilities should carefully consider the decision to purchase a spectrophotometer service contract, which can be justified for several reasons.
  10. Usually, spectrophotometer service contract customers get routine software updates, which enhance the system's performance, at no charge. Software updates are often cumulative, so previous software revisions may be required in order to install and operate a new performance feature.
  11. Facilities are strongly encouraged to standardize their equipment. There are numerous benefits to doing so: it makes staff training easier, simplifies servicing and parts acquisition, and provides greater bargaining leverage when negotiating new equipment purchases and service contract costs.
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