All divisions of the NHS have to be careful with how money is spent and it is important to make every penny count. After all, the NHS is funded by public money and so naturally people want to see this money used in the most efficient way possible.
NHS Blood and Transplant is the blood transfusion arm of the NHS with a number of production centres around the UK. Their main site is based in Filton, Bristol with thousands of blood bags passing through this facility every year. Each blood bag is centrifuged and key components like erythrocytes and leucocytes are extracted. Centrifuges will run 24/7 and this, of course, consumes a lot of electricity. Sites like Filton will monitor their electricity usage and attempt to keep their running costs down.
One great way of keeping electricity costs down is to choose a more energy efficient centrifuge. The British centrifuge manufacturer, MSE, has recently released a new, state-of-the-art blood bank centrifuge called the Blue Force 12L R. This 12 litre, floor-standing centrifuge has many clever little functions and features, but perhaps the most interesting part is that it consumes around 35% less power than the leading blood bank centrifuge from Thermo. The Thermo/Sorvall RC 12BP Plus is an impressive piece of equipment and it is currently the centrifuge of choice for NHS Blood and Transplant. However, it is rather thirsty on power consumption.
A typical blood bank will have maybe 15 to 20 centrifuges. Each one is running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By using a centrifuge that consumes 35% less power, you’re saving a considerable amount of money every month. That is public money that can be better spent on other areas of care. According to MSE, the Blue Force 12L R can save at least £1000 per year on your electricity bill. Spread over 15 to 20 units would make a saving of at least £15,000 to £20,000 per year.
Using less electricity is not only good for the pocket, but it is also very good for the environment. The MSE Blue Force 12L R has a much lower carbon footprint as a result of its lower power consumption. Not only that, since the product is built right here in the UK, there is no costly and environmentally damaging airfreight to take into consideration. Again, this is good for the pocket and good for the planet.
The cost savings don’t just stop there. A recent analysis found that the MSE Blue Force 12L R produces significantly less heat than its nearest rival. This means that production facilities like the one in Filton can spend less on air conditioning.
As Henderson Biomedical repairs all makes of centrifuges , we are very familiar with the cost of spare parts from other manufacturers. It is true that spare parts from MSE are reasonably priced and more often than not, in stock. Again, this can keep the running costs down and saves the user a considerable sum of money.
We are able to offer a great price on the MSE Blue Force 12L R. Although this product is squarely aimed at the blood transfusion market and the processing of blood bags, it can also spin large volumes of liquid in a 2 litre bottle. Other production or test labs may also be interested in this product, especially if it saves you money in the long term.
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