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    Centrifuge calibration

    Calibrating a centrifuge is essential for ensuring its accuracy and reliability in laboratory applications.

    Why do I need to calibrate my centrifuge?

    Calibrating a centrifuge is essential for ensuring its accuracy and reliability in laboratory applications. Centrifuges are used to separate components of a mixture based on their density and proper calibration helps ensure that the centrifuge operates correctly and produces consistent results. Here are some reasons why you need to calibrate your centrifuge:


    Calibration ensures that the centrifuge accurately separates materials based on their density. If it is not calibrated correctly, the results it produces may be inaccurate, which can lead to incorrect data and experimental conclusions.


    Calibration helps maintain consistent performance over time. With regular use, the components of a centrifuge may wear or drift out of alignment, affecting its performance. Calibrating the centrifuge at specified intervals helps maintain consistent results.


    Many laboratories, especially those in regulated industries such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals, are required to adhere to specific quality standards and regulations. Regular calibration is often a mandatory requirement to meet these standards and maintain compliance.


    An improperly calibrated centrifuge can pose safety risks. It may lead to imbalances, excessive vibration, or other operational issues that can cause equipment damage, sample spillage, or even personal injury.


    Calibrating your centrifuge can help extend its lifespan. Proper maintenance, including calibration, reduces the wear and tear on the instrument, potentially saving you money on repairs and replacements.

    Data integrity

    In scientific and clinical research, the accuracy of experimental results is crucial. Calibrating the centrifuge ensures that the data generated from experiments is reliable, minimizing errors and the need for repeated experiments.

    Quality control

    Calibration is a part of a laboratory's quality control program, which aims to ensure that the instruments used are functioning correctly. A calibrated centrifuge is more likely to deliver accurate and consistent results in quality control processes.

    Warranty requirements

    If your centrifuge is under warranty, the manufacturer may require regular calibration as part of the warranty terms. Failure to calibrate the centrifuge as specified by the manufacturer could void the warranty.

    Good laboratory practice

    Calibrating your centrifuge is considered a good laboratory practice. It demonstrates that you take the accuracy and reliability of your research and testing seriously, which can enhance the credibility of your work.

    Calibrating a centrifuge typically involves verifying its speed and ensuring that it generates the expected centrifugal force. The specific calibration procedures may vary depending on the type and model of the centrifuge. It's important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and, if necessary, seek the services of trained technicians or calibration experts to ensure accurate and consistent performance.

    How Henderson Biomedical can help

    Our company specialise in the calibration of laboratory centrifuges and have done so since 1987. You can choose from either standard calibration or UKAS calibration of speed, time and temperature (is applicable). UKAS calibrations means that the calibration has been carried out in accordance with ISO 17025. Our engineers can perform a calibration at your site at time and date convenient to you. Alternatively, you can send your equipment into our workshop.

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