With an existing lab, equipment failure is a constant worry. Most lab managers are very careful to manage all equipment based on the estimated life cycle for the particular device. This is particularly important in high-cost equipment such as a liquid chromatography system.
Timing the Replacement
By monitoring the life cycle and changing the equipment out at the optimal time, equipment failure risks can be greatly reduced. In addition, by replacing the equipment early, it is possible to sell the existing system, helping to offset the cost of the replacement.
Replacing an existing system with used liquid chromatography equipment close to the end of the life cycle is a benefit both economically as well as for testing capacity. Buying used also means shopping around to get the best value.
Upgrade the Testing Capacity
Newer models of used liquid chromatography equipment will have additional testing options and features that old models did not have. When replacing these old models, consider what features or functions were lacking in the existing equipment.
It is a good idea to look for replacement models that are newer than the model being replaced. Of course, this is not always the best option for every lab, and it will be an individual consideration based on function and testing requirements.
The testing capacity, the pre-set features and even the options for testing need to be carefully considered. Don’t just think of immediate testing needs, but also consider trends and future requirements.
Technology and Compatibility
Most of the newer used liquid chromatography equipment will work with laboratory software systems and all platforms and operating systems. It is important to verify if you are replacing equipment in an older lab setup to make sure the new replacement model will be fully compatible.