Among its wide range of clinical and research laboratory centrifuges, Beckman Coulter, Inc., Fullerton, Calif., offers the SPINCHRON 15 centrifuge, designed to provide versatility and high capacity for full-service clinical lab needs.
The unit is available in a non-refrigerated model with a speed up to 14,500 rpm and refrigerated model with a speed up to 15,300 rpm. Both have the ability to spin tubes, plates and rotors for a wide variety of applications. The devices feature a versatile, four-position, swinging bucket rotor with a flexible adapter system that can accommodate virtually all popular sizes of tubes and bottles up to 180 mL. Additional rotors are available in a variety of fixed-angle configurations ranging from six positions of 30 mL capacity to 60 positions designed for 1.5 and 2.0 mL microcentrifuge tubes A two-position micro-plate rotor handles six micro-titer plates. Additional features include a brushless, maintenance-free drive system, a door interlock system and a self-balancing drive mechanism. Combined, these features make the devices quiet, long-lived and safe.
Whichever specific set of features a clinician requires in a centrifuge is likely available in the vast array of these devices now on the market. This seemingly mundane machine has grown increasingly complex, as molecular and genetic applications have demanded higher speeds and more precise controls. More basic models serve most needs, however, and are well built, affordable and highly dependable, assuring many years of service.