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They are better suited for laboratory and industrial uses than their conventional counterparts by design. Industries that benefit from laboratory ovens include biotech, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and materials manufacturing.
Efficient on both large and small scales, lab ovens are standard in most clinical, forensic, biological, and research laboratories. Furthermore, stainless steel cleanroom ovens are available with HEPA filtration that helps meet ISO 5 (Class 100) compliance requirements and conditions.
Laboratory oven & furnace functions are essential in the processes of:
Lab ovens are capable of many other industrial tasks and come with a range of specifications to fit any lab’s needs. Occasionally, multiple ovens may be required to complete a task due to unique end results and tailoring for specific applications. However, models are available that include the ability to switch between applications.
Laboratory ovens use different types of convention, each of which has various benefits or drawbacks. In addition to convection type, unit size can range from compact benchtop to freestanding. Internal oven chamber capacity also varies from 16 liters (0.6 cubic feet (cu ft)) to 117 liters (4.2 cu ft) or more.
Temperature range is another important specification, as some ovens can operate at a maximum temperature of 300°C or above; an important distinction if specialized tasks are being performed.
Many units are equipped with microprocessor-based monitor and control systems—rather than conventional thermostats—featuring LED displays that show actual and preset chamber temperatures, as well as a single set point control that ensures accurate temperature regulation.
Furthermore, modern laboratory ovens typically feature overtemperature protection, protecting your materials from being exposed to internal temperatures higher than you’d like.
The following list includes some of the most common convection methods, oven types, and more.
Laboratory ovens employ different types of heating that serve different purposes. Natural air convection ovens, also referred to as gravity convection ovens, allow heat to circulate unassisted. This creates a flow of air from the bottom of the oven to the top due to the natural convection currents, offering a low-cost alternative to other ovens when consistency is not vital.
Mechanical convection ovens, similar to forced air convection ovens, come equipped with a built-in fan module that provides forced air circulation through the heating chamber and allows for a more rapid rise in temperature and a more consistent uniformity within the chamber. These forced air ovens have different forced convection systems managed by adjustable vents and semi-forced exhaust.
Also known as vacuum drying ovens, these utilize a lack of air or inert atmosphere and offer an air-tight heating apparatus. Without convection, these ovens provide a low-pressure environment using an external vacuum pump. This minimizes the chances of oxidation during heating and speeds up the gassing process. A vacuum oven operates in much the same way as a forced-air convection oven but instead creates an absence of airflow.
Here we cover some of the common types of lab ovens used today. They include standard digital, heavy-duty, high temperature, and materials testing models. While made with similar corrosion-resistant materials and features, such as stainless steel interiors and casings, each type has a distinct function.
Standard digital ovens are built for general purposes, such as drying and heating, with precise accuracy, control, and safety. Digital controls and displays provide an easy-to-use and intuitive experience while preventing any accidental adjustment in temperature through a locking system. This style operates using gravity convection, forced air convection, or a vacuum process and comes in a wide range of dimensions and internal capacity.
Utilized in the industrial and laboratory sector, these high-performance ovens come equipped with heavy-duty fittings, furnishings, and generally more robust cabinets, to ensure longevity and durability in harsher, more demanding environments.
Gravity/forced air convection ovens and vacuum ovens come with additional insulation lining and heavy-duty fittings, capable of handling the higher temperatures produced by these high-temperature ovens. These ovens can reach temperatures upwards of 500°C and are usually custom-built for specific laboratory needs.
Materials Testing ovens are similar to heavy-duty ovens, as they are manufactured with similar needs in mind. Heavy-duty furnishings and steel cabinets allow for longevity in a robust work environment that includes tensile, fatigue, and compression testing.
Our lease agreements are founder-friendly and flexible, helping you preserve working capital, strengthen the cash flow of your business, and keep business credit lines open for expansions, staffing, and other crucial operational expenses and business development opportunities.
Leases range from 2 to 5 years. Length will depend on several factors, including how long you want to use the equipment, equipment type, and your company’s financial position. These are standard factors leasing companies consider and help us tailor a lease agreement to fit your needs.
We don’t carry an inventory. This means you’re not limited to a specific set of manufacturers. Instead, you can pick the equipment that aligns with your business goals and preferences. We’ll work with the manufacturer of your choice to get the equipment in your facility as quickly as possible.
Bundle preventive maintenance and repair coverage with your lease agreement. You can spread those payments over time. Easily maintain your equipment, minimize the chances something will break down, repair instrumentation quickly, and simplify your payment processes.
At the end of your lease, you have multiple options. You can either renew the lease at a significantly lower price, purchase the machine outright based on the fair market value of the original pricing, or call it a day and we’ll come the pick up the equipment for you free of charge.
Our leases do not include loan-like terms, which can be restrictive or harmful in certain situations. We do not require debt covenants, IP pledges, collateral, or equity participation. Our goal is to maximize your flexibility. When you lease with us, you’re collaborating with a true business partner.
Our underwriting is done in-house. You can expect quicker turnaround, allowing you respond to your equipment needs as they arise. We require less documentation than traditional lenders and financiers and can get the equipment you need in operation more quickly.