A centrifuge is a machine that has a container that rotates rapidly. As the container rotates rapidly, it applies centrifugal force on the contents inside. Centrifuges are generally used to separate liquids of different densities, and are most commonly found in biomedical laboratories. Centrifuges are usually pretty expensive, and are available in several different sizes. For instance, a microcentrifuge may be used to separate very minute volumes of biological molecules or nuclei. They are spun at angular speeds that can go as high as 13,000 RPM. These centrifuges are generally quite small, and can easily fit on top of a table. They also have rotors that are able to change speeds quickly.
However, microcentrifuges generally have limited applications. High-speed centrifuges are capable of handling larger volumes, and can even process several litres of liquids. Furthermore, they are also capable of reaching angular speeds as high as 30,000 rpm. Obviously, there are several sizes of adapters available with high-speed centrifuges. These make it easy for you to place test tubes, bottles or other containers of different sizes into the centrifuge.
Repair the Centrifuge
Centrifuges are generally used in biochemical and medical labs. Owing to the delicate components installed within the machine, a number of things can go wrong. For instance, the rotors may stop spinning at proper angular speeds. Most centrifuges are generally equipped with a digital display that you can use in order to set up the rotating speeds. A problem with the wiring or the digital display might prevent the centrifuge from processing the liquids properly.
However, if the centrifuge is damaged or broken, you should consider calling in a centrifuge repair expert. Owing to the specialised nature of the machine, you shouldn’t tinker with it on your own. Centrifuges are generally quite expensive, so only an expert should be allowed to handle the issue.
The expert will first carefully inspect the centrifuge and find the root of the problem. The spinning motor may not be performing as effectively, or there might be an issue with the rotors. The repair expert will give you a quote depending upon the problem, or in case any components need to be replaced. Most centrifuges generally come with a warranty of 1-3 years, so in case something goes wrong, you could just call the company up and ask for a service man to visit the lab.
If something gets lodged in the rotors, the centrifuge will stop working properly. Before you call in any repair expert, you should consider checking the centrifuge on your own. Make sure there’s nothing inside the rotors. In many cases, a small cap or any tiny pellet can prevent the centrifuge from working properly. If you are sure that nothing’s lodged in the centrifuge and that the problem is internal, only then should you call the repair expert. It’s a very common issue so you should check it before calling the repair guys.