Lab shakers and rotators are designed to agitate or mix substances within various types of containers, such as flasks, beakers, test tubes, or microplates. It is used in scientific and research laboratories for a variety of purposes, including mixing reagents, solvents, or samples, as well as cultivating microbial cultures and other biological materials.
Lab shakers can have various features, such as adjustable speed and motion, temperature control, and sometimes even humidity control. They're widely used in fields like biology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmaceuticals, and more, where precise and consistent mixing or agitation is essential for experiments, reactions, or culturing purposes.
Some common types of lab shakers include:
- Orbital Shaker: This type of shaker uses a circular shaking motion to agitate the contents of the containers placed on the platform. It is often used for culturing cells, incubation, and general mixing.
- Reciprocating Shaker: These shakers move containers back and forth in a linear motion, making them suitable for more aggressive mixing or dissolving solid materials.
- Rotary Shaker: A rotary shaker uses a rotating motion to mix the contents of containers. It's often used for applications that require gentle mixing, such as staining or destaining gels.
- Vortex Shaker: Unlike the other types, a vortex shaker is designed to hold and vibrate a single container in a circular motion on a platform. It's commonly used for mixing small volumes of liquid samples.