Monthly Archives: March 2013

Saturday Service

BIOTECHNICAL SERVICES, INC.

 

Announcing

 

Saturday Service

 

 

Now you can schedule any on-site calibration, service or repair

 

of your lab equipment without losing any downtime!

 

We now offer Saturday service on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

 

Space is limited – contact us to schedule your appointment right away!

 

All Saturday service calls include 50% off Travel Charges.

 

Contact BTS at 1-800-274-0287 or schedule on-line.

Saturday Hours: 9AM – 5PM

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5 Practical Reasons to Furnish Your Lab with Pre-Owned Lab Equipment

Investing in new lab equipment can stretch the boundaries of your budget. And with funding cuts and other economic issues, now is the time to make prudent budget decisions. One of the easiest ways to save on instrument costs is to buy pre-owned and re-certified equipment and parts. Here are 5 reasons to buy pre-owned/re-certified over new:

  1. Same product at a reduced price
  2. Discontinued stock
  3. Finding the ‘hard-to-find’ part
  4. Sustainability
  5. Increasing your return on assets

 

Same Equipment at a Reduced Price

Pre-owned lab instruments can come from a variety of sources:

  • labs upgrading equipment
  • closing or consolidation of labs
  • inventory overstock
  • damaged equipment
  • cancelled orders

If a lab is upgrading their equipment, it doesn’t necessarily mean their old equipment in not in proper working order. It just means that you can get a great bargain. Closing or consolidating of labs is an everyday occurrence. Again, this doesn’t mean the pre-owned appliance isn’t in perfect working order – just that it can be had for a great price. Overstocks and cancelled orders are the best value just like any other piece of electronic gear. Buying damaged equipment is a little trickier.

First, you want to be familiar with the seller. Check out their reputation and any online reviews. Second, find out what the extent of the damage was. Small dings can be easily fixed without a great deal of expense. With a larger problem, ask for test results to see if it is working properly. Some damaged items may be sold ‘as is’. Check to see if there is a warranty. And make sure the engineers are factory-trained technicians. Pre-owned units should be repaired to meet factory/manufacturers’ specifications.

 

Discontinued Equipment

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It’s discontinued?

Manufacturers choose to discontinue products when a new (better, faster, etc.) one reaches the market. Along with the instrument, they may also discontinue creating parts made specifically for that model. When that occurs, finding a pre-owned piece or part is your best, and probably only, bet.

Sometimes the manufacturer or their dealers may still have the unit or a part you need in stock – even if the equipment has been discontinued. Places like eBay and Craigslist are good places to check.  Contacting a local parts or third party equipment dealer may also help you find exactly what you need. And if not in stock, they can usually locate the part or apparatus.

Remember too, that just because the manufacturer has decided to stop producing a certain piece of equipment, that the equipment is not obsolete. You may not need all the new bells and whistles. Buying a discontinued piece of equipment could mean years of production without increasing your overhead.

 

Finding that ‘Hard-to-find’ Part

It can be very frustrating to try to find that part you need that you know must be out there somewhere. The manufacturer doesn’t have it in stock and neither does the local retailer.  A company that sells used lab equipment may have that part on hand. Lab equipment normally has a long life-span, so if your equipment is still running, there’s a good possibility parts are available.

 

Sustainability

recycleRecycling, or buying used, lab equipment is a way of maintaining sustainability for several different reasons: the item is not taking up place in a landfill, there’s no worry about hazardous waste, and upholding your corporate social responsibility program.

Many labs now have Sustainability programs that require the concerted effort to reduce costs and waste. Harvard Labs have instituted a Harvard Labs Reuse List to find new homes for their unused lab equipment. Purchasing pre-owned instruments, is an easy way to uphold your labs sustainability program.

 

Increasing Your Return on Assets

The biotech industry is very competitive. Whether it’s finding new treatments or manufacturing new medications, first to market can mean millions of dollars for your lab. Buying used will save you a lot of time and money – which goes a long way towards improving your ROI. The most obvious way to increase your return on assets ratio is to spend less to acquire the assets necessary to run your business. Reducing your inventory costs helps to increase your revenues. Additionally, you will save time on training your employees if most are already familiar with how to operate the device. Taking time away from work won’t be necessary for your researchers to learn new systems, software or procedures.

 

Five Practical Reasons Why

So there are five great reasons to furnish your lab with pre-owned lab equipment. Finding a reputable dealer in used equipment is your next step. Research the companies out there, look at eBay or Craigslist, and then decide on the best deal. Don’t think “used” means “non-operational” or “unreliable”.  It means saving time, money and the environment.

Refrigeration Technicians Needed!

Refrigeration Technicians                                                                                                         

We are looking for experienced refrigeration technicians for maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment that provide for a variety of functions such as heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, cleaning, filtering and circulation.

 

Desired Skills & Experience

Duties include:

Troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of a variety of laboratory equipment and systems such as incubators, freezers/refrigerators, chillers, centrifuges etc.

 

Position requires:

Knowledge of principles and theories of refrigeration cycle, temperature measurement and properties of refrigerant. Experience in electrical testing skill in dismantling, repairing and reassembling pumps, compressors, chillers, receivers and evaporators.

Candidate must be well organized, excellent customer service skills; self- motivated and have previous field service experience. Candidate will be responsible for documentation, assigned tools, standards and maintaining work schedule to meet company goals. Qualified candidate will undergo a 90 day training period. We offer a very competitive salary and benefit package. Please email your resume to btscallab@biotechserv.com.

How to Use Biotechnical Services Lab Equipment Locator

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Lab Equipment Locator

Finding the part or piece of lab equipment you want, can sometimes be harder than it should be. Manufacturers and dealers may stop stocking a part if there is a “new and improved” part on the market. When this happens, make it easy on yourself.

Biotechnical Services has been helping customers find lab equipment since 1989. Just log on to our website and navigate to the right hand side. There you will find the link to our Lab Equipment Locator. Just click on the link and fill out the information. After that, we will track down the piece of equipment or part for you right away.

Don’t waste your resources trying to find a part or piece of lab equipment. Let Biotechnical Services do it for you. We’ll do that while you help make the world a better place.