The conventional methods used by lab technicians to mix small containers of liquid through the manual methods of finger vortexing, left a lot to desire, owing to high levels of inconsistency, inadequate processing, and poor time management. This resulted in the introduction of electronically operated vortexters, which currently find widespread applications in fields such as biochemistry, bioscience, and analytics among others.
On the other hand, until recently vortexers witnessed limited adoption, owing to prohibitive pricing. However, as per a recent study by Future Market Insights on the global vortexers market, the rise in design and operational innovations coupled with intense competition in the field, the demand has increased in recent years.
Demand for Automated Electronic Lab Components Increase Adoption
Modern vortexers normally come in 3 types: touch, continuous, and hybrid. Of these the hybrid range of vortexers are witnessing the highest rate of adoption, which can be primarily attributed to the variable applications that it can be used for. Manufacturers are increasingly focused on improving on automated functionality for these machines, to gain an edge over the competition.
For example, Scientific Industries has released its upgraded version of their popular Vortex Genie, which provides users with variable speeds ranging up to 3200 rpm, with a wide assortment of attachments, and completely hands-free control, for spill-proof operations, that is achieved through a specialized counter balance system. The product also offers multi-tube mixers that can be used within a compact space that makes it an ideal product even for smaller-sized labs.
Similarly, Corning Inc. has released its LSE range of digital vortexers that provides users with multipurpose shaker capabilities that allow different kinds of mixing and shaking applications. The product also comes with easily interchangeable platforms that can accommodate different sample containers such as tubes, flasks, bottles, dishes, and boxes among others. The vortexer also allows for timed or continuous operations with variable speed settings, and chemical resistant bodies that make it a preferred choice.
Thomas Scientific has also released its variant of automated vortexers that make use of infrared sensors that are used for the automatic detection of test tubes that start the stirring or vibrating process without the need for human input.
Manufacturers Focus on Strategic Collaborations to Boost Indirect Sales
A number of vortexer manufacturers are emphasizing on the expansion of their sales operations and growing their position in the worldwide market by collaborating with or acquiring different partners in the field with the aim of increasing indirect sales in the diverse marketplace.
For example, Corning Inc. acquired Axygen BioScience, Inc. and all its subsidiaries, which were a leading producer of plastic consumables for liquid handling products such as vortexers, with the aim of broadening the portfolio of laboratory research products, and expanding market presence.
On a similar note, Thermo Fisher Scientific and VWR International joined hands on a global agreement aimed towards improving the global distribution infrastructure for the product portfolios for both business entities.
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