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Vacuum ovens – Features to watch out for

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In the world of chemical reactions and biochemical relationships, heat, pressure, and density of materials play a crucial part. Manipulating and controlling the various factors that affect the physical and molecular composition of a substance is the basic principle of biochemical reactions.

In order to control pressure and temperature at the same time, a quality product like a vacuum oven is very important. There are many types of vacuum ovens that are used in the industry right now. Some of the most common vacuum ovens are as follows:

  • 16 CF ECO Vacuum oven
  • 7.5 CF Neocision Lab Certified Vacuum oven
  • 8 CF BVV lab-grade forced air convection drying oven
  • 15 Gallon Aluminium vacuum chamber

What is a vacuum oven?

A vacuum oven is a sealed compartment that is capable of achieving the vacuum pressure necessary for certain biochemical processes and, at the same time, heating the contents in its cavity to the desired temperature. It is a very useful component in many of the processes that are carried out in most laboratories.

A vacuum oven is useful for those processes where a substance has to be heated under very low pressure. There are two types of vacuum ovens in general. The first type is the one in which there is an inbuilt vacuum pump. Also, the release of vacuum from these types of ovens is carried out with ease.

The second type of vacuum oven does not have an inbuilt vacuum pump in it. This type of oven requires the external support of some type of vacuum pump to create a pressure drop and subsequent vacuum in its chamber. The above-mentioned ovens all belong to this category.

The main features to be included in a quality vacuum oven are as follows:

  • Uniform heat distribution through convection
    • Stainless steel interior for a sanitary look
    • Easy to insert and remove wire racks
    • Fuse protection for electrical overload
    • Heavy and sealed doors for maximum insulation
    • Protection against temperature overshoot
    • Easy to use and simple interface

It should be noted that a vacuum I am is high standard equipment used for very precise operations and, therefore, should be operated with care and caution. The technician using the oven should be given adequate training on the operation and the technical aspects of the vacuum oven to prevent any mishaps or accidents.

To conclude, it is crucial that you get the vacuum oven for your lab from reputed companies offering quality products that meet the safety and operation standards.

Eddie Nobles

The author Eddie Nobles