Saving Time With Magnetic Stirrers

Efficiency for a Modern Laboratory

Throughout the past several decades, laboratories have progressed into a realm of efficiency, stability and technological advancement. What used to take researchers days, or even weeks, can now be accomplished in a fraction of the time. The leader in this time saving evolution is also one of the least publicized – the magnetic stirrer.

What began nearly 70 years ago has cultivated into an industry that’s literally altered how both private and commercial laboratories process ingredients. The very essence of magnetic stirrers is to simplify and streamline the mixing of compounds. Through precision and ultimate control, manufacturers can mix or blend solutions with smaller margins of error and larger opportunities for development.

CAT Scientific is a leader in the magnetic stirrer industry. Our devices feature the latest innovations to simplify this essential processing step. Along with streamlining ingredient mixing, CAT Scientific magnetic stirrers significantly reduces stirring duration. Saving time equates to swifter results and expedited innovation.

Efficiency and Precision | The Foundation of Time Saving

Before the release of modern magnetic stirrers, researchers were tasked with the dull task of manually stirring ingredients. This method not only took hours of monotonous movements, but also increased the margin of error. The evolution of CAT Scientific magnetic stirrers eliminate both time and error by offering digital control over this essential process.

Ingredients are precisely mixed via a rotating magnetic found within the base of the device. This internal rotation causes the coated magnet, also referred to as a flea, to spin within the container. Mixing speed and duration are all controlled via the control panel dial or keypad while performance data is clearly displayed on the easy-to-read LED display.

The speed at which the magnets spin greatly vary based upon the device model. For example, devices can spin anywhere from 50 to 1,600 RPM. This obviously saves researchers time as they may optimize mixing speeds based upon their processing needs. To further reduce experiment duration, all devices slowly increase spinning speeds. This eliminates splashing and corrosion of the device.

A Device Built for Speed | Magnetic Stirrer Elements

The moment the device is activated, all programming steps are designed to save you time. Establishing operating parameters is streamlined via an intuitive control panel. Elements, such as temperature, spin speed and duration, are selected through either a control dial or keypad (based upon the magnetic stirrer device).

All parameters can be archived for future use via the RS 232 Interface. Once specific experiment details are saved, users may skip manually inputting parameters. Rather, these operation instructions are simply selected and activated. This reduces setup time while satisfying rigid GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) standards.

Experiments requiring heat are also streamlined due to the CAT Scientific hotplate magnetic stirrer devices. These units offer precise temperature control and monitoring via the optional PT100 Probe. Maximum temperatures range from 330ºC to 500ºC, depending on model. Temperatures are gradually increased to prevent overshooting the selected range while the monitoring elements automatically shutdown the device should the temperature deviate from the operating parameters.

Upon the completion of an experiment, the device is easily cleaned. Simply rinse the container and coated magnet with a disinfectant. Allow these pieces to dry and set them aside for the next experiment.

Next Generation Support | CAT Scientific Magnetic Stirrers

The benefits of magnetic stirrers are practically limitless. Due to its automation, experiments may operate without an attendant and operating parameters allow for greater flexibility. Whether you’re testing a new formula or producing solutions on a commercial basis, CAT Scientific offers a solution to save both time and effort.

Have a question about magnetic stirrers? Don’t hesitate to Ask Us A Question.

Bob Wilcox

Bob Wilcox has represented CAT Scientific’s family of homogenizers, magnetic stirrers, liquid handling and related laboratory equipment since 2002 when Staufen, Germany-based CAT Ingenieurbüro M. Zipperer GMbH established operations in North America. Bob oversees CAT Scientific laboratory apparatus sales and service organization from the company’s headquarters in Paso Robles, CA. He also is in charge of the parent company’s line of JetCat jet turbines, turboprop, and helicopter power plants for hobbyists’ radio controlled fixed wing and helicopter model aircraft. -- Earlier in Bob’s career he was involved in visual and special effects as well as camera and electronics supervisory responsibilities for the motion picture and television industry.

Leave a Comment