Labs of all sizes across the country are constantly being asked to do more with less of a budget. This may include scaling up testing capacity or providing increased testing options for increasingly complex clinical and research demands.
To add to the cost factor, there is always the need to continually upgrade old systems to current models and to replace equipment reaching the end of its life cycle. These types of replacements are typically planned in the budget, but sudden equipment failure can often create a strain on any lab.
New equipment is costly, even with financing, and can significantly impact the short and long-term budget for the testing facility. Instead, many of the smart lab managers know that used medical equipment can offer very new models of equipment at significant savings.
Often the term used medical equipment brings up a mental picture of old, outdated or poorly maintained equipment. While this may be true when buying through laboratory equipment listing by private sellers or through on online auctions, buying through a respected, established and reputable used equipment dealer is a very safe option.
Take the time to review the used lab and medical equipment website. Check to see how long the company has been in business and the level of information and specifics they provide regarding the equipment they offer.
The top companies will offer tested used equipment or refurbished medical equipment. Refurbished equipment will be fully restored to like-new operation according to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications. These companies should offer a limited warranty on refurbished items.
Depending on the used medical equipment purchased, installation and setup may also be included from the used equipment dealer. This can be very helpful in ensuring the system is professionally installed and calibrated for immediate use.