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How do I Choose the Best Used Process Equipment?

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  • Written By: Tess C. Taylor
  • Edited By: W. Everett
  • Last Modified Date: 14 July 2018
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There are several ways to select used process equipment for use in a laboratory, chemical plant, medical facility, or research center. By buying used equipment, a company can save money and have access to a broad range of processes. Choosing the best used process equipment is a matter of buying equipment that comes from a reputable source, is in up-to-date condition, meets safety standards, and is cost effective for the specific task it will perform.

Like many items for laboratory or medical purposes, used process equipment can be purchased from a wide variety of sources. These include private firms, international sellers, and large medical and laboratory equipment wholesalers. One should buy used process equipment from a reputable seller, especially when dealing with an overseas company. It is important to conduct thorough research on any company that is considered, find out what guarantees exist for faulty equipment, and speak directly with a local person whenever possible to avoid any problems later on.

In addition to being careful about where to buy used process equipment, buyers should consider the condition of the equipment. For any type of process, it’s important to use equipment that is in up-to-date condition and is not damaged. Projects can put stress on the materials that make up process equipment and so buying used equipment can be risky, especially if it is worn out or made from poor quality materials. Select only equipment that has been tested as working well.

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Used process equipment should also be made to high safety standards as set by the industry for which it will be used. Each industry typically has a safety association that will list the proper ratings for process equipment, and these can be used as a guide when choosing used equipment. Look for this rating on all equipment that is to be used so that all processes run without serious injury or costly accidents caused by poorly rated items.

Cost is important when choosing the best used process equipment for a chemical lab or a medical facility. Buyers can find low-cost equipment that is still in like-new condition by buying used or in bulk quantities. Factor in the shipping costs associated with obtaining the equipment too. Once the approximate cost is established, weigh this amount carefully against the expected revenues generated by the use of the process equipment to establish a spending limit.

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