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Chemistry International
Vol. 24, No. 1
January 2002


Web Reviews

Spare Parts on the Web

by John Joyce

Many a time you may feel hostage to your instrument vendor for spare parts. Indeed, some vendors go out of their way to hide the generic identity of the parts used in their systems. With access to the World Wide Web, dependence on specific vendors has been greatly decreased. Whether you are attempting to locate full backup units or just a part, the web offers many resources.

Using a search engine and performing a search on "spare parts" and the vendor or instrument name will often provide you with promising leads. If you want to start with something more focused, you might want to try performing your search within a site such as <>. There are other sites, such as Used-line <> and labX <> that specialize in locating spare equipment, primarily full systems, but some spare parts as well. You can also locate vendors, such as Thorn Scientific Services Ltd. <>, that specialize in spare parts for a particular class of instruments - in this case thermal analyzers. Of most general interest are firms such as MediBix <> that specialize in providing spare parts for laboratory equipment, be it centrifuges, ovens or spectrometers.

This site can even display schematic drawings to ensure you have specified the correct part. If MediBix does not have the part in its databases, it has a technical service department, mandated to locate the part within four hours.

John Joyce <[email protected]> is a contributing writer to Inside Laboratory Management. Reprinted with permission from AOAC International.



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