Laboratory ovens use thermal convection to deliver heat to the chamber, which allows them to maintain uniform temperatures. It is used in various applications in industries such as life sciences, pharmaceuticals, engineering, institutions, environmental and more. Generally, most laboratory ovens are used for heating, drying or sterilization purposes. It can also be used to perform material testing for instance, to determine tensile strength, deformation, and resiliency of a product.
The most economical option are Natural convection ovens. Fan assisted convection ovens, also known as Forced Convection Ovens, are able to achieve greater temperature uniformity and offer faster recovery rates. A Furnace would the best for extremely high temperature applications.
In some cases, laboratory ovens are used for unique applications especially for users from the biological, forensic and environmental labs. Here are some examples of how the natural sciences utilizes ovens to advance the pace of research:
- Vacuum ovens with specific configurations as fingerprint development chambers in Forensic Laboratories
- In Biological Laboratories, Gravity Convection Ovens are used for removal of microbiological contaminants in lab wares and Vacuum Ovens are used for adhering substrates to the surface of filters and other media
- Environmental Laboratories need to determine the moisture content of a sample. In order to obtain this, users will dry their specimens in laboratory ovens and calculate the difference of the sample’s weight before and after the drying process. Gravity convection and forced-air ovens are used for such application.
Different Types of Lab Ovens & Furnace
- Gravity Convection Oven
- Forced Convection Oven
- Natural Convection Oven
- Vacuum Oven
- Side Draught Ovens
- Muffle/Ashing Furnaces
- Chamber Furnaces
- Tube Furnaces