After the instrument is scrapped: what else can you do but discard it?
What should be done when the instrument has reached its useful life and can not continue to "serve"? Is there any other way than to discard it?
Would you trade the old for the new? The old don't go. The new don't come.
"Don't throw the scrap equipment. Give it to me for a stainless steel basin! "A joke, spending tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of instruments and equipment bought back, how can you casually change a stainless steel basin. But it's not impossible to trade it for something new. Nowadays, many scientific instrument manufacturers have launched old and new activities, mainly in the form of discounts or discounts. When the user purchases the new product launched by the manufacturer, the old instrument can be sold to the manufacturer at a discount and the corresponding amount can be obtained. There are also some manufacturers that provide users with a discount for buying new equipment, but the discount is not very large. As for the recycling of old instruments in the past, manufacturers mostly recycle useful components or directly refurbish them into second-hand instruments for resale.
For example, Agilon has long provided old and new and repurchase services, repurchased sold Agilon products that have already been sold, and resold after refurbishment and certification. The Agilun certification and refurbishment instrument has been strictly tested. Through operational certification and performance verification, it has a certain degree of reliability and a one-year factory warranty service, which is roughly the same as the new product. In this way, the original instrument owner can obtain a sum of money while reducing inventory, and the users with limited funds also have the opportunity to purchase a qualified Agilun instrument at a favorable price.
In the final analysis, the purpose of the manufacturer's introduction of old and new is to increase the viscosity of users. With the rapid development of science and technology, the speed of equipment updating is getting faster and faster, and the competition within the industry is becoming more and more fierce. Users will never give up on a better experience, but they will also become accustomed to and dependent on the same brand of products. Adopting marketing strategies such as old and new, and bad and good, is to encourage users to favor themselves in the process of re-selection. On the other hand, for users who want to buy new products of the same brand, it is better to participate in the exchange of old and new devices than to keep the old instruments in the warehouse and dust, or to change the "stainless steel washbasin" when the scrap metal is processed at a low price.
You ever heard of the instrument museum? Uncover the history of dust
When most of the instruments lie in the recycling bin, a small number of old instruments enter the museum and are carefully preserved. These traditional old instruments are often "big", occupying large areas and old styles, and most of them can no longer be used. However, they were also very advanced technical equipment at that time and made considerable contributions to the development of scientific instruments and even scientific undertakings.
Today, in some universities or regional museums, there is also a chance to see traditional instruments born in the last century or even earlier. For example, the Liaoning Institute of Analytical Sciences has an instrument museum that displays some of the old objects used since the 1970s, including transmission electron microscopes installed in 1979 and retired in 1999, and spectra purchased in 1981 and retired in 2000. The Mechanical Experimental Center of Tongji University houses a century-old experimental machine that was produced before 1880. It is still intact and can carry out tensile tests normally.
At the same time, some scientific instrumentation related exhibition activities have also exhibited traditional instruments. Prior to this, the Japanese Analytical Instruments Exhibition specially set up traditional instrument projects aimed at preserving scientific instruments with important historical value. Shimadzu's analytical instruments introduced in 1984, Hitachi's automatic analysis device born in the 1970s, the electron microscope introduced by Japan Electronics in 1981, and even the in vitro diagnostic kit kit in 1952, and the filter paper for analysis in 1917 all appeared at the exhibition.. It is worth mentioning that this year coincided with the birth of Shimadzu Liquid Chromatography for 50 years. Shimadzu specially organized the "Search for Shimadzu Antique LC" event and recovered two groups of liquid chromatography that were born in 1979. It is also very exciting.
These traditional instruments have important commemorative significance for the older generation, and they also have valuable historical value for people today. Although most of them are not properly used, and even many parts are in ruins, they can be seen in the long history of scientific instruments. If you have special equipment around you, save it. Perhaps in a few years, these instruments will become "time machines", which will open up a piece of history for you.