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Who are best manufacturers of training equipment for labs?

  1. May 9, 2015 #1
    We're going to equip our fundamental physics labs:
    - Mechanics lab
    - Electricity and magnetism lab
    - Geometrical lab
    - Thermodynamics lab

    Which brand is qualified in your experience?
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  3. May 11, 2015 #2


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    I don't know if this is the best but its a supplier you can check out:


    You could do comparison shopping for specific items using Google search to get the best price.
  4. May 12, 2015 #3


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    The "best" supplier for you may depend on which country you're in. For introductory (first- and second-year university level) labs, we (in the USA) usually check Pasco Scientific first, because we're familiar with them. Other companies include Sargent Welch and Fisher Scientific.
  5. Jul 26, 2015 #4
    Hey, Pasco seems cool.
    @jtbell, It's not important which country, they usually work globally.

    I also found Leybold (LD) that seems a great German brand.

    Any company else?
  6. Jul 26, 2015 #5


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    Pasco and Vernier are among the most popular in the US. Both make a wide range of sensing equipment and interfaces. Of course, it can be very expensive to buy these sets (many thousands of dollars for a lab setup). And it can also depend on the exact labs you plan to do. Some schools rely on pre-made lab assignments, many others write their own.
  7. Jul 27, 2015 #6

    Andy Resnick

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    We use mostly Pasco equipment, but we also have setups from Sargent scientific (e/m experiment); most of our multimeters/oscilloscopes are from Fluke (née Keithley); we also use some setups from Klinger (http://www.klingereducational.com/, mostly the Leybold X-ray stuff) and Newport (spectroscopy setups).

    From my perspective, the most important thing is to make sure you order enough setups to last you for many years (don't forget spare parts!), otherwise as time goes on you have a bunch of mismatched setups and an ongoing repair issue.
  8. Aug 5, 2015 #7
    Because of my scrupulosity, I'm working on the setups/items for several months! For example We finally chose a projectile launcher from Phewe brand with enough spare parts. I love Vernier's launcher but it's kind of an automate device, it calculates anythings!
    We're still working on others!
    I got two quotations from Leybold and Phywe, these germans are really more expensive than those US producers.

    We decided to purchase best stuff from different manufacturers.
    Have you ever heard from http://www.flinnsci.com [Broken] and http://www.carolina.com/physical-earth-sciences/mechanics/10722.ct?mCat=10680 [Broken]?
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  9. Aug 17, 2015 #8

    Andy Resnick

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    I have not- thanks for the links!
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