The Evolution of Beckman Centrifuges: A Historical Perspective

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In the world of laboratory equipment, few names are as iconic and trusted as Beckman Coulter. Renowned for its innovative life sciences and diagnostics solutions, Beckman Coulter has been a cornerstone of laboratory research for over eight decades. Within their extensive product portfolio, Beckman centrifuges have played a pivotal role in advancing scientific discovery. In this blog post, we’ll journey through the history of Beckman centrifuges, exploring their evolution and significance in laboratory research. Plus, we’ll introduce you to GMI’s Certified Pre-Owned Beckman inventory, ensuring you have access to reliable, high-quality equipment for your lab.

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The Pioneering Spirit of Beckman Coulter

Beckman Coulter’s story begins with Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, a renowned scientist and inventor who founded the company in 1935. His commitment to precision and innovation set the stage for Beckman’s transformational impact on analytical instrumentation.

Early Centrifuge Developments

Groundbreaking achievements marked the early years of Beckman’s centrifuge development. The Model G centrifuge, introduced in 1947, was the first commercial ultracentrifuge capable of reaching speeds of 100,000 revolutions per minute (RPM). This innovation revolutionized biological research by enabling the separation of subcellular particles and the study of macromolecules.

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Continued Advancements

As technology advanced, Beckman continued to innovate. In the 1950s, the Model J-2 centrifuge was introduced, featuring a refrigerated rotor, allowing temperature-sensitive sample processing. This breakthrough greatly expanded the capabilities of centrifugation in life sciences research.

The 21st Century: Unparalleled Precision

In the 21st century, Beckman Coulter remains at the forefront of centrifuge technology. Instruments like the Avanti JXN and Optima X Series have set new standards for precision, speed, and user-friendliness. These centrifuges offer a wide range of capabilities, from routine sample processing to specialized applications like density gradient separations and virus purification.

Introducing GMI’s Certified Pre-Owned Beckman Inventory

At GMI, we understand the value of reliable laboratory equipment. We offer a carefully curated selection of Certified Pre-Owned Beckman centrifuges. Our inventory includes models from various generations meticulously inspected, refurbished, and calibrated to ensure optimal performance.

The benefits of choosing GMI Certified Pre-Owned Beckman centrifuges include:

  1. Cost Savings: Enjoy substantial cost savings without compromising on quality or reliability.
  2. Quality Assurance: Our certified technicians rigorously inspect and refurbish each unit to meet manufacturer specifications.
  3. Warranty and Support: We stand behind our equipment with warranties and exceptional customer support.
  4. Sustainability: Choosing certified pre-owned equipment promotes sustainability by extending the life cycle of laboratory instruments.


Beckman Coulter’s legacy in centrifuge technology is a testament to their commitment to advancing science. From their pioneering ultracentrifuges to the cutting-edge instruments of today, Beckman has consistently delivered precision and innovation to laboratories worldwide. With GMI’s Certified Pre-Owned Beckman inventory, you can access this legacy of quality and reliability at a fraction of the cost. Explore our offerings and discover the perfect centrifuge for your laboratory needs. Trust in the evolution of Beckman centrifuges and GMI to provide you with the best laboratory equipment.

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