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Anova commercial circulator

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Has anyone seen or heard anything about these?

 

I've read in a bunch of Amazon reviews that people have reliability problems with Anova's later generation circulators. This one's for lab use, looks totally butch, and the price just came down by 50%, to $450. Anova scientific seems to do zero marketing. 

 

It looks bulkier than most of the consumer circulators, although it's not so easy to get an exact sense from the pictures. It might be less of a monster than the Polyscience circulators. And it now costs around half as much.

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30 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

I always liked RS232 better than bluetooth.

 

2nded. I don't use the Bluetooth feature of my Anova at all.

 

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Can you explain how you use RS232? 

What software would you use?

 

In the pictures there's also what looks like a USB port and some other digital connector (looks almost like midi). I sent a note to customer service to find out the story.

 

Edited to add: I found the manual, which answers some of these questions.

 

There's some interesting stuff about what fluids to circulate at different temperature ranges, including what kinds of water. The water details probably apply to all circulators, but the consumer companies aren't talking about them. 


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RS232 is easier to use with automation controllers

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CR*P

 

you could get 4 of the Pedestrian ones

 

why bother ?

 

they got bought out

 

Fine.

 

but where is their Oven ?

 

o.O


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3 hours ago, paulraphael said:

Can you explain how you use RS232? 

What software would you use?

 

In a past career I used to write industrial process control software for a living.

 

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Interesting.  From this page:

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Anova Scientific (a division of Chemyx, Inc.) is a US based corporation that manufactures a wide range of temperature control products for laboratory and process worldwide. Our products includes: water bath system, refrigerated circulators, heating circulators, chillers, heat exchangers, immersion circulators and custom temperature control equipment.

 

Since laboratory equip (and its required precision) commands a premium price, it seems reasonable that they should attempt to capitalize on it.  When I was working in labs,  these prices would have been bargains for immersion circulators. 

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18 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

Interesting.  From this page:

 

Since laboratory equip (and its required precision) commands a premium price, it seems reasonable that they should attempt to capitalize on it.  When I was working in labs,  these prices would have been bargains for immersion circulators. 

Lab equipment is highly marked up too. Paid for with govt grants in large part. When I was in that life I couldn't believe what AH Thomas charged for common stuff with a scientific use. ..e.g. A binder clip that cost 0.05 in a stationary store was $5.00when renamed "chromatography clip"

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At $450, it's a bit over double the price of most home circulators. But it's half the price of the Polyscience ones, and half its previous price. I'd imagine this would be attractive to restaurants, or to someone who uses their circulator to death. I'd also be interested in the robustness if I did more multiday cooking. It would be a major drag to have a circulator die 3 days into a 4 day cook while I'm out all day.

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On 2/25/2018 at 8:30 AM, blue_dolphin said:

Interesting.  From this page:

 

Since laboratory equip (and its required precision) commands a premium price, it seems reasonable that they should attempt to capitalize on it.  When I was working in labs,  these prices would have been bargains for immersion circulators. 

Indeed.

 

But then again I would expect some heavy duty equipment, if I use it every day, combined with the precision you mentioned. Talk about reproducibility. When I was working in a lab, most of the sophisticated equipment was still cheap compared to the substances I was working with ...

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