Small sample volumes are mixed in benchtop mixers whereas higher number of samples and especially flasks with several hundred milliliters are mixed in larger shaker instruments. These instruments can weight 200 kg. The handling of samples as well as of accessory equipment like platforms and clamps takes real mechanical work.
Classic shaker doors open like your oven at home: You pull down the door and reach in with your (hopefully) long arms. This process is not very comfortable and blocks quite some space in the lab. Slide-up doors provide easy, direct access and limit the amount of force you have to apply to open them.
Strong support needed?
Classic shaker platforms are heavy and you need to apply a lot of force and a lot of experience to change them properly. Guided and smooth handling allow low operation forces during platform interactions.
You need the flask in the middle of the shaker?
Especially when using a shaker with 15 or 20 flasks in a row, handling of specific flasks on the platform can be a challenge. Easy, comfortable access to sample flasks by pulling out the platform offers an ergonomic improvement.
Who knows how to…?
Standard labs use a broad range of different instruments. Every instrument has a different style of interface. Interaction needs to be learned. Standardized user interfaces make handling of different devices as easy as possible. You know one, you know all. Touchscreens should provide an intuitive arrangement of all information.