Lab equipment such as microscopes, incubators, pumps, and cleaners are used across the world in various industries, ranging from pharmaceuticals to medicine and hybrid technologies. In order to maximize the accuracy and reliability of experiments and procedures conducted using the lab equipment, it is necessary that the lab equipment is in peak condition. Labs depend on the equipment used to deliver accurate results in the least possible time frame.
However, lab equipment is considerably expensive and so for industries where it is necessary to maintain a budget, the optimal solution is to maintain lab equipment in pristine condition so that they can deliver accurate results at a low overhead cost.
Here are 5 ways to maintain lab equipment:
The easiest way to ensure a long life for lab equipment is to clean it on a regular basis. A simple wipe down of the exterior of the equipment should be done every day and more thorough cleaning is advised once a week. However, cleaning protocols as well as chemicals to be used for the cleaning process vary based on the equipment and its intended usage and so should be verified to avoid damaging the equipment.
Regular calibration of lab equipment is necessary to verify its accuracy so that any operations conducted using the equipment is reliable. The procedure for calibration will depend upon the nature of the concerned equipment and how old it is. It is advisable to conduct both basic preventative maintenance calibration and advanced accuracy verification from time to time.
Even with the regular thorough cleaning of lab equipment, it’s inevitable that certain crevices would not be reached, which is why refurbishment is important. To refurbish the equipment, take apart all the individual pieces of the equipment, clean each piece carefully, re-lubricate any movable parts and put the equipment back together. Ensure that the procedure is done carefully so that the refurbished equipment works as intended.
Despite taking good care of lab equipment, the equipment might stop working entirely, in which case the first option should be to attempt a repair instead of replacement. By conducting repairs, or sending the equipment for professional repairing, the functional life of the equipment can be increased at a lesser cost than replacement. Stay in touch with your lab equipment supplier for any required repairs or replacements.
At one point it may become necessary to replace lab equipment when it no longer works and cannot be repaired, at which point it is important to invest in a quality replacement. A cheaper replacement may seem more economical, but in the long run, a good quality replacement will be more durable, have a longer life and give better results.
Considering the financial investment involved in purchasing lab equipment and the critical role that it serves, it’s important to keep lab equipment in top condition. By regular cleaning, calibrating, refurbishing, and repairing when needed, labs can ensure they get full use out of the equipment and accurate results. With proper care, the life of lab equipment increases considerably.