Your lab equipment play a significant role in day-to-day operations. Without safety goggles, beakers, funnels, flasks, and other lab equipment, taking measurements, observing substances, and monitoring specimens cannot be accomplish, at least not in a safe and accurate manner. And while it’s possible to just buy every time something breaks, it’s a non-economical solution. Here are five tips to maintaining your lab equipment and maximizing its life cycle:
Do Simple Repairs
Naturally, a test tube or beaker will break due to repetitive and rigorous experiments. However, in many cases, making simple repairs as soon as damage appears is enough to extend the life cycle of your equipment. Conduct minor repairs, like replacing worn out nuts and bolts or cleaning the objective lens on your microscope, as needed.
Do Regular Refurbishing
Refurbishing your lab equipment involves disassembling it and cleaning the individual parts thoroughly. The parts are then polished and, if necessary, reapplied with a lubricant. Before taking out any piece of equipment, make sure you know how to reassemble it. As a general rule of thumb, you should keep the instruction manual that the equipment comes with.
Do Some Calibrating
Regular calibration of lab equipment is necessary to identify any telltale signs of wear and tear or underlying damage before it worsens. Extensive preventive practices are necessary to avoid data corruption or loss. If you do not have the necessary equipment and skill set to perform equipment calibration in-house, there are third-party service providers who can do it for you.
Keep Your Work Space Organized
Storage closets and cupboards that house your lab equipment should be checked for any cracks, pest infestation, moisture and mold buildup, etc. Avoid a cluttered and disorganized work space wherein you can knock over and break equipment. Organize everything by designating specific places for specific items, such as test tubes and other glassware in easy-to-reach and well-lit places.
Do Some Cleaning
While it sounds too obvious and too simple, cleaning the exteriors of your laboratory equipment can significantly boost its longevity. Wipe your equipment on a daily basis and do an extensive cleaning at least once every week. Note that specific machines require a specific way of being cleaned. For instance, hematology equipment has many accessories and individual parts, such as the analyzer and Humatrol control, that each require its own schedule for cleaning and maintenance.
Keeping your laboratory equipment in good condition is important for accurate and uninterrupted progression of your experiments and projects. Without it, you’ll find yourself spending ridiculous amounts of money on costly repairs and replacements that could’ve been prevented using the five tips above.Without it, you’ll find yourself spending ridiculous amounts of money on costly repairs and replacements that could’ve been prevented using the five tips above.