Tips for Laboratory Equipment Maintenance

Amber De Gama
Category: Articles

Repairing
In some instances, laboratory equipment must be replaced entirely. However, in other instances, you may just need a few simple repairs. Conduct smaller repairs like installing replacement parts, as and when they’re needed. This can expand the life span of bigger pieces of laboratory equipment significantly.
With larger pieces of laboratory equipment, often, some part will accrue wear more rapidly than others, which is why you should pay close attention to which parts of the equipment are showing signs of wear and prepare for maintenance to prevent it.

Refurbishing
Refurbishing is the process of dismantling laboratory equipment pieces and cleaning the components thoroughly. The metal elements of the equipment are also polished and pipette pistons are often lubricated. To extend the life of your laboratory equipment and increase the functionality and efficiency, you should refurbish the equipment at regular intervals.

Calibration Services
Calibration services should be sought on a regular basis. These detailed, preventative services will assist in increasing the accuracy of the equipment and also prevent data corruption.
Regular Cleaning
Regular cleaning is way too often overlooked. If your laboratory equipment is not properly cleaned, it is much more unlikely to yield consistent results. Cleaning your equipment on a regular basis is one of the best ways that you can keep it in great working condition and elongating the equipment’s life span.
Many pieces of laboratory equipment need to cleaned in a certain way. For example, haematology machines will typically require a six month check by a specialized engineer, a weekly analyser surface clean and an HC control check each month. It is important that you follow the correct cleaning procedure as documented in the standard procedures for your equipment.
Outsource or In-House
A qualified professional should be handling your equipment repairs and maintenance. Even though an in-house maintenance team may be quite costly, reputable third party equipment repairs and maintenance can be a cost effective alternative.
Since the reputation of a laboratory is only as strong as the accuracy of the laboratory equipment used, regular, maintenance, cleaning, refurbishing and calibration is essential.
Monitoring & Control Laboratories is proud to be one of Southern Africa’s leading suppliers of exceptional quality laboratory equipment, consumables, instrumentation, chemicals and more. Visit our website on www.moncon.co.za for more information.

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