For numerous scientific industries, a centrifuge is a valuable (and necessary) device. At Cryostar, we have a diverse range of services in place to repair, maintain and calibrate these instruments. Countless labs rely on their centrifuges to develop their samples and perform daily procedures. Admittedly, a centrifuge is a complex device. Therefore, the notion of maintaining one may seem a daunting task.
However, there are definitely certain ways that you can keep your centrifuge in good shape on your own. With these measures, you can prevent costly disrepair and disruptions in work. In this post, we’ll explore centrifuges, their purposes and how to maintain yours.
What is a Centrifuge?
A centrifuge is a lab device that uses centrifugal force to separate a sample’s contents based on density. Basically, when the centrifuge spins, it creates this force. Whereas most of these samples would eventually separate naturally, the centrifuge greatly streamlines the process.
Centrifuges are often used in laboratory settings where workers must isolate certain biological components for testing. For example: red blood cells and plasma are usually both in a blood sample. The centrifuge will spin, driving the red blood cells to the bottom of the tube and the plasma to the top. Centrifuging is critical for research on specific materials, such as isolating DNA and even separating out urine sediment.
1. Check For Damage
In order to prevent any costly issues, you should regularly check the unit for any signs of damage. A centrifuge with any broken rotors, adapters, buckets, lids, tubes or plates should never be used. Additionally, you should keep an eye out for corrosion. Certain parts, like the rotor and buckets, can occasionally develop corrosion. Basically, this is because of their consistent exposure to salts, moisture, and chemicals.
Check for any scratches, cracks or holes in the rotor or buckets. If you find any, you should repair these as quickly as possible. If you take care of these problems quickly, you’ll greatly reduce the chances of a severe malfunction in the future.
2. Schedule Routine Lab Equipment Maintenance & Calibration
There’s only so much preventative lab maintenance you can do alone. Therefore, it’s imperative to schedule routine maintenance services to service the centrifuge. While checking for issues yourself is helpful, only a trained technician can identify certain, crucial components. First and foremost, professional maintenance services will not only prevent costly disrepair. Additionally, they’ll keep your centrifuge (and employees) safe. Also, they will greatly help with functionality and durability.
A professional technician will be able to spot signs of disrepair almost immediately. You should schedule professional maintenance services at least once a year. However, for more frequently-used units, two or three services may be best. Finally, it’s equally as critical to enlist the help of professional calibration services every six to twelve months.
. Routinely Clean & Lubricate the Centrifuge
Cleaning your centrifuge will help to keep your unit in excellent shape for as long as possible. Also, regular cleaning will minimize the risk of contaminating any samples. When preparing to clean your centrifuge, always consult the manual and manufacturer recommendations in advance.
Conclusion – Cryostar Industries
Ultimately, a centrifuge is a complex and expensive instrument. Therefore, it’s sensible to do everything you can to keep it operating smoothly and efficiently. At Cryostar Industries, we can help you keep your centrifuge in excellent shape for the longest possible time.
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