Anyone who works in a lab knows how easily things can go wrong. Lab equipment is delicate and often expensive. A few missteps can lead to costly problems. Fortunately, there are ways to maintain a lab and prevent costly disasters from happening. Lab workers can keep their lab cost-efficient and productive with just a few simple practices in place. Some of it involves do-it-yourself repair, and some involve steps you can take to avoid the issues in the first place.
Cryostar Industries is the tri-state area’s leading laboratory repair service and lab equipment rental specialists. As experts in the field, we understand the importance of running a lab smoothly and efficiently.
Keep reading below for some quick tips for keeping your lab as cost-efficient as possible.
1. Know Your Lab Equipment Manuals
We don’t expect you to commit every instruction manual to memory. However, the more familiar you are with them, the more likely you are to have equipment functioning properly.
Just like any gadget or tool you’d buy in a store, lab equipment always comes with a manual. Most of us only open the manual if we run into trouble operating it. But with lab equipment, the manual is critical.
The manual is a direct set of guidelines written by the manufacturer. They’re included for a reason. Cleaning, maintenance, troubleshooting and error codes are all outlined in detail in manuals. Consulting them is the best way to prevent any serious (and costly) troubles with your equipment in the future.
2. Have a Maintenance Schedule
We recommend that lab managers create maintenance schedules. When it comes to laboratory freezers and refrigerators, there are numerous ways to protect your investment with maintenance practices.
If you commit to regular maintenance, it’s a sure way to keep equipment functioning properly. Things as simple as calibrating CO2 incubators and checking your freezer’s gasket seals can be beneficial for your bottom line.
3. Clean Your Lab
Now this one might seem obvious, but hear us out. Even the simplest of cleaning procedures can have a huge impact on the savings of your lab.
The build-up of ice inside freezers, carbon dust accumulation and air filter contamination are just some of the issues that can cause big problems down the road. Eliminating them before they become problematic is the best way to prevent costly equipment disasters.
Investing in cleaning tools is another way to keep things running smoothly. Smaller cleaning equipment such as vacuum cleaners or cans of compressed air are inexpensive tools to preserve the quality of machinery.
With anything in the lab that uses filters, it’s critical to consult the manual to check how often they need to be replaced. Many lab workers usually neglect the filters in their equipment and forget they need changing. Filters are imperative to keeping compressors working, airborne dust out and preventing overheating.
Scientists and lab workers rely on their equipment for research, and taking simple cleaning measures will prevent disruptions in work.
4. Keep a Tool Kit Handy
Often, the problems that lab equipment experience are easily remedied. In the event that an issue is beyond your repair skills, that’s where Cryostar can assist you.
A basic lab tool kit includes items as basic as a flashlight, a flat-head and Phillips-head screwdriver, a crescent wrench, pliers, vise grips, needle-nose pliers, scissors, measuring tape, a hammer and a pocket knife.
Some additional tools you’ll find helpful are compressed air, socket wrenches, a drill, electrical tape and lubricants like WD-40.
Keeping these items around will eventually come in handy. Breakages that may initially seem serious can often be fixed with one or two of the tools from a simple lab tool kit.
5. Know When You Need Help
While some problems with lab equipment can be easily fixed, it’s important to know when you need help. Cryostar Industries provides exceptional lab equipment repair services and is always available to assist you.
In many cases, a lab worker will attempt to fix their equipment without understanding the repair is beyond their abilities. This can create a much bigger problem and leave the equipment in a worse condition. While fixing broken lab equipment yourself is sometimes possible, it is extremely important to understand when you need help.
Cryostar Industries provides equipment repair as well as a lab equipment rental service. In the event of equipment disrepair, both of these can help to keep your work on schedule and your lab running efficiently.
Modern labs rely on their equipment to work on a daily basis. Lab equipment is imperative to research. Disrepair and breakage can lead to shocking expenses, and many research facilities can’t afford to have their machinery not working.
Relying on these methods and collaborating with Cryostar Industries is the best way to ensure cost efficiency and a more productive work environment.
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