Laboratory Equipment

Laboratory equipment comprises tools used by scientists who work in a laboratory. They are used to take measurements, perform experiments and gather data. Examples include a spectrophotometer, Bunsen burner, burettes, microscopes, calorimeters and pipettes.

Other commonly used lab equipment includes:

  • Ring clamp – used with a ring stand to hold glassware, such as a funnel or beaker
  • Pipet bulb – for drawing liquids into a pipe
  • Mortar and pestle – to crush and grind materials
  • Graduated cylinder – to measure the precise volume of a liquid
  • Forceps – used to pick or hold small objects
  • Crucible – holds chemicals during heating
  • Bunsen burner – heat source in the absence of flammable materials

Modular Cleanroom Benefits

  • Modular Construction
  • Quick Assembly Time
  • Versatility
  • Reconfiguration
  • Airflow Control
  • Inexpensive Modifications

Choosing laboratory equipment

Due diligence is required when buying equipment for your laboratory. The laboratory equipment you choose should be suitable for your organisation, working environment and applications. It should feature the latest technology and provide a high ROI. The following considerations should be used when buying laboratory equipment:

Cleanroom Design, Build & Validation

  • Budgeting and planning
  • Engineering, design & layout
  • Airflow and filtration design
  • Construction and Installation
  • Full Certification of our product
  • Industry-specific equipment installation
  • Validation

Money

Money is a major consideration when buying new or refurbished lab equipment. You should consider the cost of maintenance over the lifetime of equipment. Also, factor in the cost of replacement consumables and the price when compared to similar models on the market.

Manufacturer and quality

It’s important to conduct online research to find quality manufacturers and retailers for your desired laboratory equipment. The system you choose should match your industry and ISO regulations; therefore, consider solution functions, efficiency balance and the results achieved. Total Clean Air provides high-quality laboratory devices from top brands that ensure greater operational performance and longevity.

Service contract and guaranteed choices

Manufacturer warranties vary across different companies. What type of service contract terms and conditions are available after the warranty period expires? Is there an auto-renewal clause? Is it a long or short term contract? Will parts be included in the contract cost?

Look for equipment with sufficient guarantees built-in. The guarantee time allows you to declare substitutes, parts or items when the equipment breaks down. Popular laboratory equipment providers offer reliable after-revenue assistance for regular installation, examination, preservation, yearly support and repair services.

Item features and requirements

Different items have specific functions. Therefore, choose items that fit your laboratory requirements. Total Clean Air provides bench-top industry-specific equipment, such as bench-top chemistry analysers and centrifuges which perform well in any laboratory. All our laboratory equipment is secure and user-friendly.

Availability of parts

Consider the availability of OEM certified parts for new or refurbished laboratory equipment. The prices should fall within your maintenance budget.

Usage

The skill level of personnel using the lab equipment should be considered when purchasing it. For instance, can they operate the equipment easily or will they require training? Is there access to online usage and maintenance reports?

Also, consider how often the equipment will be used and the environment in which it will operate. The application of lab equipment determines the necessary product features that will complete given tasks in an efficient manner.

Environmentally friendly

If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, choosing green lab equipment might not always be feasible. The purchase fee is more expensive, but maintenance is cheaper.

Maintaining laboratory equipment

Cleaning

Cleaning your lab equipment is one of the easiest maintenance techniques. Sadly, many labs overlook this important task. Wipe down all surfaces at the end of the day and perform a full clean once a week. Consult the relevant manual to determine equipment that needs to be cleaned after a specific process. For example, a microscope is cleaned with a 70:30 mixture of alcohol and ether. Meanwhile, haematology machines require a cleanup every six months, and an HC control check once a month.

Calibration

Do not ignore any laboratory equipment that has to be calibrated regularly. Data could become corrupted if you fail to perform regular calibration. The calibration service you require depends on the level of maintenance your equipment needs to provide accurate data.

Repairs

There are some instances where existing laboratory equipment should be replaced with new equipment. Sometimes, a simple repair might suffice however; this is a great way to extend the functional life of larger equipment in your lab. Where you need to replace equipment, choose a high-quality option that’s durable and robust. It’s also easier to find parts for such equipment.

Refurbishment

This is the process of dismantling the laboratory equipment and performing a thorough clean of each component part. For instance, pipette pistons are lubricated, while metal elements are polished. When conducted at regular intervals, this increases the lifespan, efficiency and functionality of your laboratory equipment.

Call Total Clean Air for your high-quality laboratory equipment

At Total Clean Air, we supply a wide range of laboratory equipment for all industries, cleanrooms and controlled environments. We can also provide technicians to help you repair and maintain current laboratory equipment.

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Phillip Godden

Phillip Godden is the Founder & Chief/Executive Officer at Total Clean Air.

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