Laboratory centrifuge is an important tool used in clinical laboratory settings to spin liquid samples at great speeds. To ensure accurate results, it is critical for lab managers to ensure proper functioning of this expensive equipment. Lack of on-time maintenance will result in equipment failure over time, shortened lifespan, reduced processing capacity, breakage of tubes and thereby release of bio-hazardous or radioactive substances.
Here are 5 ways in which you can ensure better maintenance of your laboratory centrifuge.
- When not in use, check the entire unit for any damage such as corrosion or pitting of parts, surface scratches or cracks, discharge of unusual or oily substances during operation, break in the lid gasket, shaking of the centrifuge that suggests an unbalanced load, problems with the buckets and more.
- If you note any of these issues during operation, make sure to shut down the unit and arrange for immediate repair.
- Consider regular cleaning and lubrication. While routine cleaning allows removing dust and dirt and more efficient transfer of heat, regular lubrication allows reducing friction, increasing performance, and minimizing the potential for damage from ordinary operation.
- Follow decontamination steps if the centrifuge has been used with biohazards or radioactive samples.
- Create a maintenance culture that includes Education, Training, Maintenance Schedule, and Maintenance logs. This will help to ensure that all users are focused on the product’s maintenance.
Ongoing maintenance can ensure that these machines run efficiently and effectively for a longer time. While these tips can help maintain your unit, care must be taken while purchasing a centrifuge too. Consider buying such devices from a reliable lab equipment supplier with extensive experience in the industry. Professional vendors also supply centrifuge parts and accessories from leading manufacturers.