General equipment makes up a lab’s foundation.  Without these crucial tools, few experiments could be performed, because nearly every type of test depends on one or more technologies. 

GENERAL LAB EQUIPMENT:
The accuracy of medical diagnostic results mainly depends on the kind of laboratory equipment used to carry out the analysis. Devices that work well and are durable allow clinical facilities to complete the diverse research functions within the specified time limit and to deliver accurate evaluation reports.

The array of equipment that established medical labs would have include:

  • Microscopes
  • Hematology analyzers
  • Blood gas analyzers
  • Autoclaves
  • Hotplates
  • Chemistry analyzers
  • Differential counters
  • Histology and cytology equipment
  • Urinalysis analyzers
  • DNA analyzers
  • Gamma counters
  • Microplate readers/washers
  • Incubators
  • Point of care analyzers
  • Immunoassay analyzers, and more

Reliability and steadiness in performance are the important factors when it comes to buying medical laboratory equipment. Lab appliances that meet the prescribed standards would be free from flaws and ensure smooth and consistent performance.

Each year, new types of lab equipment make their way into the marketplace.  Keep an eye out for lab equipment that you can replace with more efficient and reliable qualities, and once medical labs have decided what equipment they will need, they should find a reliable supplier. 
Besides providing branded appliances at affordable prices, established suppliers also ensure prompt product delivery, professional after-sales support, timely maintenance services and in-house service options.    Some manufacturers also, allow their customers to suggest modifications to make equipment more suited to your specific lab procedures.

 

LAB EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE TIPS:
Scientific results can be compromised by a lack of proper maintenance.  The condition and quality of your lab equipment impacts its performance and the results generated.  

Some Key Points for you to be Aware of:

Refurbish
Refurbishing refers to the process in which dismantling pieces of your laboratory equipment and cleaning each component thoroughly. Metal elements are also polished, and any pipette pistons can be lubricated.  To extend the life of your lab equipment and increase its efficiency and functionality, you should consider refurbishing at regular intervals.

Repair
In some instances, laboratory equipment will need to be replaced entirely, however, some simple repairs may be adequate. To elongate the functional life of larger pieces of lab equipment, conduct small repairs, such as installing replacement parts when needed.  When it comes to larger pieces of equipment, some parts will accrue wear more rapidly than others.  Play close attention to which parts of your lab equipment are showing signs of wear and implement a program of preventative maintenance.

Calibrate
To increase the accuracy of your lab equipment and prevent any type of data corruption, preventative, detailed services, such as calibration services, should be sought out on a regular basis. 

Clean  
Regular cleaning is too often overlooked. If your laboratory equipment is not as clean as it can be, it is unlikely to yield consistent results. Cleaning your equipment thoroughly, at regular intervals, is among the best ways of keeping it in good working order and elongating its functional life. On a daily basis, wipe clean exposed surfaces, and schedule a deep clean 
once each week. 

To Outsource or In-House
Laboratory equipment maintenance and repair should be undertaken by a qualified professional. While in-house maintenance teams may prove costly, reputable third-party equipment maintenance and repair can be a cost-effective alternative. Since the reputation of any laboratory is only as strong as the accuracy of its lab equipment, regular cleaning, maintenance, calibration, and refurbishing is essential. 


As a leader in Scientific Equipment Repair and medical equipment calibration, Scientific Instrument Center works with many corporations, universities, and hospitals providing the highest level of laboratory services. 
Keeping your lab equipment in peak condition is vital if the results are going to be accurate and reliable.   Scientific Instrument Center (SIC) is your trusted company for laboratory equipment repair and maintenance services.  If you have questions about your laboratory equipment and would like to discuss options for repairing or maintaining the equipment, please contact us at (614) 771-4700.

Our skilled staff members understand the nuances of instrument calibration and the manufacturers train our technicians, so any inspections we make mean your equipment is to quality standards.   For more than 30 years, SIC has served businesses that use a wide variety of diagnostic and scientific equipment.  We are specialists.

Get a free consultation.  Call (800) 686-8965