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Can you remember the last time your equipment was inspected and serviced? You paid top dollar for your equipment, so don’t let the mass spectrometer lose its edge because it isn’t serviced often enough. Equipment inspections, calibration, maintenance and repair can be a costly expense.  In your fixed assets, the original purchase isn’t the only budget item, you should make sure to put the right amount of money aside.

Proper maintenance of equipment is of the utmost importance in any laboratory—contamination can stop a project in its tracks or invalidate lab results altogether. While maintenance is generally one of the most expensive operating costs in a laboratory’s budget, they are simply necessary for proper operation.

Listed here just a few ways to maintain lab equipment used for chemical storage, testing, and mixing.

You will not always be informed about an FDA inspection in advance, so you need to be fully prepared if you want to avoid those pesky warning letters and citations!  (Form 483).
The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has gotten more stringent with their acceptance criteria, especially when it comes to food and drug or medical device companies.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare:

Cleaning, Care and Maintenance of Microscopes 

Microscopes are sophisticated optical instruments that require periodic maintenance and cleaning to guarantee production of high-contrast images equal to the quality of the optical, electronic, and mechanical components.   When neglected by exposure to dust, lint, pollen, and dirt, failure to remove immersion oil in a timely manner, or when expensive objectives are abused, optical performance can experience a serious decline that increases over time.

A Microscope that remains unused for a lengthy period can accumulate dust and debris from the air, which can lead to deterioration of image quality even though the instrument may be practically new.  Proper use and regular maintenance of the microscopes mechanical components are equally important to prevent impairment of operation and eventual damage to the entire mechanical integrity of the instrument.

To protect your microscope, it requires a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule to ensure your images remain crisp and artifact free.