This particularly applies to rotors and rotor pins – if either of these breaks then they are likely to travel in one direction – towards the user. Many centrifuges have inbuilt safety features, but these can also develop faults.
Just as it can hurt human beings, stray centrifuge parts can cause collateral damage to other valuable equipment in the laboratory (or wherever it’s being used). If this results in the lab being put out of action, then the financial consequences could be severe – particularly if the laboratory is a commercial one where lost time represents lost money.
Missing a service (or two) can seem like a tempting proposition, particularly if you think you have been taking good care of it by cleaning it regularly and checking for damage. However, there’s no substitute for having it looked at by qualified experts. They know what to look for – cracks, scratches and other types of damage which can easily develop into something more serious.
A missed service increases the likelihood of the centrifuge breaking down or not lasting as long as it should. In extreme cases, the centrifuge itself may be damaged beyond repair which will mean spending money on a replacement much earlier than expected.
So, in the long run, regular centrifuge servicing could actually save you money – it should ensure the instrument’s longevity.
If you miss a scheduled service, then any warranty which comes with your centrifuge may be rendered invalid. In addition, many UK labs follow international standards laid down by ISO 15189 which relates to the quality management systems in all medical laboratories. Any gaps in your centrifuge’s servicing history may mean you won’t be awarded this certification.
Centrifuge Servicing from Arena Instrumentation
At Arena Instrumentation, we can ensure your centrifuges are kept in excellent working order. Specifically, we can check its speed of operation and RPM, as well as any other key performance indicators. This is all carried out to UKAS standard and can be carried out on site, in your own laboratory.
If you would like to know more about any of our calibration services, you can follow this link and fill in the online form, or call us on 0151 355 1314.