Surprising Hacks to Supercharge Your Lab Equipment and Boost Productivity

October 20, 2023 Maaz 0 Comments

To ensure that your laboratory is running at peak efficiency, it’s essential to optimize your equipment! Whether you are a scientist or an entrepreneur, making sure lab tools are in tip-top shape can have a profound impact on productivity – resulting in more discoveries and inventions along with increased revenue streams.

Use a Handheld pH Meter

pH is measured in numerical values between 0 and 14, with 7.0 being neutral. This principal concept may not be familiar to those who are new to the field of chemistry; however, it remains an indispensable tool for any laboratory operation!

Ensure your pH meter is calibrated at regular intervals, as this will ensure accuracy in your readings. After all, information obtained from periodic calibrations will yield the most reliable results when creating assays or carrying out experiments.

Our team here at Enzy Biotech Labs utilizes a handheld pH meter – a highly versatile tool that can be utilized in numerous ways on site and at home. Some examples of its diverse applications include:

Analyzing samples such as samples collected from our EnzyCup™ sampler kits and testing consumables like pH-neutral cups, cleaning solutions and so on.

Use a Small Digital Multimeter

Your digital multimeter (DMM) is a highly versatile piece of equipment that allows you to measure electrical currents, voltage levels and resistance in addition to checking insulation resistance. This versatile object can also be utilized for testing batteries – an indispensable skill when managing battery powered experiments!

If you don’t possess one yet, don’t fret! I encourage everyone to invest in a small-sized DMM. You can find them quite affordably online or at local electronics retailers.

Get a Narrowband UV Depressor

The ultraviolet (UV) spectrum is present in sunlight, and can be harnessed for a wide array of applications. Ultraviolet rays are sometimes referred to as ‘black light’, which allows them to ionize or excite molecules susceptible to disruption under its influence.

If you possess a UV lamp, an excitation device such as an attenuator can enable you to regulate the intensity of illumination from your lamp; however, if you have access only to narrowband UV light such as those emitted by lamps that utilize mercury vapor, then it would prove more advantageous if you could utilize a deactivator.

Use a Commercial Glass Misting System

Why limit yourself to the standard laboratory equipment when you can upgrade to a commercial glass misting system?

With an advanced, misting system, researchers can generate an array of ultrasonic frequencies that are more effective than traditional methods in achieving product and process yields.

Commercial glass misting systems typically feature high-quality components, such as durable steel housing, high-impact polycarbonate windows and powerful pumps and fans. For added convenience and versatility, they may have options for remote controls or even programmable settings!

Buy an Air Filtration System

To say that air filtration systems are an essential part of a lab is an understatement. Without these systems, the purity of the air in your facility could be compromised; resulting in potentially harmful levels of oxygen and particulate matter.

Filtering out airborne particles can help ensure safety for your personnel as well as ensure maximum productivity and efficiency within your laboratory environment. Utilizing a high-quality filter like those from Aminex can ensure that no harmful toxins or bacteria remain present within the locale!

Pair an Autosampler with Monitored LC/MS/MS as an Add-On Service

The inclusion of autosamplers and monitored LC/MS/MS into your lab operations can be a time-saver. This is particularly useful for scientists who need to evaluate their compounds in real time or when it comes to analyzing compounds requiring multiple samples – such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other chemicals that require multiple analyses for accurate results.

An autosampler can automate the process of running sample after sample from one vessel into the lab’s mass spectrometer, eliminating the need for tedious pipetting processes. Auto samplers typically come equipped with built-in vacuum pumps which allow them to send continuously flowing samples directly into an analyzer without any intervention on behalf of personnel.

A Quick and Simple UV-Absorbing Fiberglass Dust Filter

Dealing with debris and dust in the lab can be a headache. This is why scientists often invest in high-end equipment like air purifiers, which provide ample filtration of unwanted particles from the air; however, using such devices comes at a cost – one that must be borne by careful consideration.

There are other measures you can take to combat dust build-up, including:

Keeping your lab clean and organized will help keep unwanted particles from accumulating and leading to inefficient work practices. Invest in an effective air filter and regularly replace it to prevent any particulate matter from accumulating over time. If possible, consider investing in a vacuum system for removing debris from within your lab space – this could yield tremendous results!

Buy an Autoanalyzer to Work in Your Lab Coat

If you’re a scientist, you must be utilizing a wide array of instruments, from microscopes to particle analyzers. Therefore, it only makes sense to invest in the most up-to-date equipment that does not compromise on quality.

Today’s autoanalyzer is an indispensable addition for any lab coat; its compact design allows for easy portability and even allows you to maximize your lab’s resources by taking advantage of prebuilt settings whenever possible. As a bonus feature, this machine also offers built-in software – allowing users to effortlessly automate their processing routines!

If you are interested in investing in a high-end autoanalyzer, consider the Spectra SAA8000. This portable device has 13 different measurement options equipped with advanced spectrum analysis technology that can measure trace quantities present at concentrations between 0.1ppm and 5 ng/mL with pinpoint accuracy!

Conclusion

To optimize your research lab’s efficiency and productivity, make sure that each piece of equipment is operating at peak capacity with our handy tips.

 

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