Equipment in the Laboratory

Bincy CP, M. Chandrasekar

Abstracts: Who can forget one of the grimmest tragedies of the century that occurred on December 3rd 1984 in Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Often cited as the Hiroshima of the chemical industry, the Bhopal tragedy stands out as a classic example of gross violation of standard maintenance practices in industrial circles. As all of us know on that fateful night, the Union Carbide subsidiary pesticide plant released 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas, immediately killing nearly 3,000 people and ultimately causing at least 15,000 to 22,000 total deaths. According to one report, “virtually every relevant safety instrument” was “either in short supply, malfunctioning or designed improperly”. From this tragic tale the single most important message is loud and clear - ‘MAINTENANCE COME WHAT MAY,’ is the only way to achieve smooth operations of instruments. And let us not think that this has relevance only to heavy industrial components but it is of equal significance in the diagnostic industry.
Failure in maintenance can result in loss of time, reputation and accuracy. Failure of instruments for a day or few hours causes losses to the business as we are in a competitive world. To avoid this all instruments should be maintained properly.

Simple Yet Important

Maintenance issues must be uppermost in the minds of the laboratory personnel right from the time of purchase. One must ponder on the following aspects:
Is the staff capable of handling the sophisticated instrument?
Who will take care in event of breakdown?
Are the services and spares readily available?
So sometimes it is better to opt for a slightly less advanced local version than go for an ultra-sophisticated imported model.
Also installation of any equipment needs to be given due attention. The place chosen, the electric supply and easy accessibility are some of the issues that need to be thought about. After carefully unpacking the instrument and placing it in the right spot, the instruction manual must be perused thoroughly and understood properly. Often the manuals are found sealed in the same condition as they are supplied and the seal opened only years later during the first breakdown of the equipment! Such a practice is detrimental as the useful information contained within is lost on the users and then there is no use crying over split milk and blaming the manufacturers. The manual often gives useful tips .about. routine care, proper electric supply, trouble-shooting guide, etc, and hence the manual should be regarded as a very vital accessory and preserved with utmost care.


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