Tag Archives: periodic maintenence

Power To The People!

One of the most challenging problems faced by field service techs and engineers is intermittent failures that appear to have no discernible root cause.   Well…as least not an obvious one like a loose cable or belt.   More often than not, … Continue reading

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Good Reads about Mult-Vendor Support

Thought I would share a few articles and interviews that talk about Asset Management and Multi-Vendor Service support. Next Generation Pharmaceutical –Outsourcing Asset Management,  Bob Moore – GE Healthcare, interview Lab Manager Magazine – The Evolving Service Model   ; Good … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety?

Most labs have used floor mount or bench top centrifuges for separation based assays for decades.  Whether spinning samples to remove air bubbles, spinning down cellular debris or isolating supernatent, there are numerous manual access centrifuges on the market, but … Continue reading

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What is the opposite of TMI?

I am a big fan of Lab Manager Magazine.   I am an on-line and print subscriber and find it to be a great source of information regarding lab trends and support. Having said that…I was a bit disappointed by a … Continue reading

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Is it safe?

It’s been over 35 years since the movie Marathon Man came out and I still have a fear of dentists.   That imagery has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic of this blog, but the title reference was too good … Continue reading

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DIY in the Lab

Things break in the lab. Here’s how to protect your equipment, and what to do when it stops working. By Jeffrey M. Perkel | March 1, 2013 With NIH funding fewer than 20% of the research grant applications received in … Continue reading

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“To PM or not to PM, that is the question.”

With sincere apologies to The Bard, this is a quandry that is often faced by many lab managers when their facilities group or a vendor informs them that a preventive maintenance procedure is being scheduled. How do you know when … Continue reading

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Do I Really Need An Extended Warranty or Service Contract? (Part 2 of 2)

Although the patent for PCR expired back in 2006 and promised to herald in a new wave of low-cost thermal cyclers, the legal debate over Taq polymerase enzymes continues to make some manufactures nervous about the North American market.   Still, … Continue reading

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Do I Really Need An Extended Warranty or Service Contract? (Part I of 2)

Budget time…you know the drill.   Salaries, supplies, new equipment and oh yeah, ongoing maintenance support.   Has there ever been a more sexy and attention riveting topic than maintenance budgeting?  Your options are pretty straight forward; Annual Service Contracts  (typically … Continue reading

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