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The Benefits of Preventive Maintenance for Your Lab Equipment

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Most things you own require some degree of preventive maintenance. In your personal life, your vehicle is a perfect example – you need to have preventive maintenance performed from time to time in order to improve the odds of reliable performance. The story is the same with laboratory equipment. If you keep up with the recommended preventive maintenance for your lab equipment, it’s far more likely that you’ll get a long useful life from each piece.

Let’s take a closer look at why preventive maintenance is a good idea. When you are ready to schedule this kind of work, please contact BaneBio for assistance!

Avoid Wasteful Downtime

In a busy lab, downtime simply is not acceptable. When you are without key pieces of equipment unexpectedly, you will have a hard time catching up – and falling behind in this way can have all kinds of other ramifications. While you’ll obviously have to stop using equipment for it to be serviced, the benefit here is that you can schedule the downtime at a point in the schedule which is convenient for the operation as a whole. Looking out ahead on your calendar and picking out spots to have service completed is the best way to reduce the productive time you lose to service work.

Save Money in the Long Run

It’s true that you will need to spend money to have preventive maintenance performed on your lab equipment, but that money is likely to be a wise investment when all is said and done. It’s usually more cost effective to get out in front of a problem than to let it get to the point where the piece of equipment needs major repairs – or needs to be replaced entirely. Try to see the big picture on this point and understand that investing in your lab equipment now should not be seen as an optional expense.

Remain Accurate

One of the most important reasons to keep up with preventive maintenance is to help your equipment stay on track from an accuracy perspective. Inaccurate equipment is virtually useless in a lab, so this motivation alone should be enough to pay attention to your maintenance schedule. A properly working piece of lab equipment is one you can rely on to offer the kind of accurate performance that your business or organization demands.

Keep It Simple

By working with BaneBio to handle your maintenance needs, you can keep things simple with regard to your equipment care. By having a go-to vendor for all of your preventive maintenance needs, you won’t need to waste time tracking down help when you realize that some type of work needs to be done on a piece of equipment. Build a relationship with BaneBio through consistent maintenance visits and we’ll be ready and able to handle many various issues that could pop up along the way. In the end, you don’t want to be bogged down with equipment maintenance when you should be focused on the work that your organization is trying to complete. Reach out today to learn more about what we can offer!

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What is Microscopy? An In-Depth Look

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As a very basic definition, microscopy is the use of microscopes to view samples. These are samples which would not be visible to the ‘naked’ eye, so the microscope is used to dramatically magnify the objects in question. Most people are familiar with the use of a microscope from a science class they had in school along the way, even if that was years ago. Of course, the microscopes used by professionals in this field are a far cry from what is used by the average class of school children.

A Long History

While it is a decidedly high-tech field these days, the use of microscopes actually dates back many, many years. Humans have been attempting to magnify small items for viewing for centuries, and the microscopes available today represent the best of what mankind has been able to develop. If not for the considerable efforts of individuals hundreds of years ago, microscopy may not have developed into the advanced field that it has become.

The Basic Concept

So, how does a microscope work? For something so technical, it is a decidedly simple concept. The idea is to move light through a sample, either sending it directly through the sample or reflecting it, and then through one or more lenses in order to be viewed. Once a magnified image of the sample is created, it can be utilized in many ways. It may simply be viewed by the microscopist, it may be captured digitally for viewing later, or captured with a photographic plate. No matter what the specific plan may be, the magnification makes it possible to view things on a scale that simply isn’t achievable with the human eye alone.

Understanding the World

The uses of microscopy are too diverse to even attempt listing in this article. There are virtually countless potential uses for a microscope, but they all come back to the same basic idea – seeking a better understanding of the world and how it works. Microscopes are used extensively in the medical field, of course, but that is just the start. Anytime meaningful research is being completed in a scientific field, it is virtually certain that microscopes are playing some kind of role along the way. So much of what we know about the world is owed to the use of microscopes, and only time will tell what other discoveries microscopy will make possible.

Just Another Tool

At the end of the day, microscopes are incredible tools – but they are just that, tools. And tools need to be used by capable, knowledgeable people if they are going to be effective. So, as a field, microscopy depends just as much on the people looking into the microscope as the device itself. Without the well-trained scientists and other individuals who have learned how to use the equipment, and learned what they are looking for, the microscope itself wouldn’t hold much value. It’s the bringing together of human and machine that makes great things possible in this field.

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Must-Have Tools & Lab Equipment for Your Cannabis Business

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It’s no secret that the cannabis business has taken a big step forward in recent years. More and more states are voting to legalize the use of marijuana, and businesses are working hard to carve out their piece of the pie. If you are already involved in the cannabis business, or you are planning to get involved in the near future, you’ll need to have the right tools and cannabis lab equipment in order to succeed. Let’s take a look at some of the key items that you will want to consider while getting up and running.

Indoor Lighting for Plants

This is a pretty easy place to start. If you are going to be growing indoors, you are going to need the right lights to get the job done. Of course, there are plenty of growing lights available on the market today, so plenty of research will be needed before you make your purchase. Keep in mind things like electricity rates and the space you will need to light as you decide on the type of bulbs to use.

Worker Protection

Staying on the topic of lights, those who are consistently working around the lights should be wearing the appropriate UV protection. It can be harmful to be exposed to UV rays, so having things like sunglasses, hats, clothes, and more – all of which are rated for UV protection – is important. If your grow takes place outside rather than inside, the same concerns will be in place, only with regard to the sun rather than the lights.

HVAC Equipment

For an indoor growing environment, temperature control is one of the most important tasks you’ll need to manage. It’s essential to have the right equipment in place so you can control the temperature within the building with the necessary precision to keep the plants on track. Not only will poor HVAC equipment make it hard to maintain the right temperature, you also may find that your energy costs are higher due to the inefficiency.

Pest Management Gear

You are obviously going to need to keep pests at bay if you are going to have a successful crop when all is said and done. However, you can’t just pick up the first pesticide you find at the store and start spraying away. You will need to be sure to comply with legislation that applies to cannabis plants. Do a bit of research on this topic and have the right equipment and products on hand to manage pests effectively.

Security Equipment

To finish our list, we would like to discuss one point that probably will come up pretty early in your process. This is a business which naturally comes along with security concerns, so high-quality equipment to protect your property and your plants is essential. Cameras are a great start, but you will need to make sure they are installed properly if you are going to capture valuable information during a theft. In addition to security cameras, a secure vault where you can place plants is another vital piece of the puzzle.

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The Best Pipette Types for Chemical, Biology, & Medical Work

Doing lab work is all about accuracy. No matter what kind of work you are doing specifically, it should go without saying that your results need to be as accurate as possible. While part of that accuracy is going to come down to your personal performance, a large part is going to be up to the equipment that you use in the lab. With the right gear available, precise results will be far easier to achieve.

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Tips for Buying Liquid Handler Systems

Buying a piece of equipment for a lab is never an easy task. Such equipment tends to be rather costly, so you don’t want to make a mistake. Even if you have years of experience working in your field, you may still get a little nervous before committing to an order. While this could apply to any of a number of different types of laboratory equipment, we are talking specifically about liquid handlers in this article. Continue reading Tips for Buying Liquid Handler Systems

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What You Can Do with Surplus Laboratory Equipment

Laboratory equipment is a valuable asset. Quality equipment comes at a significant cost, and you want to be sure to return as much value from that initial investment as possible as the years go by. When you wind up with surplus laboratory equipment for one reason or another, it is important to have a plan.

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Different Types of Chemistry Lab Equipment & Their Uses (Part I)

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Chemistry is a field filled with equipment. If you are going to perform any meaningful experiments in a chemistry lab, you are going to need at least a basic collection of pieces of laboratory equipment. Some experiments call for only the basics, while others will require the use of complex, expensive pieces. In this article – the first of a two-part series – we are going to take a look at some of the basic items which are typically found in a chemistry lab.

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BioSurplus Announces Collaboration With BaneBio

Earlier this week, we were pleased to unveil our collaboration with BioSurplus. This relationship establishes an East Coast base of operations for BioSurplus that will optimize returns for companies seeking to sell their surplus. The collaboration will also help lower shipping costs for customers purchasing equipment in the eastern half of the U.S.

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Repair or Replace? 3 Benefits to Having Your Laboratory Scale Repaired

The need for reliable and accurate laboratory scales is obvious. If you can’t trust your scale to give you accurate readings, you can’t trust anything that you do in the lab. Your scale is an essential tool, and you must trust it completely. So, when it starts to ‘act up’, you may think about replacing it to make sure your experiments and other work are not compromised.

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