How to Keep Your Lab Scale Working Optimally
Your Laboratory Balance: Treat it Right!
A laboratory balance is one of the most valuable and often expensive pieces of equipment. Proper care and maintenance can keep your lab balance operating smoothly and efficiently, and increase the lifespan of the device. Follow these easy and important steps to help you get the most of your investment.
Read and heed the instruction manual
The manufacturer's instruction manual is your first and best source, especially for general questions about balance maintenance. All new balances come with instructions, and the manual is a great place to find out which maintenance tasks the manufacturer suggests. And if you're having a specific issue, check for a troubleshooting section in the manual and follow the applicable steps carefully. Your balance will deliver better results with more precision if you follow the manufacturer's maintenance instructions.
Keep your lab balance clean
Obviously, a precision balance should be kept clean, but serious problems can crop up if you don't take the time to make sure the lab balance is entirely free of debris. It's critical to wipe down your lab balance after each use, as any dirt or material left under the weighing pan can affect the balance's accuracy.
When you clean the balance, or even when you move it or store it, never apply more pressure or weight to the pan than the balance can handle. If you use too much force during cleaning, you can cause damage. It's also a good idea to remove the pan when cleaning or storing your lab balance. If you don't, you might accidentally set something on top of it, and then wonder why it's not working.
Frequent calibration ensures consistent results and maximizes accuracy and overall precision in your measurements. Forgetting to calibrate the balance is a small mistake that can quickly become a big problem. You'll notice that your readings have gradually become inconsistent or less precise than your balance is capable of providing. If your laboratory doesn't keep a log to record maintenance tasks, it's easy to forget when the balance was last calibrated. We offer expertise and advice on how to calibrate your balance on our website.
Keep a maintenance log
If you keep a record of any maintenance tasks performed on your lab balance, you can quickly see what has been done, when it was done, and what needs to be done. This is very beneficial, especially if there are multiple users operating the balance. Also, if you need to turn to a professional for repairs, it's helpful for the technicians to know exactly what you've done to your lab balance and when you did it.
Seek professional assistance
If you've tried everything and all else fails, call the manufacturer. Most manufacturers provide expert technicians to answer your questions and offer direction on any errors that may occur with your labortaory scales and balances.
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