Sep 21, 2020
The Lab Manual Provides the Failsafe
Many, if not all of today’s testing machines are computer controlled. Although the use of computer controls can greatly simplify the operation of the testing machine or instrument, it’s still a good idea to completely familiarize yourself with the operation of the equipment prior to actual use.
Computer systems and electronic components are constantly evolving and changing. Even if the machine you just purchased looks exactly like the machine you’ve been using for years, it probably has different electronic parts or a different software control system than what you are used to.
Take the time to read the operating manual provided with the machine before actually putting it into use for the first time. This will provide a “heads-up” for anything that may have changed in the operation of the equipment before the actual testing process is underway, and will help to ensure the most accurate test results possible from the equipment.
If you have a new technician joining the lab team, make sure he or she has access to manuals and instructions before operating equipment. Find the manuals. Keep them in a clean, ready location for quick and easy access for answering random questions and ordering replacement parts. An organized, clean lab is not just a safe lab, it’s one that helps the team garner bonuses.
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