A lab is a facility that fundamentally relies on precision for successful production, storage, and distribution. Precise measurements of temperature, humidity, volumes, concentrations, and time are essential in chemical reactions that produce pharmaceutical products.
Even during storage, one must keep the products in closely monitored environmental conditions to prevent degradation and spoilage.
As a result, monitoring has become mandatory in any lab setting. Whether it is a research and development lab, or one in a healthcare facility, a common denominator in all of them is the need for product and environment monitoring.
In addition to these, the more critical and often neglected segment is equipment control. Since lab products are often sensitive and highly susceptible to damage, lab equipment also becomes high-risk assets.
The breakdown of a freezer with precious contents may mean that the lab will incur massive, irreplaceable loss.
While it may prove challenging to accurately predict equipment failure, it is vital to keep an eye for any signs indicating an approaching fault.
ELPRO recommends equipment control that proactively checks each equipment status to ensure functionality and productivity.
A reactive mindset is disadvantageous and often offers very little room for corrective action, especially if damage to contents has already begun. Additionally, reactive monitoring only allows for repairs and cannot provide adequate data to predict faults and enhance preventive maintenance.