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The Benefits of Using Refurbished Parts in Your Lab

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Posted by: Violet Bootman
Posted on: 24/08/2021

When you’re carrying out analyses every single day, it’s no surprise that your equipment can get worn out over time.

Worn equipment is inefficient and can lead to inaccurate results, ultimately holding back crucial work. So, while it might be tempting to replace your lab equipment as soon as it shows signs of wear, it’s not your only option.

That’s where refurbished parts come into play.

If you can source the root of the issue in your lab equipment you may find that it’s just one part of the equipment that’s causing problems. For example, in an HPLC detector, the Deuterium lamp may have been damaged or blown, making it ineffective for proper detection.

But why should you consider using refurbished parts instead of relying on parts from the manufacturer? Let’s take a look…

Benefits of using refurbished parts

Cost savings

The most attractive benefit of using refurbished parts is the lower cost compared to both new parts from the manufacturer and buying brand-new equipment.

In fact, refurbished parts can be up to 70% cheaper than parts bought directly from the manufacturer.

Second-hand parts are usually recovered from equipment that is no longer used, such as when a lab is closed down or in a part exchange programme for faulty parts. This means there’s a wealth of parts available at a low cost that are still in good condition. A simple check and refurb from our experts ensure they are ready to use in another lab.

Additionally, when you spend less on your lab equipment, you free up resources to invest in other areas of your operations.

Extend the lifespan of your equipment

Replacing broken parts when you spot a fault is a simple and effective way to keep your equipment working accurately for longer. This allows your lab to get more out of equipment, improving the value of the initial investment in the equipment.

Plus, with ever-changing technology, replacing parts ensures existing equipment can stay up to date with new developments without the need to purchase expensive new equipment.

Expertly refurbished

There’s a common misconception that refurbished parts mean you have to sacrifice quality, but this is not the case.

While refurbished OEM parts are cheaper, their quality is still at a high standard. At LC Services, our experts work hard to give refurbished chromatography parts a thorough examination and make the necessary repairs to get them back to peak performance.

We’re so confident in the quality of our refurbished parts that we offer a 6-month warranty on all parts. We also supply customers with test certificates to give you peace of mind that a member of our team has tested the parts.

Faster lead times

Ordering parts from manufacturers can take up to six weeks from placing the order. This can lead to long periods of downtime for faulty equipment, negatively impacting lab productivity and holding back projects.

At LC Services, we offer efficient delivery of refurbished chromatography parts, often arriving in less than a week when shipped to labs in the UK.

Better for the environment

Using refurbished parts means you don’t have to throw away the entire piece of equipment and instead just dispose of a single part. This helps to reduce waste coming from your lab.

Plus, refurbished parts are upcycled from unwanted equipment and faulty parts, meaning less waste is sent to the landfill than buying directly from the manufacturer.

All in all, using refurbished parts help to cut the environmental impact of your lab, helping you to meet environmental targets.

Why do I need preventative maintenance?

If you find broken equipment and inaccurate results are common problems for your lab, it may be time to consider preventative maintenance.

Carrying out preventative maintenance on your lab equipment means potential problems are caught and rectified before they become too expensive. It also helps keep your equipment in good health, ensuring your results never suffer due to an undiagnosed issue.

It’s recommended that chromatography equipment is maintained at least once per year, however, some equipment may require more regular servicing.

Servicing and parts from LC Services

LC Services has been supplying refurbished parts and servicing chromatography equipment for over 30 years.

Our range of service contracts help to ensure your chromatography equipment is always in good shape. With 48-hour on-site response and phone support as standard, plus preventative maintenance available from Plan 2 upwards, you can be confident that your equipment is working as it should be.

And if you do run into any problems, we also offer a variety of refurbished parts that are tested and repaired by our highly experienced team to get your machine back up and running with minimal downtime.

If you have any questions about our servicing plans or refurbished parts, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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