Bending over backwards for our clients is more than a metaphor for us, considering the lengths our onsite technicians will go to service your Inert glovebox enclosures and gas management systems. However, you should be able to conduct a service as well, luckily we are here to help! Follow these simple steps and you’ll be off to a great start.
Preventive maintenance with on site technicians
Make sure you have a preventative maintenance plan for your equipment. It is advisable to invite technicians to service your Inert Glovebox once every six months. This could be done for instance by becoming an Onsite Service Customer. We encourage our Onsite Service customers to pre-purchase blocks of service time, such as 8 or 16 hours, to maintain better budget control than contracting support on an ad hoc basis. These blocks of time can then be used as needed, and anything leftover is banked for a future service trip. In this fast-paced manufacturing world, you cannot underestimate the cost of disruption, but together, we can estimate how many hours of service you need to maintain optimal operating conditions. Remember, we are happy to send our technician to all corners of the globe to work on any glovebox or other enclosure.
Once per year our on site technicians will visit to test your glovebox enclosures for pressure loss, calibrate analyzers, and train or retrain your employees. This attention to detail should help expand the lifespan of your enclosure and minimize downtime. Even though our trained technicians are capable of testing, repairing and servicing your glovebox, making sure you follow these steps as well will result in an optimized uptime.
- 1. Document everything you replace (in order to know exactly what to document, do read our blog ‘What you should document while using your glovebox’’)
- 2. Remove waste in a timely manner. Do not allow it to accumulate, hazardous waste containers in the glovebox must be appropriately labelled at all times.
- 3. Let only trained staff operate the Glovebox
- 4. Keep all the recommended spare parts in stock near the glovebox (Find a full list of the spareparts in our blog ‘’The ultimate list to spare parts of your glovebox’’)
What are the maintenance steps?
For everyone who wants to service their Inert Glovebox it is advisable to follow 11 steps. Make sure you are trained in servicing the equipment and that you have spareparts present. If you want to know which spare parts you should have access to while servicing an Inert Glovebox you can read our blog ‘’The ultimate list of spare parts for your Inert Glovebox.’ So, these steps then, what are they?
- 1. Pressure test to be sure the glovebox is not leaking
- 2. Eliminate leakage if necessary
- 3. Check and/or replace O-rings antechambers
- 4. Check and/or replace HEPA filters
- 5. Test the vacuum pump
- 6. Check the oxygen sensor
- 7. Check the moisture sensor
- 8. Check and/or replace glovebox and fastening rings
- 9. Regenerate glovebox if necessary
- 10. Rectify faults
- 11. Advice and training
Receive spare parts as a reminder to service your glovebox
With preventive maintenance, clear steps on how to use a glovebox safely and timely service while keeping a stock of spare parts, you will be able to maximise the output of your glovebox. Think of an annual preventive maintenance program as a steadfast reminder of how to keep your equipment operating at optimal efficiency. When you receive routinely timed package of o rings, filters, gloves, oxygen analyzers, moisture analyzers and pump oil, or whatever your system calls for, you will know it’s time to swap out these consumables.
Would you like to know everything about your glovebox? And do you want to know when your glovebox might need to be replaced? Download our ebook ‘Maximizing your inert glovebox’s uptime’ completely free or contact us with any questions you might have.