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J Environ Sci Eng. 2006 Jan;48(1):51-6.

A study of electro-mechanical and infrastructure instrumentation facilities in environmental laboratory.

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  • 1Instrumentation Division, NEERI, Nehru Marg, Nagpur - 440 020, India.


Environmental laboratories carry out measurement and analysis of a number of physical, chemical and biological parameters. Each parameter requires some sort of instrument for its determination. Providing efficient instrumentation services to various departments of the Institute is an stupendous task. Instrumentation services in the form of installation, operation, repair and maintenanace of electro-mechanical equipment requires an in-depth experience and knowledge of the working, fabrication, design and repair of similar type of instruments so that the need of space, installation pre-requisites, budget constraints, availability of essential spares parts could be assessed. The paper discusses the operation of an environmental instrument repairs and maintenance, and audio-visual facilities. Suggestions for drafting of the proper specifications for procurement of laboratory equipments, such as ovens, furnaces, refrigerators, blowers, audio visual aids, and spares and accessories are given in this paper. The paper also gives the detailed information on various aspects that are needed for checking and testing of the equipment against specification before putting it in operational use. Development of a preventive maintenance program involving QC checks and keeping an inventory of essential spares required are also discussed in this paper. It is felt that such services are essential in providing smooth support to carry out research and development activities of the Institute.

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