Equipment Tips and Tricks

Articles focused on equipment tips and tricks that our technicians use in the field. Use these to help elevate your lab to the next level!

  • New Series, Old Series, Which NCAT Do I Have?

    New Series, Old Series, Which NCAT Do I Have?

    If you have ever called in for maintenance, you’ve been asked this question. Do you know which series you have? It’s your typical deer in a headlights situation. There’s always an audible silence before the caller ends up saying, “no” and “how can I find out”? Today, we are going to tell you the difference ...

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  • Why You Destroy Your Vacuum Pump and 1 way to fix it.

    Why You Destroy Your Vacuum Pump and 1 way to fix it.

    The T209 rice test is the worst possible situation for a vacuum pump. By design, vacuum pumps need to be free of contaminants and never EVER allow water in. So what do we do? We put a container of water and hook it up in line with our pumps. Because we don’t have time to ...

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Good NCAT Maintenance: The 10 Simple Commandments, Part 1

“NCAT maintenance”, Mike said matter of factly. “What?” I said because his statement came out of nowhere. “Do a blog on NCAT Maintenance, and call it something cool” Mike was looking at me expecting me to completely understand what was going on. “ Call it the 10 commandments of NCAT Maintenance or something like that.” …

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Stop using harmful chemicals to clean glassware: the PIE2 story

PIE2 Solvent free cleaning oven designed to clean glassware, metal tools, and ceramics

Chemicals Clean Glassware It’s a basic belief that most of us were taught when we were growing up. Your glassware got dirty, you would grab some type of cleaner, and then you would scrub it until it was clean. This hasn’t changed for centuries. Labs today are no exception. They clean most of the compounds …

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How to install a Setra balance and 3 dangerous things to look out for.

Setra balance showing all of the individual parts laid out

There is a metal box that sits inside of your NCAT Ignition Oven. It’s rectangular and sits directly under the burn chamber. That box is the reason why your oven can perform the burn-off method so accurately, but that same box also has the potential to ruin hours, days, or even months of testing if not installed …

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The death of the 208v NCAT Ignition oven thanks to Buck Boost

NCAT Ignition oven with a Gordon Technical triple stack basket in the chamber

The buck boost transformer has existed for many years, but many people don’t understand what this device can do. Most people assume that the power coming into your building limits you on what equipment you can use. I say assume because most of the time there are workarounds to help you out and the 208v …

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