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Reduce your lab’s environmental impact with smart automation equipment choices

Reduce your lab’s environmental impact with smart automation equipment choices

Most laboratory managers recognize that they can improve the energy efficiency of their lab by implementing common-sense tactics, but there are several approaches that can be taken to ensure that the automated equipment in your lab is designed for and operating at its maximum efficiency.

1.) Machine design and selection

How has the machine, as a whole, been optimized for energy efficiency? Significant energy savings can result if the equipment builder has properly sized and selected the electrical, mechanical and pneumatic components inside the machine.

2.) Energy efficiency and air consumption

Pneumatic components also contribute to energy usage.Correctly sized pneumatic components can help improve energy efficiency, as well as using pressure regulators to control exactly when to exert energy and when to conserve it.

3.) Cleanliness vs. energy efficiency

By examining the true cleanliness requirements of the equipment, lab managers can avoid systems that have been over-engineered for cleanroom compatibility and consume more energy than is necessary.

4.) Machine maintenance also affects efficiency

Pre-lubricated components reduce or eliminate downtime for lubrication, and ensure that the proper type and amount of lubrication is present: Too much or too little lubrication can reduce the efficiency of the components. If lab equipment frequently needs to be re-positioned or re-configured, T-slotted, extruded aluminum structures are now widely available in simple bolt-together designs that allow for speedy re-configuration of individual processes or even entire labs.

By implementing some of the suggestions noted above, you can ensure that your automated laboratory equipment is running efficiently—and generating significant energy savings at the same time.

Download the complete technical story from the Bosch Rexroth Case Studies & Technical Papers web page.

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