Chemyx Pump Cleaning Standard Operating Procedures

Cleaning standard operating procedures for Chemyx syringe pump maintenance and safety

Background:

Syringe pumps are instruments that must be cleaned and maintained to ensure reliability and precision. A few simple steps will greatly prolong the service life and condition of the system.

Cleaning Schedule:

In a “benchtop” lab environment, we recommend cleaning your instrument twice a year bench top environments are office or similar areas are not exposed to chemical or biological compounds

In a “fume hood” environment with corrosive fumes, you should clean every month. This is necessary to prevent damage to the lead screw and guide rods and to prevent residue build-up on the screen.

In “GMP” environments – clean and sanitize based on specific your specific GMP environments rules to reduce dust and microbial load.

Recommended Lubricants(Based on Environment)

  • General Lab: Any lubricant from the below recommended lists can be used.
    • Engine/motor oil
    • Silicone oil
    • Machine oil
    • Lithium-based grease
    • Carbon graphite
  • Chemical Lab– due to fume environments we recommend lithium grease or engine oil to protect against corrosive fumes from reactors or distillation equipment
    • Engine/motor oil
    • Lithium-based grease
  • GMP / Biological Labs – require clean environments.  Carbon graphite is a solid and both mineral oil/silicone oil have low viscosities allowing for the lowest levels of dust accumulation that potentially contain contaminants.
    • Carbon graphite
    • Silicone oil
    • Machine oil

Pump Storage

Chemyx Syringe pumps can be stored in an indoor environment when not in use.  Recommended temperature ranges are from 0-25C to best preserve the electronics. Do not store with chemical reagents.

Please contact Chemyx to confirm the safe use of any other lubricants.

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