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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Machines (known as NMR Machines) are huge instruments which have incredible magnetic strength, which means that magnet training is usually involved prior to any attempt to move them.

Moving an NMR machine takes a lot of planning. An engineer usually takes several weeks to bring the NMR machine up to temperature, as it uses liquid helium which is near absolute zero – in the region of-273 degrees Celsius. 

A Gauss line around the machine shows where the instrument’s magnetic field is. Once the NMR machine has been decommissioned by the engineer, it no longer has any magnetic pull and can be moved easily.

Like so many pieces of complex and sensitive laboratory equipment, an NMR machine needs to be decommissioned by a specialist engineer. It is extremely important that you check the warranty of your equipment before any decommissioning or recommissioning work. In many instances, the warranty of your lab equipment can be invalidated if this work is carried out by anyone other than the vendor or original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

Aport has significant experience in moving laboratory equipment and lab instrumentation, and can liaise with vendors and OEMs prior to any decommissioning and recommissioning work. This ensures our work is carried out in line with their protocols and standards, giving you added peace of mind.

Once decommissioned, the instrument cannot be placed in a crate and usually a winch is involved in the move. 

Aport’s global laboratory relocation service can help you, whatever country you are based in and wherever you need to move to. For more information and to discuss your specific requirements, contact us.


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