Dr. David Agard of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) needed to identify a solution to help monitor conditions in the university’s electron microscopy lab, which contains two Krios cryo-electron microscopes. Cryo-EM or cryo-electron microscopy allows users to see large biological structures down to the atomic level. Each microscope of this caliber is built to order, requires liquid nitrogen tanks, off-site UPS systems, and a temperature and vibration-controlled facility to operate effectively.
Prior to integrating technology, the university lab staff manually checked temperatures, UPS alarms and switched liquid nitrogen tanks when they were running low. Dr. Agard knew there was a better way. He wanted a fully automated maintenance process and a system that would alert the staff when problems occurred or tanks were low. The team tried a commercial tank switcher first, which failed miserably, according to Dr. Agard.
After a bit of research, Agard used Particle equipment to build sensors. He connected those sensors to a few different IoT platforms but Losant’s capabilities won him over due to the ability to customize dashboards and trigger text and email alerts. “Being able to see information in real-time has been invaluable.” said Dr. Agard.
Using the Losant IoT enterprise platform, Agard successfully configured a condition-based maintenance solution to monitor and protect the valuable equipment in the lab.
“It was really quite straightforward to set it up.” said Agard.