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The Doc (Steven Hughes) will be presenting on “How to stack the deck, so your Maintenance Comes up Aces.”


How to stack the deck, so your Maintenance Comes up Aces.
By Steven Hughes

All laboratory instrumentation requires maintenance – ALL INSTRUMENTS EVENTUALLY STOP WORKING.  The basic question is how to keep them up and productive ….

We are going to explore three areas:

  • The major causes of instrument failures and the impact that they have on the operation and bottom line of the laboratory.
  • Designing the laboratory to reduce instrument failures.
  • Implementing a maintenance plan that supports the goals and requirements of the laboratory.


About Steven K. Hughes

Steven K. (Doc) Hughes is a lead service engineer at Ai-instruments llc, PO Box 1115,Firestone, CO 50420.

He currently heads up the feature blog “Ask the Doc” at Ai-Istruments.com.

Steven has over 25 years’ experience in Metals Analysis and Instrument Repair. Prior positions include Advisory Chemist/IBM, Director/Kansas State University Analytical Laboratory, QA/QC Director Bandgap Technologies, Lead Chemist/Sample Management Office-Rocky Flats Environmental Site, Vice President of Operations/Technology Experts LLC, and Vice President of Operations/Skyway Lab Services LLC.

He currently holds 2 patients, and has published one book chapter, 24 reviewed research publications, delivered numerus presentations and teaches a 3-day course on Atomic Spectroscopy.

He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Arizona State University, M.S. Degree from Kansas State University and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Kansas State University. He can be contacted at 303-848-8001 or ICPDOC@aiisc.com.