Why use Water Softener for Laboratories?
Water is widely regarded as a laboratory reagent because it makes up a large proportion of most reagent solutions used in many laboratory technologies and assays. High-purity water is essential for accurate, cost-effective, and dependable laboratory analysis. To produce ultrapure water suitable for each laboratory application and technique, a proper combination of specific purification technologies is required.
Inadequate pollutants monitoring in purified water can lead to serious laboratory errors.
CLSI and ASTM guidelines recommend measuring specific parameters of purified water used in clinical laboratory applications as a quality control tool in order to achieve the desired purity for the specific application.
CONTAMINANTS IN WATER:
Water can contain a variety of impurities, which can interfere with testing and result in inaccurate results. Many laboratory assays are hampered by such contaminants. These contaminants effects on laboratory testing and methodology. Water contains colloids and particulates; whether these particulates are soft or hard, they usually interfere with most laboratory assays.
Bacteria or bacterial byproducts, such as alkaline phosphatase, nucleases, and pyrogens, can interfere with many molecular biology tests, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR), microarrays, and cell culture, because these tests are extremely sensitive to endotoxins and nucleases.
SOFT AND PURE WATER QUALITY FOR LABORATORIES:
The existing NCCLS guidelines suggested categorising water based on purity levels for bacterial content, ions, organic materials (hereafter, organics), pH, silica, and particulates. The original water quality classification system was a three-tiered system (types I, II and III).
However, the NCCLS-specified system has since been superseded by CLSI guidelines, which are distinct and likely more meaningful due to their descriptive nomenclature for water purity types. Furthermore, for optimal laboratory testing, these guidelines recommend using pure water.
CLRW (clinical laboratory reagent water) is defined as the lowest quality water suitable for routine biochemical testing. For most applications, CLRW can be used in place of types I and II water. The ionic purity (resistivity > 10 M), organic purity (total organic carbon [TOC] 500 ppb), bacteria levels (> 10 colony-forming units [CFU]/mL), and particulate level (removal of all particles >0.22 m) criteria are used to classify pure water.
WATER SOFTENER FOR LABORATORIES
Water softener systems from Netsol are primarily intended for water treatment and other industrial water treatment applications. Netsol Water softeners can be configured to operate manually, semi-automatically, or fully automatically. Regardless of the configuration, only a minimal level of technical expertise is required for operation. Water softening is the process of removing calcium, magnesium, and other metal cations from hard water. Ion-exchange resins are commonly used to soften water. To meet the needs of our customers, our industrial water softener systems include a wide range of optional features.
They are available in a variety of self-contained packages with single, double, and triple unit configurations. Water softener systems are available that use cutting-edge technology and high-quality raw materials.
FEATURES OF A LABORATORYWATER SOFTENER
• Softens hard water and provides high-quality water for laboratory use.
• Removes all calcium and magnesium ions from hard water, and the resulting soft water has a hardness of less than 5 ppm as CaCO3.
• Designed specifically for easy serviceability and recharging the resin with sodium chloride solution;
• Softened water can be used as feed water to the distillation units.
• The use of hard water in boilers would result in a lot of scaling and sedimentation, so it is recommended to use softened water to improve the quality of the distillate and to extend the life of the glass/quartz boilers.