Weighing balances are used to measure the weight of objects (particularly powdered agar and reagents) in the microbiology laboratory.
Several weighing balances exist for measuring media and other substances in the microbiology laboratory and they include mechanical weighing balance and chemical or analytical weighing balances amongst others.
They provide accurate readings or values of material required for microbiological investigations.
MAINTENANCE/CARE OF THE WEIGHING BALANCE
- Always follow the owner’s instructions for the operation of each weighing balance (Figure 1).
- Clean the balance pan after each use with a dry towel.
- Allow the balance pan to dry before storage.
- Do not store the equipment in moist environment.
- Lubricate (oil) the nuts and bolts parts of the weighing balance.
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