Protecting Educational Institution Assets

Apr 11, 2011

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith


This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Educational Institutions Remote Assets.

Protecting Educational Institutions Assets in Remote Locations With an EAM

Scientific research equipment may range from a small glass beaker to an electron microscope to ice core drilling machines. Accordingly the costs can range from a few dollars to millions for specialized or unique apparatus. Using scientific equipment in harsh conditions such as those found in the Arctic or Antarctica brings even greater risk to potential losses.

“Equipment for Antarctic field work will be exposed to low temperatures, freeze-thaw cycles, melting ice, strong winds, grit blasting and strong static electricity. You might waste the effort invested in your research program if your equipment does not work correctly in these conditions.”

Source: Australian Antarctic Division

With temperatures can range from zero to minus 80 Celsius, protection of equipment is paramount for educational institutions experiments or expedition success.

Weather Effects Start Small

Extreme weather conditions affect components in ways not normally seen. For example:

  • Sheathing on wires becomes brittle and breaks off exposing metal wires to vibration and thermal transfer of cold
  • Lubricants become thick or solid immobilizing moving components.
  • Lenses and other optical equipment are subject to permanent frosting by airborne grit blown about by winds up to 200 miles per hour
  • Everything must be watertight as seals harden and fail allowing moisture into components which soon becomes ice.

Implementing an Enterprise Asset Management System (EAM)

The extreme weather conditions previously mentioned can not be avoided. Educational institutions can reduce their risks of critical equipment failure by implementing an EAM. Using an EAM prior to departure will help provide a schedule of inspections and preventive maintenance tasks to be completed on arrival and on scheduled intervals during the length of the experiment. The increased organization transforms into greater efficiency and allow for more time to be spent on the trips purpose. Upon return to warmer climates, educational institutions can inspect and repaired equipment for future use. Integrating handheld technologies will further enhance operating efficiencies by transferring data directly to computers without the hassle of frozen writing instruments.

Stuart Smith

More From Transcendent