Task 6 Purchasing equipment for conservation laboratories
Completed in 2012
In the first half of the year, tendering procedure was prepared and carried out for the purchase of an environmental chamber for ageing tests. As a result of the procedure, the supplier of the chamber was selected.
The chamber is necessary to carry out ageing tests for various materials used in conservation. Such tests can tell us whether a given material is resistant to atmospheric conditions and what happens with it under UV exposure. As a result, the agents which adversely affect the exhibits or show poor resistance to temperature and humidity leaps or UV exposure can be eliminated. Currently, preparations are under way to purchase a portable XRF spectrometer. The person to prepare the description of the terms the tendering procedure was selected and research for potential manufacturers and suppliers of XRF spectrometers in the Polish market was carried out.
Completed in 2013
Purchase of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer
In the first half of the year, a call for tenders for purchasing a portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer for the analysis of chemical content of various samples was prepared and announced. The firm which provided portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer was selected in a tender procedure. Non-destructive identification of elemental composition is a key factor when particularly valuable samples are analysed. Non-destructive analysis is necessary in order to preserve the original sample to confirm its composition if an analysis carried out in another laboratory or using another technique.
Purchase of vacuum pump
A vacuum pump was also purchased which is needed when the vacuum analysis and precision chemical measurements are necessary. The vacuum pump sucks the air from the space between the sample and the detector, which increases the detection threshold. The pump is connected to the portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer.
Completed in 2014
In 2014 a portable spectrophotometer for colour measurement – a supplementary tool for ageing tests was purchased. Other purchases included an ultrasonic cleaner; a laboratory freezer, a specialist laboratory table – the standard furnishing of every laboratory, improving the quality of work. In 2014, laboratory microscopes received auxiliary equipment, including the purchasing of a three axes XYZ movable table, a UV and polarisation lamp – which allowed a fuller use of the types of microscopes owned by the laboratory. Two photographic cameras and specialist lens for infrared photographs were also purchased.
The equipment purchased encompasses supplementary devices which guarantee the high quality of conservation work at the Museum.
Completed in 2015
The purchase of equipment necessary for the conservation department’s chemistry lab (moisture balance, magnetic stirrer and devices for preparing polished cross-sections) greatly facilitated the work.
A pigment printer was also purchased, which is supplementary device needed to produce conservation documentation.
The task was completed in May 2015.
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