The Instrumentation Laboratory is a
technological partner to teaching and research throughout Miami
University by its support of instrumentation and laboratory equipment.
This partnership is achieved through competent staff, suitably equipped
facilities, and the array of services available to both faculty and
Instrumentation Laboratory services are
maintenance and repair of instruments, laboratory apparatus, and
glassware; consultation and training on laboratory equipment; and
design and construction of specialized apparatus. Facilities are the
electrical and electronic laboratory, the mechanical laboratory and
machine shop, and the welding shop. Multidisciplinary access to an
inventory of major analytical instruments is provided.
Maintenance and repair- The
Instrumentation Laboratory provides routine and preventative
maintenance and repair for instruments and laboratory apparatus.
Consultation and Training- The
Instrumentation Laboratory consults with faculty and students on a wide
range of technical issues related to research, such as equipment
purchase, instrument selection, and design. We train in user
maintenance of instruments, and safety procedures.
Design and Construction of Specialized
Apparatus- The Instrumentation Laboratory staff has the engineering
and technological skills to design and construct many types of
instruments, apparatus, and accessories. Complex glassware, mechanisms
from well drilling rigs to miniature sample cell manifolds, and
amplifiers, filters, timers, computer interfaces, and software have
been designed and built by the Instrumentation Laboratory.
Glassware Support- The Instrumentation
Laboratory administers the university's glass policy. Please go to the
"Glass Policy" link to learn about the current policy. As in the past,
the Instrumentation Lab will pay for the labor on glass work, while the
requesting department pays for the materials (as long as the policy is
Instrument Accessibility- The
Instrumentation Laboratory provides interdisciplinary access to major
research instruments located in the science departments. Specialized
instruments important to two or more research groups are made
accessible to all researchers by inclusion on the Instrumentation Laboratory's Equipment List.
Other services- Audio-visual services,
computer services, building maintenance, and utilities are provided by
other organizations at Miami University.
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- School Year: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
- Summer: 7:30 AM-4:30 PM
The Instrumentation Laboratory is located in
room 75 Hughes.
The facility consists of:
Electronics Support Laboratory- The
Electronics Laboratory is equipped to repair and calibrate the
electrical and electronic parts of most laboratory apparatus found at
Miami University and to construct electronic circuits including printed
Mechanical Support Laboratory and Machine Shop-
The Mechanical Laboratory maintains apparatus ranging from delicate
balances and microscopes to large drilling rigs and hydraulic presses.
Computer controlled machine tools facilitate machining of complex
shapes and precise duplication of parts. Mig, tig, stick welding, and
limited sheet metal work are also available.
Glass Support - The IL is presently
outsourcing all of its glass needs. If you have a glass need, please
contact the director. The oursourcing policy has recently been revised
to better serve our users. The IL now has a glassblower coming on
campus the first Tuesday of every month to meet with researchers who
need to have glasswork repaired or fabricated. The glass policy is more
fully explained in the glassware
policy section of this site.
Other- We provide on-site service for
instruments that are too sensitive or bulky to be transported
conveniently. We are not staffed or equipped to pickup or deliver
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Feel free to contact any of the staff above
either via telephone or email.
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Instrumentation Laboratory Advisory
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Interchange Listserv List
The Instrumentation Information Interchange
Listserv List is for the discussion and exchange of ideas between the
Instrumentation Laboratory and the research community. We invite all
researchers on campus to join the list.
To join the list, go to the III Archives