This paper is a study of virtualizing chemical laboratory equipment PCs to extend the life time of the overall laboratory equipment platform. Replacing laboratory equipment based upon depreciation is mentioned as this may serve as a starting point for replacement among businesses and research centers. An overview of virtualization is provided as well as the advantages of virtualization in the laboratory from a business, Information Technology (IT), as well as a laboratory point of view. Two solutions based upon serial connection based equipment are proposed which would extend the life of the instrumentation while maintaining aging operating systems. Initial test results of the proposed solutions are presented indicating that the use of production equipment could be successful. A discussion tying in the triad of business, IT, and the laboratory goals with the testing results is provided and then a suggested course for future work is made to address using virtual platforms to assist in maintaining chemical laboratory equipment and the connected PCs past their depreciated lifetimes.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Research Briefs on Information & Communication Technology|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2017|