It was going so well, until it wasn’t. . .
It was a crisp winter morning, the year newly minted as it was only January 2nd. I had just finished preparing all of our samples to run on our old, but usually reliable, ion chromatography (IC) unit. (Aside: The IC is vital in measuring when the desalination treatments of USS Monitor objects are complete.)
Our IC unit ran out of preventive maintenance coverage (read warranty) as of January 1st. The IC is so old that parts are hard to find and we couldn’t buy a new preventive maintenance policy on it. Our IC was balancing on the precipice of obsolescence and inactivity.