Why Every Lab isn’t Created Equal
If you’ve selected the incorrect lab equipment, you aren’t alone. One of the most common interactions we have with parties looking to build a new lab is the intention of their labs or a misperception of what they actually need from their lab furniture. What you can learn by looking at various labs, is that no one is the same and all are designed with specific purposes in mind.
Consider a new lab design in a school. Most schools as we’ve mentioned utilize wood applications. While slightly higher priced than metal casework, wood has traditionally been the go-to material in the educational setting. With that being said schools could save costs and gain longer life spans from their lab furniture by utilizing metal furniture.
On the other hand, many commercial labs require more expensive laboratory furniture such as steel and polypropylene because of their need for sterile work environments or resistance to corrosive chemicals. What should be said is just because there is a more expensive piece of furniture you could have in your lab, doesn’t mean you need it. Finding the best fit for your individual application is key and something a trained professional can assist you in.
Another key factor that differentiates labs from one another is the versatility and flexibility they provide over time. New labs, especially educational labs often grow over time, or need to be reorganized. On the other hand, specialized laboratories may use more specific work stations and furniture layouts that over time won’t be modified much, if at all.
This is important to consider because some lab furniture such as the modular applications that we carry can be moved and reorganized. This is a dramatic financial savings compared to those you would experience in redesigning or modifying the more permanent stainless, wood or metal furniture designs.
Not every lab is created equal, and with the proper preparation you can get the lab environment that you need, not the one you might think you want.