Laboratory exhaust systems expend more energy than any other single aspect of your lab. Studies have shown that exhaust systems alone can account for as much as 30 percent of your lab's total energy consumption, which makes them kind of a big deal when it comes to the bottom line. Since they do account for such a major expenditure, it's in your best interest to ensure that your lab's exhaust system is functioning properly and efficiently. And if that wasn't motivation enough, know that laboratory exhaust is also one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. So the sooner you get your laboratory exhaust system optimized and streamlined, the sooner you'll be saving money, as well as the environment. But how do you do it?
Energy efficiency is a top priority for a lot of laboratories, but it's not always easy to do. Most labs need to use high-energy appliances like fume hoods, incubators, and ultra freezers to ensure samples are properly handled and tested. It doesn't help that most safety regulations require a high standard for air flow either. Since labs can be inefficient when it comes to energy, most lab managers are looking for ways to help conserve energy, both for the environment and your lab's tight budget. Here are a few new ideas to help boost your lab's energy efficiency:
When designing your lab, you have many options when it comes to countertops. The type of countertop you choose for your lab typically depends on what you are doing on the countertops. Testing chemicals? Working with food? Cutting? Once you know the answer to that question, you can properly choose a counter material to fit your labs needs. Our standard 3/4” phenolic tops are designed for a demanding environment. They are impact, scratch and wear resistant and do not absorb or retain moisture. A step above the standard is the chemical resistant solid phenolic tops. Chemical Resistant Solid Phenolic Compact is one of the most durable decorative surface materials available. Along with all the qualities of the standard, it is also chemical resistant.
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Food microbiology labs can be some of the most difficult to design. Because of the nature of the tests you're running, your microbiology lab needs to meet a variety of safety concerns that are a bit more stringent than other labs, which can require some innovative design options. When you're working on commissioning or designing a new food microbiology lab, there are a ton of aspects to consider that vary from the standard testing lab. To make sure you're on the right track designing your food microbiology lab, here are a few tips you'll want to make sure you think about before you decide on a design:
Efficiency is one of the biggest concerns for any laboratory. You're always looking for the best way to optimize employee time and complete more processes in less time. But working to streamline lab processes takes a lot more than just quick employees. With proper organization, thorough planning, and optimal design, you can get the streamlined processes you're looking for. Here are a few ideas you may not have considered that can help streamline your lab processes:
If you're like many successful laboratories around the country, you've been around for awhile. And though it's great that business is doing so well, you're beginning to notice that your machines, appliances, and even your laboratory space are looking a bit outdated. It's not uncommon for excellent, reputable laboratories to fall behind the times simply because it's such a hassle to renovate and upgrade. Many labs built more than 20 years ago are still getting by, but they're inconvenient to work in, are inefficient, and are likely drawing far more energy than is strictly necessary. The problem is that it never seems like there's a convenient time to renovate. Even if you've got the budget to make improvements, is there ever a good time to commission a lab redesign?
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At Multi-Lab steel laboratory furniture is our specialty, but our machines and associates have the means to do much more. Companies have come to us to get specific bends done on parts that their machines do not have the ability to perform. A typical brake press can only do bends that fit the tooling and operators capacity. Our Prima Power panel bender can do hemming and radius bends. This machine also saves us time with the automatic tool changing feature.
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One of the hardest parts of implementing a new laboratory is deciding where to put it. If your company has an existing building, then you have to find somewhere that's big enough to house your lab, and if you're looking offsite, you still need something that's close enough to your company's main building for convenience in communication. The last thing you want is to choose a location for your new lab, only to realize it's missing some of the things you need. To make sure you don't forget anything while you're shopping around for the perfect location, here's a list of considerations to keep in mind:
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When it comes to choosing countertops for your new lab or lab renovation, it can be difficult to decide which is the right option. You have your budget to consider, but then there's also the fact that you need something that will hold up to the processes your employees have to complete every day. Whether you're renovating a hospital lab or a food laboratory, here's a rundown of the 5 most popular lab countertop materials today:
In today's world, most business operations are trending toward sustainable, energy efficient practices. And it makes sense: it saves money to run operations efficiently, it saves the company time, and it's better for the environment. What's more, sustainability focuses on keeping operations running and relevant for a longer period of time. So it's no surprise that laboratories are jumping on the sustainability train too. Labs are historically one of the most expensive business operations to run, so anything that can be done to make them more efficient, streamlined, and functional for longer periods of time, is a big help.