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What are Fireproof Cabinets, and do you really need them?

Posted by Multi-Lab on September 22, 2017

If you are constructing a new laboratory space, you’re confronted with a lot of decisions to make about your lab’s design, function, and furniture. In your research, you’ve probably come across information on fireproof lab cabinets. If you’re not sure whether your lab truly needs fireproof cabinetry, or what fireproof cabinetry entails, keep reading for our breakdown of fireproof lab cabinets.

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Topics: Custom Casework

5 Steps to Designing an Industrial Lab

Posted by Multi-Lab on September 21, 2017

The laboratory of an industrial facility is one of its most important components; it is the brain, not only in terms of the analytical activities going on there, but in the importance of its structure and housing. Just like the human brain, a well-designed industrial lab will be efficient and well-protected from its environment. So what are the critical steps to designing an industrial lab?

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Topics: Lab Design

Making Your Old Laboratory Sustainable

Posted by Multi-Lab on September 13, 2017

Sustainability is an important part of corporate responsibility and accountability, and your current lab may not be contributing to that mission. If you’re not ready for a completely new lab, but know that you need to make your lab more efficient and sustainable, there are a few changes you can make to increase sustainability, without a total overhaul of your current lab.

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Topics: Lab Design

How to Teach your Lab Employees Proper Laboratory Safety Procedures

Posted by Multi-Lab on August 24, 2017

When you're running a lab, you know that safety is always a top priority. Most laboratories deal with caustic chemicals and hazardous materials that can be dangerous when handled improperly. This means that labs, in any industry, require a bit more safety training than a lot of other work environments. Even though you know safety is important, how can you relay that importance to your employees in a way that encourages a healthy, safe, and productive laboratory environment? Here are a few ideas to help teach your lab employees proper safety procedures in a way that ensures they remember them:

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Topics: Laboratory Safety

Getting Your Lab On Time - Why Lead Times Matter

Posted by Multi-Lab on August 16, 2017

When you're considering upgrading a lab, your first priority is minimizing company downtime. It's not easy to work in a lab that's also being remodeled, and it's harder still to relocate your processes for even a short amount of time. So, how can you keep lead times short to ensure you get your new or remodeled laboratory on time, and in a time frame that suits you? Check out these tips:

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Topics: Lab Design

10 Quick Laboratory Safety Tips

Posted by Multi-Lab on August 11, 2017

Laboratories require a strictly controlled environment. Since they deal with such a great number of chemicals and other hazardous materials, and since the tests and processes you run every day rely on absolute precision, safety is paramount. Here are 10 quick lab safety tips to keep your lab running at its best.

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Topics: Laboratory Safety

How Technology is Improving Laboratory Casework and Furniture

Posted by Multi-Lab on July 26, 2017

It's not really big news to say that technology is constantly changing. It seems like each week someone comes out with a new smart watch or app update that every consumer needs. And while these sorts of technology updates get all the press, it's good to know that technology is continuously improving and expanding even in our industry––the world of lab furniture and casework. Though that might not sound particularly exciting, some of the most recent technology updates to laboratory furniture and casework could do a lot to benefit your company, as well as employee comfort and productivity. So what are some of these lab furniture and casework updates, and why should you get excited about them? Read on to find out:

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Topics: Casework

Optimizing Laboratory Exhaust Systems

Posted by Multi-Lab on July 21, 2017

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?

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Topics: Lab Design, laboratory exhaust system

Increasing The Energy Efficiency Of Your Lab

Posted by Multi-Lab on July 10, 2017

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:

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Topics: Lab Design, energy efficiency, Laboratory Planning

July 2017 Newsletter

Posted by Multi-Lab on June 30, 2017

Countertops

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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Topics: MultiLab Newsletter

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