Case Study: Adelaide Botanic High School

  Westlab was approached by the South Australian Department for Education to assist with the initial equipment set-up package for its first vertical school, Adelaide Botanic High School, located in Adelaide’s CBD. The flagship High School has a unique approach to learning with a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects. As […] ... Read More

A Guide to Choosing a Pipette Tip

    There are an array of pipette tips available in the market and it can become difficult to select an appropriate tip for your application. Not only do you need to find a tip that fits your pipette, you also need to decide on the type of tip and the quality of the tip. […] ... Read More

9 Ways to Make Your Day Productive in the Lab

1. Plan ahead For an efficient and productive day at the lab, the first and foremost thing to do is plan your day. This may be done at the end of the previous day, or in the morning at work. Jot down your tasks with a little detail, set deadlines and mark out the priority […] ... Read More

How to Get an Extra $7,500 Worth from Your Laboratory Budget

If the idea of creating money from thin air appeals to you, then we have good news! We have compiled our top five tips that can help you save $7,500 from your laboratory budget. Read on…   1. Freight Charges If you place orders regularly , you could save tonnes by taking advantage of Westlab’s […] ... Read More

How Compactus Can Help Organise Your Laboratory

  If you are seeking to bring organisation into your existing laboratory or starting from scratch, a compactus can offer a systematic solution to your storage needs. Compactus mobile shelving units can organise even the untidiest of laboratories. Their sleek design fits into any space, from small school prep rooms to large scale research laboratories […] ... Read More

The Challenges of Working in a Lab

  Some of the challenges scientists face in the lab Cross Contamination. Normally this is the outcome of trivial incidents of carelessness or oversight, or conversely, unavoidable mishaps. Nevertheless, without careful attention to the task, it is surprisingly easy to unintentionally combine an alien substance/s with a specimen, or accidentally soil an otherwise sterile substance. Oversight […] ... Read More

Work/Life Balance: Tips for Lab Professionals

  Working as a lab professional means sacrifice, time and effort. This applies for any position of academia. This raises question as to whether a work-life balance in this profession exists. The truth is, it depends on the researcher.    1: Work out what you can go without  An academic job—particularly research—will always require sacrifice. For many, work is life, […] ... Read More

The 10 Unspoken Rules in the Lab

1. Don’t touch Never, ever use someone else’s equipment, samples, liquid media, or particularly anything subject to contamination, without clear permission. Overlook this unspoken rule and you risk: the venting of anger from the lender, the failure of their experiment, and the subsequent blame for that failure! 2. Do unto others as you would have […] ... Read More

Advantages of Reconfigurable Laboratory Joinery

The one thing you have probably wished for at one point in your career is that the lab was just that little bit different in terms of design. ‘I wish we put that cabinet over there.’ ‘These overhead cupboards really should have been placed differently.’ A flexible joinery system makes lab life a lot easier, […] ... Read More

10 Ways to Decrease Cost Per Sample in Your Laboratory

There are several ways to reduce the cost per sample in a throughout laboratory. In this paper, we examine some of the easier ways to reduce your sample. Investing the time into being smarter and leaner can have great outcomes for your laboratory, giving it the competitive edge to scale into the future. Increase sample […] ... Read More

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