Open vs Closed Laboratory Design

Open-plan is used to describe any floor plan which uses large, open spaces with few walls and minimal use of small, enclosed rooms.  Modern office space design follows this trend, where there are few walls with movable, modular furnishings resulting in an open, interactive workspace.  Since the mid-90s, laboratory design has embraced the open-plan concept. Open-plan design has become […] ... Read More

Tips for improving lab lighting

As an important part of the work environment, lighting has a profound impact on the performance within the laboratory. Even more crucially, the majority of laboratory personnel are required to complete delicate tasks permitting no margin of error. To improve productivity, personnel are encouraged to implement the following suggestions: 1. Replace light bulbs on regular […] ... Read More

Things to Consider When Choosing a 3-Decimal Balance

Laboratory balances are one of the pieces of equipment that is often taken for granted. However, these analytical balances are an important instrument in any laboratory – without a functional, accurate balance proper sample preparation and data analysis would be impossible. An assortment of various balances will allow the flexibility and customisation of the laboratory […] ... Read More

7 Reasons to Use Open Steel Wire Shelving for Laboratory Storage

  Tired of having less than optimal storage solutions for your laboratory, hospital, healthcare and medical facilities.  Whether you are looking for storage and shelving options for a new lab design or refitting a laboratory, there are many considerations you need to contemplate.  Laboratory storage shelving units needs to be functional and economical.  The Westlab […] ... Read More

What Style of “Wishlister” are you?

    Wishlists are an interactive method to collect and organise the current and future laboratory ordering requirements. Using Wishlists will help make the process of ordering consumables, supplies and equipment more efficient and less stressful. Why using Wishlists in the first place? Here are some good reasons as to why wishlists are an effective […] ... Read More

8 Steps to Handling a laboratory Chemical Spill

Careful handling, storing and good laboratory practices in the use of laboratory chemicals will significantly reduce the occurrence of spills.  However, despite laboratory best practice, chemical spills are not uncommon.  Luckily, most chemical spills can be safely cleaned up by trained laboratory personnel.  When a chemical spill does occur, it is essential that you are […] ... Read More

5 Ways to Make a High Throughput Laboratory More Efficient

In a competitive world, the most active and agile laboratory in the market wins! In this article, we seek to look at ways to make your laboratory more lean and agile. A competitive edge can be achieved in many ways including automation, professional training, lean process, and continuous improvement. Finding your laboratory’s Unique Selling Proposition (USP) could come back to your ability to […] ... Read More

The Different Types of Glass in the Lab 

Glassware in the form of beakers, petri dishes, vials, burettes and cylinders among others has always been a part of even the smallest laboratories. This is because of the unique inert qualities that allow chemical substances to be placed inside it. However, not all glassware is equal. There are different materials used in making laboratory glass such as […] ... Read More

A Guide to Purchasing a Compound Microscope

The microscope is one of the greatest inventions in science giving the ability to place small subjects such as cells and microorganisms on a slide and magnify them between 40x and 1500x allowing for a clear magnified view of the object. There are several different types of microscopes used in the lab, but the compound […] ... Read More

A Guide to Purchasing a Centrifuge

An essential equipment item in many laboratories is a centrifuge. It is used in processes such as separation of red blood cells, DNA, cellular debris, and organelles. Lab managers need to keep in mind that there are numerous brands of centrifuges in the market and as a result, there are a number of consideration to […] ... Read More

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