What is the Difference Between Soda-lime Glass & Borosilicate Glass?

Posted on the 31st of Jul 2017 by admin
Borosilicate Glass Borosilicate glass is an “engineered “glass developed specifically for use in laboratories and applications where thermal, mechanical and chemical conditions are too harsh for...
4 years ago

LED vs Halogen – What is the best lighting for your microscope?

Posted on the 1st of Aug 2017 by admin
There are many choices when buying a microscope in the 21st century and “lighting” is one of them. In this article, we look at the differences between LED and Halogen lighting to assist you...
4 years ago

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Laboratory

Posted on the 1st of Aug 2017 by admin
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) simply boils down to barrier protection for individuals. PPE includes clothing and accessories to protect employees from potential workplace hazards. As the...
4 years ago

Distilled vs Deionised Water: What is the Difference?

Posted on the 6th of Aug 2017 by admin
The terms “distilled water” and “deionised water” are often misunderstood. Water Distillation Water evaporation/condensation is one of the oldest methods of producing pure water and is also...
4 years ago

Silicone vs Rubber

Posted on the 14th of Aug 2017 by admin
Silicone and rubber are both elastomers. Silicone is a polymer containing silicon together with carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Silicone and rubber can...
4 years ago

Difference Between a Lab Glasswasher & a Domestic Dishwasher

Posted on the 14th of Aug 2017 by admin
Although a domestic washer is a much lower cost than a laboratory glassware washer, it is not always suited for use in the commercial setting as it may not have the advanced features needed for...
4 years ago

Difference Between Polystyrene (PS) & Polypropylene (PP) With Resistance to Acids/Bases/Chemicals?

Posted on the 14th of Aug 2017 by admin
Polypropylene and polystyrene are two types of commonly used polymers in the manufacture of plastic laboratory consumables. Polymers are large molecules that have the same structural unit...
4 years ago

What Are Moisture Analysers & How Do They Work?

Posted on the 15th of Aug 2017 by admin
Moisture analysers sometimes called “moisture balances”, are used to measure the moisture content in various types of samples including solids, liquids, and gases. Trace moisture in solids must be...
4 years ago

9 Skills That Contribute to a Great Laboratory Manager

Posted on the 31st of Aug 2017 by admin
A Laboratory Manager is a person who is responsible for the management of daily operations in the laboratory. A lot of responsibility hinges on the Laboratory manager in respect to leadership,...
4 years ago

5 Ways to Save $10,000 in Your Laboratory!

Posted on the 12th of Sep 2017 by admin
Free freight for online orders over $100 Place regular orders online and take advantage of our free freight offer.  Small everyday savings can have a huge impact on your overall...
4 years ago

Implementing 5S in the Laboratory

Posted on the 19th of Sep 2017 by admin
5S is a visual management tool and a structured methodology in creating best practice, clean, organised and efficient working environment. 5S can assist with the elimination of frustration, confusion,...
4 years ago

Waste Elimination Using “WOODMITS” – Lean Management Techniques

Posted on the 19th of Sep 2017 by admin
Waste reduces the capacity of a laboratory to reach its objectives in the most efficient manner; it uses limited resources in ways that do not contribute to the organisation’s overall goals....
4 years ago

Ten Tips To Save Time in the Lab

Posted on the 20th of Sep 2017 by admin
Highly successful laboratory personnel know that time is a precious commodity in the day to day operation of a lab. There is nothing more valuable than time – whilst money can be lost and made...
4 years ago

Designing or Improving a High-Volume Production or Automation Laboratory?

Posted on the 27th of Sep 2017 by admin
Are you prioritising optimisation of laboratory design and layout?  There are many ways to layout benching in your laboratory space. In this article, we look at incorporating lean principles to...
4 years ago

Spaghetti Diagram: Reducing Space & Motion Waste in the Lab

Posted on the 1st of Oct 2017 by admin
Over time, your laboratory can become inefficient due to the lack of thought process behind the positioning of equipment and workstations. Inefficiencies often occur over long periods of time with the...
4 years ago

5 Key Considerations When Building or Refurbishing a Lab

Posted on the 3rd of Oct 2017 by admin
The building or refurbishing a new laboratory can be a daunting task as there are many things to consider In the design process. In this article, we cover 5 key considerations whilst building a...
4 years ago

Who Should Be Involved In Your Laboratory Design Process & Why?

Posted on the 6th of Oct 2017 by admin
Designing a laboratory can be a daunting task and it is often a question of how many people you should include in the laboratory design process. Too many people and personalities can create confusion...
4 years ago

Islamic School of Canberra Principal & ANU Plant Scientist Travel to East Timor, Supported by Westlab

Posted on the 9th of Oct 2017 by admin
A partnership between a plant scientist and a teacher has resulted in a trip to the impoverished rural region of Maliana in East Timor, to deliver a three-day workshop to 40 teachers aimed to explore...
4 years ago

Differences Between a Laboratory & Domestic Refrigerator/Freezer?

Posted on the 9th of Oct 2017 by admin
Fridges and freezers are a vital piece of laboratory equipment. They work for 24 hours a day, seven days a week storing samples, reagents, kits, chemicals, and poisons in the required optimum cold...
4 years ago

Importance of Understanding Workflow Before Designing Your New Lab

Posted on the 11th of Oct 2017 by admin
What Is Workflow? Workflow is the set of tasks grouped chronologically into a process and the people or resources needed for those tasks, that are necessary to achieve a goal. A laboratory workflow...
4 years ago

Key Budgeting Tips for Saving Money in Your Laboratory

Posted on the 23rd of Oct 2017 by admin
Documenting a budget is a great starting point when given the job to supervise the expenditure for your laboratory. Managing a budget in a laboratory can be an overwhelming task as there is...
4 years ago

How to Fast Forward a Decision From Your Management

Posted on the 23rd of Oct 2017 by admin
Some decisions in the laboratory can directly affect operational outcomes and larger capital requirements, such as specialist laboratory equipment that directly depends on higher management to approve...
4 years ago

How to Prevent Email Burnout in the Laboratory

Posted on the 24th of Oct 2017 by admin
It’s 9:00 on Monday morning. As Kate sits down at her desk she experiences that familiar feeling of dread…her email inbox is overloaded and she is way behind on responding to the multitude of...
4 years ago

Digital vs Traditional Refractometers

Posted on the 24th of Oct 2017 by admin
At Westlab we are often challenged with the question, how can we justify the extra expense of a digital refractometer over against a traditional refractometer? In this article, we look at the basic...
4 years ago
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