Optimal lab designing is a task that demands a high level of planning. Typically, it should involve all important links in the chain from the scientists and students to managers and maintenance staff who can contribute with valuable inputs requiring exact requirements. All the major functional teams in the lab need to have meaningful discussions to provide comprehensive information to the lab designer and architect for maximum optimization and efficiency. Here are the best tips to keep in mind for [...]
Glassware is a common material found extensively in laboratories in the form of equipment. Since their inception, laboratories have demanded and utilized various types of glass materials according to their specific experimental requirements and reagents used. While standard consumer-grade or ‘soda-lime’ glass is adequate for normal use, borosilicate glass expands lesser. Thus it is more tolerant to rapid heat and cold changes. When labs need glass heating to temperatures higher than 450 degrees, fused silica is the best option [...]
Running a laboratory can have a huge impact on the environment. The various testing and research equipment, chemicals and their storage, sterilization processes, energy usage and many other aspects of the lab can leave huge carbon footprints and also incur higher costs. While none of these factors can be eliminated, adopting greener processes can curb the adverse environmental impact to a considerable extent. Going green is not as difficult and expensive as it looks. If you want to make your [...]
A laboratory is a place where new researches and experiments are an inherent part of their existence. But apart from being a Mecca of innovations and discoveries, laboratories are also a place where accidents can occur easily due to the risks involved in working with equipment, chemicals, and other hazardous substances. If you want to avoid frequent accidents, you must set up a set of safety rules to be followed. Here are the 5 most necessary rules that should be [...]
Traditionally, glass and steel lab ware had been the choice of laboratories all over the world. Catering to the demands of laboratory scientists, the best possible containers are made available that serve their purpose. While glass was the first preference due to its significant properties like transparency, lesser reactivity with reagents and economic costs, the lab industry is now switching to more of plastic. Let’s know more about plastic and glass and their comparative use in laboratories. Glass Has its [...]
The most preferred method of sterilizing laboratory equipment and tools is an autoclave. Basic autoclaving apparatus, much similar to a pressure cooker, use a combination of heat, pressure, and steam to sterilize lab materials made of both glass and plastic. Steam heat kills bacteria, germs and other spores which are simply resistant to boiling water and soap. Thus, autoclaving is the most effective way of controlling microbial levels for laboratory apparatus like containers, bottle caps, and medical instruments. Material selection [...]
Science Laboratory: Symbols, Signs and their Meanings If you have ever visited a science laboratory, you must have come across several symbols and signs displayed on the walls or near science equipment. A science laboratory is a place which is exposed to harmful substances since a number of experiments are conducted there. Hence, as a science lab visitor, you should be aware of these symbols. Here is your handy guide to decoding the meaning of symbols in a science lab. Corrosive This sign [...]
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