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Don’t Let Lab Configuration Become a Game of Twister

TwisterChances are good that you inherited your lab space and didn’t have much say in how it was set up. Unless you’re one of the fortunate few who has the luxury of designing a brand-new space from the very beginning, you’re stuck with what you have. Furthermore, every lab is different; you can’t just copy someone else’s lab configuration because even if you’ve got a room with the same shape and size, the power outlets won’t be in the same place and you likely won’t have the same MS model as other labs.

Configuring your lab can become a greater challenge with every passing year as you take on additional equipment and projects. Getting work done in a crowded, haphazardly laid out environment is like playing a game of Twister. This is why the ability to customize your lab configuration really matters.

The Safety Aspects of Lab Configuration

Anyone who’s played a game of Twister knows that when any configuration gets too complicated, the system, like the game’s players, collapses. While that’s cause for lighthearted laughter in a children’s game, it can have a much more serious impact on your lab. The spatial limitations posed by most labs present a difficult challenge when you’re setting up your furniture layout in an existing space or need to add new equipment.

Mass spectrometry requires you to have a lab configuration that safely contains roughing pumps, holds the mass spec itself in a way that you (and service techs) can easily and safely access it, and houses your necessary peripheral equipment.

Questions to Ask When Configuring Your Lab

We’ve worked with a lot of lab managers and have seen a wide variety of lab spaces. Over the years, we’ve developed a list of questions that will help as you prepare to reconfigure your lab to accommodate new equipment or lines of work.

  • How many pieces of equipment do you/will you have?
  • How do they need to be connected?
  • How large is each piece of equipment?
  • What peripherals need to be connected with each piece?
  • What types of connections does piece of equipment need (power, hoses, tubing, etc.)?
  • Will hoses and tubes need to go out through the back of the bench or down through the surface?

Getting it Right with Customizable Lab Benches

Fortunately, we can help. Our dedicated lab furniture is customizable, which allows you to make the most of your limited space. In response to the needs addressed by these questions, we’ve developed IonBenches that are strong enough to hold the largest and most complex of mass specs, can be drilled with holes right where you need them for any type of connection, and are built with strong caster wheels that allow you to rearrange your lab configuration each time your line of inquiry takes a new turn.

Our IonBenches also work well together. We can manufacture mirror-image benches, where enclosures can match up with each other, allowing proper integration between mass spec and HPLC systems.

Don’t get pulled into a game of Twister. You might consult with a cabinet maker about the best configuration for new cabinets in your kitchen, so why not let us guide you with solutions to maximize space for the best possible lab configuration?

Contact us today at 888-669-1233 to discuss how to make the most of the lab space you have.

PSM Study Reveals Concerning Lack of Lab Safety Culture

Lab WorkersWe recently came across an unsettling report that bears sharing. The source is a Petrotechnics survey conducted in the summer of 2017 on process safety and risk management (PSM). Over 200 senior hydrocarbon-industry leaders with responsibility for process safety, asset integrity and operational risk management, responded with a frank assessment of the safety culture—or lack thereof—within their organizations.

While these insights are taken specifically from the chemical processing industry, we think the significant findings could help remind us all of the importance of supporting lab safety.

Aligning Goals with Plans and Procedures

Much of what concerned us with this report was a significant gap between goals stated in various companies’ literature and the presence of actual plans and procedures that would fulfill those goals in their practices.

While almost all companies had goals related to risk reduction and supporting safety performance, 61% of those surveyed believe their organizations do not have sufficient safety indicators or safety performance measurements. There was also concern expressed by 54% of respondents that PSM is not incorporated into programs and strategies for operational excellence. Specifically, those respondents felt that there was a lack of operative, real-time solutions designed to monitor and manage divergences from expectations or performance standards.

Furthermore, the greatest source of resistance to PSM implementation listed was organizational culture, with an overwhelming 86% listing this as an issue. Fully three quarters of respondents listed maintenance and internal procedures as other hindrances to a fully functioning PSM environment.

Speaking the Truth about PSM Issues

The anonymously conducted survey allowed respondents to freely express their opinions. Several anonymous responses indicated that companies often value productivity over safety.

Specific quotes are telling:

“Process safety is specialized knowledge, not typically understood by operations and maintenance, leading to implementation gaps.”

 “Production takes priority over safety, which often leads to shortcuts and safety incidents, despite corporate safety policies.”

 “Corporate lip service to PSM policies that are not backed up with effective and efficient planned preventative maintenance.”

Particularly significant was that only 6% of respondents indicated that critical safety maintenance was up to date. Yikes.

Making Lab Safety a Priority at All Levels

This study hits close to home. We’ve all seen it before: People lose sight of the importance of planned safety procedures that are regularly tested and implemented. They instead focus on the end result, forgetting the importance of working within lab safety parameters.

As labs are renovated or expanded, project goals evolve, and managers can easily forget the importance of purchasing equipment and lab furniture that will reduce safety risks. Attention that should be paid to the enhancement of lab safety becomes focused elsewhere, and impactful practices and products are overlooked.

Stocking up on safety gear, maintaining a clean and organized space, minimizing noise to ensure clear communication, battling vibration to protect lab equipment—these details are still critical to lab safety.

Adopting a “safety first” mentality is integral and backed by the overwhelming consensus of those 86% responders who believe that an organization’s culture has the greatest impact on PSM. When you’re running a busy lab, and must meet budget and production quotas, it can be difficult to balance safety into the equation. We can help you get on your way to a lab that’s designed with safety in mind, just give us a call.

Equipment Configuration Feng Shui Can Enhance Lab Safety

RocksEvery lab has its own spatial challenges. In the process of working with lab administrators over the years, we’ve heard about many different configuration obstacles that labs have had to overcome to get their work done. Sometimes, these changes seem to require a Feng Shui expert to get things to align properly—but a better approach is to talk to experts about incorporating custom dedicated lab furniture into your lab.

Aligning Mass Spec Equipment and Lab Safety

Research labs, academic labs, and clinical labs all have their own unique set of priorities and necessary outcomes, and for each, the ideal lab configuration is different. When you consider the shape and dimensions of the space you’re working with, there’s simply no way to have a “one size fits all” solution. Instead, it’s best to align your spatial limitations and equipment support needs to determine the best setup for a well-organized space—one that will prevent lab accidents from happening and keep workflow moving as efficiently as possible. When your furniture is crafted with the task in mind, even personnel posture can be improved.

Making Lab Arrangements Work and Prevent Lab Accidents

The shape and size of your mass spec and other key instrumentation will determine a lot of what you can and can’t do within your lab space. For example, we had a customer with a Shimadzu 8050 alongside a large HPLC system. He also wanted an attached work area for his computer so he didn’t have to trek back and forth to record data. We have an extended lab bench, but the overhang from it would have covered a third of the standard lateral side bench needed for the computer. We worked out a custom solution, using our dedicated lab furniture, which canted the additional work surface to minimize the overlap. The result was a large, sophisticated MS-HPLC system, with workstation, all in a space of between eight and nine feet.

Another issue arises when labs have deep mass specs, such as the Waters Xevo TQ-S. In this situation, we can install access holes for hoses on the back of the IonBench MS instead of on the top, which is our standard configuration. Since the bench is also built on casters, it’s possible to get to those hoses without reaching and climbing—thus decreasing the possibility of accidents and minimizing potential damage when the equipment is moved out for servicing.

Mobility Is the Key to Configuration Success

Casters are key when it comes to arranging your lab. We know of a startup facility in Boston with a beautiful, classic lab design, where everything was aligned perfectly at the beginning to allow for efficient workflow and to prevent lab accidents. Unfortunately, over time, they purchased more and more equipment and had no place to put it.

If they’d set everything on movable lab furniture, they could have easily, repeatedly, and safely rearranged their lab to find a configuration that would work best for them. Ultimately, they had to rent additional space to house their growing collection of equipment. It was a costly alternative that could have been avoided with some planning and forethought about customization and mobility.

Keeping Lab Workspaces Functional

There are several key elements to supporting lab safety through designing functional lab spaces. Fine-tuning your set up will ensure that lab personnel can work safely and efficiently within a space.

You may not even realize your lab configuration is inefficient, because you’ve become so used to working around the inefficiencies. But there’s a good chance your lab feng shui could be improved. Give us a call to talk about your unique spatial challenges and we’d be happy to explore the many possibilities for customizing your lab configuration.

Organization is the Key to a Safe (and Productive) Lab

Lab ShelvesIt’s common medical knowledge that our brains naturally forget. Studies have shown, for example, that when we listen to a presentation, we’ve already forgotten 40% of the information by the end of the lecture, and by the end of the week, we’ve forgotten 90% of it. This is one reason that we keep returning to the topic of lab safety. Forgetting to focus on lab safety can have potentially disastrous consequences.

Safety begins with organization—and that doesn’t just mean keeping all your test tubes in straight rows. Good organization requires regular record keeping, communication, proper labeling practices, routine cleaning and more. Here are two such examples that will connect the importance of organization to the safety of your lab.

Organized Means Labeled

Our first example takes place in a mechanical engineering research lab, where spontaneous combustion was the unfortunate result of improperly labeled nanomaterials. These particular internally produced aluminum nanoparticles had not been oxidized. The lab techs involved were used to working with commercially produced nanoparticles that were oxidized as part of the production process. Unfortunately, the internally produced nanoparticles were only labeled as “Aluminum Nanopowder,” giving techs no clue as to their potential flammability.

Furthermore, appropriate fire suppression materials were not on hand for addressing a metals fire. When the available “ABC” fire extinguisher had no effect on the fire, lab techs used their own coats to smother the flames—but not before one tech’s pants were burnt. Had there been an organized lab safety plan in place, sand would have been readily available and the techs would have known to use this to suppress the metals fire.

Compounding the problem—and the lab safety investigation—was the fact that the internally manufactured nanoparticles had not recently been produced, and the tech who produced them was no longer employed by the university at the time of the fire.

This is a classic example of what can go wrong when the chain of communication breaks down. Essentially, poor communication led to poor record keeping, which led to sloppy and improper labeling. There was no way for anyone to know whether the nanoparticles were oxidized prior to use. This proved even more costly when the university was forced to dispose of the entire stock of internally produced nanoparticles.

Organized Means Following Protocol

In another example, a student was splashed while washing materials in a nitric acid bath. Nitric acid entered the student’s eye because the student was not wearing eye protection. Fortunately, the victim immediately flushed the eye, twice, and no permanent damage resulted.

While there was no permanent harm, this lab safety incident cost the university time and money, with a trip to the hospital, incident procedures to follow and a lab safety investigation to undertake. If the student had simply followed an organized set of lab safety procedures, this event would not have taken place.

Organized Means Dedicated Lab Furniture

We understand the power of organization and its role in supporting lab safety. We share these lab-incident stories in the hopes that our lab safety posts will be part of the 10% of information that remains in your head by the end of the week. Complete organization is achieved through a variety of practices and habits, but we support lab safety culture in our own way—with the thoughtful construction of IonBenches, which incorporate several organizational aspects into their design.

To learn more about how our organization capacities can enhance your lab safety, contact us today.

A Holiday Gift for You: More Lab Safety Tips

lab-safety-tips-giftIf you’ve ever thought to yourself that our company is almost fanatically focused on lab safety, well, guess what: You’re right. One of the reasons for this is that lab accidents really do happen, and far too frequently. One researcher actually tracked lab accidents that have occurred over the past 100 years, documenting at least 125 major mishaps—and that doesn’t count all the smaller ones that didn’t make the news.

With this in mind, we are constantly on the lookout for reminders and tips to help make labs safer. (For previous tips and information, click here or here or here). The strategies below are courtesy of the National Institutes of Health, which takes a slightly different approach than the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, giving a different perspective on ways you can keep everyone safe in your lab.

Tip #1: Pay Constant Attention

After a while, we can become accustomed to the substances we work with on a daily basis. Familiarity breeds contempt, as the saying goes—but in a lab it’s much more likely to breed laxity and a dangerous inattention that can quickly lead to an accident.

Research labs feature everything from animal and biological dangers to simple physical perils like an inappropriately placed piece of lab furniture that wasn’t designed to be squeezed into a certain space and becomes a tripping hazard.

That’s why you should never let down your guard in the lab. Always pay attention to what you’re doing, who else is in the room, and what substances you’re handling. If by some unfortunate chance you do create or encounter an emergency situation, seek immediate assistance and report all accidents—no matter how small—to your supervisor.

Tip #2: Prepare

Pretend you’re back in school for this one (unless, of course, you are still in school, working in a college or university lab setting, in which case no pretending is necessary). Basically, you need to approach everything to do with the lab as if you’re studying for a test.

Attend lab safety briefings and updates. Read all the information you can find about everything in the lab—not just about dangerous substances you’ll be handling, but also the machines you’ll be working with and the dedicated lab furniture that’s designed to safely hold and handle those complex machines and dangerous substances.

Other ways to ace this “exam” are to follow instructions carefully and completely, know all the safety exits out of the building (in case one of them is blocked by a lab accident), and never, ever work alone.

Tip #3: Prevent

It might sound like a cliché, but it’s true: Prevention really is the best medicine. You won’t have to recover from a lab accident or contamination if you prevent one in the first place.

That’s why you want to dress appropriately and shouldn’t bring food and drink into the lab. You can also prevent accidental exposure by using dedicated lab furniture like fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. Also, never leave any active reaction unattended.

Tip #4: Protect

Lab coats don’t just look cool, they are designed to give you a protective layer that prevents accidental contamination. While gloves, goggles and ear plugs aren’t as fashionable, they also have a role to play in protecting you from danger.

And don’t forget to protect yourself when you remove these items. Wash your hands, especially if there’s any chance they came in contact with hazardous materials while you were removing your safety equipment.

Lab Furniture for Protection and Efficiency

Protecting yourself and your colleagues should always be foremost on your mind, but protecting the expensive machines you use is important too. This is why our line of dedicated lab furniture is so essential: Each piece helps protect both you and your equipment, all while enhancing efficiency and accuracy in the lab.

Contact us today to get answers to your questions about how specially designed lab furniture can improve lab safety and reliability for you.

Why Lab Benches for Mass Spectrometry Are So Important

lab-benches-for-mass-spectrometryWorking in a lab can be pretty hectic. This goes double if you’re working with a mass spectrometer: Too much vibration from roughing pumps can be an expensive hazard to your instruments, while excessive noise can be a hazard to your health.

That’s why it’s important to ensure your lab bench can handle the unique rigor of mass spectrometry work. In order to do that, it’s essential to have a dedicated lab bench.

What Should Your Lab Furniture Do?

It’s important to understand what will be required of a lab bench for mass spectrometry. By doing so, you’ll see why making an investment in dedicated lab furniture is worth the price. Below are some basic considerations:

1. Your lab bench needs to be big enough to accommodate large and heavy instruments. This might seem like a no-brainer, but that’s also why it’s so easy to overlook. Ideally, your bench should be able to support at least 500-700 pounds.

2. Your lab bench needs to allow for the connection of peripherals. This includes vacuum pumps, computers, and other equipment. You want to make sure your dedicated lab bench can handle any task you might throw at it. It should be deep enough to accommodate not only the instruments you use, but any necessary peripherals, their connections and of course, you.

3. Your lab bench needs to reduce noise and vibration as much as possible. As mentioned before, unmediated vibration can prove expensive, and too much noise can lead to hazardous working conditions. If your bench isn’t keeping your turbo molecular pump safe from vacuum-pump-generated vibrations, you’re going to be learning an expensive lesson about the necessity of dedicated lab furniture. And without a bench capable of dampening sound, the acoustic noise generated by roughing pumps can rise to excessive levels, making it much more difficult to hear anyone or anything in the laboratory.

4. Ideally, your lab bench should be movable and versatile. Lab furniture is already trending in this direction as labs become increasingly agile (and crowded). Your bench should be movable enough to adapt to the fast-changing pace of modern labs, and tough enough to hold up to the accompanying wear and tear. Bottom line: Not only should a dedicated lab bench be tough and sturdy, but it should be easy to move.

What Types of Lab Benches for Mass Spectrometry Are Out There?

While noise, vibration, and convenience are important considerations when comparing lab benches for mass spectrometry, there are fortunately products out there built specifically to address these issues. One in particular that does a superb job of hurdling the obstacles of mass spectrometry work is the IonBench MS.

Reducing noise by better than 75 percent, decreasing vibration, and moving easily on its caster mountings, the IonBench MS is designed to make lab work safer and more reliable. Any way you slice it, a dedicated lab bench is worth the investment on many levels.

Contact us for information about how dedicated lab furniture can improve the safety and reliability of your laboratory.

Lab Safety: How to Reduce Equipment Noise

lab-safety-noise-reductionIn a perfect world, professional laboratories would be more like the ones on TV shows like “CSI.” Large, quiet spaces with one or two workers calmly and quietly going about their work process. In the real world, those same workers are more likely heading home at the end of the day with a splitting headache from all the noise and activity they deal with on a daily basis. And those headaches could be a warning sign their work lab isn’t addressing one of the key factors of lab safety – noise.

How to tell if your lab is too noisy

So what is “too noisy” from a practical standpoint? When it comes to lab safety, if staff members are wearing ear protection, or noise-canceling headphones, that’s a good indicator that your lab is too noisy. If your voice is hoarse from yelling, your lab is too noisy. If people are taking time off from work because of hearing or voice issues, chances are your lab is too noisy. If mistakes are being made because people can’t hear each other, then your lab is definitely too noisy.

What are the noise recommendations to maintain lab safety?

So what is “too noisy” from a regulatory standpoint? While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does set lab safety regulations, those are only focused on decibel levels that are damaging for human hearing (85 or higher). That’s certainly a valid concern for all staff members, but it’s not the only problem. If you can’t hear a colleague speak, you’ve got a much greater chance for mistakes to be made, and speech isn’t intelligible once the noise level exceeds 55 decibels. In fact, separate from its noise regulations, OSHA does set a “recommendation” (on a fact sheet for laboratory safety noise) of 55 decibels.

Many cities and towns have also set decibel limits for machines. For example, New York City states that the noise from a commercial air conditioner must not exceed 42 decibels when measured from three feet away from the unit, and the cumulative noise of all such air conditioners on one building must not exceed 45 decibels at that three-foot distance.

What lab machines are causing lab safety problems?

New York City’s ordinance illustrates that noisy machines are a fact of life—and also a problem. The same is true in a lab: Although we need various lab machines to get our work done, a number of them can pose a lab safety hazard. These include:

  • Compressors on industrial refrigerators and freezers
  • SEM and MS vacuum pumps
  • Fume hood blowers
  • Cooling fans
  • Nitrogen generators

You can probably add a number of other machines to this list as well.

Addressing lab safety noise issues with dedicated lab furniture

So what can you do about all the noise in your lab? To start with, don’t accept it as an inevitable part of conducting lab work. When setting up a lab or installing a new machine, make sure to check the specs for noise production, then isolate those noisy devices. Sometimes you can actually put large, noisy machines into an adjacent room that will acoustically remove the excessive noise. At other times, if it’s a relatively small device, you can enclose it with foam, removing most of the noise from the surrounding workspace.

However, the most efficient and effective way to reduce noise is by installing dedicated lab furniture that is specifically designed to remove noise. For example, lab benches for mass spectrometry can reduce vacuum pump noise as much as 75 percent by enclosing vacuum pumps in cabinets lined with acoustical foam and equipped with silent cooling fans. Dedicated enclosures can also be designed to reduce the noise of other lab equipment, making your lab a more pleasant place to work and also improving your lab safety record.

If this sounds like an answer to your headaches, contact us for more information. We’re happy to answer your questions about how dedicated lab furniture can improve safety and reliability in your laboratory.

Lab Safety: Is Your Environment Too Noisy?

lab-safety-noiseLabs are busy places. Filled with expensive equipment, all sorts of projects in process, and people to do the work; whether they are graduate students and research assistants to principal investigators, there’s a lot going on in the average lab. All that activity probably means there’s a lot of noise to contend with as well. Machines hum and vibrate, and colleagues converse—or shout to be heard over the din. Not only can these noises distract people from their work, but it also represent a significant lab safety issue.

Why Is Noise a Lab Safety Issue?

Anyone who has spent time at rock concerts or with their iPod volume turned up too high has probably experience the effects that excessive levels of noise can have on hearing. Noise in the workplace can have the same effect, or worse, since workers are usually there every day, not just spending a few hours listening to rock ‘n’ roll. This why there are Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) rules about workplace noise, as well as other elements of lab safety.

Noise also causes miscommunication. If someone in the lab has to shout to be heard over other noises, or the person being addressed is standing next to a noisy piece of equipment and can’t clearly hear or understand the speaker, it can lead to errors—or even lab accidents.

Excessive noise also hampers efficiency in the lab, especially if staff members are taking more workdays off because of the noise. Research has shown that excessive lab noise leads to headaches, earaches, anxiety, and other negative emotional states. In addition to their focus being potentially compromised, staff may also need to take sick time off to address these issues—which will simply resume once they return to work, further decreasing productivity.

What’s Too Noisy?

So how do you know if your lab is too noisy, and what can you do about it?

The human ear is a very sensitive instrument. It can detect amazingly soft sounds that have a power of as little as about 0.000000000001 watt per square meter. The sound threshold that causes pain, by contrast, is around one watt per square meter. The term “decibel,” which is one-tenth of a bel, refers to a logarithmic scale used for measuring the relative loudness of sounds. The baseline, 1 decibel, is a barely detectable sound, with each additional bel doubling the intensity of the sound. (Incidentally, the developer and namesake of this measurement technique was Alexander Graham Bell, whose wife was deaf. “Bell” was eventually shortened to “bel.”)

What this means, practically speaking, is that sounds are measured based on relative terms rather than physical effects. A whisper is around 20 decibels, while a thunderstorm is around 50, and a lawnmower or busy freeway is 85. Eighty-five decibels is the OSHA threshold for damage. However, because of the way sound travels through space, sounds under 85 decibels in one part of a lab may be experienced as significantly higher if the researcher’s lab bench is right next to the machine generating the noise for example.

What Steps Can You Take for Lab Safety?

If you suspect that your lab is too noisy to be safe, the best way to start addressing it is by having noise measurements taken. If you work with a large facility, arrange this with the staff member responsible for environmental health and lab safety. If there is no specialist on staff, there are agencies you can contact to come in and do the measurements.

Once you have the measurement data in hand, you can begin to address the issues. Some things are simple: For example, hold meetings elsewhere whenever possible. Others are more difficult. A mass spectrometer, for instance, is a crucial piece of lab equipment, but its roughing pumps generate a lot of vibration and noise. This is where specially made lab benches are the solution to lab safety. The IonBench is specifically designed to address noise issues, decreasing vacuum pump noise by 75%.

Your lab may be a busy place, but it doesn’t have to be a noisy one. Noise is dangerous in a lab environment, and specifically designed lab furniture can improve lab safety by reducing noise. Contact us today if you have questions or want to learn more about how dedicated lab furniture can improve lab safety and reliability in your laboratory.

Why Your Lab Needs Dedicated Lab Furniture

dedicated-lab-furnitureIf you’re responsible for overseeing the purchase budgets of a laboratory, there’s a good chance you’ve have had conversations about lab furniture. Chances are also high that you’ve been asked to compromise on that furniture, probably because of the high cost of so much else in the laboratory.

However, compromising on lab furniture is not a good idea. There are a number of reasons why buying dedicated laboratory furniture will actually be the best bet in the long run, and not just financially. The quality of your results could also be affected by the quality of your lab furniture.

Lab Furniture Safely Handles Lab Equipment

Let’s take, as an example, lab benches for mass spectrometry. Unless they’ve spent a lot of time outfitting labs, the average accountant probably has no idea how big, heavy and noisy mass spectrometers really are. They might think you could set one on an office desk and it will do just fine, when in fact the vibrations caused by the unit’s vacuum pump during operation can disrupt the mass spectrometer’s baseline. Furthermore, the roughing pumps are very noisy, making worker well-being a concern. So depending on non-dedicated lab furniture creates both a performance and safety issue.

Lab Furniture Helps Organize Lab Equipment

Even if strength were not a consideration, the ability to efficiently organize a workspace is another important aspect to bear in mind when choosing lab benches. Lab space is always at a premium, and there are often computers, printers and other devices that need to be connected with your spectrometers and other chemical instruments. There has to be sufficient space on and in the lab furniture to handle these other devices in an organized and orderly fashion.

Lab Furniture Extends the Life of Lab Equipment

Vibrations aren’t just a safety and performance risk; they’re also dangerous for the equipment. For example, vibrations in a mass spectrometer can negatively affect its internal turbo molecular pumps, but dedicated lab furniture like the IonBench MS is specifically designed to reduce 99 percent of vibrations created by a mass spectrometer. Reducing vibrations increases the life of the spectrometer, as well as any other equipment sitting on, or in, the lab bench. A dedicated lab bench of this type will also decrease vacuum pump noise by 75 percent, making your lab a much more comfortable and healthier place to work, and protecting everyone’s ears.

Decreasing vibrations and noise also increase the life of your lab equipment by decreasing the need for frequent maintenance. This is another good argument to offer when budget-conscious administrators start asking questions.

Lab Furniture Is Different for Each Type of Lab Equipment

Dedicated lab furniture is not just for mass spectrometers. Ultrasonic baths cause loud and annoying vibrations that could be an issue with cheaper metal tables. And since the smallest breath or quiet footstep can affect scales if they are set on standard furniture, solid lab bench is essential for getting accurate measurements.

There are some common misconceptions made, especially by those who don’t actually work in labs. It might be suggested that non-dedicated lab furniture is more flexible should you decide to reorganize the lab later. Unfortunately, this can lead to expensive modifications when the cheaper lab furniture is located where the largest, heaviest, noisiest machine needs to go.

The bottom line is that dedicated laboratory furniture is a wise and appropriate investment in the life and accuracy of your lab equipment, and the safety of your staff and the results they produce. For more information about lab benches for mass spectrometry and other types of specialized lab furniture, contact IonBench today.