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After 40 Years Supporting Mass Spectrometry, Tim Hawkins is Retiring

Hello, loyal readers and purchasers of IonBench products. This is Tim Hawkins. After 40 years representing some of the finest products in the laboratory equipment industry, I will be retiring on August 31, 2019. In this post, I will share how I got into the dedicated lab furniture business, and how mass spectrometry has evolved over the past 40 years.

How I Got My Start in Mass Spectrometry

One long-ago summer, I was cutting grass for a gentleman who was looking to hire a salesperson for his business in Western Canada. He said, “You have a degree, right?” and I responded, “Yes, sir—in Biology.” He said, “That’s close enough to chemistry. Do you know anything about chromatography and spectroscopy?”

I had been out west and really enjoyed my time there, so I went home and opened the Encyclopedia Americana (yes, in book form!). I looked up spectroscopy and chromatography and briefly educated myself as best I could. I went for my interview and the people I spoke with told me, “Okay. You can speak well and you look good enough. We’re having a trade show in Toronto. Why don’t you come down and check it out?”

That was the beginning of a long and storied career.

I’ve Seen a Lot of Change in 40 Years

Mass spectrometry has changed tremendously in 40 years. Back in the late ‘70s, everything was analog. There were no computers, no digital electronics. With the digital revolution came the automation revolution. Seeing a chemist (usually a man; there were very few women then), standing at an instrument with all sorts of switches and dials and gauges—that was the reality in my early days.

Mass spectrometry labs were dark chambers, usually in the basement because instruments were extremely heavy and because the vibrations from people walking by on any upper floor would negatively impact the operation of the mass spec.

Mass Spectrometry: A Technique Finding Applications

In the beginning, mass spec was a technique looking for an application. Forty years ago, nobody thought of using mass spectrometry for environmental analysis or forensic analysis. It was basically a tool for confirming structures, and for trying to figure out the composition of a chemical compound. Over time, computers and the Internet have significantly contributed to the performance of mass specs. They became smaller, faster, and cheaper—they’ve even been launched into space.

There have been other interesting applications. If you’ve flown recently, you know that sometimes you go through screening at the airport, and there’s an ion mobility spectrometer. The job of that mass spec is to make sure you haven’t recently handled explosives. The operator will wipe down your bag, put the swab in the slot, and it generates a spectrum, thus comparing the sample to the database of spectra of known explosives. The operator may not be a chemist, but he or she can quickly determine whether you’ve been in contact with something nefarious.

Supporting Lab Safety for 40 Years

Over my career, I’ve supported a lot of different types of labs. In my first job in Western Canada, the big market was the biochemical and petrochemical industries. So, I was calling on universities, natural gas plants, and oil refineries. I remember one lab that was working to figure out a way to safely and totally destroy nerve gases so they wouldn’t leak into the environment. That was scary.

I worked with biotech labs. There were these huge stainless-steel fermentation tanks full of fluid, generating drugs for breast-cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and epilepsy. It looked like a brewery to me, but they were doing important work.

I was blown away working with environmental labs. For example, the Los Angeles County Sanitation District had to measure thousands of chemicals and compounds that wind up in sewage, waste water, storm water, and ground water. They were very aggressively trying to measure as much as they could to make sure the environment was clean.

All in all, I’ve had a great career. I’m thrilled to have served so many labs in various ways. As a “thank you” to the mass spec community, I’m offering a 10% discount and free shipping on any product or software purchased on the following sites between now and August 31, 2019:

www.quietbench.com (Pricing quotes provided until July 31st, 2019)

www.quietvacuumpump.com (Pricing quotes provided until July 31st, 2019)







Mass Spectrometry Discussion Groups: Supporting MS Professionals

Where did you first learn about mass spectrometry? Chances are high that you heard about the marvelous machines that perform mass spec in a science class and wanted to know more. Perhaps you connected with a group of student scientists or heard about a seminar on all the good work being accomplished with the mass spec (such as its fifty-year record of supporting space exploration, or its role in making a difference in areas such as food safety and medical diagnoses). Once you understood what mass spectrometry could support and achieve, you were hooked. You wanted to join the front lines and work in a lab with mass specs, HPLCs and associated instruments.

Local Area Discussion Groups for Mass Spectrometry

That “hook” is the reason behind a resource webpage and award program developed by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS). ASMS tracks the existence and activity of various local area mass spectrometry discussion groups on a webpage on their site. They keep a list of active groups (and also inactive ones, in case there is interest in certain groups being reactivated) that are providing a forum for students and nascent mass spec professionals to learn more about and discuss the role of mass spectrometry in modern research and industry. This website makes it easier for members of the MS community to connect with a group in their area.

ASMS Discussion Group Speaker Travel Awards

In addition to keeping a list of active groups, ASMS has created an award program to support teaching professionals in providing seminars on mass spectrometry to these discussion groups. Any assistant professor who is a member of ASMS can apply for a Discussion Group Speaker Travel Award, which provides funding for these professors to travel to one of the active North American MS discussion groups (or a North American non-PhD granting college or university) to present a “vibrant seminar program” to discussion group members. (If you are interested in applying for the opportunity to present such a seminar, information on the application process may be found here.)

The objectives of the seminars funded by these awards include supporting local mass spectrometry discussion groups so they remain active, exposing student scientists at non-PhD-granting institutions to the research opportunities available with the mass spectrometer, and encouraging the professional development of young mass spec researchers.

Engaging Mass Spectrometry Professionals on Dedicated Lab Furniture

Part of the reason we know about these local area mass spectrometry discussion groups is that our own Tim Hawkins has presented to them. He has spoken with interested students and scientists about our IonBenches at the Greater Boston, North Jersey, and Delaware Valley discussion groups. Tim has volunteered his time to talk with these groups because of our commitment to supporting mass spectrometry with the very best in dedicated lab furniture. To learn more about what Tim presents to these groups, or to invite him to speak at your own gathering (or, of course, to ask him any questions about our dedicated lab furniture), please contact him via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

More Recent Trends in Mass Spectrometry

As long-term readers know, our dedicated lab furniture supports work around the world, and we love sharing the latest innovations of mass spectrometry.

3D Mass Spectrometry and Robotics

Mass specs prefer accessing and analyzing a smooth, planar surfaces, but because the real world isn’t flat, a team at Georgia Institute of Technology combined robotics with mass spectrometry. They created a system called robotic surface analysis MS (RoSA-MS) that attaches a custom-crafted laser scanner to a robotic arm.

The scanner creates a three-dimensional digital map of the sample’s surface. After the attached sampling probe gathers trace amounts of target material at precise locations, it is placed in an electrospray ionization mass spec for analysis. Applications for this technology outside of the lab are endless, including forensics where mass spec sampling of evidence is currently not feasible.

Transforming Diagnosis with Live Tissues

Mass spectrometry also aids with the sample-preparation process. Desorption, and the vacuum in which it occurs, can irreparably damage your live samples and tissues. A group of scholars at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology developed a system that analyzes, with high-resolution, live samples at the micrometer level.

After innovating a handful of fronts, the DGIS team utilized a femtosecond laser to desorb biomolecules from biological samples and a plasma jet to ionize biomolecules and then analyzed mass-spectrometry samples. The team also distributed gold nanoparticles onto a biological sample through the endocytosis of live tissues, which transformed their light-absorption properties and required much lower laser power for biomolecule desorption. They addressed engineering factors by including an ion transmission device, a laser-focusing lens, a two-dimensional scanning stage, and a signal synchronization circuit.

This process enabled researchers to visualize, in high resolution, biological samples with metabolic activity. If this process can be refined to widen molecular-weight range, it can be used in drug-development testing and decrease the sacrifice of laboratory animals.

Analyzing Bacterial Resistance

According to the World Health Organization, bacterial resistance is the largest single threat to human health, but until 2018, mass spectrometry could not analyze the larger proteins connected to antibiotic resistance. Because clinicians need this information to respond effectively, French and Chinese scientists developed a process for mass spectrometry to play a crucial role in combatting mutating bacteria.

The team from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Shanghai’s Fudan University imprinted steel plates with light-absorbing titanium dioxide nanoparticles. They placed bacteria on the plates and then used UV rays to trigger an electrochemical reaction that augmented the laser’s effects and opened the bacterial membranes, which released a variety of biological molecules for further testing. Since those initial experiments, proteins are now the scientists’ focus because the proteins alter antibiotic effectiveness. Analyzing multiple other molecules, through the use of mass spectrometry, can help identify a bacterial fingerprint.

We are thrilled that mass spectrometry contributes to scientific exploration and effectiveness in important frontiers, and we are grateful that our IonBenches support this work. To learn more about how our dedicated lab furniture can support your innovations, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Come Meet Us at the ASMS Conference!

The American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) is holding their annual conference in Atlanta in less than a month, and Tim Hawkins will be there. He loves to talk about our dedicated lab furniture, and conferences like ASMS are a great chance to see our IonBench MS and IonBench LC in person. If you’re going to be in Atlanta for ASMS June 2–6, stop by Booth 626. Tim will be happy to discuss with you our mass spectrometry aims and respond to your questions about our dedicated lab furniture.

The ASMS Conference

This year will be the 67th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. Over 6,500 scientists and technicians will attend, over 3,000 papers (both posters and talks) will be presented, and almost 200 corporate members will host booths like ours in the Exhibit Hall. All of this provides an excellent opportunity to connect with other MS professionals, discuss the latest advances  in this always-expanding field, and stop by our booth to see our dedicated lab furniture in person.

Highlights of This Year’s Mass Spectrometry Conference

There are myriad opportunities at this MS conference to learn more about what’s happening with mass spectrometry around the world. The first evening begins with an opening Plenary Lecture by Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University: “Transitioning the World Energy for All Purposes to Stable Electricity Powered by 100% Wind, Water, and Sunlight.” This will be followed by four days of oral sessions and three days of workshops. The conference closes with another Plenary Lecture by Lilly D’Angelo of Global Food & Beverage Technology Associates, on “the Chemistry of Food and Soft Drins.”

Some of the many oral session offerings that have caught our attention include these sessions: Portable and Transportable Mass Spectrometers (which would not need our dedicated lab furniture to operate safely), Cannabis Testing, Covalent Labeling, Plant “omics,” Emerging Contaminants, and even Art, Archaeology, and Paleontology. There will be sessions on new developments in everything from ionization and sampling to mass analyzers and MS in the hospital operating room.

The ASMS workshops look just as intriguing. You can learn how to teach mass spectrometry to undergraduates, get your results published through NIH and NSF, learn the latest trends in ion trap MS, and discover what’s unfolding with mass spectrometry in the developing world. There are also opportunities to network and for fellow women mass spectrometrists to celebrate with each other, and attendees can even catch the lighter side with “LC-MS Jeopardy – I’ll Take Increasing Throughput for $200.”

Hope You’ll Be There!

As you can see, there’s something for everyone at this year’s ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. We hope you’re planning to attend and will take some time away from all those oral sessions and workshops to stop by the exhibit hall. If you want to set up an appointment with Tim Hawkins ahead of time, feel free to contact him today via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Celebrating Fifty Plus Years of Mass Spectrometry in Space

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon. That momentous occasion was made possible by some of our finest technology—including mass spectrometry. For example, dating all the way back to the first Apollo missions, earlier generations of the mass spec were keeping an eye on cabin air quality. In this post, we recognize and celebrate the various roles played by mass spectrometry in more than fifty years of space exploration.

The Use of Mass Spectrometry in the Moon and Orbital Space Programs

Atmospheric analysis was the primary purpose for mass spectrometry in the first decades of the space program. Initially, it was used to monitor VOCs during early space flights. Once we actually landed on the moon, mass spectrometry was tapped again to analyze the moon’s atmosphere. Today, mass spectrometry is currently used to monitor air quality at the International Space Station.

Much of the revolutionary nature of mass spec’s use in space exploration had to do with transforming MS instruments to withstand the unique challenges of space. Both the analytical capabilities of mass spectrometry and the logistical needs of mass spec instruments themselves were challenged by operating in that most unforgiving environment. MS sensitivity, selectivity, and speed of processing all had to be addressed. The instruments themselves had to take up minimal space, weigh as little as possible, draw from a very limited power supply, and be able to withstand the significant gravitational forces of being hurled into space, as well as the radiation they encountered once they got there. Much of that successful miniaturization has contributed to the plethora of new mass spec uses today, some of which we’ve discussed previously.

Mass Spectrometry and Planetary Exploration

Mass spectrometry has also contributed much to our knowledge of Mars. The Viking landers and orbiters deployed mass specs that taught scientists most of what they knew about Mars until after the millennium, including revolutionary ideas about the possibility of water on the red planet. While those early lander missions were supposed to last just 90 days, Viking 1 continually sent information back for six years. (Can you imagine any lab’s mass specs being asked to perform reliably and remotely for years without servicing?)

Such explorations aren’t limited to Mars. The Huygens Probe, launched from Cassini, sampled the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan a decade ago, finding complex organic compounds. The Pioneer Venus probe carried five mass specs, which had to be specially modified to handle the volume of incoming data as the probe rushed through the atmosphere, and also needed to discount background contamination by metal ions that would disperse off the instrument’s surface. Today, the Curiosity Rover is analyzing Mars as you read this, using a quadrupole mass spec to sample various rock layers as it moves across the surface of the planet.

Mass Spec’s Future, on Earth and in Space

As noted above, scientific advancements that enabled the MS to take flight have revolutionized the mass spectrometer here on earth. Newer technologies have included the direct sampling ion trap and ion-mobility spectrometry. Direct sampling allows for real-time air monitoring, which is essential for the health of humans in space. Ion-mobility spectrometry is used today to detect drugs and explosives, and the speed of its separations and ease of use are proving to be game-changers here on earth.

Meanwhile, another mass spectrometer has arrived where no human—or human instrument—has gone before: the sun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is currently orbiting the sun, collecting data that is expected to revolutionize scientific understanding of our home star. The first batch of data has arrived back here on earth and scientists are eager to interpret what this mass spec has discovered.

While IonBench dedicated lab furniture has yet to go into space, we are proud of all the work our benches have done to support MS work here on earth. To learn how IonBenches can support your mass spectrometry projects, reach out to Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Saluting Mass Spectrometry Award Winners at Upcoming Pittcon

Pittcon (the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy) happens in Philadelphia March 17–21. QuietBench will be there with information on our IonBenches, as will a number of luminaries in the fields of chromatography and mass Spectrometry. This is your chance to talk in person about our dedicated lab furniture.

The LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award

This year’s Pittcon will honor Milos Novotny of Indiana University with a lifetime achievement award. A major contributor to advancements in the field of chromatography, Novotny developed a world-class research program that trains the next generation of leaders. We’ve designed our moveable IonBench LC to support their efforts—and yours—with adjustable height ranges and the capacity to handle up to 500 kg of heavy weight, such as tandem processes, on a single piece of dedicated lab furniture.

The Pittcon Heritage Award

Dedicated lab furniture is not the only critical element that supports leaders such as Novotny. Without reliable, quality consumables, lab processes would grind to a halt and comparative analyses would falter. Over fifty years ago, Walter Supina and Nicholas Pelick founded Supelco to provide researchers with columns, standards, reagents, and accessories to keep their work moving forward. Pittcon will honor these pioneers who anticipated that, as chromatography grew, solving emerging analytical challenges required specific and dedicated tools.

Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award

This award will be presented to a retiring professor of chemistry at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. Yukihiro (Yuki) Ozaki focused four decades of applying various types of spectroscopy. We believe that dedicated lab furniture should support his work—and others like it—and we strive to make our lab benches last for as long as his tenure.

LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award

Finally, we know that fields such as chromatography always evolve, and this year, Pittcon leaders will present their Emerging Leader award to Ken Broeckhoven of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Broeckhoven’s research optimizes separation performance, and his efforts have resulted in over sixty published papers and forty talks. His focus on the fundamentals of chromatography reminds us of the need for a strong foundation—such as the one you will find in every IonBench.

If you’re coming to Pittcon, look for us. We’ll be exhibiting, along with our sister company MS Noise, at booth 2158. Discover why our IonBenches are so strong under pressure and so innovative in the constantly changing fields of mass spectrometry and chromatography. To set up an appointment or if you can’t make the conference, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

More Mass Spectrometry Making a Difference

We periodically acknowledge advances and discoveries made with mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography. We know that often good work builds on previous foundations, which is why we provide a strong foundation for all mass specs with our dedicated lab furniture. In this post, we look at three innovations making a difference around the world.

Mass Spectrometry Aids in Determining Olive and Olive-Oil Safety

One ongoing issue with mass spectrometry is the harmful presence of lipids in samples that complicates the analysis of fatty foods. Researchers in Spain developed a novel analytical process that uses aminopropyl as a sorbent material and a Florisil cleanup in the elution step. These researchers used mass spectrometry twice—first GC-MS in SIM mode and then LC-MS-MS in positive ionization mode—to collect usable recoveries, which efficiently tested pesticide and herbicide levels in olives and olive oil. The development of this key process met newer, more stringent regulations regarding maximum contaminant levels set for olives and olive oil by the European Union and the United Nation’s Codex Alimentarius Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Quantifying Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Another methodology developed in the European Union determined and quantified nineteen polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Exposure to PAHs has been linked to multiple types of cancer; the EU prioritized fifteen of those nineteen PAHs for monitoring. A group of French researchers met the challenge and developed a process to determine PAHs in food and oil samples. The selective extraction of GC and tandem mass spectrometry, along with an isotope-dilution approach using 13C-labelled PAHs, provided greatly purified analytes. The methodology was quick and automated and provided high levels of sensitivity, selectivity, and interpretation.

Recording and Evaluating Mass Spectra in Their Native Environment

The ability to record mass spectra in ordinary samples in their native environment has been a holy grail for mass spectrometry. Researchers at Purdue University stepped toward this goal by developing ambient mass spectrometry. Using desorption electrospray ionization, they directed electrically charged droplets at the object of interest and then vacuumed up the released ions into the MS; rapid analysis took place on-site. Multiple uses for portable mass specs include explosives detection, natural-products discovery, and biological-tissue imaging.

Each of these examples demonstrate how researchers continue innovating applications of mass spectrometry that address real-world challenges. We celebrate these achievements and look forward to learning about more ways that mass spectrometry makes a difference.

Our IonBench dedicated lab furniture can be customized for each make and model of mass spec and HPLC so that researchers can focus on science and not on the inadequate support of their lab tables. To learn more about how our lab benches can be a firm foundation for your innovative work, contact Tim Hawkins via email or at 1-888-669-1233.

Cannabis Testing: A New Field for Mass Spectrometry

We periodically highlight new types of work in mass spec technology that our dedicated lab furniture supports. In this post, we put the spotlight on a rapidly growing, yet controversial use for mass spectrometry—cannabis analysis.

Setting the Stage for Types of Testing

The piecemeal legalization of cannabis is a challenge for the states where cannabis consumption has been approved. Each state has its own laws and regulations for the medical and/or recreational use of cannabis that include several challenges. First, crop protection agents are applied to increase yields and to standardize product appearance; testing must determine contaminant levels for consumer safety. Second, various—and sometimes nonexistent—maximum-residue limits exist. Third, sample variation is enormous because cannabis is ingested by various methods—orally, topically, or inhalation.

Four Types of Mass Spectrometry Cannabis Analysis

All of these variables have led to the need for LC-MS/MS technology, which determines chemical residues and compares them to the lowest legal—or possible—limits. High-resolution mass spectrometry has proven most effectively when analyzing compounds for the following four categories.


Pesticide levels are regulated in some states, such as Oregon, which has issued a guide list for acceptable types and levels of pesticides in flowers and concentrates. Other regulatory agencies now follow this standard. Targeted mass spectrometry can test for levels of stipulated residues, and some manufacturers are creating plug-and-play methodologies for efficient mass-spec analysis.


Human-generated pesticides are not the only contaminants affecting cannabis. Mycotoxins (molds and fungi) readily colonize crops and survive harvest and processing. Aflatoxins are of particular concern with cannabis; mass spectrometry can detect dangerous levels of these microbial contaminants.

Potency Levels

In addition to testing the presence of contaminants, mass spectrometry is also used to determine the levels of beneficial compounds in cannabis. Using mass spec, accurate and precise data can be collected from almost a dozen different cannabinoids. The development of streamlined sample preparation and analysis protocols can accurately compare samples.

Terpene Content

In addition to assessing cannabinoids, mass spec can test levels of various terpenes—essential oils that may enhance the cannabis experience and may promote certain health benefits. While mass spectrometry cannot assess the claims of those health benefits, determining the levels of various terpenes is certainly helpful for the comparison of cannabis crops and for marketing purposes.

Supporting Your Mass Spectrometry with Dedicated Lab Furniture

As with many inventions, it’s likely the early pioneers of mass spectrometry probably had no idea how useful those mass spec machines would become. And while new uses will contribute to the development of tomorrow’s machines, you can rest assured that IonBench will be there, literally, supporting those mass spectrometers both now and in the future. Whether you’re undertaking controversial cannabis analysis or engaged in more commonplace testing, all mass specs deserve the right foundation. To learn more about our IonBench MS, contact Tim Hawkins at tim.hawkins@farhawk.com or 1-888-669-1233.

New Mass Spectrometry Technique Connects UV Rays with Intelligence

As providers of the dedicated lab furniture that should support every mass spectrometer, we here at QuietBench like to spread the news when researchers make an innovative contribution to science. Here’s a report on a new discovery, aided by a specific mass spectrometry technique, that has increased our knowledge about human understanding.

The Role of Mass Spectrometry in a Recent Accidental Finding

Earlier this year, The Scientist reported on an unexpected discovery from a study into molecular analysis. Researchers in China were using a newly developed mass spectrometry technique to analyze single neurons, charting chemical constituents, physiological changes, and metabolism. Being able to investigate chemical changes at the cell level opens the window to observing physiological and pathological processes at levels not previously possible.

During this process, the researchers noticed the unanticipated presence of urocanic acid in the neurons. This acid absorbs ultraviolet (UV) light and may have a role in preventing UV skin damage. A literature search revealed that this molecule had not previously been detected in the central nervous system. Recognizing that they were entering uncharted territory, the researchers began to explore the possibility that UV light could boost urocanic acid levels in the brain.

Discovering How UV Light Impacts Learning and Memory

The results of their research were significant. Urocanic acid is also known to be an intermediate molecule generated in the conversion of histidine to glutamate, which is an excitatory neurotransmitter. Could urocanic acid and glutamate levels be connected?

Exposing mice to UV light, the researchers were able to confirm the connection between urocanic acid and glutamate, and also to link UV light to the increase in their presence in the brain. The researchers then were able to prove that mice exposed to increased UV light also experienced improvements in learning and memory. This skin-brain connection reveals that UV light can indeed support the human capacity to learn and understand.

Awaiting Further Developments in Research

Since mice are nocturnal and see the sun relatively rarely, further research must be done to confirm these connections and perhaps eventually apply them to humans. Meanwhile, since UV light is also still highly correlated with skin damage and cancer, this news is not an invitation for humans to stay out in the sun. It is, however, an intriguing development. Down the line, in fact, there may come a day when people can benefit from increased cognition capacity without having to expose themselves to UV rays at all.

Meanwhile, we hope that exposing you to these periodic news bulletins about the beneficial assistance of mass spectrometry in research labs is sufficient to keep you moving forward on your own research trajectories.

Your mass spec is a valuable partner in your research and deserves the very best foundation upon which to work. This is why we have created dedicated lab furniture that functions as a sturdy and silent partner in your discoveries. To learn more about how our IonBench MS can improve your workflow and hasten your own new understandings and discoveries, contact Tim Hawkins today by email at tim.hawkins@farhawk.com or by phone at 1-888-669-1233.

What to Do Before Your Lab Furniture Arrives

Are your mass spectrometry needs increasing? If you’re having conversations about ordering a new mass spec, make sure to order your new lab bench at the same time. Standard delivery of our dedicated lab furniture takes 2–3 weeks. This way, you can receive the lab bench in plenty of time to have it set up and waiting for your mass spec when it arrives. (If you’ve recently ordered a new mass spectrometer, call us for details on rush delivery.)

Just don’t forget, you need to prepare for the arrival of that mass spec lab furniture as well. Here are our tips for preparing the space for your new IonBench dedicated lab furniture.

Tip #1: Check for a Good Fit

Naturally you’re going to measure the space where you want your new equipment and lab bench to be installed. But don’t forget the prep work involved in getting your new bench to that installation point. As we’ve talked about in a prior post, you need to check the dimensions of every step of the journey from loading dock to installation point.

One question we frequently get is whether our IonBenches come pre-assembled. The answer is yes. As we discuss in the delivery section of our FAQs page, our IonBenches are delivered fully assembled and ready to use. While some additional items, like monitor arms, are installed on-site, the benches themselves are delivered in one piece, so you will need plenty of room to get it through doorways and down hallways.

Tip #2: Prepare for Uncrating Your Dedicated Lab Furniture

Another consideration is the uncrating of your new lab bench. We are responsible only for the delivery of your new lab furniture, but we keep a list of reliable third-party vendors that can uncrate your bench, dispose of the packing materials, and transfer the IonBench into your lab location. If you need those services, just let us know and we’ll recommend a team to help you.

Tip #3: Ask about Insurance

It’s a good idea that anyone who touches any part of your mass spectrometry system be fully bonded and insured. Many labs require it. This is especially important if space requirements demand that your new dedicated lab furniture be delivered uncrated. In large cities like Boston and New York, where space is at a premium and loading docks are usually compressed, goods often must be delivered completely uncrated.

Because of this, we suggest that you make certain every individual or team that’s responsible for any portion of the delivery and installation process be both bonded and insured. We assure you that we are fully bonded and insured for our part in the manufacturing and delivery process.

Do you have other questions about the delivery and installation of dedicated lab furniture? Tim Hawkins can answer them. Contact him at tim.hawkins@farhawk.com or 1-888-669-1233 to discuss the particular needs of your organization.