In 2021 it is important to have the most up-to-date and modernized laboratory. Whether that lab is for research, diagnostic testing, quality assurance, manufacturing or education, it is essential to make sure you have the most recent and modern equipment and practices at work. C & A Scientific is an expert in laboratory equipment and is here to help you make sure you have everything you need for your lab.
Before anything goes into the lab, a few features are vital to a modern laboratory. First, make sure that the building or space has excellent temperature and humidity control. Humid laboratories can change and affect the work being done in the area and cause discomfort for those working there. Next, it is crucial to control sound and vibration within the lab. The volume in a room can be controlled by making sure you invest in quiet equipment. In our next section, we will go over which pieces of equipment can cause a lot of noise and how to make sure you invest in low volume and vibration equipment for your lab.
Another essential feature for your laboratory is worker safety. This feature tops our list as one of the vital things your lab should have. Worker safety includes comfort and making sure your employees have all the necessary items to keep themselves from their work.
Each modern and functioning lab will include the following items to ensure workers are safe and comfortable and the work being done in the lab is being done efficiently and effectively. Some of the essential things you will learn about here are:
- Microscope Accessories
- Slide Warmers
- Safety Equipment
Centrifuges are machines used for separating components of a mixture based on their density, viscosity and size, which can be altered based on the size and angle of the rotor. Some standard centrifuges you might find in a laboratory might be benchtop centrifuges, hematocrit centrifuges, high and low-speed centrifuges, microcentrifuges and refrigerated centrifuges. Read our Differences in Centrifuges blog if you want to learn more about each centrifuge and its uses.
Microscope & Accessories
Microscopes and microscope accessories, like slides, cover glass and slide boxes, are essential in a modernized lab. The type of laboratory and the need for testing equipment will determine the kind of microscope you need. With so many different options, it is sometimes hard to choose the best microscope for your needs. Considering specifications like magnification, mechanical stages, stereo or compound microscopes, specimen type and much more will significantly impact choosing a microscope. C & A has made it easy to select a microscope by laying out a guide to help you choose the best microscope. Find it here!
In addition to choosing the right microscope, it is also essential to know how to select the best slides for your needs. Our Ultimate Guide to Microscope Slides details how to choose the right slide for your experiment, research, classroom or laboratory.
Other Lab Equipment
Along with microscopes, microscopes accessories and centrifuges, other equipment can be found in laboratories. Slide warmers also play an essential role in many labs, with functions beyond just warming slides. Some of the different uses of slider warmers are:
- Warm gel packs
- Flattening paraffin samples
- Holding specimens at body temperature
- Cytology, Pathology and Biology applications
- Medical Marijuana
To learn more about slide warmers’ unique features and applications, visit our Slide Warmer Cheat Sheet Blog!
Disposable Materials & Safety Equipment
Lastly, and most importantly, are disposables and safety equipment. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other disposables are essential for lab operation. No matter the kind of laboratory you have or the kinds of tests and experiments you conduct, lab safety is a number one priority. C & A Scientific knows just how important our team members are and that their safety is vital. That is why we carry a line of PPE and lab safety products. For more information, we have a multitude of blogs that can help you navigate the world of PPE and how to make sure your employees are safe.
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