The booming US cannabis industry has created many opportunities for scientists and researchers to develop high-quality testing facilities to meet the demand. Cannabis testing lab revenues are expected to continue to climb through 2020. However, these labs have unique design requirements and regulations. Equipment, including everything from extraction equipment to lab tables, must be considered.
Many people are opting to convert an existing lab into a cannabis testing lab, while others are building from the ground up. No matter what you do, it’s important to work with a team of experts that know and have been successful with the process. An architecture firm specializing in cannabis labs knows the infrastructure requirements, while a lab designer may be able to create a space designed to promote workflows.
You may find yourself needing to collaborate with custom lab furniture manufacturers, so they can help you conquer design challenges. When it comes to setting up your lab, you need to consider functionality above all else. Check out these custom design solutions to help you maximize the space and efficiency of your lab.
Custom Cannabis Lab Furniture and Workspace Design
Custom Drawers and Lab Cabinets
Every lab on the planet needs storage solutions. Workers are going to have a lot of items on their workspace, from equipment to computers, paperwork, and personal items. Custom drawers and cabinets make storing lab items easy and simple. Scientists may not need small equipment, like microscopes, out all of the time, but they shouldn’t have to run across the facility to go get them when they do.
The laboratory tables should be equipped with storage for everyday items that are necessary for completing the job. Other items that are not used daily can be stored in another location to save space.
Customer drawers and cabinets maximize workspaces by allowing workers to easily tidy up without the need to walk away from their areas. With fewer items out, it’s much easier to complete tasks and keep important work safe from bumps and spills.
Chemical Resistant Surfaces
Often, chemicals in labs are dangerous and can destroy valuable lab equipment and furniture, not to mention harm an individual. Chemical resistant surfaces mean that your lab tables deter chemicals from damaging the tables, and may also prevent workers from coming into contact with harmful substances.
Lab instrumentation is known to vibrate. Other instrumentation and equipment, like microscopes, are sensitive to these vibrations and can break. Since researchers know this, they can prevent such occurrences by working on lab benches equipped with vibration dampening.
Anti-vibration casters and leveling feet are an important addition to any workspace, especially since replacing damaged equipment tend to get expensive. Save your lab some time and money by investing in proactive solutions that err on the side of safety.
As you may know, working in a lab can be extremely loud. Some instruments create uncomfortable whirrs and other such sounds. A loud environment is distracting for workers and may even result in an unhealthy atmosphere. After all, you want your workers to want to come to work, not to dread headaches by being there!
Sound isolation is a custom feature of lab furniture that promotes a better and healthier work environment. Sound isolation is achieved with a metal box and vents with a lined foam interior. Instrumentation, like rough pumps, can be put in the box while the foam reduces the decibels and makes working around the instrument much easier.
As you know, a clean and organized workspace is ideal for enhancing the effectiveness of a lab and its workers. When you picture a lab, one item that always seems to take up a lot of space is a computer monitor.
Of course, you can’t just stop using computers for important work. However, you can maximize the workspace by reducing the amount of space a monitor takes up. LDC arms hold monitors above and away from the table so that workers have more desk real estate. LDC arms may also make working on a computer more comfortable for some since they will have more room on the table for other pieces of work.
Working at different heights is something that’s always been difficult for scientists. In the past, they would simply have to walk over to a different table, bringing all of their important work with them to work at the ideal height. Adjustable legs on lab benches allow them to easily adjust the height of the bench so that they don’t have to waste valuable time and energy finding a table with a different height.
Many labs have tables that are attached to the floor. Immobile benches make it hard to rework the existing design of the lab. When someone designs a lab, they may get it right from the start. However, as a business grows and there’s a need to fit more pieces of equipment in one area, they need to be able to move any mobile furniture to make everything fit and maximize the space.
Lab tables need functionality and mobility. However, they also need to be stationary when someone is working with them to prevent spills and the destruction of equipment and work. A locking castor and a leveling castor allow workers to make the unit mobile or stationary depending on their specific needs.
If you’ve worked in a lab before, you know that the cables from equipment and computers can easily get in the way. While it might seem like a small problem to an outsider, constantly having to move the cables away from experiments means that a lot of time is being wasted on frustration. Hose cutouts allow labs to manage their cables more easily. Feeding through a section of the table, cables will stay out of the way.
Keyboard Pullout Trays
Like a computer monitor, keyboards take up a significant amount of space on lab benches. It’s difficult to type when you don’t have a dedicated space for your keyboard.
With keyboard pullout trays, you can place your keyboard in a hidden space and only pull them out when needed. It’s never in the way, yet available when you want it. Also, it’s safe from liquids that can easily be spilled, sparing you from having to mop up spills or even replace keyboards.
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