Laboratory furniture is a broad term for the many designs of lab casework and equipment available today. From standard cabinets to high tech tables with plug and play services, laboratories have specialized and critical elements and must be supported by equipment that achieves the goals of the staff and facility. Many design and system solutions are available today to accomplish all of your organizational objectives. Most labs today utilize a combination of traditional lab casework and innovative flexible systems to accomplish the needs of the organization, its clients and its employees.
Changing needs in the lab are caused by many factors, including:
1. safety code compliance and regulations
2. environmental, green technology and energy savings
3. physical size and position (standing or sitting) of researchers while working
4. rapid changing technology in lab testing equipment and lab instrumentation
5. changing facility needs – building space constraints, air handling, energy, cost management issues
6. changing research – wet vs dry chemistry, technology, medical advancements, funding sources, STEM
7. collaborative research
Laboratory furniture and casework solutions are available in three major designs:
1. Traditional Lab casework
Traditional fixed lab casework has been in existence for centuries. It is not a standard, household kitchen cabinet but rather built for harsh chemical and commercial facility use. Made of steel, wood, phenolic resin, poly or plastic laminate available as laboratory casework, cabinets, fume hoods, sink cabinets, safety and flammable cabinets.
2. Modular Lab Furniture
Lab furniture copied the office systems furniture industry in the 1970s to provide lab researchers the ability to rapidly, efficiently and safely change their workspace to fit the changing needs of the facility, the people, and the research. Modular lab core frames were developed that provide for interchangeable lab cabinets, drawers, shelves, workstations and service fixture and wiring. Mobile components are designed to maximize flexibility, adaptability and mobility by minimizing structural connections and floor penetrations for service delivery, while providing the look and function of a more permanent laboratory workstation.
Cabinets, counters, shelves and accessories are easily reconfigured to accommodate new research or processes. The lab furniture system cores remain in place for plumbing, electrical and mechanical services easily accessed via pop out panel enclosures.
3. Freestanding and mobile lab tables, lab carts, instrument carts, cabinets and lab workstations.
Mobile products connect to overhead and vertical service carriers and docking stations using quick connects/disconnects to maximize function and flexibility. Overhead service carriers are height adjustable and can accommodate storage shelves. Mobile transporters and workstations are designed to accommodate shelves, cable management and suspended cabinets, and can accommodate up to 2,600 pound loads. Mobile cabinets can double as an auxiliary work surface.
Haldeman Homme specializes in the design, sourcing, installation and maintenance of laboratory furniture and equipment. Our mission is to understand your objectives and lend our innovative ideas and experience to help make you successful. We believe that becoming a part of your lab project team will provide you with better project outcomes. We will perform design assistance, product specification and sourcing, competitive pricing, installation and project management services.