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How to Choose a Right Laminar Flow Workstation for Your Lab?
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2/18/2022
Laminar flow workstations have several components that allow for greater temperature control.

Using a laminar flow workstation in the lab can help reduce contaminant contact and exposure. But when it comes to selecting the right one, it can be unclear for those who do not have enough information. Here, we will discuss which type of Laminar Flow Workstation is best suited for your lab's needs and provide you with tips on how to choose one.
Laminar flow workstations are used in laboratories where scientists want to minimize contamination and exposure to airborne particulates such as dust, aerosols, or particles generated by chemical reactions. They also employ water baths, acid baths, or enclosed devices that create an unpolluted environment for experiments.

Design and Structure of Laminar Flow Workstation

Laminar flow workstations have several components that allow for greater temperature control. These include a water bath and enclosed chamber for experiments with liquids or solids. Some other vital components of Laminar Flow Workstation are,

  • Filters: Filters are primarily used to trap airborne contamination and particles in laminar flow workstations. These filters range from 0.45 to 0.2 microns and include masks, gloves, lab coats, boots, and shower caps. Their efficiency can determine the quality of these filters in removing particles and dust from the contaminated air.   
  • Air Circulation: Air circulation helps distribute heat evenly across the surface of the water bath. In addition, it prevents heat loss from being too uneven, which in turn can cause temperature drift. This circulation is primarily accomplished using fans with variable speed and direction.
  • Thermal Insulation: Thermal insulation is used in laminar flow workstations to prevent heat loss through the enclosed chamber or water bath walls. This thermal insulation consists of a thin layer of metal plates sandwiched between two sheets of metal.

Tips To Choose a Right Laminar Flow Workstation

Even though there are several factors to consider in selecting the proper laminar flow workstation for your lab, here are some of your tips on how to select the right laminar flow workstation one for your research:

  • The setup of the laminar flow station should take into account the temperature and air circulation requirements of the experiments you are conducting.
  • The type and quality of filters used in the laminar flow workstation should always be checked carefully to determine an effective removal of contaminants.
  • The material used should withstand corrosion, or the laminar flow workstation might lose its efficiency over time.
  • You can choose a laminar flow system compatible with your current facilities or build a new one based on your requirements.

Laminar flow workstations are an effective tool for scientists to minimize contamination in the air and reduce their exposure to airborne particles. The tips we discussed here will help you select the proper laminar flow workstation for your lab. By understanding the basics well, you can ensure that you get the right Laminar Flow Workstation at Global Lab Supply, one to suit your needs.

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