The Importance of Lab Equipment Configurability

White Paper

The Importance of Lab Equipment Configurability

The white paper "Why Form Follows Function for Cell Culture Science" delves into the importance of configurability in cell culture equipment. Standard solutions often fall short of meeting specific lab requirements in the expanding market for biosafety cabinets, CO2 incubators, and ultralow temperature freezers. This white paper argues that configuring equipment around lab processes enhances efficiency and workflow, preventing the need to adapt procedures to unsuitable designs.

The paper highlights the benefits of customizable CO2 incubators, which can be tailored to fit various lab environments. Whether opting for a water-jacket model for better temperature uniformity or a direct-heat model for quicker temperature recovery, choosing the right incubator is crucial. It discusses the impact of lab vibrations and ambient heat sources on cell culture integrity, emphasizing the need for precise configurability in temperature and humidity controls.

In the context of biological safety cabinets (BSCs), the white paper stresses the importance of a thorough risk assessment to determine the appropriate class and type. Configurable options such as work zone height, interior lighting, and noise reduction features are vital for ergonomic comfort and operational efficiency. The paper also underscores the significance of maintenance accessibility and comprehensive warranties.

For ultralow temperature (ULT) freezers, configurability is essential to match the lab's spatial constraints and energy efficiency goals. The paper details how features like segmented inner doors and high-quality compressors can optimize performance and reduce power usage.

Labs can significantly improve workflow efficiency and ergonomic comfort by choosing equipment with a high degree of configurability. This white paper guides lab managers and scientists to make informed decisions about their cell culture equipment, ensuring that their investments lead to better outcomes and more efficient processes.