Some decisions in the laboratory can directly affect operational outcomes and often larger capital requirements such as specialist laboratory equipment can directly depend on higher management to approve the funding prior to a purchase. Delayed approvals may cause a delay … Continue reading How to fast forward a decision from your management
Documenting a budget is a great starting point when given the job to supervise the expenditure for your laboratory. Managing a budget in a laboratory can be an overwhelming task as there is responsibility and accountability expected of persons responsible. … Continue reading Key Budgeting Tips for Saving Money in Your Laboratory
What Is Workflow? Workflow is the set of tasks grouped chronologically into a process and the people or resources needed for those tasks, that are necessary to achieve a goal. A laboratory workflow is comprised of the set of processes … Continue reading Importance of understanding workflow before designing your new laboratory.
Fridges and freezers are a vital piece of laboratory equipment. They work for 24 hours a day, seven days a week storing samples, reagents, kits, chemicals, and poisons in the required optimum cold environmental conditions. How can the everyday researcher … Continue reading What is the difference between a laboratory and domestic refrigerator/freezer?
A partnership between a plant scientist and a teacher has resulted in a trip to the impoverished rural region of Maliana in East Timor, to deliver a three-day workshop to 40 teachers aimed to explore new ways of thinking … Continue reading Islamic School of Canberra principal and ANU plant scientist travel to East Timor, supported by Westlab ‘Enriching the World of Science’
Designing a laboratory can be a daunting task and it is often a question of how many people you should include in the laboratory design process. Too many people and personalities can create confusion that will lead to delays in … Continue reading Who should be involved in your laboratory design process and why?
Building or refurbishing a new laboratory can be daunting task as there is many things to consider In the design process. In this article we cover 5 key considerations whilst building a laboratory. Understand the process and workflow. It is … Continue reading 5 key considerations when building or refurbishing a laboratory
Over time, your laboratory can become inefficient due to the lack of thought process behind positioning of equipment and workstations. Inefficiencies often occur over long periods of time with the gradual growth of a laboratory. Substantial amounts of motion waste can be … Continue reading Reducing Space and Motion Waste in The Laboratory Using the Spaghetti Diagram.
Are you prioritising optimisation of laboratory design and layout? There are many ways to layout benching in your laboratory space. In this article, we look at incorporating lean principles to optimise design layouts primarily for high throughput production and automation … Continue reading Designing or Improving a High-Volume Production or Automation Laboratory? What Layout is Best for You?
Whilst compactor style storage can assist with compressing more inventory or files into an existing space there are many draw-backs that need to be considered prior … Continue reading 8 Reasons to Avoid Purchasing a Compactor Style Storage Unit for your Preparation Laboratory.