Got a New Lab Start-Up? Here’s What You Need to Know
25 May 2018
Starting any business from scratch can be daunting, and it’s especially challenging when your new venture involves equipping a laboratory with all of the sophisticated tools, instruments and equipment you’ll need to get started. Equipping a lab can be complicated, and it can also be expensive. In the interest of saving money, it’s not uncommon for laboratory supervisors to cut corners when it comes to equipment quality. Unfortunately, skimping on quality is a sure-fire way to end up with inconsistent results and unproductive laboratory processes.
Choosing the Right Lab Equipment
- Step 1: Assess your needs. Before you begin stocking up on equipment, you will need to determine what the needs of your lab are. Those needs can vary widely depending on several factors, including your necessary processing volume and research needs. Make sure you consider how your lab’s needs might develop in the foreseeable future. If you plan on ramping up technician hires, for example, you will need to purchase additional equipment to accommodate more staff.
- Step 2: Consult with experts. It’s a good idea to speak to a variety of experts to inform your purchasing decisions for your new lab. It may be helpful to tour a lab and check out some of the newer equipment that’s being used to increase efficiency and boost performance. It’s also important to consult with the researchers and scientists who will be working in your lab, to ensure that you will be accommodating their needs when it comes to tools and equipment.
- Step 3: Don't be afraid to make changes as you go. As with any business or facility, flexibility is key. Make sure you are prepared to adapt to changes as they arise and continue to round out the resources that are available in your lab. You should also stay up-to-date on new laboratory technologies and devices that might be useful in your lab. Unexpected changes happen and it’s important that you have a backup plan in place when things don’t go as planned. Be prepared by stocking up on extra tools and supplies just in case.
High Quality Lab Equipment
Don’t neglect quality when you’re shopping around for equipment and instruments for your new lab. At Labnet International, we understand that it can be a challenge to select the right equipment at an affordable price and we strive to deliver the best products possible to our customers at a great value. From centrifugation equipment to lab incubators and ovens, we offer a large inventory of products that are designed with incredible attention to detail and range of useful and sophisticated features. Browse our lab equipment inventory online and contact us with any questions or custom requests.