A laboratory workbench, often simply called a lab bench, is a work table that provides the space and surface to conduct tests and procedures, store lab equipment, and create workstations for technicians or students in a scientific laboratory. These are used mostly in chemical and biological sciences. Surfaces are usually made of an inert material, as water and fuel sources are generally nearby or built in to the bench.
A laboratory workbench surface can be built with a number of different materials, depending on the unique requirements of the customer. Some types of surfaces include edge-grained maple, self-edged laminate, PVC-edged laminate, composite resinwood, electrostatic dissipative (ESD) laminate, epoxy resin, chemical resistant laminate and stainless steel.
A lab bench usually comes with cabinetry such as drawers and shelves, which, like its surface, come in a variety of materials. Lab benches may come with industry-specific accessories, like epoxy and stainless steel sinks, gas valves and fume hoods. Bench load capacities go into the thousands of pounds, and benches can come equipped with wheels to increase mobility and ease of use.Read More…