From Afterthought to Forethought: Designing an Optimal Analytical Lab

Monday, April 24, 2:40 - 3:30 PM

Speaker(s): James Schreyer

Room #: City of Oaks

Dedicated instrument laboratories performing analytical chemistry using mass spectrometers, liquid chromatography and other equipment are critical-use areas within modern laboratories. These instruments are often used to perform daily quality control and testing functions. All facets of employing analytical equipment—from procurement, setup and the testing procedures, to the staffing and utility requirements—make owning and operating analytical equipment an extraordinarily expensive undertaking.

All too often, however, instrument labs are not purpose-built. Instead, general laboratory space is re-purposed for instrument lab use, resulting in sub-optimal layouts, poor environmental control and inefficient utility delivery. While many facilities do the best with what they have, these compromised lab spaces can result in higher maintenance and operational costs and lower testing throughput.

In this session, attendees will discover how labs managers can consolidate their instrument equipment into purpose-built spaces designed specifically for analytical equipment. With proper lab programming, these spaces will optimize the spatial, environmental and utility needs from day one, and can be designed specifically to meet the environment requirements of the lab equipment and performance metrics of a lean laboratory. The presentation will examine how workflows, growth, lab flexibility, maintenance tasks and more contribute to the design of a high performance instrument lab as well as offer lessons learned and recommended design practices for creating a next generation instrument lab.

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