Laboratory Grade Phenolic Resin Worktops
Today’s laboratory worksurfaces need to meet the highest standards called upon by the environments they go in. Therefore, selecting the right material for laboratory worktops and laboratory furniture is of crucial importance in an environment where tests and experiments must not be contaminated.
Hygiene, cleanliness, chemical and stain resistance are key requirements. Worktops in laboratories are especially vulnerable. The material used needs to be chemical resistant, hygienic, easy to clean and maintain, durable and flexible.
Increasingly, there is also an additional requirement to find environmentally friendly solutions – to minimize ecological impact and maximize effectiveness.
Laboratory Grade Phenolic Resin
Laboratory Grade Phenolic panels meet the requirements of most laboratories while at the same time bringing a range of additional benefits. These benefits include chemical, wear and water resistance.
Laboratory Grade Phenolic is a self supporting flat panel, based on thermosetting resins, homogeneously reinforced with wood based fibers and manufactured under high pressure and at high temperatures. This process ensures that each panel is non-porous and resistant to a large number of aggressive chemicals, easy to clean, disinfect and maintain.
The surface is impermeable to most reagents used in all types of laboratories and is resistant to the effects of and wear and tear – making laboratory grade phenolic ideal for use in labs utilized by different working groups, such as in educational institutions and industrial environments.
These properties make laboratory grade phenolic countertops highly suitable for use in medical laboratories and clean room conditions. It can be used in the most challenging environments for many years without losing its appearance or function.
Laboratory Grade Phenolic Resin Antimicrobial Performance
Laboratory Grade Phenolic is non porous. Its anti-microbial properties are incorporated in the product without the use of coatings or additives. This means that these properties will remain active throughout the product’s lifetime. Bacteria, molds and/or other microorganisms are unable to grow or penetrate the surface. Bacteria stains will dry relatively fast on the surface – and will not find any source of nutrition on the material. Independent tests by the British Industrial Microbiological Services Ltd (IMSL) show a reduction in bacteria of 99.99% after 24 hours.
Cleanability of Pheolic Resin
In an environment where hygiene is a must, laboratory grade phenolic provides the best choice. Its worksurface is absolutely impervious to most materials used in biochemical and medical laboratories: radio-isotopes, human tissue and blood samples or bacteria. Biological or clinical test results are dependent on non-contamination. Laboratory Grade Phenolic provides a surface impermeable to most bacteria, molds or microorganisms. Resistant to dyes and organic, these phenolic tops are water resistant and easy to clean and disinfect.
Phenolic Resin Chemical Resistance
Used extensively in chemical, analytical, micro-biological and educational laboratories world-wide, phenolic resin is resistant to a large number of aggressive chemicals. Test results show the panel’s 24 hour resistance. Aggressive chemicals will not mark a laboratory grade phenolic surface – if cleaned within this time period.
Phenolic Resin Durability
Laboratory Grade Phenolic is ideal for a multi-functional environment. Laboratory Grade Phenolic worktops are versatile and provide a tough and long-lasting surface that retains its appearance for many years. Used as part of a mobile and flexible environment, laboratory grade phenolic delivers added strength to any laboratory or lecture room. The material’s impact resistance makes it suitable for use in mobile furniture, i.e. science tables and laboratory carts.
Design Flexibility & Fast Transformation
Today’s laboratory is a fast moving professional working environment. On the one hand it needs to house an array of testing and technical equipment as well as computers and their peripherals. On the other hand, there is a need for frequent changes to accommodate new tests or changes in operating requirements.
Laboratory Grade Phenolic facilitates the fast transformation of the laboratory. The material offers maximum design flexibility because it behaves in a similar way to hardwood. It can be machined and formed to meet the particular needs of the laboratory. Sinks, drainage holes, grooves and other accessories can be incorporated. Once installed, laboratory grade phenolic can be easily adapted to accommodate changes in working practice. It can be re-cut and retrofitted with new taps, sinks or other equipment, without losing its exceptional performance characteristics and its appearance.
Laboratory Grade Phenolic has a non-reflecting smooth surface. This makes it highly suitable as a multi-functional surface on which laboratory equipment, instrumentation, computers and general work, such as administration, analysis and research, can all be shared.
Laboratory Grade Phenolic is also available with an integrated decorative surface on both sides which widens the design possibilities and offers chemical and mechanical strength on those areas where it is needed on both sides, for example shelves and compartments. A workstation can be tailored to specific needs and still meet all the requirements of a laboratory.
The production of laboratory grade phenolic is environmentally responsible and completely safe in use. Laboratory Grade Phenolic panels are based on thermosetting resin, homogeneously reinforced with up to 70% wood-based fibers. The majority of the used raw materials are made from sustainable resources.