To run a safe, effective laboratory, you need the right equipment. Ductless fume hoods, laminar flow hoods and biological safety cabinets are designed to meet the needs of different situations. Choosing the right hood ensures protection for the operator, process and/or environment.
The Air Science® Laboratory Desk Reference Equipment Selection Guide shows you which filtration devices are best for specific applications to help keep your laboratory environment safe. Before choosing equipment, you need to evaluate your needs and define your goals. This way you can select the right equipment for the personnel, process and working environment.
Ductless Fume Hoods
Offering safety and flexibility, ductless fume hoods are designed to draw contaminants away from users and through a multi-stage carbon filter before recycling clean air back into your laboratory. Ductless fume hoods are standalone units that can typically be moved anywhere in the lab, eliminating the costs of construction, additional ductwork, and increased utilities from reconditioning air. Filter options are available to accommodate chemicals and concentrations from a large number of chemical families. Most ductless fume hoods protect the operator from chemical vapors generated on the work surface, not from outside contamination. If your process is susceptible to contamination from outside sources, isolators or laminar flow hoods are more appropriate choices.
Ductless Fume Hood Applications:
- Pharmaceutical compounding
- Dental work
- Medical device manufacturing processes
Laminar Flow Hoods
Laminar flow hoods come in both horizontal and vertical designs and create a uniform flow of air across the work surface. They are intended for use with nonhazardous materials and protect items on the work zone from particulate contamination using laminar airflow. Air Science laminar flow hoods use the Multiplex™ Filtration System to sustain a contamination-free environment.
Laminar Flow Hood Applications:
- Medical device production
- Clinical/medical testing
- Microbiological testing
- Semiconductor protocols
- Cell cultures
Biological Safety Cabinets
Biological Safety Cabinets (BSCs) are intended to protect the user and the environment from a wide range of biologicals. Class II Type A2 biosafety cabinets are equipped to manage agents of Biosafety Level 1-3. The Air Science Purair BIO offers protection from airborne particulates and biologicals for personnel, work surface and the environment.
- Life science research
- Various biological procedures
- Sterile product preparation in different sectors