Material Selection for Lab furniture
What kind of Sheet metal is used in the manufacturing Laboratory furniture and Fume Hoods?
India is one of the top manufacturer and exporter of drugs and medicines which has opened up a huge potential growth in private Research and development laboratories, Analytical laboratories, Quality Control laboratories, Quality Assurance laboratories & wet labs and it is estimated to grow further in the coming years. For a competent operation of laboratories its infrastructure needs to be of the best quality. Now choosing the Best quality laboratory furniture and laboratory fume hood is quite tricky. This article will help you to understand the different types of sheet metal used so you can choose the best sheet metal as per your lab requirements.
There are typically two types of sheet metal used in manufacturing of modular Laboratory furniture and laboratory fume hoods one is Stainless steel and other is powder coated steel. Further on in Powder coated steel there are two most widely used steel, Cold rolled cold annealed steel (CRCA) Steel and Galvanized Iron (GI) Steel, both of them are best suited to perform Powder coating on their surface however CRCA might have a upper edge on GI as CRCA steel’s surface is little more rough and particles of polymer resin and pigments finds it easy to stick on rough surface granting laboratory furniture longer life. While Stainless steel remains unbeaten and is best option if you are looking for rust free and Clean room laboratory furniture, most of the Research and development laboratories who have priority on hygiene like food processing companies and Dairy prefer to use SS over powder coated steel.
To conclude, there are three different sheet metal used in manufacturing of Laboratory furniture and fume hoods. Stainless steel, cold rolled cold annealed powder coated steel and galvanized Iron powder coated steel. Industries like Pharmaceuticals, chemicals, research & biotechnology, schools and colleges tend to choose CRCA and GI powder coated metal sheet for their laboratory furniture and fume hood while Food industry tend to choose Stainless steel.