In any kind of laboratory environment, precision will always be of the utmost importance. Pure research labs demand absolutely precise experimental set-ups. Medical labs allow virtually no room for error when it comes to things like isolating microbes or purifying the environment from contaminants. Industrial labs require the testing of materials under very specific conditions, and so on. For such delicate tasks in each environment, high-precision equipment is indispensable.
Of course, we also know that benches and workstations are the bread-and-butter of every laboratory. They are the central thing that makes it hum along. But for certain high-precision tasks, an ordinary workbench just won’t cut it.
That’s where laminar air flow hoods and clean air workstations come in.
These are special workstations that are enclosed by special cabinets. Each made partially of metal and partially of transparent material like glass or acrylic. One side of the enclosure, however, is generally either left totally open or at least provides workers with the option to create an opening. Thus, in a laminar flow bench, everything is done within the confines of an enclosure.