The laboratory is the hotbed, the nursery of science. It’s where all of the legwork and the magic of scientific discovery happens. But even if only the great breakthroughs at the end of a long train of lab work are able to draw the attention of the public, any competent manager knows that there are an enormous number of seemingly simple and mundane things that go into making those breakthroughs happen. This is true even down to the level of the kinds of equipment and furniture used in day-to-day lab operations. One of the most important of these are simple, yet versatile laboratory storage cabinets.
After all, labs are home to an extraordinary number of different tools and chemicals — some of them quite caustic and dangerous if not used properly — and they can’t all be in use at once. When they aren’t, they need to be put away, and put away safely. They need to be kept reliably under lock and key until such time as they’re called for. Lab managers not only need to think about the efficiency and smoothness with which their daily procedures run when considering these issues, but the safety and well-being of their lab workers as well.
RDM has been in the business of manufacturing quality-designed and factory-direct lab furniture for more than four decades. Our laboratory cabinets are among the best in the field and will help you to impose some order on a world bristling with hustle and bustle.
To show you just how they can do that, let us give you a taste of our wide selection of lab cabinets — their sizes, their design styles, the materials of which they can be made, the qualities that these features impart to them and how they can make your lab a more orderly and well-humming place.
What Kinds of Cabinets Do We Offer?
Design-wise, RDM’s laboratory storage cabinets can be broken up into a few different categories. Here are some of these categories and and a word about their peculiar advantages.
Overheard cabinets can be hung from a wall as standalone units. Or the can be attached to special workbenches, offering convenient and easy-to-access storage in either case. Units of this type tend to be smaller. But we can custom design them for you within a given set of parameters. Overhead cabinets are typically 22 inches deep and can be designed to be anywhere from 30 to 48 inches wide and 30 to 36 inches. We can also customize units to give them added versatility. Including closure panels, drawers of varying widths and quantity and either one or two swinging doors. The overhead cabinets that are attached to racks on workbenches, of course, come with the workbench attached and are made of stainless steel.
Our under-counter cabinets tend to be the down-low counterparts of our overhead cabinets. In terms of their design and makeup, they are virtually identical to the overhead units already described, except that they form an inseparable part of our work counters. Cabinets of this type are especially useful for lab workers who need to have large quantities and various types of equipment and chemicals close at hand for their daily work. They can simply reach down, open up the cabinets and retrieve whatever they require — all without leaving their workbenches. Units like this this are especially useful if convenience and efficiency matter to you.
Large and Tall:
For your heavy-duty storage needs — whether in the sense of storing large kinds of equipment or of storing a large quantity of equipment — RDM’s industrial-quality large and tall lab cabinets are the go-to solution. Each of these units is seven feet tall and comes with many shelves and a pair of large, swinging doors. Width is variable in six-inch increments from 18 to 48 inches, though 18 and 24-inch versions only come with a single door. What these impressive units may lack in portability they certainly make up for in their grand capability to easily store whatever you need to have locked away. They are an excellent way to declutter the lab and keep things neat and organized. Have a look at ourtall cabinets and some of the customization optionswe offer you.
What Are Our Storage Cabinets Made From?
Stainless steel is far and away the dominant material of which we make our many laboratory cabinets. After all, stainless steel is durable, resilient and reliable. Precisely the sorts of qualities that are in demand when the question comes up of safely storing away potentially dangerous lab chemicals. Our stainless steel storage cabinets are made according to some of the kinds of styles described above. And are all custom-designed to fit your particular needs and specifications.
But stainless steel storage cabinets just one facet of the many storage tools that we can offer your laboratory. As much justified emphasis as there might be on the safe storage of some dangerous chemical or some industrial-strength tool, more mundane and simple materials also need a place where they can be put away. For that, we also offer an assortment of simpler commercial cabinets made of wood.
We also make tall commercial cabinets in both stainless steel and other metal versions. Doors can be made of glass, wood or stainless steel. And both the interior and exterior can be coated in polyurethane to make the whole units more resistant to acidic chemicals.
How Can Laboratory Storage Cabinets Hep You?
Obviously, the primary function of laboratory storage cabinets is to offer storage, but you’d be sorely mistaken if you supposed that this simple description exhausts what our units are capable of.
All of our storage cabinets can also be custom-made to be flame resistant, chemical resist or static-resistant. If you plan to house chemicals in any of our units that are either extremely corrosive, flammable or in any way in a high danger of spilling or leaking out, it’s strongly recommended that you add this special functionality to your orders. The safety of your lab workers and the physical integrity of the lab itself and everything in it are, of course, a paramount concern.
Sometimes, the simplest things can be the easiest to overlook. Since cabinets have a function that, at first blush, seems rather humdrum, it can be easy to succumb to the temptation not to strive to get your lab the very best units possible. But given the critical importance of safety, security and orderliness to the daily activities of every research lab, succumbing to that temptation can be a very costly mistake.
The quick whirlwind tour of our cabinets that we’ve given here is only meant to whet your appetite and get you started. There’s so much more to explore, and this has been only a taste of what we can offer you. All of RDM’s storage cabinets are proudly manufactured in the USA, and if you want totake a peek at our full selection of laboratory storage cabinets & casework, we encourage you to look.