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10 tips to run a more efficient laboratory

From creating a culture of innovation to maintaining your equipment, this article sets out 10 simple tips on how to make your facility more efficient today and more importantly, well into the future! There are three variables that determine the efficiency of any laboratory: The people, the processes, and the equipment. The People Right people […] ... Read More

Implementing 5S in the Laboratory

5S is a visual management tool and a structured methodology in creating best practice, clean, organised and efficient working environment. 5S can assist with the elimination of frustration, confusion, Stress, space limitation and inventory management. 5S is a great way to manage your laboratory. Being organised is about working smarter not harder and helps to […] ... Read More

How to identify a highly effective laboratory technician

Highly efficient laboratory technicians are individuals that are in high demand today’s laboratories as they are people that roll-out the red carpet for great lab management, organisation, efficiency, coordination and most of all great academic outcome. In this article, we are reaching out to organisations with laboratories that are looking to recruit a new laboratory […] ... Read More

CASE STUDY: BGC Engineering

BGC Engineering Inc. is an international consulting firm that provides professional services in applied earth sciences, based on a specialized appreciation of the impacts of geology on engineered structures. BGC is composed of over 375 professional engineers, geoscientists, technicians and support staff based in offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; […] ... Read More

10 Effective Steps to Gain Productivity in the Lab

Productivity: the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input. So how do we achieve this? You may be thinking… that’s easier said than done! Lets discover 10 effective ways to increase your productivity in the lab. 1. Begin your day planned out Time starts […] ... Read More

2 Effective Ways to ‘Lean’ your Laboratory

We are advancing in the 21st century at extraordinary speeds. As we begin to see robotics and automation becoming more prevalent in laboratories, it has become clear that a lean laboratory process needs to be implemented to ensure that you’re making the most out of this incredible technology. Not only will a lean process allow you […] ... Read More

Who should be involved in your laboratory design process and why?

Designing a laboratory can be a daunting task and it is often a question of how many people you should include in the laboratory design process. Too many people and personalities can create confusion that will lead to delays in the design process. It is important to know who you should include and understand how […] ... Read More

Reducing Space and Motion Waste in The Laboratory Using the Spaghetti Diagram.

Over time, your laboratory can become inefficient due to the lack of thought process behind positioning of equipment and workstations. Inefficiencies often occur over long periods of time with the gradual growth of a laboratory. Substantial amounts of motion waste can be eliminated when binging your laboratory in accordance to lean principles resulting in greater efficiently, output […] ... Read More

Designing or Improving a High-Volume Production or Automation Laboratory? What Layout is Best for You?

Are you prioritizing optimization of laboratory design and layout?  There are many ways to layout benching in your laboratory space. In this article, we look at incorporating lean principles to optimize design layouts primarily for high throughput production and automation laboratories. There are T-Shaped Layouts, U-Shape Layouts and Z or S-Shaped layouts. Key pointers to […] ... Read More

4 Key Considerations When Building Or Refurbishing A Laboratory

  Building or refurbishing a new laboratory can be a daunting task as there is many things to consider In the design process. In this article, we cover 4 key considerations whilst building a laboratory. Understand the process and workflow. It is important to understand the flow/process of your existing laboratory. This will help you […] ... Read More

Importance Of Understanding Workflow Before Designing Your New Laboratory

What Is Workflow? Workflow is the set of tasks grouped chronologically into a process and the people or resources needed for those tasks, that are necessary to achieve a goal. A laboratory workflow is comprised of the set of processes it needs to achieve and the set of people or other resources available to perform […] ... Read More

VCS Completes New K-12 Facility

Celebrating their 70th year of operation as one of Vancouver’s most renowned Christian Schools, VCS will be opening the doors to a brand new k-12 facility in the city of Vancouver for the 2018-2019 school year. Housed within this facility, Vancouver Christian School is proud to offer state of the art learning centers where students […] ... Read More

Waste Elimination in the Laboratory using the Acronym “WOODMITS” – Lean Management Techniques

Waste reduces the capacity of a laboratory to reach its objectives in the most efficient manner; it uses limited resources in ways that do not contribute to the organisation’s overall goals. Lean is an organisational performance management system characterised by a collaborative approach between employees and managers to identify and minimise or eliminate activities that do […] ... Read More

A Competitive Edge Through Layout And Workflow In Canadian Pathology Laboratories

Smart pathology management involves sample throughput assessment in all divisions of the pathology laboratory whilst maintaining precision and accuracy. Whilst automation with digital pathology is great for speed and accuracy, layout and workflow processes are often overlooked, resulting in inefficiency and downtime through unnecessary motion. In this article, the team at Modulab impart a few […] ... Read More

Open vs Closed Laboratory Design

Open-plan is used to describe any floor plan which uses large, open spaces with few walls and minimal use of small, enclosed rooms.  Modern office space design follows this trend, where there are few walls with movable, modular furnishings resulting in an open, interactive workspace.  Since the mid-90s, laboratory design has embraced the open-plan concept. Open-plan design has become […] ... Read More

Tips for improving lab lighting

As an important part of the work environment, lighting has a profound impact on the performance within the laboratory. Even more crucially, the majority of laboratory personnel are required to complete delicate tasks permitting no margin of error. To improve productivity, personnel are encouraged to implement the following suggestions: 1. Replace light bulbs on regular […] ... Read More

The advantages of modular benching verses fixed cabinetry in today’s pharmaceutical, pathology, education and quality assurance laboratories

  Not all laboratories are the same. In fact, there are several laboratory types, and each has their unique purpose, advantages and constraints. However, one of the commonalities across all laboratory types is the need for practical and durable cabinetry. Likely, the days of building a fixed laboratory system from cabinetry are quickly becoming a […] ... Read More

Top 6 Laboratory Design Trends

  1. More open-design, teamwork orientated labs With the evolution of education etc., teamwork and ‘see and be seen’ working cultures are on the rise. More open space, more visibility and more flexibility mean there is fewer individual workstations and private offices, and more collaborative space. This is an increasingly used design in universities, STEM […] ... Read More

5 Key Considerations for a Great Laboratory Design

In this article, we look at some of the key aspects to a great laboratory design. Every laboratory type has its own unique purpose, and the design consideration can determine the effectiveness of the return on investments of your proposed space. The effort put into the design phase can pay off many times over especially with larger […] ... Read More

Advantages of Reconfigurable Laboratory Benching

  The one thing you have probably wished for at one point in your career is that the lab was just that little bit different in terms of design. ‘I wish we put that cabinet over there.’ ‘These overhead cupboards really should have been placed differently.’ A flexible joinery system makes lab life a lot […] ... Read More

10 Ways to Decrease Cost Per Sample in Your Laboratory

  There are several ways to reduce the cost per sample in a throughput laboratory. In this paper, we go over some of the easier ways to reduce your sample cost. Investing the time into being smarter and leaner can have great outcomes for your laboratory giving it the competitive edge to scale into the […] ... Read More

9 Ways to Make Your Day Productive in the Lab

1. Plan ahead For an efficient and productive day at the lab, the first and foremost thing to do is plan your day. This may be done at the end of the previous day, or in the morning at work. Jot down your tasks with a little detail, set deadlines and mark out the priority […] ... Read More

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