Decisions to Make When Purchasing an ISOflow Ducted Fume Cupboard: Ensuring Optimal Performance

When purchasing an ISOflow ducted fume cupboard, several key decisions need to be made to ensure that the unit meets your specific requirements and provides optimal performance. Here are some key decisions to consider:

  1. Size and Dimensions: Determine the appropriate size and dimensions of the fume cupboard based on the available space in your laboratory and the volume of work you anticipate. Consider factors such as the size of equipment and materials to be used inside the cupboard.
  2. Ventilation System: Decide on the ventilation system requirements for your fume cupboard. This includes selecting the appropriate airflow rate and ensuring that the unit is compatible with your laboratory’s HVAC system. Consider factors such as the type of chemicals used and the level of containment required.
  3. Material Construction: Choose the material construction of the fume cupboard based on your application requirements and budget constraints. Stainless steel is a common choice for its durability and corrosion resistance, but other materials such as polypropylene may be suitable for specific applications.
  4. Optional Features: Consider any optional features or accessories that may enhance the functionality and usability of the fume cupboard. This may include features such as sash alarms, airflow monitors, lighting options, and electrical outlets. Evaluate the necessity of these features based on your specific needs.
  5. Certifications and Compliance: Ensure that the ISOflow ducted fume cupboard meets relevant safety standards and certifications, such as BS EN 14175. Verify compliance with local regulations and industry guidelines to ensure the safety of your laboratory personnel and compliance with legal requirements.
  6. Budget Considerations: Determine your budget for purchasing the fume cupboard and consider factors such as initial purchase cost, installation expenses, and ongoing maintenance and operating costs. Balance cost considerations with the need for quality and performance to make an informed decision.
  7. Supplier Reputation: Research and evaluate the reputation and reliability of the supplier or manufacturer of the ISOflow ducted fume cupboard. Choose a reputable supplier with a track record of providing high-quality products and excellent customer service to ensure a positive purchasing experience.

By carefully considering these key decisions, you can ensure that the ISOflow ducted fume cupboard you select meets your laboratory’s specific requirements and provides safe and effective containment for hazardous substances.