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Flexible, Mobile Chemical Workstations Protect Operator and Environment

By Labmedica International staff writers
Posted on 31 Jan 2012
Image:  AC600 chemical workstation (Photo courtesy of AirClean Systems).
Image: AC600 chemical workstation (Photo courtesy of AirClean Systems).
A series of chemical workstations offer flexibility and mobility for the laboratory environment.

The AC600 series of ductless chemical workstations provide a low cost solution for protection of the operator and environment from toxic vapors, gases, fumes, and particulate matter when performing low-volume applications with known chemicals.

Typical applications of the workstation include general chemistry involving small volumes of common chemicals, tissue staining, gluing operations, cleaning and polishing of parts, sample preparation, soldering applications, and a variety of other common laboratory manipulations and formulations.

Developed and released by AirClean Systems (Raleigh, CO, USA), the ductless fume hoods and chemical workstations utilize gas phase bonded carbon filtration, providing higher capacity and eliminating filter “dusting” caused by traditional granular carbon filters. In addition to standard formulations, multilayered and chemically-impregnated filters are available to increase load capacity. AC600 Series workstations can even be configured with multiple carbon and HEPA filters.

Although smaller and more mobile than the traditional or ductless fume hood, AC600 Series chemical workstations include the same advanced safety features and technology as larger workstations–gas phase bonded carbon filtration, real-time gas detection, and constant airflow control and monitoring.

The AirSafe automatic safety controller, a standard feature on all AC600 Series workstations, displays, monitors, and maintains proper airflow to ensure fumes and vapors do not enter the operator’s breathing zone. The microprocessor-based controller will automatically raise or lower the blower speed to maintain the user-set face velocity. In addition to monitoring and controlling airflow, AirSafe monitors gas phase filtration, providing both audible and visible alarms once saturation reaches the alarm set point.

The workstations can be placed virtually anywhere within the laboratory with the only installation requirement being access to a standard power outlet. Each workstation is available with an optional sturdy cart, allowing flexibility and mobility within the laboratory. AC600 Series workstations are self-contained, fully assembled, factory tested, and certified before shipment.

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