Now that 2017 has come to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the most popular articles that appeared in
Laboratory Design this year.
The most-visited article of the year
was “The costs of building a cleanroom,”
authored by Raffe Khazadian of TRIA.
The article discussed the fact that cleanrooms can be one of the most complex
spaces in a lab facility to design, because
of the strict rules that control particulate count in the air. Cleanrooms pose
some unique design challenges—partly
because not all cleanrooms are alike.
Construction types include stick-built,
modular (i.e. Plascore system) and
hybrid—selection depends on the needs
of the facility and the product/process
that will take place within. Gowning
rooms, ante rooms, air locks, pass-through rooms and windows are all components that need to be considered when
designing a cleanroom; other aspects
include flooring, walls, ceiling, filters
and furniture. http://bit.ly/2otJWKB
“Vibration control for sensitive
laboratories,” by Ethan Brush of Acentech,
Make sure that these goals address
both current and future requirements
and are stated in such a way that they
can be evaluated by site measurements.
Only then, says Brush, can the extent
of mitigation required to control
a laboratory’s vibration sources be
New technology and flexibility has been
covered extensively by Laboratory Design.
“Future lab trends: Cloud-connected laboratory equipment” by Arthur Trapotsis of
Consolidated Sterilizer Systems describes
how labs all around the world are embracing new forms of technology and equipment as a way to increase productivity and
improve efficiency. The Internet of Things
is one of the biggest technological advancements to result from recent developments.
The Internet of Things can be thought of
as a series of interconnected devices that
are able to communicate with each other
and transfer data back and forth over a network. Io T can be found in everyday situations such as adjusting a thermostat from
a smartphone, starting a car using an app
and viewing security camera footage on a
tablet from any remote location. Io T can
be used to monitor laboratory equipment
and research samples, collect data and
warn facility managers of fault conditions
in things such as HVAC equipment and
Example of continuous building vibration monitoring—“Vibration control for sensitive laboratories.” Image: Acentech