So you’re looking for a hood for your lab. You’ve come to the right place!
BioSurplus is a leading provider of high-quality used equipment to labs all over the world. Our customers range from startup drug discovery outfits to academic and research institutions, to large biotech companies and beyond.
Our sales staff is made up of knowledgeable life science professionals with lab bench experience. They are available to answer your questions and will help you find the right hood for your needs.
And to get you started, we’ve produced a series of informational videos and articles on our most popular categories of lab equipment. In our new video on hoods, sales team member Zack Prag covers fume hood basics, including the four main types:
- Chemical fume hoods
- Biosafety cabinets
- Clean benches
- PCR cabinets
In the accompanying in-depth article you’ll also find a detailed chart on the four varieties of chemical fume hood, with descriptions of each type and comparisons. Charts featuring descriptions and specs are also available for biosafety cabinets, clean benches and PCR enclosures.
You can also find out all about the history of fume hoods and ways to save energy in your lab. Click here to read the article on the BioSurplus blog.
See below for a transcription of the video:
“At BioSurplus we carry biosafety cabinets, laminar flow hoods, PCR enclosures and fume hoods.
A biological safety cabinet is used as a sterile work surface. It uses HEPA filtration systems to protect you from the pathogens or any sort of biologics that you might be using underneath that hood. It also protects your sample from being contaminated by the outside air of the laboratory.
A clean bench or laminar flow hood is a sterile work surface that protects the sterility of the product that you’re working on. It doesn’t provide any user protection, but only protects the product you’re working on.
A PCR enclosure is used to prep your samples for PCR. It provides a sterile work surface and has a smaller footprint than (inaudible) flow hood or a bio safety cabinet.
A chemical fume hood is used to protect the user from noxious chemicals that are not otherwise safe to use in an open lab. So the user would take these chemicals and use them under a fume hood. The fume hood protects the user and it also protects the laboratory environment.”
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