When one of Flow Sciences’ clients came looking for a way to safely vent the exhaust from a flash chromatographer (a bench-top device that separates elements in a solution for distinct use in a more pure state), they got to work. The solution they came up with was large enough for a Teledyne Isco CombiFlash chromatographer and provided the safety the customer needed along with freeing up scarce fume hood space for other work.
Flow Sciences’ Teledyne Isco CombiFlash hood enclosure provided a safe, effective fume hood that protects the lab worker while giving them the room and visibility within the enclosure needed to complete their tasks.
“Since chromatography units use smaller amounts of volatile solvents, our hood enclosures are ideal for Teledyne Isco’s CombiFlash and other HPLC devices,” said Steve Janz, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Flow Sciences.
Because the hood enclosures have a small footprint and can be connected directly to the lab’s existing exhaust system, Flow’s hoods allow lab workers to allocate precious fume hood space to units and operations that require more vigorous ventilation. An optional ventilation fan and carbon filter kit is available for laboratories where safety regulations may be more stringent.
Installing a Teledyne Isco CombiFlash hood enclosure takes less than a half-day of downtime, with most installations taking around three hours; this means less downtime and more production runs through a chromatographer.
CombiFlash hoods are available in 2-foot and 3-foot widths, allowing for maximized use of available bench space within laboratories. The hoods are made with a dished phenolic resin base for easy cleanup, transparent acrylic walls for visibility, a dual-position sash for ease of operator interaction with the enclosed equipment, gash shock hinges for easy raising and lowering of the sash, an exhaust port and optional ventilation fan and carbon filter kit for easy exhaust ventilation.
“Our Teledyne Isco CombiFlash hood enclosure is finding a lot of traction within agra-chemical and other chemical-discovery labs where they already have a chromatographer but they need a safe, well vented place to put it,” Janz says. “We’re proud of this product, but we’re even more proud that it’s one of many task-specific enclosures we’ve engineered for laboratory environments.”
Jason Frye produced this story with the assistance of Flow Sciences Inc., which produces containment systems for laboratories, pilot plants and manufacturers. These products are designed to protect operators from exposure to hazardous particulates and vapors while performing delicate operations.