Talbot & Talbot open new R4,5-mln lab

2007-12-21 00:00

The development of Talbot & Talbot’s R4,5-million laboratory expansion has gone according to plan and the firm have been moving into the building this past weekend.

With the world’s demands for effective water management and environmental well-being, Talbot & Talbot have experienced unprecedented growth necessitating the expansion. “By expanding the laboratory, we are able to increase the amount of sampling and testing done, due to both the increased floor-space and latest scientific equipment,” said Vanessa Talbot, laboratory manager.

The 450 metres2 building allows for the introduction of several new and updated items of equipment: a laminar flow cabinet, filtration manifold and an autoclave. The laminar flow cabinet is specially designed to create sterile and dust-free conditions in laboratories, preventing contamination of biological samples, or any particle-sensitive device. Air is drawn through a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter and blown in a smooth, laminar flow towards the user.

“This will allow us to increase the capacity of our microbiological section and enable us to perform specialised examinations,” said Belinda Talbot, laboratory technical manager. The filtration manifold allows the analyst to filter several samples at once, thus increasing sample throughput and turnaround time.

Other equipment re-located to the new laboratory include atomic absorption spectrophotometers that are used to analyse the concentration of metals in a solution and a flow injection analyser that makes use of an analytical technique based on microfluidic manipulation of samples and reagents. Various other supporting equipment will also be relocated. In total, the laboratory will house several million rands’ worth of equipment and technology.

“Another addition to the new laboratory is an updated laboratory information management system allowing staff to compile computer generated reports improving the laboratory efficiency,” said Talbot. “This system will also allow for trend anaylses to be drawn up in the future.”

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