One of the most popular solid surface tops for use with lab benches is made by a company called Trespa. The TopLab Plus surface has become the worktop of choice for laboratories around the world. What makes this surface ideal for a laboratory setting are its stain and chemical resistance qualities. Laboratories must be clean and hygienic, and countertops are particularly vulnerable to contamination, so you need to find a surface that is as easy to clean as it is durable.
TopLab Plus surface panels meet laboratory requirements and are resistant to water, chemicals and wear. As long as harsh chemicals are removed from the surface within 24 hours, they will not mark the countertop. The surface is non-porous, which allows the antimicrobial property to be incorporated into the material without the need for additives or coatings. This feature does not wear off during the life of the surface, so bacterial stains will always dry relatively quickly and mold, bacteria and other microorganisms will not grow on or penetrate the surface.
Flexibility is a quality that results from Trespa material serving a purpose in a multifunctional environment. This surface is rugged enough for use in a mobile environment and provides additional strength to a conference room or laboratory. Impact resistance is what makes it most suitable for mobile use on equipment such as carts. The surface should retain its original appearance for years, limiting overall equipment costs.
Many customers are concerned about the environmental impact resulting from the creation of laboratory furniture. Environmental considerations were taken into account during the development of the TopLab Plus material. Softwood harvested from certified forests is made into a durable, moisture-resistant, low-maintenance, and attractive material. This eco-friendly process is used to produce all TopLab Plus panels.
Up to 70 percent of wood-based fibers and most raw materials are made from sustainable resources. The panel size has been optimized to reduce waste and the surface technology reduces maintenance and cleaning requirements. Fewer joints accommodate hygienic environments and there is no need to glue panels to a substructure. The company has taken other green steps, including ensuring discharges and emissions are within acceptable limits, eliminating corrosive and toxic gases, and improving waste reduction. Optimal routes and efficient delivery ensure that even the transportation process is not wasteful.
In addition to resisting chemicals, stains and moisture, this surface also resists heat. Continuous exposure to temperatures up to 284 degrees is feasible and exposure of 20 minutes or less to temperatures up to 356 degrees can also be accommodated without any ill effects. The surface can withstand a high-temperature experimental environment, as well as one that is suited to equipment such as computers.
Solid Trespa work surfaces can be designed to include slots, drain holes, sinks, and other accessories determined by the laboratory’s purpose. Lab benches featuring Trespa TopLab can even be modified after installation to accommodate changing work practices. Trimming and reconditioning will not adversely affect the appearance or performance of the surface.