Manifold as used in a laboratory environment is defined as a pipefitting with several lateral outlets for connecting one pipe with others. In various lab settings, it is necessary to utilize manifold as a means of carrying building services such as nitrogen, oxygen, water, compressed air, vacuum and carbon dioxide to individual lab spaces from a remote storage area.  This is necessary for two reasons: First, it is hazardous to locate gas cylinders in a laboratory area, and secondly, it is a waste of valuable floor space. Well designed gas delivery systems provide safety, efficiency, aesthetics and cost-efficiency.

Flex-a-scope is a stackable, aluminum manifold that provides a safe, attractive delivery system for house services.


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Flex-a-scope can be mounted vertically or horizontally on a wall or reagent shelf support, and even on the ceiling, depending on the building design. Each end and outlet is drilled and tapped, and can be capped for future use.


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Flex-a-scope can be installed with open or closed brackets, staggered fittings, as well as other options to support individual requirements.

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The result – an attractive, user-friendly work bench providing house services in a safe, efficient facility.



Phenolic Resin Countertops


  Phenolic Resin is a plastic-like material formed from a chemical reaction between a carbon based alcohol and an aldehyde.  Aldehydes are organic chemicals with the     structure of R-CHO, which is a carbon double bonded to an oxygen center (a formyl group), which in turn is bonded to hydrogen and a side chain.


. In the mid 1900’s this material was mixed with wood fibers and heated to high temperatures, forming a strong plastic-like polymer. This was used to make handles for cooking utensils and ovens, as well as other household items, such as the phone below. This early plastic was called Bakelite. phenolic-resin-image



  Today, phenolic resin is made by compressing many layers of paper and impregnating them with the liquid resin under high heat and pressure conditions. The result is a relatively light weight, chemical resistant product that can be fabricated into tops, cabinets, and shelving.

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Phenolic resin countertops are often used today in place of the traditional black epoxy resin tops in hospitals, restaurants, schools and many laboratories.


Saving Energy with Smart-Sash®

Fume hoods are essential components of research facilities, whether they be pharmaceutical, medical, industrial, biotechnical or education-based. They serve multiple purposes, the most important being to protect workers in the lab from breathing harmful vapors. Unfortunately safety comes at a price, and it has been estimated that one fume hood running for 24 hours a day uses as much energy as two single homes.

In order to maximize energy conservation and increase laboratory safety, Jamestown Metal Products has developed Smart-Sash®. This is a fully automated, programmable system which opens and closes the sash completely hands free. Whenever a researcher enters the designated field of operation in front of the fume hood, the sash will automatically open, and likewise will close 15 to 20 seconds after technician steps away. This eliminates the uncontrollable human factor, optimizing safety and efficiency.



Features include:

  • Electronic gear motor coupled to the chain and sprocket sash counterbalance system.
  • Direct drive to sash chain allows smooth uninterrupted up and down motion.
  • Sash closes within 20 seconds after operator leaves the front of the hood.
  • Able to be retrofitted on JMP or non-JMP bench hoods.
  • Operator can stop the sash opening at any time and re-position manually.
  • Meets ANSI/AIHA Z9.5-2003 specifications.
  • Minimizes exposure by returning the sash to the closed position when not in use.
  • Low volume audible pulses alert operator of sash closure.
  • Prevents cross contamination between hoods.
  • Up to $2,561 annual savings per hood.
  • Aerodynamic sash handle allows for the containment of harmful fumes during rapid sash movement.

    From organic chemistry experiments in a university setting, to drug synthesis in a pharmaceutical lab, Smart-Sash® is unparalleled in its increased safety, efficiency and energy conservation.