How to Choose the Right Microscope Table

laboratory equipment

Why The Proper Fit Of Your Microscope Table Is Important

Because microscope operators often work long hours at a bench, it’s critical to provide a comfortable, ergonomically suitable set up to help prevent operators from developing pain in their back, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.

Steps To Ensure A Proper Fit Between The Operator And The Microscope Equipment

The key to proper ergonomics is to ensure that the operator’s back is straight, and the knees are bent at an angle of 90°, and the operator’s feet can touch the floor. The operator should also be able to reach the microscopic features easily: ensuring that the neck does not have to lean forward greater than 20° and that the arms are comfortably bent between 90 and 120°.

scientists in a laboratory with microscopes

1. Select The Right Seating

Formaspace recommends our line of five-way adjustable lab seats, which provide easy adjustment to meet the economic needs of lab operators of different size and stature. If your microscopic application is in a clean room, we also offer seating that is designed for cleanroom applications. And it’s also good to know that Formaspace seating products are built with easy-to-clean surfaces for added peace of mind during this time of COVID-19.

2. Consider Height Adjustable Microscope Tables

Formaspace also manufactures a full line of height adjustable microscopic tables, which allow operators to dial-in the most comfortable working height for their needs. This is very useful when different operators access the same microscope equipment during the day or for different shifts. These height adjustable workbenches can also allow operators to switch from a seated position to a standing position, which can help reduce fatigue during long shifts.

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Formaspace manufactures all our laboratory furniture at our Austin, Texas factory headquarters.

3. Specify Microscopic Table Cutouts To Avoid Leaning Forward

Not all microscope equipment is designed with ergonomics in mind. For example, we often find that in existing installations, the microscope equipment is positioned too far away from the operator. This is where custom cutouts in the microscope table can help; these allow operators to use the equipment more comfortably — without having to bend their upper back and their shoulders forward or bend their neck down at an extreme angle — while still providing comfortable support areas for the operator’s elbows and arms.

microscope table
Shown above is an example of our entry-level Basix™ microscope table, which features a microscope cut out, supported by a light gray powder-coated steel frame, as well as lower half-depth shelving and anti-vibration feet.

Why The Choice Of A Work Surface Is Important For Your Microscope Table

By far one of the most important questions your friendly Formaspace design consultant will ask when discussing the available material selection options for your next microscope table is how will the microscopic set up be used.

Select The Right Material Option For Your Microscope Table Work Surface

As a custom manufacturer, Formaspace offers the broadest range of work surface materials available to ensure that we can provide the right choice for your application.



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