Even with the existence of thousands of industrial chemical fields, as well as commercial and non-commercial applications of chemistry in our modern world, certain things must remain invariable and unchanging for everything to continue functioning at the highest level. These constants are what keep any chemical development company, plant, refinery or process line working, and they ensure the quality of the products created or treated therein.

One of these invaluable constants found in every version of these chemical applications – no matter how big the scale – is the existence of a chemical laboratory. The reason why is simple: whether we’re talking about a company specializing in the development of custom chemical formulations or a water treatment plant supplying vital liquid to the homes of a population, the control of a process’ quality must always exist. No exceptions.

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From environmental safety to the formulation of a custom chemical

If you were to ask where you could usually find a chemical laboratory and what you can do within the walls of one of these facilities, you’d likely receive a very general and long-winded answer.

The truth is that laboratories have made themselves ever-present within an endless number of chemical applications – physical-chemical tests on food, the control of microorganisms in beverages, the study of agricultural soil, water toxicity tests and product quality control, among thousands of other crucial tasks that keep the modern world’s cogs turning.

It really doesn’t matter whether a nascent company is planning on offering a chemical product or a chemical application service, both configurations will still require the people and the machines that can be found in the form of a laboratory, as well as the physical space required to construct one of these facilities.

But what exactly makes a chemical laboratory tick?

One may think that a laboratory is basically four walls and a large investment, but that belief is actually a description that barely scratches the surface.

First and foremost, the most important aspect of a chemical laboratory is its staff: trained analysts, specialized maintenance workers, quality control engineers and qualified health and safety supervisors all compose any common chemical laboratory, and their roles are as crucial as they are unique.

The next most important asset of a chemical laboratory is its capabilities – characteristics directly related to the equipment installed within its walls. Aspects such as the consideration of production or treatment capacities the laboratory can provide are necessary when planning the scope of its reach in custom chemical development and other uses.

The two previous aspects must also always be well adapted and synergized for a chemical laboratory to work. One may consider that the implementation of a modern laboratory will always have a functional edge over an old-fashioned one because of its technological leverage, but without staff adequately trained in the processes and equipment involved, the laboratory’s investment in technology may not serve to improve its efficiency as expected.

In other words: a laboratory is neither as good as its staff nor its equipment, but instead both simultaneously. As it should be, it must be said.