“Scandinavian by Design.” You could be mistaken for thinking this is the proud slogan of a manufacturer of exclusive furniture or exquisite watches. But in fact the motto is part of the company logo of LaboGene. Amongst other things, the Danish laboratory equipment specialists produce laminar air flow workstations for universities, chemists’ shops, and pharmaceutical companies.
LaboGene CEO Mikal Skat Nørrevig explains the thinking behind this claim: “’Scandinavian by Design’ describes two aspects of our company philosophy: On the one hand, our products are so attractively designed that they almost look like modern kitchen appliances. At the same time we place great emphasis on making our equipment user friendly.”
With this approach, the Danish company and its 45 employees have earned themselves an excellent reputation throughout the world. The equipment they supply is used in laboratories in around 60 countries, predominantly in Europe and Asia. To maintain the top quality of the products, LaboGene is constantly looking to make improvements and works together with a number of other companies to achieve this. “ebm-papst is a competent and creative partner for all aspects associated with fan installation and how to design the air flow.”
In the Danish town of Allerød ... (Photo | ebm-papst)
... LaboGene manufactures cutting-edge laboratory technology. (Photo | ebm-papst)
There is a quieter solution
Of particular importance to LaboGene’s customers are quiet-running systems. As Nørrevig explains: “Laboratory workers spend many hours a day with our laminar air flow systems. In such a situation, any background noise can be a real nuisance and wearing on the workers’ nerves.” For a long time, LaboGene therefore did the same as other companies and used forward-curved fans to keep the noise level down, even though these were not capable of optimally distributing the air flow through the filters fitted in the systems. LaboGene was never entirely happy with this solution, but in the past there was no other alternative.
Fans from ebm-papst can help us to minimize the overall power consumption of our systems.
Mikal Skat Nørrevig, CEO of Labogene
Peter Lund Plechinger, Product Manager at ebm-papst in Denmark, was aware of this problem as well. When ebm-papst brought the backward-curved centrifugal fan RadiCal onto the market, he saw an opportunity to help LaboGene out of their predicament with regard to the fans. The RadiCal is ideally suited to the application at LaboGene, having a better frequency distribution and being considerably quieter-running than its predecessor. “To demonstrate the advantages to the customer, we constructed a model of a laminar air flow system on our premises – with all the technical intricacies.” Plechinger was thus well equipped to stage his presentation.
Air flow expertise
The audience was really impressed. “Alongside the products, the great thing about working with ebm-papst is that the people you talk to are fully conversant with every aspect of the air flow. The presentation we were given further reinforced that impression,” says Mikal Skat Nørrevig.
Systems for cutting-edge research
Laminar air flow systems are primarily used for research work on sensitive or critical substances or samples. They prevent contamination by particles getting in from the outside, and also stop materials getting out of the system from the inside – which can be a matter of life and death in the case of hazardous substances. Fans produce an air curtain to isolate the interior of the system from the surrounding area. A further fan discharges the air. Regulation of the air produces a slight vacuum in the laminar air flow system that stops substances getting out.