Work Surfaces

Proper selection of work surface material is critical to creating a functional laboratory. The work surface must be appropriate to the type of work performed in the lab and the chemicals that are used, or the integrity of the entire lab may be jeopardized.

Machlab offers a comprehensive range of choices with various colours, thicknesses, mechanical and chemical properties.

Our project managers will be happy to discuss the benefits of each surface and assist you in selecting the right material that matches your application, laboratory environment and budget requirement.


Solid Cast Epoxy

This combines excellent chemical resistance with the possibility of having flush-fit sinks and integral marine edging. Joints are connected with an epoxy grout, with the same material properties as the worktop to create a continuous, impervious work surface. Epoxy resin is suitable for microbiological and radioactive areas where ease of decontamination is essential.

Solid Grade Laminate – Phenolic Resin

This is the most universal laboratory worktop material, combining good chemical resistance with mechanical strength. It offers comparable properties to epoxy worktops and represents a cost effective solution to many requirements. Phenolic resin worktop is most suitable for laboratories in schools and commercial laboratories.

Plastic Laminate

This top consists of a plastic laminate (Formica, Wilson Art, Micarta, etc.) bonded with water resistant adhesive to a solid core chipboard. It is the most economical option but does not perform as well as the other worktops when it comes to strength or chemical resistance. Plastic laminate is a particularly good choice for dry labs, and is a popular choice in technology labs. It comes in a variety of colors and is attractive to look at. Also available in chemical resistant finish.

Stainless Steel

These tops, curbs and shelves are fabricated of 16-gauge, Type 304 or 316 with a #4 finish. All corners, open ends and joints are continuous TIG weleded and ground smooth. Adequate box channel reinforcements are provided on the underside of the tops. Optional sound-deadening material is applied to the underside. Stainless steel sink bowls and cupsinks are integrally welded into the top, providing a joint-free assembly.


Performance Properties

  • - Other work surface options are availale on request.
  • - Stainless steel work surfaces are available on special order.