Tips for Setting up a New Lab: Key Considerations for Equipment and Supplies

Starting a new lab can be exciting and challenging, especially when organizing the equipment and supplies necessary for your research. This article explores tips to help you streamline the setup process and create a strong foundation for productive research. However, it is essential to remember that each lab is unique, therefore adapt these general tips to suit your specific needs and research objectives.

1. Assess your research requirements and create a comprehensive inventory roadmap:

  • Understand the nature of your experiments, the techniques you will be using, and the scale of your work. Then, create a detailed inventory list of the necessary equipment and supplies. 
  • Categorize your list into more manageable sections (ex: equipment, reusable items, and consumables). Noting like the items' urgency, importance and budget constraint can help establish priorities and keep you organized during the procurement process.
  • Our territory managers can help you create or complete an inventory list tailored to your requirements. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. 

2. Consult with experienced researchers and see what equipment is already available at your facility: 

  • Researchers or lab managers who have expertise in your field may be able to provide valuable insights or recommendations on the specific equipment and supplies required for your research.
  • You may also be able to share some larger equipment with other labs to minimize unnecessary purchases that can eat away at your budget.

3. Consider compatibility, safety, and scalability when selecting your equipment and supplies.

  • Ensure that the equipment and supplies you choose are compatible. While you may be familiar with a particular brand for your equipment, purchasing consumables from the same manufacturer is not required. Setting up a new lab presents an excellent opportunity to explore alternative brands that can provide long-term cost savings. If you have any compatibility questions regarding our products, please don't hesitate to contact us.
  • Prioritize safety features that are relevant to your research. Ensure the equipment meets all necessary safety regulations and standards.
  • Consider the scalability of the equipment and allow for a bigger capacity than you can envision. Spending more money upfront than purchasing additional capacity later may be beneficial.

4. Choose reliable suppliers: 

  • Look for suppliers that offer high-quality equipment and supplies, excellent customer service, and competitive pricing. 
  • At Ultident Scientific, we take pride in providing value to customers and understand that delays impact lab efficiency. We promptly address emails; a real person answers calls during business hours, and we provide speedy shipping across Canada. Contact us to get started.

5. Optimize your layout for safety and productivity.

  • Consider ergonomics, workflow, and accessibility when arranging your equipment and supplies. Leave ample space for movement, storage, and future additions. There should be a clearly labelled space for hazardous materials in an area with minimal foot traffic.
  • It may be helpful to measure and sketch out your setup, then, in the space, pretend you are carrying out some experiments to ensure it is efficient and comfortable. 

6. Establish a systematic approach to storage and inventory management. 

  • Designate specific storage areas for equipment, chemicals, and consumables. 
  • Implement an inventory management system to monitor stock levels and prevent shortages. Group inventory based on the frequency of use, expiration date, and type to facilitate retrieval and restocking.
  • Use proper storage containers, labels, and safety guidelines to curb contamination and maintain the integrity of your supplies.
  • For more tips on storing your supplies, check out our article: Maximize Your Labs Potential With Proper Storage of Laboratory Supplies.


If you require assistance with any of the above-mentioned areas, Ultident Scientific is here to support you. Our territory managers are trained to help you with small equipment and supply procurement and can assist you in creating or completing an inventory list tailored to your specific needs. We take pride in providing exceptional value, customer service, and speedy shipping across Canada. Contact us to get started and benefit from our expertise in setting up your lab for success:



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