Scientific Equipment

As the relocation of these specialised items form an integral part of the relocation process and as such are captured in our Relation Master Plan, we have found it to be in the best interest of the Hospital for TRC to assume an overarching management role of suppliers and supplier transport providers, thus ensuring continuity of service and delivery.

Large Machinery - These items will be transported by our professional heavy machinery carriers. Decommissioning and recommissioning of equipment is also available.

Microscopes – Preparation of these is usually conducted by laboratory staff and/or specialist providers. We will provide specially constructed trolleys for the safe transportation of these instruments. Items will be bubble wrapped and secured in our secure multi-purpose trolleys. Trolleys are supplied with foam blanket inserts and are also fitted with rubberised (hospital grade) wheels to ensure ease of manoeuvrability and quietness.

Bench Top Equipment – Smaller equipment such as scales, analysers, and testing instruments will be packed and wrapped with anti-static bubble wrap and relocated in our secure multi-purpose trolleys. 

Laboratory Equipment – It is recommended that the preparation of equipment should be undertaken in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications. Utilising the services of recommended specialists, instruments will be packed and wrapped with antistatic bubble wrap and relocated in enclosed trolleys.

Centrifuges – Once decontaminated and secured large centrifuges will be shrink wrapped and relocated on dollies or pallets jacks via our hydraulic tailgate vehicle. The internal bowl and discs will need to be removed and packed separately prior to removal.

 

Ovens and Incubators – Large ovens and incubators will be shrink wrapped and lifted onto a pallet by hand operated forklifts. These units will then be strapped to a pallet for transport. Smaller type ovens and incubators will be shrink wrapped, lifted from bench tops by means of a flat-bed trolley and placed on dollies for transportation.

Glassware – Our packers are A.F.R.A. trained and accredited. We use techniques approved to industry standard. Bundled up “crush” paper is placed in the bottom and top of the carton to form a “cushion” and all items are individually wrapped in butcher paper and/or bubble wrap. The weight is evenly distributed throughout the carton.

Fume Hoods – Decontamination and disconnection of services to be undertaken by laboratory personnel and/or specialists prior to the relocation of fume hoods and bio-hazard cabinets. We have specialist flat-bed trolleys and hand operated forklifts to remove fume hoods from bench tops and stands. Each unit is placed on dollies and wheeled via the nominated route. Items are then relocated in hydraulic tailgate vehicles fitted with air-bag suspension.

Fridges and Freezers - Time critical items such as minus 20, 40 and 80 degree freezers will have priority of movement and if required, a separate crew as well as vehicles will be allocated to this task. In our experience, minus 40 and especially minus 80 freezers are “packed out”, shrink wrapped and relocated using our specialised lay-back trolleys. In addition, we have generators which can be housed in the vehicle to ensure the temperature of the freezer does not fall outside of the acceptable temperature range.

Fridge and Freezer Contents – We can also provide mobile freezer boxes fitted with a separate dry ice compartment and constructed with PIR insulated panel, capable of holding an internal operating temperature of -45C. For less sensitive fridge and freezer content, we provide “eskies” and freezer packs.

Chemicals – We recommend the transport of these by a registered chemical carrier. As added precaution against chemical spillage, we provide clean plastic crates fitted with plastic bag liners, spill pads and vermiculite.

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