selecting a wet bench

When it comes to choosing a wet bench, safety and quality are key. It is important to choose a vendor and equipment that abide by the Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FMRC) guidelines.

How do you choose from all the various models out there? Keep reading to learn about the top five things to consider for wet process equipment.

1. High-Quality Control Standards

Ensuring the wet bench meets high-quality control standards to prevent hazards and fire is the most important thing to look for when choosing a product. When purchasing or looking to retrofit, be clear that the product specifies that it is up-to-date on the most recent controls standards.

Look for equipment that guarantees it meets FMRC codes, including UL2360 and FM4910 standards. These protocols are not only for manufacturing equipment but are also being adopted by building codes.

2. Meets Your Direct Needs

Select a wet bench model that has equipment designed for your needs in mind. Determine if you need fully-automated, semi-automated or manual equipment.

Consider what chemists and process engineers will come in contact with at the wet bench. From there, you can decide which fire-safe plastics should be used. Look for materials that are long-lasting as well as compatible.

Another thing to consider is the environment of the bench. Where will it be located and how much wear and tear will it receive?

If the equipment will be exposed to harsh manufacturing or construction settings, then you will need a bench that is durable and corrosion-resistant.

If you cannot find one that is particular to your project, then go with custom fabrication options. Also, be sure to choose equipment that includes custom installation, on-site repairs, and 24/7 tech support.

3. Fits Your Budget

Consider your budget before you begin shopping. Different types of materials cost different amounts.

Calculate that the plastic sheet should take up approximately 15% to 30% of the total cost of the wet bench.

If you need multiple benches, this can be cost-effective. Multiple purchases or designs can get you a discount if ordered at the same time.

Make sure safety concerns line up with your budget requirements.

4. Offers Turn-Key Solutions

Choose a wet bench supplier that is a one-stop shop and offers turn-key solutions and systems integration. You will be glad you did in the long run.

Purchase your equipment from a vendor that not only provides the wet bench, but also includes repairs, installations, tech support, OEM warranty support, and updates as your needs change.

Verify they are up-to-date with control standards and compliance and have extensive knowledge of fire-safety material. Important electrical codes certifications include CE, UL, NEC, and NFPA.

5. Positive Reputation and Expertise

You should also look for a vendor that has an established positive reputation. Find a company that is known for their relationships and continual support. This will come in handy if things go wrong in the future.

Lastly, choose a vendor that has years of experience. This will ensure they have the finances and expertise to provide top-notch equipment and services. You want to be able to call on your vendor and easily get the answers to your questions.

Ready to Order?

At Superior Automation, we provide state-of-the-art wet processing equipment that provides high-quality automation, technology, and personalization.

We can custom design our equipment to fully fit your needs. Plus, when you order from us you obtain a relationship for life. We include system integration, upgrades, retrofitting, and support.

Check out all of our wet bench products today.

Established in 1994, Superior Automation provides cutting-edge automation solutions for customers around the globe, ensuring quality control and meeting industry safety and compliance standards.