Every so often, the wear and tear on your lab get to be a bit much. This is when it becomes time to update and upgrade your equipment. Likewise, when you are building new lab facilities, you need to take into account not only the bang that you get for your buck, what your budget. This is where phenol formaldehyde resins come into play. Known as phenolic resins, these synthetic resins are made by reacting formaldehyde and phenol. These form a permanent and stable polymer, which was originally known as Bakelite. Moreover, they have been the choice for lab countertops in schools, industry, and healthcare.
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These countertops are manufactured by saturating Kraft paper with phenolic resin, which is then baked at very high heat to form the desired object. The result is a lightweight, durable, hard surface that is resistant to chemicals, moisture, and contaminants such as bacteria or fungus. These phenolic resin countertops can withstand continuous exposure to temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, they are lightweight, and resist impacts, cracking, and warping. For instance, you will find that most billiard balls are made of phenolic resins. Moreover, they are less expensive than their close cousins, epoxy resin countertops.
When you look at all the qualities of phenolic resin countertops, it’s hard to see any downside. They are highly resistant to just about any hazard that you could throw at them from sophomore chemistry students to medical laboratory and clean room applications. If you want a countertop that will keep doing its job year after year, and still look good doing it, then phenolic resins should be your natural choice. The only caveat is that while they have remarkable heat resistance, they should not be exposed to sustained temperatures in excess of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are considering countertops for a high heat application, then epoxy resin countertops with heat resistance up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit are recommended.
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