Natural History Museum Bespoke Installation

Solotec Scientific was approached in 2019 by a Natural History Museum with regard to our SA1000 Sample Analysis and Preparation Enclosure, details such as the size of the cabinet and its internal dimensions were their main areas of interest.

During discussions with the client, we were advised that they have a very large collection of Entomological cabinets containing approximately 1,000,000 specimens. Within each cabinet there are multiple drawers all of the same size.  The dimensions of the drawers mean that they would just fit inside a standard SA1000 enclosure.

The Challenge

Some of the existing drawer sets are over 150 years old.  Originally, to prevent other insects from eating the specimens, they were mounted in drawers which were lined with Naphthalene – the main component in old fashioned mothballs and other pest control products.

Due to its toxic nature, it is now a regulated product and can no longer be used for this purpose.

The Museum has therefore commenced a project to transfer all the old stock from the naphthalene lined Entomological drawers into brand new clean drawers which will then be stored in a modern environmentally controlled and ‘insect safe’ vault.

This is a very lengthy process as each specimen has to be individually moved and relabelled by hand in an environment that ensures that members of staff are protected from the toxic nature of the chemical. 

The Solution

September 2019 saw Solotec Scientific install 3 x SA1000 units, each unit was fitted with an Activated Carbon filtration system designed to specifically filter out the nuisance vapours created by naphthalene.  Also, to assist with the detailed work being carried out during the transfer process, they were each fitted with TL1000 LED top lights.

Following the Museum’s success in obtaining additional funding in 2020 an additional 3 units of the same specification were installed by Solotec Scientific to speed up the transfer process.

About Solotec Scientific

The Waysafe® range of safety enclosures are manufactured by Solotec Scientific Limited, delivering high-quality laboratory safety equipment to customers both within the UK and internationally. Solotec Scientific has been designing and manufacturing bench top safety enclosures since 1991, offering a wide range of products from its facilities in Greater Manchester.

Waysafe® products are made to order in the UK by a team of skilled and experienced engineers, helping to deliver bespoke enclosures to meet your unique specifications at highly competitive prices.

Waysafe® safety enclosures are used in a variety of research and hospital applications within a number of industries including the food, asbestos, chemical, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. Waysafe® also has a wide stock of replacement filters, motors, and accessories for a range of models, all ready for immediate dispatch, which can be ordered from our online store.

The team at Waysafe® is always available to discuss your specific requirements and is committed to providing the best in bench-top safety enclosures.

If you would like to find out more about our range of safety enclosures, contact a member of the team on 0161 339 6187.