Choosing the right Science Table is important; you need to find one that can handle your daily tasks in the classroom, but also the table that fits your budget. Science tables come in many shapes, sizes, and perhaps most confusing, surfaces. While science tables are almost universally black, did you know that there are at least four general classes of table surfaces, each suited for different classroom settings? Knowing where your tables will be and what their primary use is will help direct you to the right kind of science table you need.
Black High Pressure Laminate. This is the most basic surface, a classic black, and has superior resistance to scratching in every day use. While this surface is the most economical, it has limited resistance to the high temperatures and severe chemicals found in the lab. If you plan on using these tables primarily as a desk surface for study purposes and use different tables for lab experiments, this is the table for you.
Chem Guard Laminate. This laminate has all the features of standard black laminate, but has outstanding chemical resistance and much better wear rating than standard laminate. The best value for high school chemistry classrooms using a variety of weaker chemicals and heat sources. If you need a dual purpose table for lecture and lab experiments, this is a good fit.
Phenolic Resin. Similar in look to Black High Pressure Laminate and Chemguard Laminate, Phenolic Resin is impervious to many chemicals found in high school and college chemistry labs. . In addition to superior chemical resistance this surface is typically thermofused, creating a seamless surface where the top meets the sides for ease of cleaning and disinfecting – a plus for biology labs. If you need a table that will see full time laboratory use, such as a dedicated chemistry lab, or teacher’s demonstration desk, this is a prime choice. Phenolic Resin shows no effects when subjected to these standard lab chemicals: Nitric Acid 30%, Phosphoric Acid 85%, Sulfuric Acid 33%, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Acetic Acid 98%, Hydrofluoric Acid 48% and others.
Solid Epoxy Resin. This is the gold standard in science tables, impervious to normal chemicals and heat. Rather than a laminate surface, the Epoxy Resin is solid, homogeneous, molded from modified epoxy resins, completely oven cured during processing. It is extremely durable and completely impervious to moisture, eliminating any future chance of swelling, delamination or exposure of the substrate. It shows even more resistance to chemicals than Phenolic Resin, Nitric Acid 70%, Acetic Acid (glacial), Hydrochloric Acid 20%, Sulfuric Acid 60%, Methyl Alcohol, Toluene, Benzene, and others. For dedicated institutional use, solid epoxy resin tables are the best choice, presenting the best chemical resistance and the most durable science table available.
Perhaps you need a cart, or science storage with the chemical resistant surfaces you just read about? You’re in luck, in addition to tables, Worthington Direct carries a whole line of science storage, equipment storage, mobile demonstration carts and student workstations in a variety of surfaces. Many science tables are offered with and without bookboxes as well, keeping books safe from spills.