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Why Do We Buy Standard off-the-shelf Products?

Imagine walking into a car showroom and the salesman asks you what type of car you would like. You reply and he then asks you what colour you would like, how many doors, what size wheels, what colour interior, what number, colour and size of seats, steering wheel etc.

Imagine then if he told you that all of the options would cost very little more than a standard model.

I think you would be quite surprised because hey, there are standard specifications that every manufacturer offers, right? Similar to the famous quotation from Henry Ford “any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black”.

Totally bespoke cars are normally only available from luxury brands such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maybach etc and people have associated having everything tailored to their own specification with a huge price tag that is not affordable.

I use the car analogy but it can, in fact, be applied to many things in life. Including Fume Cupboards.

Time after time I see wasted space in laboratories due to the purchase of “standard” size fume cupboards. Common sizes are 1000mm, 1200mm, 1500mm, 1800mm, 2100mm. Any size as long as it is one of those… We might purchase lab furniture from a company which is made to measure yet we accept that we have to buy a standard fume cupboard and fit the furniture around it.

This means that all too often we compromise on space – which as we all know is at a premium.

At ISG we HATE standard sizes. We make to YOUR ideal size and specification and 100% of our cupboards can be tailored:

  • How many sinks?
  • What size sinks would you like?
  • Where would you like them?
  • How many water/gas/other taps and where would you like them?
  • How many power sockets and where would you like them?
  • How many sashes?
  • What sash design?
  • What type of base unit?
  • Would you like your company Logo on the front of the unit?

The list is endless… BUT the cost is relative – i.e. a 1320mm unit will be approximately 10% more than a 1200mm unit.  THERE IS NO BESPOKE CHARGE.

I rest my case.

Written by Greg Shotliff industry expert

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