Labcon’s 12,000-square-meter eco-efficient manufacturing facility in Petaluma, California runs 24 hours a day year-round and produces a daily amount of 4 million pieces used in 1,300 finshed goods. To ensure this facility runs as eco-efficiently as possible, Labcon is focused on increasing resource efficiency, utilizing renewable resources, reducing energy consumption, eliminating harmful chemicals, and reducing waste and emissions.
Automated robotic handling and assembly has increased production efficiency by 9 nine fold in the past 20 years while maximizing product quality and sterility. Advanced all-electric injection molding machines reduce energy consumption by up to 60% compared to hydraulic machines and precision, multi-cavity molds result in a superior product with increased resource efficiency.
An internal recycling program results in zero plastic waste. Scrap from pipet tip and tube production is reprocessed to make molded racks for pipet tips and centrifuge tubes. Labcon is working to form the labware industry’s first zero-landfill facility.
Over 90% of Labcon products are molded, assembled, packaged, and distributed on-site with remaining components sourced from local partners within 160 kilometers. This significantly reduces emissions, energy, and environmental impact. In 2015 Labcon purchased a second building 500 meters from the main facility to use as a distribution center. Our goal is to add enough solar electric power generation on the new site to make it an energy-neutral facility.
Hazardous waste sources have been eliminated and our closed loop water cooling system prevents any chemicals from going down the drain and entering nearby coastal wetlands.
Advanced all electric injection molding machines reduce energy consumption by up to 60% compared to hydraulic machines.
Over 90% of Labcon products are molded, assembled, packaged, and distributed from our Petaluma manufacturing facility with remaining components sourced from local partners within 160 kilometers.
Since the year 2000 we have reduced the waste per kilogram in making our products by 86% per case.
Each year our on site solar energy production eliminates 628 metric tons of greenhouse gases like Carbon Dioxide.
We prevent 27 kilograms of reactive sulfur oxides from reaching the atmosphere each year.
Over 158 kilograms of smog forming Nitrogen oxides are avoided each year from use of our solar arrary to produce power.
Our production of our own energy is equivalent to removing 118 automobiles from the road or not driving over 2.19 million kilometers, based on U.S. EPA power equivalency calculations.