Hello fellow formulators,
Recently I've started with a new-er company that wishes to upgrade their formulations facility under my direction and we're having an internal disagreement about what a lab should look like. They have stars in their eyes at the moment wanting blinking lights, separatory funnels, machines everywhere, crisp white everything and complex devices that makes it look more 'professional and state of the art.' They're pushing for equipment that we have absolutely no use for whatsoever while pushing to remove 'unattractive' items from the lab, such as sample retention and the 'non uniform random bottles' [vendor samples]. Recently the issue is that they spoke with a sales representative from a lab supply company that assured them they needed about $40k in equipment or anything that comes out of our lab would automatically be inferior.
I tell them that formulation laboratories in our industry [perfume and flavor] don't need those kinds of things, and we have to have the retention. In all the labs I've ever worked with, none of them remotely looked like a sterile space ship.
Is there any words or pictures my peers, here, can offer me that I can use in my next lab planning meeting to assure the higher ups? If not, any suggestions on what we can do to make a formulations lab look less like a formulations lab? Any equipment beyond viscometers, scales, pipettes and the like?