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Customized Service Solutions

Unity™ Lab Services can help you to streamline your business processes, reduce costs and increase productivity for your researchers.

Our clear understanding of researcher needs and supply chain processes has enabled us to create an extensive library of best practice solutions. From these best practices, we are able to offer a complete, customizable portfolio of services, which allows you to outsource many of the tasks that distract you from your core business operations.


Unity Lab Services can support your needs through a broad range of consulting and assessment services.

Not only will we design a customized solution to fit your needs, but we will also implement the plan, making sure to deliver quality and professional services that result in projects that are completed on time, within budget and to your satisfaction, so you can focus on what's really important -- the science.

The Unity Lab Services implementation services group uses the latest project management methodology and tools, recognized by the Project Management Institute, to assess your current processes and corresponding operations, develop a plan, analyze it and finally, execute the agreed-upon plan.

Dedicated and Experienced Implementation Team

  • PMP-certified project managers
  • Formalized and accredited training
  • Demonstrated mastery of tools (PMP exam)
  • Official documentation proving more than 4,500 non-overlapping project hours

Project and Industry Experience

  • More than 100 combined years of experience within the team
  • Tens of thousands of project hours formally logged
  • More than 1,200 stocking locations implemented, with more than 13,000 SKUs across 800 suppliers

Functional Expertise

  • Supply Chain -- supports planning back through the supply chain to manufacturers
  • Logistics -- establishes delivery schedules to support programs
  • Asset Management -- supplies programs for asset tagging and tracking
  • Regulatory -- provides EH&S direction and guidance
  • E-Commerce -- develops interfaces to customer applications

Unity Lab Services Getting Started Brochure (PDF, 561 KB)

Process and Approach

  • Initiation Phase: Agree on expectations, objectives and deliverables to ensure a successful project
  • Formal kick-off meeting
  • Project charter agreement

Consultative Planning

Collaborative planning drives the quality of the execution and guarantees the solution will work within the customer's business environment

  • Data analysis and process mapping
  • Scheduling and planning
  • Staffing and training

Execution -- Operation Deployment

  • Physical setup and implementation of operation
  • SOP documentation and daily work instructions
  • Metric reports
  • Transition to local operational team


Confirmation that the project deliverables were met to customer's satisfaction

  • Review of deliverables
  • Acceptance and sign off

Unity Lab Services Professional Services Brochure (PDF, 3MB)


Learn About Real Customer Savings

Unity Lab Services saved a large university more than $370,000 by implementing a customized procurement solution, the result of performing a comprehensive needs assessment.

Unity Lab Services University Customer $370K Case Study (PDF, 302KB)

Contact Us

Ready to take the first step? We offer free Service Evaluations to review the key processes of your supply chain.

Unity Lab Services Getting Started Brochure (PDF, 236KB)

For additional information, contact your local Fisher Scientific representative, e-mail us at managed.services@thermofisher.com or call customer service at +1-800-766-7000. For additional information on Unity Lab Services, including our Asset Management Services, please visit www.unitylabservices.com.

Lab Supply Management

Effective supply management involves creating an optimal balance between the need for research productivity and minimized expenses related to the procurement, movement and inventory of supplies.

Through proven processes, technology and experienced staff, we can help you by:

Increasing Researcher Productivity

  • Improve supply mix and availability
  • Reduce wait times
  • Reduce time needed to manage supplies

Reducing Purchasing Costs

  • Lower administration costs
  • Reduce product costs

Reducing Inventory Management Costs

  • Reduce use of space
  • Reduce inventory carrying costs
  • Reduce loss and damage costs
  • Improve cost accounting

Unity Lab Services Lab Supply Management Services Brochure (PDF, 666KB)


Requisition and Inventory Management System (RIMS)

RIMS is a key element of the Unity™ Lab Services Inventory Management Services, used for managing the supply chain from its source to the laboratory bench. Using our innovative Web to RIMS interface, we can link on-site inventory to your current ordering process.

RIMS provides improved inventory management and efficiency, resulting in reduced inventory costs, improved manpower utilization and increased availability of supplies. This means improved working capital for you.

Requisition and Inventory Management Data Sheet (PDF, 239KB)

Fact or Fiction?

As much as 50 percent of lab inventory is not needed.

Fact. Based on a four-month study involving multiple labs, Unity Lab Services estimates that anywhere between 15 to 90 percent of inventory goes unused.

Using only a "Just In Time" inventory model is always best.

Fiction. Where research is highly variable and supply demand is uncertain, having a better balance of inventory models can reduce overall costs.

Researchers can get distracted by managing their lab supplies.

Fact. Average researchers spend more than two hours a week ordering and putting away supplies. Also, they lose valuable time looking for supplies and meeting compliance issues.

There is always enough room in labs to store supplies.

Fiction. Excessive supplies take up valuable lab space and create potential safety concerns.

Learn About Real Customer Savings

In just six years, one customer saved more than $10 million across their supply chain by partnering with Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services.

Through optimization of their stockroom inventory management and order processing, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services saved a large university over $750,000.

Unity Lab Services University Customer $750K Case Study (PDF, 225KB)

Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services saved a large chemical company over $2 million by working closely with the customer to refine the inventory management processes and develop cost savings initiatives across multiple customer facilities.

Download the Case Study (PDF, 228KB)

Chemical Management

Unity Lab Services minimizes the costs, risks and environmental impacts of your chemical operations. We monitor your chemicals from purchase order through disposal and ensure adherence to lab and regulatory requirements. We support your organization across the entire chemical cycle.

Optimizing Chemical Lifecycle Management

  • Reduces "Total" Costs
  • Reduces purchase costs
  • Reduces administration costs related to procurement, handling, tracking and reporting
  • Reduces total disposal costs through improved disposal prices, smaller amounts requiring disposal, and recycling

Enhances Productivity

  • Creates cost-effective chemical receiving, handling and delivery processes
  • Improves inventory management
  • Optimizes waste storage and handling
  • Improves reporting processes and access to information

Improves Regulatory Compliance and Safety

  • Improves visibility for on-site chemicals
  • Provides access to MSDS and customized reports
  • Reduces on-hand chemical inventories
  • Improves reporting processes and access to information

Regulatory Challenges

Chemical compliance issues continue to pose challenges and financial risks to organizations. The following examples from real headlines* demonstrate just how costly chemical compliance issues can be:

  • "Fines of more than $200,000 from violations in storage and handling of hazardous materials"
  • "EPA proposes $358,000 penalty for hazardous waste violations"
  • "Spent $40,000 in fines and $128,000 in environmental projects"
  • "Fined $150,000 by EPA for hazardous waste and other violations"
  • "Fined $1.8 million for inappropriate burial of hazardous chemicals"
  • "Agreed to pay $49,000 fine and conduct environmental improvements worth $180,000"

Unity Lab Services Chemical Supply Management Services Brochure (PDF, 929KB)

*Source: US Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov

Do You Know Where Your Chemicals of Interest Are?

Do you know where your chemicals of interest (COI) are located, and what quantity of each you have onsite at your facility?

The new Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard requires more rigorous chemical management and tracking capabilities than ever.

Unity Lab Services can help you manage your chemicals, track and report your COI and stay in compliance.

Unity Lab Services Chemicals of Interest Data Sheet (PDF, 456KB)

Learn About Real Customer Savings

Unity Lab Services identified more than $200,000 in savings for a nationally recognized medical school through implementation of an advanced chemical management solution.

Unity Lab Services Medical School $200K Savings Case Study (PDF, 190KB)


Unity Lab Services offers a wide range of other support services to help your organization focus on the important things -- like discovery. We can provide the products, programs and services that your unique requirements demand through our customized support service solutions.

By outsourcing these non-core activities, you can save money, time and increase productivity:

Glassware Washing and Management

From collection to cleaning and sterilization, we manage the entire operation following industry best practices. We provide these services in a timely, uninterrupted process, assuring researchers a continual supply of clean lab glass. Unity Lab Services Glassware Washing and Management services will:

  • Reduce washing costs
  • Increase productivity time
  • Reduce employee distraction
  • Reduce breakage costs

Unity Lab Services Glassware Cleaning Data Sheet (PDF, 1.6MB) 

Media Preparation Services

Unity Lab Services personnel prepare media per your specifications in a cost-effective manner and in compliance with all QC/QA standards.

Reusable Garment Management

Requires collection of worn garments, delivery to a third party laundry service and return to employees' lockers or numbered hanger.

Gas Cylinder Management

Unity Lab Services manages and tracks gas cylinders, ensuring a ready supply and efficient return of empties.

Office Supplies Management

Unity Lab Services manages your office supplies as part of your overall lab supplies management.

Customized Supplies Management

Unity Lab Services manages other consumables critical to your operations such as dry ice, deionized water and liquid nitrogen.

Safety Training

Online or on-site training for a variety of services, usually relating to safety, such as hazardous communications.

And other customized solutions!

Learn About Real Customer Savings

A large pharmaceutical research and development campus was under pressure to reduce operating costs and maximize productivity. The site had experienced long-term problems in accumulating excess inventory, impacting both its available space and safety.

Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services performed an in-depth needs assessment at the site, focusing on the existing supply chain for laboratory supplies and chemicals. As a result, we identified over $787,000 in savings for our customer.

Unity Lab Services Pharmaceutical R&D Company $787K Savings Case Study (PDF, 307KB)


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