Application Spotlight Location:

OSU Photo Lab
Columbus, OH

Monoxivent Sales Representative:

Air Control Products

Jeff Dubecky


Custom FRP (Fiberglass) Exhaust Hoods, 8′ x 1′


The photo lab at Ohio State University required a corrosion resistant solution to capturing noxious fumes from large photo development sinks. The problem was that the students occasionally needed unlimited access to the sinks in order to flip larger prints.


During a normal weekly visit to a large mechanical engineering firm in Columbus, OH, Air Control Products was asked to assist in designing a custom FRP exhaust hood. The engineer needed the hood to be 8’ long and 1’ wide to span the length of a photo development sink. It was important for the end user to be able to “slide” the hood off to the side of the sink so that the large photos being developed could be flipped for proper development processing.

Monoxivent was contacted and a “napkin” drawing was provided. The resources available from Monoxivent provided Air Control Products with several design renditions to review with the mechanical engineer. After several changes and design improvements we were able to provide the engineer with a completed CAD drawing to present to the end user. Once a couple of simple changes were made Air Control Products was named as basis of design for the project.

When the contract was awarded to Air Control Products the order was placed with Monoxivent for not one but two hoods. Monoxivent worked their custom fabrication magic to create the FRP hoods that provided the end user with exactly what they envisioned. Monoxivent incorporated stainless steel, heavy duty drawer slides to provide the hood with the lateral “sliding” movement necessary to move the hood aside for development procedures. Monoxivent called up its’ parent company, Crawford, and their metal fabrication shop to provide the stainless work.

One of the stipulations from the engineer was that the hood performance be tested and confirmed. Monoxivent performed the test and provide the data showing the correct ventilation for removing the development chemical fumes. In turn the hoods also protected the students from the chemical fumes created by the development process.