Quality tools produce quality results, and accurate results are the name of the game in a laboratory. After considering some reasons why glass is the way to go for your lab, you’ll be glad Med Lab Supply has your needs covered.
Laboratory Glassware vs. Plastics
Glass is the superior product. Plastics are economically damaging one-time use containers, but glass can be reused. Plastics often get thrown away, but glass can repeatedly be recycled. Plastics have limited use, but glass can sustain acidity, heat, cold, and other chemical factors native to lab work. By using glass, you have long-lasting, durable, tools.
Borosilicate Glass vs. Regular Glass
Regular glass is made of silica, soda, and lime. Borosilicate glass includes at least 5% boric oxide. That addition gives borosilicate glass excellent thermal qualities – it won’t expand like ordinary glass and can handle sudden temperature changes. Because of its thermal resistance, it remains clear and strong when exposed to extremely high temperatures and won’t melt until 550 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also withstand accidents that would break almost any other type of glassware. In the rare case that it does break, it breaks into larger pieces instead of shattering, making clean up easier and safer. It also has a very high chemical resistance, making it perfect for lab work.
Lab Glassware Products
Graduated Glass Beakers and Erlenmeyer Flasks: Made from high-quality borosilicate glass tubing with a low coefficient of expansion (meaning it can handle sudden changes in temperature), and manufactured with uniform wall thickness to balance thermal shock resistance and mechanical strength. Erlenmeyer flasks are useful for mixing, transport, reacting, and storage. We also carry lab-grade rubber stoppers.
Volumetric Flasks: Using borosilicate 3.3 grade techniques, our volumetric flasks are made lighter, sturdier, shatter resistant, heat resistant, and as chemical resistant as other heavier grade science glassware. Our flasks meet or exceed the specifications and expectations of all major brands of science glassware media on the market to date and are available at a much lower cost.
Graduated Cylinders: Our line of graduated cylinders is made with 3.3 borosilicate grade glass. These sturdy measuring instruments are heat resistant, shatter resistant, and chemical resistant.
Vacuum Filtering Flasks: Filtering flasks – also called Büchner flasks, vacuum flasks, side-arm flasks, or Kitasato flasks – are thick-walled Erlenmeyer Flasks with a short glass tube and hose barb protruding about an inch from its neck. Used for both vacuum filtration and distillation, they are made of high-quality borosilicate glass that can be heated on an open flame.
Distilling Flasks: Distilling flasks are used to separate liquid mixtures with different boiling points by distillation. Our distillation flasks are made from low-expansion borosilicate glass. Uniform wall thickness provides superior chemical, mechanical, and thermal shock resistance, as well as even heat distribution.
Boiling Flasks: A Florence, or boiling flask is a large round sphere with a long thin neck and a slightly flared rim opening. The rounded design makes it easy to use with a Bunsen burner. Some Florence flasks have rounded bottoms and need support to stand upright; others have flat bottoms and can stand alone. Florence flasks are made with borosilicate glass to prevent cracking.
Media Bottles: Media bottles are used for storage, mixing, and sampling applications. A borosilicate glass body allows for chemical, thermal expansion, shock, and heat resistance. It has a sealed, liner-less polypropylene screw cap with a pour ring to secure its contents and prevent spills and evaporation.
Lab Bar and Brewing Glassware: This is barware with character and scientific accuracy. Made of borosilicate glass, this line of science glassware provides long-lasting quality with a novel spin on drinkware.
Since you perform quality lab work, you want the best quality tools you can get. Med Lab Supply carries all the above laboratory glassware products from reputable brands at great prices.