Keeping Lab Samples Cool With The CoolCube

Need to keep laboratory samples at a cool temperature and safely stored for some time? The CoolCube Microtube and PCR Plate Cooler is designed to store samples safely on your lab benchtop without sample degradation due to temperature increase or fluctuation.

The CoolCube is easy to use, you simply store samples inside the unit that need to be kept at a cool temperature. This CoolCube maintains temperature at approximately 0°C for up to four hours. The CoolCube should be placed in the freezer overnight and it’s ready for use, keeping samples cool and safe without the hassle of messy ice buckets or wet tubes.

This unit is constructed of DuraStar (a high strength polymer) and a patented gel refrigerant. A unique feature about this unit is that it can be used on either side as a convenient PCR workstation with wells for 12 standard 1.5/2.0ml microtubes and one 96 well PCR plate or 0.2ml tubes/strips. The other side can be used to hold 36 standard 1.5/2.0ml microtubes.

In many laboratory applications, it’s important to keep samples at a low temperature for a certain amount of time. This CoolCube is ideal for keeping samples cool and safe while you finish up the rest of your project. This reduces time of placing the samples somewhere else in the lab, with the CoolCube you can simply place the unit right next to you on your benchtop workstation.

What are you using to keep lab samples cool? If you have any questions or comments, let us know below!

Using Autoclaves For Sterilizing Laboratory Equipment And Supplies

Autoclaves are an essential tool, used for sterilizing laboratory equipment and supplies. Sometimes autoclaves are referred to as sterilizers in laboratory settings. Basically the autoclave heats solutions above boiling point to sterilize medical and laboratory items and equipment.

We have two autoclaves that offer complete sterilization. Our BioClave 16 Digital Bench-Top Autoclave is excellent for any laboratory, medical or research setting. This particular autoclave offers convenience for steam sterilization of research tools and consumables. With a width of 17.5 inches wide, this autoclave is easy to store on your bench top. This model is fully automatic, has complete sterilization and extremely compact. Often laboratory bench tops can be crowded with supplies, so having an autoclave that won’t take up much room is ideal.

The BioClave Mini Digital Bench-Top Autoclave – 8 Liter is an even smaller option, ideal for those with limited work space. The width of this autoclave is 13.5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces in your medical setting.

Space is an important factor before deciding on which type of autoclave will work best for your laboratory. Autoclaves come in both bench top models and floor models, depending on size and application. Knowing how many and which laboratory supplies you intend on sterilizing in the autoclave will be helpful.

Autoclaves operate on a time and temperature basis. Standard temperatures of autoclaves are usually set around 121°C. Because autoclaves use high temperatures to sterilize equipment, it’s best practice to use personal protective equipment for safety purposes. For example, when unloading the autoclave it’s best to wear protective gloves, eye protection and a lab coat. If you have any questions or comments for us, please let us know in the message box below!

Safely Dispose Needles And Syringes With Sharps Containers

 Sharps Containers are an essential item to have in your medical facility for protecting patients and staff. By utilizing sharps containers within your medical facility it allows medical professionals to properly dispose needles and syringes.

By not discarding needles and syringes into sharps containers, it can pose health risks to not only medical professionals and patients, but also the public and waste workers. Sharps can consist of needles, scalpels, broken glass, syringes, capillary tubes, etc. Hospitals, medical facilities and many organizations are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to place sharps into sharps containers that comply with OSHA regulations. The main purpose of sharps containers is to protect employees from sharps that may carry contagious diseases.

It’s important for medical professionals to dispose of sharps promptly. They shouldn’t be left on the medical tray or out in the open, sharps should be disposed in sharps containers as soon as possible to eliminate potential accidents.

Things to look for in sharps containers: containers should be puncture resistant, leak proof, appropriately labeled or color-coded red to alert others contents are hazardous. Sharps containers are offered in various sizes (typically by US quart), which will depend on your facility’s disposal volume.

The 8 Qt. Horizontal Sharps Container Red is a popular item and has touch-less deposit of sharps. This automatic rotating chamber is designed to safely deposit sharps into the puncture resistant container. It can be mounted to the wall with optional wall mounting bracket, for efficient work set up.

Sharps containers are essential for the proper disposal of sharps in any medical application. It’s important to keep people safe when working around these items using precautionary equipment, like sharps containers. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to let us know in the comment box below!

Laboratory Supply Storage May Be Just What You Need

Staying with the laboratory theme from last week, I decided it was important to highlight a few important products for laboratory supply storage. If you’ve ever worked in a laboratory setting you know that keeping an organized work space is crucial. Storing necessary laboratory supplies properly can make a world of difference in organization and productivity.

Due to the fact that laboratories often require a large number of supplies, work spaces can easily become cluttered and unorganized. Appropriate laboratory supply storage units can keep supplies easily accessible and out of the way. Whether you’re working in a laboratory that focuses on medical, scientific or research applications, laboratory supplies are always a must!

Take for example the Phlebotomy Tube Holder, which is a durable acrylic holder with 3 tiers to hold tubes, vials and culture bottles and is commonly used to complete blood workups. Or a simple bandage organizer, which stores and organizes boxes of bandages in any medical facility.

A more detailed laboratory supply storage unit is the Lab Top Station, ideal for eliminating clutter in your laboratory setting. This station takes up little work space, is constructed of durable acrylic and can hold a variety of supplies (test tubes, bottles, etc.) Another unique storage unit is the One Tier Rotating Shelf, which is an organizer shelf with the ability to rotate 360 degrees for quick access to items. Storage units can also keep supplies safe and out of harms way, reducing the need to repurchase items that are missing or damaged.

What type of storage units is your laboratory using to store supplies? Please leave your answers in the comment box below along with any questions you may have!

Types Of Mixing Equipment You’ll Find In A Laboratory

Mixing equipment is useful in a large variety of laboratory applications and chemistry experiments. Our mixing equipment consists of three main categories which include laboratory shakers, mixers and rockers.

Shakers are frequently used for sedimentation studies and some cell and tissue work. Shakers are designed to operate in a back and forth movement on a horizontal plane, often described as a shaking action. The Orbital Shaker with Rubber Flat Mat Platform is a powerful shaker that has the capability to mix a 14 lb. load capacity, up to speeds as high as 300 rpm. Now that’s an impressive laboratory shaker! The standard platform features a non-slip, rubber coated surface making this shaker ideal for tissue culture flasks, petri dishes and staining trays. This unique shaker has been used in a variety of applications including bacterial suspension, tissue/cell culture, solubility studies, staining/destaining, gel washing and regular general mixing.

Laboratory mixers are commonly used for the purpose of mixing or agitating lab samples. The Benchmark Magnetic Stirrer is a common, space-efficient mixer used to spin liquid very quickly. A magnetic stirrer involves a rotating magnetic field resulting in liquid to spin rapidly causing a stirring action. This particular magnetic stirrer is ideal for crowded bench tops, due to it’s compact size. Advanced microprocessor controls with easy turn knobs allow quick, precise adjustment and maintenance of speed and temperature. It also features a notably durable chemical resistant white ceramic work surface, perfect for many laboratory settings.

Laboratory rockers act in a see-saw dynamic at lower speeds compared to other types of mixing equipment. Ideal applications for rockers are staining, destaining, blotting and gentle mixing. The MiniMixer 3D Nutating Rocker Fixed Speed creates a nutating motion for thorough, uniform mixing. This rocker includes a dimpled mat, excellent for blood and centrifuge tubes.

Mixing equipment can play a key role in a laboratory setting. Are you currently using mixing equipment in your laboratory? Let us know in the comment box below!

Clear Acrylic Vial Racks For Easy Handling

Vial racks come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. To best suit your laboratory needs, it’s important to consider the various features vial racks have. Vial racks in the laboratory serve to adequately store and transport test tubes, safely.

Some vial racks are made of durable acrylic and come in a clear color. This acrylic material is solid and will allow for multiple uses within a laboratory. Clear acrylic vial racks allow for excellent visibility of vial contents compared to those with solid colors. Being able to see the contents within the test tubes can be important, as it may save time and help keep laboratory professionals efficient. Vial racks are also a great way to keep organization among many test tubes. Staying organized certainly goes a long way in the medical field and will result in less confusion and fewer accidents.

Our Large Vial Rack can hold 25mm, 30mm and 40mm diameter vials. This unit is for high capacity test tube storage and transporting. This rack is clear to allow laboratory professionals easy viewing of vial contents or test tube labels. The Small Rack for 13mm Tubes is also a clear acrylic vial rack, but smaller in size. This unit is ideal for those working with a small amount of 13mm test tubes and are looking for a rack that doesn’t take up much counter space. Both vial racks can be assembled and disassembled for easy cleaning by simply unscrewing the side post by hand.

Durable vial racks are an essential element when transporting test tubes from one station to the next. In many labs, it is common for test tubes to be moved around and these durable racks will assist in a safe transport.

Are you using vial racks within your laboratory? Let us know by posting a comment below!

Test Tube Dispensers For Laboratory Organization

Organization throughout your laboratory is an essential factor for creating an efficient work setting. Without it, you can expect disorder and for projects to take longer than expected.

Imagine yourself working in your facility’s laboratory. You find that you’re having a difficult time locating a particular test tube needed for your project. Most likely, either the test tubes are unorganized or that certain test tube size isn’t available due to low inventory. This situation will delay your project and cause disorder. We’ve found the solution to this problem is storing test tubes inside test tube dispensers for organization, easy access and proper storage.

Test tube dispensers allow test tubes to be stored within a durable acrylic unit and are a clear color to allow excellent visibility when inventory is low. Dispensers allow for easy access and won’t take up much counter space, giving you room to perform your laboratory tasks. Test tube dispensers are offered in a variety of dimensions to accommodate many test tubes. For example, the Culture Tube Dispenser is designed to hold 13 x 100mm tubes. This particular dispenser has a top loading and bottom dispensing feature with an easy open lid at the top to protect the tubes from dust. By distributing your test tubes into separate dispensers it will help laboratory workers quickly identify the exact test tube needed for the task at hand.

By utilizing test tube dispensers throughout your laboratory, it will be easier to maintain organization and efficiency. If you have any questions or comments regarding our test tube dispensers, please share your thoughts in the comment box below.