Boxes, Chambers and Incubators...OH MY - Containment in the Lab. | Labwrench eNews | LabWrench

August 11, 2014

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A glove box consists of a sealed box with the inside accessible only by gloves. Though their uses are expanding, they are essentially utilized for two basic purposes: Protect what you work on from the environment, such as an analytic balance on a production floor, or protect you from what you work on, such as a virus. Despite the fact that most glove boxes provide a relatively simple process, different applications require different boxes.

Top 5 Questions That You Should Ask When Buying a Glove Box

  1. What applications are you using the glove box for? This will determine exactly what you will need in a glove box, such as an oxygen-free atmosphere, etc.
  2. Are the incubation and processing separated in order to prevent contamination? This is important if you will be using the glove box for cell culture.
  3. How much will the glove box cost to acquire and maintain? Are warranties offered? Custom glove boxes are the most expensive, so if a standard model can fit your needs that is probably the better way to go. Making small customizations to an off-the-shelf model is also another less costly option than a fully-custom unit.
  4. What are your future needs? This will help determine if the smallest unit is really the best option or if a larger option which can accommodate future expansion would make more sense.
  5. What sort of safety features does the glove box have? These are especially important if you are working with very hazardous materials.

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Product of Interest

BINDER CO2 CB  Series Incubator

Beat the Threat of Contamination

The BINDER CB Series CO2 incubators provide optimal growth conditions for your cell cultures. Our incubators employ a VENTAIRTM air jacket system for reliable temperature accuracy and uniformity. With the 180°C (356°F) hot air sterilization and a built-in, sterilizable CO2 sensor your samples are guaranteed contamination-free. The ANTI.PLENUM “less is more” concept reduces contaminable surfaces to a minimum and the PermadryTM double pan humidification controls condensation while maintaining dry interior walls, even in high humidity.

  • Hot air sterilization at 180°C (356°F)
  • Seamless Stainless Steel inner chamber
  • BINDER patented technology (air jacket system etc.)

Read more about the Binder C02 CB Series Incubators by visiting their website.

Plas-Labs 855-AC (Anaerobic Chamber)


The 855-AC (Anaerobic Chamber) has been designed for manually controlling your atmosphere when working with Oxygen sensitive materials. It is perfect for working in situations requiring low levels of Oxygen during critical isolation of the operator or your research materials. Any inert gas may be used.  

  • Formed one piece clear acrylic top.
  • Self-sealing quick disconnects 
  • Adjustable vacuum gauge on transfer chamber.
  • Two vacuum pressure pumps, one each for transfer chamber and drying train.
  • Four ground key cock valves for purging.

Visit the Plas-Labs website to learn more about their Glove Boxes

Help your Colleagues

Plenty of discussions are happening on LabWrench all the time. We have many questions come in daily from users that are seeking advice from fellow users and lab professionals on LabWrench. Can you help any of these users find the answers they are looking for?

Erlab Captair Pyramid
Is the Captair Pyramid appropriate for chemo preparation? We would like to use it at our facility for Mitomycin C and Methotrexate. Advise this member.

About Humidity Control Chambers: Dry Glove Boxes
I am looking for a product like the Coy Laboratory Humidity Control Chambers: Dry Glove Boxes but which meets the standards US Fed Std 209 and BS 5195. The application is maintenance and repair of computer hard disks. Share your knowledge.

MTI Corporation VGB-1 Pressure Control
After filling the box with Nitrogen, how to control the pressure? In detail my question is if we fill the box with Nitrogen gas, the gloves would pop out and at that point if I want to work, I have to push in the gloves hardly and this increases the pressure. So how do I work with maintaining a constant pressure? Contribute to this discussion

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Sponsor of the Week

Thank you Aseptic Enclosures for sponsoring the Glove Box Category on Labwrench.


Aseptic Enclosures located in St Louis, Missouri manufactures a wide range of Air Filtration equipment for Aseptic processing and Containment applications.  Additionally, we offer a broad range of supplies and services to support the operation of Aseptic processing and containment facilities.  We believe infection is a significant global issue and are determined to support you in your efforts to control it!  


USP 800 compliance as well as USP 797 compliance is our specialty here at Aseptic Enclosures. We work with industry leaders in the pharmaceutical compounding world to make sure we are carrying the best cleanroom, isolator supplies and personal protective equipment.

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We have so many questions filling our forums that sometimes questions can be missed and go without answers. Can you help us provide answers for these users with unanswered questions?

Thermo Scientific Heracell 150i needs repair.
In our laboratory we have Heracell 150i side the incubator glass which is related portion with metal is separated. How can you help me? Advise this member.

New Brunswick Galaxy 170R CO2 incubator
We are planning to buy a new CO2 incubator Galaxy 170R with high-temperature disinfection. I have tried to find some reviews about this incubator but could not.  I will be very grateful if somebody could tell about their experience with this incubator. Share your knowledge.

Panasonic CO2 MCO-175M C02 Incubator temperature issue
I have a problem with setting +39C in my incubator. I need to increase temperature to +39C, but every time when the temperature in the incubator is over 37.5C the alarm is on. Is there any possibility to change the upper limit alarm to 40C? I could not find the information in the user's manual. Help this member.

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