Any instrument that can be used in a clinical or research laboratory setting for the purpose of processing or analysis.
Lab Equipment Categories
Autoclaves and Sterilizers
Autoclaves are used for applications requiring constant pressure and temperature for long periods of time. Common applications include the sterilization of instruments and polymerization of rubbers and plastics.
Automated Cell Counters
Automated cell counters provide fast and accurate cell counts and concentrations through a variety of automated detection methods.
Autosamplers are automated sample loaders, usually robotic, used with chromatography and other analytical technologies.
Beakers are simple containers, usually cylindrical with flat bottoms and a lip for pouring, used for stirring, mixing, measuring, and heating liquids in a laboratory.
Bell jars are chambers that hold low pressure vacuums for lab work or general display purposes.
Biological indicators are used to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of sterilization.
Biological Safety Cabinets
Biological safety cabinets protect both the specimen and the user from biological contamination.
Burettes are tall cylindrical graduated cylinders, open at the top with a tap or stopcock at the bottom used for precisely dispensing liquids
Cell Density Meters
Cell density meters are spectrophotometers used to measure the density of biological cells in suspension.
Clean benches are designed to protect biological specimens by bathing the work area with air that is free of particulate contamination.
Cleanrooms are contamination-free environments where high-tech manufacturing and assembly take place.
Crucibles are vessels used to melt and process materials at high temperatures.
Cuvettes are small narrow circular, triangular, or square sample containers for spectroscopy.
Desiccators are enclosures used for preserving moisture-sensitive items.
Digesters are used to break samples down into their basic constituents for further analysis.
Diluters are used to dilute samples to standard concentration ratios.
DNA sequencers are used to automate the DNA sequencing process.
DNA synthesizers are used to custom build DNA molecules to contain a sequence of interest.
Evaporating dishes are laboratory dishes, usually with a lip for easy pouring, used to hold samples under high heat conditions.
Flow cytometers use laser beams to characterize single cells as they pass by at high speed.
Laboratory fume hoods are partially enclosed workspaces that are exhausted to the outside.
Gas bubblers are used to exclude air from a reaction or a system by acting as a one-way valve. Gases from the inlet bubble through a fluid (oil, mercury, or water) before they are vented to the atmosphere.
Gas Generation Equipment
Gas generation equipment provides an onsite supply of gas, vapor, or humidity (water vapor). It eliminates the need for delivery in gas cylinders, which can be bulky and may have special storage requirements.
Gloveboxes and Isolators
Gloveboxes and isolators are used to contain hazardous substances or materials that must not come in contact with the outside environment.
Graduated cylinders are tall, narrow cylinders that are open at the top and used to accurately measure the volume of an object or fluid. They are also known as measuring cylinders.
Heating mantles are used to heat flasks containing a sample.
Hemocytometers consist of a thick glass slide with an indentation that serves as a gridded chamber of known depth and area and are used for counting cells or particles in a specific volume of fluid.
Hot cells are shielded radiation containment chambers that allow operators to safely handle and manipulate radioactive isotopes. They are used in both the nuclear energy industry and in nuclear medicine.
Hot plates are used for heating samples and are used as an alternative to a Bunsen burner when an open flame would be dangerous.
Incubators are used in biological experiments to allow growth of organisms in optimal conditions of temperature, carbon dioxide and humidity.
Instrument Calibration Services
Instrument calibration services test equipment and calibrate them to various standards.
Laboratory balances are used to measure an object’s mass to a very high degree of precision.
Laboratory bottles are chemically-resistant containers used for holding and dispensing fluids.
Laboratory centrifuges are used to separate particles from a solution according to their size, shape, density, and viscosity of the medium and rotor speed.
Laboratory condensers are large, coolant-filled tubes that surround smaller glass tubes that contain a hot fluid or vapor. They are used to cool fluids and condense gases.
Laboratory degassers are used to filter or remove gases from solvents and samples.
Dispensers feed measured amounts of materials, either manually or automatically. The most common types of dispensers are bottle top and burette.
Laboratory filters are used to remove particulates from samples in laboratory-scale applications. They consist of a filter medium and housing or holder that constrains and supports the filter media in the sample’s path.
Ground glass joints are used in laboratories to form leak-free connections between component labware such as flasks, condensers, and bubblers.
Laboratory flasks are lab vessels with wide bodies and narrow, tubular necks. They can be used for mixing, measuring, and heating chemicals, samples, and solutions.
Laboratory Freeze Dryers
Laboratory freeze dryers preserve samples by freezing the material and then allowing sublimation to occur. This water-removal process is also known as lyophilization.
Laboratory freezers are designed for storing critical materials that demand a constant temperature and security.
Laboratory funnels are used to channel liquids or fine-grained chemicals (powders) into labware with a narrow neck or opening.
Laboratory furnaces provide continuous heating to process samples and materials.
Laboratory homogenizers are high-speed, high-shear mixers that reduce samples to uniformed-sized molecules through maceration, cutting, and blending. They are used to process liquids, slurries, or granular substances.
Laboratory mixers are used to mix, emulsify, homogenize, disintegrate and dissolve samples.
Laboratory ovens are thermal convection appliances for use in laboratory, scientific, and industrial settings. Uniform heat distribution is often achieved by internal blowers which heat, dry, and cure substrates.
Laboratory reactors are used to grow cells and contain reactions. They are designed for small-scale experiments in fields such as kinetics and yield studies. This product area includes shake flasks, small bioreactors, and other products that can be used to complete a preliminary economic evaluation.
Laboratory refrigerators are used to cool samples or specimens for preservation.
Laboratory shakers and rotators are used to blend or agitate samples within flasks or tubes. These devices consist of a housing containing the motor and control panels, upon which an agitation platform is attached.
Laboratory spatulas are tools with a broad, flat blade for generic mixing, spreading, and scraping of lab substrates and industrial compounds. They commonly have a second blade or spoon for other tasks.
Laboratory stoppers are truncated, cylindrical or conical pieces that are used to plug, close and/or seal labware.
Laboratory thermometers are used to measure temperatures or temperature changes with a high degree of precision. Traditional liquid-in-glass design offers ease of use and low cost.
Laboratory tongs are tools used for grasping and lifting materials or labware.
Labware washers are used to clean various types of laboratory equipment.
Laser Scanning Cytometers
Laser scanning cytometers (LSCs) are biological instruments which automatically determine the biochemical components of cells, as well as their morphology and cellular location in situ.
Microarray Scanners are used to perform microarray analysis by acquiring images of laser induced fluorescence.
Microplate Processing Systems
Microplate processing systems are used to prepare samples for drug discovery or chemical analysis applications.
Microplate readers are designed to scan, analyze and obtain numerical results from chemical reactions conducted within microplates.
Microplate sealers apply a protective seal on a microplate to protect and contain samples.
Microplate washers combine buffer dispensing and aspiration cycles to remove reagents from sample wells.
Microplates are plastic plates or cassettes that containing a number (typically 96 or 384) of small wells arranged in rows. Microplates are used to conduct a number of chemical reactions at the same time.
Mortars and Pestles
Mortar and pestle sets are used to crush, grind, and mix small solids or slurries. The mortar has the shape of a small, heavy walled cup. The pestle looks like a miniature baseball bat, the end of which is used for crushing or grinding.
Petri dishes are shallow, cylindrical, lidded dishes that are used to culture cells. They are sometimes called Petri plates or cell culture dishes.
Pipettes and Tips
Pipettes and tips are used to deliver a known quantity of solution to a vessel. They are either of the classical style (glass) or digital.
Real-Time PCR Instruments
Real-Time PCR Instruments are machines that amplify and detect DNA. They combine the functions of thermal cyclers and fluorimeters, enabling the process of real-time PCR.
Respirometers are used for the quantification of respiration in humans or other organisms through measurements of oxygen, water and/or carbon dioxide levels and mass flow rate.
Sample dryers are used to remove liquids from a sample through techniques such as freeze drying, spray drying, and evaporation.
Sink faucets are fixtures for drawing or regulating the flow of a liquid, especially from a pipe.
Syringes and Needles
Syringes utilize a cylinder and plunger for precise delivery of liquids or gases in analytical, medical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology applications. Many times needles are included with the syringe.
Test tubes are handheld tubes are used for mixing or heating chemicals in a laboratory. They are open at the top and rounded at the bottom, and usually made of glass or plastic materials
Thermal cyclers are laboratory instruments capable of generating and maintaining specific temperatures for a defined period of time.
Titration instruments are used to determine the concentration of dissolved substances. Titration is based on a complete chemical reaction between the specific substance, the analyte, and a reagent or titrant of known concentration that is added to the sample.
Ultrasonic Cleaners and Cleaning Systems
Ultrasonic cleaners use high frequency sound waves to create bubbles for loosening and removing dirt, scale, and other impurities from parts.
Vials are small glass bottles used for storage.
Watch glasses are circular, slightly-concave pieces of glass that are used by chemists to evaporate liquids and cover beakers during sample preparation. They are also used to hold solids during weighing.
Water baths are refrigerated and heated in order provide thermal control.