The question of limited access or general access to laboratory goods and services applies to a range of instruments, utilities, and competencies. These questions take on added significance for midsized or larger labs.

Whether to employ central washing stations or point-of-use washers located under a lab bench or in a corner is also something that has to be addressed with regards to laboratory glassware washers. The former provide an economy of scale and are popular with lab workers who, almost universally, hate to “wash the dishes.”

The downside for central washing stations is that glassware tends to disappear over time, due to breakage and operator error.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Lab Washer

1. How is the product manufactured? Ask about the quality of the materials used and the product life expectation based on manufacturing testing. Also find out about the product’s warranty.

2. What differentiates the lab washer from others offered in terms of performance?

3. Does the company offer application support and technical phone support before and after product installation?

4. How sustainable is the product? Ask the company to provide details on energy and water consumption as well as the recycle ability of the product.

5. If the product is discontinued, for how many years does the company provide accessories and parts for the washer?

6. Finally, ask about the cost of the purchase—not just the price of the product being installed but the total cost of ownership, which includes price, service expectations, warranty, etc.

The main purposes our readers use their lab washers for:

Quality control 38%
Research 32%
Processing 10%
Clinical and diagnostic 7%
Other 13%

Reasons our readers had for purchasing a new lab glassware washer:

Replacement of current systems 35%
Setting up a new lab 25%
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity 16%
First-time purchase of a lab washer 16%
Other 8%

Top factors/features in our readers’ choice to buy a lab washer:

Consistent washing and disinfection results 88%
Low maintenance — easy to use and clean 85%
Reliability of product 85%
Value for price paid 82%
Service/support 81%
Warranties 77%
Safety features 73%
Energy efficient/low operating cost 72%
Ability to customize racks 67%

Recently Released Lab Washers


PG 8535 and PG 8536
• Reduce the daily workload and guarantee clean glassware for analytical experiments
• “Perfect” features provide safeguards to ensure the consistent reproducible reprocessing of laboratory glassware
• PG 8535: handles 37 narrow necked flasks, 96 pipettes, 1600 test tubes
• PG 8536: handles 66 narrow necked flasks, 116 pipettes, 1600 test tubes

Miele
www.miele-pro.com


1400 LXP
• Features 316 L stainless steel chamber, injection washing and drying on 1 to 3 levels
• Includes microprocessor with 40 user defined programs and jet racks interchangeable between all levels
• Ergonomic loading height and top-loading chemical storage compartment
• Achieves life cycle cost savings through water conservation, lower chemical and power usage

LANCER
www.lancer.com


FlaskScrubber® 33 and SteamScrubber® 33
• Come in a new height of 33” to accommodate lower countertops in the laboratory
• SteamScrubbers have top and bottom racks that accommodate a wide variety of glassware shapes and sizes— primarily beakers
• FlaskScrubbers have lower spindle racks that hold up to 36 pieces of narrow-necked glassware
• All racks are interchangeable among washers

Labconco
www.labconco.com


Reliance 100 Series
• Includes three different models
• Reliance 100: designed to hold general glassware such as beakers, utensils, test tubes, petri dishes and other wide-mouth items
• Reliance 100LS: designed to clean and dry narrow neck glassware such as volumetric and Erlenmeyer flasks and pipettes
• Reliance 100XLS: designed for cleaning and drying of narrow neck glassware in contamination sensitive or critical applications

STERIS
www.steris.com

Lab Washer Manufacturers

Getinge www.getingeusa.com
Hotpack www.hotpack.com
Labconco www.labconco.com
LANCER www.lancer.com
Miele www.labwashers.com
Scientek www.scientek.net
SteelCo www.steelcospa.com
STERIS www.steris.com
Thermo Fisher Scientific www.thermoscientific.com

Yamato Scientific America

www.yamato-usa.com