Glove Boxes

By Lab Manager Magazine

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 4 Signs That You Should Service or Replace Your Glove Box

article image The glove box no longer safely contains the hazardous materials the lab is working with.
article image You are starting to get into new applications that aren’t supported by your current unit. For example, a microbiologist might want an anaerobic glove box for anaerobic bacterial cultures.
article image Staff are experiencing ergonomic issues with the current box, such as gloves not fitting correctly or the gloves being poorly placed for users to reach comfortably.
article image The unit is either too small for the work being done in the lab or is taking up too much space in the lab for the work being done.

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

article image 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.
article image 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.
article image 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.
article image 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.
article image What sort of safety features does the glove box have? These are especially important if you are working with very hazardous materials.

Recently Released Glove Boxes


  • Designed for use in controlled atmospheres (dry boxes) or for use with hazardous materials
  • Series includes Controlled Atmosphere, Multi- Hazard, Combination, and Double glove boxes
  • Controlled Atmosphere glove boxes provide a leaktight environment for work with contaminationsensitive materials
  • Multi-Hazard glove boxes provide HEPA filtration and a physical barrier to protect the user from exposure to potentially dangerous materials


MB-GB-2202 Acrylic Glovebox Workstation

  • Offers a cost-effective solution for inert atmosphere applications
  • Thick, clear, and durable acrylic shell allows optimum visibility and remains impermeable to ambient air
  • Standard Neoprene gloves provide excellent resistance to abrasion and chemicals
  • Can be configured to meet your project specifications and/or can simply be chosen from a variety of standard pre-defined configurations


Purair Flex Film Isolator

  • Provides more working volume than comparable glove bags
  • Double O-ring design allows users to quickly and easily change gloves
  • Easy to set up and provides increased stability
  • Safety options include HEPA filter availability, bag-in / bag-out port, and optional nitrogen purge inlet connections

Air Science USA

Bactrox Hypoxia Chamber

  • Offers precise oxygen and carbon dioxide control from 1-20%
  • Preserves optimal application conditions not only during incubation but also in the chamber work station
  • Advanced atmospheric controller allows for the use of a highly accurate and long-lasting zirconium dioxide oxygen sensor
  • Also has a standalone 300 plate incubator


Glove Box Manufacturers

Air Science USA


Coy Labs




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Categories: Lab Products

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2013/2014 Product Resource Guide Magazine Issue Cover
2013/2014 Product Resource Guide

Published: August 9, 2013

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