After careful consideration, you have decided to purchase glass bottles for use in your laboratory. They are less expensive, should lower the number of bottles broken during work, and are supposed to perform equivalently to plastic bottles. However, once you begin selecting glass bottles, there are questions you need to ask yourself in order to get the most out of your purchases.
Many different types of polymers have been created for manufacturing glass bottles over time and each of these types of polymers have a purpose within the laboratory. It is best to work with our team at Wheaton to determine what polymers and types of containers will best suit your facility.
What Samples Will the Glass Bottles Contain?
A liquid sample is best held in a container with a smaller mouth while a wider mouth may be necessary for a solid sample. Regarding the specific compounds that will be stored in the bottles, please ask our staff to find out which bottles are chemical resistant or help maintain pH stability if you are uncertain.
Are the Samples Light-Sensitive or Do You Need a Specific Color?
If so, you will need to purchase opaque or dark-colored containers, such as white or amber, rather than clear. We also have several bottle models available in transparent, if this type of bottle better fits your needs. Another option is natural, which appears translucent. You may also have to choose a color based on the marketing materials if your bottle is for a product being sold.
How Will the Bottles Be Used?
Some glass bottles cannot be used in a centrifuge or are not autoclavable, and there are bottles made to better withstand extreme temperatures or rapid temperature changes. If you don’t know whether or not the bottles you are considering can be used in those situations, contact the manufacturer.
Are There Any Government Regulations to Consider?
As certain samples have very specific parameters set by government agencies in regards to how the samples are stored or shipped, you may not have much choice in regards to the glass bottles you purchase for use with these specific samples.
How Will the Product Be Used?
If you are looking for bottles to package products in, be sure to think about how the product will shipped to and stored at retailers, and dispensed by the user. Your bottles may also need to have a tamper evident seal included.
Contact Us at Any Time
At Wheaton, we put a lot of time and effort into ensuring our customers are happy with their purchases. In order to see that our customers buy the products that best fit their intended uses, we welcome you to contact our team with any questions you may have and we will do our best to provide you with the answers you need.
We are able to customize your orders if you need to mix the types and quantities of bottles you order. Please let us know what you are looking to purchase.