Optimize Your Productivity with Automated Glassware Washers

If you’ve spent any time in a laboratory, you’ve probably hand-washed reusable labware. Glassware, plasticware, and utensils are the most ubiquitous reusable items in any lab. Whether used to hold samples and buffers or measure liquids, reusable labware is part of almost every lab activity.

Labware washing may be rudimentary, but what seems to be a simple task can become a real burden over time, especially if lab space is shared or your experiments require a lot of washable items.

Laboratory glassware washers can solve these problems for laboratories with significant labware use. When choosing a lab washer, consider the challenges you currently face, like:

  • Do delays in lab washing impede your ability to carry out important experiments and lab tasks?
  • Are you using a lot of water to wash labware?
  • Are you seeing differences in precision and accuracy in your lab experiments?
  • Are you discarding labware that could actually be reused? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may benefit from adding a Labconco glassware washer to your lab.

Resource Optimization

Labconco FlaskScrubber and SteamScrubber glassware washers use an advanced interface to provide precise washing cycles. Automating the labware washing process helps keep labware readily available for the next experiment and frees employees for more critical tasks.

Environmental Consciousness

Energy efficiency and lower water consumption help reduce the carbon footprint of a laboratory. The adjustable programming features of Labconco glassware washers offer effective cleaning with shorter cycle times. Users can select a standard program or customize the process to limit water and energy use and reduce carbon emissions even further.

Labconco glassware washers use a maximum of 12.9 liters per fill, which can reduce your overall water consumption by as much as 67 percent.

Better Results

Because experimental performance is directly tied to the materials used for the protocol, the cleanliness of reusable labware will have a direct impact on your results. Cleaning efficacy is achieved through:

  • Water temperature and spray pressure
  • Detergent concentration and contact time
  • Rinse water quality 

Viscous and oily substances or other materials that have dried onto labware can be difficult to remove at lower water temperatures. When washing labware by hand, the water temperature is limited by the heating source — facility water systems that adhere to regulations may have a maximum temperature of 120°F (49°C). Labconco washers quickly heat the water to 199°F (93°C) to help remove contaminants.

The use of more aggressive detergents and the time required for manual glassware washing can lead to skin irritation or damage. The mechanical washing action of Labconco units ensures cleaning with detergent concentrations that remove even challenging contaminants. They also employ an acid-neutralizing rinse to remove residual basic detergents.

Some labware surfaces may be missed when rinsing by hand. Labconco glassware washers come with an optional pure water connection. To provide purified water for the final rinse, facilities can easily plumb those services directly to the washer. Labconco washers also direct all drain water through a dedicated and contamination-eliminating drain pump.

Installing a glassware washer in your laboratory can help reduce workload, support the environment, and improve the reliability of your test results. Evaluate and discuss your needs with your facilities personnel, then contact your Fisher Scientific sales representative to move your lab forward.

Labconco Glassware Washers

FlaskScrubber glassware washers are designed to wash and dry general-purpose and narrow-necked labware. The lower spindle rack holds up to 36 volumetric flasks or similar labware. Water, detergent, and forced warm air travel through the spindles to reach all surfaces of your labware.

Choose an optional upper standard or spindle rack to increase capacity. Or replace the lower spindle rack with a standard rack that can be used with specialized pipette, BOD bottle, petri dish, culture tube, and small utensil inserts.

SteamScrubber glassware washers have stainless-steel top and bottom racks that accommodate basket inserts, beakers, and other wide-mouthed labware. SteamScrubber washers can also be used with the same upper and lower spindle racks as FlaskScrubber washers.


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