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Glove Box

Product Code L2007A1-UK
Price $10,625.00 ex. VAT

Laboratory glove box for inert atmosphere processing and chemistry

Create low cost Nitrogen or Argon environments for the processing of air sensitive chemicals

Glove Box Overview

  • High-quality glove box made from grade 304 stainless steel
  • Low price and low running costs
  • Affordable worldwide shipping
  • Benchtop design suitable for all laboratories
  • Consistent inert atmosphere with ultra-low leak rate (ISO Class II)
  • Antechamber designed for quick item transfer
  • Built-in monitoring software for atmosphere control
  • High accuracy sensors for internal environment monitoring and real-time data
  • Automated purging for lower operational cost
  • Main chamber internal dimensions: 450 mm x 600 mm x 500 mm (D x W x H)
  • Antechamber internal dimensions: 150 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm (D x W x H)
  • Two KF40 flange feedthroughs for power, communication lines, vacuum and more
  • 12 mm push fit feedthrough for inert gas
  • USB connection for easy data transfer and firmware updates
  • Bright internal white LED light
  • Covered by our two-year warranty and backed by expert support
Glove box in the laboratory

The low price inert atmosphere laboratory glove box (or glovebox) from Ossila can create and maintain low oxygen and moisture environments for the handling, processing and storage of air sensitive chemicals, materials, and samples.

Using an inert gas such as Nitrogen or Argon, the Ossila Glove Box can produce an atmosphere with oxygen levels consistently below 0.5% and water levels as low as 10 PPM. Constructed from high quality, low ingress materials such as steel and glass, the system can maintain a steady environment for extended periods of time with a leak rate of less than 0.25% volume per hour. Sophisticated in-built monitoring software, highly accurate sensors, and automated purging make the glove box safe, easy-to-use, and cheap-to-run.

We designed the Ossila Glove Box for any application that requires an inert atmosphere and fitted it with universal feedthroughs to allow pass-throughs for power, vacuums, and more. In addition, the low price point, economical use of inert gas, and bench top design mean that you can easily set the glove box up as a dedicated environment for specific experiments to reduce the chances of cross contamination.

Due to high demand, the Ossila Glove Box is now available to buy with a 1 week lead time. Order yours today.

Built for Every Laboratory

High Accuracy Sensor Board

High Accuracy Sensor Board

Crucial to maintaining a constant internal environment is having reliable, accurate, real-time data on the conditions within the glove box. We have equipped the Ossila with precision sensor boards that incorporate oxygen, moisture, pressure, and temperature sensors. Each sensor board supplies high accuracy readings and constant feedback to the control system. The glove box then uses this information to maintain an inert atmosphere, whatever the conditions in the lab.

The in-built software provides complete control over the conditions inside the glove box. Use the buttons on the front of the control unit to set maximum values for oxygen and moisture and an allowed range of pressures.

Glove box antechamber

Transfer Chamber (Antechamber)

The small glove box antechamber allows you to quickly transfer items into and out of the main chamber without exposing the inside to the atmospheric conditions in the lab. The antechamber is made from the same grade 304 stainless steel as the main chamber and comes equipped with the same high accuracy sensor boards. To give you complete peace of mind when transferring chemicals and samples, oxygen and moisture values are displayed on the screen at all times.

With internal dimensions of 150 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm, the antechamber is big enough to easily transfer materials and accessories in and out of the glove box.

High Quality Materials

High Quality Materials

While developing the Ossila Glove Box, we performed extensive tests on the performance of different materials. The results were clear. By using a combination of grade 304 stainless steel, 6 mm hardened glass, and butyl rubber gloves, our inert atmosphere glove box can offer ultra-low moisture and oxygen ingress rates. This gives the system a wide compatibility with different materials and solvents and makes it suitable for nearly any application, from chemistry to organic electronics.

Built to last, the solid construction and premium materials of the glove box means that it can withstand frequent long-term use in a busy lab without issue.

Low Operational Costs

Cheap to Run

The Ossila Glove Box has both a low price tag, and a low operational cost. The low ingress rates for moisture and oxygen and the welded stainless-steel design of both the main chamber and antechamber reduce the amount of gas that you need to use the system. In our testing, we recorded a leak rate of less than 0.25% volume per hour. This increases the time between switching between Nitrogen or Argon cylinders when using bottled gas and makes it cheaper for you to maintain the desired atmosphere over an extended period of time.

The Ossila Glove Box is the smart choice for any lab.

Glove box control panel

In-built Atmosphere Control Software

The Ossila Glove Box uses in-built software to guarantee a set atmosphere, even over extended periods of time. Enter your desired values for oxygen, moisture, and pressure via the simple, easy to use interface. When using the glove box, a quick glance at the screen will tell you if the internal atmosphere is inert, if the antechamber is safe to open, and if the system is still running at the desired overpressure.

The control panel also allows you to perform quick regular purges, purge (cycle) the antechamber, and run an automated initial purge procedure.

Automated Purging Glove box

Automated Purging

Enter set points for oxygen, moisture, and over pressure and the glove box will ensure that the internal environment stays below these values at all times. Even when you are away from the lab, you can relax in the knowledge that that your chemicals, materials, and samples are safe.

The software allows you to set maximum set points for oxygen and moisture levels within the chamber. When the internal sensors measure more than these values, the system will automatically purge to keep a steady inert atmosphere. You can also set maximum and minimum set point values for the system overpressure so you can work comfortably within the glove box, knowing that the glove box will maintain the desired overpressure.

Glove box Feedthroughs

Universal Feedthroughs

Expand the range of experiments that you can do with universal feedthroughs. Our inert atmosphere laboratory glove box comes with two universal KF 40 flange feedthroughs so that you can incorporate pass-throughs for power, communication lines, vacuums, or anything else that you need. Use the universal feedthroughs to power your spin coater, syringe pump, or other equipment.

We designed the Ossila Glove Box to be as versatile as possible while keeping a small footprint and a benchtop design. Please contact us if you are unsure whether it is suitable for your intended use.

The Ossila Glove Box is built from low ingress materials and operates at an overpressure to maintain an inert atmosphere inside the chamber which is automatically purged with an inert gas such as Argon or Nitrogen

How does the glove box maintain an inert atmosphere?

The Ossila Glove Box maintains a specific atmosphere by displacing the gas inside the chamber with an inert gas like nitrogen or argon. The glove box purges gas through the main chamber until internal sensors measure sufficiently low levels of oxygen and moisture. You can set these levels via the control panel to the side of the glove box. To keep the amount of oxygen and moisture in the internal atmosphere below these points, the system will occasionally purge more inert gas through the chamber while you are using the glove box.

As well as being air-tight, the Ossila Glove Box is constructed from low ingress materials. This limits the amount of moisture and oxygen that can enter through the physical barriers that make up the glove box. As a result, the automated purging process does not require much gas to keep the internal atmosphere within the defined oxygen/moisture limits, even over extended periods of time. The system is therefore very economical to use.

The integrity of the internal atmosphere inside any glove box can be compromised if it is exposed to the outside environment, either because of a leak in the system (such as a tear in the glove box gloves) or when transferring items into and out of the main chamber. Like most inert atmosphere glove boxes, the Ossila Glove Box runs at an overpressure and is resilient to small leaks. It is also equipped with an antechamber, which you can use to safely pass objects between your laboratory and the main chamber. To keep your system running effectively, we recommend following a standard operating procedure when entering or working within the glove box and performing some basic cleaning and maintenance checks on a routine basis.

Fitting gloves to the glove box
The Ossila Glove Box is easy to install and simple to maintain; replacement gloves are available should you damage the supplied pair
Glove box antechamber
Antechamber for transferring objects into and out of the glove box without compromising the inert atmosphere
Glove Box dashboard
The status screen shows you the status of the glove box in real time

What are the different types of purge?

The Ossila Glove Box has several different types of purge. Automated purging maintains the internal environment during normal use, while quick purges allow you to set the system to purge for fixed times. This is useful when you are using chemicals and solvents. Operating regular purges after handling these materials ensures that the glove box chamber does not become saturated, that accurate sensor readings are maintained, and that samples are not compromised due to contamination or degradation.

The automated initial purge procedure is designed for when you have exposed the system to atmosphere for maintenance or are setting it up for the first time. The automated purge provides constant gas purging for an extended period until the oxygen and moisture sensors are reduced to the set point value. Finally, the antechamber cycle option purges the antechamber until it reaches oxygen and moisture levels equal to the internal environment. This provides complete isolation while transferring objects in and out of the main chamber.

Wide Range of Applications

Glove boxes are one of the most important pieces of equipment for the handling and preparation of materials and samples in scientific research. There are a wide range of different fields and application that require the use of glove boxes, including:

Chemical Synthesis

The automated atmosphere control process built into the Ossila Glove Box means that you can be sure that both the materials stored in the system and the experiment itself are safe from exposure. The ability to access services such as power, vacuum lines, and cooling feedthroughs via the use of standard connectors means you can explore a wide variety of synthesis routes.

Organic Electronics

The Ossila Glove Box allows you to use equipment such as spin coaters, with or without a syringe pump, to deposit thin film structures without exposing them to air. With the antechamber, transferring samples to other systems for testing or the processing of other layers is simple, and can be done without having to expose the main processing chamber to air.

Additive Manufacturing

The Ossila Glove Box provides the low-cost solution to integrating an inert environment into your 3D printing process. By housing your printer inside the chamber, it is simple to move parts manufactured inside the glove box outside ready for testing or shipping. In addition, you can leave materials inside the system without having them exposed to air. Move new spools or resin containers into the glove box through the antechamber to keep the internal atmosphere inert.

Materials Handling and Storage

Using a glove box means that you can store materials permanently without risk of exposure to water or oxygen. By incorporating microbalances inside the glove box, it is also possible to decant small quantities of materials for use without having to expose stocks of materials to atmosphere. You can also use the glove box to seal materials under nitrogen or argon for safe transport.

Battery Technology

Manufacture devices in a moisture free environment by using an inert atmosphere glove box. The incorporation of standard feedthroughs allows you to use data and power feedthroughs so that you can interface with equipment to measure your devices. This gives you complete control and the ability to eliminate moisture from your experiment.

Perovskite Electronics

Fabrication of thin film perovskite devices in atmosphere often leads to incorrect morphology or incomplete conversion and results in devices that do not work. By using an inert atmosphere glove box, you can optimize parameters in your fabrication routine in a consistent environment. This eliminates the uncertainty that atmospheric conditions are having on the formation of the thin-film morphology, so you can create the highest quality films and devices from experiment to experiment.

The Ossila Glove Box can create and maintain an inert atmosphere within the main chamber, isolating the environment where you handle samples or materials from the conditions elsewhere in the lab and making it perfect for any experiment that requires isolation from oxygen or water.

Because the glove box automatically keeps the internal atmosphere below your set threshold, it is suitable for use over an extended period of time. In addition, the low cost and ease of use allows the system to be set up as a dedicated environment for specific experiments which reduces the chances of cross contamination with other users of your lab space.

Perovskite solar cells made in an Ossila Glove Box compared to those made in a 0.1 ppm glove box and in air

Resources and Support

General Specification
Main Chamber External Dimensions 500 mm x 750 mm x 500 mm (D x W x H)
Main Chamber Internal Dimensions 450 mm x 600 mm x 500 mm (D x W x H)
Antechamber Internal Dimensions 150 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm (D x W x H)
Weight 35 kg
Box and Antechamber Material 2 mm, Graded 304 Stainless Steel, 2B Surface Finish
Window Material 6 mm, Hardened Glass
Gloves 2 x Butyl Rubber Gloves, 8 Inch Diameter
Feedthroughs 2 x DN 40 ISO-KF Blanked Feedthroughs
Gas Inlet / Exhaust 12 mm Push-Fit Connector (PTFE recommended)
Gas Inlet Requirements 99.99% N2 Purity, Inlet Pressure (0.5 bar to 2 bar)
Leak Rate < 0.25% Vol/Hour (ISO Class II)
Safety Features Software control of maximum pressure, 500 mbar blow off valve
Lighting Internal LED White Light
Power Supply 24 V DC

Why is the glove box made from grade 304 stainless steel?

One of the main causes of atmospheric contamination after leaks and outgassing (from the contents of the glove box) is the ingression of water and oxygen through the physical structure of the glove box itself. Lightweight materials like plastic are highly permeable, but steel behaves as a near "perfect barrier" for both oxygen and moisture.

We tested a range of different materials while designing the Ossila Glove Box. The materials we selected were chosen for their low ingress rates, excellent chemical resistance, and robustness. A steel construction with a hardened glass window dramatically reduces the amount of inert gas that you will need to use to maintain the internal atmosphere over extended periods of time.

What ISO leak rate class is the Ossila Glove Box?

The Ossila Glove Box is a class II glove box.

Glove box leaks are inevitable, but the design of the glove box can reduce the extent to which this occurs. Every glove box is built to a specified leak rate, usually below 1% of the total volume per hour. For an inert atmosphere laboratory glove box, a leak rate of between 0.05 to 0.5% of box volume per hour is sufficiently low.

Class I glove boxes have a leak rate of less than 0.05% per hour, class II glove boxes like the Ossila Glove Box have a leak rate of between 0.05% and 0.25%, and class III glove boxes have a leak rate of between 0.25% and 1%.

If you suspect that your system has a leak, the first thing to do is a leak test.

Glove Box Sensors
Oxygen Sensor Range 0.5% to 25%
Oxygen Sensor Resolution 0.01%
Moisture Sensor Range 0% Relative Humidity to 100% Relative Humidity
Moisture Sensor Resolution 0.1% Relative Humidity (15 PPM)
Working Overpressure Range 0 to 5 mbar
Purge Overpressure Range 10 to 15 mbar
Maximum Input Pressure 2 bar

The exhaust of the glove box does not have filtration and so should be exhausted into a fumehood or exhaust stack of the building.

Documents and Datasheets

Leak Rate TestsPurge Time Graph (Representative graph of the purge time for the main chamber)

Leak Rate TestsLeak Rate Tests (representative graph of the leak rate of a system, JPG)

Declaration of ConformanceDeclaration of Conformance (EMC Directive, RoHS Directive)

Glove box manualOssila Glove Box User Manual (PDF)

Pricing and Shipping

The Ossila Glove Box has a low price point, and is made from high quality, low-ingress materials that make it cheap to run by reducing the amount of gas needed to maintain the system. Our internal testing shows a leak rate of less than 0.25% volume per hour.

To keep our prices as fair as possible, large item delivery rates apply. All other items ship free with the purchase of an Ossila Glove Box and large orders qualify for a 10% discount.

For more information, refer to our worldwide shipping page or contact us for advice.

Zone Destination Glove Box Shipping Rate
1 UK £50.00 per glove box
2 USA and Canada £300.00 per glove box
3 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland £300.00 per glove box
4 Australia, China (Mainland), Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand £450.00 per glove box
5 Argentina, Chile, Colombia, India, Monaco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uruguay £500.00 per glove box
6 Rest of World £550.00 per glove box

To the best of our knowledge the information provided here is accurate. However, Ossila assume no liability for the accuracy of this page. The values provided are typical at the time of manufacture and may vary over time and from batch to batch. All products are for laboratory and research and development use only, and may not be used for any other purpose including health care, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food or commercial applications.

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