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Glove Box


Product Code L2007A1-UK
Price £7,000.00 ex. VAT

Laboratory glove box for inert atmosphere processing and chemistry

Create cheap to maintain Nitrogen or Argon environments for the processing of air sensitive chemicals


Glove box in the laboratory

The inert atmosphere laboratory glove box 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 is capable of producing 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.

The Ossila Glove Box has been designed for any application that requires an inert atmosphere, and is fitted 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 the glove box can easily be set up as a dedicated environment for specific experiments in order to reduce the chances of cross contamination.

Due to high demand the Ossila Glove Box is now available to buy with a 3 week lead time. Order yours today.

What is a laboratory glove box?


Laboratory glove boxes (or gloveboxes) are used in chemistry and materials science to create an isolated environment for the handling of dangerous or atmosphere sensitive samples. Sealed gloves allow the contents of the main chamber to be handled and an antechamber allows items to be added or removed. Inert atmosphere glove boxes, sometimes referred to as Nitrogen glove boxes, purge an inert gas through the chamber to reduce the amount of oxygen and water levels to below a defined level. This is then maintained at an overpressure to ensure that no gasses leak into the system.

Key Features

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. The Ossila Glove Box is equipped with precision sensor boards that incorporate oxygen, moisture, pressure, and temperature sensors. Each provides high accuracy readings and constant feedback to the control system to ensure that an inert atmosphere is maintained at all times, whatever the conditions in the lab.

Complete control is provided by the in-built software, which can be used to set maximum values for oxygen and moisture and an allowed range of pressures.

UV Ozone Cleaner Illumination Area

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 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, 6mm hardened glass, and butyl rubber gloves, our inert atmosphere glove box is able to 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. Due to the low ingress rates for moisture and oxygen and the welded stainless steel design of both the main chamber and antechamber, the amount of gas required to operate the system is significantly reduced. In our testing, we have observed 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 to maintain the desired atmosphere for extended periods of time.

Available for the low price of £7000, the Ossila Glove Box is the smart choice for any lab.

Automated Purging Glovebox

Automated Purging

The inert atmosphere glove box allows you to provide set points for oxygen, moisture, and over pressure. With constant monitoring of the internal atmosphere via the sensor board and in-built software, the system ensures that the environment stays below these set points at all times. Even when you are away from the lab, you can be assured that your chemicals, materials, and samples are safe.

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

Glovebox 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 desire.

The Ossila Glove Box has been designed to be as versatile as possible and has a near endless list of possible applications. Please contact us if you are unsure if it is suitable for your intended use.

In-built Atmosphere Control Software

The Ossila Glove Box uses in-built software to guarantee a set atmosphere, even over extended periods of time.

The software allows the user to set maximum set points for oxygen and moisture levels within the chamber. When the internal sensors measure in excess of these values, the system will automatically purge in order to maintain an inert atmosphere. The user can also set maximum and minimum set point values for the system overpressure. By defining an allowed range, they can comfortably work within the glove box while ensuring that an overpressure is constantly maintained.

Other features that are included within the in-built software include quick purge buttons that allow the user to set the system to purge for fixed times. These are useful when 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 software also has an automated initial purge procedure for when the system has been exposed to atmosphere for maintenance or is being set 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.

The glove box antechamber has similar functionality to the main chamber. Like the main chamber, it includes a high accuracy sensor board which monitors its internal environment. To provide complete isolation while transferring objects, the software comes with an antechamber cycle option that purges the chamber until it reaches oxygen and moisture levels equal to the internal environment.

All this functionality is provided inside a simple to use interface. With just a quick glance at the screen it is possible to know if the internal atmosphere is inert, if the antechamber is safe to open, or if the system is still operating at a desired overpressure.

Glove box Antechamber
The glove box antechamber provides access to the main chamber without exposing the inside to atmospheric conditions

How does the Ossila Glove Box Maintain an Inert Atmosphere?

The Ossila Glove Box maintains a specific atmosphere by displacing the gas present inside the chamber with another, such as Nitrogen or argon, to establish an inert atmosphere. The gas is purged through the main chamber until internal sensors measure levels of oxygen and moisture that are below a desired set point. In order to keep the oxygen and moisture levels this point, the system will occasionally purge more inert gas through the system while in use.

To make sure that the amount of purging required is kept to a minimum, the Ossila Glove Box is air tight and is constructed using materials which have a low ingress of moisture and oxygen. The box operates at an overpressure, which ensures that any small leak present in the system does not result in the external atmosphere entering the system and the antechamber, fitted with the same high accuracy sensor boards, allows objects to be passed into and out of the main chamber without exposing it to the external atmosphere.

All of these features work together to maintain a completely separate processing environment and to keep operational costs and downtime of the system to a minimum.

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

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 that there are a wide variety of synthesis routes that can be explored.

Organic Electronics

The Ossila Glove Box allows equipment such as spin coaters, with or without a syringe pump, and dip coaters to be used 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, materials can be left inside the system without having them exposed to air and new spools or resin containers can be moved into the glove box through the antechamber, allowing the system to stay inert and keep printing.

Materials Handling and Storage

The use of an inert atmosphere glove box can allow you to keep materials stored 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. Materials can also be sealed under nitrogen or argon for safe transport.

Battery Technology

By using an inert atmosphere glove box, it is possible to provide a moisture free environment for the manufacturing of devices. In addition, the incorporation of standard feedthroughs to glove boxes allows data and power feedthroughs to be used, allowing you to interface with equipment to measure devices. This gives researchers complete control and the ability to eliminate moisture from their 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 researchers can optimize parameters in their fabrication routine in a consistent environment. This eliminates the uncertainty that atmospheric conditions are having on the formation of the thin-film morphology. Giving you the certainty you need from experiment to experiment to create the highest quality films and devices.

The Ossila Glove Box is capable of creating and maintaining an inert atmosphere within the main chamber, isolating the environment where the samples or materials are being handled 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 continually and automatically maintains the atmosphere within the system below the threshold set by the user, it is suitable for use over 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.

Resources and Support

Specifications

Glove Box External Dimensions 500 mm x 750 mm x 500 mm (D x W x H)
Glove Box 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)
Glove Box Weight 35 kg
Box and Antechamber Material 2 mm, Grade 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)
Oxygen Sensor Range 0.5% to 25%
Oxygen Sensor Resolution 0.01% Resolution
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
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 24V DC

*Please note that 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) (coming soon)

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.

Additional savings can be made by making use of our large order discounts.

The Ossila Glove Box £7000.00
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In order to keep our prices as low as possible, the following large item delivery rates apply. All other items ship free with the purchase of an Ossila Glove Box.

Zone Destination Large Item Delivery Rate
1 UK £40.00
2 USA and Canada £200.00
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 £100.00
4 Australia, China (Mainland), Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand £300.00
5 Argentina, Chile, Colombia, India, Monaco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uruguay £350.00
6 Rest of World £400.00

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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