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Purposes and Uses of the Laboratory Spatula

The spatulas have different purposes within a laboratory. We will develop their uses and applications:

  • The spatula is a fundamental tool in a laboratory. Thanks to its diverse and useful uses, it has become a strong ally for personnel working in the environment of laboratories and chemical projects.
  • The spatulas are used to measure solids, move objects and scrape material from beakers. The spatulas can also be used for more purposes, including sleeves and weights.
  • The spatulas used in laboratories are not the same type as those found in an everyday kitchen. These spatulas are usually made of metal with a smaller spatula end and the other end is more tapered to access smaller areas.
  • You may also see spatulas that have a wooden handle and a wider piece of metal.
  • Micro spatulas are also used in laboratory environments.
  • These are very similar to the normal spatula but smaller as the name suggests. The equipment can also be used to shake and mix compounds in small containers.
  • The stainless steel and nickel spatulas are particularly versatile, especially when coated with polypropylene, and have excellent thermal and chemical resistance. Laboratory spatulas can be sterile, non-sterile or single-use.
  • The spatulas are also used to transport and distribute dry chemical compounds during chemical analysis. They are used when weighing chemicals on a balance because they allow users to collect extremely small quantities.

A micro spatula, which is a portable device, is used in chemical laboratories to turn, cut and spread substances during chemical analyses.

  • A typical primary blade measures 30 x 60 millimeters. The other end has a blade with the same dimensions, but has a slight upward curvature.
  • The average length of a spatula tool is 7 inches.
  • Lab spatulas and spreaders come in metal, PTFE, polypropylene, and other plastics. Lab-grade stainless steel and plastic spatulas are ideal for transferring your samples, scraping or applying powders.
  • Stainless steel spatulas are resistant to boiling water, acids, bases and most solvents.
  • Polyethylene spatulas are disposable, which helps prevent contamination in sensitive applications and are useful in freeze drying.
  • Polyamide spatulas are resistant to solvents, but are damaged by acids and oxidizing agents.
  • PTFE spatulas are highly resistant to most chemicals.

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