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Consumable lab supplies are commonly used items in testing departments of professional colleges or medical units, third-party independent testing institutions, and other laboratories to conduct experiments. They mainly refer to devices used for specimen collection, specimen storage, specimen testing extraction, subdivision, colorimetry, and others during the process of completing testing and experimental projects. The most essential characteristic of laboratory consumables is their disposable nature, primarily consisting of disposable plastic and glass products.

The age of glass laboratory consumables

To understand the development process of international laboratory consumables, it can be said that the history of Corning, the international laboratory consumables giant, is a brief history of international laboratory consumables. The Corning company is located in Corning, a town in northern New York. Inspired by Edison's invention of a new type of incandescent bulb-shaped glass cover about 160 years ago, Corning began to boldly design various glassware with better feel and easier cleaning on glassware. However, restricted by the relatively low industrial level at that time, these glassware were all handmade, and a skilled worker could only make hundreds of glassware per day. Therefore, even though the advantages of glassware with easy observation and cleaning were widely accepted, the use cost in laboratories was relatively high, and many of them still need to be cleaned after use for reuse. Only in some special experimental projects would they be used once, making glassware the earliest laboratory consumables.

The earliest recorded general lab consumables were glass culture dishes, designed by German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri (1852-1921) and began to be produced industrially. Therefore, culture dishes are also called "Petri dishes". With the gradual maturity of the glass industry, various designed glassware to meet experimental use appeared and gradually began to be mass-produced industrially by laboratory consumables suppliers, which largely reduced the use cost of glass consumables. Laboratories and inspection agencies in developed countries in Europe and America began to extensively use disposable glassware, especially during World War II, when the US used many glassware to treat wounded soldiers, such as glass vacuum blood collection tubes, which were invented at that time.

The age of plastic laboratory consumables

With the development of science and technology, especially the increased awareness of self-protection and biosafety for various infectious diseases, the original glass consumables were limited by the risk of fragility. In various inspection and experimental projects, accidents of easy infection and contamination often occurred, especially in some inspection projects that require low-temperature storage and long-distance transportation of specimens, making it more difficult to ensure the safety of specimens using glass consumables. At this time, it was imperative to find a material that was both beautiful and inexpensive and could solve the above problems to replace glass. Then, petroleum's deepening product-plastic, due to its universal advantages of easy transportation, lightweight, and not easily broken, could almost perfectly replace glass. Moreover, many plastics can be high-temperature destroyed, without causing significant environmental impacts. This further played a role in promoting the extensive use of disposable consumables. Prompting the massive replacement of glass laboratory consumables with plastic general lab consumables.

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