borosilicate glass tubingBorosilicate glass tubing is an industry standard in the manufacturing of modern laboratory glassware. And the high tech glass experts at Macalaster Bicknell Company of New Jersey know it. That’s why their glass tubing, rods and supplies are made from borosilicate glass.

Borosilicate Glass Tubing

First developed in the late 19th century, borosilicate glass is manufactured with silica and boron trioxide as the main elements. This formula allows the resulting product, like borosilicate glass tubing, flasks or bottles, to have a low coefficient of thermal expansion. In layman’s terms, the glass has a high resistant to heat. This resistance makes the glass resilient against thermal shock and stress. This is especially vital in laboratory settings, when solutions are regularly heated to encourage chemical reactions.

However, despite it’s lower resistance to thermal shock, borosilicate glass is still a fragile element. When exposed to rapid or uneven temperature fluctuations, borosilicate glass can crack and shatter.

During the drug packaging process, borosilicate glass tubing is often the preferred tool for multiple applications. The tubing is essential for filling vials and syringes, as well as other injectable-drug applicators. The glass is also highly resistant to chemical penetration, making it ideal for this type of packaging because it minimizes cross-contamination.

Other Applications

But borosilicate glass tubing isn’t limited to laboratories and pharmacies. Borosilicate is often used in the manufacturing of medical devices, like artificial joints and prosthetic eyes. And because the glass is also dishwasher and microwave safe, a number of cookware items are made using borosilicate formula as well.

Glass artists are also big fans of borosilicate glass, which can come in thin, colorful pencil-thin rods and tubes. And because it’s more shock-resistant than soft glass, borosilicate is ideal for creating sculptures and large beads.

But no matter the reason, Macalaster Bicknell Company of New Jersey can suit your borosilicate glass tubing needs. Browse their collection of glassware and place your order today!