Glass Wash By The Numbers

Erlenmeyer and Büchner flasks, measuring cylinders, test tubes, bottles, and beakers: Even in the era of high-tech plastics and nano materials, scientific glassware has retained its place as a science lab staple. It is specially designed to resist corrosive chemical attack, endure high temperatures, and maintain a constant measurement. The four-person team running the Stowers glass wash facility is in charge of decontaminating, cleaning, drying, and sterilizing or heat-treating all the glassware at
the institute.


Glass wash by the numbers

>50,000
pieces of glassware

9,680
identifying tattoos applied to new glassware
annually

3,000
gallons of water used daily

900
pieces of glassware washed and sterilized daily

150
square feet of aluminum foil used to cap bottles
each day

20
volume in liters of the largest item washed
and sterilized

10
volume in milliliters of the smallest item washed
and sterilized

4
number of commercial size dishwashers

2.25
gallons of detergent used per day