This guide to purchasing gloveboxes points out a number of important considerations, such as safety, configuration, ergonomics, and application. An isolation box is best suited for some applications, while a biosafety cabinet is the most apt choice for containment. In any case, the purpose of the box is to protect samples from environmental conditions in the outside environment.
The applications to be performed will determine the material of construction, be it stainless steel or plastic. In addition, the design of the glovebox should be able to handle the need for frequent sterilization. Sterilization is easier with stainless steel, but stainless steel gloveboxes are more expensive than plastic.
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