Universal support

November 1, 2021

It is a tool used in laboratories to make assemblies with different materials, including measurement systems, to develop experiments. It is formed by a rectangular base or foot, which supports a cylindrical rod that allows holding different materials with clamps and double nuts.

What is it?

It is a structure in which clamps are held by means of double nuts that, in turn, allow to hold different elements of a laboratory such as burettes, funnels, sieves, separatory funnels and test tubes. It is widely used to carry out distillation assemblies and some more complex ones. It is unknown who could have been its inventor.

What is a Universal Holder for?

It is used to hold double nuts and clamps, which hold low-weight laboratory instruments such as a burette, funnel, or flask.

It allows these instruments to remain stable and level, allowing us to perform delicate and precise measurements and procedures.

These instruments can be joined by others that make it more complex and allow it to support elements of greater weight.

It is widely used to separate mixtures, either by distillation or decantation.

It is one of the most widely used instruments in a laboratory, as it allows different setups to be established.

Universal Bracket Parts

All parts of the universal bracket are simple and made of metal:

Base: It supports the entire structure, it is rectangular and made of iron to have enough weight to balance the instruments it will support.

Rod: It is a thin, cylindrical metal rod that is inserted into the base in such a way that it is vertical. Tweezers and double nuts are held in it.

Laboratory Tweezers: they are attached to the rod by means of the double nuts, they form two arms that hold different instruments.

Double nuts: they are pieces that hold other instruments. They are made up of two holes attached to two screws. They hook onto the rod and hold hoops, clips, and other supports.

How is it used?

It does not have a specific operating mechanism, it is only a support to which different instruments are added. In it you only have to place the double nut to adjust the clamps or the rings.

Adjust these items firmly and to the desired height according to the procedure to be performed. When finished, remember to disassemble the entire structure until leaving only the support and the rod.

Types of Universal Bracket

Although it may seem very simple, there are different types of support depending on its base and the structure it supports:

Rectangular Universal Support: it is the most common, the base is made of iron or any heavy material.

Square Universal Support: it is usually more unstable than the rectangular model, so it is not used in very heavy assemblies.

Triangular Universal Bracket: it is the most unstable model, but it is perfect for very light assemblies.

Universal wall support: it is attached to the laboratory wall, this gives you the greatest stability and freedom when creating assemblies.

Universal support with support: it is similar to the previous one, but it does not use a wall but another support element.

Universal support without support: it is the support with a rectangular, square or triangular base and does not have a fixed support to fulfill its functions.

Universal Bracket Features

The universal holder has a series of characteristics that make it indispensable in a laboratory:

  • It is very simple, it has no other functions.
  • It is universal, its design is perfect for joining different instruments.
  • It is composed entirely of metal to have a great weight and to support assemblies safely.
  • Allows you to perform different procedures without touching or holding the instruments.
  • Use other fasteners such as pliers, rings, and double nuts.

Importance of Universal Support

It is a necessary piece of equipment in a laboratory, as it is the basis of the instruments you need to carry out complex processes where you have to manipulate or hold. In addition, it allows to hold different instruments safely and for long periods of time while completing reactions, filtration, decantation and distillation.

It is the perfect instrument to save time, effort and offers the greatest safety when working in a laboratory.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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