Universal support

November 1, 2021

All laboratory instruments have a leading role within this space, no matter how insignificant they may seem. One of these inanimate elements found in the laboratory is the universal bracket, whose objective is to serve as a support for the mounting of instruments in different experimental procedures.

The laboratory support is a very useful tool, as it is the companion of other instruments such as burettes, in the different processes of separation of mixtures.

Its universal character and its presence are essential, as it is an auxiliary used by Labor to preserve security conditions and to be like a third arm for the realization of each of their experiments.

What is a Universal Holder?

Also known by the names of universal foot and laboratory support, this is an instrument that allows the assembly or assembly of a structure with several instruments, being the universal support the basis of everything.

The name of universal is referred to as it can be adapted to the geometry of the instruments, as well as to the various situations that arise when making a measurement, reaction, separation or any other laboratory procedure.

The universal support is nothing more than a structure, made up of several pieces that together form a pedestal on which other laboratory instruments are fitted.

What is a Universal Holder for?

The universal support is a structure in itself that is capable of holding those instruments that have low weight, be it burettes, matrices, funnels, among others.

In such a way, that they remain stable and thus be able to obtain precise measurements or procedures. This laboratory support can also incorporate other elements to make the structure more complex and to be able to support elements of greater weight.

This is the main element in the mixture separation processes, specifically the distillation system, which includes a series of devices to achieve its mission and which are organized along this laboratory support.

Universal Bracket Parts

The universal support is an instrument that is made up of a series of extremely simple parts and generally all of metallic origin. Which are the following:

  • Base

It is the support of the entire structure, it is generally rectangular in shape and is made from iron , in such a way that it has great weight to be able to support all the instruments that are placed on it.

  • Dipstick

It is a thin rod made of metal and cylindrical in shape that is inserted vertically into the base. It is here where the other instruments are placed held with the help of the laboratory forceps and the double nuts.

  • Laboratory Tweezers

It is attached to the rod of the laboratory support by means of the double nuts, from there two arms are derived that allow to hold the laboratory instruments, that is, burettes, flask, among others.

  • Double walnuts

It is a material made from metal that is used in laboratories to hold other instruments. It consists of two holes attached to two screws in the opposite way. This element is hooked on the rod of the universal support to be able to hold the rings, clips or other support elements.

As you can see, it is a simple instrument that consists of a rod anchored to a base and that has hooks that allow it to hold the instruments at different heights.

How does a Universal Bracket work?

The universal support does not have an established operating mechanism, as it is a support to which we incorporate instruments throughout its structure.

Basically what you have to do is place the double nuts on the rod of the laboratory support and then place the laboratory tweezers or, failing that, the rings.

Next, you must adjust these elements to the desired height because if you are going to filter, you put the funnel higher than the flask, holding this or any instrument with the tweezers, to give it the necessary stability.

Then, you proceed to carry out the whole procedure and once finished you have to first remove the instruments with great care, then remove the tweezers, the nuts, until leaving the support only with the base and the rod.

Uses of the Universal Bracket

The universal support, as I mentioned, is that extra arm that laboratory personnel go to to do all the necessary experimental procedures in these spaces.

This makes it an instrument that is used constantly and daily to be able to make assemblies with different elements in order to obtain different processes such as measurements, experiments with the fusiometer or those destined for distillation.

Here, instruments such as the following are attached to the entire structure: Test tubes, burettes, filter funnels, flask, among others.

Types of Universal Bracket

Despite being a simple element, the universal support is an instrument that presents a classification according to the shape of its base, as well as the structure to which it is supported in order to fulfill any of its functions.

The main types of laboratory support are as follows:

Rectangular Universal Bracket:

It is the most common model, since the base is rectangular in shape made primarily of iron or another heavy metal, so that it is able to support the weight of the instruments and their materials.

  • Square Universal Bracket:

In this case it differs by the fact that it has a square base, it is generally relatively more unstable than the rectangular one.

  • Triangular Universal Bracket:

It is a shape that you will not find commonly, since this model is more unstable than the previous ones, but it is ideal when the structure is for light elements.

  • Universal wall bracket:

This laboratory support is attached to a wall of the laboratory, which gives it much greater stability since it does not move for any reason.

  • Universal bracket with support:

This universal support is similar to the previous one, however, it is not strictly attached to a wall but to another support element in the laboratory.

  • Unsupported Universal Bracket:

In this case, the structure is independent and does not use any support to fulfill its function, in general, the base is rectangular.

I tell you that the use of a laboratory support or another will depend exclusively on the needs of the moment, as well as the type of procedure that you are going to perform.

From there derives the importance of knowing each one of them, in order to be able to correctly select the one that best suits the need.

Universal Bracket Features

The universal support is an instrument that has a series of characteristics that allow it to consolidate itself as a special support that is constantly used in laboratories.

The main characteristics of the laboratory support are the following:

  • It is universal, meaning it has a design that fits perfectly with a wide variety of instruments.
  • It is made entirely of metal elements, due to the fact that they have great weight, which allows it to support all the instruments and solutions that they often contain.
  • It is assisted with other support instruments to be able to fulfill its function, such as laboratory tweezers, double nuts, among others.
  • It is simply a support structure, it does not have extraordinary functions.
  • It allows you to do procedures without having contact or holding the instruments, which is a safety measure and contributes to ergonomics , when working.

Definitely, the universal support is an instrument with which you must ally, to perform any procedure in the laboratory, for comfort, stability and the guarantee of having a better precision at work.

Importance of Universal Support

The universal support is a transcendental instrument in the laboratory, as it fulfills that function of giving you a hand in those complex procedures that require the manipulation of a large number of instruments.

In addition, it allows you to safely and effectively support instruments that take time to act, at least the filtering to complete their work can last up to hours. But with the help of the support you can leave the filtering mounted and you can continue working on other functions.

In short, I can conclude that it is an element that saves you time and effort and gives you security and the guarantee of a good result at the end of each procedure.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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