Recently, we talked about the importance of where you buy your vials and how you should be researching them. Staying away from mom and pop shop craft store vials is definitely a must and continuing along that same vein, you should try to steer clear of these types of places when it comes to vial crimpers. Your product shouldn’t be made from some country in you-don’t-know-where at the cheapest possible price. For one, you aren’t going to have any idea what materials are used to create your crimper. Secondly, and more importantly, the quality of your crimper is probably going to be compromised, almost certainly leading to trouble when you go to use it.
Try to understand that you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. It’s going to be unsafe and ineffective if you purchase a 20mm vial but try to crimp it with a 30mm vial crimper. Crimping with the wrong tool will lead to broken vials and contamination risks, not to mention hand or wrist pain over time. Instead of ruining your materials and creating a potentially dangerous situation, make sure you get the right tool for the job, even if it means spending a little more cash. MedLabGear carries a variety of serum vial sizes.
Common amber serum vial sizes include:
5 ml, available in: 21x40mm, 22x40mm, or 23x47mm
10 ml, available in: 21.5x52mm, 23x50mm, 24x47mm, 24x50mm, or 25x54mm
20 ml, available in: 29x62mm or 32x58mm
30 ml, available in: 30x86mm or 37x65mm
Common clear serum vial sizes include:
5ml, available in: 21x38mm, 22x40mm, 22x52mm, 23x47mm, 24x47mm, 24x50mm or 28x58mm
10ml, available in: 21x38mm, 22x40mm, 22x52mm, 23x47mm, 24x47mm, 24x50mm, 28x58mm
20ml, available in: 21x38mm, 22x40mm, 22x52mm, 23x47mm, 24x47mm, 24x50mm or 28x58mm
The larger serum vials won’t necessarily mean you need a larger crimp. Be sure to recognize what crimper you’re going to need by understanding the mm on the mouth of the vial. If saving a few bucks is super important to you, consider buying the different sizes of crimpers in a kit. Buying in bulk always saves money.
Manual vs. Automatic Vial Crimpers
No, we’re not talking about guns or cars. Hand crimpers can be, and often are, manually operated tools relying on nothing but the user’s strength. These crimpers come in a variety of sizes, ranging in a large price spectrum. Manual crimping practices often require a series of crimper tools, assuming you’re going to be dealing with different sized vial mouths. These tools are typically cheaper and last longer than automatic or battery operated crimpers. Remember, this can lead to ergonomic problems and wrist pain.
The “automatic” crimpers tend to be far more costly in price. Since they’re mechanical, there is a larger risk of breakdown and preventative maintenance is occasionally needed. On the flip side, these can wildly improve your crimp rate. If you’re in an environment that requires mass-crimping, like in a manufacturing environment, it can be worth the investment. Like with manual crimpers, be sure to purchase from a reputable company or you’ll be risking poor quality problems that tend to come with cheaper medical products.
We’d suggest you take a gander at our line of crimpers, knowing you’ll get fair prices without sacrificing quality.
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