Sample Management: Storage

Efficient labs with effective storage solutions

An organized lab makes it easier to locate and refill supplies as needed, decreasing waste and reducing last-minute ordering while increasing efficiency and productivity. We offer essential, flexible lab storage solutions including bottles, carboys, tubes, dishes, racks, boxes, reservoirs, flasks, sealing films and foils, pans, bowls, and baskets that protect materials and enable researchers to effectively complete their day-to-day tasks while helping to keep lab spaces organized.

  • Containers in a variety of sizes and materials to meet sample, temperature, and chemical compatibility needs
  • Space-saving options for small or heavily populated lab spaces
  • Smart designs for shared and communal materials
  • Solutions that enable inventory tracking and localization

Lab storage solutions should be selected based on application, workflow, capacity, and intended storage material.

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Bottles are most often used to store chemicals, solvents, and other liquids, and are available in specific shapes to suit recovery, safety, and storage needs. Bottles are made from glass for inertness or various plastics that have different chemical compatibilities. Clear glass or natural plastics allow maximum visibility. Amber-tinted glass and opaque plastics are recommended for light-sensitive materials. Bottles may be disposable or made of materials supporting autoclavability or cleaning for re-use as needed.


Tubes are used for solid or liquid sample collection, transport, storage, and testing. While some tubes are designed for general use, application-specific tubes including test tubes, culture tubes, centrifuge tubes, microcentrifuge tubes, PCR tubes, and cryotubes are designed to meet specific temperature, force, sterility, and chemical compatibility requirements. Multiple types of glass and plastic tube materials can be selected based on durability, inertness, and other characteristics. Round-bottom and conical-bottom tubes can increase sample recovery. Disposable and reusable tubes are available based on convenience and safety needs. Screw caps provide extra safety in preventing leakage and spilling. Plug closures and snap closures facilitate easier tube manipulation.


Boxes are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, with and without dividers, and in different materials to meet chemical and temperature compatibility requirements.

  • General boxes and containers used for storage and transport of products and samples.
  • Slide boxes are used to store, organize, and safely transport microscope slides.
  • Cryogenic and freezer boxes, available in either polycarbonate or water repellent fiberboard, are used to store materials in low temperature and cryogenic freezers. These boxes are available with dividers designed to fit various sizes of tubes. Polycarbonate cryogenic vial storage boxes can be configured with clear covers for easy sample identification.


Racks are used to support, organize, and store various types of glassware, labware and other items. Laboratory racks are available for pipets, test tubes, microtubes, vials, petri dishes, microplates, and other labware. Racks are made from a variety of materials including plain and epoxy-coated metal, wood, and various plastics. Racks for test tubes and microtubes have openings of various sizes to accommodate specific tube diameters.

Sealing films and foils

Films and foils provide a tight seal, protecting materials stored in tubes, plates, flasks, and other containers. Clear adhesive seals are available for sample visibility and are also provided in opaque colors for light-sensitive materials. Heat seals offer broader chemical and temperature compatibility. Flexible films including paraffin-based Parafilm® and polyethylene-based DuraSeal® films can be stretched across vessels of various shapes to prevent evaporation. Aluminum-based films are designed for sealing PCR plates and other samples under hot or cold storage conditions. Gas-permeable seals are ideal for cell culture applications when CO2 exchange is required.