Small hand tools are an integral part of any lab. They are mostly used for high precision tasks and are designed with specific tasks in mind. The features of the tool are based on the type of work and application that they are designed to perform.
Tweezers are just one example of a small hand tool that performs a high-precision task. Tweezers are designed with various tip shapes, sizes, and features. Among the many types of tweezers are ergonomic tweezers.
What is an Ergonomic tweezer?
Tweezers are small hand tools that are used for grasping objects that are too small to be handled with human fingers. They can handle substances, samples, and items for close range and microscopic applications in laboratories.
Ergonomics is the science of designing tools that improve the user’s efficiency while reducing risk of injury, fatigue from repetitive action, and discomfort. Ergonomic features include things like non-slip coverings, padded hand grips, and angled handles. The important thing to keep in mind with ergonomic tools is there is no such thing as universally ergonomic. Everyone’s hands are different and what is comfortable to one user may not be comfortable to another.
When purchasing an ergonomic small hand tool such as ergonomic tweezers, there are certain things to keep in mind. These include whether or not the tool fits your hand, is it compatible with the job that needs to be done, and does it prevent you from straining which could lead to an injury.
Different types of tweezers
Ergonomic tweezers are designed to perform meticulous lab applications such as magnified operations, microscopy, and manipulating tiny components. Ergonomic tweezers can be designed with ESD grips, serrations on the handle for extra support and protection, resistance to corrosion, and to withstand very high temperatures.
Some of the different ergonomic tweezers include the following designs:
- Straight Tapered - Microscopy
Straight tapered ultra-fine pointed tweezers are ideal for microscopy and extreme magnification. They are designed with the finest points available. They feature extremely tapered tips for excellent visibility, ergonomic ESD grips for comfort, and are made of stainless steel.
- Straight Very Fine Points
The straight very fine point tweezers are used for work under magnification and feature ergonomic ESD grips for comfort. These are made of cobalt alloy which is corrosion resistant and temperature resistant up to 932°F. The radius tips eliminate scratching and marring of delicate wires and parts.
- Straight Medium Points
These tweezers with straight medium points are designed for general assembly. They feature ergonomic ESD grips for comfort & protection from heat and are made of stainless steel to prevent oxidation.
- Tapered Flat Round Points
The straight tapered flat pointed tweezer is designed for SMD components or for handling labels. They feature ESD safe grips for comfort, tapered flat round points, and are made of stainless steel.
- Angled Very Fine Points
The angled very fine point tweezers are designed for work under extreme magnification. They feature offset oblique tips for good visibility under a microscope and are made of cobalt alloy which is corrosion resistant and resistant to temperatures up to 932°F. The thickness is ideal for light pressure use and the tips are radius for eliminating scratching and marring of delicate wires and parts.
- Curved Very Fine Points
The curved very fine point tweezer is designed for microscopy. The curved, very fine points provide excellent visibility. The tweezers are made of cobalt alloy to resist corrosion and to resist temperatures up to 932℉. The body thickness is ideal for light pressure use, the radius tips eliminate scratching and marring of delicate wires and parts, the handles are serrated for non-slip and more control, and the tweezers feature ESD soft-cushioned safe grips.
- Cleanroom Safe
The cleanroom safe tweezers include designs for SMD components & handling labels, general assembly, work under the microscope, and high power microscopy. They are made of stainless steel and feature the ergonomic ESD soft-cushioned cleanroom safe grips.Lab Pro offers a large variety of medical device manufacturing tools. For over 40 years, Lab Pro Inc. has been committed to delivering the highest quality hand tools, chemicals, lab equipment, distance learning kits, lab supplies, and cleanroom PPE apparel to medical device companies and laboratories worldwide. To learn more, visit the biggest Lab Supply showroom in California, or contact us online or at 888-452-2776.