"Safety first" - how DWK Life Sciences can trace 100 million laboratory products

"Safety first" - how DWK Life Sciences can trace 100 million laboratory products

More than 15 years ago, DWK Life Sciences was the first borosilicate glass manufacturer worldwide to introduce the Retrace Code as a unique quality feature for laboratory glassware. In April 2020, the 100 millionth DURAN® laboratory glassware item passed the assembly line.

The code is clearly visible on the glass or closure and is regarded as an important quality mark across all sectors of industry, allowing laboratory glassware and all production-relevant data to be traced back to the time of manufacture.

Traceability is even more important when it comes to protecting sensitive media that come into contact with glass. Safe, reliable and analytically pure - these are important requirements for the production of laboratory glassware. Transparency in the product's value chain gives the customer certainty about the authenticity of the glass and protects the DURAN® brand from counterfeiting. Traceability also strengthens confidence in the harmlessness and quality of the products and in their manufacturing process. All this serves to ensure safety in daily laboratory work.

The certificate of conformity was introduced at the same time as the Retrace Code, which contributes to documentation within quality management, particularly in safety and quality-sensitive industries. In addition to the date of manufacture and the Retrace Code, it contains information on the material properties, the applicable standards and notes on USP/EP conformity.

In April 2020 the 100 millionth DURAN® article - a wide-neck Erlenmeyer flask - rolled off the production line. At the same time, DWK Life Sciences provided a new, user-friendly database for downloading quality certificates: At www.cert.dwk.com, by entering the Retrace Code printed on the DURAN® product, the corresponding certificate can be generated and downloaded as a PDF file.


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In June 2017 the companies DURAN Group, Wheaton Industries and Kimble Chase merged to form a new global company – DWK Life Sciences.

DWK Life Sciences combines the expertise of the acclaimed product brands DURAN®, WHEATON® and KIMBLE®. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium lab glass, DWK Life Sciences offers its customers a complete range of high-quality laboratory glassware – from the classic disposables to reusable precision glassware. Additionally, DWK Life Sciences develops and produces a wide range of plastic labware and specialty products for life science applications as well as packaging and storage solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.

The DWK Life Sciences product portfolio comprises over 30,000 products manufactured at 12 sites in Europe, North America and Asia. Globally, more than 1,700 employees work on the development and production of innovative products and services to meet the high expectations of customers in laboratories and production environments around the world – inspired by the company slogan “Excellence in your hands”.