Miami University

Instrumentation Laboratory Glasswork Policy

    Repair & Modification Work:

    • Standard "off the shelf" Purchasable Items (beakers, flasks, funnels, etc)
      • Most repairs will not be worth doing, unless there are a large number of itesm involved or custom alterations are required.
      • These items are easier, cheaper and faster to purchase than to attempt to repair.
      • If items are standard "off the shelf" glassware, they should be considered disposable,unless they meet the criteria stated above.

    • Non-Standard Items (Most standard taper glassware)
      • First preference will be to repair non-standard items.
      • Dana Enterprises will handle all repair work.
      • Materials have always been paid for by user's department, labor will be paid by IL.
        Fabrication Work:
    • JDR Enterprises will do fabrication work.
    • PI (Primary Investigator) may always request to have job bid out to other vendors.
    • Materials have always been paid for by user's department, labor will be paid by IL.
      Process (Using JDR Enterprises)
    • To make appointment to see JDR Enterprises during campus visit, contact Bill Lack ( or 75 HUG) and signup for appointment.
      • Users are expected to be on time. A $50 charge will be made to the user's department for any missed appointment.
      • Users must bring their full banner code account number to appointment for the charging of materials.
    • JDR Enterprises (Mike Ray) will be on campus on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM) (assuming reasonable demand) to meet with PI's or their graduate students/postdocs.
      • Meetings will be held in 75 A Hughes. 
    • Users will meet with Mike to discuss their needs. They should come to the appointment prepared (i.e. required dimensions, drawings, etc). Mike will take glasswork back to his shop for repair. He is able to do repairs on-site when required.
    • Completed work will be returned on the following month's visit. The IL will inform the user when it is available for pickup (No appointment is needed to pick up completed glass work.)
    • IL will send interdepartmental charge for any materials charges to department upon completion of work.
Forms (for bidding glass work)
If you are going to require glasswork and have any questions, please contact Bill Lack ( or 75 Hughes).
      • In order for the IL to track the amount of glasswork needed and the cost of having the glasswork done, the IL must be the central point for all glasswork. All who expect the IL to pay for any portion of their glasswork must complete the needed paperwork with the IL before having any glass blower perform any glass work.