Buyer’s Guide: Incubators


September 2019 - Vol. 8 No. 8 - Page #21

Pro Line countertop platelet incubators and agitators from Helmer Scientific combine performance, reliability, and efficiency to optimize platelet storage and support blood bank compliance. Powered by AdvanceCore thermoelectric heating and cooling technology, the reliable, solid-state thermoelectric system uses Peltier technology to transfer heat from inside the cabinet. Heating and cooling only as needed, AdvanceCore maintains the correct temperature for platelet storage, achieving temperature uniformity of +/-1°C, while helping to realize energy savings, reduced operating costs, and quiet operation. In addition, the Pro Line is HFC-free, supporting sustainability initiatives and meeting new environmental standards.


Designed to meet the needs of hospital laboratories, the Thermo Scientific Large Capacity Reach-In CO2 Incubator provides a cell culture solution that boosts productivity while offering optimal growth conditions to protect the health of sensitive cultures. With 29 cubic feet (0.82 cubic meters) of capacity in an upright configuration, the system can culture and store large volumes of patient or clinical samples, perform short-term growth studies, and grow large-volume products requiring precise incubation. The unit delivers consistent temperature uniformity and recovery throughout the entire chamber, even for large product loads and during the installation of equipment, such as cell rollers, rockers, shakers, spinners, and stirrers. Furthermore, the system offers elevated relative humidity to prevent product desiccation in medium-term cultures. The incubator is easy to configure and operate, due in part to the built-in Enviro-Scan microprocessor message center, which allows users to control all critical parameters without complex programming.


The CytoGrow Reach-In CO2 Incubator (PHCbi brand Model MCO-80ICL-PA) from PHC Corporation of North America is a 30.1 cubic foot chamber designed for high-volume cell culture and related clinical applications. A large capacity incubator, it operates over a range of +5°C above ambient to +50°C, and from 0% to 20% CO2 with microprocessor temperature and gas control allowing an adjustable set point in 0.1 increments over the range. An integrated elevated humidification system can be set for ambient (off), low, or higher humidity to accommodate processes where an increased relative humidity percentage is desired. The large volume interior and a choice of three or four reinforced interior shelves allows for use with a variety of instrumentation such as shakers, stirrers, roller bottle platforms, and other equipment. A forced-air interior circulation system creates a horizontal airflow to assure temperature uniformity at all shelf levels, as well as quick temperature and CO2 recovery following door openings.


The Ready Warm 15-Liter Wall Incubator from LW Scientific provides uniform heat distribution for incubation of specimens and other applications requiring consistent and accurate heat. A multi-use digital warming station, the incubator can be used in clinics, stand-alone labs, pediatric and physician practices, and hospitals. Constructed from stainless steel and aluminum, the incubator is easy to clean and resistant to corrosion. The unit comes equipped with a digital temperature controller and LED display that can be easily adjusted to show temperatures in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The system is easy to install and allows users to save space while maximizing functionality.

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