Selection Tips for a -40˚C Lab Freezer
Laboratory freezers and scientific freezers play an important role in product protection and testing. This applies to the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry and for testing mechanical components under extreme cold temperature conditions. Lab freezers are manufactured to operate most efficiently at specific temperatures required by research and product development personnel.
Selecting the correct scientific freezer temperature depends on several factors including government, professional association and industry standards. That’s why Tovatech offers a wide variety of low temperature freezers such as the Nor-Lake Premier -40˚C model.
Temperatures, Costs and other Lab Freezer Specification Factors
While “freezing” suggests 0˚C (32˚F) specifications may require much lower temperatures. Units are designed to maintain the required temperature in the most efficient manner. The Norlake Premier NSXF221 low temperature laboratory freezer, for example, is factory set to -40˚C although operators can control settings from -30˚C. Keep in mind that the colder the capability the more costly the freezer, so be sure you are clear on what the optimum temperature should be.
While the cost of the lab freezer is important, consider too the cost of the contents and the potential loss due to improper storage. Units such as the NSXF221 are equipped with a microprocessor temperature controller and digital LED readout that clearly displays the temperature of the contents as relayed from a sensor in a glycerin bottle.
In case of malfunction audio and visual alarms are activated on the scientific freezer and can be connected to remote locations in the building. An optional 1” diameter sensor access port can be specified if lab personnel require other data from inside the unit.
Other Low Temp Freezer Operating Suggestions
How tight are the door seals? Ice buildup on magnetic door gaskets can cause leakage. This is why you should select a laboratory freezer equipped with anti-condensate door frame heater wires. Door locks help control unauthorized access.
How important are records? Records are very important if you are dealing with the FDA and similar agencies. Optional temperature chart recorders and chart paper maintain consistent records, but are only part of the story. You should have procedures in place to cope with power failures if your organization does not have an emergency generator.
Assign at least two personnel responsible for maintaining temperature records at the beginning and end of each shift and to report deviations from established storage procedures. This is especially critical when dealing with pharmaceuticals and other life science products.
In summary low temp lab freezers such as the -40˚C Norlake NSXF221 are not residential or restaurant-grade commercial freezers. They are designed to meet specific cold storage conditions at specific temperatures, and to signal when temperatures get out of spec. Contact the laboratory freezer experts at Tovatech for information on selecting models and capacities that meet your specific requirements.
What experience have you had with low temperature laboratory freezers? Have they led to instituting new procedures in your facility?