Scientific refrigeration equipment includes freezers and refrigerators used to store vaccines, biological samples, pharmaceuticals, and other similar temperature-sensitive products and specimens for various applications. Scientific refrigeration equipment has crucial performance requirements typically unmet by commercial and residential refrigeration systems. For this reason, they are recommended to protect contents that lose their potency or are otherwise compromised by what are known as temperature excursions above or below their recommended storage settings. Therefore, picking scientific refrigeration equipment for your needs is crucial. Read on for some of the criteria needed when selecting the right scientific refrigeration equipment for your lab!
Freezers and refrigerators are available in all kinds of sizes, ranging from under-counter and countertops units to multiple-door units. While looking for scientific refrigeration equipment, consider the size you need. If you have a moving inventory like a healthcare facility, keep your stock current in accordance with the needs and various expiration dates. Full freezers and refrigerators do a much better job of maintaining the temperature of your samples. While installing your refrigeration equipment, make sure you’re allowing two to three inches between contents and the side and back walls of your unit. If you’re picking a new freezer or refrigerator, choose one without on-door storage to reduce the overall impact of ambient temperatures when the unit is opened up. If you’ve got a unit with door shelves, stock these shelves with freezer packs or water bottles.
Picking Scientific Refrigeration Equipment Recording and Alarming Systems
Temperature alarming is a crucial feature when storing your valuable vaccines, biological specimens, and pharmaceuticals. Alarming systems are also the standard for many scientific refrigerators and freezers. An example is a built-in digital audio and visual high/low-temperature alarms, some with remote alarm contacts that are able to be connected to alert security elsewhere in your lab. If your refrigeration equipment doesn’t have built-in alarm systems, it can be fitted with optional digital temperature alarms. These are made of internal sensors placed in bottles. They can be connected by a wire passing over the hinge-side door gasket or through any optional sensor access ports into an external control and display module. Temperature recording is an essential SOP component for storing temperature-sensitive products. Record keeping is made easy thanks to these temperature sensors’ ability to collect data within the units for validation purposes.
Have a Backup Plan for Valuable Refrigeration Storage
Substantial losses can happen when your refrigeration systems fail due to equipment malfunction or in the event of a power loss. Make sure you have on-site backup generators there in case of an emergency. For more information on scientific refrigeration equipment for your lab, give the Lab People a call today!
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