Providing advanced O2 and CO2 control to optimise cell culture productivity
An innovative new range of multi gas incubators has been designed to provide outstanding quality and performance alongside advanced O2 and CO2 control to maximise cell culture efficiency and optimise results and reproducibility.
Designed specifically for safe, consistent cultivation of successful cell lines in a wide array of demanding and highly-regulated applications in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, medical research and clinical laboratory fields, this latest innovation offers the very highest levels of precision, security and ease-of-use.
Advanced oxygen control
Panasonic’s MCO-170M multi gas incubators feature a solid Zirconia O2 sensor that enables precise and reliable control of O2 levels over a wide range of values (1-18% and 22-80%) using a single sensor. The incubators are also equipped with multiple, gas-tight, inner doors.
With a 161L incubator interior, the MCO-170M products provide plenty of capacity. Designed to improve work efficiency and offer ease-of-use, the incubators feature integrated shelf supports that provide space for more culture vessels and an easy-to-clean incubator interior, with fully-rounded corners.
A new full colour LCD touchscreen gives clear information of incubator status (chamber temperature, CO2 and O2 levels, door open status and alarms) with easy access to controller functions for fast, convenient set-up. A graphical chart display allows users to quickly review incubator performance and a standard USB port allows laboratories to optimise cell culture protocols and adhere to standard operating procedures by conveniently transferring logged data to a USB stick. In addition, the unique incubator ID allows registration of multiple units at one site without confusion.
Precision built in
The new incubators benefit from a direct heat and air jacket system for high-precision temperature control and rapid recovery, ensuring cultures are always maintained under optimum conditions. A dual IR CO2 sensor, which is unaffected by any temperature and humidity changes during door opening, maintains accurate control of critical CO2 levels, for outstanding performance and fast recovery. A precise culture environment is further ensured by advanced PID control of CO2, O2 and temperature.
To provide optimum protection for valuable cultures, MCO-170M multi gas incubators incorporates continuous background contamination control with Panasonic’s InCu saFe copper-enriched stainless steel interior and optional Safe Cell UV technology, with new increased UV lamp life, which sterilises airborne and water pan contaminants. Furthermore, the optional H2O2 vapour sterilisation cycle provides a complete, validatable decontamination with a downtime of less than three hours.
Enhanced security for cell cultures is provided with the MCO-170M multi gas incubator’s optional electric door lock with password. The MCO-170M series are certified as a Class IIa Medical Device (93/42/EEC and 2007/47/EC) for medical purposes of culturing cells, tissues, organs and embryos.
The new multi gas incubators are ideal for use in applications that require physiological oxygen levels, such as; in vitro fertilisation (IVF), stem cell research, regenerative medicine, developmental biology and neurobiology. Available as standard (MCO-170M); with Safe Cell UV lamp incorporated (MCO-170MUV); and with full options (MCO-170MUVH), including the SafeCell UV lamp and Panasonic’s H2O2 vapour sterilisation, users can now select the most suitable model for their application.