Selecting the Best Laboratory Freezers for your Lab
Finding the best laboratory freezer can be a bit of a minefield. At Froilabo we understand that temperature management is a critical part of any laboratory and has to be rigorously managed to keep scientific activity free of errors. In this handy read, we have prepared a quick guide to finding the best laboratory freezer to suit your specific requirements.
What are Laboratory Freezers and what are their Applications?
A laboratory freezer, which is also known as an ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer, typically has a temperature range of -45°C to -86°, whilst laboratory refrigerators typically operate from 2°C to 10°C, although there are exceptions.
Laboratory freezers can be used for a wide range of applications for biological and biotech storage in universities, medical centres and hospitals, forensic labs and more. Specifically, ULT freezers can be used to store biological samples including DNA/RNA, plant and insect samples, autopsy materials, blood, plasma and tissues, chemicals drugs and antibiotics. Furthermore, manufacturing firms and performance testing labs often use an ultra low temperature freezer to determine the ability of products and machinery to perform reliably under severe low temperature conditions, such as those found in the Arctic region.
Laboratory freezers have been designed to store samples, specimens, vaccines and medicines at a very specific temperature range. They are used to cool samples or specimens by healthcare facilities and professionals in the storage of medical or pharmaceutical supplies. For example, a blood bank uses a laboratory refrigerator to preserve the quality of its blood supply. Pharmacies may also use a laboratory refrigerator to store vaccines, medications and other temperature sensitive compounds to ensure they do not become spoiled.
What different types of Laboratory Freezers are available?
Fridges and freezers are available in various designs and sizes depending on how much storage is needed.
There are generally two versions of laboratory freezers; an upright freezer or a chest freezer with access from the upper part. An upright ultra low temperature freezer gives easy access for frequent use and a chest ultra low temperature freezer allows for long-term storage of less frequently used items. The most common type is the upright freezer as laboratories are frequently looking to save space and make layouts more accessible. The internal storage volume of an ultra low temperature freezer can generally range from an internal capacity of 200 litres up to 1000 litres. They typically have shelves on the inside where research samples are placed and each shelf is closed by an internal door in order to maintain the temperature as accurately as possible.
Laboratory fridges also come in a range of sizes and specifications. They are different to the domestic fridges found in homes and restaurants as they maintain a very specific temperature range consistently and without fail. They also need to be completely hygienic and reliable and standard fridges are simply not powerful or accurate enough to achieve the desired temperature range of a laboratory refrigerator.
Why should you choose a Froilabo Laboratory Freezer?
There are a multitude of benefits to buying a Froilabo laboratory fridge or laboratory freezer, mainly that they have been carefully designed to protect the Sample, the User and the Environment.
All of Froilabo’s laboratory freezers are manufactured and approved according to EN60068-3-11, the only standard in force in Europe. This means that they perform efficiently, saving the user money as well as helping the environment by keeping emissions low. In addition, Froilabo’s Freezers have a fast recovery time and quickly return to the desired temperatures. This is important because it prevents samples being ruined if they stray from their intended temperature. Furthermore, our fridges and freezers offer peace of mind with security back-ups and alarms. This can be helpful if someone has accidently unplugged a product that is in use. This would be a disaster as the samples inside would be ruined, however with a Froilabo fridge or freezer the alarm would sound to alert the user that it had switched off.
Froilabo’s Laboratory Freezers
At Froilabo, we offer a wide range of both ultra low and low temperature freezers, reaching -86°C and guaranteeing maximum protection of samples in all circumstances. Our freezers have capacities ranging from 175 litres up to 1,000 litres.
With unbeatable value for money, the Trust ultra low temperature range of freezers is ideal for long-term sample storage. The proposed volumes range from 340 to 690L.
Ideal for everyday use with regular door openings, the Evolution range offers many innovative solutions to ensure the safety of your samples and simplify your life. The proposed volumes range from 340 to 690L.
The BM/BMT ranges are available in 2 volumes: 175L and 1000L. The unique design of these devices delivers unparalleled reliability and performance. These ranges are available with standard controller (BM) and touch screen (BMT). The BMH range of Froilabo horizontal freezers are designed on the same basis as the BM range and are available in 3 volumes.
Get in touch to find out more about Froilabo’s Laboratory Freezers
If you would like to find out more information about Froilabo’s range of laboratory freezers, or you would like to enquire about a laboratory freezer price, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team today.