What Is A Laboratory Incubator?
A laboratory incubator is a heated, insulated box used to grow and maintain microbiological or cell cultures. The laboratory incubator maintains optimal temperature, humidity and gaseous content of the atmosphere inside. Many lab incubators include a programmable timer which may be set to cycle through different temperatures and humidity levels. Lab incubators vary in size from table-top units to large systems the size of a cupboard.
There are many different types of lab incubators, including dry bath incubators with single or dual blocks, biological oxygen demand (BOD) units ideal for insect or plant studies, shaking incubators, hybridization ovens, bioreactors, and a wide variety of laboratory test chambers.
Laboratory Incubator Uses
The purpose of a laboratory incubator is to provide a controlled, contaminant-free environment for safe and reliable work with cell and tissue cultures by regulating conditions such as temperature, humidity, and CO2.
Laboratory incubators are essential for the growth and storage of bacterial cultures, cell and tissue culture, biochemical and haematological studies, pharmaceutical work and food analysis.
Laboratory Incubators vs Ovens – What’s The Difference?
Because they both produce heat, ovens and lab incubators are often mistakenly assumed to be the same thing or attempted to be used for the same function. However, the difference is that an oven produces temperatures typically ranging from 93.3 to 316 degrees Celsius, while a lab incubator typically ranges from 15.6 to 48.9 degrees Celsius.
Therefore, an oven cannot be used as a lab incubator because most ovens will not have a low enough temperature that is suitable for using as an incubator.
Lab Incubators From Froilabo
To adapt to all your needs, Froilabo offers a very wide range of lab incubators for a variety of applications, from 60 litres up to 1,300 litres, with natural or forced convection and with or without refrigeration.
All of Froilabo’s laboratory incubators offer easy-to-use control for incubation activities, colour display of the set and actual temperature in the incubator and safety for the operator, the environment and the product thanks to an over temperature feature.
- Bio Expert Forced Convection and Bio Performance: designed for precision incubations from room temperature + 5°C to + 100°C and available in 3 volumes: 60, 120 and 240 litres.
- Bio Refrigerated Expert: designed for incubations from + 0°C to + 100°C and available in 60, 120 and 240 litres.
- Bio Statique Performance: designed for precision incubations of powdery products from room temperature +5°C to +65°C and also come in 3 volumes: 65, 125 and 245 liters.
- Bio Performance Large Volume: provides users with better homogeneity and temperature stability. They have been designed for precision incubations from room temperature + 5°C to + 100°C and are available in 2 volumes: 414 and 714 litres.
If you would like to inquire about any of our laboratory incubators, or to enquire about our lab incubator price, please contact a member of our team today. We look forward to being of assistance.
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