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Rethink Cell Growth

In today’s era of cell culture experimentation and production, scientists rely on a tightly controlled, decontaminated environment within their CO2 incubators to precisely simulate the in vivo conditions from which mammalian cells originate. While designing the PHC cellIQ™ CO2 incubator, we  implemented cutting edge technology to address key concerns and provide effective solutions for  problems during daily culturing operations. The cellIQ™ was designed with your experiments in mind, so that precision of our incubator ensures precision in your data.

by PHC Corporation of North America

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PHCs cellIQ™ CO2 incubator provides superior usability, rapid cleaning and effortless maintenance, while upholding environmental stability and reliable performance. Equipped with touch-screen control, the cellIQ™ CO2 incubator is ideal for culturing applications that use high-value tissues and sensitive cell lines

Faster CO2 Recovery using Dual Detector IR2 Sensor Technology

Every IR sensor relies on the principal that gas will absorb light at a specific frequency. CO2 molecules absorb light at 4.3μm, which is in the infrared band of the light spectrum. Unlike conventional IR sensors, the PHC designed single beam, dual detector infrared (IR2) CO2 sensor contains a second reference sensor that absorbs light at 4.0μm, allowing the CO2 sensor to be calibrated by reading the reference source. This design provides a drastic advantage over conventional IRs and other CO2 sensor types, whose accuracy is compromised by the humidity in the incubator. With the PHC IR2 technology, CO2 within the incubator chamber is recovered at a high speed, even after door openings.

Optimum Contamination Control with Minimal Downtime

In the cellIQ™, we have developed a way to allow scientists to decontaminate their incubator’s interior and eliminate incoming microorganisms while continuing their cell culture processes safely. After door openings, the SafeCell UV light is automatically activated, effectively destroying airborne contaminants while not exposing active cultures. Additionally, the Sterisonic® H2O2 Decontamination Technology utilizes in situ H2O2 vaporization in harmony with the SafeCell UV light to eradicate any contamination within a three-hour protocol.

Condensation Control with Unique Condensation Management System

An incubator’s natural humidity often results in unwanted condensate on all areas of the incubator, providing both a nuisance to scientists and a potential microorganism contaminant source. To prevent this occurrence, PHC has implemented a “dew stick” that draws the condensation from all areas of the incubator chamber onto the antimicrobial-coated stick. The dew stick reacts to ambient conditions outside the incubator by adjusting its temperature, in order to draw in condensate droplets. These droplets are then decontaminated by the SafeCell UV light and harmlessly drop back into the humidifying pan.

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