Gas Controlled Incubators - CytoGROW GLP Series Cell Culture CO2 Incubator with SafeCell UV - Panasonic MCO-18AC(UV)
Ideal for research and clinical microbiology, the Panasonic CytoGROW GLP CO2 incubator offers a high-performance solution for mainstream cell culture applications in the research and clinical environment where precise control and contamination resistance is critical.
CytoGROW GLP Series is part of the Panasonic MCO incubator product group that share proven control, construction and functional performance attributes. This relational product line extends the most sophisticated Panasonic operating systems, offering more range of application and better continuity among users in the research and clinical community.
The 6 cu.ft. (170 liter) CytoGROW GLP cabinet integrates Panasonic's proven package of control, heating, gas control and construction features essential to all incubators. This design approach fulfills a broad range of common applications. Additionally, the standard CytoGROW GLP cabinet can be enhanced with a selection of options and accessories to meet specific end user needs, offering the industry's most flexible investment option for current and future incubator needs.
Ideal for Research and Clinical Microbiology
- Biotech Research and Production
- Hospitals and Clinics
- Public Health
- Medical Research
- Quality Control
Panasonic CytoGROW GLP Series CO2 Incubator MCO-18AC(UV) Features:
- LED Digital Display
- Panasonic exclusive patented SafeCell UV system
- InCu saFe copper-enriched polished antimicrobial stainless steel alloy interior
- Patented Direct Heat and Air Jacket heating system and construction
- Thermal conductivity CO2 sensor with micro-processor for CO2 recovery without overshoot
- Outer door heater is integrated with the Direct Heat and Air Jacket controller to eliminate condensation on the glass inner door
- Door-mounted microprocessor control panel, center-mounted for easy access and to permit door reversal when required
- Adjustable leveling feet
- Removable interior components; no tools required
- Rounded, electropolished interior corners for easy cleaning
Integrated Microprocessor Control
The CytoGROW GLP incubator is managed by an integrated microprocessor controller to simplify all incubator functions. Stable temperature and humidity conditions are achieved through a combination of performance systems supervised by the controller complete with alarm, calibration and diagnostic protocols. All incubator functions are managed by a fully integrated microprocessor controller which acquires and processes information from data entry, setpoints and alarm parameters. A range of setpoint, alarm and programmable inputs are established through the use of function keys. Standard parameters are factory-set for quick start-up, and all parameters can be changed as required. Most parameters can be exported to remote databases, off-site alarm or data capture systems through optional communications port for compliance monitoring. A remote alarm terminal at the rear of the cabinet can be connected to an external alarm system. Tactile feedback, touch pad data shift and entry keys simplify operation.
Direct Heat and Air Jacket Heating System
The patented Direct Heat and Air Jacket surrounds the inner walls with a natural convection airflow that converts to radiant wall heat through thermal conduction to achieve accurate, uniform and highly responsive temperature control within the chamber. The microprocessor controller directs proportional distribution of power to independent heating sources surrounding the chamber. Arranged in three zones, these sources include the side, top and rear walls, the chamber base and the outer door. Each zone is controlled by the microprocessor which manages continuous feedback from the incubator chamber sensors.
InCu SaFe Interior Surfaces for Germicidal Protection
The CytoGROW GLP incubators incorporate inCu saFe copper-enriched stainless steel alloy interior surfaces within a comprehensive design created to eliminate contamination sources and to mitigate the effect of airborne contaminants introduced through normal use. Selected to provide natural germicidal protection without rust or corrosion, inCu saFe expresses a natural germicidal attribute to inhibit the growth of molds, fungi, mycoplasma and bacteria. All interior components, including the air management plenum, shelf supports, humidity pan and blower wheel assembly remove easily for autoclaving; no tools required. When components are removed, all interior surfaces are exposed for conventional wipe down. Large rounded corners and electropolished surfaces are easy to clean.
Ergonomic Cabinet Design
With a reversible outer door, a single Panasonic incubator offers the industry's most flexible installation options available in either single or dual (stacked) cabinet configurations. The low profile cabinet with door mounted control panel permits easy access and display viewing. Cabinet knock-outs are pre-drilled and tapped to eliminate drilling and to simplify remounting of the field reversible door. The outer door heater cable is easily switched if a reverse opening is required. The outer door closes against a soft, easily cleaned magnetic gasket designed to eliminate ambient air shear across the glass inner door, minimizing condensation. The outer door includes a universal finger grip at each side. A door ajar alarm provides an audible and visual warning if the outer door is left open. Pass-through ports accommodate probes or instrumentation leads as required for specialized cell culture protocols. Each chamber includes a port positioned in the interior, upper-left rear wall, with dual silicone (non-VOC) stoppers inside and outside the cabinet for added protection.
Integral Contamination Resistance
CytoGROW GLP is designed to accommodate a variety of microbiological and cell culture protocols used in various laboratories. Because Active Background Contamination Control fights contamination while work is in process, risk of loss due to contaminated work is minimized. Exclusive Panasonic inCu saFe copper enriched stainless steel interior surfaces provide constant germicidal protection against cross contamination among specimens or contaminants introduced during routine door openings. Wide radius, sealed rounded interior corners and 100% removable interior components simplify cleaning and assure thorough manual decontamination when required. A patented SafeCell UV system scrubs interior airflow and humidity pan water to destroy airborne contaminants.
Active Background Contamination Control
The CytoGROW GLP series can be ordered with the optional SafeCell UV contamination control system which offers significant benefits by minimizing interruptions for decontamination, by improving cell culture growth and expression under stable, repeatable conditions, and by minimizing the potential for product loss. SafeCell UV includes a programmable ultraviolet lamp, isolated from cell cultures, that sterilizes conditioned air and humidity reservoir water to prevent contamination without affecting cell cultures in vitro. InCu saFe interior surfaces provide natural germicidal resistance to contamination. SafeCell UV inhibits the growth of mycoplasma, bacteria, molds, spores, yeasts and fungi without costly HEPA filter air scrubbers which accumulate contaminants in the chamber air. The SafeCell UV system can be factory- or field-installed. High temperature decontamination systems, which can actually encourage in vitro growth of heat resistant thermophilic and hyperthermophilic microorganisms, are avoided.
SafeCell UV System
At the base of the plenum an isolated beam of high intensity, ozone-free ultraviolet light destroys contaminants in the air and in the humidity water reservoir, away from active cell cultures. Contaminants trapped within the distilled water pan are destroyed by ultraviolet light. Sterile, humidified air is released from the lower plenum for vertical convection through and around the perforated shelves. Interior air motion is suspended when the door is opened, minimizing movement of room air contaminants into the chamber. UV light is isolated by the plenum cover to protect cell cultures. Airborne contaminants are eliminated by an automatic, factory-set five-minute UV cycle after door opening; the cycle is programmable 0-30 minutes. Trace contaminants that attach to interior surfaces are destroyed by the passive germicidal properties of the inCu saFe surfaces.
Panasonic Contamination Control
Comparative testing commissioned by Panasonic and performed by a certified independent testing laboratory confirms that the Panasonic UV light decontamination process "is as effective against bacteria, yeasts and molds as high heat sterilization at sustained temperatures" ranging from +90 C to +140 C offered in other incubators on the market. Additionally, the Panasonic incubator isolates the UV light emission from cell cultures during normal operation to permit decontamination of the internal atmosphere following routine door openings without damaging cell cultures, a process which the heat sterilization technique cannot replicate.