cell locker co2 incubator

The Cell Locker System, offering protected chambers for your most sensitive cells, is a breakthrough in cell culture management that maximizes your cell culture security. It features up to six individual, autoclavable polycarbonate chambers that divide the incubator chamber, isolating individual cell types or projects and offering enhanced protection for valuable cultures.

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A breakthrough in cell culture management

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Enhanced protection
Individual chambers preserve the environment and prevent cross contamination with dual 0.2µm membrane filters. Learn more ›

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Enhanced stability
Maintain ideal conditions inside the chambers even with door openings. Temperature, gas concentration, and humidity remain stable. Learn more ›

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Enhanced flexibility
Organize cultures by users, cell types or projects; the Cell Locker System will fit the unique needs of your workflow and your lab. Learn more ›


Build your Cell Locker System

  Heracell VIOS 160i with Cell Locker System Individual Cell Locker Chambers
 
Description Advanced incubator design for high value cells Protected chambers for your most sensitive cells
Chamber format 6 Cell Locker chambers per 165L (5.8 cu. ft.) incubator 1 standalone Cell Locker chamber
Total Cell Locker capacity
  • 54 T-75 cell culture flasks
  • 120 6-well plates
  • 144 96-well plates
  • 9 T-75 cell culture flasks
  • 20 6-well plates
  • 24 96-well plates
Choose your interior configuration Stainless steel ›
100% copper ›
Stainless steel tray ›
100% copper tray ›
  Heracell VIOS 160i
with Cell Locker System
 
Incubator Capacity 165L (5.8 cu. ft.)
Chamber type Direct heat
Choose your interior configuration Stainless steel ›
100% copper ›
Sterilization Steri-Run (180°C)
HEPA filtration ISO Class 5 in 5 min
Airflow technology THRIVE
CO2 sensors TC180 or IR180Si
O2 control Optional 1-21%
or 5-90%
Humidity Covered integrated reservoir with easy draining
User interface iCAN touchscreen

The Cell Locker System provides culture stability and protection

The Cell Locker System divides the CO2 incubator into six chambers with individual glass doors, uniquely preserving critical conditions for sensitive cells by isolating cultures from door openings.

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eBook:

Protected chamber system
 
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Video:

What is the Cell Locker System?
 
Cell locker video

Brochure:

Cell Locker CO2 incubator
 
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Enhanced protection

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How do divided chambers prevent cross contamination?
By dividing the incubator into six individual chambers, each individual Cell Locker chamber is effectively a quarantine chamber.

  • Dual 0.2µm membrane filters permit air circulation but not contaminants
  • Dishes and flasks can be removed individually on a work tray, or inside the entire Cell Locker chamber with optional cover
  • Independent third party tests validate protection against circulating microorganisms (when used as directed)

Independent tests with the Cell Locker System

Microorganism tested Total circulated Total outside chambers Total inside chambers
Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 9.6 x 104  
TNTC* 0**
Mycoplasma orale
DSM 25590
9.3 x 104 TNTC* 0**

*TNTC=too numerous to count. For each test 48 agar plates were placed outside of the Cell Locker chambers.
**A total of 24 culture plates were placed open inside the Cell Locker chambers. All showed zero growth.

Table 1:
Independent tests show common cell culture contaminants were unable to enter or exit a closed Cell Locker chamber. Two common cell culture contaminants were tested in the Cell Locker System inside the Heracell VIOS CO2 incubator. No microorganisms were able to travel into or out of the Cell Locker chambers.

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Enhanced stability

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What happens when one of the Cell Locker doors open?
Cell cultures in the Cell Locker System do not experience the environmental impact of every door opening. During a door opening of one Cell Locker chamber the temperature, CO2 gas concentration, and humidity remain stable in the unopened Cell Locker chambers.*

  • The uniformity in each Cell Locker chamber is ±≤0.3˚C
  • The temperature drop in the opened Cell Locker chamber is reduced by 50%
  • Gas consumption from door opening is reduced by 50%

*Conditions remain stable within these spatial deviations—temperature +/- 0.3˚C, humidity +/- 3%, and CO2 +/- 0.2%.


Enhanced flexibility

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Configure according to the unique needs of your lab
Different cell types, samples, users or projects can be segregated within shared incubator space.

  • Each Cell Locker chamber can hold 9 each T-75 flasks, 20 each 6-well plates, or 24 each 96-well plates
  • Dishes and flasks can be removed individually on a work tray or inside the entire Cell Locker chamber with an optional transport cover to protect samples from outside air

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