Thermo Fisher upgrades ULT freezers’ sustainability features

The freezers now to provide safeguards for research, pharmaceutical manufacturing, clinical, biorepository and industrial laboratories to deliver environmentally sustainable protection of materials

The Thermo Scientific TSX Series ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers have been upgraded with additional functionality to provide safeguards for research, pharmaceutical manufacturing, clinical, biorepository and industrial laboratories to deliver environmentally sustainable protection of materials, such as vaccines, cell culture media, biologics and reagents.

The freezers offer an exterior illumination option designed to simplifies use by enabling quick visual inspection of freezer health status. The systems also include a frost management capability, which features an adjustable cabinet heater that minimises frost and ice build-up, and enhanced cloud-connected, wireless monitoring functionality to maintain optimal storage conditions. Operating on the company’s V-Drive technology with adaptive control, the freezers are designed to detect high and low usage patterns and adjust compressor speeds accordingly, reducing energy usage without compromising performance.

Developed to limit environmental impact, the systems use environmentally friendly, natural hydrocarbon refrigerants and water-blown foam insulation that comply with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) significant new alternatives policy. They emit less heat than other systems, Thermo Fisher claims, promoting sustainability and easing HVAC requirements in the laboratory. The systems are manufactured in a zero waste-to-landfill facility.

"Driven by voice of customer and market demand, we have upgraded our flagship TSX Series ULT Freezers to provide superior reliability while operating in full alignment with current pressing sustainability requirements," said Adam Carter, global product manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific. "These are also the first products in our cold storage portfolio to participate in the Accountability, Consistency and Transparency (ACT) Label program run by the non-profit My Green Lab, which aims to improve the sustainability of scientific research by providing clear, third-party verified information about the environmental impact of laboratory products to drive informed purchasing decisions."

The machines are equipped with a touchscreen with simplified system set-up in addition to event logging, temperature mapping and data downloading features. The screen is responsive with latex gloves on. The systems operate with a sound output of 45.5 dBA, comparable to the sound of a home refrigerator. Moreover, they come with a five-year warranty for full parts and labour and another seven years for the compressor.

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