Secure, sustainable, and cost-efficient cold storage

April 8, 2019

In alignment with the cold storage needs of academic, pharmaceutical, biobanking, and clinical laboratories, the new Standard Performance (STP) ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer series offers a solution: sample protection, lower energy usage, operational savings, and quieter operation. Together with Thermo Fisher Scientific’s ENERGY STAR certified TSX ULT freezers, the new STP platform provides a complete portfolio of cold storage equipment to suit ultra-low application requirements.

Designed with sample safety at their core, the Thermo Scientific STP -80°C ULT freezers provide temperature stability and uniformity throughout the internal chamber, preserving the most valuable samples for peace-of-mind. This includes rapid door-opening recovery to minimize sample temperature fluctuation during normal use. Powered by Thermo Fisher’s H-drive technology, the systems utilize environmentally-friendly hydrocarbon refrigerants, meeting the industry’s most stringent sustainability objectives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy and European Union’s F-Gas Regulation, which calls for the abolishment of ozone-depleting refrigerants by 2020.

Laboratories using the new freezers can also benefit from considerable operational savings in the form of reduced energy consumption as the product uses 25 percent less energy. In conjunction, the product emits 25 percent less heat into the room, thus the required heating, ventilation, and air conditioning needs are also reduced by 25 percent. At the same time, the systems’ low noise output of less than 53 dbA allows for convenient in-lab positioning without disturbing the working environment.

The STP ULT freezers are available in four storage capacities with variable internal cabinet configurations, making them suitable for laboratories of all sizes. For added security, the systems have been equipped with a seven-point contact silicone gasket that reduces heat leaks and prolongs sample protection in the event of power failure. A set of built-in diagnostic sensors monitors the health of the freezer and prompts corrective action when needed to minimize downtime, while a key-lock and padlock hasps restrict stored sample access to only authorized personnel. Furthermore, a touchscreen display assists with navigation for operation by experts and novices, whereas the systems’ networking capabilities simplify data input and output for enhanced laboratory management.

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