Cooling in Laboratory & Life Sciences

Laboratory and life science equipment is becoming increasingly complex with a growing number of applications requiring temperature control of samples, power supplies, and lasers.  New classes of field instruments are also being developed to achieve a high degree of temperature control in battery powered systems.  Applications such as blood analysis and DNA decoding require compact, accurate, and reliable cooling systems to meet the demands of laboratory instruments.  The Aspen Systems product development team has worked closely with multiple customers to develop vapor compression cooling systems that are efficient, accurate, quiet, and reliable to meet the demands of laboratory and life science applications while being compact for easy integration within our customer’s devices.

 

Compact, Rugged Cold Plate for Field Studies

  • Organismal biology, in part, studies temperature effects on pollinators such as bumble bees and other beneficial insects. Thermal biology is the study of how temperature influences biological systems. Understanding how temperature affects organisms, has become more urgent as climate changes and organisms respond to those changes.
  • Historically, researchers had to perform their data collection in the lab to have sufficiently sensitive instrumentation. Measuring the effects of temperature on organisms in their natural environments has been historically challenging because laboratory temperature control equipment often lacks the portability and precision needed for conducting these types of experiments in remote field sites.
  • Aspen Systems developed a direct refrigerant coolant subsystem achieving -40°C for IoTherm’s field deployable cold plate. This unit is one of the coldest portable cooling systems on the market specifically designed for field biologists.

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Cooling for DNA Sequencing

  • DNA sequencing is becoming ubiquitous in scientific and medical applications
  • DNA sequencers need temperature control for lasers, samples and electronics
  • These systems need to be compact to facilitate the tight packaging requirements of these devices
  • To learn more about how Aspen has achieved this in a DNA sequencing application:

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