To keep chicken eggs warm, the earliest incubators were “invented” more than a thousand years ago in China. Between then and the 1960s, when contemporary CO2 incubators were created, science made numerous advancements. But since then, the science of CO2 incubation has mostly remained the same.
Because standard incubation equipment may be used to optimise temperature and humidity conditions for cell growth and sustain correct development, scientists can grow and examine cultures using it.
In the past 20 years, improvements in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) have increased the demand for incubation supplies and services. Because of the market’s rapid expansion, designers and producers of incubator items can now use cutting-edge technology to develop ground-breaking new goods and services to meet the escalating demand from consumers.
The demand for high-quality, certified gases for these labs and clinics has also increased as a result of the usage of incubator co2.
CO2 Benefits in Incubation
Let’s discuss carbon dioxide’s advantages in applications for incubation.
Incubators employ carbon dioxide to keep the pH of the cell cultures constant. Depending on the application and culture, CO2 is normally regulated between 3-7%. Temperature and humidity are also maintained consistently.
To ensure precision and to meet extremely strict tolerances and specifications, labs and clinics continuously monitor and adjust the desired levels in incubators. Double checking readings on a regular or sporadic basis is a crucial component of quality and tolerance controls.
But how can you ensure that the CO2 levels in your incubators are constant?
Importance of CO2 Monitoring
Although many incubators feature built-in CO2 monitoring as part of their design, third party verification is a crucial component of an incubator’s accuracy. The CO2Meters CO2 Sampling Data Loggers are made specifically for this use.
To guarantee the stability of the cell cultures, carbon dioxide levels must be measured and tracked daily when dealing with the cells’ overall pH levels.
The Incubator IR CO2 Sensor is the instrument that the cell biologists, embryologists, lab staff, and pharmaceutical clients use the most frequently.
In order to control perfect cell and tissue growth, the (MH-100) Incubator IR CO2 Sensor is made specifically to monitor and detect carbon dioxide levels in cell incubators. Without needing to remove the sensor during high temperature sterilisation cycles, the CO2 sensor can also be installed directly in the incubation chamber to detect the precise environment that the cell experiences.
For scientific and medical purposes, CO2Meter also provides a lightweight, battery-operated sample data logger. The (CM-1000) Multi Gas Sampling Data Logger is a device made to monitor various gas concentrations at once using a sampling technique. The system will suck samples into the detecting chambers using a tiny pump, enabling each sensor to measure the sample quickly and precisely.
Due to its capability to monitor a variety of gas concentrations including CO2, CO, O2, CH4, RH, AMB, DP, and ALTI, the Multi Gas Sampling Data Logger fits into a wide range of industries including incubation.
The CM-1000 has more features than only measurement capabilities. These include a big LCD display, audio alerts, data logging facilities, and customisation for any 20mm sensor.
Additional Gas Monitoring
There is little doubt that the CO2 is being stored within these labs and clinics. When storing significant amounts of gas, there is a risk that there could be a leak or burst. Employees and children are kept secure from these potential risks thanks to the RAD-0102-6 Remote CO2 Storage Safety Three Alarm Monitor. Numerous lives have been saved in scientific institutions by early detection and warnings that informed employees of the potential dangers of a CO2 leak.
For cooling and freezing samples during “vitrification,” the facilities also use liquid nitrogen. For long-term storage, technicians can swiftly freeze the eggs using liquid nitrogen. Then, until they are required, these samples are kept in enormous liquid nitrogen tanks. There are further safety issues related to the usage and storage of liquid nitrogen. N2 storage would need a safety monitor as well to determine if the nitrogen has driven out oxygen to the point of human asphyxiation, much like the safety issues with stored cylinders or bulk CO2 tanks.
You can assure safety and have the ability to save lives in an emergency by placing safety monitors and training workers or employees on the potential threats that could occur in incubation or laboratory environments.