Laboratory Incubators

A laboratory incubator is specifically designed to provide a controlled environment that supports the growth of cells, bacteria, and other organisms. These incubators are categorized based on their parameters or usage. Common types include CO2 incubators, shaking incubators, hypoxic incubators, etc. Each type possesses unique characteristics and applications. Nowadays, many lab incubators are equipped with programmable controls featuring password protection and temperature alarms as well as digital touch screens.

CO2 incubators are the most common type of incubators in the laboratory to maintain a constant temperature and high humidity for the growth of cells in CO2 environment. Common temperature settings of CO2 incubators range from 5°C to 50°C and CO2 levels can be maintained up to 20%. The interiors of CO2 incubators are often made of non-corrosive stainless steel, but some feature antibacterial copper surfaces to prevent contamination. Automatic decontamination using heating or ultraviolet light is another attractive feature of CO2 incubators. CO2 incubators with integrated cooling systems provide a solution for sample studies that require an environment at/or below ambient temperature. Shaking incubators also called incubator shakers are designed to simultaneously incubate, agitate, and shake samples. Shaking incubators are commonly used in microbiology and biotechnology research for certain types of cell culture, microbial growth, DNA amplification, and protein expression. In addition, shaking incubators are also used for the production of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and enzymes. Hypoxic incubators provide a biomimetic and controlled environment for cell growth by precisely controlling the oxygen in the chamber. Because oxygen levels affect many metabolic functions in cells, hypoxic incubators are necessary for experiments such as the analysis of specific anaerobic microorganisms or tumor microenvironment. Refrigerated incubators and cooled incubators are designed to meet cooling requirements for research. Typical temperature settings range from -50°C to 65°C based upon varying convection types, and forced air circulation is most commonly used type. Forced air incubators use a fan to circulate air within the chamber, providing more uniform and consistent temperature control than gravity convection incubators.

Amerigo Scientific offers a wide range of advanced laboratory incubators, including CO2 incubators, shaking incubators, cooling incubators, and more. These incubators are equipped with automatic sterilization, LED touch operation screens, or auto water refilling systems.

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