Scientists devote their lives to research and the search for answers to specific questions, and the importance of samples and the results they show cannot be stressed enough. For this reason, incubators and similar devices are indispensable to those that wish to have accurate results, readings, and potential answers to hypotheses. What’s even more important is finding an incubator that will give specific information that is needed as well as maintain temperatures and security as well as possible. As a result, there are 5 things that should be remembered in order to help protect samples as they are shipped.

First, scientists should know for absolutely certain what temperatures need to be maintained by a scientific incubator. As is common with all types of samples, the temperature varies for each type of specimen. Knowing beforehand whether samples must be kept warmer or cooler can make a big difference in the use of an incubator, change the urgency with which samples need to be shipped, and make different types of features necessary on an incubator.


Benefits of Micro Q Technologies

  • Active precision heating or cooling
  • Temperature LCD display resolution = 0.1° C
  • Temperature control range 0° C to 42° C
  • Rechargeable battery with integrated power supply
  • Ambient Temperature range -20° C to 50° C
  • Temperature holding duration 24+ hours to 168+ hours
  • Microprocessor controlled heat pump
  • Tamper resistant key switch
  • Temperature control resolution = 0.0625° C


Additional Temperature Controlled Specimen Shipping Benefits

Second, it is important to obtain a scientific incubator that can handle specific requirements and be self-sustaining for several hours or possibly even days. Shipping is a somewhat unpredictable and potentially lengthy process, so finding an incubator that will take different variables into account can make a difference between safe and stable samples and data corruption. Also along with this consideration is the necessity of finding an incubator or two that will handle the size of sample that is being shipped.

Third, securing the sample inside the incubator is a necessary step. Safely shipping samples may depend a lot on the temperature of the incubator, but also the physical security inside the incubator. If the shipping process has a lot of bumps, turns, or turbulence, samples can be damaged. The best way to do this is to ensure that a scientific incubator is well insulated and padded. This must also be done without changing the incubator’s ability to regulate temperature.

Fourth, specify what safety or security features will be necessary on a scientific incubator. Though it is not the case with most samples, some may be compromised due to accidents or other types of actions. Certain features, such as a tamper-resistant key switch, will protect against saboteurs and accidents that may happen during shipping. These features also maintain the scientific incubator’s ability to regulate temperature and keep a sample at whatever temperature is necessary.

Fifth, be sure to provide enough power for the incubator to continue working as long as necessary. Many new styles of incubators have long-lasting rechargeable batteries. In fact, several even have plugs installed in the apparatus for more convenient and efficient charging. Utilizing these features can enable samples to be regulated and protected as long as necessary. Even when no external power source is readily available during shipping, fully charging a battery before samples are shipped ensures that they will be well taken care of and remain secure as long as possible.

Many of these steps may seem common sense, but that does not make them any less important. By following these steps in addition to any other specific protocol that accompanies the movement of samples, there will be little to no reason to worry about the safety of shipping.

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