Laboratory incubator is a device used for scientific purposes. It is used in the labs to culture cells and other microorganisms for use. The incubator is an integral part for experimental works in scientific labs. The bacteria as well as cells are cultured in experimental works in biological labs which involve works in micro biology, cell biology and molecular biology.
Laboratory incubator is a device used to maintain specific temperature and humidity levels to maintain the growth of the desired cells.
How Laboratory Incubators Work: The Details
Laboratory incubator maintains a controlled temperature. The temperature is usually 37 C.
Correct levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen are maintained for healthy growth of cells.
After placing the desired testing sample in the laboratory incubator, the temperature and humidity levels are set for healthy growth of the cells. The cells multiply in number. The laboratory incubator is heated electrically or through water jet circulating over the outer phase of the incubator box. This way suitable heat passes to the samples in the laboratory incubator.
The cells thus grown are used for experimental works.
To get the weight of a dry matter the temperatures are even adjusted to higher degrees.
Materials Needed to Manufacture Laboratory incubators:
Stainless steel is used to make the main box used for incubators. Stainless steel is used because it resists rust and corrosion.
Insulation material, fans and other miscellaneous items used to build the laboratory incubator.
Microprocessor or thermostat as per the choice of the client to maintain different temperature levels.
Typical Design of a Laboratory incubator:
The box used for incubator is made of stainless steel as it resists corrosion. Two boxes, inner chamber and outer chamber, are required. The inner chamber is surrounded by the outer chamber.
The inner chamber, where the samples are placed, needs heat. This heat is provided electrically or by hot water. The heating system, insulation or the water jacket is enclosed by the outer box. Entire system should be airtight to prevent any bacterial or fungal growth. Any sort of contamination will result in erroneous results. Water jackets are prone to leakages due to pressure, electric heaters are more appropriate.
The chambers are closed with a glass door and then with a steel door. Scientists can have a view of the growth of the cells through the glass doors without disturbing the samples in the middle. They can use the samples after a specified period of time for experimental purposes.
As laboratory incubators are very important devices to work with careful manufacturing of each part is very essential. Any defective product unattended may cause major problems and incorrect results.
Above all an incubator is a device which can be called as a life saver. Premature babies are kept in incubators for healthier growth and to support their life. incubators are also used in genetic engineering and tissue culture.