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ULT Chest Freezers

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Eppendorf Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) chest freezers (-80°C) combine high storage capacity with energy saving. As the freezer is accessed from the top, the cold air is kept in the freezer. Based on this, the samples are even safer than in a conventional upright freezer.

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    • ACT, 230 V/50 Hz (EU/GB)
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    Eppendorf ULT chest freezers are known for their energy efficiency, reliability, and worry-free, long-term sample preservation.
    Which chest ULT freezer is available from Eppendorf?

    • CryoCube FC660h: 130 mm wall (polyurethane insulation and vacuum insulation panels), "green" cooling liquids (R290/ R170) for 230 V, and air-cooling
    Additional insulated panels cover the inner chamber and increase energy saving. Each ULT freezer of these chest model is delivered with its own serial-number specific certificate.
    You can store up to 52,000 vessels in a lab freezer like a CryoCube FC660h.

    Pro's and Con's of chest ULT freezers
    Why should I decide for a chest freezer? Energywise, chest freezers are the most economical type of lab freezers. As they have sidewall insulation and are opened from the top, chest freezers maintain their cold temperatures very well. Opening from the top reduces energy consumption per volume especially when opening and closing the outer door of the unit on a regular basis. Less energy is lost when opening the outer door of a chest freezer than of an upright freezer as no cold can literally fall out of the freezer.
    A far lower but more long-term loss of cold air is the door gasket. The weakest point of an ULT freezer insulation is always the door gasket. As chest freezers have no vertical opening, no cold can leave the freezer via the gaskets as in an upright freezer.
    However, a chest model has a much bigger footprint than an upright freezer. Transport into the building and within the building when a new location is needed is more critical for a chest freezer. Its racks are so-called tower racks which need to be lifted up whenever you need to get a sample out of the freezer.

    Besides sustainability, the main focus of our freezers is on ergonomic aspects. Especially the new door handle of the CryoCube models is based on the Eppendorf PhysioCare Concept: Safe grip but very light forces needed to open and close the freezer door. The interface is on eye level for easy reading of all settings. The automatic vent port enables fast re-access to your samples.

    Cost of ownership
    When investing in a new ULT freezer, the product price itself is only one aspect. Others include the long-term costs of power consumption and the costs of service and spare parts. Keep in mind, a high-quality ULT freezer will do its job in the lab for 10 years or more.

    Sample safety
    Eppendorf chest freezers are equipped with reliable heavy-duty compressors (2-stage cascade cooling system). Quick pull-down times enable fast re-use after cleaning/defrosting of the instrument. The freezers have short recovery times after opening to provide extra sample safety. Their temperature range is from -50 °C to -86 °C.
    For even higher sample safety, the ULT freezers can be equipped with CO2/LN2 back-up systems and a chart recorder. Temperature monitor systems can be used to monitor the freezers remotely.

    Sustainability for ULT freezers is a challenge: Maintaining extremely low temperatures of -86 °C for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week needs energy.
    By following the epGreen concept, the Eppendorf freezer R&D team developed intelligent solutions where energy savings are combined with durable long-lasting product quality and ergonomic aspects. The CryoCube FC660h (115 V) is certified by ENERGY STAR® as well as certified by ACT, the sustainability certification of My Green Lab.
    The CryoCube FC660h (230 V) uses hydrocarbon-based cooling liquids, i.e. R290/ R170. The cooling liquids are "classic" for FC660h (208 V).
    All Eppendorf ULT freezers are assembled in our factory with 100% renewable energy.

    Support the epGreen initiative with your Eppendorf ULT freezer

    Eppendorf Ultra-Low Temperature freezers are among the most energy-efficient in the industry, reducing energy consumption by thousands of kilowatt hours over our competition.

    Remember 2008?
    As being on of the very first movers for green gases at -86°C, Eppendorf has now more than 10 years of experience in R&D, production, logistics, and service in the field.

    Factors influencing the energy consumption
    • Thickness of insulation
    • Type of insulation
    • Type of cooling liquid
    • Efficiency of compressors
    • Control of compressor
    • Pressure in cooling system
    • Style of cooling loops (diameter, length, density,..)
    • Sealings of outer door
    • Sealings of inner doors
    • Insulation of inner doors
    • Insulation of outer door

    Our part for sustainability
    • Production moved into new building with state-of-the-art building insulation to save heating energy and power
    • Heat output during final individual unit testing discharges building heating system
    • Plastic and cardboard compactors introduced + waste rebate system in place
    • Local requirements for waste management (collection of electronic waste like circuit boards, recycling via authorized recycling organizations) and internal guide lines
    • Usage of green cooling liquids in Eppendorf ULT freezers for 10 years
    • Packaging parts have increasing share of recycled origin
    • Packaging is more than 99% recyclable (wood, cardboard, PE-foil)
    • REACH + RoHS compliant
    • ENERGY STAR® partner
    • Marketing material is printed on certified paper, wherever possible focus on pdf only
    • Shipment by cargo ship to reduce CO2 footprint

    Learn more about sustainability at Eppendorf

    Lost in samples? Stay organized!

    Over many years, you collect hundreds and thousands of samples – samples that are the results of years of hard work – samples of high value. When storing these in the ULT freezer at -80°C, it is vital to keep them safe and accessible.
    Many scientists still use spreadsheets or even paper-based lists to keep track of their storage. While these solutions may work most of the time, they are susceptible to human error, damage, and misplacement.
    Keep track of your samples with eLabInventory
    eLabInventory is a sample management software.

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    Struggling with paper-based documentation?

    The eLabJournal Electronic Lab Notebook offers an intuitive and flexible solution to document research and track research data like workflow processes where the ULT freezer is involved. Improve efficiency when documenting, organizing, searching, and archiving collected data. With the free eLabJournal add-ons, you can extend the functionality of eLabJournal to a fully integrated Laboratory Information Management System.

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    Gain access to a modular range of digital services and choose what works for your lab. VisioNize Lab Suite offers everything you need as a Lab Manager or Scientist to get started to digitally manage your lab for increased sample security, compliance needs and maintenance management.

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    Disposal of packaging
    The packaging of the ULT freezer contains different materials, this includes a wooden pallet, cardboard, a plastic dust cover, and some foam parts. Recycling of materials becomes more and more important every day: Are you aware that nearly all cardboard material is recycled in Europe? Our freezer packaging cardboard material consists of ca. 70% recycling material. Please support the global sustainability initiative of recycling valuable raw material by also collecting the freezer cardboard packaging material and disposing of it in the appropriate collection container at your organization. In respect to the plastic dust cover made of LD-PE and the foam parts, we recommend to select a dedicated recycling partner where PE material can be recycled. We suggest you contact your local waste hauler or facility management team to understand the available recycling options for your organization.

    Disposal of instrument
    Our freezers last for many years, but if they need to be replaced, we kindly ask you to fulfill local requirements for disposal of these instruments. We strongly recommend a certified local recycling partner with experience in instruments with active cooling. Keeping it “local“ reduces the impact of transportation, and the „certified“ aspect is recommended due to the safe and sustainable removal and recycling of the cooling liquids.

    This piece of equipment was used in a laboratory and/ or was used to handle biological samples. Please keep in mind to adequately decontaminate the equipment which needs to be disposed. Check local requirements. For more information, get in contact with your local biosafety officer and/ or waste officer. Check if your local recycling partner has special instructions and/ or documentation requirements. You may also use the Eppendorf decontamination form sheet as guidance.