What is a shaking incubator?
A shaking incubator is an apparatus that is regulated thermally and incubates, agitates, and shakes samples all simultaneously. It is perfect for a wide range of applications, including cell culture, fermentation, hybridization, biochemistry, and the study of enzymes and cell tissues, all of which necessitate precise temperature control and rapid shaking. The equipment is also used to culture cells and strains in a dynamic manner. It is appropriate for usage in any laboratory setting due to its compact form, user-friendly operation panel, and touch screen.
Shaking is employed in a laboratory setting to enhance cell growth by distributing nutrients and fusing oxygen into a cell culture. A shaker is often added to a laboratory, but shaking incubators are another great option.
Shaking incubators combine the capabilities of common incubators with lab shakers to provide efficient performance for purposes such as cell ventilation, solubility testing, and cell culture. If you are thinking about purchasing a shaking incubator, there are various distinct designs and features to consider according on your requirements.
What Safety Precautions should you take while using an Incubator:
The Laboratory incubator should not be used near water, hard light, or toxic gas, and it should be maintained away from central heating systems. It should be used only in areas having little dust, low temperatures, and good air circulation as it is an indoor device.
When not in use, turn off the shaking incubator, disconnect it from the power source, and cover it with a cloth to prevent dust buildup. If there are smudges, wipe them away with a dry cloth. Otherwise, a wet cloth with alcohol will work.
You should contact your incubator retailer or an expert immediately if the instrument encounters liquid, is burned or soaked or emits an abnormal sound or smell. Even if you drop it accidentally and it gets damaged and starts to function abnormally, call an expert.
Characteristics of a good incubator:
Thermal regulation: Because different applications necessitate different temperatures, it's advisable to look for a shaking incubator with a wide temperature range for maximum versatility.
Modern software: Sophisticated software and programs make shaking incubators simple to operate, so look for a model that is compatible with advanced software.
Accessory compatibility: An incubator that is accessory compatible encourages improved versatility, making it appropriate for a wide range of specialized applications.
Advantages of using a Shaking Incubator
Using a shaking incubator will simplify applications, improve operational management, and maintain constant temperature conditions. It also offers customizable stroke lengths and a one-of-a-kind speed control, which influences cell culture growth and enables for even distribution of nutrients throughout the sample. A shaker incubator is more convenient as a versatile device than placing another shaker in a regular incubator. The speed control guarantees that the shaker runs smoothly and does not spill liquids. The shaking incubator does not overheat because it has a built-in cover switch. The cover opens at a wide angle, making it easy to observe and select samples. Furthermore, when the cover is opened, the air circulation, heating, and shaking all come to a halt.
Types of shaking incubators
- Stackable shaking incubators: For the labs that use many smaller sample batches at the same time, these incubators are the best. This design lets several incubators be stacked upon each other.
- Benchtop shaking incubators: This shaking incubator uses only small amount of space so it can be used where there are less samples. Its size doesn’t affect its efficiency.
- Orbital Shaker: It is used generally for shaking applications that are performed in a cell culture, suspension, growth of bacteria, washing procedures and staining.
- Floor incubators: The incubators have a large capacity of incubation and can be used for high volumes of samples
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I choose the right shaking incubator?
Shaking incubators are categorized by the maximum load capacity of flasks of various sizes, not by the volume of the working chamber.
Define the term shaking diameter
The shaking incubator represents a one-turn circular motion. The diameter of this circle is called the vibrating diameter and is also called the vibrating track.
Can a shaking incubator have a static platform on top of a shaking tray?
Yes, they can. Here are names of few that have this platform: Premium Double Layer Shaking Incubators, Ultimate-cell Stackable Shaking Incubators, Economic Double Layer Shaking Incubators, Premium Stackable Shaking Incubators.
How do I choose the right container for shaking diameter?
To determine the correct shaking diameter, remember that 3mm: Ideal for use in centrifuge tubes, microtiter plates and other small containers.
15 mm 25 mm: beakers, flasks and tissue culture dishes up to approximately 2 L.
> 30 mm: For large or wide vessels. This includes things over 2L and things like Fernbach pistons.
If you need the optimum shake diameter for your application, consider a model that allows you to adjust the shake diameter.
Do all shaking incubators have lighting as standard?
No. Lighting is standard on most models, with the exception of the table model.
Can I program my device to work with multiple temperature settings? Is the shaking speed also programmable?
Yes. In addition to the fixed value control mode, all models in the premium range can be programmed to perform "ramp and hold". These allow you to automatically set some temperature and shaking speed settings over time.
If the temperature setting is close to the ambient temperature in the laboratory, do you need a cooling model?
Yes. The thermal regulation range of the pure heating model starts at an ambient temperature of + 5 ° C. This difference of 5 ° C is due to the heat dissipation of the electronic device and the movement of the vibration mechanism. If the temperature setting is close to an ambient temperature of + 5 ° C and you are using a heating-only shaking incubator, temperature control is optimized by maximizing the air supply.
Can stackable shaking incubators have a high base for ease of use?
The standard base is 15 cm that allows the device to be mounted under a work bench. However, for more comfortable operation, you can install two raised foot options, 35 cm or 50 cm.
What is the source of water that is needed for the direct injection and humidification system?
Scale deposits can occur on the humidified capsules and work room because of the use of tap water. Therefore, only these are recommended for the system: Deionized water, , Demineralized water, Distilled water, and Reverse osmosis water.
Are there photosynthetic lighting options?
Yes. LED photosynthetic lighting panels are available in cool white and blue-red. Integrated lighting control can be programmed for day and night simulations.