Laboratory Fridges

Laboratory fridges need to maintain a consistent temperature to minimise the risk of bacterial contamination and the explosion of volatile materials. Air needs to circulate inside so a fan is installed to maintain an even temperature and it turns off when the door is opened. Samples may be kept in separate compartments to prevent cross contamination. These fridges may be free standing or designed to fit under counters. They usually have one or more sliding doors and a lock to prevent unauthorised access. The shelves are adjustable and usually made of stainless steel, aluminium or coated wire. There are several basic designs of laboratory fridges. Explosion-proof fridges are used to store flammable liquids and hazardous chemical substances. Laboratory fridges are easy to clean and have a digit temperature display. Blood bank fridges must be reliable, closely monitor the temperature and have separate compartments. Chromatography fridges are used for research experiments and medical samples or procedures. All of them usually operate between two degrees to ten degrees centigrade and the temperature is controlled via a thermostat and digital LED display. Laboratory fridges can be used in research and medical facilities to store blood plasma, vaccines and other medical or pharmaceutical supplies.

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