External Fan Heating Technology
The housing of the incubator creates a large volume around the microscope in which the temperature is controlled by circulating air.
The microscope enclosure creates a large volume around the microscope in which temperature is controlled by recirculating warm air. It is made of polycarbonate panels and encloses microscope stage, nosepiece and objectives. It doesn’t affect focus stability. All electronics including EMCCDs, spinning disk confocal etc. are left outside of the enclosure avoiding exposure to 37°C.
The enclosure closely follows the microscope profile and is supported by posts resting on the vibration isolation table.
Okolab Cage Incubator employs a Temperature Unit that generates warm air to raise the temperature inside the enclosure.
Superior accuracy is guaranteed by the interplay of four sensors: three for temperature and one for flow rate. The temperature sensors monitor temperature inside the enclosure, inside the Gas Micro-Environmental Chamber and inside the Air Heater. The flow rate sensor controls the rate at which warm air enters the enclosure and ensures smooth operation and fast heating. A proprietary smart algorithm determines the minimum flow rate necessary to maintain the controlled temperature at the set point value.
Okolab Cage Incubation System has both Enclosure (Chamber) Feedback mode as well as Sample Feedback mode as standard features. The end user can select the temperature sensor driving feedback to the controller.
The micro-environmental Gas Chamber fits on the microscope stage and hosts the sample. The Gas Chamber is located inside the enclosure and at the set point temperature – typically 37°C. The purpose for the Gas Chamber is to create a small volume surrounding the sample and containing humidified gas of the desired concentration.
When operating the Temperature Unit in Sample Feedback Mode, introduce the provided temperature sensor into the Gas Chamber through the temperature sensor port or through one of the built-in perfusion holes and position it in a reference well.
CO2 – O2 CONTROLLERS
The Bold Line Gas Controllers connect to the Temperature Controller via a cable-less connector and are operated through the same touch screen interface OKO-TOUCH.
CO2 and or O2 accuracy is ±0.1% with adjustable total output flow rate.
A vibration free humidity module is typically used with a Cage Incubation System. When Humidity control with feedback is required, the Active Humidity Controller can be connected to the Bold Line Gas Controller.
VIBRATION FREE HUMIDITY MODULE
The Cage Incubator can be equipped with a vibration-free gas humidifier which employes a semi-permeable membrane. Humidification occurs without bubbling to ensure vibration-free operation.
A water trap is located between the humidifier and the gas chamber preventing any water droplet from accidentally reaching the sample.
OKO-TOUCH is an intuitive and user-friendly touch screen interface. It connects to any one of the Bold Line Controllers, detects all equipment in the system and displays all functions supported by the equipment detected.
OKO-TOUCH features on-board memory for data logging and mini-USB port for data download.
In addition data logging is possible via SMART-BOX (that also allows remote control), via DATA-LOG Okolab software (that also allows to set enhanced thermal/gas cycles), and via following third-party Imaging software: LASX 2.0, NIS-Elements, SlideBook, MetaMorph and MicroManager. Macro for ZEN Black software is available upon request.