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The importance of portable refrigeration in cold chain management


The ability to transport frontline vaccines under refrigerated conditions is essential in cold chain management.

Clinical laboratories are highly controlled environments, but that same critical level of control becomes much more difficult to achieve once sensitive materials such as frontline vaccines leave the lab.

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When it comes to using plant growth chambers, you need to ensure the set-up is ideal for the conditions you want to replicate. Many growth chambers, whether they are free-standing or walk-in, have key features like humidity, airflow and temperature control.

It is also important to consider the kind of lighting that you want installed in your growth chamber that’s going to give you the most accurate results. More and more plant scientists are utilising LED’s within their research programs, making it possible for them to meet the needs for specific light spectrums, but to also reduce the operational cost of their controlled growth environments.

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The sterilisation of laboratory media is essential to ensuring consistently accurate results, as well as minimising potential health risks. As you could imagine, in a laboratory there is a high possibility of cross contamination should proper protocols not be followed, especially in the treatment and cleaning of lab equipment.

Once all testing has been completed, and the waste has been placed in to approved disposable bags, you now need to sterilise this waste to ensure proper handling during disposal. This will reduce the potential for cross contamination, which could essentially effect months of work, or possibly result in health issues should anyone become infected.

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When it comes to laboratory testing, reducing the amount of contaminents, or possibility of contamination is key to obtaining and ensuring optimal testing conditions. That is why it is essential that your water purification system is of the highest quality, especially when they are feeding systems such as clinical analysers.

Analysers use measurement technologies such as photometric and colorimetric testing, ion-selective potentiometry, and latex agglutination to analyse samples such as blood serum, plasma and urine. Therefore, given the organic nature of the testing material, it is vital the water system supporting the analyser does its job by ensuring it removes any particles that could pose problems with the testing or equipment used in the testing.

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The aim of research is to be able to explore as many different theories as possible, then record and report on the outcome, and write-up ‘next-steps’ or recommendations for further research. Obviously this is a simplistic explanation of what the whole process is and what it includes, but in essence is correct.

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When it comes to purchasing equipment for your laboratory, proper due diligence is the order of the day. You need to take your time when considering the work environment, the people who will be using the equipment and how much flexibility the equipment has in regards to how it can be applied around the laboratory. Also, you have to consider the economic sense of a purchase beyond just the cost, such as does it make sense to have a floor model centrifuge, or will a tabletop model meet requirements allowing an additional piece of equipment to occupy the space of the floor model.

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Below are some suggestions on what to consider when purchasing new (or refurbished) equipment for the laboratory:

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When it comes to medical and scientific refrigeration, the monitoring of temperatures is a science within itself. The difference of one or two degrees can set a project back days, weeks, months and even years. Ensuring storage temperatures are exact is of the utmost importance.

Bioline Global has a wide range of products from Delta Trak Inc. to monitor and record temperature.

Delta Trak, Inc. is a leading innovator of cold chain management, food safety, and shelf-life solutions. Their product line includes a wide range of temperature, humidity, and pH monitoring and recording devices, data loggers, wireless systems, professional thermometers and ethylene absorption products.

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In the world of horticulture and farming, being able to produce consistently high-quality crops has always been a challenge. This is especially challenging when you have to combat unpredictable weather, disease and pest problems.

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Spotlight on Regional Sales Manager - Mitchell Stanners

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This month we turn our attention to Bioline Globals’ Australian and New Zealand Sales Manager, Mitchell Stanners.

Mitchell’s approach to his role at Bioline is to work closely with clients to develop the right technological solution for customers and their specific laboratory or research facility need.

Many of our customers would be familiar with Mitchell as he tours customer sites across Australia and New Zealand, helping to identify the right equipment for specific lab environments.

Working closely with Bioline customers Mitchell has a great understanding of their needs and constantly shares his insights and customer feedback with the Bioline Global Research and Development Team. This essential link ensures that the innovative equipment that Bioline is designing and delivering is matching our customer’s needs.

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Invented by French microbiologist Charles Chamberland in 1879, the autoclave has become one of the most important pieces of equipment for the surgical, medical and scientific industries.

Autoclaves have a broad range of laboratory applications which include the sterilisation of liquids (such as nutrient and culture media), solids (instruments, pipettes, and glassware), waste (destructive sterilisation of liquid waste in bottles, or solid waste in destruction bags) and biological hazards in safety laboratories.

Although all autoclaves have the same fundamental function (to sterilise), there are different types of autoclaves for different functions. The types of autoclaves available through Bioline are:

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Is a fridge just a fridge?

Having the most suitable refrigeration for your laboratory’s temperature-sensitive bioproducts, means understanding key differences between types of refrigerators that are available.

Just keeping items inside a fridge, cold or frozen, is no longer sufficient. Storing medicines and other expensive biological products means the highest standards of refrigeration are demanded. In Australia, government regulatory bodies for the agricultural research, pharmaceuticals and food safety industries have temperature requirements for safe storage of different bioproducts.

Most research laboratories use specifically designed laboratory refrigeration units that meet the requirements for biomaterial storage, and are unmatched by residential and commercial refrigeration systems. Laboratory refrigerators are purposefully designed and manufactured for the storage of medical products, and temperature or heat sensitive biological specimens.

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Spotlight on Company Founder Tony Paulsen

Tony Paulsen founded Bioline Global in 2013 following over 30 years in the medical devices and equipment industry. This extensive knowledge and experience has driven the Bioline Global mission to manufacture and deliver world class laboratory and testing equipment sourced from the best suppliers worldwide.

Working closely with research facilities and lab managers for the past three decades, Tony has a thorough understanding of laboratory environments. This has led Bioline Global to deliver high quality devices and instruments that will satisfy clients’ quality standards and technological demands.

In addition, his years of working closely with his clients has enabled Tony to provide and advisory service and the ability to design and build custom solutions based on their needs.

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What is the difference between static and fan forced refrigeration?

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Conventional static refrigeration is a commonly used cooling system in laboratory refrigeration, but these systems do not allow for optimum airflow within the biostorage cabinet.

As the system implies, static refrigeration works in the absence of air circulation inside the refrigeration compartment (air immobility). This creates uneven air distribution and pockets of warmer temperatures. Temperature differences in various zones can have serious consequences leaving medicines, vaccines and specimens unstable, and even destroying expensive biomaterials.

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Save and grow more with LED plant growth lighting

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Using traditional grow lights for horticultural applications can be costly and time consuming. These lights for plants use vast amounts of heat and light energy and operate on a fixed colour spectrum. Additionally, suboptimal growing conditions can be created by delivering the same amplitude of light waves for photosynthesis regardless of the nutrient requirements for different plant varieties.

Finding energy efficient solutions that encourages consistent growth of all plants throughout the seasons can achieve the best results without the high operating costs.

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Water purification systems – Vital for reliable clinical research

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Working in a biological research laboratory means relying on equipment or scientific applications that need a pure water supply free from contaminants.

Water that contains impurities can harm expensive laboratory assets and cause variability in your scientific outputs. Many substances found in tap water, such as particles, microorganisms or inorganic ions can interfere with equipment and sterile applications, which are harmful to your research.

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How to control your anaerobic research in demanding test environments

If your research facility requires a controlled environment for oxygen sensitive microbiology, biological product containment or isolation control, it can be difficult to continually sustain a stable anaerobic atmosphere.

Creating a controlled environment for anaerobic cell culture research in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries can bring challenges in technique and scale.

Anaerobic chambers are designed to allow reliable control of atmospheric gas, temperature and humidity, making them ideal for environmental simulation to grow microorganisms without oxygen.

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Cold chain management with portable ultra-low freezers

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Maintaining continuous cold storage until delivery is important for laboratories regularly transporting temperature-sensitive biological products between sites.

Laboratory products represent significant investments of time and resources. Having an efficient cold supply chain helps protect your facility’s biological assets and ensures their integrity, particularly if they are being used to treat patients. Pharmaceutical biological products that are temperature sensitive are required to be delivered at the approved storage temperature. [1]

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Wireless Temperature Monitoring – The Latest Developments In Laboratory Equipment

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Keeping the inside of laboratory refrigerators and freezers within a safe temperature range maintains the integrity of research stored in the cabinet. The correct environmental conditions at the right temperature is particularly important for temperature sensitive material such as vaccines, biological, food products, or medications.

As continuous monitoring by laboratory staff can be onerous, advancements in laboratory equipment have seen the development of wireless technology which can reliably be used around the clock to monitor inside temperatures of refrigerators or freezers to crucially notice any changes.

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Which Autoclave Is Most Suited To Your Laboratory?

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Having appropriate equipment in your research facility to sterilise laboratory apparatus by destroying harmful microorganisms is essential to maintaining infection control and a sterile work environment.

Autoclaves that use steam sterilisation are commonly used in laboratories. Autoclaves use the intense heat from the steam flush to apply pressure inside the equipment to kill microbes on apparatus, using hydrolysis to coagulate and denature the cellular proteins [1].

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How Ultra-Low Temperature Free-Piston Freezers Can Protect Your Research

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Having a reliable ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer in your research laboratory not only stores research samples safely but also protects fragile specimens from degradation during an unexpected power outage. A power outage or a refrigeration system failure can put years of specimen samples in jeopardy.

In 2012, during Hurricane Sandy, researchers at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine lost electrical infrastructure to their research laboratory which cut off supply to their freezers. Despite their valiant efforts carrying samples on dry ice down 18 flights of stairs, the extended power outage destroyed 25 years of specimens contained in their freezers [1].

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