Whether you’re looking to replace existing ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers in your facility with more energy-efficient models or expand your number of systems to accommodate facility growth, you’ll want to enter the research process with the right questions and qualities in mind. That way, you can choose the optimal ultra-low temperature freezer manufacturer to set yourself up for success from the start.
Here are five of the most important factors to look for from ultra-low temperature freezer manufacturers.
1. Integrated Energy-Saving Technologies
Conventional ultra-low temperature freezers use around the same amount of energy each day as the typical U.S. household (20 kWh), according to the U.S Department of Energy. While this data lends itself to the value of investing in an ENERGY STAR-certified ULT freezer that lowers energy consumption and reduces utility costs, there are also unique freezer integrations to help supplement these efforts. For instance, with an energy-saving stage that operates on demand, the ULT freezer’s compressor knows when it has room to dial back its workload and, in doing so, extends its lifespan.
2. Design That Minimizes Maintenance
Upkeep is a natural part of managing an ultra-low freezer, but modern systems should reduce and not add to the maintenance to-do list. As an example, consider the buildup of frost and ice along the freezer’s gasket. Opting for a freezer with a heater harness under the channel cap chamber helps avoid this issue in the first place and saves you the time and effort of manual defrosts. Similarly, this applies to low-pressure ULT freezers (such as upright, chest, or under-counter freezers) that minimize excessive heat buildup and further mitigate condensation.
3. Modern Interface for Personnel
Ultra-low freezer temperatures should be built for the individuals they serve: facility personnel. This is an area where touchscreen displays can prove to be beneficial. From the convenience of an exterior LED screen, personnel can see the system’s temperature (ideally, both the interior chamber and setpoint temperature), with the ability to make temperature adjustments as needed. With information and controls readily available to more personnel, they have more time to give back to their research.
4. Comprehensive Performance Testing
There’s no better meter for the dependability of an ULT freezer than performance tests that prove operating parameters. When freezers are placed under the most demanding conditions for several days — let’s say seven days, for instance — and their performance is unaffected, you’ll naturally walk away with more confidence about the ability of the freezer to thrive in your environment. And when that dependability is backed up by a 12-month or longer warranty, even better.
5. Built-In Temperature Monitoring
Temperature monitoring systems are typically installed after you purchase an ultra-low temperature freezer. When you can integrate a monitoring system into the actual design and manufacturing of the freezer itself, there are baked-in benefits. In addition to immediate peace of mind about the safety of your assets and your system, you’ll also save installation time that could otherwise interrupt day-to-day operations.
Recognizing these benefits, So-Low — an ultra-low temperature freezer manufacturer since 1959 — offers a wide range of quality ULT freezers that have CORIS’ remote temperature and electric current monitoring system integrated into the manufacturing process. The blend of sophisticated monitoring technology with high-quality ULT freezers that boast energy-saving tech, low-maintenance designs, comprehensive performance testing, and touchscreen displays puts you in the best position to set your facility up for long-term success.
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