Cold storage devices and laboratory equipment are in every life science organization and used daily by researchers to make breakthrough discoveries. An organization’s valuable and sensitive samples are stored in this equipment, making it absolutely necessary to maintain constant control over laboratory and equipment conditions.
Unfortunately, even the most expensive piece of equipment can fail and even our best employees can make mistakes. With this in mind, it is important to add extra layers of security to laboratories to help prevent bad things from happening. Continuously and proactively monitoring lab devices for any deviations or anomalies to protect the valuable science inside is an important initiative for any life science organization. If a device fails or SOPs aren’t adhered to, it is necessary to have measures in place to mitigate risks and potentially catastrophic losses.
Adding a safety net to your lab
Data gathered from laboratory equipment and ambient parameters tells the story of a laboratory’s operations and infrastructure. Capturing relevant, real-time data allows for in-depth analysis and allows us to draw meaningful conclusions that are used to improve SOPs and optimize maintenance schedules. Predictive analysis can be applied to prevent failures before they happen, adding an extra level of protection to your lab’s operations.
The XiltriX Safety Net team provides an autonomous, real-time monitoring solution and acts as an added layer of security to keep you in constant control of your lab’s operations.
Imminent Failure for -80 Freezer
Freezers constantly go through heating and cooling cycles. On September 18th, the unit above cooled, but did not begin heating until a day later. This does not trigger an alarm because temperature remained within preset parameters and in most cases would go unnoticed. However, the XiltriX Safety Net team knows this graph indicates a bad compressor in the freezer and the unit is likely to fail in the coming days or weeks. A Safety Net team member notices the deviation in your freezer and alerts you to schedule preventive maintenance.
Every Door Opening is Different
This graph shows two different temperature spikes throughout the day that cause the refrigerator’s internal temperature to rise too high. The XiltriX Safety Net team understands exactly how each door opening affects fridge temperature, and how it can compromise sensitive samples or reagents. A Safety Net team member reaches out to you and provides advice on ways to minimize the duration or frequency of door openings to improve SOPs and protect sample integrity.
Fluctuating Fridge Temperatures
Threaten Sample Quality
This graph indicates a fridge with excessive temperature fluctuation. Normally a fridge should have a temperature between 2-8°C, and this falls too low. The low temperature can actually cause more damage than the high one. Samples begin to freeze which causes disruptions in the biological structure. A Safety Net Team member will reach out and strongly recommend raising the setpoint on the unit by 1-1.5C to safeguard against frost damage.
Incubator Takes Time to Recover from ‘Traumatic’ Experience
This graph shows the temperature for an incubator when a door is opened for 5 minutes. During this time, the temperature drops 9C and takes an additional 45 minutes to recover to a normal setting. Door openings like these can kill samples and adversely affect research results or data quality. A Safety Net team member reaches out to alert appropriate personnel of possible issues and ways to improve SOPs if necessary.
The XiltriX Safety Net team provides real-time, Monitoring-as-a-Service to protect your science by safeguarding scientific assets and providing value-added insight into laboratory equipment and facility operations. With over 30 years of experience in life science environments, the XiltriX Safety Net team are industry experts when it comes to laboratory OEMs and operations, ensuring your investments are safeguarded. The Safety Net team provides you peace of mind and protects your science.
If you’d like to learn more about our 24/7 managed monitoring services, schedule a free consultation today!