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Heracell 150i and 240i CO2 Incubator

The Heracell® i CO2 incubators provide the ideal in vitro environment: clean, reliable and easy to use, protecting your valuable samples while optimizing cell growth. They are available in two convenient sizes: 150L (5.3 cu ft) and 240L (8.5 cu ft), and in non-corrosive stainless steel or 100% pure antimicrobial copper.

Each unit is lightweight and readily stackable without hardware or tools.
The i range also offers flexible set up. Doors can be set up for left- or right-handed use to optimize the work space in your laboratory.
All door gaskets can be removed by hand and have smooth surfaces for
easy cleaning.


With the Heracell i range, your valuable samples will be:

  • Secured: The innovative ContraCon moist heat decontamination technology
    is proven for simple and worry-free cleaning and operation.
  • Protected: Proven contamination control is offered with the unique 100% pure
    solid copper interiors - antimicrobial protection on contact, naturally.
  • Thriving: Designed to provide optimal growth conditions, delivering superior
    parameter recovery rates that enhance cell growth.

NEW: iCAN™ touchscreen
Improves your visibility and control of important incubator information helping you
achieve your culturing goals.

  • Door mounted for easy accessibility and viewing
  • Easy to use: convenient on-screen user prompts
  • Select from a variety of languages
  • Visibility to changes in culture environment: on screen logs and usage recording
  • Monitor alarm alerts visually on the display
  • Simplified measurement and control navigation

TC or IR CO2 Sensor Option
Choose between the standard thermal conductivity (TC) sensor with accurate gas sensor technology, or the infrared (IR) sensor with exclusive split-beam technology – the perfect sensor for precise CO2 control in fluctuating temperature and humidity conditions.

Rapid Humidity Recovery

  • Large, directly-heated water reservoir
  • Recovery times are up to five times faster than those of incubators with conventional water pans
  • Water level alarm with audible and visual alerts

Available O2 Control with Auto-Cal
Two O2 control ranges precisely control oxygen concentration for applications requiring decreased or increased O2 conditions.

Heracell incubators are renowned for their accuracy, uniformity and quick recovery rates –
attributes that contribute to optimal culturing conditions.

  • High quality sensors are mounted directly within the chamber for precise environmental measurements.
  • Highly efficient fan-assisted distribution of critical temperature, CO2 and humidity insures uniformity for all samples–no matter their location within the incubator.


Gas sensors
For precise and dependable automatic CO2 control, you can choose between thermal conductivity (TC) or the patented Dual Beam infrared (IR) sensor technology based upon your preferences and experimental need.

TC sensors provide accurate CO2 control in applications where temperature and humidity values are consistent. IR sensors are recommended where temperature and humidity values fluctuate frequently. Both sensors are thermostable, do not require removal for cleaning, and may remain in place during the exclusive ContraCon decontamination routine.

Optional O2 control
For those seeking to establish hypoxic or hyperoxic culturing conditions, the Heracell i offers two optional O2 control ranges. Choose between 1 to 21% O2, or a wide-range setting from 5 to 90% O2.
The advanced maintanence free sensor technology is calibrated automatically (auto-cal) and can
remain in place during the high temperature ContraCon decontamination.

Integrated gas guard
An optional, integrated gas tank switcher for CO2 and O2/N2 allows the connection of two gas supplies. When the first supply is empty, the controller switches automatically to the second supply. A visual alert will appear on the touchscreen display when the gas supply is low and needs changing.

Patented humidity system for faster recovery rates
The Heracell i incorporates a unique integral humidity water reservoir that provides a high relative humidity (rH) and allows rapid recovery of optimal humidity level after door openings.

A water level sensor indicates when a refill is needed – via a convenient prompt on the touchscreen display – to avoid the desiccation of important cultures. This pan-less system reduces handling and provides recovery rates up to five times faster than ordinary tray humidified incubators, due to:

  • A surface area larger than ordinary humidity water pans
    (provided by a water reservoir with inclined and rounded corners)
  • A patented floor heating system that operates after door opening
  • Direct heat-transfer from heated floor to humidity reservoir

ContraCon – 90°C moist heat decontamination
Exclusive to all Heracell i incubators is the high temperature, ContraCon 90°C moist heat decontamination process. It’s an automatic, on-demand routine that is proven effective in eliminating bacteria, molds, fungal spores and mycoplasma. ContraCon simplifies cleaning and eliminates variability in disinfection. Also, the cleaning process does not require the disassembly and removal of sensors, hardware or other components for separate autoclaving.

ContraCon has been independently proven to be effective against an assortment of commonly encountered contaminants, including:

  • Bacillus subtilis
  • Bacillus stearothermophilus (USP 23)
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Escherichia coli
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Corynebacterium xerosis
  • Aspergillus niger

Unique gas-tight segmented door option
For additional contamination protection, all Heracell incubators now offer an optional three door (Heracell 150i) or six door (Heracell 240i) inner glass door assembly, which allows access to defined sections of the incubator without disturbing the entire inner atmosphere. This minimizes recovery times, gas usage and the risk of contamination.

Less means more when it comes to cleaning and maintenance
Heracell i incubators have a completely smooth inner casing with rounded corners,
reducing unnecessary internal surfaces where contamnation can hide.

  • Faster, more effective cleaning and disinfection
  • Surfaces that can be easily contaminated, such as ceiling panels, air ducts and screws are avoided
  • High quality electropolished stainless steel finish

100% pure copper antimicrobial interior available
The Heracell i offers antimicrobial copper interiors that provide maximum protection against contaminants potentially introduced through door openings or sample handling. Ideal for shared-use environments, copper delivers non-stop bactericidal and fungicidal properties on contact.

Chamber, fan and shelving system are constructed of 100% pure antimicrobial copper - no ineffective copper alloys or plating finishes.


Thermo Scientific Heratrays
Heratrays are shelves for the convenient transportation of your
cultures and can be used to divide incubator shelves up to four sections.
They work well with a three or six inner glass door configuration.

Heratrays are available in stainless steel or copper.



Support frames
The carts provide protection against floor contamination.
Choose between a height of 200 mm (8 in) or 780 mm (31 in).
The support frames can also be castormounted for
easy maneuverability.




Unique new roller bottle system
The Heracell 240i can be equipped with up to four rows of
bottle-turning devices for roller bottles between 58 to 186 mm
in diameter, each with independent speed control.





Thermo Scientific IR-CO2 gas tester
The handheld IR-CO2 gas tester is equipped with a maintenance-free
infrared cell to monitor CO2 concentration inside the chamber.
Data download and calibration functions are possible by using optional
PM-COM software.

The IR-CO2 gas tester performs to GMP/GLP standards.



Gas-tight inner glass doors
All Heracell i incubators now offer an optional three door
(Heracell 150i) or six door (Heracell 240i) inner glass door,
which allow access to defined sections of the incubator without
disturbing the inner atmosphere. This minimizes recovery times
and the risk of contamination.




Half-width shelves
These can be used to subdivide the Heracell 240i's interior to
reduce the possibility of mixing up samples, especially when
there are multiple users.




Thermo Scientific AquaTec™ water preservation cell
Simply place the 3-inch cell into the water reservoir of your CO2 incubator. AquaTec prevents infection from most common contaminants for up to
six months without harsh germicidal chemcials.





Temperature control air jacket temperature control
Temperature range amb. +3°C to +55°C
Temperature deviation ± 0.1°C / ± 0.5°C
Ambient temperature range +18°C to +33°C
CO2 TC or opt. IR Sensor
Measure & control range 0% to 20% by vol.
O2 Zirconium Sensor
Measure & control range 1-21% / 5-90% by vol.
Constant humidity 95% +/- rH
ContraCon decontamination routine verified by accredited laboratories
Decontamination phase, on all surfaces 90°C / 9hrs


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