Refrigerators/Freezers Buyer's Guide

April 2022 - Vol.19 No. 4 - Page #16
Category: Refrigerators & Freezers

Blizzard Ultralow Under-Counter Freezer from NuAire, Inc

NuAire’s Blizzard NU-99100 -86°C Ultralow Freezer provides a 100 liter (3.5 square-foot) capacity for reliable storage of vaccine vials, samples, and more while occupying a small space. Able to maintain temperature uniformity of ±5°C at -80°C, the unit features a simplified LED display screen, a quadruple gasketed outer door, two interior steel mini-doors, and produces visual and audible alarms. The compressor motor utilizes nontoxic hydrocarbon refrigerants and operates at a quiet 47 dB(A) while maximizing energy efficiency. The unit can store up to 28 COVID-19 vaccine boxes, or 5460 vials, and comes with a 3-year parts and labor warranty in the United States and Canada.

High-Performance Pharmacy Refrigerators from Follett Products LLC

High-Performance pharmacy refrigerators and freezers from Follett are engineered to provide safeguards for storing medication and vaccines. Featuring advanced airflow design, the plenum air distribution system delivers cold air at six different levels for precise temperature control and top-to-bottom temperature uniformity, allowing full utilization of the storage space. Quick recovery after door openings eliminates the risk of temperature fluctuations, protecting product integrity. An intuitive, icon-driven user interface features enhanced data management from data collection to alarms and an optional electronic locking system. Full stainless steel construction provides durability and easy cleaning. The top-mounted modular refrigeration system increases usable storage space and simplifies maintenance by allowing critical components to be serviced without disrupting the contents and internal temperature of the refrigerator.

AutoCool+H and AutoFreeze+H from Swisslog Healthcare

AutoCool+H and AutoFreeze+H from Swisslog Healthcare deliver temperature controlled medication inventory management and access to controlled refrigerated/frozen storage and technology enabled dispensing for valuable medications. To allow consolidation of refrigerated and frozen medications as part of a comprehensive, integrated inventory system, the systems utilize the AutoPharm Enterprise software platform, which enables inventory management from arrival at the pharmacy to delivery to the patient care area. It is designed to provide centralized control and perpetual inventory management based on par levels and support integrated wholesale ordering.

AutoCool+H and AutoFreeze+H support bar code confirmation of all dispensing and storage activities for refrigerated and frozen medications, and personnel actions are managed through password secured doors. These features are designed to reduce the risk of dispensing errors. An air-cooled, forced-air refrigeration system maintains a uniform temperature and quick recovery for refrigerated and frozen medications.

Key features and functionality include password-protected access; bar code confirmation of all stocking, picking, and dispensing; and digital temperature display and readouts that direct staff through stocking and picking activities. Multiple units can be daisy-chained to automate all or a portion of refrigerated and frozen items, and the system’s software platform synchronizes fulfillment activities.

MPR-S500H/RH from PHC Corporation of North America

The new PHCbi brand MPR-S500H-PA and MPR-S500RH-PA pharmaceutical refrigerators are engineered to meet CDC regulatory guidelines and to exhibit reliable performance. They feature argon insulated dual-pane sliding doors, which significantly reduce air transfer during door openings. The automated defrost system removes accumulated ice buildup from the evaporator coils, a function that is sensor-based and adds to efficiency by eliminating the need to remove contents from the refrigerator.

Both models feature inverter compressor technology, which minimizes energy consumption, and both offer USB data retrieval capabilities. The MPR-S500H-PA comes standard with six adjustable shelves, and the MPR-S500RH-PA comes standard with six adjustable shelves on the left side of the chamber and five fixed sliding drawers on the right side of the chamber.

GX Solutions with OptiCool Technology from Helmer Scientific

Ensuring that cold storage equipment meets temperature performance requirements is critical to maintaining the efficacy, safety, and compliance of medications and vaccines. In addition, energy efficiency and sustainability are also important considerations. Helmer Scientific’s GX Solutions are professional, medical-grade refrigerators and freezers designed to provide optimal temperature uniformity, meaning that temperature is maintained throughout the unit. The system is also designed to offer fast recovery, as the cabinet quickly returns to set point after door openings; and temperature stability, ensuring that there are fewer deviations from the set point.

GX Solutions can help reduce a health care facility’s footprint and support sustainability. They are certified to the NSF/ANSI 456 vaccine storage standard and are also Energy Star certified. Powered by OptiCool Technology, the system pairs variable capacity compressors with natural hydrocarbon refrigerants to enable noise reduction, energy efficiency, and to support global environmental sustainability initiatives by eliminating the use of refrigerants with high global warming potential.

SUFsg 5001 Ultra-Low Freezer from Liebherr USA

Liebherr offers ultra-low temperature freezers to meet safety requirements, with an eye toward efficiency and ease of use in the -40°C to -86°C temperature range. These freezers are designed to ensure minimal temperature fluctuations and maximum performance. For added safety, they include extensive monitoring and alarm systems designed to alert users of any internal temperature deviations.

American Biotech Supply Premier Countertop Controlled Auto Defrost Freezer from Horizon Scientific, Inc

Premier Freestanding Countertop Freezers feature a microprocessor temperature controller and display, allowing for precise temperature control, verification, and recovery. Samples and supplies are protected with a series of audible and visual alarms. These models include a temperature monitoring device that complies with current CDC guidelines and includes a 3-year certificate of calibration. The unit’s proprietary Controlled Auto Defrost technology provides the convenience of an auto-defrost design while ensuring that products remain at consistent and stable temperatures below 5°F (-15°C).

The units are UL listed and include a 2-year parts and labor warranty plus an additional 3-year compressor parts warranty. They utilize environmentally friendly, natural hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants (not containing hydrofluorocarbons), helping to reduce global warming potential while meeting new EPA/SNAP mandates and UL and ASHRAE compliance guidelines.

Health Care Logistics’ 19505 HCL by So-Low Refrigerator from Health Care Logistics, Inc

The HCL Pharmacy/Vaccine Refrigerator by So-Low is a 23 cubic foot coated steel unit with an operating range of 2º to 8ºC (36º to 46ºF) that features five adjustable wire shelves to accommodate an assortment of temperature sensitive pharmacy products. Together with a glass door, interior lighting keeps contents visible for inventory management and more accurate product retrieval. A digital temperature display keeps critical information in sight while a minimum/maximum memory feature allows users to quickly view data on demand.

When connected to an internal alarm system, the power failure relay feature alerts users to a loss of power and reduces the risk of medication loss. Each CDC-compliant unit is complete with a lock and two keys. Four locking swivel casters allow for hassle-free mobility when necessary. The refrigerator includes warranty coverage of 3 years for parts and labor with 2 additional years on the compressor parts only.

Mini Rooms from Norlake, Inc

Norlake Scientific Mini Rooms provide a stable, controlled temperature environment that is designed to be installed quickly and easily. Available in a wide range of standard sizes, they are designed for general-purpose cold storage in many different applications.

Standard features include a deadbolt locking handle for security and a high-output LED light positioned above the door to prevent interference with shelving or stored items. Mini Room sizes range from 4’ x 6’ to 8’ x 14’ and in heights of 6’7” and 7’7” with floor and 7’4” without floor. Available in temperatures of +4°C cooler and -20°C freezer, they offer a 15-year panel warranty.

Mini Room coolers and freezers are matched with a Norlake Capsule Pak refrigeration system consisting of a condensing unit and evaporator coil contained in a single housing for simple and rapid installation. All models are factory assembled, wired, charged, tested, and fully equipped for easy insertion into a factory prepared ceiling opening.

High-Performance Refrigerators from Cardinal Health

Cardinal Health high-performance laboratory and pharmacy refrigerators feature advanced temperature control, high-quality cabinet construction, alarm systems, and positive, forced-air circulation to maintain temperature uniformity. Made specifically to protect temperature sensitive products from laboratory media and reagents to vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and more. Models are available in a variety of sizes with glass or solid doors, several shelving configurations, and are Energy Star certified and SNAP compliant.

Premium Series Ultra-Low Freezers from B Medical Systems North America LLC

B Medical Systems’ Premium Series ultra-low freezers are designed for intermediate and long-term storage of biologics in hospitals and clinics. Typical applications include storage of mRNA vaccines, human and animal cell lines, bone and skin tissues, viruses, red cells, and biological materials, which require long-term storage at temperatures ranging from -86°C to -20°C with set point specificity to 0.1°C compliant refrigerants.

Designated and approved as Class II Medical Devices, these space-efficient, upright freezers are ergonomically designed for style and ease of function while providing high performance, reliability, and energy efficiency. The series is available in five upright models that operate on high-performance refrigeration platforms, utilizing natural refrigerants, and are EPA SNAP compliant. Each model includes redundancy and integrated safeguards, including a comprehensive °B Connected remote-monitoring and alarm system that warns the user against temperature deviations and power failures.

Pharma-Vac Performance Series from Accucold Division, Felix Storch, Inc

Designed and purpose-built for pharmacy, medication, and vaccination applications to support meeting CDC/VFC vaccine storage guidelines, the Pharma-Vac Performance Series from Accucold is optimized for efficient performance, providing stable temperatures while using eco-friendly natural refrigerants for a greener footprint. Its features include silver ion-coated handles for added protection against germs and microbes.

The series offers advanced temperature control, with the intelligent microprocessor using a buffered probe to simulate product temperature, and an air probe to control the temperature. The digital display provides the minimum and maximum temperatures over the course of operation, and optimized forced air cooling protects temperature uniformity with rapid recovery after door openings and product loading. Multiple alarms—including audible and visual alarms for high or low temperature excursion, selectable door ajar alarms, power failure alarms, sensor failure alarms, and remote alarm contacts—provide for safe storage. Offering energy efficient LED lighting with an internal on/off switch, a 1/2” probe port is included to accept user-provided monitoring equipment. The self-closing door offers added vaccine and medication storage protection. The system is environmentally friendly, with a natural hydrocarbon refrigerant for reduced global warming potential. Additional options include NIST calibrated digital data logger (DDL), keyless access lock, and full-extension ventilated drawers. The series comes with extended warranties.


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