Life Sciences

Within the life sciences industry, CO₂ is measured in incubators that allow designers to respond and manage gas levels with unprecedented fidelity.

CO₂ Sensors for incubators and a variety of other life science applications come with several options that allow them to be optimised for the Installation. 

CO₂ sensors are available from GSS for incubators that allow designers to respond and manage gas levels with unprecedented fidelity. CO₂ incubators are designed to mimic a cell’s natural environment and ensure conditions are constant. Although there are different types of incubator, most are designed to control CO₂, relative humidity, temperature, and pH at constant levels.

A CO₂ sensor used in a cell incubator should be responsive, accurate and stable over time. Undesired changes within the incubator are likely to have a negative impact on the culture, and it is therefore vital to know when CO₂ levels have changed, as well as the extent of the variation and to be able to respond accordingly. Due to the high humidity environment, action also needs to be taken to mitigate the effects of high humidity levels particularly during the sterilisation process. Condensation on the sensor will cause the sensor to report inaccurate results.

Micro-organism incubators are essentially ovens that are temperature-controlled, to work within a strict biological range and are mainly used for cultivating and storing microbial culture. These incubators can be found in laboratories across the world and are an essential piece of equipment. Both medical and biological labs use incubators to provide the correct controlled environment for successfully growing cultures. 

Cultures grown within incubators require very specific environmental conditions. Typically, incubators allow the user to monitor and adjust different factors such as temperature, relative humidity, and carbon dioxide levels to control pH of growth medium to ensure optimal growing or storage conditions are maintained.

All GSS sensors are designed to work in a non-condensing environment at up to 95% RH, but with the appropriate installation care, GSS has several sensors well suited to incubator applications including the ExplorIR® and SprintIR® family of sensors. These sensors are typically designed to work in CO₂ concentrations of 10-20% and come with several gas connection options.

Incubator Block Diagram

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