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Ultra-Low Freezer Survey Results: Needs, Problems & Purchasing Considerations
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Ultra-Low Freezer Survey Results: Needs, Problems & Purchasing Considerations

Ultra-Low Freezer Survey Results: Needs, Problems & Purchasing Considerations
Product News

Ultra-Low Freezer Survey Results: Needs, Problems & Purchasing Considerations

Ultra-low freezers enable cold storage of products such as blood, drugs and cell lines at temperatures typically between -45oC to -86 oC. Depending on users' requirements, the freezers are available in a range of designs, with a number of different features and accessories.

Technology Networks recently undertook a survey to better understand the types of ultra-low freezers researchers have access to, their main needs, and the biggest problems they face. A selection of findings from the survey can be found below. 

The type of ultra-low freezer researchers have access to:

Upright74.6%
Chest freezer38.2%
Benchtop/Under counter9.1%

14% of respondents told us that their current set-up fails to meet the needs of their laboratory. The top three reasons for this were:

1. Need more storage capacity
2. Nearing end of lifespan/requires regular maintenance
3. Requires disruptive maintenance/freezer frosts up

The main storage needs of the respondent's laboratories were:


Long term storage87.3%  
Regular access84.6%
Need samples at workstation14.6%

Only 14.6% of respondents stated that they would consider outsourced storage of their samples. The reasons outsourcing would not be considered included:

I need regular access                                       53.6%         
I need to/prefer to keep samples in house24.6%
I do not have enough samples
4.6%
Other2.7%

The five biggest problems with respondent's current ultra-low freezers were:

1. Lack of storage capacity
2. Temperature variation
3. Unreliable backup system
4. Temperature stability
5. High energy consumption

When asked how important personalized access and sample security is, researchers responded:

Critical23.3%
Important, but not required36.2%
Not important now but we may need in the future25.9%
Not important - will never be used12.1%
No opinion2.6%

Considering a new freezer, the top three factors that influence respondent's purchases are:


1. Capacity
2. Temperature stability/variability in cabinet temperature
3. Size (footprint)

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