PCR Series laminar flow cabinets
Model : PCR | Category : Laminar Flow Cabinet | Brand : Clyde ApacApplications
In order to obtain reliable results in clinical and diagnostic PCR work, it is necessary to maintain an ultra-clean work environment that is free from biological and particulate contamination. Additionally, UV radiation is needed to destroy post-procedure contaminants. Clyde-Apac PCR60™ cabinets provide a high degree of protection for products and apparatus in PCR applications. The PCR60R™ is a variant of the basic PCR cabinet, and provides protection for both personnel and products.
Cabinets are vertical laminar flow workstations designed for installation on standard laboratory benches, or on optional floor stands. Their compact dimensions reduce the need for bench space. They are designed and manufactured in Australia, and each unit is factory-tested and certified by a NATA-registered laboratory.
Please refer to our Standards page. Vertical laminar airflow in the work zone creates a biologically-clean, particle-free work environment that reduces cross contamination during sample preparation. Partial recirculation of air leaving the work zone reduces air turbulence and extends HEPA filter life. A short-wavelength UV lamp inactivates residual DNA/RNA particles, thus reducing carryover contamination. The UV operates only with the fan switched off, and the UV shield should be fitted whenever the UV lamp is in use.
In addition to the product protection afforded by PCR60 cabinets, the PCR60R provides protection for personnel. This is achieved by an air barrier at the work opening and HEPA filtration of the exhaust air. An air barrier between the operator and the work zone is maintained by a flow of room air into a grille in the work opening. All positive pressure zones are surrounded by negative pressure zones, so as to contain hazardous aerosols.
Easy-to-clean stainless-steel work area
The sturdy steel housing is finished in a durable baked enamel that has been developed for laboratory equipment. The work zone and the removable UV shield are constructed in easy-to-clean 304 stainless-steel.
A direct-drive fan is regulated by a speed controller to enable airflow to be maintained through filter life. The fan and filter plenums are designed to provide ultra-quiet, low-vibration operation.
Clyde-Apac Microseal™ HEPA filters are manufactured to the most exacting standards for critical applications. Each filter is individually certified to achieve efficiency of not less than 99.995% to the stringent BS3928 Sodium Flame test. All testing is conducted in a NATA-registered factory laboratory and a NATA-endorsed test label, being an extract of the test report, is affixed to each filter.
On PCR60 cabinets, an easily-accessed, washable prefilter on top of the unit arrests not less than 90% of particles 5 micron and larger, thus prolonging HEPA filter life.
Personnel Protection - Limitations
PCR60 cabinets provide protection for products or experiments, but do not protect personnel from aerosols of hazardous materials that may be handled in the cabinet. For PCR applications where protection for products and personnel is required, PCR60R safety cabinets should be considered.
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Quality Assurance and Control
Clyde-Apac laminar flow and HEPA filter products are manufactured in Australia under an accredited Quality Management system.
Please refer to our Standards page.
PCR Series cabinets are factory-tested and certified by a NATA-registered laboratory. Additional testing and certification is recommended as follows: On site prior to use After any electrical or mechanical maintenance After filter replacement After re-location At least annually In special circumstances, e.g. if faulty cabinet operation is suspected
AES Environmental is a NATA-registered laboratory and provides comprehensive on-site maintenance, testing and certification services for safety cabinets, laminar flow work stations, cleanrooms and HEPA filter installations. This service is available from fully- equipped laboratories in major Australian centres.
Due to ongoing research & development, Clyde-Apac reserves the right to modify the product & specifications without notice.