Tight Temperature Control

Food Manufacturing Cold Plate:

Tight Temperature Control
Food Manufacturing Cold Plate

TECA’s smallest Laboratory Air Cooled Cold/Hot Plate, Model AHP-301CPV, offers precise temperature control, protecting food samples in a sensitive application. In this example, our customer has placed food samples into a simple aluminum block insulated with Styrofoam. The AHP-301CPV Cold/Hot plate can be used to control the temperature to a tenth of a degree. This thermal management solution provides a small footprint. More importantly, the samples can be reliably cooled or heated to a variety of temperatures per the end user’s requirements. Our customer reports the rapid transition between temperatures is beneficial.

 

The AHP-301CPV, part of TECA’s extensive “CPV” product line is a UL/CSA, CE-Marked product with a decade of experience serving in laboratories worldwide. The built-in temperature controller and communications software allow for versatility in use. Modifications and additional accessories are available to suit the end user’s needs. Please explore the different sizes and types of cold/hot plates TECA offers here. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you.  Phone 773.342.4900

Molecular Diagnostics

Molecular Diagnostics

Molecular Diagnostics   COVID-19 tests

Several TECA Cold/Hot Plates are being used by our customer in their manufacturing process for COVID-19 tests. The AHP-301CPV is UL/CSA and CE marked. It has universal power supply for 100-240 VAC and includes communications software. With the premium features that all our “CPV” products offer, the AHP-301CPV is economically sized for smaller applications. The small footprint also makes it ideal for use at individual workstations. Please contact TECA for pricing or for sizing help. Click on the previous links to view product information on our website.

Cosmetics Manufacturing

Custom, consumer-created lipstick:

TECA Cold Plate Model AHP-301CPV is utilized by an international beauty company. A fun novelty for shoppers, the customer can create their own custom shade of lipstick. The process takes minutes and is done right at the retail counter. TECA’s cold plate AHP-301CPV is the ideal place to quickly cool and solidify the lipstick. The AHP-301CPV is part of our growing Laboratory Cold Plate product family.

consumer created lipstick  cold plate cooling lipstick mold

These products offer incredible versatility in function and ability to customize. Serving laboratories (and make-up counters!) all over the world, these products accept 100-240 VAC input and come with a sophisticated temperature controller communications software. Contact us and tell us what you need. Whether it is remote sensing, whisper-quiet operation, or extreme temperature set points, we can advise you on the best solution.

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Where Are All the Cold Plates?

Cooling micro-organisms in a lab:

Recently, a prestigious U.S. university’s research lab contacted TECA. The team needed to cool a 340-well micro plate. Their vendors had many hot plates to offer, but no one seemed to offer a like product for cooling. The lab team was happy to discover TECA products online and the AHP-301CPV proved to be the right fit.

The lab’s 340-well plate is filled with a solution housing micro-organisms. To get the organisms to migrate to the bottom of the wells, the lab needed controlled cooling to 0degC. However, there is a limited temperature range in which the organisms do not degrade so precise control was paramount.

Cooling micro-organisms. Cold Plates

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THERMAL PREFERENCE TEST

Thermal Preference Test:

thermal preference

Pain Research

Using TECA’s Dual Cold/Hot Plate, a health psychology lab in a large university is conducting a study on the relationship between pain sensitivity and inflammation in human subjects.

The human subject places his or her hand on the surface of TECA’s AHP-1200DCP Dual Cold/Hot Plate for a period of time. Researchers are using set points between 52 °C and -4 °C and can utilize the included communications software to program ramp and soak profiles.

TEMPERATURE PREFERENCE TEST

Temperature Preference Test:

temperature preference

TECA’s model AHP-1200DCP consists of two adjacent thermoelectric heat/cool plates (dual zone cold plate).

In this example, the customer has added an optional Plexiglas barrier that allows the rat to easily move between the two surfaces. One plate was set at 30 ºC and the other plate was alternately set also to 30 ºC or to a different temperature. Animals spent time on each plate.

The customer studies whether rats/mice exhibit a significant, temperature-dependent avoidance of plates after injection of analgesic drugs.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR RESEARCH

Animal Behavior Research:

animal behavior research

 

Investigating the changes in behavioral responses due to changes in experimental floor temperature and dermal application of heating/cooling compounds in an animal model requires precise temperature control system.

The TECA AHP-1200DCP dual zone cold/hot thermoelectric plate with two independently controllable temperature zones provides precise regulation of the floor temperature and change of settings as deemed. experimentally necessary. The Plexiglass arena allows careful monitoring of animal activity while allowing the animal to roam free across the experimental surface.

MEDICAL LABORATORY

Medical Laboratory:

medical laboratory

Some researchers at Johns Hopkins have taken the AHP-1200CPV thermoelectric cold plate (Peltier cold plate) and are cooling protein crystallization in Teflon trays with a solution in them. They’ve used the remote sense feature by drilling a hole in Teflon tray and installing the sensor in there. Using it with internal sensor and the auto-tuning feature they have gotten the control they needed. The secret may have been in how well the Teflon tray is contacting the 2″ X 3″ plate, machined perfectly flat.

Cooling objects with concave bottoms minimizes the contact area and diminishes the cooling effectiveness.

MEDICATION STORAGE

Medication Storage:

medication storage medication storage

 

Keeping medication at optimal storage temperature is very important.

A customized AHP-1200CPV thermoelectric cold plate (Peltier cooling plate) with plate that has grooves with various diameters to accommodate vials of different sizes and lengths was a perfect solution for the customer. Another feature of this custom thermoelectric cooling unit (Peltier cold plate) is tamper proof temperature controller.

PHARMACEUTICAL LABORATORY

Pharmaceutical Laboratory:

Keeping drugs cool on the bench

pharmaceutical laboratory

A private biopharmaceutical company formulates drugs that are sensitive to temperature. TECA Model AHP-1200 CPV is their perfect benchtop cooling solution. The customer uses the AHP-1200 CPV Cold Plate in combination with the customer’s own aluminum blocks to keep solutions at 0C during filtration and vial filling operations.

The customer reports, “We have been very satisfied”. This customer provided photo is a wonderful example of the versatility of TECA’s line of Laboratory Cold/Hot Plates. The plate surfaces are appropriately sized to accept microtiter plates and other lab accessories. The temperature can be read from either the plate surface or anywhere a remote sensor can be placed, via the Remote Sensibility™ feature.

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