New VIP ECO Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer Enhances Energy Efficiency with Natural Refrigerants, Intelligent Controls

June 19, 2017
Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America

Wood Dale, IL, June 19, 2017 – Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America has introduced a new -86C ultra-low temperature freezer designed to operate on natural refrigerants. Marketed as the VIP ECO freezer, this new upright cabinet delivers more dependable, energy efficient, ultra-low temperature storage by using smart compressors with natural refrigerants. Intuitive internal monitoring and feedback systems are designed to optimize component performance, maintain balance between power consumption and temperature control, and to assist facility users in meeting environmental sustainability goals.

The VIP ECO freezer represents a worldwide evaluation of ultra-low temperature cooling technologies that are tested with high purity natural refrigerants and combined with a new, innovative control platform, developed throughout the global Panasonic Healthcare research and development network.

The VIP ECO freezer is ideal for immediate replacement of less-efficient freezers and for new laboratories. The interior volume of 25.7 cu.ft. (729 L) is sized to accommodate many existing inventory racks in use in other freezers, permitting quick transfer with zero downtime where replacement installations are selected.

Performance Features
  • Fast pull-down to -80°C and fast recovery following door openings demonstrates reserve cooling power
  • Tight interior uniformity, top to bottom, side to side, front to back, minimizes uncertainty
  • Patented VIP Plus cabinet insulation slows warm-up during power outage, saves energy
  • Unique internal heat exchanger increases performance envelope, tolerates high ambient temperatures
  • Smart controls with full-color LCD touchscreen graphic user interface mounted at eye level
  • Data acquisition and management capability with USB data port
  • Graphical snapshots for temperature performance, door open frequency and duration, and other parameters
User-Friendly Cabinet Design

The Advanced Frost Control System, based on the EZlatch door handle, simplifies door openings and closings. Multi-point door gaskets protect the cabinet periphery to save energy, reduce moisture accumulation and eliminate ice build-up. The gasket is field-replaceable without tools and without shutting down or emptying the freezer. Two robust, insulated inner doors with positive latches and secondary gaskets provide added protection. A heated, automatic vacuum relief port permits quick door openings.

About PHC Corporation of North America
PHC Corporation of North America, located in Wood Dale, IL, is a leader in laboratory equipment for the biopharmaceutical, life sciences, academic, healthcare and government markets. Product lines under the PHCbi brand include the space saving and energy efficient VIP® ECO and TwinGuard® ultra-low temperature freezers, cryogenic and biomedical freezers, pharmacy and high-performance refrigerators, cell culture CO2 and multigas incubators, and Drosophila/plant growth chambers. PHC Corporation of North America is a subsidiary of PHC Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, which is a global healthcare company that develops, manufactures, sells, and services solutions across diabetes management, healthcare solutions, diagnostics and life sciences.