arktic® -80°C Automated Storage by TTP Labtech

Manufacturer TTP Labtech
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Average Rating: 4.0
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A decent automated vial storage system, but expensive and occasional technical issues
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area: Stores vials

"Our system is one of the few -20°C versions of this system on the market. It has been working well for us, although our usage is best described as light but steady. One thing to know about this system is that it has a pretty hefty set of requirements, from space around the unit, to floor strength, to room temperature handling, venting for exhaust, and input air pressure and dryness. The latter led us to also purchase a dedicated air compressor and TTP's recommended air dryer which has a much higher air pressure and volume requirement than the Arktic. The system has 2 procedures that are performed in sequence to pull a vial out of the store after a request has been made. First it "buffers" the vial(s) that you have requested. This moves the vials to a storage location that is quick and easy to retrieve from. Secondly it "delivers" the vial(s) to the empty 96-well vial rack where they are they retrieved by the user. The user has the ability to "buffer" many vials in advance of anticipated pulling, so for example you could tell the store that you wanted to pull five or ten (up to 50 in our case) 96-well racks worth of vials before you go home for the day, and they would be ready to retrieve quickly in the morning when you arrived. Retrieving a rack of previously "buffered" vials takes approximately 8 minutes. Retrieving a rack of unbuffered vials depends on the location of the vials in the store, but generally takes 20-25 minutes. Pros: • Works as advertised. We store using the FluidX 0.7mL internally threaded vials. • In our configuration, our system has a capacity of 93,648 vials. • The system can be set up to deliver any vial to any space in the rack, making setup for library aliquotting or reformatting simple and easy. • The system keeps the vials cold and dry. It performs a check of the vials when they are stored in the system for barcodes that do not scan, or caps that are not fully closed, and alerts the user of any issues. • Fewer moving parts because the system is primarily pneumatic. • Technical support is absolutely excellent. Cons: • The system is expensive, and requires a service contract for continued operation. • The recommended air dryer system makes a periodic loud noise that is startling if you are next to it. Also, TTP does not supply the replacement cartridges for the air dryer, so the user must contact the manufacturer to get replacements. • The system dries the rack prior to storing or retrieving vials. This dry time can be up to 8 minutes or longer depending on ambient room conditions and those of the rack. • TTP has replaced several electronic boards (covered under contract). • Occasional vials get "stuck". Would I buy this again? It depends. If I really needed a vial storage system that would deliver my vials in an automated fashion, then yes, I would probably buy it again. However, if I were budget conscious and simply wanted to store a large number of vials, I might simply consider a large freezer and a decent inventory system."

Review date: 26 Oct 2017 | arktic® -80°C Automated Storage

arktic is TTP Labtech’s new modular store, providing a low footprint, high capacity solution to -80°C sample storage. It offers fast automated cherry-picking of individual samples.

Academic research groups and pharmaceutical companies need affordable, compact, automated and secure -80°C storage facilities to accommodate increasing volumes of biological samples, ranging from  DNA, RNA, antibodies, proteins and a range of other biological fluids.

Effective biobanking is an essential pre-requisite for high-quality biological research. The proper collection, processing, storage, and tracking of biospecimens are vital components allowing researchers to achieve accurate and valuable research results. To meet these challenges, TTP Labtech has created arktic –  a compact modular storage unit which provides unrivalled storage density, full sample tracking and rapid retrieval.

To ensure viability and reduce sample degradation it is vital to minimise the risks of thawing, either within the cold zone or during sample selection. TTP Labtech’s arktic provides easy sample access and stable temperatures to give you unrivalled robustness and reliability for your -80°C storage requirements.


arktic® Features:

  • High Density, Low Cost Storage - outstanding storage of up to 95,000 140,000 0.5 mL or 60,000 1.0 mL samples per module.
  • Automated Sample Retrieval - tubes can be pre-sorted within the -80°C environment with racks of up to 96 tubes being dispensed in under 3 10 minutes.
  • Sample Integrity - samples are stored in dry air in a hermetically sealed environment. Only required samples are picked, protecting innocent samples from freeze/ thaw cycles.
  • Secure and Safe Sample Tracking - 2D barcoded microtubes and easy to use software ensure easy sample identification and tracking.
  • Small Footprint - measuring just 0.8 x 2.0 x 1.3 m, arktic fits neatly into an bench sized space in your laboratory.
  • Scalable -  modular system enabling easy expansion as your sample repository grows.
  • Flexibility - self-contained units can be sited anywhere and easily relocated as your storage requirements change