Helmer Scientific Continues Cold Storage Innovation with Launch of GX Solutions Freezers for Vaccine, Medication, Blood Therapy, and Sample Storage

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Helmer Scientific announces the launch of GX Solutions Laboratory and Plasma Freezers for vaccines, medications, blood therapies, and sample storage. Powered by OptiCool technology, GX Solutions are the first professional medical-grade freezers that are optimized for critical healthcare applications through temperature performance, noise reduction, and decreased energy use, while also using low Global Warming Potential (GWP) technology to support environmental sustainability.

Helmer Scientific, a leading manufacturer of cold storage products and processing equipment, has announced the expansion of the GX Solutions Cold Storage product line to include both undercounter and upright freezers. GX Solutions Freezers include models that are designed for vaccine and blood therapies, as well as other clinical applications, in capacity ranges from 5 to 25 cu ft. GX Solutions are professional medical-grade freezers that are powered by OptiCool technology and optimize temperature, noise, and energy management. Medical-grade freezers are required for a wide variety of healthcare applications. However, this equipment category has recently become even more critical as healthcare providers meet storage and handling requirements of new COVID-19 vaccines.

Temperature performance is critical to quality and compliance for clinical applications. GX Solutions excel in three key temperature management areas: uniformity, recovery, and stability. Achieving tight temperature uniformity throughout all storage locations within the unit helps ensure that clinical products, vaccines, therapies, or samples are stored within the required temperature ranges. In addition, GX Solutions are designed to recover quickly after frequent or prolonged door openings that are common in busy healthcare settings. These units also maintain temperature stability using variable-speed compressor technology to limit overall temperature deviations to safeguard sensitive clinical and scientific products.

New GX Solutions freezers have been designed to meet temperature performance requirements as included in a new and emerging NSF vaccine storage standard. This emerging standard will help indicate which vaccine refrigerators and freezers meet recommended temperature performance attributes that maintain vaccine safety. The new NSF standard is expected to be approved in 2021.

Helmer Scientific GX Solutions freezers are designed to reduce noise in clinical care areas. New GX Solutions freezers are 3x quieter than conventional units, helping reduce disruption to both patients and healthcare staff.

GX Solutions undercounter freezer models have been certified to the Energy Star High Performance laboratory freezer standard. Upright models have also been submitted and are expected to receive Energy Star certification by the end of March 2021. These freezers are 35-45% more energy efficient than conventional medical-grade freezers, which helps reduce operating costs and supports energy-use reduction initiatives. Heat output is also reduced by 30% compared to traditional refrigeration technology to limit HVAC system impact when units are installed in smaller rooms or along-side other equipment.

GX Solutions performance characteristics are achieved using OptiCool technology which pairs variable capacity compressors (VCC) with natural refrigerants. In addition to energy efficiency, this technology uses refrigerants that are environmentally friendly and have no impact on ozone depletion. OptiCool technology also eliminates the use of gases targeted for reduction due to high Global Warming Potential (GWP) as defined by the US EPA Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), Paris Climate Agreement, Canadian Halocarbons Regulation, and the EU F-Gas Initiative.

“We are very excited to continue our transition to GX Solutions through the launch of new medical-grade freezers.” said Heather Barry, Product Manager. “Our specialized laboratory and plasma freezers will safeguard life-saving therapies used in the fight against COVID-19, including Convalescent Plasma and new COVID-19 vaccines that require frozen temperature storage. Helmer Scientific is proud to support our healthcare customers with new and innovative solutions that support delivering care to patients.”

Helmer Scientific GX Solutions are available in upright and undercounter pharmacy, blood bank and laboratory refrigerator models, as well as laboratory/vaccine and plasma upright and undercounter freezer models. For more information please visit http://info.helmerinc.com/gxsolutions.

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