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controlled freeze/thaw

The 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber offers uniformity and repeatability in rapid, controlled freezing and thawing applications. Our technology uses forced air circulation to provide efficient pulldown from ambient to the desired temperature. Forced air circulation allows the rapid pulldown process to extend to the fluid core, avoiding false freezing points and optimizing the freezing process (1,000 CFM air circulation).

This unique, convection-based, controlled freezing and thawing process eliminates uncertainty and allows temperature-specific conditioning to satisfy processing and shipping protocols for various pharmaceuticals. Our 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber units can meet your freeze/thaw application needs from +40°C to -80°C.

Model 4000-LC
+40°C to -80°C
Programmable LCD Control
*Available in North America & Internationally
*Available in North America Only

Model 4000-LC

Applications: Pharmaceutical, BioProcessing

Controls: Programmable LCD

Temp Range: +40°C to -80°C

Storage: 23.3 cu ft / 659.8 l

Electrical: 

  • 208/240 VAC, 3 Ø, 60Hz, 26 FLA (North America)
  • 400 VAC, 3 Ø, 50Hz, 24 FLA (International)

Performance Data:

  • Pull Down Empty Chamber < 38 minutes from +25˚C to –80˚C
  • Door Open Recovery @ –80˚C < 10 minutes
  • 100L Load +25˚C to –80˚C < 12 Hours
  • Uniformity Air Temperature +/- 2.0˚C
  • Uniformity Product Temperature +/- 1.0˚C

Refrigeration System:

  • Heat Transfer Convection, Air Flow
  • High Stage R-449A
  • Low Stage R-508B
  • Defrost - Auto defrost program
  • Heat of Rejection – Air Cooled 38,000 BTU/hr (11 kW/hr)
  • Heat of Rejection – Water Cooled 1,700 BTU/hr (0.5 kW/hr)
Model 4000
+40°C to -80°C
Fixed Program Control
*Available in North America & Internationally
*Available in North America Only

Model 4000

Applications: Pharmaceutical, BioProcessing

Controls: Fixed Controls

Temp Range: +40°C to -80°C

Storage: 23.3 cu ft / 659.8 l

Electrical: 

  • 208/240 VAC, 3 Ø, 60Hz, 26 FLA (North America)
  • 400 VAC, 3 Ø, 50Hz, 24 FLA (International)

Performance Data:

  • Pull Down Empty Chamber < 38 minutes from +25˚C to –80˚C
  • Door Open Recovery @ –80˚C < 10 minutes
  • 100L Load +25˚C to –80˚C < 12 Hours
  • Uniformity Air Temperature +/- 2.0˚C
  • Uniformity Product Temperature +/- 1.0˚C

Refrigeration System:

  • Heat Transfer Convection, Air Flow
  • High Stage R-449A
  • Low Stage R-508B
  • Defrost Auto defrost program, EZ1 Key Touch
  • Heat of Rejection – Air Cooled 38,000 BTU/hr (11 kW/hr)
  • Heat of Rejection – Water Cooled 1,700 BTU/hr (0.5 kW/hr)

4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber Spare Parts List

4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber Spare Parts List

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I need to inspect my 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

The 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber should be inspected monthly dependant on usage.

Does FARRAR offer installation for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

Yes, installation is available for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber. FARRAR® also offers training and material freezing/thawing load testing for optimal speed and uniformity during operation.

Is the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Freezer similar to a blast freezer?

Yes, the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber is similar to a blast freezer. The major difference between the rate chamber and a blast freezer is the volume of air that is moved through the chamber- 500CFM and the ability to precisely control how fast or slow to freeze the material by modulating the cooling capacity.

Does FARRAR assist with the GMP certification and validation process for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

Yes, our team is able to assist with GMP certification and validation for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber.

Is the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Freezer similar to a plate freezer?

The 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber is designed to freeze both bags and bottles using forced air rather than contact plates like a plate freezer. Customized profiles can be built similar to a plate freezer, however.

What size of bags, bottles, and other storage containers can I place into the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

The 4000 series control rate chamber is compatible with nearly any size bag, bottle or other storage containers. Contact us for the ideal freeze/thaw orientation for your application.

What types of bags, bottles, and other storage containers can I place into the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

The 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber is compatable with any types of bags, bottles or storage containers. For optimal layout within the chamber, contact us.

Does the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber use liquid nitrogen?

No, the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber uses forced air, cascade scroll compressors with 2100W of available cooling capacity.

Does the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber integrate with any remote monitoring or analytics?

Yes, an independent BMS probe can be placed inside the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber to provide monitoring and analytics.

Is the HMI controller on the 4000-LC Controlled Rate Chamber customizable?

The HMI display is available on the 4000-LC Controlled Rate Chamber and is not customizeable, however the controller accommodates customizable freeze/thaw profiles with hold times, and slow or faster rates based on individual needs and preferences.

How long does the freeze process take for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

The length of the freeze process for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber will vary depending on the volume and chemical composition of the material being frozen in the chamber, and the storage medium shape, insulation level and material. The freeze process for an empty chamber will take about 37 minutes from ambient temperature to -80°C.

How long does the defrost process take for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

The defrost process for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber takes approximately 5 to 8 minutes.

How does the autodefrost setting on the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber work?

The autodefrost setting for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber is a manual process; The user will start the defrost process with a push button at the end of each of each freeze process.

What is the temperature range for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

The 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber supports +40°C (highest during thaw cycle) to -80°C (lowest freeze temp).

What types of life science applications does the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber support?

FARRAR's 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber supports bioprocessing, biomanufacturing, drug substance and drug product applications.

Does the Controlled Rate Chamber integrate with any remote monitoring or analytics?

The 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber does not currently integrate with any remote monitoring or analytics.

What is the warranty for the 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber?

The 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber has a 1-year standard (parts and labor) warranty in North America which is extendable for an additional two years. Globally, we offer a 1 year, parts only warranty that is also extendable for an additional 2 years.

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ultra-low temp storage

FARRAR® pioneered forced air convection cooling to answer the challenge of preserving and storing biological and tissue donor samples and materials. Purpose-built for life science applications, the Ultra-Low Chamber Series - including ULC-190, ULC-259, and ULC-328 - are the only +2°C to +8°C and -20°C to -80°C (with options for -40°C storage), forced air, ultra-low-temperature freezers on the market.

Ultra-Low Temp Storage Solutions: Ultra-Low Chamber 259
Ultra-Low Temp Storage Solutions: Ultra-Low Chamber 259

Meet the ULC-259

In 2019, in response to COVID-19, FARRAR answered the call from global manufacturers to provide freezer solutions (ULC-190 and ULC-311) designed for large, bulk commercial ultra-cold storage needs.

Today, drug manufacturers are challenged to develop and release new biologics at an unprecedented pace. Pivoting to meet global distribution demand is critical and requires optimization in manufacturing and distribution.

With the rapid growth of biologic based drugs, more cold storage optimized for material handling is needed for bulk drug substance, final drug product, biologic samples, lot samples, and clinical trial kits. To meet the needs of bio-logistics, biorepositories, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and clinical trial customers, FARRAR now offers the ULC-259.

Powerful Options Driven by Process

Engineered for high traffic/frequent access, the ULC-259 is the latest innovation in FARRAR’s ultra-low temperature freezer solution series. Designed for the demanding pull/pack/ship process, this new chamber innovation offers all the features and benefits pharma, biopharma, and biorepository customers have come to rely on with our current ULC-190 and ULC-311 plus intelligent racking and sliding drawer options. The forced- air refrigeration system provides unmatched temperature uniformity and rapid recoveries from door openings to the ULC family.

New ULC-259 Product Capability  

  • Designed with frequent access storage, clinical trial kitting, and logistics prep process needs in mind
  • Ergonomically engineered for high-density storage and pull/pack/ship accessibility
  • Chamber accommodates smart sliding racks and carts to minimize product/substance/sample handling
  • Allows easy loading and pulling from the ground
  • Intelligent drawer systems accommodate clinical donor bag and cryo box upright ULT racking, shippable packaging, bottles, and single-use bags and shells
  • Maximized and organized storage density

resources

ULC Series Manual (Standard)-EN
View
Technical Data Sheet: Ultra-Low Chamber Series
View
ULC-259 Air-Cooled Spec Sheet
View
ULC-259 Water-Cooled Spec Sheet
View
Brochure | Refrigeration Solutions
View
Ultra-Low Temperature Considerations in Bioprocessing
View

Frequently Asked Questions

How much heat is rejected on the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The BTU out-put for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is 14,500 BTU (4.25 kW) for air-cooled and < 1,550 BTU (0.44 kW) for water-cooled.

Do you have Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series demo units that I can try?

FARRAR® has two different methods to experience our products. At our headquarters in Davidson, NC, our BioSolutions space contains fully operational ULC units with typical material handling options - feel free to visit this space to plan your project and work with our design team on a customized material handling solution that fits your process. We also offer demonstration units to test, define operational processes around, and plan workflows. Contact us to determine the best way to support your project needs.

Do all FARRAR Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezers accept pallets?

Only the ULC-259 and ULC-328 have the internal chamber dimensions to accommodate pallets.

Can you freeze down bulk warm product in an Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series or do you have to use a Controlled Rate Chamber?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has the ability to freeze product from ambient temperatures to -80°C, but it does not allow for precise cooling profiles such as drop and hold or controlled temperature changes/minute.

What are the pallet sizes that the ULC-328 supports?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series ULC-259 and 328 can accommodate 42" pallets.

Is FARRAR's Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series internal set up configurable?

Yes, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series internal set up can be configured. For exmaple, one side of the freezer can be configured for shelf storage and the other for pallet storage in the ULC-259 and ULC-328.

How often will I have to perform maintenance my Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezer?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezer should be maintenanced yearly or longer, depending on customer process requirements.

How often does FARRAR's Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series need inspection and servicing?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series should be inspected and its temperature sensors calibrated yearly with more frequent inspection/service recommended depending on customer process requirements.

Does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series require specific storage bags, bottles, or other containers?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is adapale to any size or configuration of storage bags, bottles and containers.

Can I store bags, bottles, and other containers in the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series can accommodate bags, bottles, and containers. The ULC-328 can also accommodate standard U.S. and European pallets.

What type of sensor does the Ultra-Low Chamber have?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has a RTD/PT100 DIN A sensor which offers accuracy within 0.15 degrees.

Is the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series EnergySTAR Rated?

Currently, ULC-190 is EnergySTAR rated. At 0.30 kWh/day/cuft, It is one of the most efficient units on the market. We are working to gain that certification for the remainder of the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series which utilize the same refrigeration systems as the ULC-190.

Does FARRAR offer installation for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, installation is available for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series as part of our standard delivery process.

What are the temperature ranges for each Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series model?

All of the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models have a temperature range of +2°C to +8°C in refrigeration mode and -20°C to -80°C in freezing mode.

Is the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series the same as a ULT or cold-wall freezer?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series utilizes a discrete refrigeration system that actively cools an insulated chamber via forced air convection, similar to a walk-in freezer. This system provides automatic defrosting capabilities and fast repairs without taking freezers out of service. A standard cold wall ULT freezer relies on natural convection to cool its chamber, a slower and less uniform process.

What are the key differences between the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models?

The key differences between the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models is the cubic feet of the interior chamber - ULC-190 offers 190 cu ft of storage, ULC-259 offers 259 cu ft of storage and ULC-328 offers 328 cu ft of stroage.

Does FARRAR assist with the GMP certification and validation process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, our team is able to perform or guide your team with GMP certification and validation, including IQ OQ and PQ (IQOQPQ), and temp mapping for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series.

Is the LCD on the Ultra-Low Chamber Series customizable?

The LCD display for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is not customizeable, however the controller can be conifgured for specific setpoints and processes.

How long does the ULC Series take to recover from door opening?

The recovery time for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series will vary depending on the application/use, fullness of the chamber and amount of time the door is open. For an empty chamber, with an outer and inner door opening of 30 seconds, the recovery time is approximately 10-15 minutes.

Are their other chambers in addition to the ULC-190, ULC-259, and ULC-328?

No, our current Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series offerings only include the ULC-190, ULC-259 and ULC-328. Contact us if your needs require a unique size or material handling application.

Does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series use liquid nitrogen?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series uses mechanical cooling only.

How long does the freeze process take for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The ULC has excessive cooling capacity to freeze materials. The length of the freeze process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series will vary depending the volume of material to freeze, and the starting and intended ending temperature of the material.

What types of life science applications does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series support?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series supports bioprocessing, biologics manufacturing, biobanking, sample kitting, biologics logistics activities, and low temperature sample storage applications.

How long does the defrost process take for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series? Why would you need/want to defrost a ULC?

The defrost process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series only takes a few minutes - Once the temperature of the coil reaches above freezing, the defrost process stops. Routine maintenance would eliminate snow build up within the chamber, so chamber defrost is not needed. Regular defrosting of the coil will prevent coil damage.

What is the temperature range for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series in refrigeration mode ranges from +2°C to +8°C and -20°C to -80°C in freezing mode.

How does the special auto-defrost on the machine section of the ULC work?  How does this unique system prevent any temperature increases inside the chamber where your product/samples are?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series auto-defrost is programmable based on variables including how frequently the doors open, humidity level of the facility, and more. Unlike standard cold wall freezers, The evaporator and condenser are located outside of the chamber. The system considers the defrost cycle (e.g. every 12 hours, every 8 hours) and automatically initiates defrost while the other refrigeration system continue with temperature conditioning to the setpoint (e.g. -80°C, -50°C) This allows the system to defrost without chamber warmup, protecting samples without having to thaw the whole freezer

What is BACnet?

BACnet is the standard communication protocol for building automation and control systems. FARRAR products with BACnet capabilities can be directly integrated into Building management systems (BMS) and Building Automation Systems (BAS).

What is MODBUS?

MODBUS is an industry standard serial communication protocol for communicating between devices. FARRAR products with MODBUS allow users to connect FARRAR products to their monitoring solutions including local and cloud based systems.

What is the warranty for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has a 1-year standard parts and labor) warranty in North America which is extendable for an additional two years. Globally, we offer a 1-year, parts only warranty that is also extendable for an additional 2 years.

Ultra-Low Temp Storage Solutions: Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC-190)
Ultra-Low Temp Storage Solutions: Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC-190)
Ultra-Low Temp Storage Solutions: Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC-190)

Applications: Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Biorepository, Bio-Logistics

Temperature Range:  +2°C to +8°C and -20°C to -80°C

Temperature Uniformity: +/- 3.0˚C.

Storage: 190 cu ft / 5,380 l

Interior Storage Options: Customizable storage (Vials, Bulk Containers, Cassettes, Bioshells etc.)

Low Energy:  0.33 kWh/cu ft

Footprint: 47 sq ft/ 4.36 m sq

Available Cooling Options: 

  • Forced Air Circulation
  • Water Cooled

Available Electrical Options: 

  • 50Hz (International)
  • 60Hz (North America)

System Backups: 

  • Controls
  • Display
  • Electrical
  • Refrigeration

Optional Add-On: Shelving System, Portable Material Handling

resources

Ultra-Low Temperature Considerations in Bioprocessing
View
Technical Data Sheet: Ultra-Low Chamber Series
View
ULC Series Manual (Standard)-EN
View
Brochure | Refrigeration Solutions
View

Frequently Asked Questions

How much heat is rejected on the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The BTU out-put for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is 14,500 BTU (4.25 kW) for air-cooled and < 1,550 BTU (0.44 kW) for water-cooled.

Do you have Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series demo units that I can try?

FARRAR® has two different methods to experience our products. At our headquarters in Davidson, NC, our BioSolutions space contains fully operational ULC units with typical material handling options - feel free to visit this space to plan your project and work with our design team on a customized material handling solution that fits your process. We also offer demonstration units to test, define operational processes around, and plan workflows. Contact us to determine the best way to support your project needs.

Do all FARRAR Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezers accept pallets?

Only the ULC-259 and ULC-328 have the internal chamber dimensions to accommodate pallets.

Can you freeze down bulk warm product in an Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series or do you have to use a Controlled Rate Chamber?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has the ability to freeze product from ambient temperatures to -80°C, but it does not allow for precise cooling profiles such as drop and hold or controlled temperature changes/minute.

What are the pallet sizes that the ULC-328 supports?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series ULC-259 and 328 can accommodate 42" pallets.

Is FARRAR's Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series internal set up configurable?

Yes, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series internal set up can be configured. For exmaple, one side of the freezer can be configured for shelf storage and the other for pallet storage in the ULC-259 and ULC-328.

How often will I have to perform maintenance my Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezer?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezer should be maintenanced yearly or longer, depending on customer process requirements.

How often does FARRAR's Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series need inspection and servicing?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series should be inspected and its temperature sensors calibrated yearly with more frequent inspection/service recommended depending on customer process requirements.

Does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series require specific storage bags, bottles, or other containers?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is adapale to any size or configuration of storage bags, bottles and containers.

Can I store bags, bottles, and other containers in the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series can accommodate bags, bottles, and containers. The ULC-328 can also accommodate standard U.S. and European pallets.

What type of sensor does the Ultra-Low Chamber have?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has a RTD/PT100 DIN A sensor which offers accuracy within 0.15 degrees.

Is the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series EnergySTAR Rated?

Currently, ULC-190 is EnergySTAR rated. At 0.30 kWh/day/cuft, It is one of the most efficient units on the market. We are working to gain that certification for the remainder of the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series which utilize the same refrigeration systems as the ULC-190.

Does FARRAR offer installation for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, installation is available for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series as part of our standard delivery process.

What are the temperature ranges for each Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series model?

All of the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models have a temperature range of +2°C to +8°C in refrigeration mode and -20°C to -80°C in freezing mode.

Is the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series the same as a ULT or cold-wall freezer?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series utilizes a discrete refrigeration system that actively cools an insulated chamber via forced air convection, similar to a walk-in freezer. This system provides automatic defrosting capabilities and fast repairs without taking freezers out of service. A standard cold wall ULT freezer relies on natural convection to cool its chamber, a slower and less uniform process.

What are the key differences between the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models?

The key differences between the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models is the cubic feet of the interior chamber - ULC-190 offers 190 cu ft of storage, ULC-259 offers 259 cu ft of storage and ULC-328 offers 328 cu ft of stroage.

Does FARRAR assist with the GMP certification and validation process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, our team is able to perform or guide your team with GMP certification and validation, including IQ OQ and PQ (IQOQPQ), and temp mapping for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series.

Is the LCD on the Ultra-Low Chamber Series customizable?

The LCD display for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is not customizeable, however the controller can be conifgured for specific setpoints and processes.

How long does the ULC Series take to recover from door opening?

The recovery time for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series will vary depending on the application/use, fullness of the chamber and amount of time the door is open. For an empty chamber, with an outer and inner door opening of 30 seconds, the recovery time is approximately 10-15 minutes.

Are their other chambers in addition to the ULC-190, ULC-259, and ULC-328?

No, our current Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series offerings only include the ULC-190, ULC-259 and ULC-328. Contact us if your needs require a unique size or material handling application.

Does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series use liquid nitrogen?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series uses mechanical cooling only.

How long does the freeze process take for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The ULC has excessive cooling capacity to freeze materials. The length of the freeze process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series will vary depending the volume of material to freeze, and the starting and intended ending temperature of the material.

What types of life science applications does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series support?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series supports bioprocessing, biologics manufacturing, biobanking, sample kitting, biologics logistics activities, and low temperature sample storage applications.

How long does the defrost process take for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series? Why would you need/want to defrost a ULC?

The defrost process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series only takes a few minutes - Once the temperature of the coil reaches above freezing, the defrost process stops. Routine maintenance would eliminate snow build up within the chamber, so chamber defrost is not needed. Regular defrosting of the coil will prevent coil damage.

What is the temperature range for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series in refrigeration mode ranges from +2°C to +8°C and -20°C to -80°C in freezing mode.

How does the special auto-defrost on the machine section of the ULC work?  How does this unique system prevent any temperature increases inside the chamber where your product/samples are?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series auto-defrost is programmable based on variables including how frequently the doors open, humidity level of the facility, and more. Unlike standard cold wall freezers, The evaporator and condenser are located outside of the chamber. The system considers the defrost cycle (e.g. every 12 hours, every 8 hours) and automatically initiates defrost while the other refrigeration system continue with temperature conditioning to the setpoint (e.g. -80°C, -50°C) This allows the system to defrost without chamber warmup, protecting samples without having to thaw the whole freezer

What is BACnet?

BACnet is the standard communication protocol for building automation and control systems. FARRAR products with BACnet capabilities can be directly integrated into Building management systems (BMS) and Building Automation Systems (BAS).

What is MODBUS?

MODBUS is an industry standard serial communication protocol for communicating between devices. FARRAR products with MODBUS allow users to connect FARRAR products to their monitoring solutions including local and cloud based systems.

What is the warranty for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has a 1-year standard parts and labor) warranty in North America which is extendable for an additional two years. Globally, we offer a 1-year, parts only warranty that is also extendable for an additional 2 years.

Ultra-Low Temp Storage Solutions: Ultra-Low Chamber-Pallet (ULC-311)
Ultra-Low Temp Storage Solutions: Ultra-Low Chamber-Pallet (ULC-311)

Applications: Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical, Biorepository, Bio-Logistics

Temperature Range:  +2°C to +8°C and -20°C to -80°C

Temperature Uniformity: +/- 3.0˚C.

Storage: 328 cu. ft. / 9,288 L

Pallet Capacity (US Pallet):

  • 4 - 40” x 48” (W x D)
  • 4 - 1016 x 1219 mm

Footprint: 73.2 sq ft. / 6.8 m2

Available Cooling Options: 

  • Forced Air Circulation
  • Water Cooled

Available Electrical Options: 

  • 50Hz (International)
  • 60Hz (North America)

System Backups: 

  • Controls
  • Display
  • Electrical
  • Refrigeration

Optional Add-On: Shelving System, Portable Material Handling

resources

Ultra-Low Temperature Considerations in Bioprocessing
View
Technical Data Sheet: Ultra-Low Chamber Series
View
ULC Series Manual (Standard)-EN
View
Brochure | Refrigeration Solutions
View

Frequently Asked Questions

How much heat is rejected on the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The BTU out-put for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is 14,500 BTU (4.25 kW) for air-cooled and < 1,550 BTU (0.44 kW) for water-cooled.

Do you have Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series demo units that I can try?

FARRAR® has two different methods to experience our products. At our headquarters in Davidson, NC, our BioSolutions space contains fully operational ULC units with typical material handling options - feel free to visit this space to plan your project and work with our design team on a customized material handling solution that fits your process. We also offer demonstration units to test, define operational processes around, and plan workflows. Contact us to determine the best way to support your project needs.

Do all FARRAR Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezers accept pallets?

Only the ULC-259 and ULC-328 have the internal chamber dimensions to accommodate pallets.

Can you freeze down bulk warm product in an Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series or do you have to use a Controlled Rate Chamber?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has the ability to freeze product from ambient temperatures to -80°C, but it does not allow for precise cooling profiles such as drop and hold or controlled temperature changes/minute.

What are the pallet sizes that the ULC-328 supports?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series ULC-259 and 328 can accommodate 42" pallets.

Is FARRAR's Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series internal set up configurable?

Yes, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series internal set up can be configured. For exmaple, one side of the freezer can be configured for shelf storage and the other for pallet storage in the ULC-259 and ULC-328.

How often will I have to perform maintenance my Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezer?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series freezer should be maintenanced yearly or longer, depending on customer process requirements.

How often does FARRAR's Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series need inspection and servicing?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series should be inspected and its temperature sensors calibrated yearly with more frequent inspection/service recommended depending on customer process requirements.

Does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series require specific storage bags, bottles, or other containers?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is adapale to any size or configuration of storage bags, bottles and containers.

Can I store bags, bottles, and other containers in the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series can accommodate bags, bottles, and containers. The ULC-328 can also accommodate standard U.S. and European pallets.

What type of sensor does the Ultra-Low Chamber have?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has a RTD/PT100 DIN A sensor which offers accuracy within 0.15 degrees.

Is the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series EnergySTAR Rated?

Currently, ULC-190 is EnergySTAR rated. At 0.30 kWh/day/cuft, It is one of the most efficient units on the market. We are working to gain that certification for the remainder of the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series which utilize the same refrigeration systems as the ULC-190.

Does FARRAR offer installation for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, installation is available for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series as part of our standard delivery process.

What are the temperature ranges for each Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series model?

All of the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models have a temperature range of +2°C to +8°C in refrigeration mode and -20°C to -80°C in freezing mode.

Is the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series the same as a ULT or cold-wall freezer?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series utilizes a discrete refrigeration system that actively cools an insulated chamber via forced air convection, similar to a walk-in freezer. This system provides automatic defrosting capabilities and fast repairs without taking freezers out of service. A standard cold wall ULT freezer relies on natural convection to cool its chamber, a slower and less uniform process.

What are the key differences between the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models?

The key differences between the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series models is the cubic feet of the interior chamber - ULC-190 offers 190 cu ft of storage, ULC-259 offers 259 cu ft of storage and ULC-328 offers 328 cu ft of stroage.

Does FARRAR assist with the GMP certification and validation process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Yes, our team is able to perform or guide your team with GMP certification and validation, including IQ OQ and PQ (IQOQPQ), and temp mapping for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series.

Is the LCD on the Ultra-Low Chamber Series customizable?

The LCD display for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series is not customizeable, however the controller can be conifgured for specific setpoints and processes.

How long does the ULC Series take to recover from door opening?

The recovery time for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series will vary depending on the application/use, fullness of the chamber and amount of time the door is open. For an empty chamber, with an outer and inner door opening of 30 seconds, the recovery time is approximately 10-15 minutes.

Are their other chambers in addition to the ULC-190, ULC-259, and ULC-328?

No, our current Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series offerings only include the ULC-190, ULC-259 and ULC-328. Contact us if your needs require a unique size or material handling application.

Does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series use liquid nitrogen?

No, the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series uses mechanical cooling only.

How long does the freeze process take for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The ULC has excessive cooling capacity to freeze materials. The length of the freeze process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series will vary depending the volume of material to freeze, and the starting and intended ending temperature of the material.

What types of life science applications does the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series support?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series supports bioprocessing, biologics manufacturing, biobanking, sample kitting, biologics logistics activities, and low temperature sample storage applications.

How long does the defrost process take for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series? Why would you need/want to defrost a ULC?

The defrost process for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series only takes a few minutes - Once the temperature of the coil reaches above freezing, the defrost process stops. Routine maintenance would eliminate snow build up within the chamber, so chamber defrost is not needed. Regular defrosting of the coil will prevent coil damage.

What is the temperature range for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series in refrigeration mode ranges from +2°C to +8°C and -20°C to -80°C in freezing mode.

How does the special auto-defrost on the machine section of the ULC work?  How does this unique system prevent any temperature increases inside the chamber where your product/samples are?

The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series auto-defrost is programmable based on variables including how frequently the doors open, humidity level of the facility, and more. Unlike standard cold wall freezers, The evaporator and condenser are located outside of the chamber. The system considers the defrost cycle (e.g. every 12 hours, every 8 hours) and automatically initiates defrost while the other refrigeration system continue with temperature conditioning to the setpoint (e.g. -80°C, -50°C) This allows the system to defrost without chamber warmup, protecting samples without having to thaw the whole freezer

What is BACnet?

BACnet is the standard communication protocol for building automation and control systems. FARRAR products with BACnet capabilities can be directly integrated into Building management systems (BMS) and Building Automation Systems (BAS).

What is MODBUS?

MODBUS is an industry standard serial communication protocol for communicating between devices. FARRAR products with MODBUS allow users to connect FARRAR products to their monitoring solutions including local and cloud based systems.

What is the warranty for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series?

Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series has a 1-year standard parts and labor) warranty in North America which is extendable for an additional two years. Globally, we offer a 1-year, parts only warranty that is also extendable for an additional 2 years.

Walk-In

Low-Temperature Spaces

Within life sciences, we’re driven to provide customers with proven, engineered, integrated, controlled-environment solutions including bulk storage, blast-freezing, production freezers, and cold spaces (+40°C to -80°C) for product and process development facilities. This includes:

Stability Rooms | +13°C to +40°C
Finished Goods Storage
| +1°C to +12°C, with a +5°C=set point
Bulk Product Unfinished Goods
| -20°C
Biologic Material Storage
| -30°C to -40°C
Vaccine and Drug Substance Storage
| -50°C to -80°C

FARRAR™ EcoFlex

FARRAR EcoFlex Walk In Freezer

The FARRAR™ EcoFlex is a top-mount, walk-in, modular environmental chamber – an industry game-changer – for anyone seeking a sole-sourced, critically classified solution. This value-engineered chamber is ideal for pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare systems, research labs, universities and more.

With a temperature range of +4°C to +37°C and an energy efficient variable speed evaporator and compressor, EcoFlex offers temperature uniformity, quiet/ compact operation and a refrigeration system that is factory-acceptance tested, charged, and operational before arrival.

Advantages + Benefits
  • Prepackaged, modular approach eliminates field refrigeration piping
  • Unique design provides 100% usable volume within the room
  • Service/maintenance completed externally so valuable product is untouched and undisturbed
  • Designed with sustainability in mind
Features
  • Temperature flexibility from +4°C to +37°C
  • Very small refrigerant charge using Low-GWP R-448A
  • Up to 50% energy savings over traditional systems*

    Reduced compressor load to promote longer lifecycle value 
Applications
  • Pharma/Biopharma Manufacturing
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Research Labs
  • Academia/Research
  • Life Sciences

Continuous air circulation promotes temperature uniformity performance.

modular medical refrigeration

Modular approach enables the equipment to be redeployed after room modifications or relocation.

modular medical refrigeration

Optional fully coated cooling coils for anti-corrosion and maximum lifecycle.

modular medical refrigeration

Modular prepackaged FAT cooling heating unit with variable speed evaporator fans and a variable speed compressor resulting in up to 50% energy savings over traditional system designs.*

modular medical refrigeration

Very small refrigerant charge using R-448A. This ensures clients have a future proofed system that only requires a 6 lb. charge of refrigerant. This eliminates the need for a larger refrigerant charge and potential leak risk.

modular medical refrigeration

Quiet and compact refrigeration system is factory-acceptance tested, charged, and operational before arrival.

modular medical refrigeration

All units are assembled in North America with quick-ship replacement parts available.

*FARRAR™ EcoFlex is up to 50% more efficient in standard use vs. traditional environmental rooms dependent on loading.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the EcoFlex a LEED driven design?

Yes. FARRAR’s EcoFlex uses low GWP R-448 refrigerant which results in up to 50% lower energy consumption. The design helps ensure customers have a future-proofed system that only requires a 6-pound charge of refrigerant. This eliminates the need for a larger refrigerant charge and potential leak risk.

*Up to 50 percent more energy efficient in standard use vs. traditional environmental rooms, dependent on loading

Once constructed, can the FARRAR EcoFlex be relocated?

The modular construction of the EcoFlex enables the equipment to be redeployed after room modifications or relocation.

At what temperature range does the FARRAR EcoFlex operate?

The EcoFlex has a simple setpoint that allows the standard unit to operate in a full range of +4°C up to +37°C with precision control (+/- 0.5°C).

What is the EcoFlex?

FARRAR® EcoFlex is an eco-friendly environmental chamber with precision-controlled temperature and humidity.

What support can I expect from FARRAR on a walk-in project?

In addition to end-to-end planning and installation capabilities (engineering and project management), FARRAR provides calibrations, turnkey installation and start-up, training and technical support and validation services. After installation, FARRAR offers scalable nationwide maintenance and calibration plans, remote preventative and predictive monitoring, and proactive technical response.

What types of walk-in rooms can FARRAR engineer?

Leveraging deep-application expertise, our team engineers walk-in environmental chambers for ultra-low temperature suites, freezers, and cold, warm, cold clean, stability (temperature and humidity), and wide-range rooms.

What types of life science materials and drug products are stored in FARRAR’s engineered walk-in rooms?

Our engineered solutions are ideal for companies committed to mission-critical refrigeration processes and storage. FARRAR chambers adhere to tight environmental specifications to help protect finished goods, bulk unfinished goods, frozen biologic material, as well as vaccine and drug substances.

Does FARRAR use low GWP refrigerants?

FARRAR does use low GWP refrigerants in our Walk-In spaces. The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series and 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber use the lowest GWP refrigerants available in the charge levels needed to provide enough cooling capacity to the chamber. Global refrigerant charge limitations on flammable refrigerants such as hydrocarbons limit our ULC and Rate chamber GWP listings. However, Trane Technologies and FARRAR have a dedicated refrigerant design team investigating new formulas that significantly lower GWP without impacting charge limitation rules.

What are the available temperature ranges for walk-in freezer?

FARRAR provides Walk-In freezers and cold rooms from +40°C to -80°C.

What do I need to provide to get a quote for walk-in freezer?

Our trained team can guide you to choose the best solution for your application. You do not have to know everything about your refrigeration needs, however, knowing your intended storage temperature range, desired volume and amount of entries per day into the space are a great start to a painless design process.

Stability Room Low Temp Storage

Stability Rooms
(+13°C to +40°C)

FARRAR offers modular environmental chambers and custom-engineered sustainability rooms, ideal for pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare systems, research labs, universities, and more.

Finished Goods Low Temp Storage

Finished Goods Storage
(+1°C to +12°C, with a +5°C=set point)

These chambers are designed to store finished goods and bulk raw materials, maintaining a specific temperature to ensure product quality.

Low temp bulk storage

Bulk Product / Unfinished Goods
(-20°C)

Able to be engineered to fit multiple specifications, FARRAR solutions can support preserving and storing biological and tissue donor samples/materials.

Biologic Material Storage
(-30°C to -40°C)

FARRAR’s walk-in environmental chambers and suites provide multi-temperature storage with multiple volumetric temperature uniformity (VTU) set points to meet the needs of biologic material storage and blast freeze applications.

Walk In Vaccine Storage

Vaccine and Drug Substance Storage
(-50ºC to -80ºC)

Ultra-low temp, high-density, bulk storage solutions are ideal for biorepositories and biomanufacturing facilities. Designed for drug product handling requirements with configurations for shelving, carts, and other stringent product handling needs.

What we do

Our team leverages deep-application expertise and a broad range of equipment and services to deliver walk-in systems that meet your precision-temperature needs and sustainability goals. We understand the challenges involved in maintaining cold-chain integrity and tight environmental specifications and we partner with you throughout project management including:

  • Planning the solution
  • Installation and setup
  • Validation services
  • Training and technical support

We also support your solutions with our ongoing preventative and predictive services, currently serving over 200 walk-in chambers in the U.S.

OFFERINGS

Our solutions are ideal for companies committed to mission-critical refrigeration processes and storage for temperature ranges from +40°C to -80°C.

Offerings include:

  • Precision-climate walk-in chambers for laboratory, biobanking, biopharma, or clinical storage
  • End-to-end planning and installation capabilities (engineering and project management)
  • Scalable nationwide maintenance plans
  • Remote preventative and predictive monitoring, including proactive technical response

CONSULTATIVE APPROACH

Whether building a new facility or upgrading your existing one, your project requires careful consideration. Our services include:

  • Professional engineering design and drafting
  • End-to-end planning and installation capabilities (engineering and project management)
  • Scalable nationwide maintenance plans
  • Remote preventative and predictive monitoring, including proactive technical response

Request a Quote Today

Connect with Sales to discuss your needs, schedule a product demonstration, or receive a quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does FARRAR build walk-in Stability Chambers/Rooms?

Yes, FARRAR provides Stability Chambers/Rooms with a temperature range of +13°C to + 40°C.

What are the available temperature ranges for walk-in rooms?

FARRAR’s walk-in environmental chambers have a temperature range of +40°C to -80°C.

What types of walk-in cold rooms can FARRAR build?

FARRAR builds a variety of walk-in environmental chambers including Stability Rooms (+13°C to +55°C), Finished Goods Storage (+1°C to +12°C), Bulk Product Unfinished Goods Storage (-20°C), Frozen Biologic Material Storage (-30°C to -40°C), and Vaccine and Drug Substance Storage (-50°C to -80°C).

What is the approximate lead time required for construction of a FARRAR walk-in cold room?

While dependent on the size and scope of the project, on average the total lead time from initiation to final set up and installation is between 16 and 20 weeks.

Do you engineer, build, and validate your walk-in spaces?

Yes, FARRAR offers end-to-end planning and installation capabilities including validation services such as IQ/OQ and PQ.

Does FARRAR install and service walk-in chambers across the United States?

Yes, FARRAR installs and services precision-climate walk-in chambers for laboratory, biobanking, biopharma, clinical storage, and other applications across the United States.

Does FARRAR provide a Service and Maintenance Contract for walk-in chambers?

Yes, FARRAR offers Service and Maintenance Contracts for our walk-in chambers as part of the base proposal or after the sale occurs.

What support can I expect from FARRAR on a walk-in project?

In addition to end-to-end planning and installation capabilities (engineering and project management), FARRAR provides calibrations, turnkey installation and start-up, training and technical support and validation services. After installation, FARRAR offers scalable nationwide maintenance and calibration plans, remote preventative and predictive monitoring, and proactive technical response.

What types of walk-in rooms can FARRAR engineer?

Leveraging deep-application expertise, our team engineers walk-in environmental chambers for ultra-low temperature suites, freezers, and cold, warm, cold clean, stability (temperature and humidity), and wide-range rooms.

What types of life science materials and drug products are stored in FARRAR’s engineered walk-in rooms?

Our engineered solutions are ideal for companies committed to mission-critical refrigeration processes and storage. FARRAR chambers adhere to tight environmental specifications to help protect finished goods, bulk unfinished goods, frozen biologic material, as well as vaccine and drug substances.

Does FARRAR use low GWP refrigerants?

FARRAR does use low GWP refrigerants in our Walk-In spaces. The Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series and 4000 Series Controlled Rate Chamber use the lowest GWP refrigerants available in the charge levels needed to provide enough cooling capacity to the chamber. Global refrigerant charge limitations on flammable refrigerants such as hydrocarbons limit our ULC and Rate chamber GWP listings. However, Trane Technologies and FARRAR have a dedicated refrigerant design team investigating new formulas that significantly lower GWP without impacting charge limitation rules.

What are the available temperature ranges for walk-in freezer?

FARRAR provides Walk-In freezers and cold rooms from +40°C to -80°C.

What do I need to provide to get a quote for walk-in freezer?

Our trained team can guide you to choose the best solution for your application. You do not have to know everything about your refrigeration needs, however, knowing your intended storage temperature range, desired volume and amount of entries per day into the space are a great start to a painless design process.

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Efficient process flow requires safe and reliable product transfer equipment. To help maintain product integrity and help ensure material handling safety and efficiency, FARRAR offers standard and custom material handling systems for manufacturing process needs.

These portable carts specifically designed for the ULC-190 and ULC-311 units accommodate all types and sizes of product containers.

Need help identifying the right system? Don’t see what you are looking for? Consult with FARRAR for a custom solution to optimize your process and improve productivity.

Product Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC-190)

Product Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC-190)

  • Bottle Capacity: 36 x 10 L Bottles
  • Cart Capacity: 1100 lb
  • Shelf Capacity: 275 lb
  • Integrated Center Guide and Cane Pin Latch
  • Corrosion-Resistant Swivel Locking Casters
  • 4 in Phenolic Wheels
  • Weight Empty ≈ 200 lb
  • Pairs with ULC Transfer Cart

Product Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber-Pallet (ULC-311)

Product Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber-Pallet (ULC-311)

  • Bottle Capacity: 32 x 10 L Bottles
  • Cart Capacity: 1100 lb
  • Shelf Capacity: 245 lb
  • Integrated Center Guide and Cane Pin Latch
  • Corrosion-Resistant Swivel Locking Casters
  • 4 in Phenolic Wheels
  • Weight Empty ≈ 250 lb
Transfer Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC-190)

Transfer Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC-190)

  • Cart Capacity: 1300 lb
  • Integrated Cane Pin for Concrete Holes
  • Corrosion-Resistant Swivel Locking Casters
  • 4 in Phenolic Wheels
  • Weight Empty ≈ 175 lb
  • Pairs with Product Bottle Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber
Transfer Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber-Pallet (ULC-311)

Transfer Cart for Ultra-Low Chamber-Pallet (ULC-311)

  • Cart Capacity 1350 lb
  • Integrated Cane Pin for Concrete Holes
  • Corrosion-Resistant Swivel Locking Casters
  • 4 in Phenolic Wheels
  • Weight Empty≈250 lb

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of additional storage tools or material handling does FARRAR provide?

FARRAR® provides standard and custom material handling systems for bulk materials, finished goods and small samples, including product and transfer carts for the Ultra-Low Chamber (ULC) Series.

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