Pro-CuroSample tracking is an aspect of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) that has received a great deal of attention since the introduction of computer based Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). In life science institutions, especially those which use human material, it is vitally important to be able to name and trace biological materials. The successful implementation of a suitable tracking system not only ensures that all materials are easily found and traced, but can help guarantee the regulatory compliance and the value of a laboratory and its results

This white paper examines the importance of tracking biological materials and samples as they move through laboratory processes, and looks at the possible consequences of undertaking this kind of procedure incorrectly. It discusses the use of electronic systems to ensure each and every sample is accounted for, and some of the major issues to consider when selecting software for your laboratory.

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Planer offer a  sample tracking solution - Pro-curo. See our web page for videos, brochures and how to sign up for your free 14 day trial!

Bill BooneBill Boone, Ph.D. with the Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina has been publishing on key aspects of ART outcomes for many years. Of special interest to Planer customers will be his papers on air quality, the way that temperature affects equipment in the ART lab and his latest paper on the variability of temperature inside larger incubators

This latest paper, published October 2013 in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and co authored with Walker, Butler and Higdon, deals with temperature variations within and between large incubators. The trial was performed in an ART lab in a university hospital and temperature values were taken at various locations within and between incubators. These showed that even though the two large incubators were each set to 37.0 °C, same make and model incubators had significantly different internal temperatures. Temperature has been shown to be important in embryo culture: the findings of Abramczuk and Lopata are cited showing the highest human in vitro embryo cleavage progression rate and pregnancy were obtained at 36.9 deg.

A typical wireless temperature monitoring systemUsing wireless temperature sensors, temperatures were recorded every five minutes for four hours at strategic locations in the incubators; thirty measurements were taken for each position. Temperatures differed significantly amongst the upper, middle and lower shelves; also between the front and the backs of the internal shelves.

The authors suggest that lab personnel should evaluate these larger incubators for temperature variations within and between different models and develop ways to deal with discrepancies. The report is published by Springer and can be purchased at

Two other of Bill's many publications are on the way air quality and then temperature affects outcomes in fertility laboratories.

The latter paper evaluated the effect of ambient room temperature on equipment typically used with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) showing a direct relationship between room temperature and equipment temperature stability. When room temperature increased or decreased, equipment temperature reacted quite rapidly in a corresponding manner. Bill et al conclude that room and equipment temperatures should be monitored faithfully and adjusted as frequently as needed.

The former paper, on air quality, investigated the effect of improved air quality in IVF and subsequent embryo development. It showed that the proportion of embryos past the four-cell stage increased steadily in the years after a new Class 100 clean room was built.

ACE 2014On view at the conference January 6th to 7th were some of our new products including ...

  • CO2 & Temperature monitoring for benchtop incubators
  • Wireless & hard-wired Monitoring, Alarm and Reporting systems
  • Sample Tracking software
  • And of course Controlled Rate Freezers, Liquid Nitrogen storage, dewars, and cryogenic accessories

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CO2 with BT37The American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting took place in Boston this year, some 240 years after the "Boston Tea Party". We tried to make amends by using Boston as the town to launch our new CO2 monitoring system. This unique sensor and logging system helps ensure that the best environment is used to culture embryos. This product can help identify problems that can occur within an incubator using premixed gas. Benchtop incubator users may assume when the premix gas goes in that the same concentration comes out, which is not necessarily the case. Any number of factors can affect the gas concentration, and by measuring the CO2 exhaust one can measure and log performance and hopefully anticipate any potential problems.

Also on show were our monitoring and alarm system ReAssure, which is our brand new monitoring system for today's data-centric customers. ReAssure uses an intuitive user interface to deliver a monitoring system designed by real users to meet the needs of embryologists and other lab technicians. Learn more here

We also took the opportunity to launch Pro-Curo, Planer's solution to for the sample tracking management software area. Again, intuitive is the best way to describe this piece of software, you can test this out with a free 14 day trial here.

You can find more information at the show here.


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