VACUSAFE - Aspiration System

Safe disposal of biological liquids

Vacuum systems are widely used in biological laboratories for the aspiration, collection and subsequent disposal of biological liquid waste. Typically, “do-it-yourself” systems, consisting of a vacuum flask connected via a tubing to a water-jet pump, are found in laboratories. However, these self-made systems have some significant drawbacks. Emptying the flask is tedious and messy, connected Pasteur pipettes can get broken and injure the operator and most critical, the vacuum source often gets contaminated by liquids or aerosols.

As a much safer and user-friendly alternative, INTEGRA developed the VACUSAFE Aspiration System. VACUSAFE is a compact, all-in-one laboratory vacuum pump, providing a safe and efficient way to collect and contain biological liquid waste. For maximum safety, VACUSAFE is equipped with vacuum source protection, a shatterproof bottle and a secure stand that holds the bottle in place.

How it works

VACUSAFE combines vacuum pump, collection bottle, overflow protection and filter in an all-in-one liquid aspiration system. Such a closed aspiration system offers the most effective method for containment of biohazardous liquids by maximal personal protection.

SAFETY FIRST - PROTECT YOURSELF AND THE LAB

The VACUSAFE product range offers different levels of safety depending on the requirements of specific applications.

For total containment of hazardous liquids, VACUSAFE provides following safety features:

Integrated pump with vacuum control

Self-closing connectors to avoid escape of drops or aerosols

Level sensor detecting when the bottle is full

VACUSAFE enables Biosafety level 1, 2 and 3 labs to comply with the stringent user safety guidelines for handling contaminated solutions while maximising productivity and minimising noise and operational inconveniences.

USER-FRIENDLY - FOR PRODUCTIVE ASPIRATION TASKS

A simple routine task like the aspiration of liquids requires user-friendly equipment that is easy to install and convenient to operate. Several aspects make VACUSAFE a convenient tool for productive aspiration:

All-in-one system includes all necessary components

Straightforward operation – simply switch on, set the desired vacuum and start working

Integrated pump / valve is switched off automatically when the vacuum is established in the bottle

Noise of the integrated pump is well below 65 dB(A)

Quick tubing connectors speed up bottle removal

VERSATILE TOOLS FOR ALL LIQUID ASPIRATION TASKS

An important component contributing to the versatility of the VACUSAFE system is the vacuum aspiration tool VACUBOY because it can be fitted with different adapters for removal of liquids from virtually every laboratory vessel.

The application range is further expanded by the possibility to adjust the vacuum level depending on the needs: from gentle removal of supernatants from a centrifuge tube or 96-well plate to fast emptying of a large culture flask.

Technical data

Vacuum range

-300 to -600 mbar (adjustable)

Pump flow rate

8 l/min (air)

Aspiration rate

17 ml/s (aspiration pipette)

Noise emission

<50 dB (A) at 1 m

Dimensions (H x W x D)

53 x 18 x 32 cm

Weight

3.4 kg

Input voltage

100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz