Freezer Monitoring Program

The Minus 80 Critical Temperature Monitoring service was selected as the “recommended” institutional vendor for our Basic Sciences Freezer Monitoring Program. One of the findings from the 2019 Freezer Task Force Report was that 25% of the freezers on campus are not monitored by any temperature reporting system. The Report also noted that 25% of the freezers are not connected to emergency power (not necessarily the same 25%). We highly recommend that all freezers, liquid nitrogen containers, refrigerators, etc., are connected to a temperature monitoring device. During the evaluation of the available monitoring platforms and preparation of the 2019 Freezer Task Force Report, it became clear that many departments and/or labs are currently using the Minus 80 Monitoring system. The satisfaction with this vendor is high and the cost of installation reasonable. Minus 80 partnered with Cryostar Industries, Inc., to ease installation and assist with emergency repair of freezers for their clients. Cryostar is a reputable vendor for freezer maintenance and repair and serviced equipment on campus for many years. As a local, New York vendor, their response time and professionalism has been exemplary.

Freezer Monitoring Program Specifics:

  • The Freezer Monitoring Program – Data collection devices have been installed across campus, in all research buildings, such that all research floors are covered.
  • Freezer Probes – Each researcher/lab can elect to outfit their units with a temperature monitoring probe, door opening sensor, and 24/7 call out features.1
    Costs - The cost for each freezer is $213 per unit/year. Each lab/Department/PI must establish their own account with Minus 80.

Please contact the Minus 80 Critical Temperature Monitoring service directly by E-mail or by phone (855-646-8789) to schedule installation. You may contact Mr. Anthony Smalls, Program Manager, Research Operations & Infrastructure, with specific questions.