Live Cell Incubating System

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Incubator T Series

Incubator T Series is an intuitive and integrated stage-top live cell incubator system, maintains all essential parameters in a physiological state ensures optimal experimental conditions for cell viability on the microscope for the purpose of ‘ happiness for the cells and success for researchers.’ It is a system that can maintain the right temperature and pH for cells to live, or create and maintain an environment suitable for the experimental characteristics, keeping live cells healthy during imaging on a microscope or for days to weeks.

Incubator T Series provides precisely controlled conditions including optimized temperature, humidity, CO2, and optional O2 levels for long-term live cell imaging with various Magnetic Imaging Chambers fitted perfectly. The temperature of the incubator main body, incubator cover, humidifier, lens warmer, and gas concentration is controllable and recordable. The gas gradients are programmable by CCP(Computer Controlled Program) software.


Automatic Sensing Mode

Temperature control by 3 types of heating feedback

  • External Mode [World-Wide 1st]

The optimal temperature control algorithm that minimizes temperature deviation by detecting changes in the temperature outside the incubator automatically adjusts the temperature of the incubator optimized for cell growth.

  • Sample Mode

By sensing the sample temperature, the optimum incubator temperature is adjusted.

  • Manual Mode

By setting the temperature desired by the user, various environments for researchers’ purpose can be performed.

Live cell imaging of lysis granule dynamics.

To visualize the lysing granules, NK cells in microwells were incubated with 1 μM LysoSensor™ Green DND-189 (Invitrogen, diluted in cell culture medium) for 30 min at 37°C. For live cell imaging, a cover slip containing microwells containing NK cells mounted in a Chamlide chamber (Live Cell Instrument, Korea) is equipped with a Chamlide TC incubator system maintaining 37 °C and 5% CO2 (Live Cell Instrument)
Kim, M., et al., Multi-cellular natural killer (NK) cell clusters enhance NK cell activation through localizing IL-2 within the cluster. Scientific reports, 2017. 7: p. 40623.

Analysis of cardiomyocyte contractility.

Cell contraction was measured using defocusing microscopy (DM), a technique developed by Agero and colleagues (1, 2). Time-lapse microscopy was used to  determine the beating rate of cardiomyocytes. Cells were visualized using a Nikon Eclipse Ti inverted microscope coupled to a 40 Nikon Japan objective lens  with a 0.55 numerical aperture and 2.1 mm working distance.  A Chamlide model CU-109 CO2 incubator (Live Cell Instrument, Seoul, Korea) was used to maintain the samples at 37°C, 5% CO2, and 60% humidity.
Kim, M., et al., Multi-cellular natural killer (NK) cell clusters enhance NK cell activation through localizing IL-2 within the cluster. Scientific reports, 2017. 7: p. 40623.av

Live-cell imaging of intestinal organoids from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

Live-cell imaging of Human intestinal organoids (hIOs) was performed on a motorized inverted microscope with an on-stage incubator (Live Cell Instrument, Seoul, South Korea). Time-lapse images were acquired every 1 h for 48 h.
Jung, K.B., et al., In vitro and in vivo imaging and tracking of intestinal organoids from human induced pluripotent stem cells. The FASEB Journal, 2017. 32(1): p. 111-122.

Time-lapse microscopy of oocyte maturation.

After cRNA injection, oocytes were arrested at the GV stage for 3–4 h in the presence of 2.5 mM milrinone, transferred to freshM16 medium, and cultured for 14 h. Images were capturedat 300- or 600-s intervals for 12–15 h using a widefield fluorescence microscope (Lumascope 620; Etaluma, Carlsbad, CA, USA) or a confocal laser-scanning microscope equipped with a Plan Apochromat 340 1.2 NA water immersion objective and a Chamlide observation chamber and incubator system (Live Cell Instrument, Seoul, South Korea) in M16 medium at 37°C in 5% CO2.
Lee, I.-W., et al., Distinct roles of Cep192 and Cep152 in acentriolar MTOCs and spindle formation during mouse oocyte maturation. The FASEB Journal, 2017. 32(2): p. 625-638.
For live-cell imaging, phagocytosis assays were performed using a stage incubator (Live Cell Instrument) set at 37°C/5% CO2.
Naufer, A., et al., pH of endophagosomes controls association of their membranes with Vps34 and PtdIns (3) P levels. J Cell Biol, 2017: p. jcb. 201702179.
Ledderose, C., et al., Purinergic P2X4 receptors and mitochondrial ATP production regulate T cell migration. The Journal of clinical investigation, 2018.



Incubator offers optimal on-stage cell culture environment by maintaining the temperature, humidity, and pH during time lapse imaging. Thermal design of the incubating cover and body are designed to provide heat inside the incubator. For better heat insulation and durability, the incubator body is designed with heating plate to maintain the temperature, while incubator cover composed of built-in dual layered glass traps the heat inside.

Incubator T Standard

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    Stable Sliding & Whole opening cover for user
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    Fit to 26mm & 30mm W.D. of condenser
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    Dual-layered incubator cover for heat insulation
    Top: Tempered glass for breakage-free using Gorilla 6 Glass
    Bottom: ITO Glass for heating
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    Magnetic combine method of cover & body makes high
    sealing and better stability
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    Temperature control by 3 types of heating feedback
    3-channel fluidics port
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    Sample holder with Magnet Fixing Cover

Incubator T Light

  • Lighter model of the Incubator T Series
  • Recommended for weight sensitive stage like Piezo Stage
  • Only whole opening cover available

Incubator T Wide

  • IncubatorT Wide has a built-in Water Reservoir, which provides excellent performance of maintaining humidity even when using commercial well plate.
  • Optimaize for long term high throughput analysis imaging
  • Best for Humidity Maintanance
  • Long-term Imaging available with wellplate

Water Reservoir Type Sample Holder

The water reservoir around the sample holder improves the maintenance of humidity, preventing media from evaporation.

  • Compatible with all types of cell culture consumables
  • Commercial well plate can be used without a additional structure
  • Magnetic Fixing Cover makes it possible to load the sample more easily and stably

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*Reservoir Volume 45cc


Temperature Controller

Provides stable and precise control of sample temperature for long-term imaging. Using PID Control, it enables maintaining the temperature of all heating parts including incubator cover, incubator main body, humidifier, and lens-warmer

  • 3 types of heating control : External, Sample (K-type), Manual sensing feedback
  • 4 heating channels: Incubator cover, body, humidifier, lens warmer
  • Simple cable attachment with color connector
  • Stable and durable temperature distribution
  • Real-time graph and alarm function
  • Real-time thermal response
  • PID control of all parameters

Gas Mixer

Provides accurate concentration gas of CO2, N2, or O2 for research application

  • Available with 3 types of gas controller
  • Solenoid valve and a reservoir for uniform gas blends
  • PID control system regulates gas concentration
  • Internal air pump for a stable gas flow
  • Straight quick connection by tubing fittings

* C-type Cable

  • Simplicity and Standardization
  • Easy installation
  • Intuitive connection


The role of the humidifier is to generate and help incubator to maintain relative humidity, and prevent evaporation which can cause cell damage. CO2 gas flows into incubator through heated water controlled by the humidifier sensor. The rate of air-bubbling can be used to check the flow of gas.

  • Keeps saturated humidity in the incubator
  • Maintains osmolality of medium by preventing evaporation
  • Short heating time and accurate temperature feedback by heater and sensor installed inside the humidifier which is directly located in the water
  • Backflow protection filter to prevent backflow of water from gas leakage or careless use
  • Easily replenish water without removing the lid by separate water replenishment port

Lens Warmer

For high-resolution imaging, it is necessary to control the temperature of the immersion objective lens. Oil, glycerin, or water acts as a thermal coupling medium which draws heat away from the specimen. To avoid heat loss, wrap the lens warmer onto the objective lens to generate and maintain a proper temperature. Its silicone band fits to all types of objectives.

  • For high-magnification & high-resolution imaging
  • Specialized silicone material heating band wraps the lens without gap, preventing thermal dissipation from sample temperature
  • Flexible silicone material heating band fit to all objective lens

Remote Touch Pad

Android tablet PC provides intuitive graphical screen for all of parameters required to control incubator system

  • Controls system and all parameters by smartphone and other devices
  • Provides on-line troubleshooting
  • Uses GUI(Graphical User Interface) with intuitive and easy control
  • GUI for real-time temperature and control
  • Automatically save and check real-time data with PC
  • Output data to PC through USB A cable

Graphical User Interface

The Incubator System T is an intuitive and user-friendly operator, which can be remote-controlled by smartphones and other mobile devices through app. The operator controls all parameters for the system anytime & anywhere in real time.

Initial Window

1. Incubator Setting
Access the main control panel for all parameters setting
2. Graph
Real-time graphs show temperature reading for all electrical elements
3. pH Reference
Screen indicates the current state of sample pH by pH color table (phenol red)
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Incubator TS (Standard) Incubator TW (Wide) Incubator TL (Light)
Dimension (Incubator Cover) 173.5(W) x 139(D) x 15.5(H) mm 213.5(W) x 155(D) x 15.5(H) mm 173.5(W) x 113(D) x 10.5(H) mm
Dimension (Incubator Body) 172(W) x 124.5(D) x 20(H) mm
172(W) x 124.5(D) x 24(H) mm
212(W) x 142(D) x 20(H) mm
212(W) x 142(D) x 24(H) mm
172(W) x 110(D) x 20(H) mm
172(W) x 110(D) x 4(H) mm (with Spacer)
Weight Incubator cover: 250g
Incubator body: 155g (26mm)
Incubator body: 196g (30mm)
Incubator cover: 355g
Incubator body: 220g (26mm)
Incubator body: 260g (30mm)
Incubator cover: 180g
Incubator body: 135g
Incubator body: 155g (with Spacer)
Glass Dual Glass
- Top: Gorilla 6
- Bottom: ITO heating glass

Temperature Controller

Dimension 220(W) x 300(D) x 100(H) mm
Operation Touch Pad
Weight 3.24kg
Temperature Range Max. 45℃
SV Resolution 0.1℃
Sensor PT 100ohm (5ea)
Thermocouple sensor (K-type)
Control Method PID
Volume Humidifier Max. 200ml
Volume Reservoir Max. 50ml
Power 100~240V

Gas Mixer

Dimension 220(W) x 300(D) x 100(H) mm
Operation Touch Pad
Weight 4.44kg
Gas Type 100% CO2 100% O2 100% N2
Input Gas Pressure 0.12bar 0.15bar 0.15bar
Concentration Range CO2 0~20%
*O2 0~99%
Accuracy ±0.1%
SV Resolution 0.1%
Flow Rate 200cc/min
Sensor CO2 NDIR
*O2 Thermal conductive
*N2 Thermal conductive
Control Method PID
Control Valve CO2 Solenoid valve
*O2 Proportional Solenoid orifice
*N2 Proportional Solenoid orifice
Power 100~240V

*: Only applies to OX series

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Available with various chamber types

Magnetic attachment cable

  • Patent magnetic connection
  • E-asy installation
  • Intuitive connection

Touch pad control

  • 8 inch wider touch pad
  • Easy to control

Sliding incubator cover

Whole open incubator cover