The Anatomy of a Refrigeration Failure: What Happens at 2:00 a.m. When Mission Critical Equipment Fails, an article contribution featured in Biobanking, the leading media platform for news and information related to biobank, biorepository and biospecimen science.
Ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers often contain high-value biopharmaceuticals and/or irreplaceable research. When you leave at the end of the day or for the weekend, you need confidence that those assets are protected. However, based on the hours in an average work week, 76 percent of equipment failures are statistically likely to occur outside the typical 9 to 5 schedule. This explains why it is so common for facility managers or researchers to be alerted in the middle of the night or over a long weekend of a failure.