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Smoking Robot VC 10®

Smoking Robot VC 10®

The smoking machine VC 10® is specially designed to fulfill the requirements of whole smoke and aerosol generation for in vitro experiments. It is suitable for conventional and electronic cigarettes.

The VC 10® offers significant advantages over other commercial smoking machines.

  • Generation of smoke with the shortest distance to cell cultures
    For the success of an experiment with mainstream tobacco smoke it is important that the distance between the smoke generation (cigarette holders) and the VITROCELL® cell exposure system is as short as possible in order to avoid aging and to guarantee a smoke composition matching the real-life situation.
  • Open and flexible system / incorporation of other analytical tools
    The robot is designed to allow easy access to all tubes, filters and the syringe system. Additional analytical equipment relevant to the experiment can be installed without difficulty by the operator.
  • Freely programmable parameters
    The computer system allows highly flexible programming of the smoking process. Changing from single cigarette smoke to serial smoke mode for a defined number of cigarettes is possible. All parameters of the smoking process like puff duration, puff volume, puff frequency and exhaust duration can be defined according to the needs of the experiment.
  • Statistics
    The data of the smoking process are logged into an Excel® sheet for further processing.
  • Small dimensions of machine suitable for lab workplace
    The robot is divided into 3 major components: computer, control box and smoking platform. Only the smoking platform must be placed in the direct area of the experiment, the other components can be placed elsewhere in the lab.
  • All components are easy to clean
    In particular the work with unfiltered mainstream smoke demands frequent cleaning of all parts of the robot which are in contact with the smoke. Cleaning must take place after each experiment in order to avoid any influence of residual products on the following experiment. Due to the easy access to all parts the cleaning can be done quickly and efficiently.
  • Compatibility with other systems in the lab
    The robot can be integrated with and connected to other lab systems, e. g. analytical or automation systems.
  • Compliance with ISO 3308
    The robot meets the requirements of ISO 3308 which assures a compatibility with data generated for quality assurance purposes on other smoking machines.
  • Compliance with Health Canada / Intense Conditions
    The robot meets the requirements for 55 ml/30 sec puff frequency requirements if the interchange option is purchased.
  • Bell shaped, square and human puff profile capabilities
  • Quality
    The robot is built to the highest standards using reliable and durable components. Precision of the process is ensured by a stepper motor for smoking port rotation and linear drive motor for the pump as well as sensor-controlled and pneumatically-driven components. Compliance with CE standards.
  • Service
    All VC 10® robots are designed to be very service-friendy and have a secure internet-based remote servicing module.

Technical Data VC 10® Smoking Robot

Dimensions electrical control box
600 x 300 x 600 mm (L x W x H); 24 x 12 x 24 inches

Dimensions smoking platform
1000 x 600 x 300 mm (L x W x H) / (height without hood); 40 x 24 x 12 inches

Power supply
1 x 230 V, 50/60 Hz , 16 A

Compressed air
Operating pressure 6 bar (87 psi); system pressure 10 bar (145 psi)

Remote service module
Included / Internet access mandatory

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