Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

Smoking Robot VC 10® S-TYPE

Smoking Robot VC 10® S-TYPE

Cutting edge technologies make the VITROCELL® smoking machine VC 10® S-TYPE a perfect tool for evaluation of conventional and e-cigarettes.

This smoking machine features all special requirements for high-class research: compliance with ISO, Health Canada and square puff profile protocols as well as ease of handling, fast cleaning and high speed product change capabilities.
It is suitable for working with side- and mainstream smoke, and offers significant advantages over other smoking machines.

General features of the VITROCELL VC 10® series

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bell shaped as well as square 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.

Special features of the VITROCELL VC 10® S-TYPE Smoking Robot

  • Platform concept with docking stations
  • Large magazine for 300 cigarettes enabling long test runs
  • New contact-free lighter using hot air
  • New smoking head with small dead volume and integrated butt ejector
  • Quick-lock holder system for all types of conventional and e-cigarettes
  • Machine-controlled button actuator for e-cigarettes
  • Heated smoke path system
  • New multiple 5-port exhaust system
  • Scalable to up to 3 syringe drives
  • Entire product change cleaning in < 10 min (with a few prepared exchange parts)

Technical Data VC 10® S-TYPE Smoking Robot

Dimensions electrical control box
790 x 300 x 600 mm (L x W x H); 31 x 12 x 24 inches

Dimensions smoking platform
940 x 690 x 670/694* mm (L x W x H) / (height without hood); 37 x 28 x 27/28 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

*platform opened

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