DigiTherm® CircKinetics™: Ideal Drosophila Activity Monitoring Incubator For Circadian Research!

DT2-CIRC-TK:  $2,753.51


Special Power Options

Computer Connectivity

Activity Monitoring


Fast Temperature Shifts

AC Plug Options

Customized Holes/Ports

Tritech Research brings you the DigiTherm® CircKinetics™ incubator—ideal for Drosophila research.  Convenient, quiet, energy-efficient heating/cooling temperature control is great for maintaining fly stocks, or growing S2 cells.  With our custom-made Circadian light source add-on, even Circadian entrainment and Activity Monitoring is a breeze!

Key Features:
  • A complete integrated system for Drosophila Research and Activity Monitoring

  • HDPE-Lined corrosion-proof interior

  • Switches between heating and cooling automatically

  • Extremely energy efficient for near-ambient temperature incubation without use of a compressor or Freon-type gases
  • White highly-reflective interior for more even lighting

  • Recirculates internal atmosphere, to maintain proper elevated humidity

General Activity Monitoring provides an important control for any study of behavioral genetics.  Therefore, the system has:
  • Built-in interior jacks to accommodate 5 to 20 TriKinetics Activity Monitors (TriKinetics has been providing the industry standard equipment for Drosophila activity monitoring since 1987, and now it is possible to get a completely integrated activity monitoring system that incorporates their equipment so that you don't have to design your own.)

  • Light-Tight Build to prevent accidental entrainment

Super User-Friendly DeviceCom3™ software with advanced features allows you to:
  • Log temperature and lighting data

  • Check and change temperature and lighting parameters from any computer or cell phone with an internet connection

  • Be notified immediately by email, IM or cell phone text message if someone opens your dark incubator and lets in light, the bulb begins failing, or there is a temperature alarm—saving you days, weeks, or even months of repeated work due to bad data

  • Easily run lighting and temperature regimens with non-24 hour days

  • Establish detailed, complex temperature and lighting regimens such as replicating the lighting and temperature of New York City for 1988 vs. 2008.

The DigiTherm® CircKinetics™ incubator includes all of the features above with a discounted price compared to getting them separately.

Enjoy the convenience of getting your TriKinetics products, together with your DigiTherm® CircKinetics™ incubator, all with a single Purchase Order. Simply select the TKDAM option and we will include 2 TriKinetics DAM2 Drosophila Activity Monitors (monitor 64 flies simultaneously), the TriKinetics USB Control box(Power Supply Interface Unit), with a power supply unit, 100 glass and 100 plastic behavior monitoring tubes, and all the cables to plug things in and start an experiment, right out of the box. See TriKinetics' brochures for further details on their products HERE.

We offer the option of receiving a brand new LAPTOP as part of your Circadian Activity Monitoring System. The laptop will arrive preloaded with DeviceCom3 software and TriKinetics software so that you don't have to spend time loading it! Just choose your favorite laptop option or call us for a quote if you want a different laptop.

Note:  The DigiTherm® CircKinetics™ incubator can connect to a PC via the RS-232 serial port or to both Mac and network-equipped PCs via your local Ethernet.  Please specify which of these connections you  will be using.

Note:  For internet-based and cell phone-based alarms and remote-control functions, the computer talking to your DigiTherm® CircKinetics™ incubator using DeviceCom3™ software must have a continuous internet connection available.

In order to help you optimize space in your research lab, Tritech Research's stacking Rack (DT2-STACK) for its 38L Incubator allows to stack incubators on top of each other. The maximum recommended amount of incubators to stack on top of each other is three. (requires 2 racks).

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Q: How does the incubator attach to a computer?
A: There are two connectivity options available:

The "serial connectivity" option is only supported for "Windows" computers that come with a RS-232 port or support a USB-to-RS-232 adapter. This requires connecting a DB9 RS-232 printer cable from the incubator directly to the PC, usually with the PC right next to the incubator.

The "Ethernet connectivity" option is more universal and works with any Mac, Linux, or Windows computer that has a wired Ethernet (RJ45) network port. The incubator can be plugged directly into the computer with a single RJ45 Cat5 cable, or, more usefully, the incubator can be plugged into your local network (via a hub, data switch, or switch/router) and the computer can be anywhere that can reach that network (in the incubator room, on your desk, or anywhere on the planet with an internet connection). Please note that a known, accessible, external IP address, or "port forwarding," is required for connection from outside the incubator's local area network.

Q: What computers can run the DeviceCom3 incubator control software?
A: Any Windows, Mac, or Linux-based computer that can run Java! DeviceCom3 is written in Java, so it runs on a wide variety of platforms.

Q: Why would I want to order an optional laptop or other computer from Tritech Research?
A: Ordering a Mac or PC from Tritech Research provides a way to purchase a computer, even with grants that do not allow computer purchases, since it is part of an integrated incubation system. We will also install our software, all important OS updates, the latest Trikinetics software, and OpenOffice on the computer and set is to disable automatic updates and power-saver options that could cause an interrupted connection.

One advantage of a laptop vs. a desktop computer is that laptops have built-in batteries, so they will continue to function during a power failure / fluctuation.

Q: How fast can the incubator change temperature with the standard vs. Rapid Heating vs. Rapid Cooling options?
A: It is not possible to answer how long a temperature transition will take without knowing the ambient temperature, the desired From and To temperatures, and the thermal mass of what will be placed inside the incubator. However, we can give some rough numbers for specific examples. A standard incubator that is empty in a room with 25°C ambient temperature can go from 27°C to 37°C in about 15 minutes and back down from 37°C to 27°C in about 25 minutes. Note that you need to use the software to get those times. When the incubator is running independently of the computer software, circadian temperature transitions are slower - 1 to 2 hours to coast down from 37°C to 27°C. Using the same conditions as above, but adding the Rapid Heating option, cuts the transition time from 27°C to 37°C down to about 2 minutes. Feel free to contact us for more specific or up-to-date information.

Q: If I've purchased an incubator and want to purchase another, will I be able to hook up the new incubator to the same computer as my previous incubator?
A: Yes, each instance of DeviceCom3 software has it's own name. For example, one incubator might be labName_tritech1 and if you get more they will be labName_tritech2, etc. These can run on the same computer at the same time. Trikinetics monitors are also serialized, so incubator #1 can have 1-4 and incubator 2 can have 5-8, etc. The Trikinetics USB interface box has plugs for 4 incubators, as long as they can be close enough to each other.

Q: If I want to use my own computer to connect to the incubator, what are the required specifications?
The computer needs to have a wired Ethernet network port, also called a RJ45 jack. With the MacBook air, you can get a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter. On some computers, it may be possible to get a USB to Ethernet adapter. This is a requirement for direct connection with the incubator via a cable and preferable to wifi even for a true network connection since a wired connection is more reliable. The computer needs to have a static IP address (this is something that can be set manually). If it doesn't come pre-installed, the computer needs to have Java installed on it (this is something that can be downloaded and installed). It needs to be set not to "sleep". It is referable if it has a solid state hard drive so there are no moving parts to wear out during long term normal operation. Pretty much any processor speed and amount of memory and storage capacity is enough. All recent versions of Mac OS work fine. Windows 7 is preferable to Windows 10 because automatic updates cannot be disabled on Windows 10 (which could interrupt interaction with the incubator), but either will work. If the same computer is meant to be used with Trikinetics activity monitors, it needs at least one USB port. We currently distribute your personalized version of DeviceCom3 on a CD, so a CD/DVD drive or temporary access to one is convenient. If no CD/DVD drive is available, we can upload your software to an online storage drive, if needed, upon request, for you to download.

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