Ship-Mate lite $149
Ship-Mate Lite Kit $189
Ship-Mate will make a huge difference in your ability to ship chilled semen reliably. The traditional method of shipping chilled semen is by using passive system*. Ice packs in the shipping container cool the specimen, but there is no way to control the rate that the specimen is cooled or the final temperature that it is cooled to. The results are inconsistent and unreliable.
Ship-Mate controls both the cooling rate and final temperature of the specimen. Ship-Mate uses a double walled stainless steel flask that is surround by ice packs inside an insulated foam shipping box. The ice packs alone would damage the specimen by cooling it too fast causing Cold Shock** and also potentially freezing the specimen.
A microprocessor, temperature sensor, heater, and memory are the secrets to successfully shipping chilled semen. The specimen temperature is measured and a small amount of heat is added to the flask thereby controlling the cooling to the ideal rate of 0.5 °C / minute until the sample reaches 18°C/64°F. Then the sample is cooled very slowly at a rate of 1 °C every 20 minutes to exactly 5°C/41°F , this slow cooling rate is necessary to prevent Cold Shock. For the remainder of the trip the sample is held at 5°C/41°F the optimum temperature. It takes about 4.5 hours to properly reach the 5°C/41°F plateau.
The whole process is automated using Ship-Mate, there is no setup required, just load the box with ice packs insert a fresh D cell alkaline battery and Ship-Mate does the rest.
Ship-Mate Lite, AI Starter Kit Includes:
- 1 - Ship-Mate Lite, Electronic Semen Shipping Vacuum Flask
- 1 - Polar Tech 207C Thermo Chill Insulated Carton
- 5 - Chill Gel Ice Packs
- 2 - Syringes
- 4 - AI Rods
10 - Whirl-Pak Collections Bags
* Passive Cooling — Is when the samples cooling rate and final temperature is a function of the packaging material, geometry of the container and external temperature verses an Active Cooling system like Ship-Mate that uses electricity and a computer to control the cooling profile and final shipping temperature.
** Cold Shock — Cold Shock damages the sperm of many species, but the cell injury is not due to exposure of the sperm to a critical temperature rather it is the rapidity of the temperature change from around 18°C/64°F to just about 5°C/41°F.