Multi-Gas Incubators


Effective capacity
Temperature range
+5℃ above ambient to 50℃

*The optional MCO-170UVS will add the UV function.

*Optional MCO-170HB/MCO170EL installation required.


icon   inCu saFe Construction for Germicidal Protection
  • Panasonic offers exclusive use of inCu saFe copper-enriched stainless steel alloy interior surfaces within a technical design created to eliminate contamination sources and to mitigate the effect of airborne contaminates introduced through normal use.
  • Chart summarizes test results with four strains of mycoplasma. Results demonstrate how Panasonic inCu saFe copperenriched stainless steel alloy offers germicidal properties of conventional C1100 copper while maintaining both corrosionproof and discoloration-resistant properties of conventional stainless steel 304.
icon   SafeCell UV Decontamination
  • SafeCell UV includes a programmable ultraviolet lamp, isolated from cell cultures, that decontaminates conditioned air and humidity reservoir water to prevent contamination without affecting cell cultures in vitro.
  • Contaminants trapped within the humidifying pan at the base of the plenum are destroyed by high intensity, ozone-free ultraviolet light.
  • Decontaminated, humidified air is released from the lower plenum for vertical convection through and around the perforated shelves. Interior air motion is suspended when the door is opened, minimizing movement of room air contaminants into the chamber. The unique air duct system also improves temperature recovery characteristics.
Airflow and water pan decontamination using a UV system
Rapid, Effective and Safe An industry-first. Panasonic’s Cycle

icon   Unique high-speed system utilizing vaporized H2O2 offers time-saving and documented chamber decontamination with complete safety.

  • Attaching the optional MCO-170HB and MCO-170EL to MCO-170M will add the H2O2 decontamination function.
  • Full decontamination process takes less than three hours, saving valuable time. For example, if the decontamination cycle is started at 9 am, the unit will be ready for use in the afternoon.
Accurate Temperature Control
  • The patented Direct Heat and Air Jacket conditioning system precisely regulates temperature through three independent heating zones under microprocessor PID* control. Uniform temperatures are further enhanced by gentle fan circulation.
  • *Proportional Integral Derivative
  • To avoid cell culture desiccation, the MCO-170M maintains up to 90% RH at 37°C.
  • Humidification is achieved by reliable natural evaporation and forced-air circulation and protected by an automatic optical sensor for low water level alerts.
icon   Precise CO2 Control
  • Panasonic proprietary single beam, dual detector infrared CO2 system offers unprecedented control accuracy and stability by simultaneously measuring two wavelengths for continuous zero calibration.
  • Benefits include ultra-fast recovery without overshoot and accurate CO2 averages during periods of frequent incubator access with multiple door openings.
  • An optional STD gas auto calibration kit is available.
Zirconia O2 Control

For the Multigas Incubator, a solid zirconia oxygen sensor maintains sub-ambient O2 levels with high degree of precision. It has a long service life and has fast response to door openings.

Integrated Tray Catches minimize cleaning time while LCD Panel enhances operation

LCD TouchPanel Controller

A WVGA color LCD touchpanel delivers full control over different protocols. Standard USB port provides convenient log data transfer

*Data log period is 1.5 months using 2-minute intervals.
*Password protected USB memories cannot be used.
*Multiple detailed activity logs exported to indivisual CSV files.
Integrated Tray catches

Tray catches are integral parts of the chamber, opening up more space for trays, allowing the incubator to accommodate more culture containers.
(comparison with MCO-19M)

MCO-170M’s interior components
MCO-170M’s tray catches
(integral part of the chamber)

Up to 20 ø100mm dishes (92mm) can be arrayed (5 horizontally x 4 vertically)

*In-house comparison

16 dishes (MCO-19M) → 20 dishes (MCO-170M)

Internal dimension

Auto-lock can be set with the optional electric door lock MCO-170EL. 

Control Panel with single‒user Key Lock (MCO-170AIC/MCO-230AIC/MCO-170M), Addition of user ID function for better traceabilty (able to register up to 99 user-IDs and passwords)(MCO-230AIC/MCO-170M)

The Auto-Lock set up screen
Password input window
Key Lock set up screen
Single-user with Key Lock

Product Photos


Model MCO-170M
External Dimensions 620 x 730 x 905 (mm) / 24.4 x 28.7 x 35.6 (inch)
Internal Dimensions 490 x 523 x 665 (mm) /19.3 x 20.6 x 26.2 (inch)
Effective Capacity 161 liters (5.8 cu.Ft.)
External Cabinet Galvanized steel with baked-on finish
Internal Cabinet Copper-enriched stainless steel
Outer Door Galvanized steel with baked-on finish Reversible heated
Inner Door 4 Tempered glass (standard)
Shelves Copper-enriched stainless steel 3 supplies as standard (Maximum 10), Exterior dimensions: 470 (W) x 450 (D) x 12 (H) mm, maximum load 7kg/shelf
Access port Diameter 30mm port with non-VOC silicone stoppers (1 on back side)
Insulation Expandable polystyrene beads
Temperature Control Range +5°C above ambient to 50 °C*1 (Ambient temperature: 5°C-35°C)
CO2 Control Range 0% to 20%,±0.15% (23°C ambient, setting 37°C, 5% CO2, O2: 5%, no load)
H2O2 decontamination with UV Optional
UV Lamp Optional
Alarm Remote Alarm, Out of Temperature Setting, High Temperature, Door open, Out of CO2 Setting, Out of O2 setting
CO2 gas in/out ports Diameter 30mm port with non-VOC silicone stoppers (1 on back side)
Net Weight 77 kg (170 lbs.)
Temperature Range +5℃ above ambient to 50℃*1 (Ambient temperature: 5℃-35℃)
Temperature Uniformity ±0.25℃ (23℃ ambient, setting: 37℃, CO2: 5%, O2: 5%, no load)
CO2 Range 0% to 20% / ±0.15% (23℃ ambient, setting 37℃, CO2: 5% , O2: 5%, no load)
O2 Range 1̶18%, 22̶80% / ±0.2% (23℃ ambient, setting 37℃, CO2: 5%, O2: 5%, no load)
Chamber Humidity 95% ±5% R.H. at 37℃ by natural evaporation with humidifying pan
CO2 Sensor Platform Ceramic based, single beam infrared sensor, with dual wavelength measurement for continuous auto-zero calibration
CO2 sampling, patent pending No moving parts; airflow passess over in/out ports to sustain continuous sampling
CO2 Calibration Automatic, continuous zero reference calibration. Optional STD gas auto calibration
Airflow Gentle vertical airflow, continuous with inner door closed
Interior Humidity 95% ±5% R.H. at 37℃ by natural evaporation with humidifying pan
Communication Remote alarm contacts standard. Optional 4-20mA connection (US only). Optional with RS-232C/RS-485/LAN data ports
Leveling Feet 4, Adjustable
Heating Method Direct Heat & Air Jacket
O2 Sensor P.I.D. control system, Zirconia
CO2/O2 Gas Connection 4mm to 6mm inner diameter tubing
O2 Gas Pressure 0.05 ‒ 0.10 MPa (G) (0.5 ‒ 1.0 Kgf/cm2 G, 14.5psiG) from two-stage O2 regulator
  • *1 When ambient temperature is 25°C, temperature control range: 30°C∼50°C. Regardless of ambient temperature, the maximum of temperature control range is always 50°C.
  • *2 The measurement condition complies with Panasonic specified measuring method.
  • *3 Exterior dimensions of main cabinet only. See dimension drawings showing handles and other external projections.
  • *4 MTR-5000 (data acquisition system) users.


MCO-170M Price Upon Inquiry. Please contact your local dealers.


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Video Manual

  1. 01 [01].Removing interior components

  2. 02 [02].Installing interior components

  3. 03 [03].H2O2Decontamination

  4. 04 [04].24-hour UV decontamination cycle

  5. 05 [05].Filling humidifying pan

  6. 06 [06].Password setting for electric lock auto-lock function

  7. 07 [07].Canceling electric lock auto-lock function

  8. 08 [08].Data export using USB

  9. 09 [09].Incubator setup after movement of system, etc

  10. 10 [10].Connecting CO2 gas cylinder