How Anaerobic Chambers Work & How Leasing Benefits Your Lab

Excedr - Anaerobic Chambers

Despite the diversity in methods, Excedr’s lease program can source all laboratory equipment types and accommodate any brand preferences you might have. Request an estimate and see how leasing an anaerobic chamber will benefit you research.

All equipment brands/models are available

The Advantages of Excedr’s Anaerobic Chamber Leasing Program:

  • Eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing equipment by spreading its cost over time
  • Minimizes equipment downtime with included complete repair coverage and preventive maintenance
  • Takes advantage of potentially 100% tax deductible* payments, providing you significant cash-savings
  • Expedites the administrative work needed for instrument procurement and logistics
  • Conserves working capital,  enabling you to reinvest in your core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)
  • Accommodates all manufacturer and model preferences

*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.

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Anaerobic workstations, also referred to as anaerobic chambers or anaerobic glove boxes, are used whenever there is an experiment requiring the handling of oxygen-sensitive materials.

An enormous range of labs use them, but companies researching biofuels, cell culture, studying microbiology, creating new drugs, and identifying infectious diseases all find these machines invaluable.

Using various concentrations of hydrogen, nitrogen, or carbon dioxide to remove the oxygen that could compromise an experiment, the chamber allows researchers to incubate, culture, process, or examine microorganisms without issue. The gas mixture is usually circulated through the chamber using a heated palladium catalyst. The use of a hydrogen gas mix, for example, can remove oxygen to 0-5 parts per million (ppm).

Due to their self-contained nature and airlocks, anaerobic workstations, such as the Bactron anaerobic chamber, do an excellent job controlling vexing experimental variables such as temperature, humidity and O². This provides a stable and optimal anaerobic atmosphere for scientists and researchers to use.

Gloved, Gloveless, & Other Options

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Anaerobic chambers have a number of different styles, specifications, gas mixtures, plate capacities, layouts, and temperature incubation options. They are most often made with polymer, vinyl, or aluminum.

Some of the most common unit variants include rigid gloved and flexible vinyl units.

Rigid Gloved

This style of unit is extremely common due to both its economical pricing and safety features. This style often comes with an upgradable polycarbonate viewing screen that can be replaced with tempered glass. This is generally done for labs that need a more chemical resistant unit for their experiments. The ability to upgrade doesn’t necessarily stop there either, as these units can be upgraded to a gloveless style with just a few modifications.


Flexible Vinyl

By far the most common style, the biggest selling point of this setup is the ability for researchers to reach deeper and higher up within the unit. The flexible nature of the unit, the clear vinyl, and the expanded glove ports offer a superior ergonomic user experience compared to the rigid glove box. Unsurprisingly, the drawback for this style is that it is not safe to perform experiments with corrosive or other dangerous chemicals.



Gloveless anaerobic chambers vary from the two previous units mentioned due to the most obvious difference, the lack of gloves. Using a system of sleeve vacuums and a special cuff system, the gloveless option allows the researchers to use their arms unimpeded inside the box, improving manual dexterity and the ability to feel textural changes.


Add-Ons & Upgrades

Regardless of which style is chosen, there are a number of upgrades and optional features that can benefit your lab. Some of the options include: oxygen and hydrogen monitors, touch screen interfaces, heavy duty transfer airlocks, real-time feedback systems, and even separate incubators.


Creating Anaerobic Conditions

While the idea behind creating a chamber for growing anaerobic organisms, or anaerobes, belongs to Rolf Freter of the University of Michigan, the honor of creating the chamber itself belongs to Dick Coy. Dick Coy was a local engineer who sought to create a device that could match the specifications he had been provided. This was the beginning of the Coy Anaerobic Chamber. Since then, Coy Laboratory Products has expanded to include a wide range of applications.

Over time the original units grew and were modified to adapt to growing needs in the industry. These changes have facilitated numerous experiments and massively simplified the process of obtaining anaerobic samples.


We Offer Flexible Vinyl Chamber Leases to Fit Every Need

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Our lab equipment leases offer financial and operational flexibility. By leasing your anaerobic chamber through Excedr, our leasing program can help you:

  • Avoid large upfront costs typical of purchasing
  • Significantly extend your cash runway
  • Conserve equity for other priorities that aren’t depreciating assets

Furthermore, Excedr can finance or leaseback any brand or model of anaerobic chamber your lab needs. If you have to increase the safety of your workspace by leasing a fume hoods or biosafety cabinet, our lease program can help as well. 

Connect with us today and we’ll be happy to discuss your leasing requirements in further detail.

Operating Lease

This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.


If you recently bought equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your device and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale-leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up money in your budget rather than tying it down to a fixed asset.

Anaerobic Chamber Manufacturers & Models on the Market
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Sheldon Manufacturing:

Plas-Labs, Inc.:
855-AC, 855-ACB, 857-OTA, 890-THC
Coy Laboratory Products:
Gloveless Anaerobic, Rigid (Gloved) Anaerobic, Vinyl Anaerobic

Baker Ruskinn:
Concept 400, Concept 400-M, Concept 500, Concept Dual Chamber1000, Bugbox, Bugbox Plus, Bugbox M

AC505, AC515, AC706, AC716, AC505A, AC515A

Don Whitley Scientific:
Whitley A25, Whitley A135, Whitley DG250, Whitley A35, Whitley A45, Whitley A55, Whitley A85, Whitley A95, Whitley A135 HEPA, Whitley A155 HEPA

Anaerobe Systems:
AS-580, AS-150

and more!


Operating Capital Benefits

Operating Capital Benefits

Excedr's operating lease structure allows you to keep your business credit line open for expansions, staffing, and other operational expenses. Additionally, it strengthens the cash flow of your business and keeps cash reserves free for business development opportunities.

Effects on Credit

Effects on Credit

Leasing / renting provides you with non-dilutive financing and does not hinder your future borrowing ability. You're able to acquire the equipment you need without the baggage associated with traditional financing.

Speed of Approval

Speed of Approval

Excedr's program allows you to respond quickly as your need for equipment and technology arises. You can be approved with minimal documentation and have the equipment you need in operation and generating revenue for your business quickly.

Refurbished Equipment

Refurbished Equipment

Unlike traditional financing and leasing companies, the Excedr program can accommodate refurbished equipment in addition to demo units. If you are looking for additional cost-savings, we recommend considering this option.