Tube Catcher (patented-Japan: No.5639734)
When taking cryovials, used for culturing and storing organisms, in and out from a refrigeration storage container, a pair of tweezers have generally been used by researchers. When researching, they are required to wear gloves which make them clumsy and they tend to drop the tubes easily. In addition, it is very difficult for them to move tubes in liquid nitrogen with a pair of tweezers.
In order to improve such conditions, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(a.k.a JAXA) asked FUTA・Q to create an equipment which makes them easy and comfortable to handle tubes and vials even in liquid nitrogen when researching about cell division in outer space.
Then, by trial and error, a βtitanium tube catcher was born. The characteristics of βtitanium alloy makes the equipment hyperplastic and resistant in cryocondition. It can maintain its durability and elasticity even in liquid nitrogen. The tube catcher holds a tube tightly, and makes researchers easy to handle vials and tubes dexterously even when wearing gloves.