Buying a Microplate Handler? Questions You Should Ask. Questions from Members. | Labwrench eNews | LabWrench

July 07, 2014

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Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Microplate Handler

  1. How many plates and plate types can the handler accommodate? An ANSI-compatible handler provides increased flexibility for those using multiple plate densities (ex. 96-, 384-, 1536-well) or low-volume plates, and interchangeable plate stacks accommodate varying throughput requirements.
  2. What is the transfer speed? Transfer speed is especially important for increased throughput. Adding a dual plate carrier keeps two plates in process, thus further increasing assay efficiency.
  3. Can the handler operate in portrait and landscape configurations? A rotational gripper option optimizes positioning of the microplate handler with its mating instrument, thus improving flexibility and efficient operation.
  4. Does the handler fit into a hood or biosafety cabinet? Placing a microplate handler within a hood or biosafety cabinet allows users to maintain personal safety and protect samples.
  5. Is the handler compatible with a wide variety of other instruments?
  6. Does it come with a barcode reader for easy microplate identification? Barcode scanning is especially useful for increased throughput.

Click here to read more about choosing a microplate handler.

Product of Interest

Eppendorf launches the new TransferMan® 4r micromanipulator with unprecedented movement control

The new user-friendly TransferMan® 4r combines unprecedented direct movement control with an ergonomic design to meet the most demanding micromanipulation requirements. Smart functions, such as improved automated home function and position storage, enable simple and precise execution of even the most complex micromanipulation techniques.

  • Unprecedented direct transmission of movement without any perceivable latency 
  • Maximum stability ensures vibration-free work     
  • One-hand operation for capillary and angle settings     
  • Programmable Z-axis limit to prevent capillary breakage
  • Connection with Eppendorf PiezoXpert® and electronic microinjectors     
  • Can be adapted to all conventional microscopes     
Read more about the TransferMan® 4r by visiting the Eppendorf website.

micromeritics ASAP 2460 Surface Area and Porosity Analyzer

The ASAP 2460 Surface Area and Porosity Analyzer incorporates a unique expandable system designed for high-performance and high sample throughput. The base ASAP 2460 is a two-port master control unit. For more throughput, additional two-port units can be connected to the master unit expanding the system to either a four-port or six-port analyzer. The instrument also includes intuitive MicroActive software that combines user-defined reports with the ability to interactively evaluate isotherm.     

  • All analysis ports can be operated independently and concurrently
  • An analysis in excess of 60 hours can be performed without refilling the dewar
  • With a master unit and two auxiliary units, BET surface area analyses utilizing six parallel runs can be achieved in as little as 30 minutes
Learn more about the micromeritics ASAP 2460 by visiting their website.

Help your Colleagues

Plenty of discussions are happening on LabWrench all the time. We have many questions come in daily from users that are seeking advice from fellow users and lab professionals on LabWrench. Can you help any of these users find the answers they are looking for?

I've lost contact to ELx800
I have a Reader ELX800 connected to the computer through the serial port and when I use a program ProFILE for Windows from Synbiotics Corporation, the program works great.  When I install GEN5 program from Bio-Tek the program could not identify the reader; and the message appears stating that the reader is not connected to the computer. The program has not been able to identify the reader to update code. I busted specifications port as recommended by the manufacturer, but did not succeed update and I could not communicate with any of the programs.  Advise this member.

Berthold Lumat LB 9507 Alert Message
I have the alert mYCOALERT with luciferase assay firefly substrate (kit Promega E1910). What does it mean?

Beckman Coulter AD 340C ADC Overflow Error
When I run a protocol, after measurement I see ADC overflow Error. Share your knowledge.

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SciGene Introduces Dual Temperature FISH Slide Incubator
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Lensless imaging breakthrough with table-top soft-X-ray source promises laboratory-friendly ultra-high resolution microscopy
One downside of lensless imaging is that samples typically need to fulfil very specific geometric constraints and illuminated with a narrow, stable and accurately defined spectrum. These technical limitations have been overcome recently by a team from LaserLaB Amsterdam at the VU University in Amsterdam. Writing in the new journal 'Light: Science and Applications', they describe a general approach to lensless imaging without spectral bandwidth limitations or sample requirements, capturing the faint images with an ultrahigh sensitivity Andor iKon-L SO high-energy detection camera. Read more.

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Sponsor of the Week

Thank you Berthold Technologies for sponsoring the Microplate Technology category on LabWrench.

Berthold Technologies, a family driven company with its headquarters in Bad Wildbad, Germany, has been providing bioanalytical instruments to the life sciences market for more than 60 years. The company is offering innovative products through a worldwide network of subsidiaries and distributors to customers in academic and pharmaceutical research as well as clinical diagnostics.

Visit the Berthold Technologies website to see their full line of Microplate Technology offerings.

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Questions from the Vault

We have so many questions filling our forums that sometimes questions can be missed and go without answers. Can you help us provide answers for these users with unanswered questions?

Beckman Coulter DTX 880 with poor signal
The signal from my DTX 880 (luminescence, firefly luc) has become about 1/10 of what it used to be. The optimization was checked. Can this be due to reduced PMT sensitivity? Advise this member.

BioTek ELx50 low positives
Currently I am trying to use the ELx50 to take the place of hand washing wells from an EIA kit. The plate is read using the Bio Tek ELx800. The kit calls for interpretation of results to be read spectrophotometricly with a positive reading being >=0.180. When doing a parallel study that included low positives (very close to the 0.180 range) the wells washed by the ELx50 show no signs of a positive result while the results of the hand washing register as a positive. The state lab confirmed the low positive result (they are also hand washing) so it's not the result that is the issue. Is anyone else using the washer with and EIA kit? If so have you experienced any issues with false negatives and low positives? Share your experience.

It says, 'Low Battery'. Should I purchase new batteries? If so, where could I get them? Click to respond.

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