Liquid Handlers for Automated Lab Workflows

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Pharmaceutical Technology's In the Lab eNewsletter

In the Lab eNewsletter, Pharmaceutical Technology\'s In the Lab eNewsletter-02-06-2019, Volume 14, Issue 2

Formulatrix’s FLO i8 and Flow Axial Seal Tip liquid handlers offer automated transferring.

Formulatrix, a provider of solutions for protein crystallization automation, has developed two new liquid handlers: the FLO i8 and the Flow Axial Seal Tip (FAST) systems.

The FLO i8 liquid handler is a pipetting system with a spanning eight-tip, multi-channel arm that meets both low- and high-throughput pipetting needs. The system has an easy-to-use interface and enables precise liquid transfers without the need to specify or optimize parameters, such as labware geometries, source volumes, and liquid viscosity by the user. Each of the eight tips integrated on the robotic hand is capable of aspirating and dispensing different liquid classes at different flow rates and volumes individually, maximizing liquid transfer accuracy and precision.

The FAST liquid transfer system uses positive-displacement technology, allowing for low volume liquid transfers at high precision. The positive-displacement pipette tip technology is suitable for working with complex liquid classes (viscous, dense, volatile, corrosive, or even radioactive) and prevents air-gap formation between the tip and sample. The company states that the FAST system eliminates air compression and expansion errors. FAST is also capable of sample aspiration and transfer from plate to plate using a flexible 96-tip robotic hand. The system’s compact footprint and user-friendly software makes it suited for liquid handling needs at any type of laboratory setting, the company reports.  

Both products will be showcased at SLAS 2019 in Feb. 2–6, 2019 in Washington DC at booth 1043. 

Source: Formulatrix