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BioTek Continues to Set the Standard in Microplate Washing with the New 405™ Touch

For nearly 30 years, BioTek has led the market in developing microplate washing technologies, and is well recognized for the industry standard ELx405™ Microplate Washer.

by BioTek

For nearly 30 years, BioTek has led the market in developing microplate washing technologies, and is well recognized for the industry standard ELx405™ Microplate Washer. As a market leader, BioTek closely interacts with customers, responding to feedback and monitoring market trends. Combining their microplate instrument and software expertise with responsiveness to customer needs, BioTek introduces the 405™ Touch Microplate Washer. This radically new touch screen interface will reshape 96- and 384-well microplate washing routines, and set the microplate washing standard yet again.

Touch Screen Interface

A high-resolution, LED backlit touch screen provides the same simple, graphical interface seen in today’s mobile devices. This modern interface provides users with enhanced, intuitive custom protocol creation, pre-defined wash protocols, flexible wash process execution and complete instrument maintenance. Users can start their wash process with as few as two screen touches! The touch screen uses resistive technology, so it can be used while wearing gloves. It can also be operated with a pointing device, if preferred. The large 5.7” screen allows open access for programming and viewing comfort.

USB Ports

Two integrated USB ports allow multiple users to conveniently store, run or transfer programs and settings. Users can operate the 405 Touch from their own personal memory stick via the USB ports, from the touch screen, or from a computer, thus enhancing operator convenience and increasing efficiency.


The 405 Touch is powered by a fast Intel® processor for immediate instrument start-up and instant command responsiveness. BioTek’s Liquid Handling Control™ (LHC™) Software is on-board for complete programming capability and full-color instructional videos provide clear direction on instrument setup and basic use. The context-sensitive Help system provides recommendations, links, diagrams and images and is available at the touch of a finger. LHC Software is also available in a 21 CFR Part 11 compliant version for regulated labs or those simply looking for extra security.

Legacy Features

The 405 Touch incorporates many of the features of the industry-leading ELx405 washers, including the Dual- Action™ manifold for independent control of tube position during filling and evacuation, overfill washing and overflow protection, and the patent-pending Ultrasonic Advantage™ for complete ultrasonic cleaning of salt or protein deposits in the tubes. The 405 Touch brings new features like tool-free quick-change manifolds and optional integrated buffer switching to allow automatic selection of up to four fluids without an external valve module. Several 405 Touch models are available for many applications, including optimized cell washing with gentle, low-flow rates ideal for loosely adherent cell monolayers, vacuum filtration and biomagnetic separation bead-based assays. The 405 Touch can be coupled with BioTek’s BioStack™ Microplate Stacker and other robotic systems for unattended batch processing.

For more information on the 405 Touch, visit

P.O. Box 998, Highland Park
Winooski VT 05404 USA
Phone: 888-451-5171
Fax: 802-655-7941