INTEGRA has launched the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot to put automated pipetting within reach of virtually every lab. Using any INTEGRA electronic multichannel pipette, this compact system offers laboratory automation at an affordable price, providing reproducible and error-free processing while eliminating repetitive manual pipetting tasks.
Using any INTEGRA electronic multichannel pipette, the ASSIST PLUS is designed to offer exceptional flexibility, without the need for dedicated personnel or complex programming. From plate filling and reagent addition to serial dilutions, the system eliminates the influence of human error and inter-operator variability on pipetting, leading to better reproducibility. And, as the smallest and most economical pipetting robot on the market to offer variable tip spacing, it is also ideal for tasks such as tube-to-plate transfers and plate reformatting.
Multichannel pipettes are routinely used to increase throughput in today’s laboratories. However, prolonged manual pipetting still takes up precious time, and can lead to repetitive strain injuries. In addition, ever-decreasing sample sizes have made it increasingly difficult to pipette correctly and accurately. A pipetting robot is a considerable investment, unachievable for many laboratories, which is why INTEGRA has developed the compact ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot to streamline pipetting tasks at an affordable price. Using the company’s range of VIAFLO II and VOYAGER II electronic multichannel pipettes – from four to 16 channels – the system automates routine liquid transfers, eliminating physical strain and ensuring reproducible and error-free pipetting.
ASSIST PLUS is the smallest and most economical pipetting robot offering on-the-fly adjustment of tip spacing in combination with the VOYAGER II pipette. This makes performing serial dilutions or plate reformatting by hand a thing of the past, ensuring that these tedious and error-prone tasks are performed reproducibly and reliably, with the option to exchange tips after every transfer to minimize carryover. The robot can also automatically reformat samples–eg. from tubes into plates–up to twelve times faster than with a single channel pipette. The flexible deck layout of the ASSIST PLUS accommodates tubes, reservoirs and plates, enabling multi-step transfers of samples, buffers or media to the assay plate.
Automating pipetting processes with ASSIST PLUS ensures constant pipetting angles, consistent tip immersion depths, controlled pipetting speeds and accurate well targeting. This eliminates inter-operator variability and human errors – such as skipping rows or air aspiration – leading to increased reproducibility and better quality results. Automation also ensures that pipetting protocols are precisely followed, enhancing workflow consistency and process control. Programmable either directly on the pipette or remotely using INTEGRA’s VIALAB or VIALINK software packages, ASSIST PLUS allows users to quickly and easily set up their protocols, then perform other activities while the robot precisely and reliably carries out the pipetting task. Combined with broad labware compatibility and a range of accessories–from tube racks to high capacity reservoirs–this ensures it fits seamlessly into a variety of laboratory workflows, while still giving you the option to use the same electronic multichannel pipettes for manual tasks as required.