Laboratory Technology

Meet the Robot that Uses Conventional Pipettes

One of the standout products at SLAS2015 last month was Andrew Alliance’s Andrew pipetting robot.

Andrew Alliance

New Models and Accessory Bring Users More Automation Options

AndrewOriginally released at SLAS2013, the company had some new options on display for the system, which uses conventional, non-electronic pipettes. This year, Andrew Alliance launched a Rainin LTS compatible model, a high volume model giving customers a working volume range of up to 10ml, and a pipette performance verification system called Andrew Calibro.

“Our approach was novel in the industry and allows our customers to use the tools they already own and that have been trusted for accuracy and robustness for decades,” says Scott Roler, director of sales and marketing at Andrew Alliance USA.

While the system currently works with Gilson Pipetman Classic and now Rainin LTS pipettes, Roler says the company hopes to expand this offering in the future. And, the new Andrew Calibro accessory, “allows the unattended verification of manual pipette performance using photometric methods.” The Calibro can test a set of five pipettes in roughly two hours with no intervention or action from the user, Roler explains.

He adds that Andrew is easy to set up, connecting to most computers using a USB cable and taking no more than five minutes to get going. “Plug Andrew into a standard 120V outlet, USB connection to a computer, and you are ready to automate your protocols whether on a bench, fume hood, or in a cold room,” Roler says.

The system requires little to no maintenance, though Andrew Alliance suggests following the recommended guidelines for the actual manual pipette calibration to assure accuracy of the system as a whole.

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