Microplate automation includes stackers, washers, lidding/ de-lidding, and transfer devices, among others. These instruments can be integrated with other instruments, like liquid handling devices or microplate readers.
6 Questions to Ask When Purchasing Microplate Automation Instruments
- Will the instrument address any bottlenecks in your microplate preparation process?
- Is the equipment modular? Can you add additional instruments as your needs grow?
- What is the capacity of the instrument? How many plates can it hold at once?
- Is the instrument compatible with other microplate automation equipment already in your lab?
- Which microplates are compatible with the system? Which volumes and number of wells will the system accommodate?
- Can the protocols be configured to meet your specific needs?
Microplate washers are able to increase the speed and accuracy of wash procedures. However, these instruments can produce aerosols during washes that may be harmful to the instrument operator. When considering microplate washers, look for models that have aerosol covers that will contain any aerosols produced during wash procedures within the instrument.
Like any lab equipment, your automated microplate instruments should be serviced regularly. In addition to this service schedule, many microplate washers come with automated cleaning protocols that will help you maintain your instrument between experiments. Look for this feature when considering microplate washers to help extend the life of your instrument.