Microplate handlers are specialized robotic devices that transfer microtiter plates in threedimensional space from one location within a workflow to another. The “locations” are actually operations such as solvent addition (through liquid handling), aspiration, heating, shaking, incubation, washing, reading, and storage.
Types of microplate handlers currently used by survey respondents:
Top 5 microplate handler industries as reported by survey respondents:
|Clinical / Diagnostics||24%|
Nearly 50% of respondents currently using a microplate handler plan on purchasing a new or additional system in the next year. Budget ranges for these purchases are:
||$1000 - $2000|
||$2000 - $4000|
||$4000 - $8000|
||$8000 - $16000|
Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Microplate Handler
|1. How many plates and plate types can the handler accommodate? An ANSI-compatible handler provides increased flexibility for those using multiple plate densities (ex. 96-, 384-, 1536-well) or low-volume plates, and interchangeable plate stacks accommodate varying throughput requirements.
|2. What is the transfer speed? Transfer speed is especially important for increased throughput. Adding a dual plate carrier keeps two plates in process, thus further increasing assay efficiency.
|3. Can the handler operate in portrait and landscape configurations? A rotational gripper option optimizes positioning of the microplate handler with its mating instrument, thus improving flexibility and efficient operation.
|4. Does the handler fit into a hood or biosafety cabinet? Placing a microplate handler within a hood or biosafety cabinet allows users to maintain personal safety and protect samples.
|5. Is the handler compatible with a wide variety of other instruments?
|6. Does it come with a barcode reader for easy microplate identification? Barcode scanning is especially useful for increased throughput.
Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a microplate handler:
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