Who hasn't felt a pang of guilt when an empty tip box bounces off the bottom of a trashcan? All of those discarded pipette tip boxes represent wasted resources. Manually loading tips, on the other hand, wastes other resources such as time and energy, fueling frustrations as yet another handful of tips scatters across the floor.

Bellco recently introduced the Tipster II. Billed as the premier automatic pipette tip-loading device, the Tipster loads 576 pipette tips--enough for six boxes--in about five minutes.

Bellco Glass' Tipster Automated Pipette Tip Loader
The components of the patented Tipster include the main box, a collection tray, a template holder, a tip picker, and an antiskid frame. Templates, the 8x12 arrays designed to hold the freshly loaded tips, are tip-manufacturer-specific and are available separately in packs of six.

The operation of the Tipster is straightforward. To begin with, the templates are placed into position in...

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