Dispensing Aspirations

Date: October 13, 1997 Test Results Chart 2 Anyone who has manually filled and rinsed all 96 wells of a microplate knows what a chore that is and can surely appreciate the labor-saving benefits of an automated microtiter plate strip washer. Curious about the attributes of the latest crop of strip washers, LabConsumer invited four manufacturers to submit their instruments for a hands-on review. All the strip washers arrived with an 8 channel manifold for washing one 8 well strip at time, alth

Michael Brush
Oct 12, 1997

 

Date: October 13, 1997 Test Results Chart 2
Anyone who has manually filled and rinsed all 96 wells of a microplate knows what a chore that is and can surely appreciate the labor-saving benefits of an automated microtiter plate strip washer. Curious about the attributes of the latest crop of strip washers, LabConsumer invited four manufacturers to submit their instruments for a hands-on review.

All the strip washers arrived with an 8 channel manifold for washing one 8 well strip at time, although 12 and 16 (2 by 8) channel manifolds were available as accessories. Three use syringe pumps to dispense buffers; the fourth, the Stat Fax 2600 from Awareness Technologies, employs a pressurized liquid dispensing system. Two or 2.5 liters are the standard volumes for waste, wash, and rinse reservoirs. Tri-Continent's MultiWash PLUS and the Stat Fax 2600 feature waste bottle fill-level monitoring systems, but the Stat Fax...

 

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