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Science  14 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5904, pp. 1120
DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5904.1120a

Personal Automation System

The Maxwell 16 Flexi Method Firmware features a new software system that provides users with flexibility and control of automated instrument operation. The new functionality helps research labs develop and optimize instrument methods to maximize performance for unique sample types and address specific application requirements. The Maxwell 16 System with the Flexi Method Firmware delivers flexible results from diverse sample types; controls key aspects of instrument operation; simplifies workflow with fully integrated prefilled cartridges and preprogrammed protocols; and requires only as much space as a laptop computer. The system can simultaneously purify up to 16 samples without user intervention.

Promega

For information 608-274-4330

http://www.promega.com/

Baculovirus Titer System

A novel titration system, deltaTITER enables researchers to accurately quantify the amount of baculovirus in a sample in just one hour. The kit offers a significant five-day time saving and accuracy benefits compared with the traditional method of plaque assay, which requires skilled personnel and often gives variable results. Measurement of baculovirus titer is an important workflow component for protein expression, in both research and production laboratories. The automated kit is based on a proprietary buffer system, and is designed to be used with deltaDOT's high-performance capillary electrophoresis tool, the Peregrine.

deltaDOT

For information +44-(0)-207-594-1001

http://www.deltadot.com/

Magnetic Particle Processors

The MagMAX Express platform is an automated system for nucleic acid isolation that incorporates the rapid, reliable, and cost-effective magnetic bead-based extraction of nucleic acids. MagMAX Isolation Kits extract both genomic and viral nucleic acid from diverse sample matrices, with products available for gene expression analysis, small RNA research, and microarray profiling.

Applied Biosystems

For information 800-327-3002

http://www.appliedbiosystems.com/

Vial Barcode Labeler

The Label X 2D barcode labeler is a standalone unit designed to accommodate a wide range of glass vials. This semiautomated labeler applies barcode labels to the bottom of vials and features a compact footprint. The labeler is equipped with interchangeable manifolds so it is simple to change between sample vials without the use of tools. Manifold options include eight, 24, and 96 vials, ranging in diameter from 6.5 mm to 28 mm. It is pneumatically operated and requires no electrical connection, applying up to 96 labels in less than 20 seconds.

. MatriCal

For information 509-343-6225

http://www.matrical.com/

Culture Sample Barcode Labeler

The Labelmaster II is an automated system for labeling and organizing culture media samples in clinical, food, and pharmaceutical testing laboratories. Designed to print and affix labels to petri dishes, the pneumatic system allows up to a thousand plates per hour to be processed and sorted accurately. An optional storage unit increases this capacity to 1,900. Labels are printed and applied directly to the underside edge of the sample plates, which are then stacked and sorted one by one. Applying the label in this way allows automatic plate readers to be used, protects the barcode from scratches and spills, and ensures the label remains attached to the base containing the sample, should the lid become dislodged.

Don Whitley Scientific

For information +44-(0)-1274-595-728

http://www.dwscientific.co.uk/

Liquid Handling Module

A new Liquid Handling Module extends the functionality of the ArrayScan VTI HCS Reader. The combination of synchronous dispensing-while-imaging capability, kinetic image capture, a range of image analysis algorithms, and “on-the-fly” processing allows the real-time capture of cellular phenotypes and rapid biological responses. Multiple aspirate/dispense options enable dye loading, media replacement, incubation, and stimulus addition to be fully automated. The Cellomics ArrayScan VTI with Liquid Handling Module provides an automated solution for pharmacological studies, including  G protein-coupled receptor biology, cell pathway analysis, compound pharmacology, and in vitro toxicology. Compatible with 96-well and 384-well plates, the module makes use of disposable tips with a dispensing volume range of 3 μl to 200 μl.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

For information 905-332-2000

http://www.thermofisher.com/

Robot

The F5 articulated robot was codesigned by Thermo Scientific and Fanuc Robotics America to combine the performance of industrial robotics with the application-driven benefits of a traditional Thermo Scientific robot. Built for drug discovery applications, the F5 is a six-axis articulated robot that features a linear track to service instruments over a large working area, integrated servo grippers with grip force control for the precise gripping of all plate types, and myriad plate storage and peripheral options. A compact controller with lab-oriented software provides reliable performance and high-speed movement. The robot can be set up rapidly with little need for training.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

For information 905-332-2000

http://www.thermofisher.com/

Decapping and Recapping Instrument

The Capit-All Screw Cap Tube Capper/Decapper is an automated system for removing and replacing 96-format screw-cap storage tubes. The compact system will fit easily into any laboratory. The instrument ensures reliable access and storage of samples in Thermo Scientific Matrix, NUNC, and other screw-cap storage tubes, while reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury associated with manual decapping. The simple four-button user interface enables laboratory personnel of any level to operate the instrument. The Capit-All includes a special antibinding feature that prevents cross-threading and maintains seal integrity with predetermined torque control.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

For information 905-332-2000

http://www.thermofisher.com/

Digital Image Acquisition

The cellA and cellB are entry-level software packages for image acquisition, reporting, and archiving. The cellA system is a stepping-stone into digital image acquisition in routine research microscopy, whereas the cellB includes a host of additional features to provide a well-balanced system for documentation and archiving in basic cell microscopy. The cellA is also designed to control Olympus digital cameras and motorized microscopes. Multidimensional images can be handled with ease and a snapshot series of images can be visualized in standard media players. A base level system for microscope image acquisition, cellB can obtain high-resolution images using the panorama function, which allows images to be acquired with overlapping edges at neighboring positions. A pattern-recognition feature reassembles the images into a single, large image with full resolution.

Olympus

For information +49-40-2-37-73-5426

http://www.microscopy.olympus.eu/

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