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Velocity11 gets to grips with new accessory

By Staff Reporter , 12-Jun-2006

Velocity11 has made available globally, a gripper accessory for its Bravo Liquid Handling Platform that enables a broader range of fully automated applications to be achieved by the compact Bravo platform.

For environments such as pharmaceutical research where samples are often precious the gripper position control ensures that a plate is never dropped even should the Bravo lose power.

Microplate pick and place reliability is assured with a plate sensor that verifies the presence of all plate types. In addition, the gripping and deployment axis are independent from the liquid handling, allowing full tips to remain attached during plate movements.

This feature also ensures that liquid is never dispensed unintentionally while moving plates.

Available as a standard component, or as an add-on to an existing Bravo - the gripper facilitates rapid and precise movement of microplates and tip boxes to all deck positions.

With plate moves in less than 3 seconds with a precision of 0.1mm, the Bravo gripper is the ideal solution for high throughput liquid handling applications.

The Bravo is Velocity11's latest high-speed, precision liquid handling platform - based upon the nine plate-position footprint that can fit inside a standard laminar flow hood.

With seven different head types and numerous plate pad options, it can be fully customised to meet the needs of a wide range of assays. The compact Bravo platform utilises the proven high-accuracy pipette heads of the company's popular VPrep pipettor for dispensing from 100 nl to 200 µl in 96, 384 and 1536 well formats or to a single column or row of any of these plate types.

The gripper accessory makes its debut at the forthcoming >ELRIG High Throughput Techniques meeting on July 19th 2006.

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