Velocity11 introduces automated benchtop system

By Wai Lang Chu

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Automation Chemistry

Velocity11 make available a benchtop microplate handling system
that claims to provide the features and flexibility of much larger
and more expensive automation platforms.

Many pharmaceutical screening groups maintain vast compound libraries to generate high quality 'hits' and lead optimisation information for further investigation as potential drug candidates.

These groups must rapidly and efficiently identify the compounds that offer the best potential to be effective lifesaving drugs.

This can only be accomplished by combining cutting edge computational, automation, and screening techniques to rapidly mine through the large chemical libraries and ever-increasing number of targets to find the best match.

The BenchCel system features a high-speed plate shuttle that accesses the integrated microplate stacks and two peripheral instruments. This customisable, modular design provides the flexibility and scalability required to meet the needs of laboratory environments.

Users can choose from 2, 4 or 6 stack instrument configurations, and from four different sizes of removable racks with capacities of 15 to 70 standard microplates. Adding to the BenchCel's versatility, the delidding function removes and replaces microplate lids as necessary.

The BenchCel is powered by the popular VWorks automation control software. VWorks' icon-based protocol editor and user interface simplifies walkup protocol creation and execution for benchtop systems.

Benefiting from an integrated labware database, most labware is easily handled, including SBS standard footprint microplates, deep well plates, tip boxes and tube racks.

The BenchCel platform can integrate with a wide range of peripheral instruments, including Velocity11 products as well as various third party devices.

VWorks' scheduler enables the integration of multiple BenchCels to create sophisticated benchtop systems capable of automating complex assays.

Related topics Preclinical Research

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