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Handling Non-Standard Sample Plates

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Handling Non-Standard Sample Plates

Hudson’s PlateCrane and LabLinx are industry standard instruments for moving SBS-standard microplate around multi-component workcells.  However, another best-kept secret about Hudson is our array of accessories that allow users to manipulate all kinds of non-standard “plates”.

Some examples include:

  • Microscope Slides (with and without slide carriers)
  • Petri Dishes
  • Ion Torrent Chips
  • Illumina PCR Plates
  • Fludigm 
  • Forte Bio Sensor Holders
  • Centrifuge tubes
SOLO Liquid Handler

SOLO Liquid Handler

The Hudson SOLO™ liquid handling robot is an automated pipettor that can do anything expected of a hand-held pipettor perfectly, at about half the cost of other laboratory robotics platforms, without human error. The Solo works well below 1ul (1-3ul CV=1%; 0.25ul CV=4%). The Solo will fit into most biological safety cabinets and fume hoods. The SOLO can be loaded and operated manually, but is also compatible with robot loading systems from most manufacturers, including our PlateCrane EX.

PlateCrane EX Microplate Handler

PlateCrane EX Microplate Handler

Rugged and reliable, the Plate Crane makes it easy to automate plate feeding to any of hundreds of supported instruments. Many configurations are available to support your application, and it even fits in a standard hood!

In the following example, we carry multiple slides in an SBS compliant container and use a standard PlateCrane Gripper. The video shows the PlateCrane feeding Inova Diagnostics’ Nova Viewer IFA microscope system.

The next video shows our SOLO pipettor inoculating agar in petri dishes that are held in our customized nests

The following is one of many examples of customized PlateCrane grippers. This one is designed to move Life Technologies’ IonTorrent chips for Next Gen sequencing.

This video shows the SOLO adding samples to an Illumina PCR plate contained in an SBS-compatible holding tray.

This video shows the SOLO adding samples to a Fluidgm IFC plate.

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