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Hudson’s Micro10x™ Reagent Dispenser provides a combination of fast filling speeds, high accuracy and extreme flexibility ordinarily found only among large, expensive liquid handling robots. It has a very small footprint saving benchspace. The Micro10x accurately dispenses liquids in volumes down to low microliter range, and is the only small dispenser capable of tip-touchoff to ensure a clean dispense of high surface-tension fluids. It’s positive-displacement pump head is adjustable in increments of 10nL and never requires recalibration.
The leading competitor needs constant calibration and the purchase of replacement dispensing cassettes. The pump is available in two different sizes (0.25″ or 0.375″ barrel) to maximize accuracy at low and high volumes. The Micro10x microplate dispenser can be used as a stand alone laboratory instrument or it can be integrated into laboratory workstation.
The Micro10x has optional valving to allow for up to 10 bottles of reagents, buffers, culture media or solvents. It has full robotic control of the filler head, and automatically adjusts to the height AND well-pattern of any SBS-standard microplate: from low-profile 1536-well plates to tall, 96-well deep-well plates. It is well-suited to use in ELISA applications as a dispenser of conjugate and stop solutions. The Micro10x can also be used for dispensing culture media into petri dishes, OmniTrays and other plates.
The Micro10x Reagent Dispenser can be loaded and operated manually, but is also fully-compatible with robotic arms (such as Hudson’s PlateCrane EX microplate handler). And, because the filler head itself moves, not the plate, it can be used IN-LINE with Hudson’s LabLinx high-performance track based microplate handling system for unparalleled throughput and ease of setup. It also integrates with over 200 lab instruments made by other manufactures.
The Micro10x offers:
Typical Dispense times for an entire plate:
Hudson’s Micro10x was designed to meet the needs of high throughput laboratory dispensing requiring economical, highly-accurate μL-level dispensing and is widely used for drug discovery or genomic and proteomic assays. Its positive-displacement pump head and tip-touchoff capability overcomes differences in fluid viscosity and surface tension so that results are consistent regardless of the fluid being dispensed.
The PlateCrane EX™ is a microplate handler for laboratory automation which is optimized for handling labware in the “SBS footprint”, including microplates, reservoirs, and disposable tip racks. The PlateCrane is optimized for loading and unloading automated lab instruments, such as microplate readers, microplate washers, automatable centrifuges and reagent dispensers. The PlateCrane microplate stacker is heavily used in assay development, cell biology, bioassay validation, DNA quantification, PCR setup and cleanup and high-throughput drug screening.
The PlateCrane EX robotic arm features state-of-the-art controls and a new, rugged design. Never has lab automation been easier and more reliable. Interfaces are available to more than 150 microplate-based instruments, including virtually every reader, lab incubator, dispenser and pipettor commonly used in laboratories today. It has a capacity of up to 450 microplates, and makes it easy to configure a wide range of automation workcells.
The PlateCrane is available in a standard configuration, with 345° of horizontal rotation, and an advanced model, the SciClops™, which offers unlimited rotation. Also, both models offer a “Random Access” configuration where plates are stacked in shelves for random selection.
The PlateCrane EX™ is supplied with Hudson’s SoftLinx™ laboratory automation scheduling software. SoftLinx provides scheduling capability and an easy-to-use icon-based drag and drop Method Editor.
The PlateCrane EX™ can be part of a larger microplate transportation system by increasing the number of available stacks or combining it with the LabLinx microplate track based delivery system.
The PlateCrane SciClops™ will change the way you think about laboratory robot systems for laboratory automation. With the SciClops, Hudson introduces revolutionary features for lab automation flexibility and ease-of-use: just move the SciClops near your instrument, and it does the rest! Use up to 15 microplate stacks or a microplate carousel for microplate storage. The SciClops is heavily used in assay development, cell biology, bioassay validation, DNA quantification, PCR setup and cleanup.
The SciClops enables anyone to locate the position of a microplate in the microplate stacks and in the nest of an instrument in under 1 minute per instrument. Now, you can move the SciClops robot onto a lab bench, move the instruments of the new workcell within its reach, and in minutes you will have a fully calibrated, ready-to-use automated lab workcell!
The PlateCrane SciClops is the latest version of our cylindrical robot arm that is optimized for handling common labware. This includes microplates, reservoirs, and disposable tip racks. The SciClops is ideal for loading and unloading microplate-based lab instruments, such as readers, washers and reagent dispensers.
Now, researchers who can benefit from automating their protocols, but may only need this for a few days or weeks, can get all the benefits from automation without the risk of having a workcell that lies unused when the project is done. When you’re done, just move it down the bench or into a nearby lab that can use the benefits of automating a process, and in minutes, that workcell can be up and running. A new paradigm for using lab robots begins here!
Finally, a laboratory robot arm that Teaches Itself!
Eliminates the most common problem in benchtop robot systems: mishandled plates from inaccurate, inexperienced position calibrations.
Hudson’s PlateCrane SciClops is affordable and flexible enough for automating any plate-handling task.
Its great new features include:
The Rapid_pH is a robotic Laboratory pH meter for testing pH in microplates, tubes and vials so it reduces the time and tedium associated with manual pH measurement in the lab. Manual use of Laboratory pH meters typically requires endless rinsing, drying, immersing, waiting for stabilization and recording of the result. The Rapid_pH makes your life so much easier by completely automating all of these steps. Do you need to focus on other tasks in the lab that are more important to you?
Benchtop pH Meter for pH Testing of Large Sample Sets While Reducing Volumes
This automated pH meter will increase your pH testing throughput while working on other tasks. This small benchtop pH meter automatically rinses the pH probe in DI water, blow dries the probe then reads the pH sample and repeats the cycle. Fresh DI water is cycled into the wash well in between pH reads. When finished, the Rapid_pH moves the pH probe to a storage tube containing KCL. pH sample volumes can be as small as 75 ul in half area 96 well microplates. measure pH samples with volumes of 200 ul in a standard 96 well microplate. Larger pH sample volumes are not a problem in deep well microplates, vials or tubes. The Rapid-pH with a heating nest heats samples up to 50c and provides temperature compensation. CFR 21 Part 11 Compliance software are available.
The Rapid_pH pH meter enables pH measurement of large sets of samples as never before possible:
The Rapid_pH software is intuitive so it is easy to calibrate the pH meter and then run your pH samples with minimal training. The Rapid_pH software allows you to import data about your sample sets and export the pH results. The pH meter calibration screen is shown below. Simply select the type of plate you are using, enter the standards (any number of repetitions is supported), and press the play button.
pH samples are run from a similar screen so in this case, the user picks the microplate format, then either manually selects the wells to be read or imports the data from a saved file that the user creates. A pH sample set can be run in row or column order. The Rapid_pH used Mettler Toledo InLab Micro Probes. It is not compatible with HANNA pH probes or Thermo Fisher pH probes.
Hudson’s RapidPick™ Colony Picking Systems are the only fully automated high-throughput colony picking workcells. They deliver unparalleled performance and precision for enhancing bacterial cultivation in the Life Science industry. In addition to allowing researchers to automate the selection and growth of cells grown on a colony plate, the RapidPick software retains a record and image of each specific colony and which culture plate/well it inoculated. It provides the users an indispensable, unbroken data path from original colony to final result (tracking a clone to a specific expressed protein).
The RapidPick™ Complete Colony Picker contains:
• Multi-pin picking unit (RapidPick MP)
• PlateCrane robotic arm
• 10 microplate stacks
• Micro10x media dispenser
• Adhesive plate sealer
• Stand-alone enclosure
Upgrades include optional UV and HEPA filtration, GFP fluorescence colony picking, Halo detection and a LiCONiC automated shaking incubator. The RapidPick™ system is designed to pick from SLAScompatible omni-trays, segmented colony plates, 24-well, 96-well and 384-well plates and petri dishes. It will inoculate SLAS-compatible omni-trays, 24-well, 96-well and 384-well deepwell and standard height plates. All RapidPick operations are controlled by Hudson’s powerful SoftLinx™ easy-to-use scheduling software.
The RapidPick MP 20 pin colony picker software is the fastest, most accurate automated colony picking system in the world. The average inoculation rates of the MP are over 99%. The major competitors use batch picking so that there is a delay in placing colonies into the destination plate. The delay may weaken E. coli or other bacterial colonies or cause death.
This microbial colony picker’s small footprint saves lab space and easily fits into anaerobic chambers and biosafety hoods. The typical colony picking rate is around 2,400 colonies per hour. Software Plug-Ins are available to communicate with all Hudson Robotics instruments and over 200 instruments from other manufactures such as LiCONiC incubators, media dispensers, robotic arms and more. The open physical layout allows for easy integration with other instruments and cleaning. Hudson Robotics can provide chambers to showcase your workcell.
The RapidPick MP is intended for researchers who need the accuracy and high outgrowth rates, but whose workload doesn’t require the added automation available in the other versions of the RapidPick.
When using the RapidPick MP, users can manually load a colony plate and a media-filled target plate, then start the automated picking through an easy operator interface on the instrument’s control computer. Hudson’s RapidPick designed to pick from petri dishes, Nunc™ Omnitray ™ or any SBS plates, including: 1, 6, 8, 24, 48 and 96-well plates. They will inoculate SBS 1, 24, 96, 384, 1536 deepwell and standard height microplates. The MP includes barcode scanners to identify barcodes on each of the source colony plate and the target growth plate, if the user’s plates are barcoded. Then, the transfer data is saved using these barcodes to identify the resulting picked colonies. If the user’s plates are not barcoded, the data will be saved in sequential order. With the optional 2nd destination plate the user can create both an assay plate and an archive plate. Optional fluorescence detection and zone of exclusion bacterial colony detection is available.
The RapidPick’s easy to use software enables users to create unique colony morphology sets to automate the colony picking process;
Hudson’s RapidPick SP is a single-pin version of Hudson’s widely-acclaimed RapidPick MP multi-pin colony-picker and re-arrayer. Like the RapidPick Complete and RapidPick Lite, the RapidPick SP has all the features needed by users in today’s molecular biology environment. The RapidPick SP has been designed to meet the needs of labs that need automated colony-picking and accurate data-handling, but whose throughput needs can be met by its medium-throughput productivity.
Its key features include:
The RapidPick SP has all the colony-picking and colony-handling features of our other RapidPick models, and is designed for medium-throughput, typically 250 colonies per hour. The average inoculation rates of the SP are over 99%. The major competitors use batch picking so there is a delay in placing colonies into the destination plate. The delay may weaken the E. coli or other bacterial colonies or cause death.
This microbial colony picker’s small footprint saves lab space. The RapidPick SP fits easily on most lab benchtops, and is ideal for use in microbiome research picking inside anaerobic chambers. The RapidPick SP colony Picker is perfect for microbiota research in Coy Chambers.
The imaging system, picking pin and sterilization system on the RapidPick-SP is the same as the imaging system, picking pin and sterilization system on the standard RapidPick. The differences are the plate loading and the number of pins used to pick samples.
The wash and sterilization system has been used on the picking system for over 10 years. Multiple customers have tested the sterilization of the system with PCR and there has never been an issue with contamination after the heater.
There is no need to change the pins for picking and reformatting applications. The RapidPick SP makes the change in software and uses the same pins. Larger diameter pins are available if desired. The standard pins transfer ~50nl of liquid. The system can be set up for multiple transfers from the same source if needed or for pooling multiple samples to a single well.
Using the RapidPick SP, users can manually load a colony plate and a media-filled target plate, then start the automated picking through an easy operator interface on the instrument’s control computer. Hudson’s RapidPick designed to pick from petri dishes, Nunc™ Omnitray ™ or any SBS plates, including: 1, 6, 8, 24, 48 and 96-well plates. They will inoculate SBS 1, 24, 96, 384, 1536 deepwell and standard height microplates. The SP includes barcode scanners to identify barcodes on each of the source colony plate and the target growth plate, if the user’s plates are barcoded. Then, the transfer data is saved using these barcodes to identify the resulting picked colonies. If the user’s plates are not barcoded, the data will be saved in sequential order. The system is fully compatible with Hudson’s PlateCrane EX robotic arm and SoftLinx scheduling software, already installed on the RapidPick-SP is ready to go for integration of the plate handling arm and stacks. Advanced integration with other instruments as part of a complete molecular biology workcell is easily done. Software Plug-Ins are available to communicate with all Hudson Robotics instruments and over 200 instruments from other manufactures such as LiCONiC incubators, media dispensers, robotic arms and more.
The RapidPick’s easy to use software enables users to create unique colony morphology sets to automate the colony picking process
The Hudson SOLO™ is a low cost, flexible and easy-to-use automated pipettor. Available in single, 8 and 12 channel pipette options the SOLO automated pipetting robot can be programmed to do anything expected of a hand-held pipettor, with greatly improved precision (see the Specifications tab):
Simply set up the liquid handling steps in intuitive SoloSoft control software and go. Equipped with a broad dynamic volume range and the ability to handle reactions in a sterile environment. It is about half the cost of other laboratory robotics platforms and has options of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 microplate nests on the deck. The SOLO will fit into most biological safety cabinets, anaerobic chambers and fume hoods.
The SOLO can be loaded and operated manually, but is also compatible with robotic arms from most manufacturers, including our PlateCrane EX. The small footprint and open design of the SOLO automated pipettor provide easy integration with accessories, such as heating and cooling nests, incubators, magnetic bead nests, automatable centrifuges, microplate readers and more. Our SoftLinx lab automation software has software Plug-ins to over 200 3rd party lab instruments.
The SOLO liquid handler was developed to meet the growing need throughout the research, pharmaceutical and clinical communities for a high resolution compact robotic pipettor. The SOLO’s liquid handling provides researchers with walkaway freedom, a small footprint, and easy to use SoloSoft software which is closely linked to our SoftLinx™ software for data tracking and scheduling, plus improved efficiency and decreased cost of continuous unattended operation systems.
The SOLO – multi-tip is available with either an 8-tip pipette head or 12-tip pipette head. The SOLO is standard with a 6 position deck. No worries if you need to transfer samples quickly from plate to plate and then other times do a serial dilution across the plate. The SOLO easily adapts without any tools to both heads. Use the 12-tip head to finish plate to plate transfers 50% faster than the 8-tip head, remove the head and add the 8 position head for easy serial dilutions.
Users who wish to cherry-pick from individual wells can use either the single-tip SOLO (as shown in the video clip below) or the multi-tip configuration. The SOLO multi-tip (both 8-channel and 12-channel) can work with just 1 tip, several tips, or all the tips without any issues. There is no need to switch to a single tip pipette head.
The SOLO mutli-tip offers a broad pipetting range. The mechanical drive and software controls of the pipette head allow the SOLO to push the boundaries of pipetting performance. With CVs of less than 3% across the entire pipetting range users can save valuable time and expense by using a single pipette head for both multi-tip and single-tip operations.
The SOLO automated pipettors provide many benefits to the lab: