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TRobot 96 Thermocycler

Ref: BM-050-991
Manufacturer: Biometra




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For integration in automated environments a thermocycler has to meet very different needs than a bench top instrument. Since space under the robotic arm is limited, a thermocycler needs a small footprint. To ensure automated workflow, the instrument must have a motorized lid that allows the robotic arm to access the block easily and that is strong enough to reliably seal microplates. All features of the thermocycler have to be controlled via user-friendly software. After cycling, plates need to be easily removed for downstream processing. These specifications were the starting point for the development of the new TRobot thermocycler.

Small footprint - To produce a compact instrument, the TRobot block module has been separated from the controller unit. Thus the controller can be placed outside the workstation. By switching the thermocycler chassis, the airflow direction can be inverted (front to back or vice versa). This minimizes contamination due to air flowing towards a liquid handler or other components.

Reliable uniform cycling - The TRobot thermocycler is available in two different block formats. Taking advantage of the high thermal conductance of silver the TRobot 96 achieves high ramping rates as well as excellent temperature uniformity. The silver block is coated with gold to ensure lasting performance. <p>Motorized plate lifter - Removing plates from the block has been one of the major obstacles to thermocycler automation. Due to the tight fit, air between the block and the plate is displaced during cycling causing microplates to stick. This makes it difficult for the plates to be removed by a robotic arm. To solve this problem the TRobot is equipped with four levers that lift the plate from the block as the lid opens. Once lifted the plate can be easily removed by a robotic arm. The levers then return to their initial position allowing a new plate to be positioned.

Communication with the TRobot - All features of the TRobot are controlled via its serial port. A detailed communication protocol is available. Integration in existing software environments (of individual robotic stations) is very easy. In addition to controlling standard features, the TRobot can provide extensive status messages that allow monitoring of all instrument parameters. A software tool for directly operating the TRobot from a Personal Computer is also available.

Internal memory - The TRobot provides an internal memory organized in 10 subdirectories. Programs can be started by downloading the protocol prior to starting the program. Alternatively, an existing program can be started from the internal memory of the TRobot.

Low power consumption - The TRobot provides economic power management. Due to the low power consumption the TRobot achieves quiet operation and low heat emission. This is especially important when several instruments are used in parallel for high sample throughput.

 

TRobot

Features

Motorised lid

Plate lifter

Blocks exchangeable

-

Block formats

96 well

384 well

Program memory

250 average programs;

unlimited on PC

Temperature range

-3 – 99 °C

Temperature gradient**

-

Cool samples to 4 °C

Yes

Max. Heating*

n.d.

Avg. Heating*

3.7 °C / sec

Max. Cooling*

n.d.

Avg. Cooling*

2.6 °C / sec

Temperature Uniformity

(15 sec after clock starts)

± 0.5 °C

Control accuracy

± 0.1 °C

Display

-

Auto restart after power failure

Yes

Programming modes

PC software

Software options

Adjustable ramp rates
time increments,
temperature increments

Quick start of the last 5 programs

-

High Precision Smart Lid

Yes

Lid temperature range

30 - 99 °C

Max. power consumption

270 Watt

Noise emission

Very low

Interfaces

RS232 serial port

Dimensions

(W x D x H)

17 cm x 23 cm x 20 cm