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be easily duplicated is crucial to the research process. Automation ensures solid results that can be replicated.

■ Flexibility of an open platform – Just because scientists use a particular kit today does not mean they’ll use it next year. Unlike some other platforms, PIPETMAX can be programmed to run a variety of different kits from different manufacturers. Tis means that no one is locked in to a particular kit manufacturer or reagent supplier.

■ Ease of adoption – While most automated systems force users to learn some form of programming, PIPETMAX users have the option to download pre-developed and manufacturer verified protocols from Gilson and Gilson partners.

■ Increased performance and consistency – No two people pipette the same way. Variability between pipette users can result in variability in results. Tis can often require tasks to be repeated until results are consistent; wasting time and resources. Automating

the process ensures consistency in each result, every time, regardless of who pushes the button.

■ Increased laboratory productivity – Once the pipetting protocol has been established within the software, PIPETMAX allows laboratory staff to focus on other aspects of their work as it runs in the background.

■ Increased safety through ergonomic solutions – PIPETMAX is the ultimate ergonomic pipetting solution since the samples are processed automatically, limiting exposure to dangerous samples and repetitive manual processes.

What makes PIPETMAX different? Currently, the majority of automated liquid handlers tend to be in the $50,000 to $150,000 price range. Tey are sophisticated platforms with correspondingly complex operating software, and are often a purchase justified by a multitude of needs for multiple users. At a core facility they are often difficult to

find available time on, commonly placed in a central location, and are risky for user-to user contamination issues. Tese platforms also involve a level of training that is not in any way suitable for simple, quick liquid handling prep tasks. For producing one or two plates, they are considered not worth the effort of setting up.

At the other end of the spectrum, manual or motorised pipettes are available for this task, but simple repetitive tasks (kit based assays) still require the researcher to be present for what is often a mundane and tedious process. Te researcher’s presence adds little value to this process.

Tis latter scenario is the most common situation for academic/ biotech labs.

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Silke Ubben is European Marketing Communications Manager, Gilson International BV, Den Haag, The

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Laboratory Analysis made simple.

Every drop counts. With TwinPower technology, high efficiency laboratory analysis is effortless. Fewer reagents are required because the internal volume of the solenoid valves has been reduced to an absolute minimum. At the same time, energy consumption is less because two smaller solenoid coils share the work in the valve, making this system more durable and reliable than previous systems.

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“Automating the monotonous and error- prone sample preparation steps traditionally accomplished with manual pipettes.”

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