Scientist holds a 96 well plate, with the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot in the background.

ASSIST PLUS Pipetting Robot

Pipetting Robot

Product story

Frees you from routine pipetting and provides excellent results

Multichannel pipettes increase throughput in today’s laboratories. However, prolonged manual pipetting takes up precious time and can lead to repetitive strain injuries. In addition, ever-decreasing sample sizes have made it increasingly difficult to pipette without errors.

INTEGRA has developed the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot to streamline routine pipetting tasks at an affordable price. Using INTEGRA electronic multichannel pipettes, the system automates pipetting tasks, eliminates physical strain and ensures superior reproducibility and error free pipetting.

How it Works

How it works

Simply mount an INTEGRA VIAFLO or VOYAGER electronic pipette onto the ASSIST PLUS pipette holder, choose a pipetting protocol, add a tip rack and your labware. Press RUN and ASSIST PLUS will automatically carry out the pipetting task.

  • ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot, with key features labelled.

    Overview

    1) Pipette adapter: accommodates all INTEGRA mulitchannel pipettes - with fixed and adjustable tip spacing.
    2) User Interface: program setup and selection is done using the pipette’s intuitive user interface.
    3) Deck: three work positions are available to accommodate reagent reservoirs, tube racks and plates.
    4) and 5) Automatic tip change: two dedicated postions for automatic tip loading and tip ejection.

  • ASSIST PLUS automatic pipette dispensing liquid into a 384 well plate, using a 16 channel pipette.

    Excellent results

    ASSIST PLUS ensures:

    • optimal tip immersion depths
    • consistent pipetting angle
    • controlled pipetting speeds
    • precise tip positioning in wells
    • no pipetting mistakes are made
    • strict adherence to pipetting programs


    This leads to superior pipetting results and work flow consistency, while also eliminating human errors such as skipping rows. 

  • Scientist attaching their multichannel pipette to the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot.

    Versatility

    Smart Pipette Adapter

    The pipette adapter of ASSIST PLUS allows the use of all VIAFLO and VOYAGER multichannel pipettes. Pipettes range from 4 to 16 channels and cover a volume range of 0.5 to 1250 μl to allow optimal adaptation to many different applications.

    Labware compatibility

    ASSIST PLUS can accommodate numerous labware types, from tubes to 384-well plates in landscape or portrait orientation. INTEGRA multichannel reservoirs, which are available in 10, 25 and 100 ml sizes offer exceptionally low dead volumes. For larger storage volumes, INTEGRA’s automation-friendly reservoirs can be used.

  • Screenshot of the VIALAB software system, for use with the ASSIST PLUS automated pipette.

    Setting up pipetting tasks

    Directly on the pipette

    Protocol setup and selection is done using the pipette’s intuitive user interface. The Touch Wheel allows extremely fast menu navigation and volume adjustments. Simply choose a predefined program and adapt the default settings to your requirements. 

    Using a computer

    The VIALAB software offers a simple and intuitive graphical user interface, allowing you to create protocols with a few clicks, without extensive programming knowledge.

    VIALINK Pipette Management Software offers advanced users the ultimate freedom of defining pipetting programs step by step.

  • GripTip pipette tips snap into place with minimal tip loading effort resulting in superior accuracy and precision results.

    GripTips

    GripTips are always firmly attached and perfectly aligned, regardless of how many side well touch offs are performed. You no longer have to hammer your pipette tips on or worry about pipette tips falling off!

    1) Lobes
    2) O-Ring Seal
    3) Rim snaps over the Lobes
    4) Shoulder

    The rim (3) of the GripTips will snap over the Multi-Lobes (1), attaching firmly. As a result, GripTips will never accidently fall off.

    A shoulder (4) provides a positive stop to prevent over-tightening of the tip. It can only be attached up to that point and no further, ensuring that all tips are at the same height. That means, the tip is either on or off, but nothing in between.

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See it work

Apps

Applications

Serial dilutions
Serial dilutions

Repeated dilution steps with optimal pipetting heights, controlled mixing speeds and optional tip change

Performing serial dilutions by hand is a tedious and error prone task, but not with the ASSIST PLUS. It never skips rows, and ensures critical parameters – such as pipetting heights and mixing speeds – remain consistent for excellent pipetting results. If required, tips can be exchanged after every transfer to minimize the risk of carryover.

ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot performing serial dilutions using a VIAFLO electronic multichannel pipette.
Reformatting
Reformatting

Pipetting between different plate / tube formats

Reformatting samples – e.g. from tubes into plates – is time consuming and prone to transfer errors. ASSIST PLUS reformats your samples automatically, taking full advantage of the VOYAGER pipette's adjustable tip spacing to process tubes and plates up to 12 times faster than using a single channel pipette.

ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot using the VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing pipette to aspirate liquid from Eppendorf tubes.
Plate filling & reagent addition
Plate filling & reagent addition

Assay set-up on the adaptable deck

Setting up assay plates typically requires the addition of multiple samples, buffers and media. The flexible deck layout of the ASSIST PLUS accommodates tubes, reservoirs and plates, enabling multi-step transfers to the assay plate.

ASSIST PLUS automatic pipette filling a 48 well plate using an 8 channel electronic pipette.
Compatible Labware
Compatible Labware

Microplates, PCR Cooling Blocks, Tube Racks, Reagent Reservoirs

Microplates

The ASSIST PLUS deck accommodates ANSI/SLAS-format microplates from 12- to 384-wells.

0.5, 1.5 and 2.0 ml microcentrifuge tube racks

Hold up to 48 tubes on removable carriers for easy loading and storage.

Microcentrifuge tube rack fitting 0.5 ml, 1.5 ml and 2 ml tubes.

96- and 384-well PCR cooling blocks

The aluminum cooling blocks keep reagents in various PCR plates chilled. In addition, the 96-well cooling block can also accommodate 0.2 ml PCR tubes.

96- and 384-well PCR cooling blocks.

Other tube types

ASSIST PLUS can work with various tube types using the right adapter, for example 15 ml centrifuge tubes, 5 ml test tubes and cryogenic tubes.

Tube Racks for Centrifuge Tubes, Test Tubes and Cryogenic Tubes.

10, 25, 100, 150 and 300 ml reagent reservoirs

INTEGRA's reagent reservoirs are designed for minimal dead volume.

Find out more about reagent reservoirs for handheld pipetting or automation-friendly reservoir options on the product pages.

Reagent Reservoir Family by INTEGRA Biosciences

Dual Reservoir Adapter for ASSIST PLUS

Dual reservoir adapter with 2 didived reservoirs
Heating, Cooling & Shaking
Heating, Cooling & Shaking

Options to allow incubation or shaking at different temperatures

Active Heating & Cooling

Heating and Cooling blocks which can be easily integrated into the ASSIST PLUS in order to help you perfectly control your application's temperatures.


Passive cooling

96 and 384 well PCR aluminum cooling blocks to keep reagents in various PCR plates chilled. In addition, the 96-well cooling block can also accommodate 0.2 ml PCR tubes.

96- and 384-well PCR cooling blocks.
PCR Cooling Plates

Shaking

Shaking devices can be accomodated on the ASSIST PLUS, if your application also includes shaking steps. Combined heating and shaking options are available. 

ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot with integrated active heating and cooling blocks.
Heating & Shaking
Tech Info

Tech info

Find here a quick overview of the product specifications. More detailed information can be found in the download-section below.

Dimensions (W x D x H)
75 cm x 38 cm x 51 cm
Weight
25 kg
Operating Conditions
Temperature: 5 °C – 40 °C, Humidity: <85 % non-condensing
Power requirements
100 – 240 VAC, 47 – 63 Hz
Pipetting technology
Air displacement
Downloads Parts and Numbers

Parts and numbers

Instrument
Instrument

ASSIST PLUS base unit

Description Part No.
ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot, incl. tip waste bin, pipette charging cable and reservoir sample packs 4505

 

ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot base unit.
Instrument & Pipette Accessories
Instrument & Pipette Accessories

Pipette Accessories, Tip Waste, Charging and Communication options

Description Part No.
Pipette Li-ion battery 4205
Charging/communication stand for 1 pipette, incl. mains adapter 4211
Bluetooth module for INTEGRA electronic pipettes 4221
Pipette charging cable 4549
Tip waste bin (incl. frame and reflector) 4550
200 bags for tip waste bin 4570
Reflector for tip sensor 4572
Protection Cover 4581
Labware Accessories
Labware Accessories
VIAFLO Electronic Pipettes
VIAFLO Electronic Pipettes

8-, 12- and 16-channel VIAFLO pipettes (firmware ≥4.10, serial number ≥7 000 000)
For accessories please visit VIAFLO electronic pipettes.

8-Channel VIAFLO Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

Volume Range Part No.
0.5 – 12.5 µl 4621
2 – 50 µl 4626
5 – 125 µl 4622
10 – 300 µl 4623
50 – 1250 µl 4624

 12-Channel VIAFLO Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

Volume Range Part No.
0.5 – 12.5 µl 4631
2 – 50 µl 4636
5 – 125 µl 4632
10 – 300 µl 4633
50 – 1250 µl 4634

16-Channel VIAFLO Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

Volume Range Part No.
0.5 – 12.5 µl 4641
2 – 50 µl 4646
5 – 125 µl 4642
INTEGRA’s range of VIAFLO electronic pipettes.
VOYAGER Electronic Tip Spacing Pipettes
VOYAGER Electronic Tip Spacing Pipettes

4-, 6-, 8- and 12-channel VOYAGER pipettes (firmware ≥4.10, serial number ≥7 000 000)
For accessories please visit VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing pipettes.

4-Channel VOYAGER Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

Volume Range Part No.
10 – 300 µl 4743
50 – 1250 µl 4744

6-Channel VOYAGER Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

Volume Range Part No.
10 – 300 µl 4763
50 – 1250 µl 4764

 8-Channel VOYAGER Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

Volume Range Part No.
0.5 – 12.5 µl 4721
2 – 50 µl 4726
5 – 125 µl 4722
10 – 300 µl 4723
50 – 1250 µl 4724

12-Channel VOYAGER Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

Volume Range Part No.
0.5 – 12.5 µl 4731
2 – 50 µl 4736
5 – 125 µl 4732
INTEGRA’s range of VOYAGER adjustable tip spacing electronic pipettes.
GripTip Pipette Tips
GripTip Pipette Tips

Use the GripTip Selector Guide to find your pipette tips.

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