When is it time to switch to a benchtop liquid handling system?

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When is it time to switch to a benchtop liquid handling system?

The MINI 96 electronic pipette is designed to offer 96 channel pipetting for any budget and workspace, allowing you to fill 96 and 384 well plates faster and more precisely than traditional handheld pipettes.

MINI 96 portable electronic pipettes with varying volume ranges

VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 handheld electronic pipettes can process up to 384 samples in a single step, with a choice of 10 unique pipetting heads – in 24, 96 or 384 channel options and varying volume ranges – to reduce manual input and significantly accelerate pipetting speeds.

VIAFLO 96 handheld electronic pipette

The ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot – combined with our electronic multichannel pipettes or the D-ONE single channel pipetting module – is a complete walk-away solution, automating even the most complex lab protocols to eliminate the physical strain of manual pipetting, while maximizing accuracy and reproducibility.

The ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot

Handle more samples in less time

Are you tired of dealing with the limitations of manual pipettes? Manual pipetting can be a time-consuming and strenuous process so, if you are struggling to keep up with processing demands, then it may be time to elevate your equipment to a benchtop liquid handling system. Introduce our MINI 96 or VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 electronic pipettes into your liquid handling workflows to transfer up to 384 samples at once to enhance productivity. For example, the VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 can perform fast reformatting of four 96 well plates into one 384 well plate in less than two minutes! Alternatively, our ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot can automatically process samples, offering efficient hands-free pipetting.

Scientist using a VIAFLO 384 channel pipette to reformat 96 well plates into a 384 well plate

Increase your walk-away time

If you are looking for freedom from routine pipetting, assay automation on a benchtop liquid handling system may be the ideal solution. Automating repetitive and laborious procedures – such as sample preparation and transfers – can free up valuable hands-on time and allow lab staff to focus on more complex tasks, like designing experiments and analyzing results. INTEGRA offers the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot for exactly this purpose. Simply mount a VIAFLO electronic pipette or VOYAGER electronic multichannel pipette – or a D-ONE single channel pipetting module – onto the ASSIST PLUS pipette adapter and select your desired protocol. The system will then carry out your pipetting tasks with no further manual input required!

ASSIST PLUS carries out pipetting tasks while scientist is relaxing

Improve assay reproducibility

Are your results inconsistent between different users or on different days? Ensuring reproducible and reliable results, independent of the time of day or the person operating the instrument, is a key reason to implement a liquid handling system. Minimize inconsistencies with the MINI 96, VIAFLO 96 or VIAFLO 384 multichannel pipetting instruments, which transfer multiple samples simultaneously under the same pipetting conditions to greatly reduce the chance of variability in assay procedures. Alternatively, you can use the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot to execute standardized and validated protocols perfectly every time, without any risk of human error.

ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot used for tube to plate reformatting

Lower your labor costs

Pipetting activities account for a significant portion of many laboratories’ operating time, and manual processes may require additional training or input from specialized technicians. If your lab is looking to reduce its labor costs, then it may be time to accelerate your pipetting protocols. The MINI 96, VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 electronic pipettes can transfer 96 or 384 samples in parallel to boost productivity and significantly reduce labor costs, and automation with the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot also decreases costs associated with hands-on time. In addition, the ease-of-use of our benchtop liquid handling systems will eliminate the need for intensive training or expert support in your lab, with user-friendly software – such as VIALINK pipette management software or VIALAB pipette automation software – to help you create pipetting protocols in just a few clicks.

VIALAB pipette automation software

Minimize risk of injury

Performing repetitive manual pipetting tasks for multiple hours a day can significantly increase the risk of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), in addition to other hand, neck and shoulder issues. Many factors can lead to strains during manual pipetting and, if you are looking to reduce the risk of injury in your lab, then implementing an ergonomic liquid handling solution may be the answer. Reduce the time you spend pipetting with our MINI 96, VIAFLO 96 or VIAFLO 384 electronic pipettes, which all feature an integrated electric motor to decrease the manual force required to move the pipette head from left to right and up and down. Alternatively, the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot can take the entire pipetting process out of the hands of the user, including automatic tip loading.

The ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot in a biosafety cabinet

Make room for growth

Modern laboratories are faced with ever-increasing sample throughput demands, and manual pipetting may be a limiting factor when it comes to increasing productivity. A key advantage of benchtop liquid handling systems is that they allow you to repeat a standardized protocol or pipetting step multiple times in a row, making it easy to scale sample numbers up or down. Look no further than our MINI 96, VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 electronic pipettes or ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot, which all allow easy set-up and adaptation of assay processes, without extra time or effort.

MINI 96 and VIAFLO 384 handheld electronic pipettes

Maximize your time and resources with miniaturization

Many labs need to miniaturize their assays, using smaller plate formats to reduce reagent consumption, and to save time and resources. Manually pipetting low volumes can be a challenging and error-prone process, but a liquid handling solution with precise tip positioning – even in small well openings – makes it easy to reformat assays. Rely on our MINI 96 or VIAFLO 96 for precise reformatting from 96 well formats to 384 well plates – or from 384 well to 1536 well plates with the VIAFLO 384 – in just four steps! Miniaturization provides greater sample densities per plate, and our efficient electronic pipettes result in more samples being processed per protocol step.

The MINI 96 pipette reformatting from a 96 well format to a 384 well format

Make the most of your available space

If laboratory space is a limiting factor when it comes to switching up your pipetting protocols, look no further than our space- and cost-efficient benchtop liquid handling systems. Our range of innovative liquid handling systems is designed to fit any budget and workspace, and the portable MINI 96 pipette can be easily moved for use anywhere in the lab, even in a laminar flow cabinet.

Scientist placing a MINI 96 pipette in a laminar flow cabinet

Upgrade your pipetting protocols

If your laboratory is looking to minimize hands-on time, streamline workflows, improve data reproducibility and enhance the precision of pipetting procedures, then it may be time to upgrade your manual protocols. Contact us if you'd like to learn more about our benchtop liquid handling systems!