ASSIST PLUS

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 II or VOYAGER II 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.

  • Overview ASSIST PLUS-Pipetting Robot

    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.

  • 16 channel pipette working on the ASSIST plus

    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. 

  • Smart Pipette Adapter

    Versatility

    Smart Pipette Adapter

    The pipette adapter of ASSIST PLUS allows the use of all VIAFLO II and VOYAGER II 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.

  • Set up tasks with VIALAB Pipette Software

    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 System of INTEGRA Electronic Pipettes

    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.

See it Work

See it work

Apps

Applications

Serial dilutions
Serial dilutions

at optimal pipetting heights with controlled mixing speeds and tip change, if needed

Performing serial dilutions by hand is a tedious and error prone task. Not with the ASSIST PLUS - it does not skip rows and keeps critical parameters such as pipetting height and mixing speeds consistent for best pipetting results. If needed, tips can be exchanged after every transfer to minimize carryovers clinging to the tip.

Serial dilution using ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot
Reformatting
Reformatting

of plates and tubes 

Reformatting samples from one format to another – 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.

Reformatting using ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot in combination with VOYAGER tip spacing pipette
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 and buffers or media. The flexible deck layout of the ASSIST PLUS accommodates tubes, reservoirs and plates, enabling multi-step transfers to the assay plate.

Plate filling & reagent addition using ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot
Compatible Labware
Compatible Labware

Well Plates

The ASSIST PLUS deck accommodates well plates in ANSI/SLAS format from 12 wells 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

96 well and 384 well PCR cooling blocks

The aluminum cooling blocks keep reagents in various PCR plates chilled. In addition, the 96 well cooling block serves as a holder for 0.2 ml PCR tubes.

PCR Cooling Blocks

15 ml centrifuge tube racks

ASSIST PLUS can also access* 15 ml centrifuge tubes (*pipette tips won’t reach very bottom of tubes).

15ml centrifuge tube holder for ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot

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

INTEGRAs reagent reservoirs are designed for minimal dead volumes.

INTEGRA reagent reservoirs
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
Accessories for ASSIST PLUS
Accessories for ASSIST PLUS

Decks, racks, waste bags, etc.

Description Part No.
Pipette Li-ion battery 4205
Bluetooth module for INTEGRA electronic pipettes 4221
Pipette charging cable 4549
Charging/communication stand for 1 pipette, incl. mains adapter 4211
Tip waste bin (incl. frame and reflector) 4550
200 bags for tip waste bin 4570
Reflector for tip sensor 4572
3 position universal deck 4520
PCR 96 well cooling block 6250
PCR 384 well cooling block 6255
Rack for 1.5 / 2 ml microcentrifuge tubes 4540
Rack for 0.5 ml microcentrifuge tubes 4541
Rack for 15 ml centrifuge tubes 4542
VIAFLO II Electronic Pipettes
VIAFLO II Electronic Pipettes

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

8-Channel VIAFLO II 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 II 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 II 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
VIAFLO multichannel pipettes
VOYAGER II Electronic Tip Spacing Pipettes
VOYAGER II Electronic Tip Spacing Pipettes

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

4-Channel VOYAGER II Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

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

6-Channel VOYAGER II Pipettes

(Bluetooth module and power supply not included)

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

 8-Channel VOYAGER II 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 II 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
VOYAGER II tip spacing pipettes
GripTips
GripTips

for use with INTEGRA pipettes on ASSIST PLUS

12.5 µl GripTips

also in extra length and extra short design

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
12.5 µl Purple 5 XYZ racks of 384 tips 6455 6454 6453
12.5 µl LONG Purple 5 XYZ racks of 384 tips 6405 6404 6403
12.5 µl SHORT Purple 5 XYZ racks of 384 tips 6475 - -

12.5 µl low retention GripTips

heightened hydrophobic properties for samples with low surface tension, also in extended length design

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
12.5 µl Purple 5 XYZ racks of 384 tips 6555 6554 6553
12.5 µl LONG Purple 5 XYZ racks of 384 tips 6505 6504 6503

50 µl / 125 µl GripTips

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
50/125 µl Yellow 5 XYZ racks of 384 tips 6465 6464 6463

50 µl / 125 µl low retention GripTips

heightened hydrophobic properties for samples with low surface tension

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
50/125 µl Yellow 5 XYZ racks of 384 tips 6565 6564 6563

300 µl GripTips

also in the environmentally friendly refill system GREEN CHOICE

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
300 µl Green 5 racks of 96 tips 6435 6434 6433
300 µl GREEN CHOICE Green 5 inserts of 96 tips     6432

300 µl  low retention GripTips

heightened hydrophobic properties for samples with low surface tension

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
300 µl Green 5 racks of 96 tips 6535 6534 6533

300 µl  wide bore GripTips

wide tip opening to reduce mechanical shearing

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
300 µl Green 5 racks of 96 tips 6635 6634 6633

1250 µl GripTips

also in the environmentally friendly refill system GREEN CHOICE

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
1250 µl Blue 5 racks of 96 tips 6445 6444 6443
1250 µl GREEN CHOICE Blue 5 inserts of 96 tips     6442

1250 µl low retention GripTips

heightened hydrophobic properties for samples with low surface tension

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
1250 µl Blue 5 racks of 96 tips 6545 6544 6543

1250 µl wide bore GripTips

wide tip opening to reduce mechanical shearing

Tip Size Color Code Descrip­tion Sterile Filter Sterile Non-Sterile
1250 µl Blue 5 racks of 96 tips 6645 6644 6643