INTEGRA celebrates success with the ASSIST PLUS at MipTec
The ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot offers streamlined pipetting workflows at an affordable price, putting automation within reach of virtually every lab. Compact and easy to use, it can accommodate any INTEGRA electronic multichannel pipette to provide reproducible and error-free processing while eliminating repetitive manual pipetting tasks. Users simply have to choose a pipetting program and add labware and tips to get started. Whether it’s for reformatting samples, performing serial dilutions, or setting up assay plates, the ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot can help.
- Reformatting – tedious, potentially error-prone reformatting tasks become easy with ASSIST PLUS. Just click in a VOYAGER pipette to take advantage of on-the-fly adjustment of tip spacing, allowing multichannel sample reformatting – for example, from tubes to plates – up to 12 times faster than with a single channel pipette.
- Serial dilutions – performing serial dilutions by hand requires focus and good pipetting skills. ASSIST PLUS makes sure your serial dilutions are reproducible and error free, and tips can be exchanged after every transfer to minimize carryover of compounds clinging to the tip surface.
- Plate filling and reagent addition – 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.
Excellent results and unmatched ergonomics
Automating pipetting processes with ASSIST PLUS ensures constant pipetting angles, consistent tip immersion depths and accurate well targeting. Inter-operator variability and human errors – such as skipping rows or air aspiration – are eliminated, leading to enhanced process control, increased workflow consistency and better pipetting results. Automating pipetting tasks with ASSIST PLUS also relieves physical strain for the operator, helping to prevent repetitive strain injuries.
Programming made easy
Many applications, such as filling a plate or performing serial dilutions, can be programmed directly on the pipette using the intuitive touch wheel interface. Simply choose a predefined program and adapt the default settings to your requirements – a PC is not required. More complex pipetting tasks can be set up using the VIALAB software. Its simple and intuitive graphical user interface allows protocols to be created with a few clicks, without extensive programming knowledge, while advanced users have the freedom to define pipetting workflows step by step. Programs from VIALAB/VIALINK can then be easily transferred to the pipette via the communication stand.
Designed to last
The unique design of ASSIST PLUS means that it will never become obsolete – simply swap in a different INTEGRA pipette to access new applications – and you can still use the same pipettes for manual pipetting. Choose from a wide range of electronic multichannel pipettes – from four to 16 channels – using INTEGRA’s GripTips™ to enable precise and accurate liquid transfers from 0.5 to 1,250 μl. And when you need adjustable tip spacing for sample reformatting – for example, from 96- to 384-well plates – or to access various labware types, the VOYAGER pipette allows changes to be made at the touch of a button.
Broad labware compatibility
ASSIST PLUS is compatible with numerous labware types, from tubes of all kinds to 384-well plates in landscape and portrait orientations, with more adapters to come in the future. It can be used with INTEGRA’s multichannel reservoirs – available in 10, 25 and 100 ml sizes and offering exceptionally low dead volumes – or the larger automation-friendly reservoirs.
With so much to offer, ASSIST PLUS is a worthy winner of a Basel Life MipTec Product Innovation Award 2018. Discover the award-winning ASSIST PLUS pipetting robot today and put affordable automation at the heart of your laboratory.