Product News: Advanced Modular Microplate Washer from Molecular Devices to Showcase at Analytica 2008

25 Mar 2008

MDS Analytical Technologies will showcase its next generation AquaMax® 4000 series microplate washer at Analytica 2008 in hall A2, booth #534 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre April 1-4, 2008. This flexible washer offers a unique modular design that allows researchers to configure the system for their current microplate format and applications, while providing an affordable upgrade path when assay requirements change. The system’s 96- and 384-well wash heads are interchangeable to extend system capabilities on a single instrument platform. Primary instrument applications include ELISA, immunoassays, and cytotoxicity assays, as well as many cell-based assays used in high-throughput screening during the drug discovery process.

Washing all wells in the microplate simultaneously, the AquaMax system delivers very fast microplate processing—unlike conventional washers that sequentially fill wells by strip or quadrant dispensing. On-board, touch-screen programming gives researchers a high degree of control over microplate processing parameters providing fast and efficient plate washing. The system's highly efficient washing capability minimizes background interference and maximizes assay sensitivity. A comprehensive cleaning routine prevents clogged dispense head and probes—the primary cause of microplate washer failure. Unlike competitive instruments, AquaMax is completely self-contained and does not require external pumps or computers.

"The AquaMax washer series represents the latest advancements in liquid handling products. With the ability to use both 96- and 384-well wash heads on the base platform, customers can switch easily and quickly between formats, increasing their range of applications using one instrument," said Andy Boorn, President of MDS Analytical Technologies. "With the system's increased reliability, speed and flexibility, we expect customers will see significant time and cost savings over conventional wash systems."

For more information visit us in booth #534 at Analytica 2008.