Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform
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by Agilent Technologies
 4.2/5.0 (25 reviews)

Unites microplate-based liquid handling with unparalleled versatility and speed in an automation-friendly, compact design. Agilent Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform is both versatile and precise, loaded into a small, compact footprint. It is the fastest, most versatile liquid-handling system available. Two Bravo Platform models are available: standard and SRT. The standard model fits i...read more

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  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY

Zach Bjorn


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RATING: 4.0

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 19 May 2014

Application Area: Single-Cell Analysis
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"This is a grade-A instrument. It has very high precision pipetting. Not quite as versatile as instruments that have a span-8 pipetting head, or as instruments with bigger decks, but that has yet to be an issue for us. Can pick up any arbitrary rectangle of pipette tips (including a single tip) and thus approximate the versatility of a span-8 head. Can stack plates and pipette from the top of a stack to free up deck space. Planning pipetting operations with less than a full head of tips takes work to determine where physical collisions would happen. Robot is not ideal for hit picking due to speed (clocks around 35 seconds per hit-pick operation when changing tips between operations, largely due to slow and precise pipetting; could maybe get it down to 20 seconds per operation if less careful). Can set just about every parameter possible for pipetting, including acceleration (not just speed) in and out of wells."

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Brian Kinley


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RATING: 4.3

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 16 May 2014

Application Area: HTP Screening
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"The Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform has proven to be a solid work horse for our company. The Vworks software is very intuitive to use and the Bravo itself requires little to no maintenance. It is one of the most reliable pieces of equipment in our HTP screening lab."

Henrik Friis-Madsen


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RATING: 4.3

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 15 Jan 2013

Application Area: HTS
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"We have 4 Bravos in our lab. 3 of them are integrated into large robotic HTS systems, so they do a lot of pipetting every day. We have had very few problems and very little need for service over the years. 5 stars for ease of use, 3 of those for the software and the last two for the easy removal of the pipetting head, making it easy to switch head between units switching from a 96 head to a 384 head in a few minutes. The small footprint and easy to access deck makes the Bravo easy to integrate with different robotics. We have not had a need for a lot of after sales services, that's why I cannot give it a 5 star rating. The price tag is quite high for such a small instrument, so it should only have 3 stars in the value for money category, but I gave it an extra for the very high reliability of the product."

Prasanthi Geda


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RATING: 5.0

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 5 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 15 Jan 2013

Application Area: research
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Very easy to use and program. Accurate dispensing and cost effective. Small foot print and ideal for research environment. Can be easily used for screening and assay development."

Travis Lee


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RATING: 4.3

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 15 Jan 2013

Application Area: DNA Extraction
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Easy to use, good after sales support. The labware is excellent, but expensive. Cons: programming the protocols could simpler without Java Scripts."

Lily Shi


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RATING: 4.3

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 15 Jan 2013

Application Area: reagent addition, dilutions
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"The Bravo liquid handing platform is very reliable and easy to use. The software is well developed and user friendly."

Jeffrey McDermott


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Janssen
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RATING: 4.3

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 14 Jan 2013

Application Area: High Throughput Screening
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"I used the Agilent Bravo system extensively for the better part of 2 years for high throughput screening applications. The programming interface (VWorks) was intuitive and easy to program, and the deck was flexible and useful for all types of applications. Our system was integrated with a plate labeller, plate sealer, and a stacking system, and there were no issues whatsoever with integration or failure of drivers between the different systems. The heads were easily interchangeable between 96 and 384 well, and could easily accommodate a peltier system for chilling in a location on the deck. I would definitely recommend this system for small molecule applications, and expect that it would be similarly useful in other high throughput applications as well."

Casey Wingfield


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RATING: 3.0

  • 3 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 3 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 3 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 14 Jan 2013

Application Area: pre-clinical safety profiling
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"The Bravo system has a nice footprint which is great for labs with little free space.  The pipetting heads are easy to remove and replace when needed. The software interface is not very user friendly and can be difficult to navigate.  My biggest disappointment with the unit is that the pipette channels are difficult to QC and tend to fail quite often.  Agilent has made it simple to replace channels that fail, which is quite nice, however, the frequency at which I have to replace the channels is too high.  Improvements on the pipetting head channel robustness as well as a better software interface would make this product better.  I would recommend this product for simple one off transfers, but not for serial dilutions as the precision goes down the more tips are used."

Chad Stendal


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RATING: 4.0

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 14 Jan 2013

Application Area: DNA Extraction
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Easy to program and integrate into existing systems. I like the way you can change specifications during the run with the Vworks software. It is easy to change the bores on the aspiration head. However, I don't like the wash station very much- the water flow is too restrictive. "

Effie Toren


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RATING: 4.3

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 14 Jan 2013

Application Area: gDNA extraction
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"The form feature of the Bravo makes it easy to use without confusing the user with the detailed programming. Our continued support since purchasing this equipment has been excellent. Whilst the Bravo is very expensive, the fact that we have had minimal down time is priceless."

Marlene Jacobson


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RATING: 4.6

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 29 Feb 2012

Application Area: In vitro pharmacoloy
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Love the Bravo- good consistency, gives great consistency in reagent dispensing for in vitro assays. Tips are very expensive, a high price for consumables. Cost of instruments is prohibitive for non-industrial groups."

Randy Yen


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Organization:
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RATING: 4.3

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 17 Feb 2012

Application Area: sample dilution / liquid handling
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Pipetting position is very accurate. The volume transfer is good. It is easy to apply to multiple functional assay."

Kennedy Queen


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RATING: 5.0

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 5 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 28 Jun 2011

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Short model fits into a tissue culture hood- great for liquid handling in a sterile environment."

Alan Rosen


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RATING: 4.3

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 04 Mar 2011

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"I am still running old BenchWorks software which has glitches but can usually work around. New U Works software is supposed to be bullet-proof but cost of upgrade is high."

Daniel Tran


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RATING: 4.3

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 23 Feb 2011

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Software is a little hard to use. you must start at the the very beginning of the protocol everytime- cannot start mid-process."

Moana Simpson


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RATING: 4.0

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 11 Feb 2011

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"2nd Agilent main item we've purchased. New software- good reliable bench liquid handler."

Moana Simpson


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RATING: 4.0

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 11 Feb 2011

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"1st system in australia- good product that has performed above expectations."

Husam Fayez


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Wyeth, Screening Sciences (Pfizer)
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RATING: 4.0

  • 4 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 18 Feb 2010

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"A solid product."

WENDY PACHECO


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RATING: 3.0

  • 2 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 3 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 18 Feb 2010

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Based on the last version (prior to v10 software)- it had a lot of bugs."

Justin Rascon


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Burnham Institute for Medical Research
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RATING: 3.0

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 2 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 2 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 17 Feb 2010

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"Customer service is poor."

Chris Friedrich


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Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
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RATING: 4.6

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 17 Feb 2010

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"An easy to program instrument with great service."

Christopher Corte


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Organization:
Boehringer Ingelheim
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RATING: 5.0

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 5 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 17 Feb 2010

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

Stewart Rudnicki


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Discipline:
Chemistry, analytical
Work Field:
Academia / University
Organization:
Harvard Medical School
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RATING: 5.0

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 5 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 5 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 07 Apr 2009

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"A great piece of equipment. I'm not sure how Agilent's take over of Velocity11 will affect the service."

Abdelhamid


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RATING: 3.3

  • 3 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 3 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 07 Apr 2009

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"This is a nice machine but the user interface is not really people friendly."

Chris Friedrich


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RATING: 4.3

  • 5 out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY




Review date: 07 Apr 2009

Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform

"An easy to program machine."

Description

 

Unites microplate-based liquid handling with unparalleled versatility and speed in an automation-friendly, compact design.

Agilent Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform is both versatile and precise, loaded into a small, compact footprint. It is the fastest, most versatile liquid-handling system available. Two Bravo Platform models are available: standard and SRT. The standard model fits in most standard laminar flow hoods. The SRT model is three inches (7.62 cm) shorter, providing extra clearance for hoods with short internal height.

Providing speed and precision on your benchtop, Agilent s line of liquid-handling instruments were developed with customer feedback to meet their unique needs. Agilent s automated liquid handling solutions cover a wide range of applications, utilizing the most advanced technologies to provide the performance and reliability that today s scientists demand.


Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform Features:

  • Compact – Space-saving nine microplate-position footprint fits in a laminar flow hood.
  • Precise – The Bravo Platform uses proven high-accuracy pipette heads for dispensing from 100 nL to 200 µL in 96- and 384-well microplates with either disposable or fixed tips for specific applications.
  • Versatile – Pipette heads can be changed in minutes, and numerous platepad options are available to enable a wide range of assays.
  • Functional – Unique open design permits access from all sides for simple system integration as well as for standalone use.
  • Flexible – Removable positions in all models permit through-desk access for tip and labware waste output.
  • Ease of Use – Powered by VWorks Automation Control software with outstanding event-driven scheduler, easy-to-use interface, and innovative error recovery technology, complete control is easy for all levels of operators.

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Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform by Agilent Technologies
Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform




  • 4out of 5EASE OF USE
  • 4 out of 5AFTER SALES SERVICE
  • 4 out of 5VALUE FOR MONEY





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