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Member since: 2009
The Mantis allows dispensing small volumes of reagent using very little dead volume and prime volume.
Application Area: PCR preparation
"1. The dispense list can be easily created using excel or text files to define the volume needed in each well. 2. Saves a lot of reagent because it requires very little prime volume. "
Member since: 2014
Organization: Northwestern University
Small, precise, easy to use dispenser for highly precious reagents!
Application Area:Automated assay set-up in microplates for small molecule screening, crystallography, and PCR
"The Mantis is a small liquid dispenser for 96 or 384 well plates using their patented microfluidic dispensing chips. We use it to set up assays when preparing small numbers of plates, or anytime we are using highly precious reagents that we don't want to waste. With a little care we can get the dead volume down to 10uL. Although it dispenses one well at a time we find that it's speed is sufficient for most assays. And the software is very intuitive and easy to use. We've had it for six months and it has quickly become one of our most popular liquid handlers. "
Member since: 2014
Organization: Cancer Research Technology
Application Area:Assay development and compound profiling
"The Mantis is an extremely versatile piece of kit which allows you to set up complex assays with minimal hands on time. We are currently using it to set up assay development experiments such as buffer optimisation as well as mode of action studies. We have found that the Mantis dramatically reduces hands on time in the lab, especially when running stopped assays as these can be programmed in and left to run."
Member since: 2012
Organization: Exact Sciences
Application Area:Small volume dispensing, low / med throughput
"This dispenser is small footprint, small investment, and large return. Dispensing small volume reagents to an entire plate at any volume in the working range eliminates human error for manual addition. It also lets you dispense directly from a pipette tip, resulting in saving precious reagents! Highly recommend!"
Member since: 2011
"when it works, it works quite well though a little slow."
At the core of the Mantis is a patent‐pending microfluidic valve cluster that can measure and dispense discrete volumes of liquid.
Pressure and vacuum are used to open and close each valve on the silicone valve cluster. This valve cluster has two micro‐diaphragms (100nL and 500nL) that can fill and dispense as fast as 10 times per second.
Extremely Low Dead Volumes
To minimize dead volume, the ingredient plugs directly into the microfluidic chip. The Mantis can use pipette tips as ingredient reservoirs to reduce waste even further. Dead volumes can be reduced down to 5uL using this feature. This feature is ideal for dispensing even the most precious samples.
The Mantis is the smallest liquid handling robot made by Formulatrix, and is one of the smallest footprints on the market. With a base that fits on a standard mouse pad, the Mantis can fit in nearly any workspace ‐ but remains completely robot accessible for automation.
Size: 220mm (8.66“) x 162mm (6.38“) x 111mm (4.37”)