The highest possible degree of automation, optimal performance and cost savings continue to be the requirements placed on microplates for high-throughput screening. In 1997, shortly after the launch of the 384 well microplates, Greiner Bio-One was the first manufacturer to introduce another innovative microplate format – the 1536 well microplate. The external dimensions were the same as those used in the 96 well and 384 well microplates. However, to utilise the available space most efficiently, the number of wells was increased fourfold from 384 to 1536.
Close cooperation with numerous users has now led to the development of a broad product range, and the constant drive towards improvements in quality has, for example, led to a reduction in curvature of the plates to < 100 µm. The 1536 well microplates are available as clear bottom variants, in clear polystyrene and completely black or white in CELLSTAR®, LUMITRACTM, FLUOTRACTM and non-binding quality. The product range has been further expanded by a 1536 Deep Well polypropylene microplate.
1536 well polystyrene microplates are available in the following versions:
1536 Well LoBase and HiBase Microplates
Two versions of the 1536 well microplates have been developed, the LoBase version and the HiBase version. In both versions, the total well volume is 12.6 µl, with a working volume of 3 – 10 µl.
1536 well LoBase microplates:
1536 well HiBase microplates: