MANTIS® Liquid Handler by FORMULATRIX®, Inc.

Manufacturer FORMULATRIX®, Inc.  |  Available Worldwide
4.6
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5.0
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The MANTIS ® is an automated low-volume reagent dispensing system. Capable of achieving accurate and precise dispensing from volumes as low as 100nL. Used in a broad range of application areas including single-cell genomics and transcriptomics; biochemical and cell-based assay development; qPCR sample preparation and normalization. With a small footprint and intuitive software it is the ideal personal pipetting solution.


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Average Rating: 4.6
23 Scientists have reviewed this product

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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Ecolog International



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Great results.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area: for COVID19

"Excellent services from Formulatrix."

Review date: 24 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: University of Hong Kong



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
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    3 out of 5
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    3 out of 5
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Fair with the budget.
Rating: 3.0

  • Application Area:qPCR and NGS experiments

"The dispense is accurate with aqueous liquid but not with solution of high affinity with plastic like DMSO. The droplets will stick to the side of the tip and build up in volume. A large limitation is that it can only dispense bulk fluid. The software has bugs and safety measures are not enough to avoid crashes of parts."

Review date: 24 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler

Manufacturer's Response

Thank you for your feedback on DMSO dispensing. In addition to the standard silicone chips, we offer PFE-diaphragm chips for dispensing harsh solvents such as DMSO. Using the incorrect chip can cause the problems you have reported. For any software or general concerns, please contact support@formulatrix.com for help.
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Cell Signaling Technology



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Reproducible results, low CVs, good for handling low volumes.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Molecular biology

"We're currently using the product for small scale RT-PCR reaction set-ups in 384 well plates. The instrument shows high reproducibility, low CV, and is great for reducing plastic usage and reagents. The speed of the dispensing is good for lower volumes, but not as much for higher volumes. We've previously tested the continuous flow chip and haven't had great success, but looking to revisit and possibly optimize in the future. Overall pleased with the instrument. The service contracts are pricey compared to the cost of the instrument and not sure if they serve a lot of value."

Review date: 24 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: Genentech



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Great helper for dispensing precious reagents.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Biochemical and cellular assays

"Application: the Mantis' software has a clean user interface that is very easy to use. Your dispenses definitley rely on optimizing the dispense parameters. CF and both 1ml tips dispense provide for different needs. Definitley easy to set up by following the step by step set up guide from the screen. Hardware: Very compact."

Review date: 24 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: RealSeq Biosciences



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Critical to our sequencing service and super easy to learn.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:High throughput liquid handling for qPCR and next generation sequencing

"The Mantis is now our golden standard for reproducibility and handling high-throughput experiments. Customer service is top notch and the instrument itself is fun and easy to use. Extremely customizable and now our mainstay workhorse."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: University of Washington



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Pretty great product.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Mastermix plate robot dispensing

"There can sometimes be small issues with the Mantis if things are not exactly aligned correctly. We use our Mantises quite heavily and for the use, they do perform well. When we have had repeated issues, the customer service was quite helpful with phone consultations, followed by hands-on maintenance. All in all, we are satisfied customers. For other users: you will have to baby your Mantis along...they require TLC."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler

Manufacturer's Response

We appreciate your feedback. In order to keep the MANTIS capable for custom source profiles, they can be dialed in or optimized for your needs. We are always happy to help you succeed!
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: University of Delaware



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Precise results, intuitive interface, easy to write protocols for.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Reaction volume miniaturization and regent dispersal

"Mantis has been helpful and efficient for miniaturizing reaction volumes, and dispersing reagents across multiple plates."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Arkansas Children's Research Institute



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Great value, great results.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:NGS library prep

"While there is a learning curve to overcome, the Mantis provides very reproducible results. In our lab, it is used mostly for dispensing small volumes with large sample sets which comes in handy for NGS libraries. Post sales customer care was good. Our lab considers it to be excellent value for the money."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Karolinska Institutet



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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THE instrument to have if you work in single cell omics!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Distribution of reagents for single-cell omics technologies

"One of the main reasons I love using the Mantis liquid handler for my experiments is the incredibly low rates of technical variability that I obtain by using it to dispense my reagents. As an instrument, the Mantis liquid handler is easy to clean and maintain, the software is very intuitive and allows for great flexibility in reagent volumes to be dispensed. Even better, all the components you might need are easy to order and the machine itself is compact enough to keep at arm's reach on your bench!"

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Schott-Minifab



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Utility still to be determined.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Diagnostic device manufacturing

"The feedback I have so far after 1 month using the Mantis is positive. The system seems to be performing as expected. Unfortunately the need for a viscometer to establish dispense settings wasn't conveyed during the sales process, so we have had limited chance to put the system through its paces with different solutions."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler

Manufacturer's Response

The Mantis is ready to use right out of the box without any need for a viscometer. When dispensing especially viscous reagents, the dynamic viscosity can be obtained from the reagent vendor or the optimal dispense settings can be determined by measuring Mantis dispense volumes. Our support team can help determine optimal liquid class settings in cases for individual reagents.


  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Leibniz-IUF



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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A must have.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Genome editing, iPSCs, genetic compensation

"Great product, easy to use, realiable and a game changer."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Harvard University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Huge time saver!
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Enzyme assay plate dispensing

"The mantis is very easy to use and the low dead volume is critical for my assays, conserving valuable protein samples. It has made my workflow much more high-throughput and made my results more reproducible."

Review date: 23 Sep 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Stowers Institute for Medical Research



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Great product. Worth the price and footprint.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Mini PCR and Gibson Assembly

"Easy to use and the software is simple to use. the whole system has a small footprint."

Review date: 27 Jan 2020 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: IBR Inc.



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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We validated the Mantis based on the GLP, AGIT and GAMP 5 guidelines
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:AlphaLISA, ELISA, PCR, cell-based assays

"We validated the Mantis based on the GLP, AGIT and GAMP 5 guidelines With its user-friendly software the Mantis Liquid Handler saves time and improves efficiency and accuracy. It is useful to perform a variety of assays like AlphaLISA, ELISA, PCR, cell-based assays and allows assay miniaturization minimizing sample and reagent consumption. Due to its reliability and flexibility, it can be easily integrated in a regulated environment. We validated the device based on the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice, AGIT and GAMP 5 guidelines to ensure assay standardization and quality standards that comply with regulatory requirements. Successful validation of this automated liquid handling instrument enables reducing the time spent on repetitive dispensing tasks, increasing precision and consistency while reducing variability, especially when working with miniaturized assays."

Review date: 23 Apr 2019 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: University of Illinois



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Great machine.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Bacterial screening

"The mantis is a great machine for dispensing liquids in experiments where combinations of many chemicals are used to create a master stock. Normally this would have significant in pipette tips for other liquid dispensing machines, but not for the mantis."

Review date: 05 Feb 2019 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Stowers Institute for Medical Research



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Great results. Makes pipetting small volumes a breeze.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Single Cell, ligation, PCR reactions

"The product is very easy to use. The software is easily understandable with excel import features. It has become a staple of my PCR and vector assembly workflow."

Review date: 04 Feb 2019 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Almost no dead volume.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Dispensing mastermix to PCR

"Love this machine - fast, precise ,very low costs on consumables, almost no dead volume."

Review date: 15 Jan 2019 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Pfizer



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Effective and efficient liquid handler for developing miniaturized assays
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Liquid handling assay development

"Allows for miniaturized assay development specially for when reagents are expensive and small in quantity. User interface is relatively easy to use to program methods. Reliable in terms of reproducibility of results."

Review date: 20 Feb 2018 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2009

  • Organization: Genentech



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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The Mantis allows dispensing small volumes of reagent using very little dead volume and prime volume.
Rating: 5.0

  • 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. "

Review date: 10 Mar 2016 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: Northwestern University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Small, precise, easy to use dispenser for highly precious reagents!
Rating: 5.0

  • 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. "

Review date: 16 Feb 2016 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: Cancer Research Technology



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0

  • 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."

Review date: 08 Sep 2014 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
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    Expert Reviewer

  • Member since: 2012

  • Organization: Exact Sciences



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0

  • 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!"

Review date: 22 Aug 2014 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: sanofi-aventis



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0
"when it works, it works quite well though a little slow."

Review date: 18 Feb 2011 | MANTIS® Liquid Handler

For our MANTIS users in laboratories around the world there are many benefits that the small but mighty robot delivers which very quickly make it an indispensable part of their laboratory team. 

Saving costs on reagents and consumables. Dead volumes of less than 10μL and the ability to miniaturize a broad range of assay types combined with the virtual elimination of disposable pipette tips from your workflow.

Fewer repeated or wasted experiments. Highly precise dispensing with CV of less than 1.5%, RFID tracked reagents for ease of setup and dependable dispensing. A true step up from manual pipetting.

Taking on the tasks that no one wants. From normalizing nucleic acids in a 96 well plate in under two minutes to executing a 12-factor design-of-experiment workflow. 

Spend less time pipetting and more time focusing on the science that really matters to you.

 

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MANTIS® Liquid Handler by FORMULATRIX®, Inc. product image

MANTIS® Liquid Handler

Manufacturer FORMULATRIX®, Inc.  |  Available Worldwide

4.6 / 5.0 | 23 reviews