Our plate storage products present plates in either a stack or a random access hotel. These stacks and hotels sit within our range of single-pod and multi-pod bases and our carousels.
Using stacks is the best option if the labware within a stack can be processed sequentially and is only used once on the system (i.e. does not need to be accessed multiple times, for instance when performing kinetic assays).
The stack provides an extremely cost effective solution and offers a large capacity.
We provide stacks in either a 15, 30, 45 or 50 microplate size (14.4mm high plates, without lids).
Using hotels is the best option if the labware within a stack needs to be accessed randomly, for example within a cherry picking application or if the plates need to be incubated.
Hotels are also a good choice if the labware does not stack well, such as a PCR or filter plates.
We provide hotels with either 8, 15, 22 or 25 shelves. Shelves can be removed to accommodate taller labware, such as deep-well plates or tip boxes.
All of the bases are precision machined and are coated with a low-friction Teflon-coating to allow the stack or hotel to be easily removed. They all feature a multipoint datum registration system and a one-touch retainer button for repeatable insertion and removal of the stack/rack.
An optional sensor and LED is available for stack or hotel presence verification.
The multi-pod bases attach directly to our range of robotic plate handlers to ensure the stacks or hotels are held in position relative to the robot. This allows the system to be setup extremely quickly and dramatically reduces the chances of ever having to re-teach the system.
With 10 bases on the carousel, up to 450 plates can be stored (requires KiNEDx 660 robot). There is also a 5 base version of the carousel that has a smaller footprint.
As with the Pod bases, stacks and hotels click into the carousel base, allowing them to be easily removed for loading and unloading.
The carousel is tightly integrated with PAA’s range of laboratory robots and software solutions, providing exceptionally easy installation and reliable operation.
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