Agilent has partnered
with V+P Scientific to provide custom Pintool heads for its portfolio of Agilent
Automation Solutions liquid handlers.
As the trend towards assay miniaturisation continues with increasing demands
to make nanolitre transfers, Pintool heads enable you to convert either a 96
or a 384 Well Pipetting System or plate handler into a Pintool workstation that
will deliver from 3 nl to 5 ul using 96, 384 or 1,536 pin tools. Pintool heads
use the surface tension** of pins instead of aspirating through tips to deliver
precise nanolitre amounts for multiplexing assays.
When fitted to either the Bravo™ Automated Liquid Handling Platform or
Agilent Vertical Pipetting Station, the new Pintool heads allow for precise
transfer of 3 to 5000 nL of liquid to be delivered to any position on the instrument
deck. Powered by Agilent VWorks Automation Control software the new Pintool
head workstations offer dynamic scheduling of protocol tasks, incubation steps
and reagent order-of-addition enabling maximum throughput and walk-away time.
Typical applications that will benefit from the Pintool head accessory include
transferring small volumes of liquid to and from microplates, high density array
creation, inoculation of trays / membranes and colony to colony transfers on
agar and other surfaces.
The Agilent Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform is the fastest and most
versatile liquid handling platform available. Its customisable, modular design
provides the flexibility and scalability required to meet the needs of the most
diverse laboratory environments. The Agilent Vertical Pipetting Station from
Agilent Automation Solutions delivers industry-leading speed and unparalleled
performance for even the most demanding sample handling and liquid-transfer
For further information on Pintool heads for Agilent Automation liquid handling
systems please email [email protected] or contact your local Agilent
From stand-alone units to fully integrated systems, Agilent Automation Solutions
teams key sample preparation and creative walk-away automation approaches with
personalised customer service to provide complete solutions for your laboratory.
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and manufactures high-performance equipment for processes that are revolutionising
pharmaceutical, biotech, and genomic research.
* The measure of surface tension in Pintool heads is determined by the qualities
of the pin, liquid and dry plate. The factors that affect transfer volume include
the diameter of the pin, pin shape, depth in which the pin is submerged into
liquid, surface tension, and the speed of the pin movement.