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The TipCharger system uses IonField IonPlasma technology to clean pipette tips for 8-, 96- and 384-channel liquid handlers (select your system on the right hand side of this page for more info). The TipCharger system is the most effective plasma treatment device available.
The this JALA article summarizes the use of TipCharger in many drug discovery screening assays.
Typical operation is for the liquid handler to lower a rack of pipette tips into the TipCharger cleaning station for approximately 30 seconds of direct plasma exposure. The cleaning station turns on when the tips break a light beam and goes off when the tips are raised. After treatment, tips are ready for immediate re-use. Download TipCharger User Guide for set up and system requirements. No interface is required for operation. While the plastic tips are in the cleaning station, the liquid handler is programmed to run a standard mix, pulling plasma into the pipet tip and then expelling the waste gas. Typically 6 or 7 cycles are programmed in the mix step.
- Greatly reduces pipette tip usage, typically by 90%
- The process is fast, typically 30 seconds
- There is no liquid or solid waste from the process
- Maintenance is to check the unit once every 6 months
- Extends liquid handler run capacity as only one position is dedicated for pipette tips
- Installs easily on most brands of liquid handers
The 8-channel TipCharger system works with all common 8-channel pipetting systems. See Installation Photos. Freedom EVO series.
The 96-channel TipCharger system cleans small to medium volume 96 format tips simultaneously for 96-channel pipetting systems. See Installation Photos.
The 384-channel TipCharger system cleans 384 tips simultaneously for high-throughput pipetting systems.
The 1536-channel TipCharger system cleans a 1536 pin tool for high-throughput pipetting systems.