Nymotion (Portland, OR) is a an innovative company with extensive expertise in motion control. Recently Global FIA teamed up with Nymotion to develop a compact laboratory 96-well plate sampler.
The Plate Sampler is an x-y-z stage that will accommodate two 96-well plates or holders with a similar footprint. While larger systems are readily available and can handle many more well plates, the Plate Sampler provides a compact solution for those applications where one or two plates are needed. It's compact size (12” x 11” x 8½” W X D X H) means that it is economical with bench space.
In addition to standard 96-well plates, it is possible to accommodate vial racks as shown in the picture. A universal 3/8-20 threaded needle mount will accept a standard needle or custom needle assembly. The device is powered by 24VDC and control is via an RS-232 or RS-485 port using a simple ASCII command set. A wash station that is drained using an integrated miniature peristaltic pump allows for needle washes between samples. Global FIA's FloZF software has a built in driver for the Plate Sampler that allows both manual and automated operation.
The Plate Sampler can be used as both an auto sampler and a fraction collector or a combination of the two. With appropriate needle assembly, it can be used as a platform for batch reactions as well. The Plate Sampler coupled to a Global FIA FloPro makes for a powerful fluid handling system.