There were also a number of products developed collaboratively on display at LabAuto, including the PR100i Print-and-Apply System from Computype and Nautilus Systems. PR100i is a desktop label applicator that offers simultaneous labeling, precision placement, high-quality thermal transfer printing, and versatility in all types and sizes of labels and containers, said Eric Isberg, marketing manager/laboratory. It can print and apply up to 12 labels and features a thermal transfer printing system with 600 dpi resolution and a retracting peel-edge technology.
Another product created through a partnership and launched at LabAuto was Perkin- Elmer’s EnSpire Multimode Plate Reader with the Corning® Epic® label-free technology. This benchtop detection platform combines optical label-free technology and traditional labeled assays to identify and characterize potential new therapeutic targets.
“The new EnSpire platform allows simultaneous measurement of multiple signaling pathways over time, to provide researchers with a more complete and insightful view of both cellular and biochemical interactions. Label-free approaches are sensitive enough to work with sub-confluent cells and nonrecombinant cell types. This approach can yield more biologically relevant data, allowing for more predictive and faster decisions to be made, as well as improving the quality of research,” explained Achim von Leoprechting, Ph.D., vp, imaging and detection technologies, biodiscovery.
Both Caliper Life Sciences and BMG Labtech entered the spectrophotometer market with new products introduced at LabAuto. Caliper will distribute Trinean’s DropSense platform under the name LabChip DS in North America. With the LabChip DS, an automated UV/Vis spectral analysis platform, users reportedly can analyze the concentration levels of up to 96 nucleic acid and protein samples (0.5 to 3.0 µL droplets) within a few minutes.
BMG’s SPECTROstarNano allows assays to be performed quickly and easily in both microplates or via the built-in cuvette port, according to E. J. Dell, Ph.D., business development and applications scientist. BMG’s new absorbance microplate reader captures a full UV-visible spectrum (220 to 1,000 nm) in less than 1 sec/well and measures sample volumes down to 2 µL, he added.