January 1, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 1)

Tecan

The Spark® multimode reader can now provide walkaway processing of up to 50 assay plates per run with the addition of the new Spark-Stack™ integrated microplate stacker. This versatile and field-upgradeable module is designed to automate plate loading, unloading reliably, a well as re-stacking for non-lidded SLAS-format microplates from 6 to 1,536 wells. Ideal for assays requiring room-temperature pre-incubation steps, it is equipped with removable dark covers to protect light-sensitive assay, such as AlphaLISA®, AlphaScreen®, AlphaPlex™ and GFP-transfected cells. Software updates to both SparkControl™ and SparkControl Magellan™ provide seamless operation of the Spark-Stack module, helping to streamline laboratory workflows and allowing overnight running for greater productivity.