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The Platform

TheOnyx is available in different sizes. For a small throughput and a small number of applications without additional modules like thermo cycler or microplate reader the "Baby TheOnyx" with a length of 1m is the appropriate system. TheOnyx is available in different sizes up to 2 m.

integrated thermocycler
configuration
integrated
centrifuge



Modular design (Plug and Play)

The plug-and-play-design of the worktable allows to load or exchange modules in seconds according the application requirements. With the extended X-Rail option and the open design external devices like microplate reader, temperature controlled plate hotel, plate sealer, washer and thermo cycler can be integrated into the automated process.  On request also other external devices can be integrated. 


Fluidic System

The flexibility of TheOnyx is reflected not only in the modular design but also in the liquid handling system.

Micro-annular gear pumps instead of syringes allow a wide dynamic pipetting range (1 µl to 1500 µl) with high accuracy and precision without any hardware. All fluidics components houses in the robotic arm. The short distance between pumps and tips allows a better fluidics control and an easy upgrade from 4 to 8 tips.

TheOnyx is offered with a 4 or 8 pipetting head with independent needles or tips with liquid level detection for each needle / tip.
The pipetting head can be assembled with either disposable tips, washable needles or both. The tip size ranges from 10 µl up to 1000 µl.
Varispan allows the pipetting from different plates and tubes. Each tip is also under independent Z-axis control, allowing the user to 'cherry pick' samples with all or a combination of the 8 tips.

Plate gripper tool

A rotating gripper tool gives all-round access options and integrates external modules. The lift capability of the gripper is 3 kg.



Modules

For TheOnyx a wide range of different modules for all common
applications in molecular biology are available.

On request customized modules can be offered.



Liquid Handling


ALS Automated Lab Solutions offers different types of tip adapters for disposable tips and washable needles.
With the Combi Tipadapter different types and sizes of disposable tips can be used during the script run. Choose filter or non-filter tips according the need for contamination avoidance. It is possible to choose disposable tips suited to specific applications: small tips for high precision & accuracy when pipetting low volumes and bigger tips to reduce the number of pipetting steps when pipetting higher volumes.

For the storage of disposable tips special Tip Racks are designed. Stackable Tip Racks for tips smaller than 1000 µl allows a efficient use of deck space.



Pipetting Positions and Reagent Racks

For TheOnyx pipetting positions for different plate types are available.
Additionally temperature controlled positions for plates (round bottom plates, flat bottom plates, 96well & 384well PCR plates) with a temperature range from 4°C to 60°C are available. The temperature can be programmed in the protocol and can be changed automatically during the script run. These temperature controlled positions are also available for reagent tubes and troughs from 1.5 ml up to 400 ml.



Plate Hotels

To increase the throughput and for storage of needed plates different plate hotels are available, if desired also dark and temperature controlled for sensitive samples.

 




Modules for vacuum based purification protocols

TheOnyx can be equipped with all modules needed for sample purification based on vacuum technology. This includes a complete software controlled vacuum unit (incl. pump, pressure reservoir, pressure measuring device), a vacuum chamber with lid for different types of filter plates and an appropriate insert for different microtiter plates or stripes.


Modules for magnetic bead based protocols

Also for sample purification with magnetic beads Theonyx is well equipped. Different magnetic separators for DWP, PCR plates, round and flat bottom plates are available.
To keep the beads into solution and to guarantee homogenous results special stirrer for the magnetic bead solution are available.


Plateshaker

Different plate shakers can be installed on TheOnyx.
The shakers are completely integrated into the robotic software.
The shakers can be heated or cooled.




Barcoding


For sample tracking Theonyx is equipped with a barcode reading system.
We offer barcode reader for manual use and also automated barcode reading for plates is possible.


Additional Modules (completely soft- and hardware integrated)

  • Thermo cycler for 96 and 384well PCR Plates
  • Microplate reader für Absorption, Fluorescence and Luminescence
  • Microplate washer
  • Microplate sealer


Dust cover and Trolleys

On request TheOnyx can be delivered with trolley and dust cover.

 
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