Innovations Assist Compound Management in Pharma Drug Discovery
15 Sep 2020
Ziath has released a module enabling its Mirage, Cube and Express tube readers to decode Brooks Acoustix tubes.
Acoustix is a small sample tube with a screw cap which is increasingly used to store novel compounds in solution in large compound stores. It is also compatible with the latest generation of Labcyte Echo acoustic dispensers. However, many traditional tube readers find Acoustix tubes difficult to read because the code is split into four sections.
The four segments of the DataMatrix code can now be imaged, recombined and decoded by Ziath's Datapaq 3.18 software running the Acoustix module on a Mirage, Cube or Express tube reader. The whole process is achieved in seconds.
To further assist with the management of Acoustix tubes, Ziath has also introduced a release plate and special low-profile tube adaptor for the Mohawk tube selector. These are designed to enable the semi-automated system to handle Acoustix tubes which have to be locked into their rack as they are suspended upside down in the Echo acoustic dispenser. By combining the Acoustix software plug-in with the Mohawk and release plate, fast and easy single tube cherry-picking and reformatting from Acoustix racks, with automatic confirmation of pick list integrity, is possible.
The Mirage, Cube and Express tube readers are designed as fast, productive camera-based replacements for a flatbed scanner. Their low profile and ability to scan all current, commonly used ANSI/SLAS format racks enables them to be simply integrated with liquid handling platforms and other automation systems.
Designed to enable picking of frozen or thawed sample tubes from 96-position racks, the Mohawk works out of the box, with no need for set up or calibration. Instrument control via user-friendly software which provides an intuitive interface for easy operation. Tubes can be picked from a single rack, or a picklist can be set up to select tubes across multiple racks. Pick list operations are normally started from reading the 1D code on a rack placed onto the Mohawk, but manual selection is also possible.