Automation-ready Sample Evaporator for Microplates
25 Jan 2021
Porvair Sciences has launched the second generation model of its Ultravap Mistral - an automation-ready sample evaporator aimed at labs looking optimise and accelerate sample preparation.
Designed to remove the traditional laboratory ‘bottleneck’ of solvent evaporation, top drying reproducibility has been achieved via advancements in gas injection technology. The latest Ultravap Mistral directly and consistently delivers heated gas up to 80°C in each microplate well or tube, allowing most common chromatography solvents including dichloromethane, methanol, acetonitrile, hexane and water to be evaporated with speed and ease. A choice of straight or spiral needles allows users to choose between faster dry down (spiral) and better final drying in V-well plates (straight).
The instrument features highly intuitive software and simple operation from up to 15 stored multi-step evaporation programs. Fully flexible programming enables users to tailor the process to their particular requirements, for example operating the evaporation stage at an optimised rate for each solvent type.
Gas temperature, pressure and flow rate can all be programmed individually and saved in stored programmes on the instruments controller using the responsive colour touch screen display. Each programme allows up to five distinct ramped phases, so that a fast initial drying period can be followed by a gentle final drying phase. Standard control commands stored on the instrument are compatible with drivers of most robot manufacturers making integration a seamless process.
The Ultravap Mistral is designed with a flat front profile and platform shuttle to enable easier interfacing with almost any liquid-handling robot. The slim benchtop-friendly design of the 2021 version has built-in LED lights that provide great sample visibility.