Cherry-picking and reformatting tubes from Acoustix racks
13 Apr 2022
A new adaptor from Ziath enables its Mohawk tube selector to quickly and easily pick and reformat tubes from Azenta Life Sciences Acoustix racks – used by the latest generation of Labcyte Echo acoustic liquid dispensers.
Acoustix is a small sample tube with a screw cap which has been widely adopted for storage of novel compounds in solution held in compound storage facilities. Some automated tube selectors struggle to effectively handle Acoustix tubes due to their small size and because they are locked into racks that are suspended upside down in the Labcyte Echo acoustic dispenser.
The Mohawk adaptor reduces the effective height of its tube selector lid by introducing a clear acrylic plate at a lower height. This prevents Acoustix tubes from exiting the inverted rack, simplifying, and improving the speed of tube picking on the Mohawk. Additionally, Ziath developed a ‘elease plate’ to quickly and easily unlock all ninety-six tubes in a rack, ready for picking. When combined with an Acoustix software plug-in, the adapter and release plate enable single tube cherry-picking and reformatting from Acoustix racks with automatic confirmation of pick list integrity.
Designed to enable picking of frozen or thawed sample tubes from 96-position racks, the Mohawk has been designed to work out of the box and needs no set up or calibration. Instrument control is via user-friendly software which provides an intuitive interface for effortless 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.