HydroSpeed Microplate Washer

HydroSpeed Microplate Washer

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The HydroSpeed is Tecan’s advanced microplate washer, designed to provide optimized washing of cells, beads and ELISAs in both 96- and 384-well formats. It offers full control over critical wash parameters to help maximize efficiency.

Cell Protection:

Extra gentle cell washing with tuneable wash power

Loosely adherent cell lines, such as P815 and HEK 293, are commonly used for a wide range of research applications, but are challenging to wash for typical plate washers.

Discover the difference with Tecan’s HydroSpeed expert cell washer:

  • Drop-wise dispense speed to avoid cell detachment.
  • Optimization of dispense position to minimize turbulence in the wells.
  • Tunable aspiration parameters, including needle position and vacuum level, to avoid cell loss.
  • Reduced costs by eliminating the need for a dedicated cell washing head.

Anti-Clogging:
Reliable operation through active prevention of needle clogging

Automated ELISA processing using a microplate washer is now a routine task for many laboratories, yet crystallization of wash buffer within the aspiration/dispense needles remains a common problem. The HydroSpeed’s innovative Anti-Clogging function actively prevents needle clogging by automatically rinsing and soaking the wash head when the washer is idle for a user-defined period.

Highlights of Anti-Clogging function include:

  • Automated start of rinse & soak steps of the wash head to avoid buffer crystallization.
  • Fail safe procedure in case user has forgotten to start daily maintenance program.
  • No downtime for cleaning of spills typically caused by needle blockage.
  • Easy X-change wash heads allows additional intense cleaning in an external ultrasonic bath.

Patent pending design using dual magnets per well:
Efficient bead settling and high bead recovery rates

Multiplexed assays using magnetic beads are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of applications, but achieving good wash results without loosing beads remains a challenge. The HydroSpeed washer protects magnetic beads by settling them away from the needles during aspiration, achieving low residual volumes while maintaining high bead recovery rates.

Features include:

  • Powerful rare-earth magnets to provide fast and efficient bead settling.
  • Two magnets per well to keep the beads out of the way during washing.
  • Adjustable vacuum level and aspiration position for optimized bead recovery.

Ease of Use:
Integrated monitoring of liquid level in waste bottle

  • Integrated pressure-based liquid level detection (p-LLD) system informs operator when waste bottle is full.
  • Patent pending p-LLD function avoids the risk of blockage common to swimmer-based LLD systems mounted in the waste bottle, increasing safety and eliminating additional cleaning steps.

Patent-pending auto-adjust function for easy teaching of new plates

  • Provides automated adjustment of the bottom aspiration position located inside the wells for optimized wash results.
  • Takes the hassle out of teaching plates with non-transparent wells typically used for reading of fluorescence or luminescence assays.
  • Handles different well geometries in 96- & 384-plate formats including flat-bottom, round-bottom and v-shaped wells.

HydroSpeed Microplate Washer Options

  • Selection of wash heads for optimized results.
  • Magnetic bead washing in 96- and 384-well plate formats.
  • Vacuum filtration in 96- and 384-well filter plates.