Does the LHS come with UV or HEPA filters for cell culture?
The LHS does not come with UV light, but the new LHS flow has HEPA filters for cell culture aspiration.
Does the LHS have the ability to heat, cool or mix consumables in place?
A PCR mini-cooler is available as an accessory as well as a new heater/shaker module that can be heated up to 90°C and shake samples with rotation speeds from 100 rpm to 1900 rpm.
Can the LHS be placed/operated in a biosafety or fume hood?
This is not a recommended use for the LHS.
Does the LHS integrate with other instruments?
No. The LHS is a stand-alone instrument.
Can the LHS be used in a temperature controlled room (i.e. at 37°C or in a cold room)?
No, the operating temperature range for the LHS is between +15°C and +35°C (approx. 60-95°F).
What is the viscosity limit of liquids that can be pipetted using the LHS?
260 mPa s
Are the height adapters necessary for pipetting protocols?
Yes, the software will direct you to use the appropriate height adapter for the rack and consumable you are using. It is necessary to use the correct height adapters to ensure stable support and an even working height for the plates. This allows for a reduction in the pipetting time.
Can the height adapters be stacked?
Yes, 2 height adapter 30's can be stacked to equal the same working height of 1 height adapter 60.
Do BRAND robotic tips have to be used with the LHS?
YES! BRAND Robotics tips are designed to fit within tight tolerances for both tip fit and tip length. Therefore, it is necessary to use only BRAND robotic tips with the LHS.
What tips are compatible with each Liquid End?
Please consult the Tip Compatibility Chart to see which tips are compatible with each Liquid End.
What is the maximum height of a consumable (i.e. tube) that can be used with the LHS?
The maximum height of a consumable that can be used with the LHS is 80mm.
Can I use 15mL or 50mL conicals, or blood tubes with the LHS?
No, the maximum height for a consumable is approximately 80mm because of the compact design of the instrument.
What happens if a consumable I use is not in the LHS software?
Please let us know and provide a sample. We will have it programed into the software at no charge if it works with an existing adapter. If it does not work with any of our existing adapters, BRAND can develop a custom adapter for a fee.
Can the reagent reservoirs be autoclaved?
Yes, they can be autoclaved at 121°C for 15 minutes.
How accurate are the liquid ends?
Please see page 10 of the LHS brochure. Note accuracy will vary by liquid end and volume range. As an example, when equipped with a 200µL liquid end and pipetting 20µL the accuracy is ±4%.
Does the LHS have a 12-channel head?
No, the maximum number of channels is 8.
How do I operate the LHS?
From the intuitive and easy to use LHS software. The LHS software operates on Windows devices running Windows 7 operating systems or higher that are equipped with a USB port.
Can the LHS be operated with a MAC?
No, the LHS has a PC Microsoft based operating system.
Can I write my own software for the LHS?
No, the LHS is a closed system with proprietary software.
Is the LHS a plate washer?
The LHS does not function as standard plate washer. It will always leave some residual volume in each well. However, there is a "Break" feature within the software that allows for manual manipulation of the plate to "knock off" any remaining residual volume during plate wash steps.
Is the LHS a plate stamper?
No. The LHS can replicate plates, but can only transfer liquids at a maximum of 8 channels at a time. It is not a good fit for plate stamping applications.
Available accessories for the BRAND Liquid Handling Station include:
Liquid Ends - Single-Channel and Multi-Channel Liquid Ends and Liquid End Holder.
Tips - Standard and Filter Tips, Non-Sterile and Sterile.
Adapters and Racks - Height adapters, Racks for Single Vessels and Plates.
Reservoirs and Waste Box - Autoclavable reservoirs for Reagent Containment and Disposable Waste Boxes.
Consumables - Microplates, PCR products, Microcentrifuge Tubes, and Sealing Films.
To request a software demonstration or on-site demonstration of the BRAND LHS Liquid Handling Station, please CLICK HERE.