What is Micro Plate Shakers

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  • A Micro Plate Shaker is the most ideal device for mixing micro plates and even micro tubes of various kinds.
  • It is a very popular laboratory device and it’s applications include immunoassay, cell cultures, ELISA, denaturation of nucleic acids and proteins, stains and bolts.
  • The capacity of these devices vary as per the application requirements. In addition to which there are several different accessories available to customize the micro plate shaker for various different applications.
  • The device from Neuation, iShak Uno VT is one good example of a common everyday lab instrument. Besides having a very small footprint it provides mixing with orbital motion of 2 mm diameter and a variable speed selection from 200 rpm to 1500 rpm.
  • There are several options available too. There is one with a variable speed only and the other has one (VT) has variable speed as well as timer setting & USB connectivity.

Plate Shakers of various kinds:

There are many different kinds of Plate Shakers as listed below:

  • iShak Uno.
  • iShak Uno VT.
  • MPS-1, High Speed Multi Plate Shaker.
  • T-100, Thermo Shaker for Micro Tubes and PCR plates.
  • PST – 60HL Plate Shaker Thermostat.
  • Orbit Digital Micro Tube an Micro Plate Shakers.

Specifications:

The specifications of a Micro Plate Shaker can vary depending upon the application required. Here are two sample devices from Neuation with their specifications to give you a rough idea of what to expect:

i Shak Uno:

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  • The i Shak Uno has an orbital diameter of 2 mm for thorough mixing. It also has a tiny footprint. With a speed setting of 200 to 1500 rpm it is  microprocessor controlled for high accuracy.
  • It also sports a special turn down toggle clamp that prevents spills and simple slide in (slide out) for loading (and unloading) of micro plate.
  • It is a universal fit which comes with interchangeable clamps for different micro plates. The procedure of changing the clamp is very easy and does not require the use of tools. Furthermore it is stable due to the inbuilt counter balance and can be used inside fume hoods or cold rooms.

The more detailed specification goes something like this:

  • Speed setting – 200 to 1500 RPM
  • Motor Type – Stepper
  • Orbital Diameter – 2mm
  • Inbuilt Counter Balance – Yes
  • Dimension (w x d x h) – 127 x 85 x 86 mm
  • Weight – 1.36 kg
  • Power Supply – Universal (90 to 230v, 50 / 60 Hz)
  • Attachments – Replaceable clams provided to make use of different types of standard micro plates.

i Shak Uno VT:

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    • i Shak Uno VT is very similar to the i Shak Uno. In the sense that this too has an orbital diameter of 2 mm and a tiny foot print.
    • The speed setting can be set between 200 to 1500 RPM and it is microprocessor controlled for higher accuracy. the special turn down toggle damp is also present on this one which make it spill proof.
    • The loading and unloading of micro plate is made simple via the slide in and slide out functions.
    • It is a universal fit and the things have been kept simple by making the clamp changing procedure a tool free process. In addition to this there is also a USB for integration and interfacing with robotic systems.
    • It can be operated via a computer (laptop or desktop) and the user is capable of writing up to 4 predefined programs.
    • The user can also save data logs for operations through the computer. It even has a timer setting function.

The specification are described here in simple format:

  • Speed setting – 200 to 1500 RPM
  • Motor Type – Stepper
  • Orbital Diameter – 2mm
  • Inbuilt Counter Balance – Yes
  • Remote Operation – Yes
  • Robotic Integration – Yes (via USB)
  • Dimension (w x d x h) – 127 x 85 x 86 mm
  • Weight – 1.36 kg
  • Power Supply – Universal (90 to 230v, 50 / 60 Hz)
  • Attachments – Replaceable clams provided to make use of different types of standard micro plates.
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