Andrew+ - Pharmaceutical Technology
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This award-winning liquid handling robot is managed by a state-of-the-art browser-based intuitive lab software called OneLab, which allows the researcher to not only retain control of their workflow but readily adapt the pipetting robot to a wide range of other workflows using Domino accessories, making optimal use of space, resources and funding. OneLab requires zero programming know-how. Pick up your tablet or laptop, drag and drop the labware you require, volumes to be aspirated / dispensed, calculate your serial dilution in a way that is both highly visual, and easily share with other researchers.

Two-way communication with Bluetooth pipettes means that each step in the execution of your protocol is recorded along with the calibration data of the pipette itself. This ensures full traceability as well as a high degree of quality control, especially important if you want to automate costly and complex liquid handling steps associated with qPCR or NGS. in a simple qPCR experiment, typical pipetting errors with a standard, routinely calibrated pipette, can result in DNA copy numbers varying by as much as 3%. Imagine the impact of that on the results of an important translation biology experiment, or in a regulated diagnostic laboratory.

The Andrew+ offers fully automated pipetting, as well as more complex manipulations, using a wide range of accessories and Andrew Alliance electronic pipettes. Significantly, compared to its predecessor, it hosts eight and 12 channel pipettes enabling much larger volumes to be dispensed far more quickly. This is a significant advantage, for example in qPCR and NGS workflows. It is a complete redesign with the ‘+’ referring to the fact that it is a fully ‘connected’ device, able to communicate with both OneLab, by ethernet or Wi-Fi, from which it receives step by step guidance of each step of a given protocol; and with the electronic pipettes themselves, by Bluetooth. This communication is two-way, with instructions being passed from OneLab to Andrew+, which ensures the remote programming of the pipettes, and back from the pipettes to OneLab, meaning that each step is being fully recorded.

The electronic pipettes comprise a full range of single and multichannel versions, dispensing volumes ranging from 0.2μl to 10ml. They are manufactured by Sartorius in Kajaani, Finland, and based on their market-leading high-performance Picus design. These are branded Andrew Alliance as they have been co-developed with Andrew Alliance so that they can work with OneLab. The pipettes are automatically paired with OneLab via a special adapter on the rack to which they are mounted, and this process does not require any user intervention at all.

Andrew+ has a highly flexible workspace. It is modular thanks to the use of Dominos. A simple experiment requires only 2 Dominos whereas Andrew+ could manage up to 11 Dominos for more complex experiments. The system has been designed to fit the majority of laboratory hoods. Andrew+ with 2 full rows of Dominos occupies a depth of ~60cm / 24in, which would be viable for even the most challenging of hoods.

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