Agilent Blog

Maintaining and Improving the Quality of Microplates

Posted by Steve Fillers on Feb 8, 2017 10:06:51 AM

Interview with Lorraine Galica, Quality Manager

Lorraine Galica manages a large group of people and activities that contribute to the quality aspects of the microplate products at Agilent Technologies. A look from her perspective underscores the focus the Quality group has in exceeding customers’ expectations.

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Topics: Microplate, Microplates

Injection Molding Operations for Custom Microplates

Posted by Steve Fillers on Nov 22, 2016 11:59:56 AM

A Talk with Paul Duval, Process Technology Supervisor at Agilent

Paul Duval oversees molding operations at Agilent in Chicopee, MA. Pellets of polymer resins are transported into molding machines where they are melted and forced, with pressure at high velocity, into a microplate mold. The mold is pulled apart and the new plastic part is ejected out of the mold. New parts are subject to 100 percent inspection to ensure that Agilent’s product specifications are achieved.

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Topics: Microplates, Custom Microplates, Injection Molding Custom Microplates

Machining an Injection Mold to Produce Microplates

Posted by Steve Fillers on Apr 28, 2016 10:50:49 AM

An Interview with George Blais, Machining Supervisor

George Blais (pictured here) cuts metal into shapes that create molds to produce microplates. The metals usually arrive as large bars and plates that are progressively machined into pieces that can be assembled into a form. This form can then be mounted and connected to the flow of an injection molding machine. The machining phase has several stages required to optimize the specifications of the final microplate product.

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Topics: Microplate, Microplates, Injection Molds for Microplates

Designing an Injection Mold for Microplates

Posted by Steve Fillers on Mar 22, 2016 4:15:05 PM

Perspective of a Microplates Design Engineer

Injection molds create the unique characteristics of standard and custom microplates. Quite simply, a mold is a huge hunk of metal cut in half and milled out to flow molten polymers into the physical shape details of a microplate. The design phase directs the cutting of the steel to optimize the specifications of the final microplate product. But, as you might imagine, it’s not that simple.

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Topics: Microplates

Microplate Array Format Uses Are Limitless

Posted by Steve Fillers on Jan 19, 2016 3:12:00 PM

Amazing Applications for Microplates

Dr. Gyula Takatsy is credited for invention of the microplate in 1951 as a means to increase throughput and reduce the material requirements for running influenza detection assays. Since then, microplates have been considered a first step in automating various process. If you can get it to work in a test tube, chances are very good that you can increase productivity by employing microplate technology. Beyond just holding liquids, solids, and cells, some very clever applications* have been adapted to the microplate array format, as you'll discover in the examples below.

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Topics: Microplates, Microplate Array, Microplate Array Format

Is Filter Plate Drip Length Important?

Posted by Steve Fillers on Oct 1, 2015 4:48:28 PM

Choosing the Right Filter Plate Drip Length Does Matter

To answer this question—and to find which length is best suited for your needs—it’s important to understand the three general methods that are employed for filtration using microplates.

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Topics: Microplates

Using the Right Microplate—What If My Process Is Sterile?

Posted by Steve Fillers on Jul 17, 2015 5:45:00 PM

Sterilization Methods for Microplates

Typical molding temperatures for polypropylene microplates are 450°F or greater and most post-molding and packaging operations occur under ISO quality standards in certified clean rooms. Nevertheless, if you are doing everything known to man to support biological growth or replication in your experiments, you would want to start out with sterile materials.

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Topics: Microplates, Custom Microplate Specifications, Microplate Labware

Top 3 Details when Specifying Custom Microplate Labware

Posted by Jon Lipsky on Jun 25, 2015 5:54:00 PM

Knowing what You Need Improves Resource Outcomes

You have just realized that, if you used a microplate with certain specifications,

  • Your cost per data point and/or
  • Your data quality and/or
  • Your processing time and/or
  • Your technical difficulty …

Can all improve!

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Topics: Microplates, Custom Microplate Specifications, Microplate Labware

Why Seek a Custom Microplate?

Posted by Jon Lipsky on May 13, 2015 8:57:21 AM

Top 4 Reasons to Get You on the Right Track

Custom fabrication is required any time you cannot obtain exactly what you need. In the world of microplates, the optimum solution to your problem is most likely a variation of products that currently exist in the marketplace. Seahorse Labware has designed its production capability in a modular format, allowing interchange of various components to generate a large matrix of possible product configurations. And, because we are geared to address the custom market, our production runs are relatively short. This approach reduces the time and resources required to produce your new product and it lowers the minimum order commitment quantities.

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Topics: Microplate, Microplates, 96 well filter plates