Conveyor suits automatic/manual microplate processing.

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Designed for handling Microplates, tip boxes, and deep well carriers in range of laboratory-based automation applications, Q-Stack Quickdraw® Conveyor System delivers flexible conveyed product solution with bidirectional operation, removable stack towers with 400 mm of Microplate storage in each, and sensors to detect when stacks are full and/or empty. It features dual stack or destacking options, interfaces with serial communication/discrete I/O, and adjustable speed from 0-60 fpm.



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Q-Stack Quickdraw® Conveyor System by Magstar(TM) Offers an Innovative Microplate Handling Solution for Laboratory-Based Automation



HOPKINS, MN-September 26, 2007-MagStar(TM) Technologies, Inc. introduces the Q-Stack to its robust line of Quickdraw® material handling automation systems. The Q-Stack is a cutting-edge modular plate automation conveyor specially designed for handling Microplates, tip boxes, and deep well carriers in a broad range of laboratory-based automation applications. The fast, reliable Q-Stack delivers a flexible conveyed product solution with bidirectional operation, removable stack towers with 400mm of Microplate storage in each, and sensors to detect when stacks are full and/or empty. In addition, the Q-Stack easily integrates into existing Microplate processing lines, and it interfaces with serial communication or discrete I/O, allowing users to monitor collected data from a remote location.

The Q-Stack is a modular, sectional plate automation device that is easily assembled, configured and integrated with a large variety of third-party laboratory instruments and diagnostic and fluid handling machines. It can be used in automatic or manual Microplate processing, accommodating all Microplates manufactured in accordance with Society for Biomolecular Screening ANSI/SBS 3-2004 and deep well Microplates up to 45mm tall. The Q-Stack also features adjustable speed from 0 to 60 feet per minute and offers dual stack or destacking features. These unique traits ensure the Q-Stack provides an exceptional solution for the most challenging laboratory automation needs. The Q-Stack concept is also easily customized to meet the needs of any application.

"Quickdraw products offer efficient plate automation, ease of integration, lower power consumption, less noise generation, a space-saving footprint, and clean operation, making them well-suited for laboratory applications-and the Q-Stack plate automation device is designed specifically for Microplate processors in these environments," said Dave Helgerson, Chief Technology Officer for MagStar. "The Q-Stack dramatically improves productivity, throughput, safety, and accuracy with its innovative removable stack tower design, bidirectional operation, and precision locate nest for Microplate processing." Helgerson adds, "Engineers can easily configure the Q-Stack to signal when the Microplate stacks are ready to be emptied, and the design's convenient serial communications capability allows these users to monitor processing information in real-time."

Applications. The Q-Stack's proprietary plate automation design and flexible Microplate processing and stacking options deliver a unique conveyed product solution to a wide variety of laboratory automation applications, including the following:
Genomics
Proteomics
Drug research
Agricultural research
Diagnostics
Fluid handling
Laboratory instrument handling
Energy applications
Security applications

In addition, several features of the Q-Stack make it particularly easy to set up and use:
Removable stack towers
Precision locate nest for processing Microplates
Bidirectional conveyor
Dual stack or destacking options
Sensors for full and/or empty stacks
400mm of Microplate storage in each tower
Interfaces with serial communication or discrete I/O
Integrates with automatic or manual Microplate processing
Clean operation well-suited for laboratory environments
Less noise generation and lower power consumption
Easy to integrate into existing processing lines with space-saving size
Adjustable speed from 0-60 feet per minute
Accommodates Microplates manufactured in accordance with Society for Biomolecular Screening ANSI/SBS 3-2004; deep well Microplates up to 45mm tall
33.25" overall conveyor length (20.80" exposed conveyor) with custom lengths available
110 VAC or 24 VDC operation

MagStar Technologies, Inc. is a leading supplier of advanced conveyor solutions and custom servo motor assemblies. MagStar's proprietary Quickdraw Conveyors are automated systems for material handling in any application, especially cleanroom and assembly applications in factory and laboratory environments. Quickdraw provides ESD protection and low power consumption. Additional company and product information can be found at www.magstar.com or by calling 1-800-473-8837. Send questions and comments to info@magstar.com.

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