Heater utilizes non-mechanical routing technology.

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Offering tight hole-to-hole tolerance, 384-Hole Heater provides temperature uniformity across 384 well Polymerase Chain Reaction sample block and enables unobstructed view of reaction process. Etched Thermofoil(TM) element encourages heat uniformity as reagents are cycled through PCR thermal well steps of denaturing, annealing, and extension. Heater is available with integrated thermistor, or RTD, and can be custom profiled to match any system.

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New Minco 384-Hole Heater Responds to Industry Move to 384-Hole Microplate

New Proprietary Non-Mechanical Routing Technology Tackles Uniform Heating Challenge

New York, NY - MD&M East, June 13, 2005 - Minco, (www.minco.com/384) a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical medical applications, today announced the release of a breakthrough 384-hole heater, which provides critical temperature uniformity across a 384 well Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) sample block.

"As thermal cycling machinery in the IVD market rapidly moves from a 96-hole to a 384-hole microplate, steal rule dies are becoming less effective for the development of smaller heating components," said Brian Williams, Minco Marketing Manager. "Minco engineers recognized that alternate routing techniques, used to develop components in our flex division, could produce the substantially smaller heating components required to effectively work within the tight dimensions of the 384-hole microplate."

This proprietary Minco technology enables extremely tight hole-to-hole tolerance allowing for near perfect registration of the Minco 384-hole heater to a PCR sample block. The seamless fit of the heater provides superior heat transfer critical to fast temperature cycling environments. It also enables an unobstructed view of the reaction process because, what can be large, heating components are eliminated.

The Minco 384-hole heater contains an etched Thermofoil(TM) element which also encourages heat uniformity as reagents are cycled through high-throughput PCR thermal well steps of denaturing, annealing and extension.

"Minco recognizes that the IVD market is continually reducing size, adding features and increasing the sophistication of temperature cycling machinery," added Williams. "Minco engineers are committed to developing heaters that produce higher throughput, optimal uniformity and tighter dimensional tolerance."

The Minco 384-hole heater can be constructed with a broad array of insulation materials depending upon its client's emissivity needs.

The 384-hole heater is available with an integrated thermistor, or RTD, and can be custom profiled to match any system. For more information about the 384-hole heater please contact Brian Williams, Marketing Manager, at 763-586-2903, or visit http://www.minco.com/384.

Minco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble Thermofoil(TM) Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services.

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