Disposable Pin Tools
     
 


V&P Scientific is proud to add disposable pin tools to our line of reusable pin tools.   For our customers with special requirements, our sterile disposable pin tools are a cost effective solution for replicating genomic libraries and increasing throughput.  Just use the adaptor to load the sterile pin tool and eject it when done.  No washing, no blotting just dip and dunk.  Each pin delivers ~ 130 nl.  See this page for data on transfers with aqueous and DMSO vehicles.


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  Manual Disposable Pin Tools

     
 

 
 
The Convenient V&P Pin Tool Loading Jig (VP 242) provides a stable surface to press against when loading the pin tools.  It also keeps the pin tips from touching the counter top and thus maintains the sterility of the tool.  It is constructed of autoclaveable polypropylene for ease of sterilizing.  All three of the disposable pin tools can be used in the VP 242 with out fear of pin contamination.   For technical information on the manual disposable pin tool click here.

The LIBRARY COPIER™ Microplate Alignment Jig (VP 244) fits over standard dimension microplates (127.76 mm by 85.48 mm) and registers the replicator pins to the microplate wells by placing the guide pins of the adaptor into the alignment holes on the LIBRARY COPIER.   The LIBRARY COPIER can also be used to reformat four 96 well microplates into one 384 well microplate or one 384 well microplate into four 96 well microplates.

 
 
 
The deep well Disposable Pin Tool to the right requires the use of a special adaptor (VP 240A) that has long guide pins to direct the disposable pins into the proper wells on the deep well microplates.  This adaptor can be used with deep well blocks up to 2 ml/well. 

Note that the pins of the VP 246A are 24.7 mm long and will reach the bottom of the shorter 1 ml deep well microplates but not the 2 ml deep well microplates which are 39 mm deep.



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  Robot Mounted Disposable Pin Tool

     
 

Making any of 34 different robot work stations compatible with disposable pin tools is as simple as attaching the pin tool adaptor to any of the 34 mounting plate configurations we already use for the reusable pin tools. If your robot is not listed in this table call us and we will make a custom mount for you for under $350.00. 

 

 
 

The photo on the right illustrates the adaptor plate on the mounting plate (BMPFX) for the Beckman FX robot.  The four white objects are pickup posts which wedge into the pin tool and hold it in place.

The photo on the right illustrates the adaptor plate on the mounting plate (BMPMULTIMEK) for the Beckman MultiMek robot (and 4 other robot systems that still use the Carl Creative Systems tip loader feature)












The photo on the right illustrates how a VP 242R Robot Loading Jig is designed with a bottom portion that has the same dimensions as a standard microplate so it will fit in microplate holders on any robot deck.  The top portion of the VP 242R forms a "holder" for the disposable pin tool.   Disposable Pin Tools can be placed in the jig manually or with a plate handling robot.  The Disposable Pin Tools can be loaded into the robotic stackers for this purpose. 



The Photo on the right illustrates a Robot adaptor (VP 240R) attached to a Caliper (Zymark) Mounting Plate poised to pick up a Disposable Pin tool in a Loading Jig.



The photo on the right illustrates how the Pick up Posts fit snuggly inside the Disposable Pin Tool to secure it.






The photo on the right illustrates how the Disposable Pin Tool can be easily removed from the Robot Plate Adaptor by using the stripper arms of the VP 245R.




The photo on the right illustrates how when the disposable pin tool is lowered into the stripper mechanism the pin tool is held in place when the robot moves up.

The photo on the right illustrates how the plate is stripped off the adaptor.  There are several ways to mount the VP 245R Stripper on a robot deck.  This may vary with different deck configuration.  What is important is to choose a position so the used pin tools can fall into a waste container.

         
 


VP 550D

     
 

 The new VP 550D docking station was developed to accommodate our disposable pin tools, both standard and deep well versions. The cutaway sides on the docking station allows for robotic grippers to come in from the top or side to pick up the disposable pin tool. By using the grippers to drop a disposable pin tool onto the docking station prior to performing the pin tool operation, the beveled edge will locate the disposable pin tool to the same position every time. This will ensure that the disposable pin tool is always picked up in the same location, which is very critical when working in a 384 format.

 

 
         
 

Disposable Pin Tools and Accessories

Manual Adaptor for Disposable Standard height Pin Tools (96 & 384) with short guide pins and tool ejector VP 240
Manual Adaptor for Disposable Deep Well 96 Pin Tools with long guide pins and tool ejector VP 240A
Robot Adaptor for Disposable Standard height and Deep Well Pin Tools (96 & 384) VP 240R
Loading jig for Disposable Standard height and deep well pin tools, (VP 246, VP 246A and VP 248), Manual  version VP 242
Loading jig for Disposable Standard height and deep well pin tools (VP 246, VP 246A and VP 248), Robot version VP 242R
Library Copier for Disposable Standard height Pin tools, both 96 and 384 VP 244
Library Copier for Disposable 96 deep well Pin tools (VP 246A) VP 244A
Stripper to remove used pin tools from the robot adaptor plate. VP 245R
Disposable 96 Polypropylene Pin Tool for Standard microplates, pins are 12 mm long and 1.0 mm in diameter at the tip, packaged sterile, 120/case VP 246
Disposable 96 Polypropylene Pin Tool for 1 ml deep well microplates, pins are 24.7 mm long and 1.0 mm in diameter at the tip, packaged sterile, 72/case VP 246A
Disposable 384 Polypropylene Pin Tool for Standard microplates, pins are 12 mm long and 1.0 mm in diameter at the tip, packaged sterile, 120/case VP 248
 
 


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