Inert Processing Module
A full-featured, automated module for the Formulation Engine for dispensing powders and liquids within an inert atmosphere enclosure
Vials are loaded into the system in SBS plate format by the formulation engine robot arm. The plates are transferred into the robot through an airlock. In order to allow solvents and other flammables to be dispensed safely, the system only runs in an atmosphere below 5% oxygen. An additional very low oxygen (below 0.05%) mode is available if the experiment requires an inert atmosphere. The enclosure can be purged using either nitrogen, argon, or carbon dioxide.
6 syringe pumps for accurate dispensing liquid
Mettler Toledo Quantos for powder dispensing
Handles up to 7 different vial types
Subsampling via syringe pumps
Inert atmosphere enclosure purging using argon, nitrogen or CO2 down to 0.05% oxygen
Custom heated vortexer to suit individual vials or full plates of vials
Vial headspace can be capped with inert gas
Gas can be bubbled through the liquid in a vial
Electronic crimper for vial crimping
Vial capper and decapper can handle 7 vial types
Ultrasonic bath for sonicating vials
Internal firetrace system
The system consists of a cantilevered XYZ arm which moves consumables between nine processing stations; a powder dispenser, liquid dispensing needles, a subsampling needle with wash, gas capping needles, a gas sparging needle, a vial capping/de-capping station, a vial crimper, a heated orbital shaker and an ultrasonic bath.