Liverpool University Materials Innovation Factory MIF Labman Automated inert processing module formulation engine

Inert Processing Module

A full-featured, automated module for the Formulation Engine for dispensing powders and liquids within an inert atmosphere enclosure

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Safe dispensing

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.

Key features

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

Collaborative workflow

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.

Liverpool University Materials Innovation Factory MIF Labman Automated inert processing module formulation engine
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