Dubai : MGI tech Co. Ltd. announced the launch of its automated sample preparation system MGISP-Smart 8 in the international markets at MEDLAB Middle East held at Dubai World Trade Center. The product which was first launched in China in October 2021 will now be available in international markets from April 2022.
MGISP-Smart 8 is an independent 8-channel pipetting robot that can help in achieving flexible and customizable lab automation with innovations in the pipette and gripper functions, such as independent multi-channel dynamic positioning and dual-level liquid detection. The robot is equipped with an intelligent integrated gripper and triple slide track design that can achieve various tasks including sequencing library preparation, nucleic acid detection and sample preparation.
Elucidating on tasks performed by the MGISP systems, Dr Roy Tan, General Manager of MGI Asia Pacific said, “The MGISP-960 and MGISP-100 have helped simplify tedious sample preparation tasks and been well-received by the international medical and scientific community, while the MGISTP-7000 automated sample transfer processing system and MGISP-NE384 automated nucleic acid extractor have supported pandemic prevention efforts for a number of countries worldwide. With the new MGISP-Smart 8, we have once again made a major breakthrough in lab automation. MGISP-Smart 8 builds on our existing systems with greater flexibility, intelligence and customization – enabling us to provide a comprehensive lab automatic workflow for more fields and applications.”
MGISP-Smart 8 automates the two core functions for laboratories-pipetting and gripper functions. The system can control pipetting for a variety of lab scenarios and tasks with its independent eight-channel pipette.
The system’s pipetting volume ranges from 1μL to 1000μL with eight independent pipettes supporting dual-level liquid detection for capacitance and pressure. MGISP-Smart 8 can also undertake pipette functions for different volumes, different channels and unequal intervals — making it adaptable to microplates, reservoirs and tubes. Meanwhile, the high precision integrated rotatable gripper directly connects to the peripheral integration instrument and detects gripping status in real-time to ensure experiment stability.
The main workstation’s triple stacked sliding deck design is adaptable to different modules, allowing users to flexibly combine modules like building blocks and conveniently replace modules at any time for applications’ protocols.
MGISP-Smart 8 can support up to 30 SBS-standard layouts and works with seven types of consumable carriers with 36 independent sliding tracks on the deck. All tracks and deck positions are equipped with a position-sensing function, as well as induction functions to avoid misplacement errors in carrier and consumable advancement. MGISP-Smart 8 also works with different types of functional modules and is compatible with third-party kits with flexible software.
It can be put to application in genomics, cell biology, proteomics, drug development, microbial screening amongst others. This can enable full automation of operations which can help in improving efficiency of laboratories, reduce errors in complex, repetitive liquid handling protocols; and free out researchers from tedious sample preparation work.