Microplate-based technology often limits the ability of laboratories to meet current industry demand for highly automated, flexible systems capable of quickly and inexpensively processing large numbers of samples.
Laboratories responding to the demand for high-throughput (HT) capacity must add many identical, isolated workstations to process more microplates. Integrating these processes includes moving microplates between workstations, resulting in either the loss of skilled labor to simple, repetitive tasks or the addition of large, complex, and expensive robotics. When costs are evaluated, many laboratories consider neither to be a viable solution to achieve HT capacity.
New and innovative technologies are required to meet industry demand for highly productive, economical HT processing solutions.
Douglas Scientific’s Array Tape™ is capable of replacing microplates for HT screening. Made from a continuous strip of plastic, Array Tape is embossed with reaction wells in SBS or customized arrays (Figure 1). Reaction volumes (1–30 µL), unique well geometries, and non-SBS formats are inexpensively customized in Array Tape compared to microplates. Thin and bendable, Array Tape is spooled onto compact reels (90 mm wide by 560 mm in diameter) holding in excess of 200 microplate equivalents for processing or storage.