Porvair kBiosystems

K63 and K8
colony pickers

Automated colony picking systems

Offering laboratories the ideal medium throughput solution to automated colony picking

Scale up your workflow with automated, reliable and consistent extraction

The Porvair Kbiosystems fully automated colony pickers ensure reliable, consistent identification and extraction for sample recovery, and are available in many configurations to suit any laboratory.  Offering complete versatility, the K63 and K8 series colony pickers will work with a wide range of plates.  These modular systems make capacity increase easy, with simple upgrades to source and destination capacities.

Precise, reliable and consistent extraction

Picking accuracy is in excess of 98.5%.  The use of different pin types allow transfer volumes to be defined and all pins are manufactured in 316 stainless steel for ease of cleaning and longevity.

Flexible plate compatibility

The K63 and K8 series colony pickers will work with a wide range of plates for both source and destination, such as microplates (96, 384 shallow and deep-well formats), Petri Dishes (4 – 15 cm), Omni style trays, multi-well growth plates and bioassay trays.

Configuration options to increase capacity

The K63 and K8 systems are available in three configurations.  That is the picker only, XT picker with automated destination plates (single or dual lane) and XL picker with automated source trays and destination plates (single or dual lane).  The complete K8 XL dual lane system allows the processing of up to 84,480 picked colonies.

Features

Accurate, efficient robotics

System drive has full positional feedback to improve accuracy and speed, providing a picking accuracy in excess of 98.5%.

Flexible, reliable and robust

Use of different pin types allow transfer volumes to be defined.  All pins are manufactured in 316 stainless steel for ease of cleaning and longevity.

Light and fluorescent imaging options

Imaging is carried out via a USB3 camera system allowing the software algorithms to detect monochromatic scale for standard picking and optional colour differential between emitting organisms, if required.  By fitting an optional fibre optic fluorescent excitation light source and emission camera filters, multiple dye ranges can be visualised.

Upgradeable modular systems futureproofing your workflow

The K63 and K8 colony pickers range in size and throughput ability, offering the user the ability to step up from hand picking to first stage automation.  The modular system design makes increases in system capacity easy, with simple upgrades to source and destination capacities.

Increasing capacity with additional automation

An increase in operational capacity is offered with the option to fit one or two destination plate automation lanes. These allow the processing of up to 220 standard destination plates and up to 60 deep well blocks.  Second stage automation allows the automatic handling of 8 source tray locations.

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K63 and K8 Colony Pickers

Systems

K63 picker

Entry-level automated colony picker

K63 XT picker

Entry-level automated colony picker with destination plate automation

K63 XL picker

Entry-level automated colony picker with source and destination plate automation

K8 picker

Medium-throughput automated colony picker

K8 XT picker

Medium-throughput automated colony picker with destination plate automation

K8 XL picker

Medium-throughput automated colony picker with source and destination plate automation

Specifications

K63 K8
Pin head capacity 32 96
Maximum picking speed
(colonies/hr)
1,000 2,800
Plate Compatibility Shallow and deep well, 96- and 384-well plates
Petri dishes (4 – 15 cm)
Omni style trays
Multi-well growth plates
Bioassay trays
Picker source capacity
Bioassay trays
Petri dishes / plates

1
4

2
8
Picker destination capacity
(Standard and Deep-well plates, Omni trays)
2 15
Automation (optional) Destination plate: XT and XL models with Plate Hive, single and dual lanes
Source plate: XL model with Tray Hive
Automated destination plate capacity
Single Lane
Dual Lane

45 standard, 15 deep-well plates
90 standard, 30 deep-well plates

110 standard, 30 deep-well plates
220 standard, 60 deep-well plates
Automated source capacity
Bioassay trays
Petri dishes / plates

6
24

24
96

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