Take the first step towards liquid handling automation

This easy to use and accessible 96 and 384 channel liquid handling system with interchangeable pipetting core is up to 12x faster than an 8-channel handheld pipettor. Ideal for laboratories taking their first step towards automation, it incorporates adjustable split level manually actuated plate elevators for individual sampling using multiple plates and supports a variety of SBS format labware. The EZ-Load tip technology and touch-screen control interface enable intuitive and straightforward operation across the whole research team.

Increased productivity with flexible multi-channel pipetting
Increased productivity with flexible multi-channel pipetting

The multi-channel liquid handling system with convenient interchangeable pipetting core enables researchers to pipette into all wells of a 96-well plate with an S-Pipette 96 core, or 384-well plate with S-Pipette 384 core.  The instrument is more than 12x faster than a conventional 8-channel handheld pipettor, making it ideal for laboratories taking their first steps towards automation.

Simple loading and unloading of tips
Simple loading and unloading of tips

The S1 uses apricot’s unique EZ-Load disposable tips for simple, no-pressure loading without a requirement for any tools.

Versatile and flexible design
Versatile and flexible design

The instrument incorporates adjustable split level manually actuated plate elevators for individual sampling using multiple plates and supports a variety of SBS format labware.

Intuitive, user-friendly interface
Intuitive, user-friendly interface

The instrument is easily and intuitively controlled through a simple touchscreen interface and requires minimal operator training.

Small footprint maximizes available space
Small footprint maximizes available space

The compact design conserves precious bench space and fits easily into suitably sized hoods.

The Apricot S3 delivered high level of precision and accuracy in pipetting when we had it for the demo, the %CV was around 1.5%. It's nice to have a instrument that can pipet 0.5 uL to 125 uL in one pipet tray, which greatly facilitates our workflow. It is very easy to use and methods are easily written.

Zachary Nguyen | Principal Scientist

Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

User friendly software. Easy to do quick setup but also offers many different functions and options for more extensive assays. Reproducibility was very good in a time-saving manner. Instrument allows for mid to high throughput assays.

Ian Hammond-Martel

Paraza Pharma

"5/5 for easy to import, create or edit workflows/protocols. Our apricot works really well for NGS protocols. 5/5 for easy to calibrate and re-initialize. 5/5 for great after sales-care & customer services."

Stella Huang | R&D Scientist


"Amazing to see [the apricot] unboxed and contributing to more efficient NGS workflows on the same day! We’re all about that kind of turnaround…"

Sequencing Technologies Director

Day Zero Diagnostics

PhenoVista Biosciences
"The apricot is a very efficient tool for us. We work with high-throughput 384-well low-volume plates that don't leave a lot of room for error when handling. Using the apricot for media changes and other aspects of cell culture cut down our wet lab time tremendously and make our treatments much more consistent than they would be by hand. The apricot is our most heavily used piece of equipment in our lab."

Jake Buford | Assistant Lab Manager

PhenoVista Biosciences

Pandemic Response Lab
"In the start of the pandemic PP5+1 saved the day! It is easy to create reproduce-able results. I created Covid extraction protocols with this instrument “6 PP5+1” paralleling the process allowing lab staff to easily run RNA extractions and get the same results every time. With the open platform it makes it intuitive to control the throughput. It can handle higher throughput or partial allowing us to keep one instrument for all our needs." 

Samuel Gonzalez | Field Engineer

Pandemic Response Lab

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    Technical Specification

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    Dispensing precision (96-1000) <3% CV at 10μL
    (96-500) <3% CV at 5μL
    (96/384 -125) <3% CV at 1μL
    Dispensing accuracy (96-1000) +/– 2% error at 10μL
    (96-500) +/– 2% error at 5μL
    (96/384 -125) +/– 2% error at 1μL
    Resolution (96-500) 1μL(96/384 -125) 0.1μL Operating temperature 50-100°F, 10-37.8°C
    Dispense range (96-1000) 5–1000μL
    (96-500) 1–500μL
    (96-125) 0.5–125μL
    (384-125) 0.5–125μL
    Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60Hz
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 292mm x 330mm x 521mm
    11.5” x 13” x 20.5”
    Weight Approx. 20kg/ 44lbs

    Product brochure

    This 3-page product brochure provides an overview of the apricot S1 in one easy-to-read document.

    It includes technical specifications, key features, model options and an overview of  'ez-load' tip technology.

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    apricot tips and consumables

    Our apricot S1 pipette tips and consumables are designed to work in perfect combination with the apricot S1 automated pipettors. Manufactured exclusively by SPT Labtech for our apricot instruments, the apricot EZ-load and AL tips deliver optimal liquid handling precision and accuracy.

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