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Our innovative dispense technology offers a number of key technical advantages

  • superior low volume dispense performance
  • suitable for all liquid classes
  • inherently reliable
  • broad dynamic dispense range from a single syringe type & economical syringe usage
  • no risk of blocked ducts or nozzles
  • developed in partnership with world-leading scientists, dragonfly discovery not only delivers exceptional performance, but also provides an optimal user experience to facilitate adoption into novel application areas.
Just walk up and use
Just walk up and use

With no calibration or daily maintenance requirements, setting up an experiment couldn’t be easier with these 3 simple steps. Select a protocol or set up a new experiment in our intuitive software package - fit positive displacement syringes and lay out reagents
click run to dispense into your plate of choice

Greatly improve assay robustness
Greatly improve assay robustness

From aqueous buffers, DMSO and PCR Mastermixes through to cells and even viscous basal membrane extracts: dragonfly discovery enables highly accurate and repeatable dispensing starting from just 200 nL, for robust assays and superior quality data.

Maximise precious reagents
Maximise precious reagents

Make your reagents go further with assay miniaturization. Whether working with 384- or 1,536-well plate formats, assay miniaturization is ideal to increase throughput, cut reagent costs and standardize workflows. Combined with fully recoverable, ultra-low dead volumes this approach ensures that users derive maximal value from their precious reagents. ​

Save time
Save time

Rapid plate fill times, programmable staggered reagent additions and minimal maintenance requirements allow scientists to spend their time on high value scientific tasks such as planning and analyzing experiments.

Flexible configuration
Flexible configuration

dragonfly discovery is based on a modular design that works flexibly around your workflow. Choose from 3, 6 or 10 independent positive displacement dispense heads to suit your application and throughput requirements. Setup as a standalone benchtop unit, or integrate into your workcell of choice. The autofeed reservoir reagent module increases reagent capacity for high volume bulk filling tasks and enables extended walk away time.  

Suitable for low or high throughput assays
Suitable for low or high throughput assays

Compatible with any SBS plate format across 96-, 384- and 1,536-well plates. Highly controlled dispensing into 96- or 384-well PCR plates for sensitive genomics applications, as well as rapid bulk dispensing into deep well blocks or racked tubes.

We’re revolutionizing liquid handling

dragonfly discovery enables accurate and repeatable nanolitre to milliliter dispensing, every time, irrespective of liquid viscosity or environmental conditions.

Customized to suit your application and throughput
  • 3,6, or 10 independent dispense heads
  • synchronize dispense heads to increase throughput, or choose independent head control for reagent flexibility
  • autofeed reservoir module
  • automation package
  • dedicated genomics accessories that are fully compatible with our mosquito liquid handlers
  • assay development software
Positive displacement dispensing

Our true positive displacement syringes are controlled by independent dispense heads located inside the instrument.

Key features:

  • 200 nL – 4 mL dispense range​
  • liquid class agnostic, with no calibration requirement​
  • non-contact dispensing, for minimal syringe consumption​
  • no cleaning or maintenance requirement​
  • zero chance of blocking or clogging

Learn more about positive displacement liquid handling and dispensing.

Built for pure performance
  • outstanding accuracy: <5% error at 1 µL (Artel multichannel verification system)​
  • unrivalled precision: <5% CV at 1 µL​
  • minimal head to head variation: <5% CV across all dispense heads
Our software

The dragonfly software is as focused on usability as it is on functionality:

  • highly visual, easy to use UI​
  • flexible sequencing of liquid additions​
  • automation of time point experiments, allowing for maximum walk-away time​
  • saving and loading of full experiment setup data, for full reproducibility​

The dragonfly designer software is a complimentary software package designed to specifically meet the needs of assay development scientists:

  • intuitive definition of multiple concentration gradients, both linear and high dynamic range n-fold
  • definition of technical replicates and controls​
  • calculation of all well dispense volumes, as well as overall reagent requirements​
  • open source .CSV file output that loads directly into the dragonfly software package​
Versatile workflow integration

The dragonfly software includes a fully documented API for 3rd party integration with a wide variety of other laboratory instrumentation, including robotic plate handlers, stackers and bulk liquid handlers, to achieve walk-away operation in many application areas.

Technical Specification

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Instrument variants 3, 6 or 10 dispense heads Dispense volume range 200 nL – 4 mL
Bulk dispense speed starting from 30 seconds per 96 or 384 well plate
90 seconds per 1,536 well plate
Dead volume 30 or 200 µL recoverable dead volume, depending on reservoir type
Primary SBS plate formats 96, 384 and 1,536 well microplates. Deep well blocks or racked tubes up to 45 mm in height. HTS modules autofeed reservoir module, fully documented API
Accessories PCR plate adapter, chilled reservoir blocks, incubation stage lid Dimensions (W x D x H) 600 mm x 433 mm x 635.5 mm
23.6 in x 17 in x 25 in
Weight 46 kg/ 101.4 lbs

What our customers
say about dragonfly discovery

The dragonfly has been a game changer in our lab. We have a time-sensitive application in which reagents must be dispensed to a 384 well reaction plate in under 2 minutes. The dragonfly is the perfect, rapid fire, contact free liquid handler for the job! Perfect positional and volume accuracy every time. The instrument is easy to operate and maintain, and technical support is responsive and knowledgeable. Highly recommended for high-throughput genomics and molecular biology laboratories

Mike Moreau

Genosity

Great product with a broad range of applications. Great R&D instrument, used for assay development. Support and service from SPT Labtech is excellent!

Scott Thurston

Wellcome Sanger Institute

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