Benchmark's PlateFuge™ is the first "mini" sized centrifuge with a swing out
rotor for microplates. Centrifuging plates before PCR ensures all reactants are
in the bottom of the wells for proper concentrations and improved yields.
In spite of its remarkably small footprint (9x10 in.), the PlateFuge™ includes a
uniquely designed, swing out rotor (patent pending) capable of securing
2 microplates. The easily accessible rotor chamber includes two plate carriers
that rest at a 75° angle. This allows plates to be inserted confidently without
sealing tapes or caps. Upon closing the lid of the centrifuge, the rotor
accelerates and the centrifugal force "swings" the plates into a horizontal
position. Any droplets on the walls of the plate quickly concentrate into
the well bottoms.
With a g-force of 600 xg, most samples can be spun
down in less than 20 seconds. To end a run, simply
open the lid and the automatic, electric brake brings the
rotor to a quick, smooth stop in just 4 seconds. Plates
can then be easily removed from the rotor.