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Spark-Stack™ plate stacker

 

Compact. Reliable. Upgradeable.

The Spark-Stack is a compact, reliable and field-upgradeable microplate stacker for walkaway automation of Spark® multimode readers. Designed to enhance the productivity of biochemical and cell-based assays, it is equipped with snap-on dark covers to protect light-sensitive assay plates. Ideal for use with AlphaLISA®, AlphaScreen®, AlphaPlex™, GFP-transfected cells, and many more.

Integrated Spark-Stack module for walk-away automation of Spark multimode reader

Application flexibility

The Spark-Stack plate stacker has been designed to reliably automate plate loading and unloading, as well as restacking to restore the original plate sequence before starting the next kinetic cycle. It supports a wide range of non-lidded SLAS-format plates – from six to 1,536 wells – and has been statistically tested to ensure reliable operation for over 100,000 plate transfers in drug discovery and life sciences research.

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Designed for reliable operation

  • Equipped with an array of sensors to monitor key operations
  • Mechanical stop prevents plates dropping in case of power failure
  • Tested to ensure reliability over 100,000 plate transfers

Easy-to-use

  • Plate magazines allow quick loading of multiple plates at once
  • Dark covers for protection of light-sensitive assays
  • Manual loading of single plates after removal of plate magazines
  • Easy loading of MultiCheck™ QC plate for IQ/OQ

Scaleable plate capacity

  • Short magazines for up to 30 plate per run
  • Tall magazines for up to 50 plates per run
  • Includes dark covers to protect light-sensitive assays

Powerful software packages

  • Spark-Stack is powered by the SparkControl™ and the SparkControl Magellan™ software packages
  • SparkControl is ideal for stacker kinetic runs
  • SparkControl Magellan is recommended for data analysis
  • Supports overnight runs to shorten time-to-results
  • Delayed Start-function enables room temperature pre-incubation inside the plate magazines before reading

Remote monitoring of stacker run

  • See the status of the stacker run directly on your iPhone®
  • Benefit from true walkaway time, instead of baby-sitting a stacker run
  • Enhances productivity – helps you to reclaim time for high value work
  • All you need is the Tecan CNS app and the SparkControl Magellan software
  • Take advantage of a free download of the Tecan CNS app from the App Store®

Highlights at a glance

  • Field-upgradeable microplate stacker module
  • Compact, walkaway automation for Spark multimode readers
  • Automates key steps, such as plate loading, unloading and restacking
  • Tested to ensure reliability over over 100,000 plate transfers
  • Plate magazines keep plates secure, even in case of a power failure
  • Enhances productivity of biochemical and cellular assays
  • Includes dark covers to protect light-sensitive assay plates
  • Ideal for AlphaLISA, AlphaScreen, AlphaPlex and GFP-transfected cells
  • Scalable throughput of 30 or 50 plates per run
  • Automates typical ‘incubate and read’ workflows
  • Easy manual loading of MultiCheck plate for IQ/OQ of Spark reader
  • Allows quick access to front of Spark reader for filter slide exchange
  • Powered by SparkControl and SparkControl Magellan software packages
  • Remote monitoring of stacker run-status via iPhone®, or CNS web server
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