FLO i8TM Liquid Handler

Simplify your labwork


We are currently working with Early Access and Beta testing Customers to optimize the F.A.S.T. and FLOi8 Liquid Handlers. These liquid handlers are anticipated to be available for purchase early 2021. Please check back for updates on when these instruments will be available for a demo and purchase.

Overview of the FLO i8

A Liquid Handler That Optimizes Pipetting So You Don't Have To

The independent  spanning 8 channel liquid handler simplifies experimental design, set-up and execution.  Simply design your protocol with our intuitive software, put your lab ware on the deck, and the FLO i8 handles the rest.  With real-time progress monitoring, intelligent channels and tips, and pipetting optimization in real-time, the FLO i8 will be the lab partner you can not live without.

Key Features
  • Independent spanning, 8 channels
  • Smooth deck motion
  • Wide Volume Range (0.5 - 200 µL)
  • Dynamic Liquid Level Tracking
  • Pressure and Resistive Liquid Level Detection
  • Next-Level Tips™
  • User Account and Management
  • Precise and Accurate Transfers
  • Intuitive Software
  • Automatic Liquid Transfer Optimization

Design Your Experiment, The FLO i8 Handles the rest…

FLO I8 Liquid Handler breaks the mold of traditional liquid handlers.  By designing a system that automatically optimizes pipetting and has the ability to sense the world surrounding the pipette tip, we have reduced the effort to create a protocol in the system to just that: design your protocol.  We have developed a software interface that is incredibly easy to use, and has the dynamic range to handle both the simplest liquid transfers to the most complex workflows you still perform by hand. By using the FLO I8, you increase the fidelity of your experiments while reducing days spent at the bench.  With the FLO I8 Liquid Handler, FORMULATRIX® aims to promote scientific discovery through enabling efficient and reproducible research.

Automated Liquid Transfer Optimization

With time-consuming liquid class optimization, liquid handlers have been transferring liquids of varying viscosities and surface tensions for years.  Finally, FORMULATRIX® has developed a liquid handler that optimizes liquid transfers automatically.

Integrated pressure sensors in each pipetting channel independently monitor the aspiration and dispensing of samples and reagents, and react in real time to reproducibly pipette liquids of any viscosity and surface tension.  The algorithms embedded in the FLO I8 Liquid Handler uses this input to dynamically adjust pipetting parameters to achieve reproducible sample preparation.

Pipetting accuracy and precision are guaranteed without user adjustment of pipetting flow rate, equilibration time, or offsets for various liquid classes.

Dynamic Liquid Level Detection and Tracking

The FLO I8 Liquid Handler takes liquid level detection and tracking to the next level with sensors that enable dynamic liquid level tracking without prior definition of labware well profiles.

Scientists can focus on their experiments instead of programming complex parameters.

Protocols can be designed quickly and easily, making the FLO I8 a viable replacement for manual pipettes as the tool of choice for simple liquid handling tasks like a serial dilution of 1-8 samples.

The First Liquid Handler With The Sense of Touch

Before dispensing into an empty plate, tip touch sensors detect the bottom or sides of the well in order to enable researchers to use any SBS footprint microliter plate without programming the dimensions of the labware.

The pipette touch sensors also facilitate best-in-class error management and safety by detecting collisions with obstructions and halting motion before causing damage. Researchers can simply remove the obstruction and the FLO I8 will continue from where it left off.

The FLO I8 touch sensor can detect a collision with only 30 grams of force and the position of the pipette tip is repeatable to within 50 microns.