Screen optimisation with dragonfly
design remotely and be ready to go in minutes
intuitive screen design and dispense software
robust in use from novices to multi user facilities
simple set-up with no blocking or clogging
reduce stock consumption and maintain integrity
low dead volume, no washing
save time optimising complex crystal hits
fast even at high viscosity
optimum repeatability of plates
recall, refine and repeat screens easily
accuracy and precision, irrespective of liquid class
true positive-displacement pipetting
Any liquid type with no cross-contamination
dragonfly provides the freedom to use any liquid type, regardless of viscosity, without the need for liquid classification. Each disposable pipette works independently to dispense any volume into any well, with no cross-contamination, eliminating the need for tip washing. Screen preparation is quick, and a four-ingredient 96-well gradient plate can be dispensed in less than five minutes.
The perfect pair for protein crystallisation
dragonfly is the ideal system to complement mosquito® in the protein crystallisation workflow. Once the initial crystal ‘hits’ are identified, dragonfly optimises the set of conditions to grow better diffracting crystals. Just like mosquito, dragonfly is simple to set up and operate. Only minimal training is needed, so new users can be proficient in less than ten minutes.
Bring the benefits of positive displacement pipetting into your lab
Optimising protein crystallisation hits to improve diffraction can be very time consuming. Automating the preparation of complex gradients from stock solutions saves time, improves repeatablity and increases the output of high resolution structures.
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Built for pure performance
Our liquid handling instruments use innovative technologies within products to provide benefits to researchers.
We produce robust, reliable and easy to use products that overcome difficult technical challenges so that you can focus on solving the scientific ones.
Each disposable pipette has its own individual piston, not an air gap or system liquid, offering true positive-displacement pipetting with no risk of cross-contamination.
- reliable low volume dispensing
- no liquid classification or compatibility issues
- inherently reliable technology
- no clogging or blocking of nozzles
- zero cross-contamination
- enabling efficient assay set up and screening
- eliminates experimental set-up variation variation
Built for pure performance
Non-contact dispensing from a disposable, positive displacement tip.
In each of the channels (up to 10), there is a tight fitting piston that travels within a pipette barrel. When coupled to the instruments piston rod, the positive displacement syringe is formed. The distance and rates of acceleration and deceleration of the piston control how and when liquid is ejected from the tip.
Intuitive by design
Our software is as focused on usability as it is on functionality. We strive for an intuitive user experience that matches the requirements of each scientific application. Through collaboration with scientists, our software team develop and enhance the instrument UI to provide the optimal user experience and facilitate adoption into novel application areas.
dragonfly crystal’s software allows the rapid design and dispensing of highly complex experiments through an intuitive UI that enables you to recall, refine and repeat screens easily. Minimise set-up time and improve the throughput of your dragonfly crystal by designing and simulating complex protein crystallization optimisation screens conveniently at your desktop using offline software.
Enhance your protein crystallisation research
Enhance your protein crystallisation screening with MX one - mix any liquid in small wells with no risk of spillage.
The centrifugal forces generated in conventional plate shakers mean that the mixing speed must be limited to avoid liquid spilling from wells. The MX one keeps the plate stationary, allowing for extremely fast mixing of even the most viscous solutions using high-speed oscillation of a disposable pin array.
The ultimate lab bundle
50 kg/ 110 lbs (10-head version)
22.6 in x 23.6 in x 25.3 in
What our customers say
The dragonfly has rapidly become an ESSENTIAL tool that significantly streamlines structure determination! Screens that used to take hours to prepare can now be made in under 10 minutes using the user-friendly software and intuitive design of the instrument. Amazingly, the 10-heads are more than sufficient to create screens ranging in complexity from simple x,y gradients to multi-zone optimization. With virtually no dead volume and the fact that you are aliquoting directly into the crystallization tray, the dragonfly can conserve on those expensive chemicals and rapidly produces a crystallization tray ready for the crystallization robot. The dragonfly makes optimization of lead conditions a breeze and alleviates the crystallization bottleneck, allowing you to focus more on the science of the target than on the pursuit of crystals.
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The very best technical assistance for dragonfly crystal from our dedicated service and support team.
Backed by our highly committed service team, our dragonfly crystal service contracts ensure peak performance for complete peace of mind.
Dedicated in-house scientists supporting protein crystallisation application and assay enquiries.
Expert training gets you up and running in no time and ensures best practise, ensuring peak performance from your dragonfly crystal.
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