Bio-Rad Experion Automated Electrophoresis Station with Priming Vortex Station
Houses all the electrical, optical, and hardware components necessary to perform the separation, staining, destaining, detection, and imaging of samples in a single step. It is equipped with an internal universal power supply that operates at 100–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz. It connects to a computer (PC) running Experion software.
Used to prepare the microfluidic chips for sample analysis. The priming station applies pressure to the priming well of the chip and fills the network of microchannels with the gel-stain solution (a mixture of Experion gel and stain).
Ensures complete mixing of RNA or DNA samples and loading buffers in the chip wells. The vortex adapter securely holds the chip during the 1 min vortex cycle. The vortex station is not required for protein analysis.
At the center of the Experion system is the microfluidic chip in which sample separation occurs. Each chip contains a series of plastic wells bonded over a small glass plate. The glass plate is etched with a network of microchannels that connects with the base of the plastic wells. The microchannels are primed or filled with a mixture of gel matrix and stain, before the samples are applied to the wells. Once a prepared chip is placed in the electrophoresis station and the lid is closed, 16 electrode pins contact the solutions in each well. The electrophoresis station directs the samples through the microchannels by controlling the voltages and currents that are applied.
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