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K-pette Liquid Handling System

K-pette Liquid Handling System


The K-pette liquid handler enables efficient and accurate replication of microplates in a high-throughput laboratory.

Key features

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  • Less waste: Reduces tip waste and associated consumable costs. 
  • Easy: Includes removable handheld touch screen interface.
  • Accurate: Replication of plates at the same or different densities.
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Item ID KBS-0013-001

Product information

The repliKator™ was initially designed to overcome challenges in our own genotyping service laboratories. On a daily basis, we need to create multiple daughter plates from source plates provided to us by customers. With a precise 96-/384-channel pipetting head, an integrated tip wash station and an intuitive software control interface (RS 232 controllable), this robotic, automated bench top system can be run as a standalone instrument or as part of an integrated system. The repliKator can very quickly stamp out copies of 96-, 384- and 1,536-well plates, or quickly reformat 96-/384-well plates into 1,536-well plates.

  • Suitable for use with 96-, 384- and 1,536-well SBS-format microplates
  • Variable Z-position dispensing head allows use of both shallow and deep-well plates
  • Preparation of 24 x 1,536 microtiter plates with 1.5 µL in under 12 minutes
  • Can operate as a standalone unit or be easily integrated into a larger robotic system
  • Includes integrated wash station
  • Compatible with Kraken™ laboratory workflow manager
  • Simple template dispensing using intuitive software interface


The K-pette liquid handling instrument from LGC utilises an Apricot Designs system modified to enable efficient and accurate replication of microplates in a high-throughput laboratory. Utilised in conjunction with our unique plate adaptor designs, the K-pette system allows accurate replication of plates at the same or different densities efficiently and accurately. It includes a 384-channel pipetting head that is designed to function as either a 96- or 384-pipettor, and it supports a volume range from 1 to 125 µL with CV of less than 5%. The unit is easily controlled through a removable handheld touch screen interface.

Plate adaptors that enable reformatting of replicate plates are also included as indicated below:

  • 96 to 96
  • 96 to 384
  • 96 to 1,536
  • 384 to 384
  • 385 to 1,536

Further cost and efficiency savings are available through the addition of a semi-automated wash station to regenerate the disposable tips used, generating significant savings.

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