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New Benchtop Centrifuge Provides High-Throughput, Enhances Lab Productivity

By BiotechDaily International staff writers
Posted on 24 Sep 2013
Image: The Allegra X-5 benchtop centrifuge, from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, automates clinical sample processing (Photo courtesy of Beckman Coulter).
Image: The Allegra X-5 benchtop centrifuge, from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, automates clinical sample processing (Photo courtesy of Beckman Coulter).
A new benchtop centrifuge has been specially designed to handle higher sample numbers as well as more exacting conditions, such as those required for clinical sample preparation.

As the latest member of the energy-efficient Allegra suite of benchtop centrifuges, the Allegra X-5 air-cooled benchtop centrifuge from Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, of Beckman Coulter, Inc. (Brea, CA, USA), offers the performance, reliability, and endurance under exacting circumstances for which these products are designed.

Beckman Coulter UniCel DxC and UniCel DxI sample racks can be spun directly in the centrifuge, eliminating transfer steps. Easy-to-order bundled packages, which include swinging bucket rotors and common adapters, enable fast and convenient setup, are offered for a range of sample prep applications. Throughput and productivity can be further enhanced through seamless integration with the Beckman Coulter Automate 2500 family of sample processing systems.

A small footprint allows the unit to fit comfortably on the benchtop, while still providing capacity for up to 140 tubes. Maximum speed of 4,700 rpm and centrifugal force of up to 4,470 x g shortens run times.

“Reliability in demanding conditions makes the Allegra X-5 a smart addition to the clinical [or similar high-throughput] laboratory,” said David Rolwing, centrifuge product manager, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences. Benchtop centrifuges in the Allegra suite are offered for such clinical, clinical research, and other sample preparation applications as serum, plasma, and whole blood sample processing; protein precipitation, and particulate and cell sedimentation; in vitro cytotoxicity and receptor binding sample processing; and more.

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