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SOLO Automated Pipettor
by Hudson Robotics

PlateCrane SOLO Automated Pipettor
Hudson Robotics' SOLO is a high-resolution compact automatic robotic pipettor that was developed to cater to the growing needs of the research, pharmaceutical, and clinical communities. Use the included intuitive SOLOSoft control software to simply set up the pipetting steps and go.
  • Compatible with 8-, 27-, 96-, and 384-well microplates
  • Compatible with a wide variety of plates, vials, and reagent reservoirs
  • Dispense above the well, tip-touch, or set mix protocol
  • Broad volume range: 1 µL to 200 µL for the multi-tip heads
  • Easily fits inside a standard hood
  • SoftLinx lab automation software makes it easy to program and operate work cells
SOLO Robotic Pipettor
Model Hudson Robotics # Cat. # Price
Single-Channel SOLO Robotic Pipettor 800201 3030-01 Call TUI
Multi-Channel SOLO Robotic Pipettor 800230 3030-02 Call TUI
SOLO Plus Robotic Pipettor/Dispensor – includes integrated Micro10x Dispenser 800240 3030-03 Call TUI
Single-Channel SOLO Robotic Pipettor/Dispenser – includes single position priming trough and externally mounted syringe pump w/stainless steel housing 800251 3030-04 Call TUI

Equipped with a broad dynamic volume range and the ability to handle reactions in a sterile environment, the SOLO can be loaded and operated manually, and is also compatible with robot-loading systems from most manufactures, including the Hudson PlateCrane EX. With a small footprint, the SOLO can work as an unattended stand-alone instrument, which saves time and provides researchers with walkaway freedom.

Users can learn to use Hudson's Softlinx software in just minutes. The easy-to-use SOLOSoft software, which is closely linked to Hudson’s SoftLinx software for data tracking and scheduling, improves efficiency, and decreases the cost of continuous unattended operation.

The SOLO easily fits on the lab bench and in standard fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. It can automate large and small volume experiments, is adaptable to most SBS footprint microplates, and can improve the quality and reliability of many assays. The SOLO can also work within a plate, saving valuable time and reducing errors inherent in complex, repetitive pipetting.

The system can also preserve sterility and avoid cross-contamination while dispensing into slides and microplates. The SOLO high-throughput single-channel pipettor has features that researchers will find very desirable in a benchtop instrument, including:

  • a compact 14"x16" (355 mm x 400 mm) footprint
  • 8-, 24-, 96-, 384-, and 1536-well dispensing
  • compatibility with vials, test tubes, and reagent reservoirs
  • non-contact dispensing into microplates and slides
  • offering a very broad dynamic volume range
  • the ability to handle reactions in a sterile environment
  • full compatibility with robot-loading systems or manual use as a stand-alone unit
  • in-line track/stacker compatibility for unparalleled high-throughput
  • communication with each instrument via a serial port and comes with its own easy-to-use GUI
  • Hudson Control Group’s SoftLinx software, which provides an easy-to-use interface to coordinate the SOLO’s operation with other automated instruments
  • added capabilitibility of supporting a grouping of multiple syringes (up to 10) with varying bore sizes to support very small (<1 µL) to very large (>100 µL) aspirating and dispensing volumes - all on the same unit.
  • an optional peristaltic pump for high-speed tip washing, which saves cycle time vs. traditional washing with a syringe-pump

PlateCrane EX Robot Arm
  • Easy integration using SoftLinx
  • Up to 15 stacks, 450 plate capacity
  • Easy combination with SOLOSoft methods
  • Access to any SOLO plate nest
LabLinx Plate Stacker
  • Feeds plates on track mounted directly to SOLO deck
  • Up to 4 Stackers per SOLO, 480-plate capacity
  • Easy integration using SoftLinx
  • Multiple plates handled simultaneously
  • Easy combination with SOLOSoft methods
  • Access to any SOLO plate nest
Micro10x Reagent Dispenser
  • Fast, accurate dispensing of bulk reagents
  • 8- or 12-channel dispense manifolds
  • Portrait or Landscape orientation
  • Mounts to SOLO as a plate nest position
  • Easily integrates into SOLOSoft pipetting methods
  • Dramatically increases SOLO throughput
VaryVac Vacuum Filtration Nest
  • Pipette samples and solvents directly into filter plates
  • Computer control of vacuum ramp-up/down
  • Detects and reports actual vacuum level
  • Easy integration using SoftLinx
  • Mounts to SOLO as a plate nest position
Heating/Cooling Nest
  • Electrical: 100 – 260VAC; 50-60Hz; 0.5W
  • RS-232 interface through SOLOSoft
  • Temp. Range: -10°C to 110°C
  • Logs actual nest temperature during run
  • Easy integration into SOLOSoft pipetting methods
  • Flexible user options
Shaker Nest
  • Electrical: 115 – 230VAC; 50-60Hz; 3W
  • RS-232 interface through SOLOSoft
  • Shaking Speed: 100 to 2000 RPM
  • Up to 4 independently-controlled shaker nests per SOLO
  • Easy integration into SOLOSoft pipetting methods
  • Control of Shake Speed, Shake Time, Acceleration and Shaking Pattern:

Dispensing: single channel: 1 µL-10 mL
  optional pump assembly for bulk dispensing 8 & 12 channel: 1-20 µL pipette head
  10-200 µl pipette head
Plate Capacity: 4 or 6 on-deck positions

2 additional positions off-deck
Plate Format: SBS footprint; 8-, 24-, 96-, 384-shallow well and deep well inquire for custom nests
Tubes, Flasks, and Vials: any format
Housing Material: stainless steel main deck
  stainless steel upper arm covers
  machined aluminum structural components
Spill Protection: all electronics protected by solid, non-penetrated cover
Arm Mechanism Horizontal Travel / Vertical Stroke: x=22.5"; y=9.3"; z=4.0"
Size: 22"H x 14"W x 16"D
Weight: 50 lbs
Power Requirements: 120-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 2A Max @ 120VAC
Computer Interface: RS-232 serial cable


  • plate stacker and/or robotic arm
  • shaker nest, heating/cooling nests, 96- & 384-well plate magnets, automated vacuum nest
  • liquid level detection
  • integrated bulk reagent dispensing

The SOLO automatic pipettor can be adapted to any research activity that requires the accurate addition, removal, and mixing of liquid samples and reagents – including those containing live cells. The SOLO can be integrated with other automated instruments for seamless process control and flexibility and has many uses in applications involving:
qPCR – The Hudson Robotics SOLO is the ideal pipettor for building the most complex sample set for your qPCR pipeline. Whether you are building a few qPCR reactions from 1.5 mL source tubes or running serial dilutions on thousands of samples per day, there is a SOLO configuration to get the job done.
High-Throughput Cherry Picking – A compact, self-contained system that allows users to obtain assay plates comprised of the actual hits detected in a primary screen using the same compound source plates that provided the primary screen.
Rapid Serial Dilutions The perfect solution for carrying out serial dilutions. The SOLO adds the required amount of sample to the first column of each row. The Micro10x then adds solvent to the remaining columns and the SOLO then transfers a fixed amount of the mixture from column 1 to column 2, mixes it, and then continues through the remaining columns.
ELISA Assays – The SOLO forms the core element in a very simple, low-cost, yet powerful ELISA preparation workcell, pictured above. Joining the SOLO in this compact workcell are Hudson's Micro10x reagent dispenser and Hudson's new RapidWash plate washer.
Bioreactor Sampling and FeedingUsing a 24-chamber microplate bioreactor vessel with the footprint of a standard microplate, the AutoReact™ system automatically loads samples and feeds cells growing under 24 independent reaction conditions simultaneously.
Automated High-Speed pH DeterminationHudson Robotics has developed an accurate and reliable method for High Speed pH measurement in microplates. Our proprietary technique delivers new scalability and speed to pH measurements in microplates.

Additional Features

Multi-tip is available with either an 8-tip pipette head or 12-tip pipette head. The SOLO comes standard with a 6-position deck. No worries if you need to transfer samples quickly from plate-to-plate and then other times do a serial dilution across the plate. The SOLO easily adapts without any tools to both heads. Use the 12-tip head to finish plate-to-plate transfers 50% faster than the 8-tip head; remove the head and add the 8-position head for easy serial dilutions.

Users who wish to cherry-pick from individual wells can use either the single-tip SOLO or the multi-tip configuration. The SOLO multi-tip (both 8-channel and 12-channel) can work with just 1 tip, several tips, or all the tips without any issues. There is no need to switch to a single-tip pipette head.

The SOLO multi-tip offers a broad pipetting range of 1 µL to 200 µL with a single pipette head. The mechanical drive and software controls of the pipette head allow the SOLO to push the boundaries of pipetting performance. With CVs of less than 3% across the entire pipetting range, users can save valuable time and expense by using a single pipette head for both multi-tip and single-tip operations. Small-volume pipette heads are available for working between 0.5 µL and 20 µL.

The SOLO automated pipettors provide many benefits to the lab:

  • Single-, 8-, and 12-channel pipetting heads are available
  • The 8- and 12-channel SOLO instruments can use only 1 tip without compromising performance, saving valuable time and expense
  • The SOLO offers a broad range of accurate pipetting volumes, from 0.5 µL to 200 µL with CVs better than 3%
  • A 6-position deck is standard, offering 50% more capacity
  • The SOLO offers email functionality in the software that alerts the user when a run is completed or that an error has occurred
  • The SOLO can easily be integrated with additional instruments and software at any time
  • The SOLO is easily customized for unique or specialized applications

File Type File Name Publication Date
Brochure (PDF) SOLO Automated Pipettor by Hudson Robotics
Information on standard features and design of the SOLO Automated Pipettor by Hudson Robotics. Product specifications included.
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