Reduce Fluidic System Complexity with Manifolds

Streamline your complex reagent fluidics flow path with a custom IDEX Health & Science manifold. Our design team works with you to develop an optimized manifold for your unique fluidics system. From plastic machined manifolds, diffusion-bonded manifolds, to manifold assemblies— IDEX Health & Science manifolds provide a more reliable, serviceable and consolidated fluid path, instilling confidence in the reliability of your instrument. The design possibilities are endless, with integration including tubing & fittings, probes, valving (rotary and solenoid), pumps, degassers, and sensors.

Considering whether a manifold is right for your flow path? IDEX Health & Science manifolds offer many benefits and capabilities. Contact us today to speak with an expert about your fluidics platform needs.


Benefits of Partnering with IDEX Health & Science for Manifolds

  • Consistent fluidic performance in every instrument, every time
  • Enhanced system reliability
  • Reduced complexity and the number of leak points
  • Simplified installation and servicing
  • Simplified reagent flow paths by integrating multiple fluidic components into a unified fluidic system
  • Completely customizable
 Bonded ManifoldsMachined Plastic ManifoldsRPM (Rapid Prototype Manifolds)
Manifold Technology Selection GuidelinesBest fluid flow performance
Lowest carryover and unswept volumes
Lowest dead volume
Lowest cost manifold solution
Offers the broadest range of material options
Best for small volume prototypes to test form, fit and basic function
Typical Use CasesComplex reagent distribution systems, large reagent count dispense systems, fluidic component integrationReagent handling, small component mounting (sensors, small pumps), sipper or fluidic device conduitRapid prototyping of multi-layer systems for benchmarking performance or multi-design evaluation
Typical Materials Acrylic (PMMA)Ultem (PEI)All Machinable Plastics (Acrylic, PEEK, PSU, POM, PP, Ultem, PVC)*Proprietary resins
Relative Design AdvantagesLess expensive, completely transparentHigh thermal and material strengthMaterial is highly customizable, high degree of design flexibility Fast manufacturing time, same form, fit and function as multi-layered
Chemical CompatibilityGood aqueous chemicals and most buffersBest in class, handles most aqueous reagentsMaterial dependent**Resistant to most aqueous compounds, only recommended for prototype use
Biological CompatibilityNo adverse or secondary interactions observed with the polymers used in manifold manufacturing
Track ConfigurationsCurved, Straight, Multi-level 3-DStraight (Drilled)Curved, Straight, Multi-level 3-D
Track Cross SectionsSquare Track, Round Track, "D" Track***RoundSquare Track, Round Track, "D" Track***

* Not all plastics may be compatible with part specifications, The IDEX Health and Science engineering team will review the desired materials to determine specification compatibility
** Customer selected materials have a variety of chemical and biocompatibilities, our application scientists will work with your team to ensure biocompatibility with your application
*** Multiple cross-sections available, IDEX Health and Science recommends D-shaped tracks for optimal manufacturing performance, RPM track selection should be the same as the design intent for production (e.g. round only for a production machined manifold

General Design Considerations:

  • Consult our engineering experts at the start of your project for application, design, and DFMA assistance.
  • When selecting materials consider fluid compatibility, functional performance requirements, environmental conditions, manufacturability, and cost.
  • Reduce part count by integrating as many discrete components on any manifold face that is accessible or a complete assembly replacement that offers “plug and play” modularity.

Typical application pressures less than 100 psi (7 bar)

Type of Manifolds We Offer:

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