Through strategic partnerships, we engineer innovative fluidic components and subassemblies that result in optimized optofluidic systems. Check out our customer case study below to see how partnership is the key to innovation for your fluidic systems.
To achieve high throughput and precise fluidic delivery, instrument developers often run into a problem: when all fluidic pathways are defined late in the development cycle, there ends up being a complicated assortment of tubing, fittings, and valves. This takes up a significant footprint and makes troubleshooting and serviceability difficult. Manifolds are a known solution, but when left to the end of a development process, there’s very little time for design iterations. This was the case for one of our customers, who asked us for help when developing an integrated manifold to serve the life science market.
Our design team worked closely with the customer to develop a fluidic subsystem to replace a cluster of tubing and pinch valves. Using our Rapid Prototype Manifolds (RPM), the customer was able to test several different options in parallel, of which we could then make further iterations quickly until the unit had the desired result. The outcome was a diffusion-bonded manifold with integrated valves and external connections, in a compact, easy-to-service reagent delivery module. Our fast iteration process allowed the customer to stay within their existing development schedule and move to a final manifold design in a short period of time.