The MoFlow® Astrios instrument by Beckman Coulter is a combination of the original MoFlow and the MoFlow XDP. This combination of instruments results in a machine that contains a wide selection of lasers and capabilities for cell sorting.
The MoFlowAstrios is designed with several new features. The auto start up feature allows the operator to determine the settings for auto start of the fluidics and lasers. The system has a touch screen. The auto QC feature of the MoFlowAstrios allows researchers to track performance for more than 30 parameters. IntelliSort is a feature for monitoring and drop determination that is bead-free.
There are several optics available with the MoFlowAstrios instrument that includes 7 lasers for two of the alignment stages, single mutli-fiber Beam Shaping Optic (BSO), and a flat-top beam profile that is on coupled lasers.
This version of the MoFlowAstrios system includes Summit Software that is an updated version from the one that was available on the previous version of the system. Researchers are able to use 32-bit processing at a rate of 100 MHz. The system is able to detect up to 32 parameters.
There is a quick release nozzle that allows researchers to remove or swap the body of the nozzle and tip by using just one lever.
The MoFlowAstrios includes several performance features that include index sorting using mapped events, mixed mode sorting, and 6-way sorting. With these features, the MoFlowAstrios is able to sort an excess of 70,000 sort decisions.
Safety features are included with the MoFlowAstrios to protect the operator. An important concern for researchers is aerosol evacuation. This instrument is designed with an extensive system for removing aerosols from every area where they may cause a problem. This capability is available from the R-Theta CyClone arm that is included with the system. Other biosafety features include the quick release nozzle and the optional biosafety cabinet that is customizable.
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