New Programmable Smart Syringe Fluid Dispensing Technology Unlocks Power of Parallel Processing for High-Throughput Workflows

Feb. 23, 2007
Parker Hannifin’s Life Science Business Unit announces Parker Smart Syringe Technology, a platform of miniature fluidic dispensing syringes with an integrated control, memory, and motion system that enables high-precision liquid dispensing in the sub-micro-liter volume range. Measuring only 8mm in diameter and weighing a mere 26 grams, Parker Smart Syringes require no electrical or fluidic tethers, allowing them to be picked up and dropped off by a robotic system. This also enables parallel operations to occur simultaneously on the same work deck for extremely high throughput. The on-board microprocessor and memory in each syringe provides the ability to execute, store, and record sample workflows, making workflow management automated and sample-centric. The Parker Smart Syringe can be configured as a single or multiple syringes capable of independently aspirating and dispensing liquid in a variety of applications. This product uses a proprietary position control algorithm for precise fluid metering and is available for use by OEMs of analytical and life sciences instrumentation. Typical applications include general liquid handling, medical diagnostic instrumentation, high pressure liquid dispensing (autosamplers), and microfluidics (lab-on-a-chip.) Parker Life Sciences, a business unit within the Pneutronics Division of Parker Hannifin, brings leading motion control and fluidic control solutions together for life sciences applications. Parker products, sub-systems, and systems are integral to the world’s drug discovery, bioanalytical and medical instrumentation. Parker Life Sciences develops solutions that help OEM instrument builders speed their products to market faster and lower their overall cost of ownership. The Pneutronics Division of Parker Hannifin provides precision control of inert and aggressive gas and liquid media through its full range of high performance miniature fluidic products and systems. With application-specific solutions ranging from miniature digital and proportional solenoid valves and pumps to electronic pressure control modules, Pneutronics meets the stringent operating requirements of OEM instrument builders worldwide. With annual sales exceeding $9 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 57,000 people in 46 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 50 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index.