Flow EZ™: the future of microfluidics

Are you tired with bad performance with your syringe pumps?

Are you tired of waiting for your computer to launch to start your experiments?

Are you tired of using a microfluidic controller that uses too much space on your lab bench?

Forget long equilibration time, long procedures on your computer, optimizing your set-up to get enough space for your controller.

 

Welcome to a new world in your daily routine.

 

The Flow EZ™ revolution

Let us introduce you the new Flow EZ™ by Fluigent.Flow EZ video presentation

A new technology and a new design united in one product, that allows you to control microfluidic flow in a blink of an eye. The most advanced flow controller, the most compact pressure pump, designed to hold in one’s hand.

Simply dial in the pressure you want, get started instantaneously and focus on what really matters: your experiments.

Expand it yourself if you need more pressure channels, simply add a module by plugging it, and focus on what really matters: your results.

Put it anywhere on your lab bench to suit your microfluidic set-up, don’t arrange your setup to hold next to your flow controller, and focus on what really matters: your research.

Put in in any position you need, sitting, lying, standing, the OLED screen will always be readable for you, and focus on what really matters: your science.

Share it with your colleagues, its light weight and compactness is a real asset to be easily used by anyone in your lab, and focus on what matters: your work.

 

Discover more on the Flow EZ™ product page.

Every week, Fluigent helps you with your daily routine with particular tips that can enhance your experience with your products.

How can I measure flow-rates with the Flow-Rate Platform Soft Front Panel?

There may be the consequence of several causes:

  • Correctly connect your Flow Units to your Flowboard
  • Correctly connect your Flowboard to your computer
  • Launch the FRP SFP software and go to the toolbar
  • Check that all the Flow Units are displayed in the drop-down menu in the toolbar.
  • Hit the Run button in order to start the data acquisition

Every week, Fluigent helps you with your daily routine with particular tips that can enhance your experience with your products.

How can I activate the Flow-Rate Control Module?

If you are struggling to launch the FRCM to control your flow-rates in your microfluidic setup, just follow these simple steps:

  • First, you need to connect the FRCM dongle (USB key) to your computer.
  • Launch MAESFLO™ software and add your Flow Unit(s)
  • Click on ‘Display’ > ‘Flow-Rate Control Module’
  • The FRCM Wizard Welcome page is popping up.

Did you succeed? Was it useful or are you still facing some issues? Let us know in the comments below.

Do you watch the famous series The Big Bang Theory? No? Too bad you didn’t see us within two of the latest season episodes!

 

It is a fact that the Big Bang Theory is one of the most viewed series of all times. Besides, we follow a group of friends, but also a group of researchers trying to perform their experiments, find answers, make discoveries, patent their ideas, etc. An atmosphere that some of us are not far away from, as this can be the daily work.

In this season, Leonard, Sheldon and Howard, three of the main characters, are building a new technology that can take over the standard GPS one, and the army’s subventions are a plus to help them in their work. But on episode 15, aired on February 9th, they have to balance their flow-rates within the microfluidic channels. That means they need microfluidic flow control technologies! And to illustrate this, the storyboarders have decided to display a lot of microfluidic images on the screens.

This is where Fluigent comes. On the top right corner of the screen behind Leonard’s bag, we all can see our MAESFLO™ software! It is an honor to be considered by The Big Bang Theory as the best way to illustrate to other that the characters are doing actual microfluidics during this scene. Besides, all the LabVIEW panels you can see are all coming from our SDKs, Software Development Kits, to help our customers build their own software designed specifically for their applications.

We can also notice the picture of multiple droplet encapsulation on the left screen. This comes from the review “Designer emulsions using microfluidics” written by Rhutesh K. Shah et al., including David Weitz and published in 2008. If you want to have a look, the content is on open access on the Science Direct website.

Updated on April 13th: But we didn’t appear on only one episode! On episode 19, aired on April 5th, the characters were reunited in the same room as in episode 15, and our MAESFLO™ was still on the screens. The decision to include Fluigent on their stage set was not a random decision. Something to follow until the end of this season…

Every year, millions of individuals suffer from symptoms of pathogen related illnesses such as the flu, but microfluidics and new microfluidic chip technology may be able to decrease instances of these aliments.

Using chips anywhere from the size of microscope slides, to the size of quarters, researchers are developing a mechanism to read a patient sample and diagnose a variety of viral diseases in under an hour.

Currently, the RT-PCR laboratory test for flu diagnosis can take up to a week to deliver fairly accurate results. For severe cases of the flu, such as those during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, a week without diagnosis can lead to unaggressive treatments as the virus advances further and worsens symptoms.

With microfluidic chips, a nasal sample can easily be taken from a patient and placed on a chip containing a network of intricate 3-dimensional tubing. These unique tubing designs resemble the environment a virus may encounter in the human body, such as the twists and turns of blood vessels.

By recreating the biological environment, a virus can be replicated within the chip, allowing an external reading device to recognize the virus’s genetic composition so a physician can make a proper diagnosis.

Microfluidics is a multidisciplinary field dealing with engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology, among others. Basically, it will design systems in which small volumes of fluids will be handled. We used to describe it as hair scale plumbing. You can miniaturize your experience, and you will win time, money and reduce risk and volumes.

Picture from Heisenberg et al.

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