Microfluidic Flow Management Unit

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The Microfluidic Flow Manager Unit P-OEM series, using Fluigent pressure-based flow control technology,. offers excellent response time and highly stable flow conditions for industrial precision microfluidic applications compared to conventional syringe pumps or peristaltic pumps.

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Main benefits
  • Accurate

    Highly precise pressure control

  • compact
    Compact

    Adapted to industrial uses

  • Cost-effective

    Reduced reagents consumption

  • Versatile

    Highly customizable through numerous options

Microfluidic Flow Management Unit Features

Designed for industrial integration

The unit’s multi-channel design is highly compact, ranging from 1 to 4 or 5 to 8 channels. Since fluids are not in contact with the instrument, there is no routine cleaning, and cross-contamination is drastically reduced. The P-OEM Module design is cost-effective and relies on patented technologies.

A large range of pressure and flow rates

Positive/negative pressure ranges can be applied to different channels of the same microfluidic flow management unit. The optional advanced multi-channel Flow-Rate Control Module Software combined with the FS Series device makes it possible to have full control on flow rates in any coupled multi-channel configuration while keeping the benefits of a pressure actuation.

Benefits of pressure control

In addition to a more stable flow rate, the flow settling time is drastically reduced (< 1 s) in both single or multi-channel configurations, enabling significant reagent cost-savings and saving time.

A tailor-made microfluidic flow management unit

As each P-OEM is made on-demand, it can fit your custom requirements in the most compact fashion, all integrated and ready-to-use. We work closely with our customer to build a definition file that summarizes the features chosen among:

  • Number of channels
  • Pressure range of each channel (that can be defined from the flow rates needed and the physical properties of the set up)
  • Dimensions of pneumatic tubing at the inlet and the outlet
  • Choice of communication interface
  • Flowboard integration for flow rate control with our OEM flow sensors
  • Switchboard integration for coupling with our OEM valves
  • Purge valve
  • Pressure source
  • Power supply

And other options (please contact us for more information).

Microfluidic Flow Management Unit in Use

Example 1: Custom P-OEM module consisting of a single channel. Only pressure control is available here.

Example 2: Custom P-OEM module consisting of a single channel. A flow sensor from our FS series is added into the fluidic system, allowing for flow rate control. 

Microfluidic Flow Management Unit single chanel
Microfluidic Flow Management Unit module

Example 3: Custom P-OEM module consisting of four channels. Only pressure control is available here.

Example 4: Custom P-OEM module consisting of four channels. For flow rate control, a flow sensor from our FS series is added on each line of the fluidic system, (four flow sensors in total).

Specifications

PERFORMANCE

Resolution600 µbar
Stability0,1% on the measured value (effective beyond 10% of the maximum pressure)
Response timeDown to 30 ms
Step0,03% of the maximum pressure

HARDWARE SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions91,9 x 71,8 x 131 mm
Weight634 g

ELECTRONICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Power consumption6 W

CHEMICAL COMPATIBILITY

Gas compatibilityDry, oil-free gas, air, any non corrosive or non explosive gas
Liquid compatibilityAqueous solvent, oil, organic solent, biological sample

OxyGEN

Control in real-time, protocol automation, data record and export
ver. 1.0.0.0 or more recent

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Software Development Kit

Custom software application
ver. 21.0.0.0 or more recent

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Case studies

Microfluidic Flow Management Unit for water analysis

Context

An industrial device manufacturer partnered with Fluigent to transform their benchtop water testing device into a mobile device.

Solution

The compact and highly customized dual channel P-OEM module is a completely mobile laboratory that limits human involvement.

Result

The compact size and stable performance of the resulting suitcase-sized microfluidic flow manager unit allows for testing at various points of need.

Microfluidic Flow Management Unit for droplet digital pcr

Context

A digital PCR device manufacturer needs to achieve improved monodispersity and control for their next-generation device.

Solution

The P-OEM microfluidic flow management unit, through its accuracy, allowed them to reach the specification needed to achieve optimum fluid delivery and treatment.

Result

The new generation of devices has improved performance with a more consistent size and frequency of droplet generation. The demand for the new generation devices has scaled up since.

Context

An international Organ-on-a-Chip platform developer required a flow control solution for their new drug testing platform.

Solution

Based on the development of a recirculation protocol with the client, the P-OEM module was optimized for fast response time and smooth sine wave generation.

Result

The protocol implemented in the microfluidic flow management unit reproduces lung functionality (up to 90 cycles/min).