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ESS™: EASY SWITCH SOLUTIONS™

Versatile fluid handling platform

 

The ESS™ Platform includes three complementary types of bidirectional valves (the M-SWITCH™, the L-SWITCH™ and the 2-SWITCH™), as well as a unique communication hub, the SWITCHBOARD.

  • Easy to install and use
  • Full automation
  • Chemical and biological compatibility
  • Low internal volumes
  • The ESS™ (Easy Switch Solutions™) Platform provides the users with new tools enabling to easily handle their fluids and smoothly build up complete microfluidic platforms.
1. 2-SWITCH™: 2-WAY BIDIRECTIONAL VALVE
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A bidirectional 3-port/ 2-way valve to sort or inject two fluids. It is controlled by our software or manually as a stand-alone device. It can be very easily adapted into an on/off valve.

3. L-SWITCH™: 6 PORT/ 2 POSITION BIDIRECTIONAL INJECTION VALVE
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A bidirectional 6-port/ 2 position valve to inject a precise volume or recirculation fluids, It is controlled by our software

2. M-SWITCH™: 10-WAY BIDIRECTIONAL VALVE
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A bidirectional 11-port/ 10-way valve to perform sequential injection or sorting. It is controlled by our software

4. SWITCHBOARD: COMMUNICATION PLATFORM
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A communication hub hosting up to four M-SWITCH™ or L-SWITCH™ and eight 2-SWITCH™ and provides them power, and a single USB connection to the PC. Compatible with TTL input/output signals

1. MONITOR THE EXPERIMENT AT ALL TIMES

Each one of the installed ESS™ products is displayed inside the software enabling real-time visualization and control of valve positions to make the monitoring of the protocol clear and instantaneous.

2. FULLY AUTOMATE THE EXPERIMENTS AND SAVE TIME

Create and run your own protocols with our ESS™ Control software and the Script Module and automate your most advanced set-ups.

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3. SIMPLIFY CHIP DESIGN TO BETTER MANAGE THE EXPERIMENT
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With the ability to deliver up to 10 different fluids through the same microchannel, the ESS™ platform provides a powerful solution to simplify your chip design (reduced number of channels, no internal valves required, etc)

4. SAVE BENCH SPACE FOR YOUR SET-UPS

Each ESS™ product has been designed to be used close to your chips and other devices. This avoids unnecessary tubing and decreases internal volumes, optimizing the performance of the most complex set-up (higher responsiveness, sample preservation, etc).

5. KEEP FULL INTEGRITY OF YOUR SAMPLES

The ESS™ platform offers both biocompatibility and low interval volumes, preserving the integrity of all your samples by limiting bubble generation and reducing cross contamination.

6. REDUCE REAGENT CONSUMPTION

While important quantities of samples are lost due to the high internal volume in the usual “switching” devices, the ESS™ Platform products optimize  liquid consumption with only port-to-port volume down to 660nL

7. COMMUNICATE WITH EXTERNAL DEVICES

The ESS™ SWITCHBOARD has 4 BNC ports on its back to enable fast communication and synchronization with external devices such as microscopes or camera with a TTL logic.

2-SWITCH™

  • Chemical and biological compatibility
  • Low internal volume (12µL)
  • No dead volume
  • External fittings
  • Use as a stand-alone system or with full automation
  • Fast response time (20ms)

M-SWITCH™

  • Chemical and biological compatibility
  • Low internal volume (11.6µL)
  • Low internal volume
  • No dead volume
  • Integrated fittings
  • Software control
  • Port-to-port switching time: 280ms

L-SWITCH™

  • Chemical and biological compatibility
  • Low port-to-port volume (660nL)
  • No dead volume
  • External fittings
  • Software control
  • Port-to-port switching time: 100ms
  • Injection or Switching modes
  • Compatible with sample injection loops from 5µL to 100µL

SWITCHBOARD

  • Centralized communications to the SWITCHES
  • Computer connection with a single USB plug
  • Power supply for the SWITCHES
  • Size: 34.5×9.5×5.5cm3
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ANY QUESTIONS?

  • Connect the plug of the power supply provided on the front of the Switchboard. The flat side of the power supply plug must face upwards to enter the socket on the Switchboard.
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  • Actuate the ON/OFF button
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  • Connect the provided USB cable between the computer and the USB port on the Switchboard.
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  • Connect the Fluigent valves you want to use paying attention to the Switchboard ports.
    • The Switchboard ports called ‘A, B, C, D’ are compatible with the M-Switch™ and the L-Switch™.
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  • The Switchboard ports called ‘1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8’ are compatible with the 2-Switch™.To connect a valve to the Switchboard, plug a RJ45 cable provided by Fluigent between the valve and the right Switchboard port.
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To identify the linked SWITCHBOARD RJ45 ports and devices, you can use the Check connection feature by pushing the corresponding Check connection buttons on the SWITCHBOARD. This will light up the green RJ45 indicators on the associated SWITCHBOARD RJ45 port and on the RJ45 port of the device connected to it.

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CTC-capture

AUTOMATED RARE CELLS CAPTURE AND LABELLING

Because CTCs detection and labelling need a very precise and smooth flow control, Fluigent MFCS™ associated with the Flow-Rate Control Module and the ESS™ platform, was the designated choice to be able to efficiently control the flows of all the solutions and samples.

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