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Microfluidic Recirculation Valve[LSW001]
The L-SWITCH™ is a 6-port/2-position bidirectional microfluidic recirculation valve used to handle liquids through different valve ports. It is ideal for liquid recirculation in cell culture applications, allowing to perform long-term unidirectional recirculation flow.
Uses minimum bench space
Low internal volume
Features of Microfluidic Recirculation Valve
Peripheral ports (numbered from 1 to 6) can alternatively be connected to the right or the left channels. The L-SWITCH™ is actuated by a motor that drives a rotor – where the fluidic path is engraved – against a stator – containing the fluidic paths.
The L-SWITCH™ is a microfluidic recirculation valve that can be used as a cell culture tool : a small volume of buffer can be recirculated within a closed loop into the chip for several hours or days. Combined with our MFCS™ series or LineUp™ series it can achieve a highly stable flow with a positive impact on the shear stress.
The microfluidic recirculation valve can be controlled by OxyGEN software
or long-term experiments. Create a time-based protocol to set the actuation timing of the valve(s).
Control software allows back and forth flow between the two vials while maintaining a continuous unidirectional flow-rate within the cell culture chamber.
Smart control and automation of your fluidic path
Discover Fluigent microfluidic valves, a set of compact instruments allowing to complexify and easily handle the fluidic path of your system. Once integrated in the set-up, the valves can be controlled in real-time and even without the requirement of a PC.
How to perform fluid recirculation with the L-SWITCH microfluidic recirculation valve?
Many microfluidic applications require expensive solutions to be recirculated at a controlled flow rate into a microfluidic system, such as cell cultures, cell injections, or simulation of blood capillaries with a controlled minimal mechanical stress.
The L-SWITCH, combined with Fluigent’s pressure-based flow controllers, allows to recirculate a fluid in a closed loop, to run and automate long-term experiments, and to increase experimental versatility thanks to its high biological and chemical compatibility.
The 6 inputs and 2 interchangeable configurations of the microfluidic recirculation valve are represented in the images below. According to the configuration, each input is connected to an output that is either on the right or left of its neighbor.
We have demonstrated the ability to maintain a stable flow rate, without changing the yield stress, in a medium over cells during a long-term recirculation experiment using our L-SWITCH™. Check out our Technical Note to learn more!
Benefits of the L-SWITCH microfluidic recirculation valve
- No overpressure: Switch between 2 flow configurations in less than 100ms
- No waste: No dead volume and low carryover volume.
- Biocompatible: High chemical and biological compatibility
- Reproducibility and Reliability: Perform identical recirculations over and over
- Small buffer volume
- Controlled shear stress
- Long-term experiments
- Flexible automation
- Pressure and/or flow-rate control and limit
|Switching time||100 ms|
|Maximum pressure||Up to 7 bar (100 psi)|
|Internal volume||660 nL|
|Dimensions||70 x 90 x 150 mm|
|Gas compatibility||Dry, oil-free gas, air, any non corrosive or non explosive gas|
|Liquid compatibility||Aqueous solvent, oil, organic solent, biological sample|
|Control in real-time, protocol automation, data record and export|
|ver. 22.214.171.124 or more recent|
Software Development Kit
|Custom software application|
|ver. 126.96.36.199 or more recent|
Expertise & resources
Product presentation videos MICROFLUIDIC VALVE AUTOMATION: How to make it easy [SWITCH EZ] – Fluigent Read more
White Papers Microfluidic white paper – An exploration of Microfluidic technology and fluid handling Read more
Technical datasheets L-SWITCH™ Datasheet Download
User manuals Easy Switch Solutions User Manual Download
Microfluidic Application Notes Peristaltic pump vs pressure-based microfluidic flow control systems for Organ on-chip applications Read more