Porvair Sciences, Wrexham, UK, has launched a new second-generation model of its Ultravap Mistral, an automation-ready sample evaporator that offers throughput advantages to laboratories looking to optimize and accelerate sample preparation.

Designed to remove the traditional laboratory “bottleneck” of solvent evaporation, industry-leading sample drying reproducibility has been achieved by recent advancements in gas injection technology. The new and improved Ultravap Mistral directly and consistently delivers heated gas up to 80°C in each microplate well or tube, allowing most common chromatography solvents including dichloromethane, methanol, acetonitrile, hexane, and water to be evaporated with speed and ease. A choice of straight or spiral needles allows users to choose between faster dry down (spiral) and better final drying in V-well plates (straight).

Highly intuitive software, and simple operation from up to 15 stored multi-step evaporation programs, means that even occasional users can gain the full benefits from an Ultravap Mistral. For regular users, the Ultravap Mistral offers the versatility of fully flexible programming, for example, enabling the evaporation stage to operate at an optimized rate for each solvent type being evaporated. 

From the responsive color touchscreen display, gas temperature, pressure, and flow rate can all be programmed individually and saved in stored programs on the instrument’s controller. Each program allows up to 5 distinct ramped phases, so that a fast initial drying period can be followed by a gentle final drying phase. Standard control commands stored on Ultravap Mistral are compatible with drivers of most robot manufacturers, making integration a seamless process.

The new Ultravap Mistral is designed with a flat front profile and platform shuttle, making interfacing with almost any liquid-handling robot even easier. The slim benchtop-friendly design of the 2021 version has built-in LED lights that provide great sample visibility.

For further information on the Ultravap Mistral automation-ready sample evaporator, visit Porvair Sciences.  

Featured image: Porvair Sciences Ultravap Mistral automation-ready sample evaporator (Courtesy: Porvair Sciences)