Ergonomic pipettors

Oliver De Peyer opeyer at
Tue Oct 5 10:32:49 EST 2004

Wow! Sounds like you hated the Ovation!
On the other hand, I'm willing to give the larger volume version (if it
exists and if I can find it) a longer look. With a 10ml or 20ml pipette
with a conventional pump on top (e.g Pipetboy), you really have to reach
high above you to get it in and out of a bottle. The unit I remember
seeing (unless I just confused it with the Ovation) had an Ovation-style
grip and then a bent feed going up to a conventional 10ml or 25ml
disposable plastic pipet. That way, the hand held unit wasn't at the top
of the pipette and you didn't need such a lot of vertical clearance (good
for access in hoods, etc.)


On Fri, 1 Oct 2004, D.K. wrote:

> On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 13:01:34 +0100, Oliver De Peyer <opeyer at>
> wrote:
> >
> >Does anybody know of an ergonomic pipettor in the 10s of ml range? I.e,
> >equivalent to the Integra Pipetboy range?
> >
> >When I say ergonomic I mean NON-AXIAL, like the Ovation range from
> >VistaLab, where your hand lies parallel to the bench when gripping the
> >pipettor instead of at right angles to it like a normal, axial pipettor
> >(i.e PipetBoy, Gilson etc. etc.)
> Wow, they call it ergonomic? The only ergonomic 
> think to do with this pipet is to deliver the volume
> into eppendorf. For everything else, it is decidedly 
> anti-ergonomic. Putting tips on from the rack -
> that will be a total disaster! Unnatural hand position
> plus center of mass is very far away from the tip's 
> axis ==> poor fit or slipping to the side and toppling
> the rack over with or without breaking the pipetor's 
> tip and injuring the hand. Drawing a liquid from 
> anything that's "axial" and cannot be tilted easily 
> like eppendorf (e.g. nearly full bottle) - very 
> awkward. Ejecting tips into "axially" positioned 
> trash is liley to be inconveneint too. 
> DK

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