Ergonomic pipettors

D.K. at
Wed Oct 6 14:55:54 EST 2004

In article <Pine.SGI.3.96.1041005163215.62776B-100000 at>, Oliver De Peyer <opeyer at> wrote:
>Wow! Sounds like you hated the Ovation!

Yeah, I did :-) 

>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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