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FastGene Ultra Cycler Gradient (96-well)

Article number: FG-TC01

FastGene® Ultra Cycler Gradient – thermal cycler with 96 wells

FastGene® UltraCycler

At the heart of the Ultracycler series instruments lie 6 fully independant sets of peltiers, 3 temperature sensors and control electronics. This powerful and reliable thermal engine is capable of delivering high ramp rates of averagely of 5 °C per second with our standard low thermal mass composite alloy block whilst maintaining a long peltier life and low well to well temperature variaton. The UltraCycler is available with and without the gradient function

The Gradient Advantage

The gradient function allows you to optimise your reactions. Discover the best annealing temperature over a range of 24 °C.

The block system is designed for the use of 96 individual PCR tubes (0.2 ml), 12 PCR 8-well strips (0.2 ml) or 96-well PCR plates (0.2 ml). UltraCycler combines the latest electronics and peltier technology with unusually high operating comfort.

Powerful Thermal Engine

A precision composite alloy block with low mass and high thermal conductivity provides excellent ramp rates, long peltier life and low well to well temperature variation.
Heating/ Cooling rate is 5 °C/sec typical heat & cool between denat & anneal (block)

Heated Lid Evaporation Control

The UltraCycler employs an applied pressure heated lid design to keep the air contained within the tube hotter than the reaction volume. This causes any evaporation to condense back into the cooler reaction liquid, thereby eliminating the need for an oil or wax condensation overlay.

Compact Footprint

Boasting a footprint of only 18 x 28.5 x 19 cm (W x D x H), the UltraCycler is designed to save valuable bench space within the laboratory. Weighing in at just 5.5 kg, this machine is also highly portable for the ever-changing laboratory environment.

Touch Screen Graphical User Interface

A high performance graphical processor with large 7 inch, vivid color touch screen display allows for easy run setup and monitoring. The powerful yet intuitive software makes creation of even the most complex of thermal profiles a breeze. Free software upgrades are provided to keep your instrument up to date with the latest features and developments.

USB Connectivity

A front USB port allows for fast, easy file transfer to USB memory stick enabling the sharing of thermal profiles between instruments and users. The use of a USB mouse is also supported.

Start screen

Load a saved profile from the internal memory or USB stick, or create a new profile, by using the helpful Albert assistant.

ALBERT – The PCR set up assistant

Albert enables the user to configure easy to moderate complex profiles in just moments. All the thermal steps which occur in a typical profile are included and the parameters may be adjusted in just a few clicks.

Manual Mode

The Manual Profile editor is very helpful for the creation of even difficult profiles. The screen displays the current experiment profile in a ‘tree list’ format with a graphical representation of each thermal step. You can add, modify or delete additional steps easily.

User Accounts Section

Allows up to 99 user profiles each with dedicated file storage directory and personalised Icon. When a user is selected, thermal profiles will be loaded or saved to a directory specific to that user, providing easy recovery later.

And much more…

Live Graphing Gives vivid feedback of the thermal activity. Enables the user to set the block to a specific temperature quickly without creating a thermal profile
Manual Control This function is useful for incubating reactions such as DNA digestion or ligation
QuickStart ALBERT Enables the user to configure easy to moderate complexity profiles in just moments
USB Connectivity Front access USB host port enables file transfer between units using an ordinary USB memory stick. Also supports the use of a mouse
User Accounts Enables easy separation and organization of user thermal run profiles. Many thousands of profiles may be stored in the large internal 256mb+ memory
Pause The ‘Pause’ feature allows the user to pause the profile at any number of pre-programmed points while emitting an alert beep
Long Range Enables the time of a particular cycling step to be automatically increased or decreased by a preset amount over a specified range of cycle repeats
Touch Down/Up Enables the temperature of a step to be automatically increased or decreased by a preset amount over a range of successive cycle repeats
On Screen Help User manual is inbuilt into the software ensuring that help is never more than a click away
Run Reporting Post run report is generated on run completion and may be saved to USB memory stick for inclusion into your run documentation
Technology High performance active heating and cooling using 6 quality peltier elements with 3 temperature sensors
Temperature range 4 °C – 99 °C
Temperature Accuracy ±0.5 °C over full range, typically < ±0.1 °C at 60 °C
Uniformity ±0.3 °C, 30 seconds after target (range 40 °C – 90 °C), typically < ±0.1 °C at 60 °C
Temperature Resolution 0,1 °C increments
Heating/Cooling rate 5 °C/sec typical heat & cool between denat & anneal (block)
Well Configuration 96-well block supporting: 0.2 mL tubes or strip tubes with flat or domed caps;
96-well high-or low skirt plates with strip caps, adhesive cover, or oil overlay
Condensation Control Automatic utilising applied pressure heated lid
Heated Lid Temperature Range 60 °C – 115 °C
Dimensions 180 x 285 x 190 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 5,5 kg
Electrical 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
External Connectivity Interface USB interface to Windows based PC
USB host port – file transfer to and from USB memory stick – mouse/keyboard connection
– printer (potential future software release)
Display 7-inch Widescreen Colour Touch Display
Software Supplied with unlimited user licenses
Free upgrades available
Internal memory 256 MB, enough for 10,000+ saved profiles
Functionality 24 °C Temperature gradient, Touch Down/Up, Long Range, Program
Pauses, Temperature Graphing, On-screen Help, User Accounts, Profile Load and Saving,
Manual Mode, USB File Transfer, Post run reporting, Auto restart and more
Included Accesories Power Cable, User Manual (downloadable PDF), Touch Screen Stylus

Is your gradient Thermocycler 12 segment or 8 segment gradient?

It is 12 segment with 24°C.


 

What is the adjustable ramping rate range?

0,1 to 2,5°C –> max 5°C


 

Can it resume from the same cycle after power failure?

Yes.

on 09/13/2018

Wir haben den FastGene Ultra Cycler dieses Jahr bei Nippon Genetics erworben und sind sehr zufrieden mit dem Gerät. Ich schließe mich damit den vorigen sehr guten Bewertungen des Geräts an. Zusätzlich finde ich den Service von Nippon Genetics ausgesprochen schnell, freundlich und zuverlässig.

Translation by Nippon Genetics:

We purchased the FastGene Ultra Cycler from Nippon Genetics this year and are very satisfied with this device. I totally agree with the previous very good reviews. In addition, I find the service of Nippon Genetics extremely fast, friendly and trustworthy.

on 05/08/2018

Wir haben im März 2018 zwei Fast Gene Ultra Cycler für unser Labor gekauft und benutzen sie seitdem nahezu täglich. Der Fast Gene Ultra Cycler benötigt nur wenig Platz, arbeitet sehr leise und ist aufgrund der intuitiven Menuführung sehr einfach zu programmieren und zu bedienen.
Wir sind mit den beiden Geräten sehr zufrieden.

Translated by Nippon Genetics:

We purchased for our lab two Fast Gene Ultra Cycler in March 2018 and use them almost every day. The Fast Gene Ultra Cycler need little space and works very quietly. Because of the intuitive menu navigation, the cycler is very easy to operate.
We are very satisfied with both devices.

on 03/01/2018

Seit Anfang Dezember 2017 besitzen wir einen Nippon-FastGeneUltraCycler, der täglich genutzt wird. Bislang arbeitet das Gerät sehr zuverlässig. Es ist relativ klein, sehr leise mit kurzen Laufzeiten durch schnelles Heizen und Kühlen der Proben. Das Gerät ist mit einer übersichtlichen Menüführung einfach zu bedienen bzw. programmieren. Jeder kann unter einem eigenen Avatar seine Programme speichern. Einziger kleiner Nachteil ist, dass die Gesamtdauer eines Laufes erst nach Programmstart und damit erst nach dem Aufheizen des Deckels angezeigt wird

Translation by Nippon Genetics:

We own a Nippon FastGeneUltraCycler since December 2017. The Cycler is used every day. So far, the device works very reliable. It is relatively small, very quiet and has very short run times, because of fast heating and fast cooling of the samples. The handling and programming of the cycler is very simple with a clear menu navigation. Everyone can save own programs with a personal avatar. The only small disadvantage is, that the total duration of a run is only shown after the program has started, which is shown only after the heating of the cover plate.

on 01/17/2018

"Wir verwenden den FastGene Ultra Cycler seit kurzem in unserem Labor und sind überaus zufrieden damit. Der Cycler ist sehr anwenderfreundlich, platzsparend und erfüllt seinen Zweck."

Translation by Nippon Genetics:

"We use the FastGene Ultra Cycler recently in our lab and are very satisfied with it. The Cycler is very user friendly, space-saving and serves its purpose."

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