On-chip flow control enables the design of simpler, more compact microfluidic devices, which can lead to cost reductions in the resulting system. We can design these chips to integrate a large variety of functions, thereby reducing the need for manual handling between process steps.
An example of an added function is the active mixer chip, which allows asymmetric volumes to be mixed. Watch the movie below to see how this works. Additional functions for on-chip integration can include:
- Accurate volume sampling
- Spatial and temporal control over fluid flows
- Mixing of asymmetric volumes
- Multiple washing steps
- Incubation and heating
- PCR or other thermal-cycling capabilities
- Detection and sensor integration
Our active flow control systems are based on fully integrated membrane valves and pumps. The reliable on-chip valve and pump technologies are based on visibly clear materials, which can be actuated through pneumatic control systems.
The valves and pumps can be provided in a selection of materials and hybrid combinations. All of which are designed to meet application-specific needs and customer requirements.