Colour touchscreen for fast program setup
TERSTM, Thermal Energy Recovery System (patent
pending) to reduce operational costs
Stackable design to save on valuable bench space
Satellite option which can be controlled by
either the TC-PLUS or a PC
Unique, easy to use CD-type sample drawer
mechanism (patent pending) which provides
the correct pressure for use with caps: domed
or flat, heat OR adhesive seals all without the use
of a motor
Tm calculator, which uses the Nearest Neighbour
Fast ramp rate of up to 5ºC/sec
4-year warranty (4-year warranty with blocks having a 4-year or 100,000
cycle warranty – whichever comes first)
Historically Techne has provided easily
interchangeable thermal blocks and the TC-PLUS
units are no exception.
The three block options, 96
x 0.2ml, 60 x 0.5ml and 384-well plate blocks all
have a gradient option, thus enabling easy
optimisation of PCR conditions such as Mg2+ and
primer concentrations and annealing
To assist with PCR assay design a Tm
calculator which uses the Nearest Neighbour
algorithm is included, and combined with the
gradient every experiment is guaranteed to be
optimised first time, every time.
The new block
design incorporates the very latest in Peltier design
and provides one of the fastest ramp rates
available at 5ºC/sec.
One new feature of the
thermal block is the TERSG system, Thermal
Energy Recovery System (patent pending) which
harnesses the released heat during the cooling
phase for use in the next heating phase, thus
saving energy and reducing operational costs – a
must in today’s energy conscious world.
Stacked with new features
The TC-PLUS is easy to program with a large,
5.7” VGA colour touchscreen and graphical
displays. At least 1000 programs can be stored
on the TC-PLUS, so there is more than enough
capacity for everyone in the lab.
An easy to
access USB port on the front of the cycler
makes it quick and easy to transfer protocols
between both cyclers and laboratories.
Ready to go networking
The TC-PLUS and Satellite units are designed with a
front-loading sample drawer to be space-saving,
having the unique ability to stack.
Bench space is at a
premium in the modern laboratory so a TC-PLUS or a
Satellite can be stacked onto another Satellite, with a
4-block system only requiring 0.21m2.
can directly control up to 3 Satellites or 9 via a USB
hub. Additionally the Satellites can also be controlled
via a PC using the software supplied with every unit.
For larger views, please click on the small photos above.
Prevention of sample evaporation, particularly with
low volume PCR reactions is critical for achieving
the right results every time and vital for preventing
The unique drawer mechanism
(patent pending) utilises the energy of the drawer
being pushed closed to lower the heated lid into
the correct position.
It accommodates all
consumable types from 0.5ml microtubes to 384-
well plates, sealed with either heat or adhesive
seals. For applications requiring lower experimental
temperatures than standard PCR the heated lid can
be set between 35 and 115ºC.
Cool thermal performance
Airflow during the heating and cooling phases is
vital to the temperature control of the samples,
so for improved performance the venting and
airflow is now front to back on the TC-PLUS. This
also enables side-by-side positionin
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