Velocity11 has released the Element automated sample processing system with an open platform that provides access to components, enabling rapid reconfiguration of up to nine instruments. The central robotic arm features extended vertical reach, accommodating complex applications in a small footprint. Its wrist action gripper enables efficient placement of instruments and integration with a variety of equipment. Operating with the company’s VWorks automation control software, the unit can perform customized microplate pipetting, mixing, sealing, bar-code labeling and signal detection. It has applications in such areas as protein purification, plate replication and reformatting, and cell-based and enzyme assays. Typically, it has capacity for up to 250 standard 14-mm microtiter plates.