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Opentrons Flex Nucleic Acid Extraction Workstation

FLEX NAE Workstations 8 Channel 1 Channel e1690210814127
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Opentrons Flex Nucleic Acid Extraction Workstation


For scaling up and fully automating magnetic bead-based nucleic acid extraction

The Opentrons Flex Nucleic Acid Extraction Workstation includes the Flex Robot, Pipettes, Tips, Labware, Heater-Shaker Module, Magnetic Block, and Custom Protocol Development.

With the Flex Nucleic Acid Extraction Workstation, you can automate your NAE workflow at the scale you need to increase efficiency, reduce errors, and save hands-on time. Flex enables you to automate your nucleic acid isolation and purification workflows using any leading magnetic bead-based system on the market.

The Flex Nucleic Acid Extraction Workstation can support the following workflow steps:


Sample lysis via heat and/or agitation


Magnetic bead mixing and separation

What’s in the box

Each Flex Nucleic Acid Extraction Workstation is configured with hardware, consumables, and custom protocol development for your NAE assay.


Robot & Pipettes

  • Opentrons Flex Robot
  • Flex Gripper
  • Flex 1-Channel Pipette (5-1000 µL)
  • Flex 8-Channel Pipette (5-1000 µL)
  • Custom Protocol Development


  • Heater-Shaker Module
  • Flex Magnetic Block
  • Temperature Module (Optional)

Accessories & Labware

  • Flex Waste Chute
  • Flex Deck Expansion Set (Optional)
  • Flex Pipette Tips 200 µL, Filtered (80 Racks/20 Refills)
  • Flex Pipette Tips 1000 µL, Filtered (180 Racks/20 Refills)
  • NEST 12-Well Reservoirs (50 Count)
  • NEST 1-Well Reservoirs (50 Count)
  • NEST Deep-Well Plates (50 Count)
  • Tough 0.2 mL 96-Well PCR Plates (2 x 25 Count)
  • NEST 2.0 mL Microcentrifuge Tubes (500 count)
  • 4-in-1 Tube Rack Set

Frequently Asked Questions

For FAQs about the OT-2 and Opentrons Flex, click here.

Yes, this can be achieved through the Opentrons app. You will need to be connected to a computer that is on the same WiFi or wired network as the liquid handler.

This is not an optical process. The robot uses capacitance sensors and a calibration probe (shipped with Flex pipettes) to perform automated calibration. Capacitive sensing for automated calibration is done by having a current run through the pipette’s metal tip at the bottom and then through a calibration tip until it’s grounded.

The Opentrons Flex 8-channel and 96-channel pipettes will aspirate and dispense the same volume with all channels at the same time. Volume is not independently controlled across channels.

OT-2 pipettes and OT-2 pipette tips are not compatible with the Opentrons Flex. The OT-2 pipette nose cone and Flex pipette nose cones are constructed differently, preventing cross-compatibility. OT-2 tip boxes/refills are also not compatible with the Flex.

Opentrons can only guarantee performance of the Flex when using our Flex pipette tips.

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