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Opentrons Flex PCR Workstation

FLEX PCR Workstations 8 Channel 1 Channel e1690206916178
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Opentrons Flex PCR Workstation


For scaling up and fully automating PCR setup and thermocycling

The Opentrons Flex PCR Workstation includes the Flex Robot, Pipettes, Tips, Labware, Temperature Module, optional Thermocycler, and Custom Protocol Development.

With the Flex PCR Workstation, you can automate your PCR setup and thermocycling at the scale you need to increase efficiency, reduce errors, and save hands-on time. Configure your workstation with our on-deck Thermocycler for end-to-end automation, or with no Thermocycler for automated PCR setup with off-deck thermocycling.

The Flex PCR Workstation can support the following workflow steps:


PCR Setup

Thermocycler 1


What’s in the box

Each Flex PCR Workstation is configured with hardware, consumables, and custom protocol development for your PCR assay.


Robot & Pipettes

  • Opentrons Flex Robot
  • Flex Gripper
  • Flex 1-Channel Pipette (1-50 µL)
  • Flex 8-Channel Pipette (1-50 µL)
  • Custom Protocol Development


  • Temperature Module
  • Thermocycler Module (Optional)
  • Second Temperature Module (Optional)
Labware for PCR workstation.

Accessories & Labware

  • Flex Waste Chute
  • Flex Deck Expansion Set (Optional)
  • Flex Pipette Tips 50 µL, Filtered (80 Racks/20 Refills)
  • NEST 12-Well Reservoirs (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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