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Benchmark TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler


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Open Benchmark TC 9639 Thermocycler

Full Size Cycler, Gradient Technology, and a Multi-Format Block for Maximum Utility

Benchmark’s TC-9639 is a high-tech solution for medium to high throughput PCR work. Originally, the T-9639 was a powerful tool for labs performing PCR and was able to provide consistent, reliable results, but since March 2018, Benchmark has updated the software in the TC-9639 to be capable of gradient heating. The TC-9639 features a fantastic, large, color, touch-screen along with a program wizard including 10 preinstalled programs and the choice of either a multi-format block or a 384-well sample block.

Heating Technology and Compatibility for the Modern Laboratory

Benchmark wanted to make more than just a Thermal Cycler; they designed and then re-designed software for the TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler and now users can set up a gradient heating system for their experiments. Heating and cooling of the heating block are precisely and accurately controlled by the advanced software. The TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler is capable of exceptionally tight tolerances due to the proprietary algorithm, meaning that samples can be heated to tightly defined protocol standards. Furthermore, Benchmark has created two different blocks for the TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler that are designed to meet a wide range of experimental needs. Between the Multi-Format Block and the 384-Well block, users can heat PCR tubes or strips, 0.5mL tubes, a 96 well plate, or a 384 well plate.

The TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler also features a fully adjustable heated lid that prevents condensation and evaporation of samples. Along with all the other programmability included by Benchmark, the TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler also includes the option to program lid temperature. The lid is even programmed to automatically shut off it’s heating system when the block temperature drops below 35°C.

Benchmark’s TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler is Designed for Easy Access and with an Intuitive Interface

First and foremost, Benchmark included a full-color touchscreen on the TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler. The screen is large enough to allow extensive access and serves as the operations center from which all functions can be reached. From the Home screen, users can quickly find icons to view the last run, enter the program library, or even access the program wizard to design and use a new protocol. The TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler even includes the option to add frequently used programs to the Home screen so that often used protocols can be quickly accessed and started.

The Program Wizard featured on the TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler is itself engineered for intuitive use. Benchmark extensively researched and re-designed their program wizard based on user feedback and created a system that quickly and easily guides users through a protocol set-up within a single screen. Furthermore, the interface allows users to easily access their programs once entered, and programs can still be edited afterward through a quick and easy step available through the program wizard. Programs are shown graphically on the screen to make sure users can quickly identify which program they are searching for and what protocol it matches. There are settings to include time and temperature increments, as well as slower ramp rates, into the programs. The TC-9639 Gradient Thermal Cycler can store various programs and that storage can be extended by using a flash drive or other external storage. The screen even includes a full virtual keyboard to allow for alphanumeric naming of programs or folders.

Features:

  • Intuitive touchscreen control 
  • Program Wizard - quick, easy & foolproof
  • Unique multi-format block capacity:
    • 0.2mL (PCR) tubes or strips (96)
    • 0.5mL tubes (39)
    • 96 well plate (1)