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Maxwell® 16 Forensic Instrument System

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Personal Automation™ for the Forensic Lab

Maxwell® 16 Forensic Instrument Automates Nucleic Acid Extraction

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Better Nucleic Acid Extraction

The Maxwell® 16 System makes nucleic acid extraction fast and simple. It allows you to extract DNA from up to 16 samples in about 30 minutes. Automating your nucleic acid extraction decreases hands-on bench time spent manually extracting and reduces pipetting errors. The Maxwell® 16 System speeds front-end processing, enabling you to increase throughput and decrease backlogs. It's automation that works for you so you can process more samples in less time.

Trusted Results

The Maxwell® 16 instrument is proven with a variety of sample types and substrates, from pristine reference samples to challenging casework samples.

High Yield and Purity

The Maxwell® 16 System uses a paramagnetic-particle handling system that processes samples using Maxwell® reagent kits, providing high yield and purity. Even with compromised casework samples, the instrument will extract clean DNA, optimizing your STR results.

Better Set-up and Operation

The Maxwell® 16 System provides everything you need for extraction, including pre-filled reagent cartridges, specialized disposable plastics and easy-to-understand instructions. No separate computers or advanced training are required. With the bar-code reader and Sample Track software, track your workflow from start to finish. And, the instrument is compact so it can fit into virtually any lab.

No Detectable Cross-contamination

The robust system design avoids common problems associated with other automated extraction systems, such as clogged tips and partial reagent transfers. In addition, the UV light aids in system cleaning and removal of potential contamination. Most importantly, there is no detectable cross-contamination between samples - no splashing, no aerosols and no drips from pipette tips.

Fast Extraction

The Maxwell® 16 extracts samples in 30 minutes allowing you to focus on performing and analyzing STR assays.

Sample Size

With two instrument formats, work with large or small samples: Standard Elution Volume (SEV) 300-400 µl or Low Elution Volume (LEV) 50-100 µl.

Particle Processor

The Maxwell® 16 is a particle processor… not a liquid handler, so there are no clogs and no drips. Just consistent yield and purity with no human error. The unique design offers mixing, capture of paramagnetic particles, binding, then extraction through a series of capture and release washes.

Trusted Results

The Maxwell® 16 instrument is proven with a variety of sample types and substrates, from pristine reference samples to challenging casework samples.

Sample Tracking

Barcode readers and Sample Track software help you track your samples through the entire process.

Specific Kits for Forensic Analysis

DNA IQ™ Reference Kit for Maxwell® 16
Designed specifically for the optimal extraction of DNA from buccal swabs, FTA® blood card punches, liquid blood or other high concentration DNA reference samples.

DNA IQ™ Casework Pro Kit for Maxwell® 16
Designed specifically for the optimal extraction of DNA from forensic casework samples, e.g. blood stains, hair, cigarette butts, semen stains and tissue samples.

Maxwell® 16 Instrument Specifications

  • Processing Time: ~30 minutes
  • Number of Samples: Up to 16
  • Standard Configuration: 300 µl elution volume
  • Weight: 41.7 lb (18.9 kg)
  • Dimensions: 12.8W x 17.3D x 12.9H inches (33W x 44D x 33H cm)
  • Power Requirements: 100 – 240VAC, 50-60Hz, 2.1A
  • Intended Use: For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.
  • Languages: Firmware available in 13 lauguages

Maxwell® 16 Ordering Information

Product Size Cat #
DNA IQ™ Reference Kit for Maxwell® 16[1] 48 preps AS1040
DNA IQ™ Casework Pro Kit for Maxwell® 16[1] 48 preps AS1240
Maxwell® 16 Forensic Instrument[1] each AS3060

[1]Not for medical diagnostic use

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