DNA Extraction from Casework Samples

Maxwell® FSC

The Maxwell® FSC Instrument offers easy-to-use, consistent automated nucleic acid extraction from casework samples (blood stains, semen stains, hairs, cigarette butts, tissues and trace DNA samples).

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Why Choose Maxwell® FSC?

The instrument provides preprogrammed purification methods for use with DNA IQ™ chemistry and an improved magnet and plunger design and better spin baskets to process up to 16 samples in roughly 30 minutes.

With the Maxwell® FSC Instrument you can:

  • Gain efficiency with the easy-to-use prefilled reagent cartridges.
  • Simplify data entry using the included bar code reader.
  • Streamline operations with the easy-to-use touchscreen and graphic user interface.
  • Eliminate cross-contamination concerns associated with liquid handling platforms.
  • Get proven results with a range of sample types for both reference samples and challenging casework samples with constant high yields.
  • Maximize bench space with the compact instrument footprint.

The Maxwell® FSC Instrument automates DNA extraction, saving the laboratory time and labor costs while freeing up staff to work on casework analysis.

  • Set up a run quickly – The intuitive touch-screen interface and preprogrammed protocols minimizes variability and save time.
  • Stop transferring swabs – New easy-to-use spin baskets mean you no longer need to transfer swabs.
  • Reduce processing time – Extract DNA from 1–16 samples, with minimal pre-processing.
  • Track samples easily – The integrated barcode reader records important information such as sample ID, kit ID and kit lot number.

The Maxwell® FSC is a magnetic particle mover, not a liquid handler. It delivers minimal risk of cross-contamination because no liquid handling or splashing happens during processing of samples.

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DNA purified using the Maxwell® FSC Instrument and its associated reagents will be compatible with downstream applications such as quantification and STR analysis. It is specifically designed for DNA extraction from casework samples including blood stains, semen stains, hairs, cigarette butts, tissues and trace DNA samples.

We know you are busy. That's why you need a Maxwell® FSC Instrument. With our comprehensive menu of service and support options, you have one less thing to worry about. Promega helps ensure that your instrument is working properly and is ready when you need it.

The Maxwell® FSC is backed by a comprehensive one-year standard warranty, an expert service team and a full line of additional service products.

  • Fixed-Cost Service Products – Predictable support expenditures for simplified budgeting.
  • Factory-Trained Service Specialists – Our team offers consistent and reliable service.
  • Comprehensive Service and Support – Promega helps ensure that your equipment is working properly and is ready when you need it.
  • Processing Time: 30 minutes
  • Number of Samples: Up to 16
  • Weight: 24.2lb (11kg)
  • Dimensions (W × D × H): 13 × 13.6 × 11.8 inches (330.2 × 345.2 × 299.7mm)
  • Power Requirements: 100–240VAC, 50/60Hz, 2.5A
  • Fuse: 250VAC, 2.5A, low breaking capacity, time-lag fuse (AC250V, T2.5AL, 5 × 20mm)
  • UV Bulb: Average lifetime approximately 6,000 hours, length 135.9mm, diameter 16mm, 4W, 0.17A current, 29V, spectral peak F 253.7, UV output 0.9W

Instrument Standard Components

  • 1 Maxwell® FSC Instrument
  • 1 Tablet PC preloaded with Maxwell® FSC Application Software
  • 1 USB Cable for connection of the Maxwell® FSC Instrument to the Tablet PC
  • 1 Power Cable for Maxwell® FSC Instrument
  • 1 Power Cords for Tablet PC
  • 1 Barcode reader
  • 1 Maxwell® Sample Concentrator Deck Tray
  • 1 UV Bulb (installed)
  • 1 Tablet PC Holder
  • 1 Quick Start Guide
  • 1 Setup Guide