Dolomite Launches the World's First Microfluidic Edge Connector
Product News Nov 08, 2007
Dolomite has announced the release of a new microfluidic connector that will enable engineers and scientists to interface to microfluidic chips, helping them develop and manufacture microfluidic based fluid control systems. The initial design of the in-line connector has four ports and is engineered to connect easily.
"Microfluidic chips have had a big impact on instrument design and development," said Mark Gilligan, Managing Director.
"They enable small scale fluid control and analysis, allowing manufacturers to develop smaller, more cost-effective and more powerful systems. However, connecting and interfacing to these devices is a challenge in itself. We are confident that the new connectors that we are introducing to this market will be well received and will help reaffirm Dolomite’s commitment to developing products that enable engineers and scientists to apply microfluidic technology to their systems and products."
The new Dolomite microfluidic connector removes the need for expensive drilled holes in the chip by incorporating the holes into the actual chip fabrication process. Using this connector fluid flow is improved, as the fluid paths are straight-in rather than perpendicular, providing a smooth linear pathway.
The standard version of the new connector is a fluidic bus with four fluid input/output ports on a single integrated connector to make chip connection and disconnection simple.
"This device will benefit a broad range of industries," said Mark Gilligan. "Microfluidic devices are now being used in patient care systems, DNA testing, air pollution monitoring, fuel cell technology and drug development. It's very much an emerging technology with a huge potential and we already have a lot of interest in this device and the benefits that it will bring."