iQ-Check™ Prep System

iQ-Check™ Prep Solution


The iQ-Check™ Prep is a liquid handling platform performing DNA extraction and PCR plate set-up. Designed for use with the full range of iQ-Check food pathogen detection kits and the CFX96 Deep Well™ real-time PCR system, it provides a completely integrated automated solution for food pathogen testing. Optimal ease of use and full traceability is achieved by  the link between the CFX Manager™ IDE Software and a laboratory information management system (LIMS).

The iQ-Check Prep Solution provides increased confidence in results, high reproducibility and robustness to routine testing labs. It fits seamlessly in laboratory workflow without disrupting it and is an ideal solution for medium to high throughput testing laboratories.

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Key Benefits

  • Walk-away automation

    • Fully automated DNA extraction and PCR set-up
    • Fully automated detection and data analysis
  • Greater flexibility

    • Run up to 4 different iQ-Check assays simultaneously
    • Perform up to 500 tests in a 8 hour shift
    • Reallocate lab resources to perform other tasks
  • Greater confidence and efficiency

    • Improve traceability with barcodes and LIMS integration
    • Real time monitoring of each pipette step and liquid level
    • Internationally validated protocols
  • Designed to make your work easier

    • Ready-to-use, load and go reagents
    • Intuitive and integrated user interface
    • Robustness and simplicity for limited maintenance



AFNOR Certification extension on the following iQ-Check methods:

  • iQ-Check Cronobacter spp. Kit
  • iQ-Check E.coli O157:H7 Kit
  • iQ-Check Listeria spp. Kit
  • iQ-Check Listeria monocytogenes II Kit
  • iQ-Check Salmonella II Kit

AOAC and Health Canada extension pending.


iQ-Check Prep System Specifications

Instrument Dimensions

Width: 1124 mm / 44.25 in; Height: 903 mm / 35.55 in ; Depth: 795 mm / 31.3 in

Work Area Dimensions

Width: 675 mm / 26.57 in ; Height: 195 mm / 7.68 in; Depth: 465 mm / 18.31 in


120 kg / 322 lbs

Positional Accuracy

X-Y-Z positional accuracy of 0.1mm

Tip Sizes

low volume: 50μl
high volume: 1000μl

Pipetting Specifications for

Disposable Tips

individual 1000μl pipetting

Disposable Tip Size


Trueness R

Precision CV

50 μl

0,5 μl



50 μl

1 μl



50 μl

5 μl



50 μl

50 μl



1000 μl

100 μl



1000 μl

1000 μl



Liquid Level Detection

Capacitive liquid level detection (cLLD) and pressure (pLLD) on aspiration, cLLD on dispense


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Operating Data

maximum power consumption

600 VA to 1000 VA (depending on configuration)


115 VAC/ 230 VAC


50/60 Hz + 5%

delayed action fuse

600 VA


1000 VA


115V : 6.3A (T6.3AL250)
230V : 3.15A (T3.15AL250)

115V : 10A (T10AL250)
230V : 5A (T5AL250)

Installation category


Pollution Degree


Temperature range

15°C - 35°C

Relative humidity

30% - 85% (not condensating, indoors)

Noise level

< 65 dBA (regarding EN27779)

Altitude max.

max. 2000m above sea level

Heat: the power consumed will be transferred to heat

e.g. 600 or 1000 Watts of Heat = 600 or 1000 Joules/ Second

Indoor use only


Storage and Transportation

Temperature range   -25°C - +70°C
Relative humidity   10% - 90%
(not condensating, indoors)


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