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A liquid-handling instrument has a worksurface with registration for modular stations to support containers of liquid, pipette apparatus with a pipette tip coupled to a sensing circuit, a robotic translation system for moving the pipette tip, and a control system with an iconic user interface for pr ...

Joeben Bevirt, Gabriel Brinton, Eric Lachenmeier: Alignment mechanism. Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Karen Guerrero, Narinder Banait, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, May 16, 2000: US06063579 (11 worldwide citation)

The invention is a method for improving material transfer manipulations in an automated format. The method entails deforming the work surface of a plate to flatten or elongate the work surface prior to or simultaneously to material transfer.