RoboRocker FAQs


Will the RoboRocker™ work with different voltages (in different countries)?

Yes. The RoboRocker uses 24V DC supplied by a small external power supply that plugs into a wall outlet. Next Advance will supply the appropriate power supply for the local power and wall outlet configuration.

Can the RoboRocker™ be used in a cell culture incubator?

Yes. The RoboRocker can be kept in an incubator with commonly used temperature, humidity and CO2 conditions.

How many plates can the RoboRocker™ hold?

The platforms have 6 plate positions. Plates can be stacked, but that limits aeration. The racks hold 3 plates per level, so 2-level racks hold up to 6, and 4-level racks hold up to 12 plates, all with plenty of aeration.

Can plates tilt along either axis?

Yes. The platforms have a docking bar for positioning plates. This bar can be positioned so that the plates will tilt along their length or along their width (or the bar can be removed altogether). The Plate Racks are mounted facing to the side – for typical rocking of culture plates, or facing forwards – for rocking culture plates tilting across their width. Select the RoboRocker model with the desired rack orientation at time of purchase.

How many levels of stacking trays can be used?

We recommend one stacking tray for a second level. Stacking trays can be added and removed by our customers – make sure you have additional clearance on both sides of the rocker prior to installation. Alternatively, our 4-level racks can securely hold up to 12 well plates / culture pates.

How long can the RoboRocker™ run?

The RoboRocker can run indefinitely. The program does not time out.

Can the RoboRocker™ hold labware other than well plates?

Yes, the docking bar can be removed, so the platform becomes a general purpose platform typical of most laboratory rockers.

What is the maximum load?

The RoboRocker is designed to be used with well plates and light loads.

What is the range for the tilt angle?

The platform can tilt as much as ±30°.

What is the rocking rate?

The RoboRocker is designed for tilt angle control, not for rocking quickly. For a rocker that moves more quickly, please look at our Infinity Rocker.

Can I use the RoboRocker™ be used in a cold room?

Our rockers can operate in incubators or cold rooms (down to 4°C) if the temperature is kept constant and the humidity is not excessive. Temperature swings which cause condensation will damage the electronics and void the warranty.


Can I clean the rubber mat?

Yes. You can remove the rubber mat from the platform and clean it with soap and water. Let it dry before placing it back on the platform.

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