2002 Microplate Instrumentation Survey

Thank you for taking time to answer our survey questionnaire. This survey is for researchers currently using microplate equipment. We estimate that completing this survey will take you 10 minutes or less.

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0. To begin, please enter the validation code from your survey invitation. If you do not have a validation code, please use your initials (e.g. if your name is John Allen Fry, use jaf as your validation code).

1. Do you currently use or have access to a microplate reader/counter?

Yes
No (Sorry, but you must be currently working in this area. Please press the BACK button and stop now).

2. Please list the brands and models together with approximate purchase price and year acquired for all microplate readers and counters purchased in the past three years. (Please check all detection modes that apply, where A=absorbance, FI=fluorescence intensity FP=fluorescence polarization, TRF=time resolved fluorescence, L=luminescence, and R=radioisotopic).

Please list most recent first
Brand
Model
Year
Cost
Detection Mode(s)
A FI FP TRF L R
A FI FP TRF L R
A FI FP TRF L R
A FI FP TRF L R

3. Why did you choose the most recent model of microplate reader/counter? (Please be specific).

4. Would you make that same decision again if you purchased another today?

Yes, same brand and model
No, same brand but different model - Model:
No, different brand and model - Brand: Model:

What is the reason for your answer above?

5. Please indicate the number of plates used on a monthly basis for the following methods.

Method
96-well/ month
384-well/ month
1536-well/ month
Absorbance
Fluorescence intensity
Fluorescence polarization
TRF/HTRF
Luminescence
Radioisotopic

6. Please indicate the number of plates used on a monthly basis for the following applications.

Application
plates/mo
Nucleic Acid Quantitation
Protein Quantitation
ELISA/Immunoassay
SNP Genotyping
Reporter Gene Assays
Cell Viability/Proliferation/Death
Cell Signalling
Enzyme Activity
Chemical Measurement
Other

7. With respect to your most recent model of microplate reader, what percent of its usage is devoted to the following areas? (Please note, these should add up to 100%).

Area
Percent Usage
Research
High Throughput Screening
Assay Development
Quality Assurance
Other:
Total
100%

8. What improvements or new features would you like to see in microplate readers, counters or related equipment?

9. From the alphabetic list of microplate reader/counter manufacturers, please mark the one you would rank highest in each area. (You may choose a manufacturer more than once).

Criteria
Manufacturer
a. Easiest to use
b. Highest versatility
c. Most reliable quality
d. Greatest innovator
e. Best value for money
f. Best field service
g. Most committed to microplate analysis

10. Are you planning to purchase a microplate reader/counter within the next 12 months?

11. If you are planning to purchase a new microplate reader, what detection mode(s) will it include?

dedicated absorbance
dedicated fluorescence
dedicated luminescence
multimode instrument with the following capabilities: (Select all modes below that will apply).

absorbance fluorescence intensity fluorescence polarization
TRF/HTRF luminescence other:

Please explain:

12. If so, which instruments and manufacturers are you considering?

13. Which of the following process steps have you automated? (Please check all that apply).

Pipetting
Dispensing
Washing
Incubating
Reading

14. Does an automated plate transfer occur between any of these steps?

Yes No

15. If yes, please identify the automated plate transfers by marking the appropriate check boxes below.

Pipetting
Dispensing
Washing
Incubating
Reading
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16. For each category of automated microplate process instrumentation you own or operate, please itemize the brands, and models together with quantity, approximate cost per instrument and year acquired, starting with the most recent.

Process Step
Brand
Model
Yr Acquired
Price/ Inst

17. Are you planning to purchase further automated microplate process instrumentation within the next 12 months?

18. If so, for which of the following process steps? (Please check all that apply).

Pipetting Dispensing Washing Incubating Plate Transfer

Which instruments and manufacturers are you considering for these steps in the process?

This final section is for ALL respondents

19. Please indicate below the scientific discipline in which you are involved.

20. How would you best describe your organization?

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Address:                 

                         

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Telephone:               

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