What type of connectors should I order?

by on 09 January, 2017

Nanoport and Luer connectors are available on a standard basis with all of our micofluidic chips and flowcells.Nanoport and Luer connectors are available on a standard basis with all of our micofluidic chips and flowcells.Most customers order chips with connectors factory-installed (but if you prefer we will provide you with chips without connector). We offer on a standard basis two types of connectors - either Luer or Nanoport- and we are often asked how they compare.

Luer connectors: You have probably seen Luer connectors before, even if you don't know their name: These connectors are found on a variety of medical equipment and supplies. They are so common that their design has been codified (ISO standard 594/1).

We provide Luer connectors made of white nylon (unless an alternate is custom-ordered). Nylon is compatible with water, isopropanol, and acetone. We do not recommend that you use Nylon Luers with Methanol.

Nanoport connectors : These are not as common. They are a proprietary design fabricated by Upchurch Scientific. Nanoport connectors are made of inert, bio-compatible PEEK polymer (nuts and ports) and Perlast perfluoroelastomer (ferrules and gaskets). These materials are compatible with most solvents commonly found in laboratories. The Nanoport design minimizes dead volume

We offer on a standard basis Upchurch connectors model N333. These are designed to be used with 1/16" OD tubing. They can also be used with 1/32” OD and 360-micron OD tubing, using IDEX adapter sleeve kits (provided with each Translume’s device equipped with N333).

Please note that Nanoport connectors are more expensive than Luer connectors.