Air Displacement Pipettes and Pipetting Modules

TriContinent Offers the Widest Range of High-Precision Air Displacement Pumps for Analytical Instrumentation Manufacturers

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Pipette Pumps for All Pipetting Tasks

Reliability and precision are the foundation of diagnostic and life science instruments, that’s why TriContinent pipette pumps are the first choice for leading manufacturers. We offer automated, fully featured, and programmable air displacement pipetting pumps for all liquid handling applications.

Our air displacement pumps are designed to provide a seamless integration experience. They can be equipped with integrated tip ejection, an automatic liquid level detector, a full range of tip volumes, tip blockage detection, motor step loss feedback and more. Our air displacement pipetting modules are available with or without control electronics and a pressure sensor for pressure monitored pipetting, detecting tip blockage
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TriContinent pipetting pumps are manufactured to comply with ISO 13485 certification guidelines and follow industry-standard protocols to offer plug-and-play compatibility. Thanks to their lightweight and compact size, they allow you to save space and simplify the design of your OEM instrument. Sample transfers or reagent aliquoting can be done accurately and precisely, eliminating cross-contamination and carryover.

Our wide variety of pipetting module configurations offer superb flexibility for numerous volumes and mounting configurations. Proven designs leveraging our precision glass syringes and long-life seal technology, provide exceptional performance and enduring maintenance-free longevity.

A range of benefits for your air displacement pump

  • Suitable for all common pipetting functions      
  • No priming necessary
  • Wide range of pump capacities (from 50 μL to 5.0 mL)
  • Precision dosing (from a few μL to several mL)
  • Wide flow rate range (from  low nL/min to 2.5 mL/sec)
  • Extremely precise and accurate
  • Maintenance-free operation and long life
  • Works with clear or conductive (black) tips


TriContinent Range of Air Displacement Pipettes


Air-Z Premier

The Air-Z Premier is our full-featured, fully programmable air displacement pipetting module with integrated tip ejection. It can also automatically detect liquid levels using capacitive or pressure based liquid level detection, secure tip installation, tip blockage, motor step loss, and is available with many other options at your request.

Air-Z Flex

The Air-Z Flex is an automated air displacement pipetting module offering the ultimate in flexibility. It is available with or without control electronics, sensors and provides mounting flexibility that allows it to fit into various device designs.

Air-Z Mini

The Air-Z Mini is TriContinent's most economical air displacement pipette. This model is ideal for low-duty cycle applications and is designed for easy installation and replacement.

Air-Z Legacy

The Air-Z Legacy is TriContinent's well-established air displacement pipette designed for use in a wide variety of liquid handling applications with volumes ranging from 200 μL to 5 mL.

Case Study | Air-Z Pipette Pumps Help to Launch NGS Workflow Simplification Project

TriContinent helped a leading provider of products and services for the scientific community evolve their Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) equipment instrument. The company's goal was to introduce new, improved and fully integrated components to simplify the NGS workflow. Read how our experts provided the air displacement pipetting pumps that elevated the NGS system to be more efficient, compact, and easy to use.

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The Technology behind Air Displacement Pipettes

Air displacement pipettes use the same operating principles as hand-held electronic pipettes or manual pipettes. They immerse the tip in a vessel containing a liquid to aspirate it into a disposable tip and dispense the liquid into another container. This technology helps to avoid cross-contamination of the samples and eliminates the risk of carryover.

Technical Advantage Overview

TriContinent Air Displacement Pipette (ADP) pumps’ pipetting performance for automation applications is as good as or better than the best handheld pipettes. This is because handheld pipettes most commonly utilize plastic “syringe” barrels and plastic pistons, each of which are subject to a much higher degree of tolerance variation and compliance in actuation. 

The vast majority of TriContinent’s automated air displacement pipette pumps are constructed of highly engineered materials such as glass syringe barrels, stainless steel plungers and machined polymer seals based on dynamic seal construction. These materials are manufactured with much lower tolerances compared to parts manufactured with injection molded plastic.

Aspiration and dispense volume accuracy is a function of bore and stroke accuracy. The bore accuracy of TriContinent’s pipette pumps is unmatched because it is the same accuracy and precision provided by the borosilicate glass barrels used in TriContinent’s high precision syringes where ID tolerances are commonly held to +/- 5 microns consistently along the entire length of the barrel. 
Stroke accuracy is provided by the most highly rated, extremely repeatable and highest resolution motors and linear actuators available in the market today.

Besides resulting in designs that provide exceptional performance and longevity, the TriContinent Air-Z line of automation air displacement pipette pumps are the most compact ADPs available enabling the design of smaller benchtop and POC (point of care) devices. 

When combined with the additional speed and reproducibility of an OEM’s precision gantry robotic system carrying a TriContinent Air-Z product, instruments will benefit from unparalleled pipetting performance. 


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