A highly reliable and seamless heater/cooling module for robot systems is available from QInstruments. The black, high-end ColdPlate instrument sets the new benchmark for microplate cooling and heating and is designed for automation.

If the user needs prompt and accurate temperature control on a robotic deck, the Heater-Cooler thermoblock offers extremely precise temperature control for the most demanding robotics applications.

Compared to a typical microplate, the module is a bit larger. ColdPlate provides excellent temperature control for tubes, glass vials, or microplates and is fully adjustable between –20 °C and +99.9 °C, far exceeding the cooling and heating accuracy of most other brands.

This module was initially introduced in the spring of 2018 and updated in the winter of 2019 with a whole new level of features. Improved internal algorithms, sensors, and accuracy allow for a long lifespan and smooth operation of the module.


  • First-class aluminum housing
  • All parts inside
  • Simple start-up
  • Long lifetime warranty
  • Cooling and Heating in one unit
  • Fully adjustable between –20 °C to 99.9 °C
  • Temperature range 25 K below RT, max: 99.9 °C
  • Cooling/Heating speed 12 K/min above RT
  • Perfected thermo adapters

Advanced technology

Save time



  • The reaction times and operator workload are decreased, the efficiency of many processes is increased, and throughput is increased by combining the cooling and heating operations into one unit
  • The ColdPlate’s primary functionality is provided by the exquisitely finished aluminum housing. It guarantees a long service life, high levels of security, and device stability

Unique design meets high-end technology

First-class finished aluminum housing



  • Beautiful and clearly defined laboratory equipment is produced by combining an original and effective design with the smallest housing possible
  • The ColdPlate’s fundamental functionality is thus provided by the top-notch finished aluminum housing. It ensures a long service life, high levels of security, and device stability
  • Clearly, user safety and usability are top priorities

Homogeneous cooling and heating

Using a combination of powerful heat pipe and Peltier element



  • Many laboratory experiments call for quick heating and cooling steps that must be performed with extreme accuracy in the –20 to 99.9 °C range. The ColdPlate’s precise temperature control is made possible by the use of perfectly balanced cooling and heating elements
  • Each lab automation project is guaranteed to have a long useful life by the novel Peltier technology, minimized electronics, and trustworthy algorithms
  • For precisely setting and maintaining temperatures, ColdPlate is the best tool. The module is slightly bigger than a typical microplate
  • ColdPlate offers excellent temperature control for microplates, tubes, and vials and is fully adjustable between –20 °C and 99.9 °C, far exceeding the cooling and heating accuracies of most other brands
  • Only a PC is required for control; all other components can be found inside the unit
  • Selectable temperatures range from –20 °C to 99.9 °C in increments of 0.1 °C. With a temperature distribution uniformity of better than 0.7 °C at 4 °C across the cooling surface, the nominal regulation accuracy is better than 0.1 °C
  • Perfect adaptation to microplates, tubes, or glass vials is made possible by exchangeable thermo adapter plates and thermal blocks

LED indication light

Simple status monitoring



  • For monitoring operating parameters and error detection, ColdPlate has sophisticated internal algorithms and sensors built in. Through the RS232 communication interface, errors are sent out. These are simpler to find and locate
  • The ColdPlate has one integrated LED indication light up front to help with functional testing during installation and visualizing the operating status
  • The indication light enables quick error detection and correction. The green and red status indicators on this either light up or are disabled
  • To more precisely identify the error in the event of failure, the error list should be read out using an RS232 command

Exchangeable thermo adapters

For a wide range of applications



  • There are numerous standardized and targeted thermo adapter plates included with the ColdPlate elm. The adapters can be changed very easily
  • The optimal fit for standard tubes, lysis tubes, microplates, glass vials, and other sample vessels is made possible by perfectly shaped adapters. All samples are assured to have excellent temperature uniformity and homogeneity


Simple intuitive integration in robots and programming

  • The RS232 or USB user interfaces can be used to control the ColdPlate. After turning it on, an automatic initialization will begin
  • Users can easily control hardware and sensors using a simple and direct command set. The process parameters are continuously read out and controlled. This guarantees the highest level of operating security, even during continuous, unattended operation
  • All BioShake units come with approved SILA® drivers from QInstruments

Made in Germany

High-end instruments for daily routine

  • High-tech and handmade elements combined in perfect harmony. A recipe for success for QInstruments has always been “Made in Germany.” Germany serves as the sole manufacturing location for QInstruments
  • The emphasis is on environmental stewardship and human diligence. Through consistent quality management, the company upholds its quality guarantee. These Jena lab automation experts have been using only premium materials for more than 15 years to ensure sustainable production
  • They have also consistently used innovative thinking and future-focused research in their work

The ColdPlate is also available in the slim version



  • This product line can be mounted in almost any life science instrument as a result of the housing’s new slim design
  • It can be used to upgrade or retrofit existing lab equipment that requires precise cooling control
  • The flat design, which has a height of only 45 mm, is small and understated and ensures that the samples are always protected during delicate procedures

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