Artel Expands Liquid Handling Measurement Portfolio

New VMS™ Volume Measurement System to be introduced at SLAS

Westbrook, Maine (February 9, 2015) – Artel announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with STRATEC Biomedical AG (Birkenfeld, Germany), a global leader in automated laboratory systems, for the STRATEC Tholos technology, which measures liquid and solid contents of 96- and 384-well microplates. Artel will be the exclusive marketer for the technology, now called Artel VMS™, in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The two companies will also work together on future technology enhancements for the product.

Designed to improve in-line process efficiency and quality assurance in compound management and storage, the VMS can also assess the delivery accuracy and precision of automated liquid handlers.  By sealing and pressurizing individual microplate wells, the VMS measures their contents, down to 1 percent of the potential volume, regardless of the shape, material or color of the well or tube. It is an ideal complement to Artel’s MVS® Multichannel Verification System, which verifies aqueous-based volume transfers.

“This system closes a gap in automation processes,” says Marcus Wolfinger, chairman, Board of Management of STRATEC. “We are very proud to have gained Artel, the global market leader in liquid handling quality assurance, as a partner.”

“Our customers will benefit from this powerful technology, which further enhances their ability to ensure high-quality results,” adds Kirby Pilcher, president of Artel. “The partnership with STRATEC, a worldwide leader in their field, has resulted in a perfect addition to Artel’s portfolio of liquid handling quality assurance products and services.”


For more than 30 years, STRATEC has developed innovative automation solutions for use in clinical diagnostics and biotechnology which, when embedded in its OEM partners’ system solutions, meet all of the relevant regulatory requirements. STRATEC’s competence is founded on its employees’ experience and scientific expertise, its patented technologies and its full range of automated solutions. The company’s strengths are in areas such as documentation, quality management and workflow software solutions. Working closely with its partners, STRATEC has set new standards for safe and user-friendly work processes as a crucial aspect of its fully automated solutions offered to laboratories, blood banks and research institutes. For more information, visit

About Artel

Laboratories worldwide depend upon Artel technology and expertise to standardize and optimize their liquid handling instruments and processes, and to give them total confidence in their results. Since 1982, Artel has been solving liquid handling quality, productivity and compliance challenges in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research, regulatory bodies, academia, clinical diagnostics, forensics, public health, agbio, food quality and safety and environmental testing.

Artel provides quality assurance systems and a broad and fully customizable range of support, training and consultation services for laboratories using automated liquid handling instrumentation and manual pipettes. For more information visit