BioShake D30 elm

3 mm high-end plate shaker

Order nr. 2016-0025

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Aluminium3.0 mm orbit3000 rpmMicroplatesDeep Well

Key Benefits

The BioShake D30 elm is designed for reliable mixing of larger deep well plates. The optimized 3 mm orbital radius and mass balance elements reduce noise and vibrations significantly during mixing of full loaded plates. This plate shaker provides ease of use features, amazing comfort and maximum safety.

Small. Light. Efficient. Quiet.
  • Ideal for 24/48/96 well plates
  • Ideal adapted for 0.5-2.5 ml volume / deep well
  • Plate weight more than 200 g
  • Fast mixing from 200 up to 2,000 rpm
  • 3.0 mm mixing orbit
  • Plate locking ELM
  • Sensored zero-position
  • Stylish aluminium housing


If you need to quickly and precisely mix samples in deep well microplates on a robotic deck – go no further. The BioShake D30 elm plate mixer provides high-speed mixing action for the most demanding robotics applications. 

The module is only slightly larger than a standard microplate, and with its patented vibration-free shaking, you’ll be amazed that the BioShake D30 elm can blend samples in a wide variety of microplates up to 96 well format. Fully adjustable between 200 rpm and 3,000 rpm, well beyond the speeds of most other brands, guarantees fast, splatter-free, mixing for all microplates with 3.0 mm mixing orbit.

It is completely equipped for hands-free operation with an extensive remote command set for easy software integration. Through the integrated microelectronics no other external components and control devices are necessary.

Integration in robots

The BioShake D30 elm can be operated via RS232 user interface. An automatic initialization will start after turn on. A simple command set allows you to easily control hardware and sensors. The process parameters are controlled and read out. A self-setting zero position of the shaker plate after turning off makes the timeconsuming electrical tracking unnecessary. This ensures a maximum of operating security also in the unmonitored continuous operation.

Ideal use for microplates

The BioShake D30 elm is designed exclusively for mixing up to 96-well microplate format. Especially in HTS applications with frequently and automatic plate changes provides the BioShake D30 elm safe and unmatched benefits.

Gentle mixing of samples by planar orbital motion

German designed and manufactured, BioShake 3000 elm plate mixer offer an ultra-efficient, 2-dimensional shaking axis so that samples mix completely in a fraction of the time of competing systems. The mixing orbit of 3.0 mm is always constant. The orbital shaking is precisely controlled, in fact, that you need never spin down your plates after mixing. Even deep well plates or low sample volumes offer no obstacle for these precision tools.

Sensor-controlled zero-positioning

In time adjustable stopping operations a defined zero position is automatically extended and locked with an accuracy of 0.1 mm.
An integrated sensor monitors this zero position and its accuracy. This ensures and simplifies the loading and removal processes and allows accurate pipetting.

Edge Locking Mechanism (ELM) – A scientific innovation for automatic positioning

Many robotic applications require precise dimensional spacing of pipet tips and robotic grippers relative to a microplate. The Edge Locking Mechanism (elm) is the complete answer for repeatable and accurate positioning of microplates on a robotic deck. It consists of 2x2 stainless steel pins and a 2-point electromechanical mechanism to lock down microplates safely in the center of the module. For gripping of microplates the ELM opens the clamping automatically. This “universal” design is perfect for all types of plates: from low profile to deep-well; from 96- to 1536-well. And when “locked” into place, the microplate varies by as little as +/- 0.1 mm making demanding manipulations a breeze.

Stylish aluminium housing

The first-class finished aluminium housing gives the BioShake D30 elm its essential functionality. It provides a high amount of security, device stability and ensures a long service life.

Discover why BioShake D30 elm is without peer in the industry.

Recommended mixing speeds

The adjustment of the optimal mixing frequency in depending on filling volume per well should always be made in dependence on the size of the well and the filling volume. 

Only in this way optimum results can be achieved with in shortest process time with a high reproducibility.


Recommended mixing speeds

* Values for 96 - 384 well plates refer to diluted fluids and ideal mixing orbit of 2.0 mm
** Values for 384 - 1536 well plates refer to ideal mixing orbit of 1.2 mm.


Filling volume in %96 well plates*384 well plates*384 well plates (small volume)*1536 well plates**
  10 %
1800 - 2200 rpm2200 - 2600 rpm2800 - 3000 rpm4000 - 5000 rpm
  25 %
1600 - 2000 rpm2000 - 2400 rpm2400 - 3000 rpm3500 - 4500 rpm
  50 %
1400 - 1800 rpm1800 - 2200 rpm2200 - 2600 rpm2800 - 3500 rpm 
  75 %
1200 - 1600 rpm1600 - 2000 rpm2000 - 2400 rpm2500 - 3000 rpm



Recommended mixing speeds

All values refer to diluted fluids and mixing orbit of 2.0 mm. 


Filling volume in %0.2 ml tubes0.5 ml tubes1.5 ml tubes2.0 ml tubes
  10-50 %
1400 - 1800 rpm1200 - 1600 rpm1000 - 1300 rpm1000 - 1300 rpm
  50-75 %
1200 - 1500 rpm1100 - 1300 rpm1000 - 1200 rpm900 - 1200 rpm
  75-90 %
1000 - 1300 rpm1000 - 1200 rpm900 - 1100 rpm900 - 1100 rpm



Recommended mixing speeds

All values refer to diluted fluids and mixing orbit of 2.0 mm. 


Filling volume in %0.5 ml vials2.0 ml vials4.0 ml vials6.0 ml vials
  10-50 %
1400 - 1800 rpm1200 - 1600 rpm1000 - 1300 rpm1000 - 1300 rpm
  50-75 %
1200 - 1500 rpm1100 - 1300 rpm1000 - 1200 rpm900 - 1200 rpm
  75-90 %
1000 - 1300 rpm1000 - 1200 rpm900 - 1100 rpm900 - 1100 rpm


For microplates use only

Microplates4, 8, 12, 24, 48, and 96-well microplates, deep well plates
(e.g Eppendorf®Brandt®Nunc®Greiner Bio-One®)

Supported microplate flange heights

2.5 mm, 4.0 mm and 6.1 mm


Mixing frequency200 to 3,000 rpm (microplates)
Mixing orbitconstant 3.0 mm diameter
Speed setting resolutionlinear increments
Mixing regulation accuracy± 25 rpm
Zero positionAutomatically controlled in the stopping process with final fixing
Stopping time selectable from 3 sec (strong stopping) to 30 sec (soft stopping)
Zero position accuracy± 0.1 mm

Plate locking ELM

Open modus

Ready for free handling with robot gripper

Closed modus

Strong diagonal centered fixation

ELM Position Accuracy

± 0.1 mm

Device control

Electronic control board

Completely accommodated in the smallest housing
Non external controller or components


Micro controller (16-Bit-RISC-Prozessor)

Operation control

Remote controlled

User interface

RS232 interface
(2.0 m connecting cable)

Status & alarmLED in front (green = ok, red = alarm)


Operating Voltages

24 VDC input  .   Imax: 3.1 A  .  Peff: 15 Watt  .  Pmax: 75 Watt

External power supplyExternal power supply unit
(CE/UL/CSA approved, 85-264 VAC, 47-63 Hz, 120W, IEC/EN60320-1 C14)


Housing MaterialAluminum anodized
Environment operating range+5°C to 45°C (80 % max. relative humidity)
Dimensions (W x D x H)

142 mm x 99 mm x 48.2 mm 
(5.59 in x 3.897 in x 1.8976 inches)

Weight 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)


Test software

QCOM 2 is a small test software with a graphical user interface (GUI) to control lab automation instruments from QInstruments, eg. BioShake, ColdPlate, HeatPlate. The main purpose of QCOM 2 is to get easy access to the unit to execute initial testing.

SILA 2 compliant driver

SiLA® is the global initiative to standardize software interfaces in the field of life science research instrumentation. Instigated by the pharmaceutical industry′s need for flexible laboratory automation, the initiative is supported by major device and software suppliers worldwide.

The SiLA® consortium for Standardization in Lab Automation develops and introduces new interface and data management standards allowing rapid integration of lab automation systems. SiLA is a not-for-profit membership corporation with a global footprint and is open to institutions, corporations and individuals active in the life science lab automation industry. Leading system manufacturers, software suppliers, system integrators and Pharma/Biotech corporations have joined the SiLA® consortium and contribute in different technical work groups with their highly skilled experts.

QInstruments provides approved SILA® driver 1 for all BioShake units.

For development of SILA compliant software we work in close cooperation with Equicon.

To obtain help for installing and running the driver, please contact us.



Nature’s Perfect Design

Leveraging its foundation in innovative automated solutions, QINSTRUMENTS is a leader in precision mixing and temperature control for sample preparation. QINSTRUMENTS' application-specific solutions, small instruments and OEM modules are used in industries ranging from flow cytometry and forensic chemistry to next-generation sequencing.

QINSTRUMENTS offers extremely robust and quiet orbital shakers, thermoshakers, heating and cooling units for laboratory automation. The black colored premium line is designed for demanding automation processes and defines the global standard for reliable mixing. 

No other external components are needed as the electronics are integrated into the smart modules. They are fully equipped for hands-free operation with a comprehensive remote command set for easy software integration.