Instrument upgrade

We extend the lifetime and lower running costs of your Applied Biosystems® sequencer

We enable using your present software licenses! Our solutions are as economical as they can be.

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Due to their long life, Applied Biosystems® genetic analyzers are key instruments in many labs for years. Their computers, however, may not last that long and even if they do, their operating system becomes sooner or later outdated due to Microsoft developments. For example, many labs use models 3130/xl for two decades now but these instruments were originally supported by Windows XP – based computers! Users of these sequencers therefore face a problem to regularly update their controlling computers and that can be rather costly.

To prevent the never-ending purchasing of new software licenses (e.g. DataCollection, GeneMapper, Sequencing Analysis, and SeqScape software) whose only benefit is they are compatible with the newest version of Windows, we have developed an upgrade solution with the following key features:

  • We provide a new powerful computer to control the genetic analyzer that has the newest OS installed, i.e Windows 10 (in 2021).
  • The OS is regularly and automatically being updated as requested by Microsoft (and also your local IT…)
  • Into that PC, we install DataCollection software using the license that you possess. If, for instance, you purchased DataCollection software v3.0 for 3130 in the past, we will install it!
  • For 3500/xl we deliver and install DataCollection version 3.1. Its major advantage is that it allows to bypass annoying hardstops in previous versions of the DataCollection software, see also below.
  • Additionally, you provide a list of software licenses you possess for data analysis (for example GeneMapper v5, Sequencing Analysis v5.4 etc.) and we will install these too.*
  • Depending on your request, we will transfer settings and/or data from your old PC to your new PC we supply.


Upgrade options

Instrument Operating system DataCollection software license Other software licenses*
3500/xl Windows 10, SEQme-provided Customer-provided Customer-provided
310 DataCollection v3.1, SEQme-provided

* Sequencing Analysis, SeqScape, VariantReporter, GeneMapper. Please notice GeneMapper v4.1 and lower are not supported. Contact us in case of doubts!


Data and settings transfer from old to new PC

Option (all instruments supported) Instrument inspection included Instrument inspection NOT included
Basic Service not available. No transfer from old PC. Customer responsible for spectral calibrations.
Upgrade computer can be shipped – no on site visit necessary!
Advanced Transfer of settings from old PC (including spectral calibrations) or if not possible we perform Z + G5 spectral calibrations. Transfer of settings from old PC (including spectral calibrations). If not possible - customer responsible.
Custom** Transfer of settings from old PC (including spectral calibrations) or if not possible we perform Z + G5 spectral calibrations. Transfer of data from old PC. Service not available.

** Service available for all contract clients automatically.



Which instrument upgrade are you interested in?

Upgrade of Applied Biosystems® Genetic Analyzers, 3500 series, to Windows 10

Data Collection software of 3500 series performs automatic detection of reagents and instrument accessories used. Quite often it forces the instrument operators to replace these reagents and accessories unnecessarily frequently, nonefficiently and makes the whole operation of 3500 series very expensive. We offer performing a software upgrade which allows circumventing this noneconomical way of running these instruments.

We offer to deliver and perform this software upgrade including a new computer, instrument calibrations and professional training of instrument operators. Simultaneously, we will upgrade the OS to Windows 10.

Instruments supported: 3500/3500xL

Leaflet to download!

Upgrade of Applied Biosystems® Genetic Analyzer, model ABI Prism® 310, to Windows 10

A single capillary sequencer, ABI Prism® 310, has proven its admirable long-term reliability and excellent performance and is very popular among its users. Unfortunately, Microsoft Corporation no longer supports older versions of operating systems that were compatible with this sequencer (Windows XP and preceding).

We do offer, for ABI Prism® 310, a new computer for data collection and analysis with Windows 10 on board. Additionally, there is no need to buy new software licenses for data collection and analysis; you can keep on using your current ones. The only new license you need is the new operating system.

We also offer a long-term full service contract for ABI Prism 310® after this upgrade! This instrument rightfully deserves its nickname, „The Everlasting 310”.

Instruments supported: 310

Leaflet to download!


Upgrade of Applied Biosystems® Genetic Analyzers, 3130 series, to Windows 10

Similarly as a single capillary sequencer, ABI Prism® 310 (mentioned above), also 3130 series of genetic analyzers – models 3130 and 3130xl, represent instruments that have outlived their expectations. These robust 4- or 16-capillary sequencers are exactly those most people think of when thinking about capillary sequencing. Originally based on Windows XP they are no longer available new and are therefore most frequently refurbished and resaled among sequencers. Their capacity (up to 164 samples per 24 hrs for 3130 or 656 samples per 24 hrs for 3130xl, respectively) and at the same time possibility to analyze as few as 4 or 16 samples in a single run make them ideal for low to mid-throughput labs.

We do offer a software upgrade for these units to make them compatible with operating systems supported officially by Microsoft. The upgrade includes a new computer for data collection and analysis with Windows 10 on board and we can make your current data analysis software licenses run on this OS. No need to buy expensive software licenses from Life Technologies! This upgrade can be purchased as a part of a long-term full service contract for 3130 or 3130xl models.

Instruments supported: 3130/3130xl

Leaflet to download!


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