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The pinnacle of automated purification for DNA, RNA, proteins, and cells

Building on decades of Thermo Fisher KingFisher value and excellence, we’ve combined unparalleled instrument capabilities with complete touchscreen and user control to deliver unrivaled flexibility and performance. Sample prep can be simple.

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Touchscreen control

A modern touchscreen display and an intuitive interface puts you in control of operating the instrument.

  • Easily edit or write protocols directly on the instrument. 
  • Customize protocols at every step—bind, wash, elute
  • Option to work from your PC with BindIx software
  • Rely on guided visuals for easy plate loading, protocol changes, and instrument set-up
  • Instrument-defined limits reduce errors in any protocol modifications

Enhanced performance

Achieve peak performance for purifying DNA, RNA, Proteins, or Cells. We combined the trustworthy KingFisher performance with even greater flexibility, so you get faster and reproducible results with (almost) any application.

  • Elute in lower volumes for demanding downstream applications
  • Purify 24 or 96 samples in 25-65 min
  • Control heating and cooling to maintain sample integrity
  • Elute in storage tubes and revisit samples later
  • Safeguard against contamination with 2 UV lights
Average time

Dual magnets and multiple formats

Install two magnets and heating blocks. KingFisher Apex intelligently selects the correct magnetic head based on your protocol needs. Work from large to small volume ranges by choosing from 24-well, 96-well, or PCR formats with corresponding magnetic heads and plates.

Magnets and heating blocks

Cloud and network connectivity

Connect Apex to the cloud for even greater access and control.

  • Conveniently save, transfer, or download protocols from (virtually) anywhere, using a cloud library, Local Area Network (LAN) file locations, USB, or even scan the barcode from kits
  • Generate run reports in PDF or XML format for ease of run tracking and LIMS incorporation
KingFisher Apex

Barcoded and optimized plastics

Thought it was just a plastic plate? Think again. We’ve engineered our plastics to achieve optimal performance, reduce errors, and increase traceability.

  • Specialized tip combs and well design enable lower elution volumes, storage tube elution, and heating and cooling consistency
  • Lot-specific bar-codes confirm proper plate position during loading or may be used for lot tracking and documentation
Barcoded and optimized plastics

Multiple applications

Technical specifications

Processing volume by plate format96 format:
  • Deep-well: 15-1,000 μl
  • KingFisher standard: 15-200 μl
  • PCR: 10-80 μl
24 format:
  • Deep-well: 30-5,000 μl
Storage tubes:
  • 96 tubes: 30-200 μl
  • 24 tubes: 200-1,000 μl
Customizable protocolsYes, created with the instrument user interface or BindIx software, which requires Microsoft™ Windows™ 10 software
Heating and cooling rangesHeating up to 100°C
Cooling down to 4°C
Ultraviolet light2 UV lamps, max run time 23 h 59 min
Dimensions (H x W x D)45 x 78 x 59 cm (18 x 31 x 79 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lbs)
Plate formats96 deep-well plate, 96-well KingFisher standard plate, 96-well PCR plate (skirted and semiskirted)*, 24 deep-well plate, 96 storage tubes*, 24 storage tubes*
Instrument memory~30GB
Display interfaceGraphical user interface with touch screen
Power100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz, 280 VA
Barcode readingOn instrument; 1D barcodes
Magnetic head options4 options, customer interchangeable
Data connectivityUSB device for PC, USB Wi-Fi or LAN adapter for network, RS-232 for automation, cloud-enabled
Cat. No5400910 KingFisher Apex instrument with 96 PCR head
5400920 KingFisher Apex instrument with 96 combi head
5400930 KingFisher Apex instrument with 96 deep-well head
5400940 KingFisher Apex instrument with 24 combi head

* Recommended versions: Thermo Scientific Armadillo PCR plates (skirted: Cat. No. AB2396, semiskirted: Cat. No. AB2496). Thermo Scientific Nunc storage tubes (96 tubes: Cat. No. 374086, 24 tubes: Cat. No. 364323).

Kits and reagents

Choose from a wide range of magnetic bead-based kits and reagents from trusted brands, such as Dynabeads and MagMAX.

Search now

Bar-coded and optimized plastics

Achieve optimal performance, reduce errors, and increase traceability with plastics especially designed for KingFisher instruments.

  • Specialized tip combs and well design enable lower elution volume, storage tube elution, and heating and cooling consistency.
  • Lot-specific bar codes confirm proper plate position during loading or may be used for lot tracking and documentation.

Select two different plate formats for a range of input volumes.

KingFisher Apex 96 Deep-Well Plates – 15 to 1,000 µL

KingFisher Apex 24 Deep-Well Plates – 30 – 5,000 µL

BindIx software for your Desktop

BindIx software allows you to create or edit protocols for KingFisher Apex directly from your PC.

  • All of the functionality of the Apex instrument on your PC
  • Conveniently create and modify protocols
  • Easily transfer new or edited protocols to KingFisher Apex
  • Access protocol library
  • Available for PC laptops or desktop computers
  • Compatible with KingFisher Apex instruments only

How to install BindIx software*?

  1. Download BindIx here 
  2. Download BindIx from Microsoft Store here 
    BindIx from Microsoft Store can be installed by selecting “Install” button on MS Store.
  3. USB stick (delivered from manufacture)
    BindIx from USB stick can be installed by double-clicking .msix bundle file and after that selecting “Install” button.

Note: System requirements for BindIx software is Windows 10 version 1809 (17763.0) or higher.

Service and support

Instrument and application specialists

Whether servicing your KingFisher purification system or addressing your workflow application questions, our more than 1,000 trained professionals make up the industry’s largest network, ready to assist you when you need it.

Quick-start training

The KingFisher system includes SmartStart orientation to get you up and running quickly in your lab. The orientation includes basic familiarization and setup with online instrument management and includes on-site training with standard kits.

Warranty and service plans

Every KingFisher system comes with a one-year warranty. Extended-coverage service plans are also available at the time of instrument purchase. Whether your laboratory requires the highest service levels and adherence to stringent regulatory guidelines, or you need to maximize performance with a limited budget—or anything in between—we’ll work with you to develop a solution that best suits your needs. KingFisher instrument services and support

Find out more at thermofisher.com/instrumentservices or contact us at thermofisher.com/contactus.

1. How to power on and shut down the instrument

This video shows you how to power on and shut down the KingFisher Apex instrument.

2. How to remove transportation locks

This video will walk through the steps to remove the transportation locks after receiving your KingFisher instrument.

3. How to secure transport locks

This video shows you how to secure the transport locks on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

4. How to install UV lamp and run UV decontamination protocol

This video shows you how to install the UV lamp and run the UV decontamination protocol on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

5. How to change or remove heat blocks

This video shows you how to change or remove the heat blocks on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

6. Installation and deinstallation of magnet head and alignment tip check

This video shows you how to install and uninstall the magnet head in addition to showing you how an alignment tip check is performed on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

7. How to unload tip comb

This video shows you how to unload a tip comb on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

8. How to transfer, export and search protocols on instrument

This video shows you how to transfer, export and search protocols on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

9. How to view and export an individual run report

This video shows you how to view and export individual run reports on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

10. How to run a protocol

This video shows you how to run a protocol on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

11. How to connect to internet with WiFi dongle

This video shows you how to connect to the internet using a WiFi dongle on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

Related products for plate setup

To help save time and increase reproducibility with the MagMAX Viral/Pathogen Nucleic Acid Isolation kits, combine with E1-ClipTip Equalizer electronic pipettes and Multidrop Combi instruments.

E1-ClipTip Equalizer Pipettes

E1-ClipTip Equalizer Pipettes

Adjustable spacing, Bluetooth enabled electronic pipette. Learn more

Multidrop Combi Reagent Dispenser

Multidrop Combi Reagent Dispenser

Automated reagent dispenser. Learn more

Touchscreen control

A modern touchscreen display and an intuitive interface puts you in control of operating the instrument.

  • Easily edit or write protocols directly on the instrument. 
  • Customize protocols at every step—bind, wash, elute
  • Option to work from your PC with BindIx software
  • Rely on guided visuals for easy plate loading, protocol changes, and instrument set-up
  • Instrument-defined limits reduce errors in any protocol modifications

Enhanced performance

Achieve peak performance for purifying DNA, RNA, Proteins, or Cells. We combined the trustworthy KingFisher performance with even greater flexibility, so you get faster and reproducible results with (almost) any application.

  • Elute in lower volumes for demanding downstream applications
  • Purify 24 or 96 samples in 25-65 min
  • Control heating and cooling to maintain sample integrity
  • Elute in storage tubes and revisit samples later
  • Safeguard against contamination with 2 UV lights
Average time

Dual magnets and multiple formats

Install two magnets and heating blocks. KingFisher Apex intelligently selects the correct magnetic head based on your protocol needs. Work from large to small volume ranges by choosing from 24-well, 96-well, or PCR formats with corresponding magnetic heads and plates.

Magnets and heating blocks

Cloud and network connectivity

Connect Apex to the cloud for even greater access and control.

  • Conveniently save, transfer, or download protocols from (virtually) anywhere, using a cloud library, Local Area Network (LAN) file locations, USB, or even scan the barcode from kits
  • Generate run reports in PDF or XML format for ease of run tracking and LIMS incorporation
KingFisher Apex

Barcoded and optimized plastics

Thought it was just a plastic plate? Think again. We’ve engineered our plastics to achieve optimal performance, reduce errors, and increase traceability.

  • Specialized tip combs and well design enable lower elution volumes, storage tube elution, and heating and cooling consistency
  • Lot-specific bar-codes confirm proper plate position during loading or may be used for lot tracking and documentation
Barcoded and optimized plastics

Multiple applications

Technical specifications

Processing volume by plate format96 format:
  • Deep-well: 15-1,000 μl
  • KingFisher standard: 15-200 μl
  • PCR: 10-80 μl
24 format:
  • Deep-well: 30-5,000 μl
Storage tubes:
  • 96 tubes: 30-200 μl
  • 24 tubes: 200-1,000 μl
Customizable protocolsYes, created with the instrument user interface or BindIx software, which requires Microsoft™ Windows™ 10 software
Heating and cooling rangesHeating up to 100°C
Cooling down to 4°C
Ultraviolet light2 UV lamps, max run time 23 h 59 min
Dimensions (H x W x D)45 x 78 x 59 cm (18 x 31 x 79 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lbs)
Plate formats96 deep-well plate, 96-well KingFisher standard plate, 96-well PCR plate (skirted and semiskirted)*, 24 deep-well plate, 96 storage tubes*, 24 storage tubes*
Instrument memory~30GB
Display interfaceGraphical user interface with touch screen
Power100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz, 280 VA
Barcode readingOn instrument; 1D barcodes
Magnetic head options4 options, customer interchangeable
Data connectivityUSB device for PC, USB Wi-Fi or LAN adapter for network, RS-232 for automation, cloud-enabled
Cat. No5400910 KingFisher Apex instrument with 96 PCR head
5400920 KingFisher Apex instrument with 96 combi head
5400930 KingFisher Apex instrument with 96 deep-well head
5400940 KingFisher Apex instrument with 24 combi head

* Recommended versions: Thermo Scientific Armadillo PCR plates (skirted: Cat. No. AB2396, semiskirted: Cat. No. AB2496). Thermo Scientific Nunc storage tubes (96 tubes: Cat. No. 374086, 24 tubes: Cat. No. 364323).

Kits and reagents

Choose from a wide range of magnetic bead-based kits and reagents from trusted brands, such as Dynabeads and MagMAX.

Search now

Bar-coded and optimized plastics

Achieve optimal performance, reduce errors, and increase traceability with plastics especially designed for KingFisher instruments.

  • Specialized tip combs and well design enable lower elution volume, storage tube elution, and heating and cooling consistency.
  • Lot-specific bar codes confirm proper plate position during loading or may be used for lot tracking and documentation.

Select two different plate formats for a range of input volumes.

KingFisher Apex 96 Deep-Well Plates – 15 to 1,000 µL

KingFisher Apex 24 Deep-Well Plates – 30 – 5,000 µL

BindIx software for your Desktop

BindIx software allows you to create or edit protocols for KingFisher Apex directly from your PC.

  • All of the functionality of the Apex instrument on your PC
  • Conveniently create and modify protocols
  • Easily transfer new or edited protocols to KingFisher Apex
  • Access protocol library
  • Available for PC laptops or desktop computers
  • Compatible with KingFisher Apex instruments only

How to install BindIx software*?

  1. Download BindIx here 
  2. Download BindIx from Microsoft Store here 
    BindIx from Microsoft Store can be installed by selecting “Install” button on MS Store.
  3. USB stick (delivered from manufacture)
    BindIx from USB stick can be installed by double-clicking .msix bundle file and after that selecting “Install” button.

Note: System requirements for BindIx software is Windows 10 version 1809 (17763.0) or higher.

Service and support

Instrument and application specialists

Whether servicing your KingFisher purification system or addressing your workflow application questions, our more than 1,000 trained professionals make up the industry’s largest network, ready to assist you when you need it.

Quick-start training

The KingFisher system includes SmartStart orientation to get you up and running quickly in your lab. The orientation includes basic familiarization and setup with online instrument management and includes on-site training with standard kits.

Warranty and service plans

Every KingFisher system comes with a one-year warranty. Extended-coverage service plans are also available at the time of instrument purchase. Whether your laboratory requires the highest service levels and adherence to stringent regulatory guidelines, or you need to maximize performance with a limited budget—or anything in between—we’ll work with you to develop a solution that best suits your needs. KingFisher instrument services and support

Find out more at thermofisher.com/instrumentservices or contact us at thermofisher.com/contactus.

1. How to power on and shut down the instrument

This video shows you how to power on and shut down the KingFisher Apex instrument.

2. How to remove transportation locks

This video will walk through the steps to remove the transportation locks after receiving your KingFisher instrument.

3. How to secure transport locks

This video shows you how to secure the transport locks on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

4. How to install UV lamp and run UV decontamination protocol

This video shows you how to install the UV lamp and run the UV decontamination protocol on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

5. How to change or remove heat blocks

This video shows you how to change or remove the heat blocks on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

6. Installation and deinstallation of magnet head and alignment tip check

This video shows you how to install and uninstall the magnet head in addition to showing you how an alignment tip check is performed on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

7. How to unload tip comb

This video shows you how to unload a tip comb on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

8. How to transfer, export and search protocols on instrument

This video shows you how to transfer, export and search protocols on the KingFisher Apex instrument.

9. How to view and export an individual run report

This video shows you how to view and export individual run reports on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

10. How to run a protocol

This video shows you how to run a protocol on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

11. How to connect to internet with WiFi dongle

This video shows you how to connect to the internet using a WiFi dongle on your KingFisher Apex instrument.

Related products for plate setup

To help save time and increase reproducibility with the MagMAX Viral/Pathogen Nucleic Acid Isolation kits, combine with E1-ClipTip Equalizer electronic pipettes and Multidrop Combi instruments.

E1-ClipTip Equalizer Pipettes

E1-ClipTip Equalizer Pipettes

Adjustable spacing, Bluetooth enabled electronic pipette. Learn more

Multidrop Combi Reagent Dispenser

Multidrop Combi Reagent Dispenser

Automated reagent dispenser. Learn more

KingFisher Apex ordering information