"FrameStar® plates led to significantly better results and reduced evaporation compared to standard PCR plates."

Dr. Andreas Dahl, MPI f. Molekulare Genetik, Berlin, Germany

Product Info

Product Information


Features low profile 0.15 ml polypropylene wells, a rigid polycarbonate frame, and a cut corner at H1

The low profile wells of this plate are shorter than "standard" profile wells, which decrease the "dead space" between the heated lid of the thermal cycler and the sample in the well. This eliminates condensation forming on the side wall of the tubes, preventing reduction in PCR volume and increasing the efficiency of the reaction. This is especially recommended for reaction volumes below 20 µl.

The rigid polycarbonate skirt of this design eliminates warping and distortion during PCR, and makes it ideal for use with robotic systems.

Technical Specifications

Plate Width127.76 ± 0.25 mm
Plate Depth85.48 ± 0.25 mm
Plate Height16.10 ± 0.25 mm
Well Depth15.10 ± 0.10 mm
Well Diameter5.50 ± 0.10 mm
Distance to centre of A1 from top edge11.24 ± 0.25 mm
Distance to centre of A1 from left edge14.38 ± 0.25 mm
Pitch (distance between A1 and A2)9.00 mm


Plate Features

  • Recommended for low volume PCR
  • Rigid polycarbonate frame adds to the mechanical stability of the plate - as a result thermal expansion and sample evaporation is reduced significantly, leading to an improved consistency in PCR results
  • Ultra-smooth, uniform, thin-walled polypropylene tubes for optimum PCR and real-time (RT, qPCR) results
  • Improved seal integrity due to thermal stability of frame
  • Compatible with standard multichannel pipettes
  • Ideal for use with robotic systems
  • 0.15 ml (150 µl) working volume, 0.2 ml (200 µl) max volume
  • 7 frame colour options for the clear well variety - purple, blue, clear, green, red, black, and white
  • Also available as a black frame with white wells for optimum signal-to-noise ratio when using fluorescent based assays and as a black frame with black wells for non-PCR fluorescent applications
  • Now available with an even more rigid skirt for use with Perkin-Elmer® Sciclone, Beckman, Hamilton, and other automation systems - eliminates the robotic grip picking up more than one plate at a time (4ti-0960/RIG)
  • Raised and colour differentiated grid reference to aid well and sample identification
  • Stackable
  • Available barcoded

Now Available - Low Binding Plates with Ultra-Low DNA Binding Properties

Sensitive applications such as Next Generation Sequencing sample preparation applications demand the highest quality consumables. Low binding polypropylene tubes allow for multiple incubation and transfer steps without sample loss.

Polypropylene (PP) is the best plastic material for PCR tubes as it is chemically inert, resistant to solvents, and well suited for injection moulding - allowing for production of thin-walled tubes for optimum PCR results.

DNA has been shown to bind to PP tubes especially at high ionic strength, despite the very hydrophilic nature of this material. Different PP polymers are used for the production of PCR consumables and as they differ in their characteristics including surface charges, they consequently bind DNA in varying amounts.

DNA binding to PP surfaces has typically only been an issue for reaction tubes and storage vessels but not for PCR/qPCR tubes. DNA sticking to tube walls is either released during denaturation steps and/or remains accessible for amplification.

Nevertheless, due to a progressing volume miniaturisation and with new technologies such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), PCR/qPCR tubes are more and more also recommended for other applications which may require ultra-low DNA binding.

Plates of this design with ultra-low DNA binding properties are now available to order under the product code 4ti-LB0960/RIG.

Read more about our low binding products here »

  • Low-binding feature results from selected low-bind polymers, no coating is used to achieve the binding characteristics - No contamination or modification of the samples
  • Tested under a broad temperature range - Maximum DNA recovery after low temperature storage and high temperature incubation
  • No DNA loss during incubation steps and sample transfer in NGS sample prep and library construction - Ideally suited for sensitive applications with ultra-low DNA input

Now Available - Ethylene Oxide Treated Plates

Forensic applications demand the highest quality consumables. Avoiding external DNA contamination is of the utmost importance, and as a result high demands are placed upon manufacturers of products for use throughout the workflow.

At 4titude®, we have a stringently controlled cleanroom production facility certified, according to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485, for production of DNA and RNA free products. Following cleanroom production, 4titude®'s consumables for forensic use are packed into ethylene oxide permeable bags and then subjected to ethylene oxide sterilisation. This 2-step processing ensures complete removal of any amplifiable DNA. Read more here »

Plates of this design for forensic use are now available to order under the product code 4ti-OX960C/SBC.



This plate is available with linear Code 128-format barcodes to aid identification and traceability for your samples. To order your plates with barcodes, simply add /SBC to the end of the ordering code for Standard Single Barcoding, /DBC for Standard Double Barcoding, /TBC for Standard Triple Barcoding, or /QBC for Standard Quadruple Barcoding (see Barcoding for more details).





  • T1 Thermocycler
  • TGradient
  • TRobot, Uno


  • C1000


  • PTC100™ (96 well block only)
  • DNA Engine™, DNA Dyad™, DNA Tetrad™


  • (Qiagen) Palm Cycler


  • MasterCycler® EP Gradient
  • MasterCycler® Gradient


  • Primus 96
  • The Q Lifecycler


  • peqSTAR 96


  • labcycler


  • Gradient Cycler


  • Cyclogene
  • Flexigene
  • Genius, Genius Quad
  • TC412/512
  • Touchgene
  • Touchgene Gradient


  • MultiBlock System, MBS
  • PCR Sprint



  • MegaBACE™ 1000 mark 2
  • MegaBACE™ 500



  • CFX96


  • Chromo4™
  • Opticon™, Opticon2™


  • Mastercycler™ ep realplex






4ti-0960 FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, purple frame
50 plates
4ti-0960/B FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, blue frame 50 plates
4ti-0960/C FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, clear frame 50 plates
4ti-0960/G FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, green frame 50 plates
FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, red frame 50 plates
4ti-0960/X FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, black frame 50 plates
4ti-0960/W FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, white frame 50 plates
4ti-0960/0565 FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, clear wells, purple frame + Q-Stick Adhesive Seals (4ti-0565) 50 plates +
50 seals
4ti-0960/RIG FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted Robotic PCR Plate, extra rigid, clear wells, black frame 50 plates
4ti-LB0960/RIG FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted Robotic PCR Plate, extra rigid, clear wells, black frame, Low Binding 50 plates
4ti-OX960C/SBC FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate for Forensic Use, clear wells, clear frame, Ethylene Oxide treated, single barcode 20 plates
4ti-0961 FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted qPCR Plate, white wells, black frame 50 plates
4ti-0966 FrameStar® 96 Well Skirted PCR Plate, black wells, black frame 50 plates
4ti-0287 FrameStar® 96 NGS Lid, non-sterile, cut corner at H12, with condensation rings - for use with 4ti-0960/RIG 50 lids

Sealing Options

Sealing Options

There are a number of sealing options available to this plate, depending on the application and desired outcome.
    See below for a selection:

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