Hybrid Grid Box
NanoSoft's patented (pending) Hybrid Grid Box design is the first cryoEM sample storage box that has dedicated pockets for both unclipped grids and autogrids. This optimized design securely cradles autogrids and unclipped grids while also allowing for easy placement and removal from pockets. All unclipped grids have individual pockets. There are 2 pockets for autogrids, each housing 2 autogrids; the shift in the axis of the pocket guarantees that tweezers grabbing one autogrid cannot accidentally contact and damage the neighboring autogrid in the same pocket.
Sample pocket numbering is simplified with the patented design, whereby samples are arranged vertically and can be considered samples 1 through 4, top to bottom. Upon clipping, the autogrid can be shifted to the autogrid pocket directly across from the unclipped grid pocket, maintaining the same pocket number (1-4, top to bottom).
Furthermore, organization, traceability and sample tracking are made easier by the 6 available colors and also by the unique 5-digit serial number permanently laser marked onto the side of every grid box (all grid boxes randomly numbered, no customization). The pastel colors were chosen for their high contrast with grids and autogrids and for their reflective properties, making it easier for users to visualize the storage pockets, even under liquid nitrogen. The specialized plastic also offers robust mechanical properties.
Although other pin lids can work with the Hybrid Grid Box, our Pin Lid design allows for optimized access to all sample pockets when holding down the Hybrid Grid Box in the Thermo Fisher Scientific grid clipping station and cassette loading station. Slight blue tint allows for easy differentiation from other types of pin lids.