Magnetic Separators

Often, when handling MagPlex® Microspheres, it will be necessary to separate the magnetic beads from solution. To make these wash steps as easy as possible, Luminex offers two magnetic separators.

Magnetic Plate Separator

The Luminex Magnetic Plate Separator is a modified plate magnet intended to separate a 96-well plate of MagPlex Microspheres during assay preparation steps. The side clasps on this magnet have been specially designed to hold a round-bottom plate securely to the magnet, enabling the user to quickly decant it over a waste container. Similar to the method used in an ELISA, this manual plate washing method has been shown to effectively remove nearly all of the supernatant from every well on the plate, with virtually no bead carry-over.


  • For use in nucleic acid and protein assay preparation
  • Designed to be used with the Manual Washing Procedure for MagPlex Microspheres
  • 90% less expensive than a typical automated plate washer
  • Allows customers to use the familiar washing technique they have used for ELISA

Manual Plate Wash Demonstration Video

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Magnetic Tube Separator

The Luminex 1.5mL Tube Magnetic Separator is intended for a single reaction tube. Typically used in bead coupling reactions, this little magnet can quickly separate 1mL MagPlex Microspheres from solution and is a handy addition to any xMAP® bench top.


  • For use in bead coupling and single reaction nucleic acid and protein assay preparation
  • Ideal for small scale coupling reactions

Assay Development Tools

Building your own custom assays on the Luminex platform is a simple, easy process with our assay development tools. Purchase microsphere reagents from Luminex, supply oligos or proteins to coat the microspheres and follow our simple protocols to allow multiplexing of almost any assay needed by your lab.

Magnetic Separators Training Courses

At Luminex Learning, we offer online, live online, and classroom training options. To view a list of our course offerings, or to enroll in a course, please visit our training page.