The Australian Made MTV1 can hold a standard test tube rack full of tubes (of equal length) up to the maximum platform size, for timed or continuous hands free mixing. In the countdown mode the mixer can be set for a maximum of 99 minutes 59 seconds. In the pulse mode the mixer can be set to run in cycles of up to 99 seconds on and up to 99 seconds off. The MTV1 can also be used as a manual vortex mixer, with the clamping plate removed various tubes or flasks can be held against the platform at any angle to achieve the desired mixing action. The adjustable speed control allows for the mixing action to be varied as required.
Vortex mixers are used for thorough mixing of precipitates in test tubes, small bottles or flasks. In cell culture and microbiology laboratories they may be used to suspend cells. In a biochemical or analytical laboratory they may be used to mix the reagents of an assay or to mix an experimental sample and a dilutant.