MPC-385 System
MP-285 Based Multi-Micromanipulator Systems

The MPC-385 System consists of the MPC-200 controller and one to four MP-285 micromanipulators.

MPC-200 Controller and ROE

Neurobiological experiments are becoming more complex. Many require multiple manipulators with control units that quickly become space and/or cost prohibitive. The MPC-200 is the solution you have been asking for. A single controller capable of running 2 to 4 manipulators. Sutter Instrument has taken the simplicity of the MP-225 controller and expanded it to run two manipulators from a single controller/ROE. The MPC-200 works with one or two of our world-renowned mechanicals, the MP-285 (MPC-385), the MP-225 (MPC-325) or the narrow format MP-865 (MPC-365).

If two manipulators aren't enough, a second controller can be daisy chained to allow the single ROE-200 to move up to four manipulators. Thus the system can be easily expanded to control highly sophisticated experiments.

The Sutter MPC-200 is electrically quiet. Unlike the competition, our multi-unit controller employs linear output circuitry. Sutter adds additional manipulators to the same controller without requiring potentially noisy chopper drives.

In all our manipulators, the 4th axis can be set up and changed without the need to connect an external computer to download and configure software. A separate configuration is allowed for each output on this manipulator controller. If desired, each manipulator can approach the prep at a different angle from the horizontal. The 4th axis can be configured between the X and Z axes or the Y and Z axes (useful when manipulator is rotated 90 degrees relative to the preparation).

Faster automated pipette exchange. The MPC-200 has faster “Home” and “Work Position” moves for quicker pipette exchange. Automation is set up and run via the same interface used in the MP-225 controller; however, the speeds of the automated movement are much faster.

Accelerated manual mode. For users who prefer manual pipette exchange we have added “Accelerated Mode” to the ROE. Using Accelerated Mode, the user can make quick manual moves in and out of a setup. Accelerated Mode amplifies the speed attainable in a manual move by smoothly accelerating to the maximum speed during sustained, fast turns of the ROE. Accelerated movement ends as soon as the user stops turning the knob. This mode can be fully disabled for those who feel the need for direct control of the pipette.

MP-285 Micromanipulator

One of the first in our line of precision motorized micromanipulators, the MP-285 mechanical offers advanced features found in manipulators costing thousands more. Custom engineered stepping motors, precision cross-roller bearing slides and proprietary worm gear capstan drives form the basis of the watch-like mechanical system. Pipette holders and headstages are securely mounted to the MP-285 with one of our several unique and rigid mounting systems.

The extremely low backlash of the MP-285 removes traditional drawbacks of “open loop” technology and eliminates drift. This allows submicron resolution down to 0.2 microns in the coarse range and down to 63 nanometers in the fine range. With over 1 inch of motorized travel on all three axes, and a user designated 4th axis, the MP-285 allows tremendous range of motion while maximizing resolution.

Additional components can be added at any time, allowing the user to develop a system tailored to his or her particular needs. The controller is self-detecting so there is no need for manual configuration of the components.

  • Quietest electronics in the industry optimized for single channel recording
  • Single controller and ROE will run two stepper motor drive manipulators
  • Self-detecting, daisy-chain capability allows control of four manipulators from one ROE-200
  • User-friendly interface: single button access to all major functions
  • Easily configurable virtual 4th axis set without external computer
  • Accelerated Mode for fast, manual manipulator movement
  • Easy toggle selection of Mode (speed/resolution, pulsed diagonal, Accelerated Mode)
  • Display indicates X, Y, Z coordinates, Mode, active manipulator
  • Robotic Home and Work Position moves for easy automated pipette exchange
  • Faster robotic moves than previous versions
  • Definable 4th axis for coaxial pipette movement, angle selected by DIP switches
  • Simple USB interface
  • Toggle switch selects which manipulator is connected to input device
  • LED and display indicate active manipulator
  • Ultra-low drift, ultra-smooth movement
  • Low-drift mechanical stability


Resolution and Full Travel
Minimal microstep size is 62.5 nanometers per microstep
Display has single micron resolution
Full travel is 25 mm in each axis

Maximum Speed
MP-285 mechanical
5 mm/sec

Long Term Stability
< 1.0 micron in 4 hours

MPC-200 Controller
15.75 in x 10.75 in x 3.5 in | 40 cm x 27.3 cm x 9 cm
10 in x 6 in x 4 in | 25 cm x 15 cm x 23 cm

MPC-200 Controller
6.5 lbs | 3 kg
3.5 lbs | 1.6 kg

115/230 Volts
50/60 Hertz power line

RoHS Compliant

MPC-200 CE Certificate

MPC-385 CE Certificate

US Prices > MPC-385 System
International prices vary by country. Please contact your local distributor or Sutter Instrument for a quotation. Prices subject to change without notice.

Catalog Number Description Price
MPC-385* One MP-285 manipulator mechanical, one MPC-200 controller, one ROE-200, mounting adapter plate, rod holder, hinged headstage mount, 4" dovetail extension, manipulator and ROE connecting cables, power cord and manual $ 11,488
MPC-385-2* MPC-385 with (2) MP-285 mechanicals $ 18,093
MPC-385-3* MPC-385 with (3) MP-285 mechanicals and (2) MPC-200 controllers $ 27,344
MPC-385-4* MPC-385 with (4) MP-285 mechanicals and (2) MPC-200 controllers $ 33,851

Catalog Number Description Price
MPC-200-ROE Consists of the MPC-200 controller and ROE-200. This “system” is made available at a special price for those who wish to upgrade previously purchased Sutter manipulators with the newer controller system or to use the MPC-200-ROE to control other devices. Includes cable to connect ROE to controller, power cord and manual $ 4,912
* Indicate right- or left-handed set-up when ordering


Catalog Number Description Price
MPC-200 Controller box alone. Purchase this if you intend to daisy-chain two controllers to one ROE-200. In this configuration, up to four manipulators can be controlled by a single ROE-200. NOTE: This is not a stand-alone device. In order to function, the MPC-200 must be connected to a second MPC-200 with ROE-200 attached or be connected to its own ROE-200. Includes daisy chain cable, power cord and manual $ 3,644
ROE-200 This is the ROE alone. Provides user input to one or more MPC-200 controllers. This component is intended for users who have an existing four-manipulator MPC-200 system with a single ROE-200 and wish to split it into two independent two-manipulator systems. Includes cable to connect ROE to controller $ 1,981
MP-285/M* MP-285 manipulator mechanical alone - Includes mounting adapter plate, rod holder, 4" dovetail extension, hinged headstage mount and cable to connect manipulator to controller. $ 7,163
* Indicate right- or left-handed set-up when ordering


Catalog Number Description Price
285204 4 in dovetail extension $ 79
2852101 Mounting adapter plate $ 83
285RBI Rotating base for MP-285 $ 902
285300 Right angle adapter $ 125
285305 Z-axis vertical extension $ 125
285310 Z-axis horizontal extension $ 125
285HEA Hinged headstage mount $ 479
M100106 Flat side panel for controller (each) $ 48
BR-AW Rod holding clamp for XenoWorks® injectors (for rod OD 2-4 mm) $ 121
BR-AW-L Long Rod holding clamp for XenoWorks® injectors (for rod OD 2-4 mm) $ 142
MP-CLIP2 Rod holder (for rod OD 1 mm to 4 mm) $ 121
MP-ROD Rod holder (for rod OD 6.25 mm or larger) $ 121
EHOLDER Micropipette holder - 1.0-1.5 mm glass $ 142

1 For use with MT and MD series stands and platforms, or any surface with 1 inch or 25 mm centered holes
2 Suitable for multielectrode probes.

For detailed information on mounting our micromanipulators, refer to the Mounting Systems section or phone for assistance.

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