|[November 08, 2012]
Hamilton Robotics in Partnership with GE Healthcare Revolutionizes Automated Biological Sample Card Punching
RENO, Nev. & BONADUZ, Switzerland --(Business Wire)--
Hamilton Robotics in collaboration with GE Healthcare Life
Sciences introduces the easyPunch STARlet™ workstation, the first fully
automated system integrating sample card punching and liquid handling
into one easy workflow.
The easyPunch STARlet system, manufactured in Hamilton's Bonaduz,
Switzerland facility, seamlessly integrates punching of GE Healthcare
Whatman FTATM and DMPK sample collection cards with automated
sample extraction, eliminating common bottlenecks in laboratory
processes. The system minimizes human error and enables high-throughput
sample preparation for a variety of applications, such as forensic
reference databasing as well as pre-clinical and clinical drug
metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK) and toxicology studies.
"Because many labs lack a fully automated workflow, thousands of samples
such as blood and saliva placed on punch cards are waiting long periods
to be processed for critical studies and forensic analysis," says Stefan
Mauch, Product Manager of the easyPunch STARlet sysem. "Until now,
sample card punching for analysis preparation required tedious manual
work or separate semi-automated instruments and an operator. Researchers
or technicians had to be precise when handling and tracking samples or
the results could be compromised. "
The easyPunch workstation is based on the Hamilton Robotics Microlab®
STARlet platform and features two special modules and robotic arms for
transporting and punching paper cards. The samples are monitored by
powerful tracking software to eliminate any chance of sample
identification errors. The entire process is tracked using imaging
recognition and Hamilton's proprietary software provides complete
control and monitoring of the punching process.
"Ease of use makes this workstation an attractive solution for
repetitive tasks in forensic and biopharma sample handling," says Navjot
Kaur, Product Manager at Hamilton Robotics in Reno, Nevada. "Currently
technicians manually clean between samples, but the easyPunch STARlet
system performs this step automatically, reducing cross-contamination."
View the product webpage and easyPunch
STARlet system video to learn more about how it works.
Hamilton Company is a global leader in the design and manufacture of
liquid handling, process measurement, robotics and storage solutions,
serving customers in academic and private research laboratories,
pharmaceutical and clinical diagnostic companies, and government
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