Hamilton Robotics in Partnership with GE Healthcare Revolutionizes Automated
Biological Sample Card Punching
RENO, Nev. & BONADUZ, Switzerland -- November 08, 2012
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 FTA^TM 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 toxicologystudies.
“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 system. "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
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 institutions.
Bobby Chavli, 775-858-2000 ext. 540
Annette Summers, 925-519-0608
Hamilton Robotics, GmbH
Marieke Mäder, +49 (0) 89-552649-12
Product inquiries, Europe
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