Product News: Hamilton MICROLAB® NIMBUS Enclosed Workstation Provides Clean and Secure Automation Environment

02 Feb 2012

Hamilton Robotics is pleased to introduce 'MICROLAB NIMBUS Enclosed' at SLAS 2012 – a protected, multifunctional benchtop workstation that enables gripper movements and a range of pipetting capabilities for tubes and plate within a secure environment. The NIMBUS Enclosed accommodates either the Hamilton CO-RE (compressed O-ring expansion) 96-probe multichannel head or four independent 1 mL channels, all within a locked cover. The new enclosure design includes rear expansion and side integration bays for storage and third-party devices. An optional gripper arm handles single or stacked plates, lids and tip racks. The arm’s extended reach and 270-degree rotation allow seamless integration with devices on and off the workstation deck.

“This is our second-generation enclosure, now accommodating the 96-channel head and gripper movements,” explains Garrett Voss, product manager for Hamilton Robotics. “We experienced a good deal of support and feedback on our first enclosure, shown at LabAutomation last year, and are excited to present this significantly advanced product.”

A clean pipetting environment minimizes risk of inadvertent contamination and is valuable in a range of applications such as sample preparation for cell culture and cell-based assays and for DNA and RNA amplification setup. The MICROLAB NIMBUS platform delivers a high-density deck in a compact footprint, for easy benchtop positioning. The affordable system utilizes the same proprietary air displacement technology that is built into all Hamilton STAR workstations, delivering the highest levels of pipetting performance and accuracy.