ACTOR™, winner of the 2002 R&D 100 Award for technical innovation, is the world's first commercial robotic system for automated crystal sample handling. ACTOR eliminates much of the physical handling of protein samples by crystallographers required during routine crystal screening and data collection. The high-throughput ACTOR system provides automatic sample transport, orientation, and retrieval at synchrotron beam lines and in home laboratories. Changing samples as soon as data have been collected also maximizes the use of the X-ray source. ACTOR can collect data unattended 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ACTOR system stores up to 60 cryogenically frozen samples held in loops on commercially available pins. Magnetic magazines hold the pins in mapped positions for robotic retrieval. The magazines sit in the insulated ACTOR staging dewar, which is automatically filled with liquid nitrogen. ACTOR is the first commercial robotic system for automated crystal handling and is installed at numerous home laboratories and beam lines around the world. ACTOR, with its associated software and tools, is a complete system designed to increase productivity and allow for unattended sample analysis for the high throughput crystallography labs of today. Features Automatic sample mounting for screening or data collection Automatic crystal centering with motorized goniometer head Integrated ranking and strategy algorithms Screen or collect data on up to 60 samples without user intervention Compatible with all manufacturers' detectors Complete system solution including: 5 or 6 axis robot motorized goniometer and vision system sample staging dewar and cryogenic tool set control and data collection software (CameraMan, Director, JDirector™) Proven system installed at dozens of home laboratories and beam lines ACTOR will improve the productivity and throughput of your laboratory by providing automatic crystal transport, orientation, retrieval and storage. High-throughput crystallography, once the wave of the future, is available today from Rigaku.