In addition to decapping and recapping, the STAR Workstation transports tubes, mixes liquids in tubes, pipettes and tracks samples. Although timing depends on pipetting volumes, the entire process of tube and cap handling can be accomplished within a few minutes.
Up to two Decapping Modules can be placed on a STAR deck and are served by four Twister channels on a slim arm, with up to eight 1 mL or four 5 mL channels on an additional slim arm. The decapping modules are completely controlled and monitored through VENUS software so that all steps can be tracked and handled automatically, thus increasing process reliability.
The system can accommodate tubes with a diameter of 15 to 38 mm, with caps up to 6 mm larger in diameter than the tube, to ensure robust and versatile handling.