Product News: New NIMBUS iProbe With Four Independent Pipetting Channels Delivers Flexibility in a Small Footprint

21 Jan 2010

Hamilton Robotics announces the addition of the NIMBUS iProbe to its line of compact liquid handling workstations. The new NIMBUS iProbe features up to four independent channels that can be configured with any combination of 1 ml or 5 ml pipetting heads. The new instrument provides flexible pipetting choices to and from microplates or tubes in volumes from 1 µl to 5,000 µl.

NIMBUS iProbe performs a wide range of liquid handling steps such as tube-to-tube, tube-to-plate, and plate-to-plate transfers including pipetting from non-standard labware. The flexibility offered by independently spaced channels is ideal for hit picking and sample prep from tubes, and the 5 ml capability enhances high-volume applications such as vacuum-based solid phase extraction. The NIMBUS iProbe includes a new, intuitive graphical user interface that facilitates simple instrument programming.

The NIMBUS iProbe represents an extension of the NIMBUS line. The original NIMBUS 96-channel system has established a strong track record as an affordable, small footprint automation platform for microplate applications such as plate replication, serial dilutions and reagent additions. The NIMBUS 96 and iProbe feature a high-density deck layout in a footprint small enough to fit into a laminar flow hood. Both NIMBUS systems incorporate Hamilton’s unique air-displacement pipetting and CO-RE (compressed O-ring expansion) technology for high precision and accuracy. NIMBUS platforms offer capacitance liquid level detection (cLLD) along with labware gripping, plate stacking, heating/shaking, vacuum filtration and magnetic separation options. A range of third-party devices can be integrated on and off the deck.

“This new NIMBUS system will serve the expanding needs of our existing customer base in drug discovery, academia and forensics and extend its application into new analytical chemistry and industrial sample prep markets,“ explained Rick Luedke, product manager for Hamilton Robotics.