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Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems

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Trust in the industry-leading Microlab STAR automated liquid handling platform for lasting confidence in results. The Microlab STAR can be changed or upgraded throughout its life to accommodate changing workflows, while robust and flexible programming through VENUS can accomplish any task, from simple to complex. 

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Average Rating 4.3

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Generally good, occasional tip error issues


Average Rating 5.0

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The ML STAR has become an integral part of our company's high-throughput proteomic workflow! Generally easy to use after reaching that high-learning curve. I wish that there were trainings/a more effective help center. For instance, if you click the help button, that it could link to the panel/screen/app that pertains to where I should direct my attention to.

Review Date: 27 Feb 2023 | Hamilton Robotics

Ease for automation and high throughput for COVID


Average Rating 5.0

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PCR for Infectious diseases

These instruments were God sent during COVID times. Our LDT assay for SARS-COV2 used these systems for extraction. We have 2 of these at our site hooked to 4 ABI7500's each that gave us capacity of 8000 specimens/day. The ease for automation and high throughput along with great customer support led to reliable patient results during critical times.

Review Date: 12 Dec 2022 | Hamilton Robotics

Easy for automation and high-throughput and reproducible results for metabolomics.


Average Rating 4.3

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Sample preparation for metabolomics

Easy to implement sample preparation method for automation and high-throughput. Accurate and reproducible pipetting including many options to change layout of sample containers.

Review Date: 18 Jun 2021 | Hamilton Robotics

Great robot that helps with NGS sample processing.


Average Rating 4.0

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The Hamilton STAR is a wonderful robot that helps with our lab processing for NGS of patient samples. The end user experience once trained helps simplify the process for the lab techs. As an engineer that works with troubleshooting and upkeep of the instrument, learning a few more tips and tricks would go a long ways to help keep the lab up and running.

Review Date: 8 Feb 2021 | Hamilton Robotics

Company has horrendous support. Not there when you need them.


Average Rating 2.0

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Nucleic acid purification

We purchased a Hamilton liquid handler with a nanoliter dispenser, worth over $40k for that piece. It was made in Switzerland. We used it only a few dozen times and it broke. When we asked Hamilton to fix it, they said they no longer carry that product and cannot support it. As it was past the one-year warranty period by the time we had set up the instrument and were using it regularly, basically each plate cost us maybe over $1000 to dispense. More recently we asked for service to fix a channel pipette. They want to charge $5000 with no assurance of when they will be able to fix it. Money first and then they'll talk! I've never experienced such unethical service. Of course, when I complained, they cite "COVID", the universal excuse for accepting more orders that they can hope to service. I prefer to deal with ethical companies, and Hamilton has made me regret having placed their system into our workflow.

Review Date: 29 Dec 2020 | Hamilton Robotics

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We are sorry to hear that your experience was not to your expectation. We are permanently investing in our process and training for sales and support to make sure we can provide the best products and outstanding service.

Excellent at creating more time in the lab!


Average Rating 4.7

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HT protein purification

The Hamilton system has been a life saver and has been a game changer for us in allowing us to do high throughput purification of antibodies. Manually, it would take a day to do 24 samples utilizing columns, but now with plate based we can run 96 samples within half a day.

Review Date: 29 Jan 2020 | Hamilton Robotics

Great product for liquid handling.


Average Rating 5.0

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High-throughput screening

Great product, awesome service, definitely recommend it.

Review Date: 29 Jan 2020 | Hamilton Robotics

Great instrument.


Average Rating 5.0

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Liquid transfer in mfg

The system is flexible and can be used in a variety of applications.

Review Date: 29 Jan 2020 | Hamilton Robotics

Good instrument.


Average Rating 3.7

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NGS library prep

Hamilton STAR is the best in market. However, its software has a learning curve.

Review Date: 29 Jan 2020 | Hamilton Robotics

Good products.


Average Rating 4.0

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Sample managemnt

Robust system, reliable when application is stable. Good customer care.

Review Date: 29 Jan 2020 | Hamilton Robotics


The Microlab STAR uses air displacement pipetting to achieve superior measurement accuracy. Additionally, Hamilton pipette channels and tips are designed to fit precisely together using a patented lock-and-key design called CO-RE (Compressed O-Ring Expansion). This creates a tight seal with precise tip alignment to eliminate tip distortion and ensure the highest accuracy during liquid handling steps. Optional anti-droplet control and liquid level detection technologies further safeguard sample and results integrity.


With a flexible deck layout, the Microlab STAR accommodates a broad range of tools and accessories to further enhance assay flexibility.

  • Labware Gripper
  • Pipetting Channels
  • iSWAP Robotic Transport Arm
  • [MPE]2 Positive Pressure Module
  • Media Fill Module

Software Efficiencies

The Microlab STAR’s VENUS software allows users to control their system for processes from simple to complex without compromising on requirements. VENUS software is completely integration friendly, easily allowing third party components to be added to the system without limiting functionality. Use the VENUS Power Steps for basic process programming, or create time-saving custom templates for future processes.

Choice in Personalized Platforms

The Microlab STAR provides multiple configurable base platforms to suit a variety of throughput and integration requirements. A modular format allows for upgrades as needs evolve.

Buy Your Consumables Online

The Microlab STAR works with a wide variety of consumables to optimize efficiency and throughput in automated workflows. Hamilton consumables are key components of the Microlab STAR system that ensure quality results. Now, you can buy consumables easier than ever. All Hamilton consumable products are available to buy online in our fast, easy-to-navigate site.

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