Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems by HAMILTON Robotics

Manufacturer HAMILTON Robotics  |  Available Worldwide
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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
70 Scientists have reviewed this product

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  • Organization: Gilead



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Excellent at creating more time in the lab!
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area: 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 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Ginkgo



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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Great product for liquid handling.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:High-throughput screening

"Great product, awesome service, definitely recommend it."

Review date: 29 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Illumina



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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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Great instrument.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Liquid transfer in mfg

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

Review date: 29 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Foundation Medicine



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
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    3 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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Good instrument.
Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area:NGS library prep

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

Review date: 29 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Genentech



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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Good products.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Sample managemnt

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

Review date: 29 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: novozymes



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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Great flexibility, but requires time to learn to use the software.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:High throughput screening

"Great product. Continuous software updates and product improvement."

Review date: 28 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: REGN



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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Helps to maintain our throughput.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Programming

"Product is good quality and the Venus programming software is a moderately easy to use and highly functional product."

Review date: 28 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Foundation Medicine



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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    4 out of 5
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User friendly.
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:NGS Sample Prep

"The Hamilton STAR is very user-friendly when it comes to creating methods. The instrument is very consistent between runs. My only issue would be with after sales care, as the company needs more FSEs within the RTP territory."

Review date: 28 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Foundation Medicine



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Great system.
Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area:Diagnostics

"Have used the STAR systems for many years and have found them to be really reliable and service across multiple sites to be very good from Hamilton."

Review date: 28 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: BASF Enzymes



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
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    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Very diverse, great integration.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Molecular biology, high throughput screening

"Very diverse use and allows for in-depth programming, compared to similar liquid handling platforms. It can automate very intricate and customized workflows over diverse 3rd party integration. Accessories after purchase can be pricey. It adds up and can be limited to 'Hamilton only' accessories."

Review date: 28 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems


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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Foundation Medicine



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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The Hamilton Star has facilitated our assay prep tremendously.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Liquid handler

"The Hamilton Star has facilitated our assay prep tremendously. Programming is very end user friendly. Hamilton has also been very responsive to any customer needs we've had for the instrument. Minimizing human error with the star has streamlined our process and turn around time. "

Review date: 28 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2020

  • Organization: Foundation Medicine



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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The STAR is a very versatile liquid handler.
Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Liquid handler

"The STAR is a very versatile liquid handler and can do so much. The range it can get to is very low and useful. "

Review date: 28 Jan 2020 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Emory University



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Great liquid handling.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Laboratory automation

"Very reliable liquid handling, very versatile and flexible software. Great support through the whole sales process as well as subsequent customer care."

Review date: 27 Jun 2019 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2009

  • Organization: kaiser Permanente Reference Lab



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Great results. Irreplaceable part of our workflows.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Preanalytical processing of samples for clinical testing

"We've been using this product well over 10 years. Vendor service is top-notch. The system is very robust and the quality of the work produced is praiseworthy."

Review date: 17 Jun 2019 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: Counsyl, Inc.



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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The adjustment of liquid class parameters is the best.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Plasmid Purification

"The ease of use of the Star is great! The adjustment of liquid class parameters is the best."

Review date: 14 Feb 2019 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Abcellera



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Great support and flexible use!
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Automated purification

"Very flexible for custom applications, reproducible and great support."

Review date: 05 Feb 2019 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Bayer Crop Science



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Applies to all procedures.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Rearray clinical samples

"Use Hamilton Star products in the lab to accomplish various situations of NextGen sequencing. While difficulty in programming is high, the possible customization is boundless. Once an understanding in Venus is found, the application for the liquid handler is limitless."

Review date: 05 Feb 2019 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2019

  • Organization: Oxford Biomedica



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Consistently good performance, with great customer service & follow up care.
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:PCR plate setup

"Hardware performs very well, with consistent and accurate liquid transfer capabilities. Good report and error handling feature. Software is reasonably intuitive but complex methods still normally require a specialist user to program. Hamilton are always on hand with method programming issues, fast engineer call out times too."

Review date: 05 Feb 2019 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: Abbvie



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Very good, robust, reliable, used for antibody production
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Liquid handling & antibody production

"Very good, robust, reliable, used for antibody production and normalisation protocols, as well as pipetting capabilities for plate washing and reagent dispensing."

Review date: 07 Feb 2018 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2018

  • Organization: Counsyl, Inc.



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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This system is a great liquid handler.
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Purification

"The STAR is a very powerful system with lots of flexibility. While intimidating when first learning, once you realize the power, the sky is the limit. As far as liquid handling, precision and accuracy are very good once liquid classes are optimized."

Review date: 07 Feb 2018 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2016

  • Organization: Roche/Genentech



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Venus II scripting requires intensive training and practice.
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Potency assay development

"Venus II does not have audit trail for method update, just a change note, which maybe enhanced for compliance."

Review date: 07 Dec 2017 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2016

  • Organization: Genentech



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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The hardware and software support is awesome!
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Potency Assay Development

"I had hardware issue, e.g. 1mL channel failure on almost all 8 channels. It took a while to get the vendor to perform an on-site fix."

Review date: 07 Dec 2017 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Gsk



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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It gave us very good results and improved our lab.
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:gene cloning and rcombinant proteins expression

"The instrument was reliable and robust in carrying out procedures, and obtained results were accurate and reproducible. The after sale-assistance of Hamilton technicians was always rapid and useful. As a whole, the instrument was worth the price."

Review date: 21 Jul 2017 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Merck & Co., Inc.



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
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Great liquid handler. Robust for years of daily work.
Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Bioanalytical analysis of pharmaceutical drugs

"I use the Hamilton microlab star liquid handler. It is a robust system. Since the code is a little bit open source, the programming can be challenging without prior knowledge. The service help is great at answering questions. The liquid handler itself has been implemented in a GLP lab with ease and is used on a daily basis. The software is part 11 complaint. Overall, the system is very rugged and robust and is beneficial to have in the lab. The price tag can get steep with all the additional equipment added."

Review date: 08 Mar 2017 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2017

  • Organization: Veracyte



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Flexible, innovative instrument with the best support staff to back it up!
Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Molecular Diagnostics

"The STAR line is a very flexible automation system. We've been working with Hamilton for 5 years now to automate various projects and we can always find the right configuration to fit our needs. The learning curve is a little steep, but Hamilton's support staff is so amazing that is makes it worth it. Hamilton is very interested in growing their partnerships with the people they sell to, they don't disappear after getting paid. I would highly recommend anyone considering automation to look into Hamilton products."

Review date: 18 Jan 2017 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Expert Reviewer

  • Member since: 2015

  • Organization: Ajinomoto Althea



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Great time saver!!
Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:High throughput screening

"We purchased the Hamilton STAR system to aid in high throughput screening of our various protein and crystal formulation experiments. Working with Hamilton has been a pleasure from initial contact through after sales care. We are beginning to use it in the lab and the STAR is streamlining our workflow and shortening timelines"

Review date: 19 May 2016 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Expert Reviewer

  • Member since: 2012

  • Organization: Exact Sciences



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Clinical Assay

"The Microlab STARlet IVD is a customizable instrument that offers a large amount of assurance that the assay is running correctly, from monitoring aspiration and dispensing pressure curves to barcode verification of carriers and reagents, and more. The assistance and support we get from Hamilton is excellent, they are fast to respond to questions."

Review date: 30 Apr 2015 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: PGXL Labs



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Clincial genotyping set up

"It dramatically improves quality and reproducibility for DNA extraction, PCR set-up and DNA archival. It also increases throughput."

Review date: 24 Oct 2014 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2009

  • Organization: Bayer



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
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Rating: 3.3

  • Application Area:Ligand Binding Assays

"This is a powerful instrument, most useful for set assays with the same assay parameters. Our lab's needs are a little more challenging: in addition to a calibration curve, various samples for pharmacokinetic analysis require different levels of serial dilutions. Thus, more complicated programming is needed, since the scenario can be quite different from plate to plate, and the software has a somewhat steep learning curve. Also, as with other robotic systems, you should be prepared for a higher reagent usage due to dead volume limitations, and you should also adjust for the relatively slower action vs. manual operators. Consumables (pipette tips, reservoirs, etc.) can add up."

Review date: 22 Apr 2014 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2010

  • Organization: Amgen



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    3 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area:Pharmacokinetics

"The Hamilton Star line of automated pipettes are solid choices if you're looking to streamline routine laboratory pipetting tasks. Once you attend the week long training session at their headquaters in Reno Nevada, you'll be fully proficient at programming the system and would have the confidence to troubleshoot common problems that will arise after implementation. "

Review date: 15 Apr 2014 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2014

  • Organization: Pfizer Inc.



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Vanus 2

"Our company has had the instrument for more than 9 years. We use them for our routine sample analysis to support our drug discovery and development project. It meets and exceeds our expectations. "

Review date: 12 Feb 2014 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Roche Molecular Diagnostics



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Assay/Systems Development

"The method-writing software that comes with the Microlab STAR is easy to learn and use, even a novice can get a quick tutorial and start using it to create simple methods to run experiments. However there are some limitations for more advanced users (certain settings cannot be customized) which keeps this from being a 5 star system for me. I would definitely recommend my colleagues to try out this system because my overall experience with the Microlab Star has been positive."

Review date: 15 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Emerald Therapeutics



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Therapeutic fabrication

"Our Star and Starlet are integral to our company's pipeline. Nearly all tasks generally completed by hand are tasked to our robots. The robots are valued members of the Emerald team!"

Review date: 15 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Novartis



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Reformatting from tube store to microplate

"The Star liquid handler interfaces well with the Hamilton Store system and can also be used for routine liquid handling. The software controls peripherals well and is quite complex; there is a good graphical GUI that is not too hard to use and the scripting can be picked up especially if the user is familiar with other liquid handler scripting. On deck plate movement is robust but relatively slow and peripheral integration is good but not very compact; there is a lot of wasted space which is addressed somewhat by the new Vantage. The Hamilton team were helpful and responsive with issues that arose during testing and after installation."

Review date: 15 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Roche



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    3 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 3.3

  • Application Area:Compound management

"The Hamilton Star is a great instrument. Very reliable and sturdy, usually does not crash on its own, you really need to do something wrong to make it stop. Handles 96, 384, even 1536 formats great. The software and programming features are easy to use. Once you have the protocols written, using it is a breeze. Writing them is whole another story. Another issue we had is getting someone to train members of our team in using it. I am sure Hamilton provides great instructions once you buy the new instrument, but with older ones they don't have the incentive to spend time teaching people how to use it."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Axxam SpA



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0

  • Application Area:Oligo manufacturing

"The Hamilton Star is one of the most versatile large-scale liquid-handlers on the market. The base system provides good structure and possibilities for integrations. The software platform has quite a learning barrier for entry method development, but once learnt allows extremely complex method and mistake-proofing development. It does take a while to get to know the structures and operational philosophy. Service support is excellent - the network of engineers is good, but the standardization of procedures and documentation is even better. Value - certainly not the cheapest system on the market, but certainly saves buying multiple dedicated instruments."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Joint Genome Institute



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0
"These instruments are reliable and the service and application support teams are top notch. I would recommend them to anyone in need of automated liquid handling applications."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Biogen Idec



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Bioanalytical Sample Preparation

"The system is very simple and flexible. With sample extractions varying from PPE, SPE, and LLE, the requirements of additional third-party units to be integrated is made easy (shakers, vacuum, robotic arm to move plates). The 2D and 1D barcode features are also critical to ease identifying and tracking samples. There are also many different technologies available to help ensure the accuracy and precision of pipetting like capacitance and pressure liquid level detection, as well as full pressure monitoring. The customer service we've received has been great going from replacing parts, to application implementation advice."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: ADM Research



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Colony picking and assay

"Extremely robust platform.  Excellent repeatability of pipetting.  Colony picking functions work very well.  Method writing is slightly difficult."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: HTS Facility, University of Iowa



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:HTS

"The high level of sophistication of this instrument makes it very versatile but less user friendly. It would be good if these was a forum for programming."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Biogen Idec



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Bioanalytical sample preparation

"The ability to develop your own scripts is a huge plus. User interface is simple to work with. However, to fully utilize its capabilities, user customization is a must, which is not so trivial in a bio-pharmaceutical company."

Review date: 14 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2013

  • Organization: Horizon Discovery



  • Ease of use
    2 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
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Rating: 3.3

  • Application Area:siRNA screening

"The Hamilton Microlab Star has fantastic hardware and the Hamilton team gave us incredible after sales service to get us up and running. We really couldn't have asked for more from them. The one downside with the Hamilton is the programming - as someone who is new to robotics it is not very intuitive or user friendly."

Review date: 13 Jan 2013 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: CRL



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Safety Assessment

"Provides the required high level of dispensing accuracy and reliable operation. Capable of >10k dispenses between services. O-ring pipette seal and transfer system is the most similar to manual pipetting of any pipetting system. Variable span and tip picking 8-head extremely flexible, 96- & 384-head stamps useable with many plate types, liquid detection excellent. Wide range of optional extras allow customisation to meet ongoing/changing user requirements. Top of the range error handling options. The base language Vector is highly flexible, but requires expert programming to be best utilised. For the price, you get a mechanically excellent system that will remain flexible enough to meet your needs in the future, but you may want to consider the value of other software providers if you intend to have users developing programs, as the base language is a far cry from the icon-driven workflows used with other systems."

Review date: 06 Jun 2012 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Merck



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7

  • Application Area:Bioanalytical

"Excellent accuracy and reproducibility of experiments. Learning the programming language really helps in running the instrument. Flexible, many lab uses and versatile."

Review date: 21 May 2012 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: DuPont Pioneer



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3

  • Application Area:Genetic research

"Quality engineering. Complex technology but flexible software. Great support behind the instrument."

Review date: 27 Feb 2012 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
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    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2012

  • Organization: Amgen



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    3 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 3.7

  • Application Area:Transfection

"Excellent hardware, robust and easily maintained. Software takes some getting used to. Sequence approach is unique. No system liquid. Sterility has been maintained for less than a year with no contamination events."

Review date: 27 Feb 2012 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2012

  • Organization: Chromocell Corporation



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0

  • Application Area:Assay Development

"Extremely easy to use programming software. It can be used for various applications- compound management, plate preparation for screening and bulk dispensing. Service through Hamilton is always quick and very helpful."

Review date: 22 Feb 2012 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Astrazeneca



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3
"Very versatile- you can add or remove kit from the deck easily to configure for new methods. It is very user friendly once programmed, and a reliable piece of equipment."

Review date: 20 Sep 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Summit Plc



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0
"This is an excellent liquid handling platform that takes a little time to master but is well worth the effort."

Review date: 20 Sep 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Merck



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0
"Easy to use with chemists, used for automated liquid handling. Easily programmable with basic understanding of computer programming."

Review date: 14 Jun 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2010

  • Organization: BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0
"Excellent hardware and support staff."

Review date: 09 Mar 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Dow Agrosciences



  • Ease of use
    2 out of 5
    After sales service
    3 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
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Rating: 2.7
"Software is more cumbersome and takes a lot of training and time to create methods. Once programmed and tweaked, runs great for stamping lots of plates."

Review date: 07 Mar 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Advanced Reviewer

  • Member since: 2009

  • Organization: Dow AgroSciences



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3
"Costly tips. Hard to program but reliable. Liquid level sensing is a plus. Stacked tips on deck allows for more labware."

Review date: 07 Mar 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Ipierian



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3
"Programming has a big learning curve, but the excellent customer service overcomes that. Good reliable systems."

Review date: 04 Mar 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Genentech



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3
"I experienced a steep learning curve but once I understood how to use the software I found it very flexible and robust. I've been able to use the system for a very wide range of applications."

Review date: 28 Feb 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2008

  • Organization: Genentech



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7
"Great for sample transfer."

Review date: 28 Feb 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2009

  • Organization: GNF



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    3 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
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Rating: 3.0
"Needs work on software, for more usability."

Review date: 23 Feb 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.3
"Versatile, easy to operate."

Review date: 23 Feb 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2011

  • Organization: Pfizer



  • Ease of use
    2 out of 5
    After sales service
    2 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 3.0
"A workhorse, very reliable, accurate and efficient. Requires expert programming to use to its full potential."

Review date: 05 Feb 2011 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2010

  • Organization: Rutgers University



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    4 out of 5
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Rating: 4.0
"A great all purpose liquid handling system."

Review date: 15 Feb 2010 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2008

  • Organization: PIONEER HI-BRED INT



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0
"A very flexible workstation with powerful software."

Review date: 10 Feb 2010 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2009

  • Organization: Laves Neidersachsen



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0
"These machines are very good."

Review date: 20 Oct 2009 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2009

  • Organization: Astra Zeneca



  • Ease of use
    3 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
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Rating: 3.7
"Software needs improving."

Review date: 18 Sep 2009 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2003

  • Organization: Novozymes R&D



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7
"The Starlet Liquidhandler give us the lowest CV's and ultimate control on method execution."

Review date: 20 Jul 2009 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2008

  • Organization: Medimmune Inc



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0
"Ultimate ease of use and expandability."

Review date: 04 Apr 2008 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2008

  • Organization: Transform Pharmaceuticals



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7
"Great company and product."

Review date: 04 Apr 2008 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2008

  • Organization: Transform Pharmaceuticals



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 4.7
"Excellent, innovative product."

Review date: 04 Apr 2008 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2007

  • Organization: Merck Research Laboratories



  • Ease of use
    5 out of 5
    After sales service
    5 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 5.0
"We have purchased several. They are very robust."

Review date: 14 Sep 2007 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2006

  • Organization: PDL BioPharma



  • Ease of use
    2 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    5 out of 5
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Rating: 3.7
"Very complex software, but once set up properly it offers functionality necessary to improve the process."

Review date: 20 Feb 2006 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems
  • Status:

    Reviewer

  • Member since: 2005

  • Organization: UCL



  • Ease of use
    4 out of 5
    After sales service
    4 out of 5
    Value for money
    3 out of 5
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Rating: 3.7

Review date: 15 Dec 2005 | Microlab STAR Liquid Handling Systems

Pipetting

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.

Tools

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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