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LabElite DeCapper

LabElite DeCapper

Automated screw cap decapper


The next-generation DeCapper is an innovative, easy-to-use device that provides automated decapping/capping of 96-format screw cap tubes and 48-format cryovials, with internal or external threads.

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New Feature: AutoSwap

The patent-pending AutoSwap is an optional accessory that allows fast and easy switching of labware-specific decapper adapters on the fly without manual intervention, adding new functionality to the LabElite decappers.

  • Switches between any two sets of Hamilton adapters
  • Uses adapters compatible with tubes from all major manufacturers, in 96- or 48-well formats
  • Use in integrated robotic workflows for walkaway automation involving multiple tube types
  • Eliminates the need to stop a process to make manual adjustments for different tube types
 LabElite AutoSwap adds new functionality to automated tube decappers

Flexible Automated Tube Decapping

  • Easily swap decapping heads to decap tubes in both 48-cryovial and 96-microtube racks on a single device (patent pending)
  • Process a full rack of tubes or row of tubes in portrait or landscape format within one device (patent pending)
  • Can be operated as an integrated and standalone device simultaneously


Sample Security

  • New secure processing mode provides sample security by minimizing the time a tube is opened—only one row is processed at a time by holding caps after decapping and then immediately recapping
  • Point-of-use decapping—limit risk of exposure or contamination from environment
  • Eliminates risk of cross contamination by not moving over opened tubes



  • Touchscreen panel provides easy navigation through the system
  • New turntable allows rack to be turned after decapping for better positioning in pipetting workflows
  • No spacers needed for labware

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Dimensions 60 cm x 38 cm x 44 cm (23.6 in x 15.0 in x 17.3 in)
Supported Labware Microtubes 0.25 mL to 1.4 mL  Matrix, Greiner, Micronic, Nunc, Corning, LVL and FluidX*
Cryovials 1 mL to 4 mL**
 FluidX, Greiner, Micronic and Nunc*
Connection Interface
Ethernet for integration

* Others available upon request.

**Contact Hamilton for specific tube compatibility. 

The DeCapper is compatible with 0.25 mL to 1.4 mL microtubes from the following manufacturers:

  • Matrix
  • Micronic
  • Nunc
  • Corning
  • FluidX
  • Greiner
  • LVL

The DeCapper is compatible with 1 mL to 4 mL cryovials** from the following manufacturers:

  • FluidX
  • Greiner
  • Micronic
  • Nunc

*Others are available upon request.

**Contact Hamilton for specific tube compatibility.