Hamilton Unveils New Automated Vial Cap Management System
Hamilton’s new de-capping system fully integrates with the Microlab® STAR™
February 27, 2023 – Hamilton today unveiled the Vial Cap Management System (VCMS), a groundbreaking walk-away integrated lab solution. The VCMS vortexes, de-caps, scans barcodes, identifies tube type, and re-caps 96 vials, minimizing the threat of cross-contamination and injury.
VCMS reduces the potential for costly errors by utilizing two de-capper heads and an advanced visual system to detect cap presence, identify tube and cap types, and scan barcodes. When integrated with Hamilton’s Microlab® STAR automated liquid handler, the de-capping, aliquoting, and re-capping workflow can be completed in an unprecedented 50 minutes.
“Hamilton is thrilled to debut the Vial Cap Management System,” said company Vice CEO Matt Hamilton. “With VCMS, we can fully automate the cap management process in a fraction of the time currently offered while decreasing the threat of failed runs, cross-contamination, and repetitive stress injuries. VCMS not only makes laboratories more efficient, but safer too.”
Hamilton revealed VCMS at the 2023 Society for Laboratory Automation & Screening (SLAS) International Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, California. Hamilton is currently taking orders for VCMS with initial shipments expected to begin in Q3 2023.
Hamilton is a leading global manufacturer, providing automated liquid handling workstations and laboratory automation technology to the scientific community. With a focus on innovative design, Hamilton products incorporate patented liquid handling technologies into a portfolio that includes liquid handling platforms, standard application-based solutions, small devices, consumables, and OEM liquid handling solutions.
Known for advancing life science, clinical diagnostics, forensics, and biotechnology industries, Hamilton products offer reliability, performance, and flexibility. Ensuring a continuous commitment to quality, Hamilton utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing at production facilities in Reno, Nevada, and Bonaduz, Switzerland and has earned a global ISO 9001 certification. Privately held, Hamilton maintains headquarters in Reno, Nevada; Franklin, Massachusetts; and Bonaduz, Switzerland, along with subsidiary offices throughout the world.
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