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Automated Low-Capacity Biobanking


SAM HD is an automated sample management system available in +20°C, +4°C, -20°C, and -80°C platforms for secure storage of samples in a small-sized store, with high-density storage capabilities.

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With the new SAM HD,
a laboratory can:

  • Increase storage capacity to store more samples in the same footprint using RackWare high-density storage racks
  • Store and pick up to 6 different tube types (with the same diameter) to easily adapt to changing workflows
  • Easily operate the system using the new INSTINCT S operating system, the standard software across Hamilton
  • Integrate with LIMS systems operating on Windows 10


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Additional Features

  • Available in +20°C, +4°C, -20°C, and -80°C platforms
  • Retrieves samples in less than 70 seconds
  • Provides sample safety—samples are stored securely in the system and user access rights can be controlled by the software
  • Reads both 2D barcodes on the bottom and 1D/2D barcodes on the side of the tube for full sample tracking
  • Remote monitoring and job execution
  • Full alarm capabilities—continuous environment monitoring, even during picking, ensuring the samples never reach critical temperature
  • A standard UPS and LN2 backup on the -80°C platform, or CO2 on the -20°C platform
  • Small footprint fits easily into existing laboratories for a straightforward installation
  • Patented automation eliminates freeze-thaw cycles and limits moisture introduction to the system to maintain sample integrity

Useful for Biobanking, Forensic and Drug Discovery Applications

The SAM HD is environmentally controlled which allows for the storage of compounds and biological samples, such as DNA/RNA, oligonucleotides, cells, plasma, serum, tissues, proteins and bacterial clones.

SAM HD is easily programmed using a user-friendly touchscreen PC monitor with INSTINCT S software:

  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows 10
  • Integrates with LIMS systems
  • Intuitive user interface designed to feel immediately familiar, even to new users
  • Simple “3-touch” job execution makes operating the system quick and easy
  • Comprehensive security controls and customization to prevent unauthorized access to sample inventories
  • Extensive reporting options allow the user to create, customize and automate reports based upon nearly any inventory or system parameter
  • Complete audit trail for every sample, throughout its entire lifetime within the system
  • Supports 21 CFR Part 11 compliance
  • Extensive alarming features that meet today’s best practices


SAM HD Software

Dimensions (l x w x h) 1.45 m (4.76 ft) x 1.45 m (4.9 ft) x 2.2 m (7.2 ft)
Weight (empty) 704 kg (1,550 lbs)
Max. Labware Weight 0.64 kg (1.4 lbs)
Voltage 208-240 VAC ± 10%, 15 A service, 50 Hz/60 Hz
Operating Environment 10-30°C, relative humidity 0-80% with no condensation
(Altitude < 2,000 m)
Sample Temperature +20°C to -40°C / -55°C to -80°C
Sample Atmosphere Nitrogen or dry air (-40°C dew point or lower)
Control PC Windows 10 operating system
Barcode Reader Integrated 1D and 2D barcode reader for racks and tubes
Tube Type*
Standard Racks**
RackWare High-Density Racks**
0.2 mL screw cap
0.3 mL DuraSeal™/septum/screw cap
0.5 mL screw cap
1.4 mL septum***
1.0 mL/1.4 mL screw cap
5.0 mL screw cap****
10 mL vacutainers****
SBS microplates

* Please contact Hamilton for verification of labware type and system capacities.
**Capacity per SAM HD.
***Matrix™ 1.4 mL DuraSeal™ tubes have a capacity of 28,800.
****Cannot be picked if over 87 mm.