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Automated Low-Capacity Biobanking


SAM is an automated sample management system available in +4°C, -20°C, -40°C and -80°C platforms for secure storage of samples in a small-sized store.

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SAM combines reliability, robustness, flexibility, and ease of use in a highly-compact footprint. This efficient, localized storage system is used for secure sample management of plates and tubes. Our patented automation not only eliminates freeze-thaw cycles, but also limits any moisture introduction to the system, therefore, maintaining sample integrity. The system continuously monitors the environment, even during picking, ensuring the samples never reach critical temperature.

Useful for Biobanking, Forensic and Drug Discovery Applications

The SAM is environmentally controlled, with a temperature range of +20°C to -40°C on the -20°C platform or -50°C to -80°C on the -80°C platform, which allows for the storage of compounds and biological samples, such as DNA/RNA, oligonucleotides, cells, plasma, serum, tissues, proteins and bacterial clones. 

Applications: Biobanking, Forensics, Drug Discovery, Life Science Research, Pharmacogenomics, Genotyping

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Features & Benefits

  • Integrated tube processing module―Retrieving samples in less than 70 seconds, the SAMple Picker/Puncher provides a fast and easy way to cherry-pick or punch desired tubes or vials in a controlled, inert environment. Tube types include Abgene, Corning, Greiner, Matrix, Micronic, Nunc and REMP.
  • Backup system―We provide a standard UPS and standard LN2 (or CO2 on the -20°C system) backup system in case of any electrical or refrigeration failure, allowing for the utmost security of your samples.
  • Custom freezer door for increased storage capacity―Our custom design allows for a highly-compact footprint with maximum sample density, increasing laboratory efficiency.
  • Easy installation―The system is designed such that it can be rapidly disassembled and moved to a new location, with minimal disruption and re-installation effort. Minimum facilities work required as the modular systems easily fits into existing laboratories.
  • Sample tracking―Reads both 2D barcodes on the bottom and 1D/2D barcodes on the side of the tube.
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SAM’s sample management software supports 21 CFR Part 11 compliance to meet the rigorous demands for sample security. The interface is easy to learn and its features and capabilities have been thoroughly field-proven. Reports available include sample history, sample temperature, sample aging, freeze-thaw cycles, user reports, audit reports and more. Additionally, users can be granted different levels of system operation with access restrictions to specific sample sets. Sample sets can be stored physically as a group, if necessary. 

SAM Manager 

SAM Manager 

Dimensions 1270.0 mm (w) x 2210.0 mm (h) x 1346.0 mm (d)
50.0 in (w) x 87.0 in (h) x 53.0 in (d)
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 7 operating system
Barcode Reader Integrated 1D and 2D barcode reader
Tube Type*
Standard 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.
***Matrix™ 1.4 mL DuraSeal™ tubes have a capacity of 28,800.
****Cannot be picked if over 87 mm.