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Verso M2

Automated Medium- to Large-Capacity Sample Management System


Verso is a modular automated sample storage system that can be easily configured to meet the needs of the most demanding sample and compound management applications at temperatures from ambient to -20°C.

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New features!

  • Additional configurations—S1 SE and M1 SE—to fit into small laboratory spaces
  • A Universal Picker provides the ability to pick multiple labware types with different diameters in one picker module
  • A 96-Tube Picker-Puncher provides the ability to pick and punch tubes in the same module 
  • Optional dual tray shuttle on large systems increases throughput

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  • Flexibility—Store a wide range of labware types in the same system, including tubes, vials and plates.
  • Modular—Configure the system for current needs and expand the system in the field to accommodate future storage requirements. 
  • Quick Processing Speeds—The tube picker can process up to 1,500 tubes/hour or 170 plates/hour.*
  • Active Thawing—This optional module allows the sample to thaw within Verso, accelerating the next steps in the application process, such as pipetting or centrifuging.
  • Large Input/Output Module—Up to 100 racks can be placed in the Input/Output (I/O) Module at once. This allows long walkaway times and eliminates the time consuming splitting of load jobs.
  • Walkaway Automation—Jobs can be processed and organized overnight to maximize productivity during the day. A powerful priority management system allows flexible processing of background jobs.
  • Easy-to-Use Software—The Verso’s simple “3-click” INSTINCT S software means that anyone in the lab can operate the system with minimal training. The robust, fully supported API integrates easily into your lab and LIMS system.
  • Automatic Sample Tracking—Verso records a full audit trail and temperature log for all samples.
  • Sample Security—Verso has back-up refrigeration with total redundancy.
  • Liquid Handling Integration—Seamlessly integrate the Verso with liquid handling systems, such as the Microlab STAR or Microlab VANTAGE Liquid Handling System.
*Processing speeds reflect the whole process, from order submission to retrieval.

Technical Specifications

Temperature Range   Ambient to -20°C
Internal Atmosphere

Ambient, dry air or inert (Nitrogen)
I/O Capacity
  Up to 100 racks
Barcode Reader
  1D and 2D for racks, plates and tubes


Height   2.33 m to 2.83 m (7 ft 7 in to 9 ft 4 in)
2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
  2.5 m to 6.5 m (8 ft 3 in to 21 ft 4 in)

Capacities for Verso Standard Configurations

Labware Type*
384-format tubes
1.4M to 9.4M
Greiner 0.3 mL (screw cap)
264K to 2.4M
Micronic 0.75 mL (TPE)
216K to 2.0M
Matrix 1.4 mL (DuraSeal)
143K to 1.3M
Greiner 2 mL
62K to 412K
1 dram vials
35K to 412K
4 dram vials 7K to 46K
Shallow-well plates
3K to 24K

*Examples of labware used. Verso is capable of storing almost any SBS-format labware. Higher capacities available upon request.

High-throughput compound management system for powder compound library storage

Hamilton Verso Sample Management System Successfully Installed at Major European Pharmaceutical Facility

January 4, 2016—Hamilton Storage GmbH has completed installation of the first new Verso automated sample management system. Purchased by a major European pharmaceutical company, the modular Verso functions as the facility’s primary powder compound library storage system, providing the capacity to store 2.6 million glass vials at ambient temperature. The automated system enables fast and reliable sample retrieval and delivery for processes in pharmaceutical screening.

“This customer has recently moved into a new building and wanted to put a sample management system in place that delivers the most advanced capabilities, along with a compact footprint and expansion ability to handle more samples in the future,” explained Dr. Martin Frey, vice president of Hamilton Storage. “The modular Hamilton Verso system was chosen because of its high throughput, innovative technology and footprint. The reliability of new the system, combined with a streamlined design that minimizes moving parts, will also enable the company to lower their operating costs.”

This large compound storage system is now in day-to-day operation, demonstrating the advantages of the technology built into the Verso. Ideal for a range of applications, the Verso system can be scaled to fit sample capacities from 100,000 to over 5 million tubes at temperatures from ambient down to -20 °C. Verso is capable of storing and processing up to 1,500 tubes or 170 plates per hour and enables loading and unloading of up to 70 sample racks at a time. To complete a fully automated workflow, Verso can integrate with Hamilton automated liquid handling workstations, such as the Microlab STAR or the Microlab VANTAGE Liquid Handling System.