The PlateCrane EX™ is a robot arm that is optimized for handling labware in the “SBS footprint”, including microplates, reservoirs, and disposable tip racks. The PlateCrane is optimized for loading and unloading automated lab instruments, such as readers, microplate washers and reagent dispensers.
The EX features state-of-the-art controls and a new, rugged design. Never has lab automation been easier or more reliable. Interfaces are available to more than 150 microplate-based instruments, including virtually every reader, washer, dispenser and pipettor commonly used in laboratories today. It has a capacity of up to 450 microplates, and makes it easy to configure a wide range of automation workcells.
The PlateCrane is available in a standard configuration, with 345° of horizontal rotation, and an advanced model, the PlateCrane 360™, which offers unlimited rotation. Also, both models offer a “Random Access” configuration where plates are stacked in shelves for random selection.
The PlateCrane EX™ is supplied with Hudson’s SoftLinx™ laboratory automation software. SoftLinx provides scheduling capability and an easy-to-use icon-based drag and drop Method Editor.
The PlateCrane EX™ can be part of a larger microplate transportation system by increasing the number of available stacks or combining it with the LabLinx delivery system.