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Tube Picker Time-Saving Automation for Small Biobanks

Editor: Doris Popp

Ziath reports strong uptake of its Mohawk semi-automated tube picker in smaller biobanks and biorepositories.

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The Mohawk
The Mohawk
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Small biobanks and biorepositories need to select tubes from cold racks straight from the freezer, but cannot afford the huge investment in robotics to fully automatically pick and place tubes from racks. The Mohawk, being small and compact, can simplify picking tubes, up to 16 in one go, from a 96-position tube rack. By elevating sample tubes in racks using solenoids, the Mohawk enables biobank operators to retrieve the correct tubes and put in the destination racks. Additionally, because the Mohawk can seamlessly connect with Ziath rack scanners, biobank users can read in a picking list, select the tubes and verify that the correct tubes are picked. According to Ziath this should make the whole process of finding and selecting the right tubes in a biobank quicker and easier without complexity and cost of full automation. The Mohawk is a widely proven system for frozen or thawed sample tube picking from 96-position racks. Designed to work out of the box, the Mohawk needs no set up or calibration.