MICROLAB NIMBUS Liquid Handling Workstation

Nimbus 96 Channel Liquid Handling Workstation
Nestable Tip Racks can be placed anywhere on the deck, and are able to be stacked up to four racks high in either one of the two the height-adjustable positions on one side of the instrument. This effectively turns the 11-position deck into a 17-position deck (when stacking eight tip racks).
The optional labware gripper moves standard plates, deep well blocks and tip racks virtually anywhere on the deck, and in some cases, off the deck. (Also shown in photo: optional tip waste chute)

Overview

The MICROLAB® NIMBUS 96 is Hamilton Company's newest automated multi-channel pipetting workstation, offering a high density deck layout in compact footprint.  The 96-channel CO-RE head provides an unmatched dynamic pipetting range from 1.0µl to 1000µl. The system utilizes the same high speed head as Hamilton's STAR instruments, so there is no sacrifice in pipetting performance. The NIMBUS 96 is ideal for:

  • Fast plate replications
  • Row-wise and column-wide serial dilutions
  • PCR sample prep
  • DNA/RNA isolation
  • MALDI target spotting
  • Reagent addition

Advanced Pipetting Technology

The NIMBUS utilizes several key technologies:


Incredibly accurate liquid measurement.  Hamilton Company made its name on the precision attained by our syringes, which have set the standard for accurate liquid measurement for over 50 years.  That same principle has served as the foundation for our robotics platforms and has found its way into every pipetting head we make.
CO-RE (Compressed O-Ring Expansion).  To ensure that the tips are attached perfectly straight and sealed evenly, we developed our CO-RE technology which affixes pipette tips to the pipetting channels with a stable lock-and-key fit.  This system is able to achieve a positional precision of ±0.1 mm in all axes, making the NIMBUS ideal for tasks where high precision is essential, such as MALDI target spotting and low volume dispensing.  This technology requires no vertical force to attach and detach tips and virtually eliminates aerosols upon tip ejection.
cLLD (capacitive Liquid Level Detection).  The pipetting head provides real time feedback the moment the 96-channel head detects the liquid level of ionic solutions.  Knowing the exact position of liquid levels allows for optimal tip depth when pipetting.

Software

The NIMBUS utilizes the same powerful software developed for Hamilton’s MICROLAB STAR line of instruments.  This software offers unprecedented control of procedure flow, file handling and integration with third party devices, yet it is remarkably easy to use.  The GUI presents a plate-based interface in which to set up new methods.  Commonly performed operations such as plate replication and serial dilution have been assembled into “Easy Steps” which provide a simple way to quickly program a method.

Accessories

Several options enhance the utility of the MICROLAB® NIMBUS.


Rotating Labware Gripper – The range of applications and throughput possible on the NIMBUS are greatly enhanced by the use of the optional labware gripper.

  • Lifts and moves plates, lids, deep-well blocks and tip racks
  • Rotates up to 270° - can reverse plate orientation
  • Has the ability to pipette while holding a plate lid
  • Reaches off the deck as well as below the deck – which facilitates integration with third-party devices

Nestable Tip Racks – The NIMBUS utilizes Hamilton Company’s new stacking tip racks in tip sizes of 10 µl, 50 µl & 300 µl (1000 µl tips are also available in non-stackable frames).

  • Available in black (conductive) and clear tips
  • Utilizes Hamilton’s CO-RE tip attachment system
  • Capable of being stacked up to four racks high on NIMBUS deck

Multiple deck options – The NIMBUS is available in decks with 11 or 12 plate positions, the former containing  height-adjustable sections capable of handling Nestable Tip Racks and taller labware.
 
Tip waste chute – Easy to attach and remove from the instrument, the tip waste chute provides a convenient solution for an issue common to all automated platforms, yet does not consume valuable deck space.


Third Party Device Integration – Integration possibilities are currently limited to the US and Canada geographical regions using only predefined configurations.  As the NIMBUS product offering grows, the geographic area and range of devices will be expanded.  Please check back occassionally to see what is possible for NIMBUS.  For currently possible integrations, please click here.

 

Specifications


NIMBUS96 Specifications

Instrument Measurements

Weight:   59 kg [130 lbs]
Length:   949.7 mm [37.4 in]
Width:    508.2 mm [20.0 in]
Height:   762.0 mm [30.0 in]

Pipetting Range - 1ml 9-channel MPH

10µl tip:  1µl - 10µl
50µl tip:  1µl - 50µl
300µl tip: 10µl - 300µl
1000µl tip: 100µl - 1000µl

 

NIMBUS4 Specifications

Instrument Measurements

Weight:   59 kg [130 lbs]
Length:   949.7 mm [37.4 in]
Width:    508.2 mm [20.0 in]
Height:   762.0 mm [30.0 in]

Pipetting Range - 1ml independent channel

10µl tip:  1µl - 10µl
50µl tip:  1µl - 50µl
300µl tip: 10µl - 300µl
1000µl tip: 100µl - 1000µl

 

 

Pipetting Range - 5 ml independent channels

5000µl tip: 50µl - 5000µl

 

 

 
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