Hamilton Automated Systems
For many liquid handling applications you can choose from a wide range of standard automation solutions from HAMILTON. When you require an automation solution that is tailor-made to your particular application, a HAMILTON customized solution may be the right choice for you.
The customized solutions are based on HAMILTON's liquid handling workstations. They often include hardware and software integration of instruments from other manufacturers to automate all aspects of an application - e.g. plate reader for analysis.
HAMILTON designs customized solution according to a standardized process that includes clear project milestones outlined in the diagram. More details on each milestone can be found below.
Customized System Development Process
The requirements for the system are discussed as regards to:
- type of samples and reagents
- degree of automation
- data handling
HAMILTON's application specialists analyse the protocol and suggest ways to optimise the automated process. This may include suggestions to:
- reduce the amount of samples for cost savings
- increase workstation resource utilitzation
- to increase flexibility of the protocol for easy adaptation to future changes
Application specialists perform in-house tests to check the technical feasibility of the suggested system and engineers use 3-D simulations to optimise the system as regards to:
- access to the system and usability of the system
- distances for plate transfers
- minimum space requirements Requirement specifications are finalized
Final Design and System Assembly
Based on a design approved by the customer, the design is finalized taking into account aspects such as easy maintenance and serviceability.
The hardware of the system is manufactured and/or assembled at HAMILTON's own works. The depth of production allows a high degree of flexibility for the design of custom parts. The complete system - including all peripheral instruments - is assembled to allow real-world tests.
HAMILTON's Venus software allows controlling the complete system - including instruments from other manufacturers. The method is programmed optimising: user friendliness, flexibility and scalability - e.g. by using variables throughout the method, and data handling.
Factory Acceptance Test (FAT)
An in-house factory acceptance test (FAT) is performed of the complete system according to the requirement specifications agreed upon. The tests are documented in an FAT document which is the basis for the future steps.
HAMILTON can offer an FAT when required by the user.
After the final assembly of the system at the user's site, the components and the complete system are run-in to check the overall system stability.
Once the system is installed, the users are trained directly on the system to ensure that the users have confidence in using the system.
Site Acceptance Test (SAT)
For the site acceptance test (SAT), the system is run-in with Hamilton verification solution or water.
After a successful SAT, the SAT protocol is signed. Thus the last milestone of the project is completed. However, the cooperation between the customer continues beyond the SAT. HAMILTON cooperates on the future development of the system.