Ziath has seen a strong uptake of its Mohawk semi-automated tube picker in smaller biobanks and biorepositories.
Small biobanks and biorepositories need to select tubes from cold racks straight from the freezer but often cannot afford to invest in robotics to fully automatically pick and place tubes from racks. The compact Mohawk can simplify picking tubes – up to 16 at once – from a 96-position tube rack. By elevating sample tubes in racks using solenoids, it enables biobank operators to quickly and simply 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. This makes the whole process of finding and selecting the right tubes in a biobank quicker and easier without complexity and cost of full automation.
Designed to work out of the box, the Mohawk needs no setup or calibration and is controlled via software with an intuitive interface. Tubes can be picked from a single rack or a picklist can be set up to select tubes across multiple racks. Picklist operations are usually started from reading the 1D code on a rack placed onto the Mohawk, but manual selection is also possible.
Other key features of the instrument include the ability to generate picklists externally in other software applications or create a template using the Mohawk’s own software. For extra sample tracking and security, it can be connected directly to a 2D-barcode scanner for tube confirmation. In this mode, it can also generate picklists directly from the tube barcodes. A 1D-scanner for reading the rack barcode is included as standard.
Take a look below to watch a short video of the Mohawk in operation. For further information contact Ziath on +1- 858-880-6920 / +44-1223-855021 / firstname.lastname@example.org.