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Hudson Control Group s PlateCrane EX and SoftLinx

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Hudson Control Group has launched the PlateCrane EX, a cylindrical robot arm that is optimized for handling lab ware in the “SBS footprint,” including microplates, reservoirs, and disposable tip racks, the company said.

Interfaces are available to more than 100 microplate-based instruments, and the instrument has a capacity of up to 420 microplates. According to the company, the robot includes four axes of motion (tower rotation, vertical travel, telescoping arm, and gripper rotation); it can perform automated assays by linking with one or more PlateCrane Ex’s; it works with 96-, 384-, and 1536-well plates; and fits within a standard laboratory hood.

It also is supplied with Hudson’s SoftLinx laboratory automation software.

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