Capit-All Desktop Instrumentation

Capit-All Desktop Instrumentation

The Challenge

To prevent cross-threading or over-tightening of caps, as well as the cross-contamination of samples during entry and removal. Also, to remove the need for disassembly for cleaning and maintenance and enable personnel at any level to operate instruments without the need for very high standards of training.

The Approach

Working as part of The Automation Partnership (TAP) team, the team made sure that the instrument’s robust design would deliver reliable, high throughput access and storage of samples. This was one of several projects completed over a period of more than 20 years.

The Outcome

This was one of the first desktop instruments developed by TAP. The design team needed to translate the look and feel created in much larger instruments into this smaller product and maintain high-quality usability and brand recognition.

The instrument enables increased laboratory throughput and improved ergonomics by capping or de-capping up to 96 tubes at once – approximately 10 seconds per rack. With the addition of spacers, it also enables its use with 500µl or 1.0ml tube racks on the same instrument and maintains seal integrity with pre-determined torque control. Safety features ensure that racks are loaded in the correct orientation.

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