Transcending swab sample to result workflows

Automation: The Only Rapid Path from Swab Sample to Result

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Automated swab processing workflows, consisting of the RHINOsticâ„¢ Automated Nasal Swab and robotic devices, increase sample throughput by up to 10x compared to manual swab test processing methods. In addition to getting more results faster than ever, the automated nasal swab processing workflow helps to reduce biohazard exposure and user variability for peace of mind and confidence in results. This is especially important during COVID and other highly infectious disease test methods. Walkaway convenience and instant scalability provide new heights in overall lab efficiency and productivity to stretch budget dollars further.

Automated nasal swab test processing is ideal when conducting a COVID PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 or any other pathogen test that is dependent on samples collected via a nasal swab or nasopharyngeal swab.

Instantly scale swab test processing without increasing people

Test more swabs. Use less manpower. Deliver precise results.

RHINOstic Automated Nasal Swabs
5
Lab Personnel needed to process 15,000+ tests per day
Standard Flocked Swabs
75
Lab Personnel needed to process 15,000+ tests per day

Option #1: Fully automated nasal swab test procedure for high sample demand, high throughput swab test procedure needs

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Users load up to 96 RHINOstic tubes onto RHINOracâ„¢ and place onto the deck of a Hamilton Microlab STAR, Microlab NIMBUS, Microlab Prep or other compatible automated liquid handler integrated with a LabElite DeCapper or other decapping automation device and a heating block.

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A barcode reader in the LabElite DeCapper automatically scans the tube bottoms containing 2D barcodes for rapid accessioning. Data may be automatically sent to a laboratory information system (LIS).

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LabElite DeCapper automatically removes the RHINOstic caps with swabs and places them safely out of reach on the liquid handler deck.

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The liquid handler automatically adds elution reagents.

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LabElite DeCapper automatically replaces the RHINOstic caps with swabs. Particles fully elute from the hydrophobic swab head.

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The liquid handler moves the RHINOrac to the integrated heating block for inactivation, then transfers precise liquid aliquots and reagents, including controls, into 96- or 384-well assay plates. The plates are automatically sealed and ready for downstream PCR analysis.

Option #2: Semi-automated nasal swab test procedure for low sample demand, low throughput swab test procedure needs

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Users load up to 96 RHINOstic tubes onto the RHINOrac and place into a biosafety cabinet containing a LabElite DeCapper or other decapping automation device.

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A barcode reader in the LabElite DeCapper automatically scans the tube bottoms containing 2D barcodes for rapid accessioning. Data may be automatically sent to a laboratory information system (LIS).

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LabElite DeCapper automatically removes the RHINOstic caps with swabs and places them safely out of reach.

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Users manually add elution reagents.

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LabElite DeCapper automatically replaces the RHINOstic caps with swabs. Particles fully elute from the hydrophobic swab head.

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Users manually move RHINOrac to a heating block for inactivation, then remove the rack for downstream processing.

Automation devices compatible with the RHINOstic Automated Nasal Swab


 

Automated tube accessioning, decapping, and capping

LabElite DeCapper or LabElite I.D. Capper from Hamilton Storage Technologies

Requires RHINOstic Conversion Kit: #44258

Hands-free, ready to go. The LabElite DeCapper automatically removes and replaces the RHINOstic cap with its integrated swab. The LabElite I.D. Capper performs the same function and also scans 2D barcodes located on the bottom of each RHINOstic transport tube. This speeds up swab sample processing while protecting users from biohazard exposure.

LabElite Conversion Kit

Automated tube accessioning

LabElite I.D. Reader from Hamilton Storage Technologies

Say goodbye to repetitive motion injuries, errors, wasted time, and extra manpower when accessioning individual swab samples. The LabElite I.D. Reader simultaneously accessions up to 96 samples simultaneously using 2D barcodes located on the bottom of each RHINOstic transport tube. This speeds up swab sample accessioning steps.

Higher throughput automated liquid handling and repetitive workflow steps

Microlab STAR and Microlab STARlet from Hamilton Company

Trust in the industry-leading Microlab STAR automated liquid handler for lasting confidence in results. The Microlab STAR can be changed or upgraded throughout its life to accommodate changing workflows, while robust and flexible programming through VENUS can accomplish any task, from simple to complex. As always, Hamilton's pipetting technology achieves high accuracy, precision, and repeatability from sub-microliter to large volumes.

Hamilton Microlab STAR connects with any LabElite for hands-free elution and sample inactivation; linking to downstream assay robotics.

Lower throughput automated liquid handling and repetitive workflow steps

Microlab NIMBUS from Hamilton Company

Experience fast, easy to use, and superior quality pipetting in a compact system at an affordable price. Add, change, and upgrade parts and accessories as needed to accommodate changing workflows. The Microlab NIMBUS is offered in multiple platform configurations to provide the lab with a powerful and personalized solution.

Benchtop automated liquid handling

Microlab Prep from Hamilton Company

The Microlab Prep packs quality and efficiency into a mini automated liquid handling workstation that easily fits on a lab bench or in many biological safety cabinets. The Microlab Prep is the solution to make workflows faster, more precise, and more convenient than ever. Get ready to revolutionize the work in your lab by replacing manual pipetting with the efficiency and accuracy of the Microlab Prep.

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