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Microplate Handler: Hudson: Plate Crane EX: PC4-EX The PlateCrane EX is a new-generation cylindrical robot arm that is optimized for handling labware in the SBS footprint including microplates, reservoirs, and disposable tip racks. The PlateCrane is optimized for loading and unloading microplate-based lab instruments, such as readers, washers and reagent dispensers. The EX features state-of-the-art controls and a new, rugged design. Never has lab automation been easier or more reliable. Interfaces are available to more than 150 microplate-based instruments, including virtually every reader, washer, dispenser and pipettor commonly used in laboratories today. It has a capacity of up to 450 microplates, and makes it easy to configure a wide range of automation workcells. The PlateCrane is available in a standard configuration, with 345° of horizontal rotation, and an advanced model, the PlateCrane 360, which offers unlimited rotation. Also, both models offer a Random Access configuration where plates are stacked in shelves for random selection. The PlateCrane EX is supplied with Hudsons SoftLinx laboratory automation software. SoftLinx provides scheduling capability and an easy-to-use icon-based drag and drop Method Editor. Plate Capacity: Up to 450 plates without lids or up to 275 plates with lids. Plate Format: Portrait & Landscape – (Rotary Gripper) Plate Storage Device: 2 removable stacks (expandable up to 15) Housing Material: Painted steel covering cast aluminum housing. Gripper Material: Black anodized aluminum; textured neoprene rubber inserts. Arm Mechanism: Ball bearing axis with high-speed screw rail; mechanical stops to prevent continuous rotation (345° maximum). Rotary Travel: 345° ¨ Horizontal Reach: From center of vertical axis: 12″ – 18″ radius Vertical Reach: Maximum 22.75 in. from table, minimum 4.25 in. from table, total 18.0 in. vertical travel distance. Size (H x W x D): 27 in. x 19 in. x 27 in. Weight: about 45 lbs. Computer Interface: RS-232 serial cable
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