ABRC Gets Automated

March 17, 2015
SAM (Seed Aliquoting Machine)

After a 3 year collaboration with Labman Automation (Stokesly, UK), ABRC has recently installed a new automated seed dispensing system.  The ABRC robot called SAM (Seed Aliquoting Machine) has the capacity to work with up to 192 input tubes and/or 768 output tubes per run and has the ability to perform one to one as well as one to many dispenses.  The robot is environmentally sealed, has operations in place to prevent contamination, and ensures an accurate quantity of seeds is dispensed.  SAM will initally be used to create large SALK sets which are used for high throughput analyses.  The system has the ability to produce 10 sets of 3600 seed lines in a little over a month, a task that could take 6 months or more if done by hand.  In addition to set preparation SAM will be used for general seed orders.  Through the use of SAM, ABRC will be able to increase efficiency and continue a high quality service well into the future.