Fully Automated FTA Card Punching and Sample Analysis
Hamilton optimized the easyPunch STARlet assay ready workstation to streamline pre-PCR workflow steps from a variety of evidentiary and DNA databasing biological samples collected via FTA cards. Samples are collected onto barcoded indicating or non-indicating FTA cards, where cellular DNA is released, and safely transported or stored for long time periods at ambient temperature. The cards are loaded onto the easyPunch for automated sample imaging, punching and processing. The system includes a specialized punch module, gripper arm and lightbox with camera, and is pre-configured for use with framed filter cards. Samples in up to two 96-well microplates may be processed at once.