From Clark Hamilton’s Microliter® Syringe to Leading Laboratory Automation Technology, Hamilton’s expertise in liquid handling goes back to the development of the revolutionary Microliter® syringe in 1947 by the company founder Clark Hamilton. The strategy of the company has been to grow through innovations based on its core competence in liquid handling and to favor high quality products over short-term profits. The advent of automation in the laboratory was anticipated early. In 1970, Hamilton had already introduced the first semi-automated diluter. The first fully automated workstation for sample preparation followed in 1980. Today’s STAR line instruments represent the latest development in a series of innovative liquid handling workstations. Thousands of Hamilton liquid handling workstations are serving customers in laboratories all over the world, some of the instruments with a track record of over 15 years.
Hamilton is a global enterprise with manufacturing facilities in Reno, Nevada and Bonaduz, Switzerland.
Hamilton is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of manual, semi-automated and robotic products for precision fluid measuring. For nearly 50 years, Hamilton has been satisfying customer needs by combining quality materials with skilled workmanship, ensuring the highest level of performance of every precision fluid measuring device we manufacture. Hamilton's lifelong commitment to precision, accuracy, and quality has earned us global ISO 9001 Certification.
Quality Thinking in Research, Development & Manufacturing
Over the lifetime of an instrument, each component needs to withstand mechanical stress. Particularly, each of the STAR’s pipetting channels goes through 500,000 to 1 million cycles in its lifetime. To evaluate the reliability of the design, the pipetting channels were tested for 10 million cycles in our research and development departments. In order to be in complete control of the quality of our instruments, the most important components are manufactured in-house, particularly complex mechanic parts. These parts are manufactured to the tightest tolerances in our own precision machine shops. Our philosophy for building instruments of the highest reliability is to test each module with criteria that are stricter than those for the whole instrument. Instrument testing is fully automated to avoid any variances due to human interaction. Once the instrument has passed all tests successfully, it is configured with the specific modules and accessories for the customer’s application and has to pass yet another test. Because we also manufacturer life support equipment, Hamilton is compliance with ISO 9001, GMP and FDA.