XL20 Tube Handler

Automates tube re-arraying, sample weighing, volume tracking, & labeling for 96 tube rack samples.

XL20 is a simple-to-use automated pick and place tube handler for 96 tube rack samples. The XL20 automates sample tube sorting, 2D sample tracking, and sample weighing tasks. The XL20’s workflow oriented software controls the automatic transfer of sample tubes to 2D barcode reader, tube balance, and volume measurement options. The XL20 software logs all collected data (sample 2D code, sample weight, etc.) to output files. A proven sample management tool, the XL20 works well as primary automation platform for labs with growing sample libraries, and as complementary automation for larger core facilities. 


Automation Benefits

  • 18 to 20 tube rack deck provides hours of "walk -away" time
  • Same procedure for processing small and large sample sets
  • Sample data output in CSV files for Excel or LIMS 


  • XL20 software has pre-set load & go sample processing modes 
  • Worklist, Tare/Gross weighing, & Data collection modes
  • Software guided tube rack loading streamlines operation


  • Sort up to 700 tubes per hour
  • Sort and 2D scan up to 500 tubes per hour
  • Weigh up to 300 tubes per hour
  • Scan and weigh over 300 tubes per hour 
  • Sort and label 150 - 180 tubes per hour


All models include Windows-based (10,8,7,vista compatible) XL20 Tube Manager software.  An optional API SDK toolkit allows for IT integration projects.

Labware Compatibility

Compatible 96 tube format labware

  • Altemis
  • FluidX
  • Micronic 
  • Thermo Scientific (Matrix / ABgene)
  • Greiner
  • Ziath/Biosero
  • Others


  • Automates handling of 0.3 mL to 1.4 mL tubes
  • Re-array samples prior to liquid handling
  • Organize tube rack samples for sample transfer to 384 well plate
  • Track sample volume data across compound library
  • Conserve freezer space (consolidate partial racks)
  • Collect DMSO hydration with TubeDowser 

Typical Installations

  • Compound Libraries / HTS groups
  • Biobank or Bio repositories
  • Core genomic facilities
  • Molecular Diagnostic Testing Labs


The XL20 is designed for use with 96 tube rack samples and your model can be configured with the features you need, including:

Capacity by Model

  • XL20 with 2D reader (20 rack capacity)
  • XL20 with 2D reader and balance (18 rack capacity)
  • XL20 with 2D reader and LevelCheck (19 rack capacity)
  • XL20 with 2D reader, balance, and TubeDowser (17 rack capacity)
  • XL20 with 2D reader and XL LabelPro (18 rack capacity)
For a smaller capacity and footprint, consider the XL9 (7 to 9 racks)

Optional Add-Ons

ActiveX Software Developer's Toolkit for integration with other robotic and LIMS systems.
  XL20 Tube Handler and DMSO Hydration Tracking

Cool Room Configuration