XL9 Tube Handler

The XL9 Tube Handler is a simple to use automated pick-and-place tube handler for 96 tube rack samples.

A smaller version of the XL20, the XL9 automates sample tube sorting, re-arraying, sample weighing, sample volume tracking, and now tube labeling!

The XL9’s workflow oriented software controls the automatic transfer of sample tubes to the 2D barcode reader, tube balance, and volume measurement options. The XL9 software logs all collected data (sample 2D code, sample weight, etc.) to output files and integrates with LIMS.

A proven sample management tool, the XL9 works well as primary automation platform for labs with growing sample libraries, and as complementary tube processing platform for larger core facilities.


Automation Benefits

  • 7 - 9 rack capacity 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


  • XL9 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 10, 8, 7 compatible XL9 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
XL9 Tube Handler


  • 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 plates
  • Track sample volume data across compound library
  • Conserve freezer space (consolidate partial racks)
  • Collect DMSO hydration with TubeDowser

Typically Installed In

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


The XL9 is designed for use with 96 tube rack samples and your model can be configured with the features you need, including:

Capacity by Model

  • XL9 with 2D reader (9 rack capacity)
  • XL9 with 2D reader and balance (7 rack capacity)
  • XL9 with 2D reader and LevelCheck (8 rack capacity)
  • XL9 with 2D reader, balance, and TubeDowser option (6 rack capacity)
  • XL9 with 2D reader and XL LabelPro (7 rack capacity)
For more tube rack capacity, consider the XL20 (18-20 racks).

Optional Add-Ons

ActiveX Software Developer's Toolkit for integration with other robotic and LIMS systems.

  XL9 Tube Handler and DMSO Hydration Tracking

Cool Room Configuration