AltoStar® Automation System AM16


The AltoStar® Automation System AM16 is a robotic pipetting workstation used for sample purification and PCR setup controlled by the AltoStar® Connect software. It is intended to be used in combination with the AltoStar® Purification Kit 1.5, the AltoStar® Internal Control 1.5 and altona Diagnostics PCR kits for automated purification of nucleic acids and automated assay setup for in vitro diagnostic purposes.

The AltoStar® AM16 is intended for use by professional users trained in molecular biological techniques and the operation of the AltoStar® AM16 instrument.


Introduction AltoStar® Automation System AM16

AltoStar® Molecular Diagnostic Workflow video

Key features

Entire workflow

  • The AltoStar® AM16 is CE-IVD marked
  • DNA and RNA purification in parallel with one-for-all chemistry AltoStar® Purification Kit 1.5 (CE-IVD)
  • Real-time PCR reaction setup by using the altona Diagnostics PCR kits (CE-IVD)
  • Automated cycler programming with AltoStar® Connect software (CE-IVD)
  • Expandable system for additional thermal cycler (CFX96™ Deep Well Dx System, IVD / Bio-Rad)

Process safety

  • Traceability: barcoded reagents for full process control
  • Ready-to-use reagents for consistent quality
  • Lot checking
  • Expiry date checking
  • Total Aspiration and Dispense Monitoring (TADM) – proven technology from Hamilton

High flexibility

  • All sample types in one run
  • Analyze up to four pathogens from a single sample
  • Combine up to eight real-time PCR assays on a 96 well plate
  • Scalable from 1–96 reactions, no minimum batch size
  • 500 µl and 1000 µl sample volume possible in one run
  • Sample carriers can be unloaded any time after sample processing

Any sample type

  • CE-IVD marked purification kit validated for whole blood, EDTA plasma, urine, stool and swabs in UTM
  • One purification kit for both DNA and RNA assays
  • One universal internal control for entire workflow (AltoStar® Internal Control 1.5, CE-IVD)


  • Ready-to-use reagents for extraction and real-time PCR
  • Use of primary or secondary sample tubes
  • Freely selectable positions for samples
  • Load backup reagents and consumables
  • No refill or mixing of solutions necessary
  • Full access to eluates
  • User friendly control software AltoStar® Connect (see under AltoStar® product range)

AltoStar® Automation System AM16

Order no.AM16
For use withAltoStar® Purification Kit 1.5
AltoStar® Internal Control 1.5
CFX96™ Deep Well Dx System (IVD, Bio-Rad)

Additionally included in package AltoStar® Molecular Diagnostic Workflow

ProductsAltoStar® Connect software
AltoStar® Plate Sealer
AltoStar® AM16 PC

Dimensions and weight

Dimensions (W x D x H)1124 mm x 903 mm x 795 mm (transport size)
1010 mm (with loading tray)
1200 mm (with loading tray and carriers on loading tray)
WeightApprox. 140 kg

Operating data

Maximum power consumption≤ 600VA
Voltage115 VAC / 230 VAC ± 10 %
Delayed action fuse115 V~: 6.3 A (T6.3AL250)
230 V~: 3.15 A (T3.15A250)
Installation categoryII
Pollution degree2
Temperature range15 °C to 30 °C / indoor use only
Relative humidity15 % to 85 % (no condensation)
Noise level< 65dBA (regarding EN27779)
AltitudeUp to 2000 m above sea level

Transportation and storage

TransportationTruckage company / AltoStar® AM16 instrument is
installed or relocated by a Hamilton trained
field service engineer.
Temperature range-25 °C to +70 °C / Indoor storage only
Relative humidity10 % to 90 % (no condensation, indoors)

AltoStar® Automation System AM16

AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Handbuch IVD

File size: 3.62 MB
Veröffentlichungsdatum: 10/2017

AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Operator's Manual IVD

File size: 2.89 MB
Release date: 10/2017

AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Manuel d'utilisation DIV

File size: 3.24 MB
Date de sortie: 10/2017

AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Manual IVD del operador

File size: 3.15 MB
Fecha de lanzamiento: 10/2017

AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Manual IVD do Operador

File size: 3.15 MB
Data de lançamento: 10/2017

AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Manuale d’uso DIV

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Data di rilascio: 10/2017

🇵🇱 AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Instrukcja obsługi systemu do diagnostyki IVD

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Data wydania: 10/2017

🇻🇳 AltoStar® Automation System AM16 Hướng dẫn vận hành IVD

File size: 3.14 MB
Ngày ban hành: 10/2017

• Input samples and PCR assays assignments or import all information from LIMS – Create run
• Preparation / pretreatment of samples – Start purification – Load reagents and samples
• Sample purification results – Purification run results are saved in the AltoStar® Connect SW
• Unload reagents and samples after purification

AltoStar® Automation System AM16

Declaration of Conformity AltoStar® Automation System AM16

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Release date: 03.02.2020

Declaration of Conformity AltoStar® Connect software

File size: 304.61 KB
Release date: 29.06.2022

Declaration of Conformity AltoStar® Connect software

File size: 81.44 KB
Release date: 09.05.2023

AltoStar® Molecular Diagnostic Workflow - Info Flyer

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Release date: 03/2023

AltoStar® Molecular Diagnostic Workflow - Info brochure

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Release date: 03/2023