Automated cryogenic sample storage/biobank

The ASKION C-line® hermetic storage HS200 product family provides semi- and fully automated cryo-storage systems at temperatures of below -150°C to -185°C. The storage takes place in the gas phase of liquid nitrogen. A maximum sample quality is guaranteed for decades due to the storage in deep cold temperatures and the handling temperatures of the samples of down to below -130°C. Depending on the demand for storage capacity, the user can choose from three different versions of the HS200: S/M/L. Thanks to the modularity and the automation capability of the ASKION C-line® hermetic storage, it is possible to create biobank solutions from semi-automated standalone storage systems up to a fully automated biobank consisting of several storage systems. The three versions of the HS200, S, M and L, are completely compatible among each other and can be interconnected by an external rail system to build a fully automated biobank.
The documentation of all relevant system parameters as well as the complete administration of the samples is accomplished by our software solution ASKION C-line® Control.

Performance features


  • Storage in the gas phase of liquid nitrogen  
  • Independent of the sample format
  • Handling of SBS racks    
  • Handling of single samples (pick-and-place robots)
  • Gripper changer system   
  • Sample handling at temperatures of down to below -130°C (adjustable)
  • Storage of up to 1,000,000 samples per Hermetic Storage
  • Integrated barcode scanner for single samples and SBS racks for ambient temperatures of -130°C
  • Modularly expandable without any influence on previously stored samples
  • Continuous cold chain
  • No penetration of moisture into the deep cold work area; the HS200 remains free of ice
  • External automation in order to interconnect single storage systems to a fully automated biobank
  • Sample management for controlling the storage and retrieval processes
  • Compatible with all existing components of the ASKION C-line® System



    Front view automated cryo storage (HS200 M/L)
    HS200 M/L back view (Vapour phase storage tank with hood system. Hood system enables automated sample handling at cryogenic temperatures)
    Touch Panel PC (Control Panel) of HS200 M/L (wireless connection to HS200 M/L)
    Automated In-/Output Unit
    Automated SBS Rack Handling at ambient temperatures of -130°C for HS200 M/L
    Cherry Pciking Roboter at HS200 M/L (automated handling of single sample at ambient tempertures of -130°C) with optional Gripper Changing modul

    Semi-automated operation for HS200 S (useage of heated glvoes).
    Automated single tube handling at ambient temperatures of -110°C inside HS200 S

    Automated Biobank (rail system connects several sotrage units to one fully automated biobank)
    Level of automation for HS200 S (semi-automated, automated storage unit, automated biobank)




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