SpeciTRAX Sample Transfer System

Accelerate and simplify your workflows with the KingFisher SpeciTRAX Sample Transfer System. This innovative system combines new sample-handling automation technologies to offer ease of use, as well as increased throughput and safety, while delivering consistent, accurate results.


The KingFisher SpeciTRAX system enables your lab to transfer 192 samples from capped sample tubes to two 96 deep-well plates in 40 minutes, all within a closed-door system.

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Uncap your sample handling potential

Minimize risk and increase accuracy

Sensors automatically scan barcoded sample tubes for tracking within the software.

Address common bottleneck concerns

Remove tedious manual steps by automating uncapping, recapping to increase throughput  and sample processing.

Improve safety with built-in features

Minimizes exposure to biohazardous samples with a closed-door system.

Increase consistency with precision pipetting

Precision pipetting enables the ability to maintain consistent results across runs and different users.


Evolve your sample handling with automation benefits

Minimize risk with safety with built-in features

  • Closed-door system—exposure to biohazardous samples is minimized with a closed-door system. The tempered glass door lifts for setup procedures and then is closed for the duration of the run.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light—decontamination is performed with ultraviolet lights built-in to the instrument deck that minimize user exposure to potential contamination or infection hazards.
  • High-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filtration—inlet and exhaust HEPA filtration systems remove airborne particles >0.3 μm in size and filters microorganisms.
  • Waste removal—used pipette tips are automatically removed and dispensed into the biohazardous waste receptacle below the instrument deck. A pause option allows for waste removal during a run.

Increase consistency and accuracy with sample tracking and precision pipettes

  • Sensors automatically scan barcoded sample tubes for tracking within the software.
  • KingFisher SpeciTRAX software visually displays the sample-to-well plate designation for easy review by the user, which reduces errors and increases consistency.
  • Precision pipetting within the system enables the ability to maintain consistent results across runs and different users, which is crucial for sensitive downstream applications.
  • Dual pipettors accurately aliquot 10–1,000 μL and dispense into wells while fluid sensing tips allow for sample types of varying viscosity.

Adoption is easy with surefire design and intuitive software

  • Intuitive software helps ensure protocol setup is fast, as steps are presented in a simple visual format.
  • An illustrative menu within the software eliminates the need for extensive training, reduces potential for error and helps your staff ramp-up quickly.
  • Surefire design features such as sample racks that snap into place on the instrument deck help prevent misalignment. Consumable pipette tip boxes and deep-well plates have interlocking tabs that contribute to overall process consistency. 

Customize workflows

An open software platform allows for easy-to-make changes in the user interface (UI) or an Excel file for customized applications or workflow modifications. Parameter variations for tubes, plates, aspiration, and dispensing volumes for specific protocols are easily accommodated. Liquid handling parameters and transfer volumes are simply configured or preset for a specific protocol. Plate layout and sample transfer paths can also be predefined; this option is convenient for situations when specific wells need to be blank for manual transfers such as controls.

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Applications and resources

Paper: View SpeciTRAX system performance data and analysis

Brochure: Learn more about the SpeciTRAX system

Infographic: See how the SpeciTRAX system can benefit your workflows

Flyer: Discover a new type of automation



KingFisher SpeciTRAX Sample Transfer System

Sizing information

Instrument dimensions

7 ft (L) x 5.5 ft (W)

2.1 m (L) x 1.5 m (W)

Clearance space

7.1 ft (H)

2.1 m (H)


1200 lbs

550 kg

Electrical requirements




50/60 Hz

Power consumption

1000 VA

Operating environment


19–25°C (66.2–77°F)

Relative humidity

20–80% RH, non-condensing

Atmospheric pressure

80–106 kPa


Integrate multiple functions, including decapping, recapping, barcode identification, automated liquid transfer, HEPA-filtration and negative pressure protection


192 samples/40 min

Pipetting precision

Pipetting method

Based on the principle of air displacement, liquid level detection

Volume range

10–1,000 µL

Precision (%CV)

10 μL: ≤ 0.1%

100 μL: ≤ 0.2%

1,000 μL: ≤ 2.5%

Accuracy (%DEV)

10 μL: ≤ ±1.7%

100 μL: ≤ ±2.9%

1,000 μL: ≤ ±9.9%

Robot arm accuracy

x, y, z: ±0.1 mm

Barcode scanner

4 scanner sensors, supports both 1D and 2D barcodes


UV light

36 W

Supply and exhaust air filter

ISO 5, HEPA 99.995% at 0.3 µm, negative pressure system

Tube compatibility

Universal fit. Excellent fit on 5 mL and 10 mL transport tubes with screw caps.


Conductive tips, 1,000 µL, sterile, filter Case of 960 904-011
KingFisher 96 Deep-Well Plate, sterile (for Duo Prime, Flex, and Presto) Case of 50 95040460
KingFisher 96 Deep-Well Plate, sterile, barcoded (for Apex) Case of 50 95040450B

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.