epMotion® 5070 CB - Operating manual

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epMotion® 5070 CB
Operating manual
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the copyright owner.
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Registered trademarks are not marked in all cases with ™ or ® in this manual.
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User instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
2
6
6
6
7
7
Product description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
3
Using this manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Danger symbols and danger levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Symbols used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Abbreviations used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Main illustration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Delivery package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
2.3.1
Principle of operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
2.3.2
Cleanbench. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Overview of hardware and labware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
2.4.1
Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
2.4.2
Labware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
2.4.3
Important volume terms for tubes and wells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
Intended use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Information on product liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Warnings for intended use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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22
25
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Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
5
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
5.6
First steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.1.1
Check correct installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.1.2
Switch on the epMotion 5070 CB and log in as the user . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overview of operation with the control panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.2.1
Menu structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.2.2
Main navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.2.3
Navigating in the navigation tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.2.4
Keys on the control panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overview of Operating Sequence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing or replacing the dispensing tool (tool) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.4.1
Installing the dispensing tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.4.2
Removing the dispensing tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.4.3
Notes on the dispensing sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Placing labware on the worktable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.5.1
Position labware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Create and start methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.1
Create new folder in user directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.2
Create and save methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.3
Load worktable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.4
Defining the procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.5
Check method (parameter test) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.6
Copy predefined methods into user directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.7
Activate and deactivate Optical Sensor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.8
Starting the method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.6.9
Observations, method run. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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28
28
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30
31
31
32
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36
36
36
37
37
37
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5.8
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6.2
7.3
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55
56
60
60
60
61
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Error search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.2.1
Read error of the optical sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.2.2
Dispensing error . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
65
65
65
66
66
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
8.1
8.2
8.3
9
Short instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6.1.1
Select method and start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6.1.2
Typical operating sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Example method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6.2.1
Method objective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6.2.2
Sample preparation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6.2.3
Method sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6.2.4
Starting the method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
7.1
7.2
8
53
53
53
54
54
Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
6.1
7
Stop or interrupt methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.7.1
Stop method prematurely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.7.2
Continue method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5.7.3
Abort method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
epMotion 5070 CB Shut Down and Switch Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.1.1
Replacing the sealing rings of the eight-channel dispensing tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.1.2
Maintaining the dispensing tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.2.1
Cleaning the worktable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.2.2
Cleaning the worktable base adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.2.3
Cleaning the dispensing tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.2.4
Cleaning the control panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.2.5
Cleaning the thermoadapter, thermoblock and thermorack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.2.6
Autoclaving Labware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Decontamination before shipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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94
94
95
95
95
95
95
95
95
96
Technical data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6
Power supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Ambient conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Weight/dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
9.3.1
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
9.3.2
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Dispensing Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Further specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
9.6.1
Noise level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
9.6.2
Optical sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
9.6.3
Carrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
10 Ordering Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
10.1
4
Accessory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.1 Automated pipetting system epMotion 5070 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.2 Dispensing Tools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.3 epT.I.P.S. Motion pipette tips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.4 Reagent reservoirs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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10.1.5 Racks for individual tubes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.6 Modular rack components. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.7 Height Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.8 Additional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.1.9 Accessories for real-time PCR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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11.2
Shut down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
12 Appendix A: Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
12.1
12.2
12.3
Labware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1.1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1.2 Overview of labware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1.3 Abbreviations used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1.4 Labware definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1.5 Compile your own labware combinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1.6 Labware list at www.epMotion.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.1.7 Request labware definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tools (dispensing tools) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Optical sensor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.3.1 Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.3.2 Detection version 1: detecting liquid surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.3.3 Detection variant 2: Tip detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.3.4 Detection variant 3: Location detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12.3.5 Detection limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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13.1
13.2
13.3
13.4
Commands, parameters, options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.1 Number of Samples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.2 Sample Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.3 Reagent Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.4 Dilute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.5 Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.6 Pool One destination. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.7 Mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.8 Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.9 Wait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.10 Comment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.1.11 User intervention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Administrator rights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.2.1 PIN Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.2.2 User accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.2.3 System settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.2.4 Set Bottom Tolerance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Manage and Backup Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.3.1 Backup Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.3.2 MultiMediaCard MMC™ Data Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Predefined methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.4.1 Nucleic acid prep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.4.2 PCR setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.4.3 Routine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13.4.4 Sequencing setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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User instructions
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1.1
User instructions
Using this manual
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Material damage due to incorrect use.
User instructions
NOTICE!
 Only use the product for its intended purpose as described in the operating manual.
 Ensure adequate material resistance when using chemical substances.
 In case of doubt, contact the product manufacturer.
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1.2
Before using the epMotion 5070 CB for the first time, please read the operating manual.
Please view this manual as part of the product and keep it somewhere easily accessible.
When passing on the device, always enclose the operating manual.
If this manual is lost, please request another one. The current version of the operating manual
can be found on our website at www.eppendorf.com.
Danger symbols and danger levels
Representation
Meaning
DANGER
Risk of electric shock with potential for severe injury or death as a consequence.
DANGER
Risk of explosion with potential for severe injury or death as a consequence.
DANGER
Bio hazard with potential for risk to health or death as a consequence.
WARNING
Warning of potential injury.
CAUTION
Notification of lower risk or danger of material damage.
Note
Refers to particularly useful information and tips.
1.3
Symbols used
Depiction
Meaning

You are requested to perform an action.
1.
Perform these actions in the sequence described.
2.
•
Text
List.
Terms and key names from the software.
References useful information.
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1.4
Abbreviations used
DWP
Deepwell plate
epT.I.P.S.
eppendorf Totally Integrated Pipetting System
MMC™
1.5
MultiMediaCard™
MTP
Micro test plate
PCR
Polymerase Chain Reaction
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Glossary
User instructions
A
Administrator
Users with special rights. Configuration settings and several system settings are primarily
reserved for the administrator. The administrator has a special PIN for logging in.
C
Cleanbench
Safety bench top class 2. A laminar air flow prevents external airborne germs from entering the
bench top, and aerosols contaminated with microorganisms from escaping from the bench top.
The cleanbench is for personal and product protection.
Command
Describes a procedure in a method including all parameters required for the optimal execution of
this process.
Comment
With the Comment command you can enter a comment line.
Control panel
Panel; control unit with display, keyboard, mouse and MultiMediaCard™ for operating the
epMotion.
D
Dilute
The Dilute command is a modified Sample Transfer command making it easier to carry out
diluting series. A defined volume is transported from one well to the next several times by means
of pipetting.
E
Exchange
Using the Exchange command you can swap two Labware objects manually on the worktable.
Filling volume
Maximum filling volume of a tube or well that can be aspirated or whose tube, rack or plate can
be transported (transport only epMotion 5075).
F
H
Height adapter
The height adapter is for mounting very short labware that is placed next to taller labware (e.g.
reservoir rack) on the worktable. Travel distances and, therefore, operating times are reduced
with the height adapter.
L
Labware
General term for racks, plates, tips, etc., that can be positioned on the worktable. The
administrator specifies which labware can be used by selecting labware that is available in the
software. The most current labware version can be viewed on the homepage
www.epMotion.com.
Location
Position of a plate, tips or a rack on the worktable. 4 locations are available on the epMotion
worktable. 3 park positions are also shown on the worktable.
Login and logout
Method
Mix
Login and logout to and from the control panel; only one user can be logged in.
M
Saved sequence for loading the surface (worktable) for the method start and the required
procedures for the epMotion.
With the Mix command you can mix liquids in a tube.
MMC™
MultiMediaCard™; storage medium or memory card. It is used for data transfer from or to a PC
with Windows 98® or higher. The data on the PC is read in using a USB card reader. The USB
card reader is a part of the delivery package.
Module racks
The temperature-controlled module racks can be loaded with tubes in various models. Using an
adjusting pin, the tubes can be positioned at five different heights in the module racks. Up to
seven module racks can be positioned in a reservoir rack.
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N
Number of samples
Use the Number of Samples command to specify how many samples are to be processed in the
subsequent steps of a procedure.
P
User instructions
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Pattern
Distribution pattern; specification of the aspiration and dispensing positions within a dispensing
command. With automatic pattern detection, patterns can be defined as simple standard patterns
or free patterns. Patterns are direction-independent in x-direction and y-direction (e.g. from left to
right or from right to left).
PCR clean
PCR clean is an Eppendorf AG purity standard for disposables. Products labeled with PCRclean
are certified free of human DNA, DNase, RNase and PCR inhibitors. A batch-specific certificate
can be downloaded from our homepage www.eppendorf.com.
Pool
Pool One
destination
Procedure
Rack
Reagent Transfer
Reservoir
With the Pool command you can transfer liquids from several source tube locations into
destination tube locations.
With the Pool One Destination command you can transfer liquids from several source tube
locations into a single destination tube location.
List of commands in chronological order of execution.
R
Mount for tubes or pipette tips.
Use the Reagent Transfer command to transfer liquid from a source tube into one or several
locations of a destination tube.
The 30 mL and 100 mL reservoirs (pans, tubs) for the reagent presentation are suspended in a
reservoir rack (max. 7 reservoirs per rack). Reservoirs with a capacity of 300 mL or 400 mL are
placed at the location without a reservoir rack.
S
Sample Transfer
Use the Sample Transfer command to transfer several liquids from various locations of a source
tube into several locations of a destination tube.
Source and
destination
Source and destination tube. A location occupied with labware becomes either a source tube or a
destination tube in the commands Sample Transfer or Reagent Transfer.
Thermoadapter
The thermoadapter is for the mounting of a plate (depending on thermoadapter PCR or DWP).
Thermoadapters can be passively temperature controlled. Thermoadapters and plates are not a
fixed combination.
Thermoblock
Thermorack
T
Metal body for combining with PCR plates and PCR tubes. Thermoblocks can be passively
temperature controlled. In the software, thermoblocks are pre-configured units of a PCR plate
and thermoblock. Thermoblocks are always placed on the worktable with a PCR plate.
Rack with metal body. For smaller tubes (e.g. Eppendorf Safe-Lock tubes for 0.5 ,1.5 mL or
2 mL), a temperature-controlled thermorack with lid holder and 24 positions can be used.
Tips
epT.I.P.S. Motion; pipette tips. Only epT.I.P.S. Motion can be used on the epMotion. Tips with or
without filter are used. epT.I.P.S. Motion with filter are PCR clean. Pipette tips are delivered
ready-for-use in PP racks.
Tool
Dispensing tool. 6 different dispensing tools can be used as alternatives.
Tubes
User intervention
Individual tubes that can be placed in a rack.
U
With the User Intervention command you can insert steps into your method that the user must
execute manually.
W
Wait
Working volume
Worktable
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The Wait command is used to select a pause before the next command.
Recommended working volume. Up to the working volume, liquids can be dispensed in a tube or
well with various liquid types with minimal contamination.
Graphic display of loading (tips, racks, plates ...) the surface by starting a method. If labware is
stacked at a location (e.g., height adapter and micro test plate), the stack is correspondingly
indicated in the worktable display.
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2.1
Product description
Product description
Main illustration
Abb. 1:
Front view of the epMotion 5070
5
2
Product description
1
4
3
Fig. 1:
2
Front view of the epMotion 5070
1
Control panel
2
Mouse
3
Worktable
4
Waste container
5
Carrier
Abb. 2:
Section of the rear view of the epMotion 5070
1
2
3
Fig. 2:
Section of the rear view of the epMotion 5070
1
Connections
3
Power connection
2
Mains switch
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4
3
2
1
plugged
Ethernet
2
USB
USB
RS 232
RS 232
CAN
Control
Panel
unplugged
1
Control panel
2
CAN
3
RS 232
4
USB
5
Ethernet
Only connect devices to the interfaces that meet the IEC 950/EN 60950 (UL 1950) standards.
Product description
2.2
Delivery package
Quantity Order No.
(International)
Order No.
Description
(North America)
1
5070 000.700
960000021
Automated pipetting system epMotion 5070 CB
Basic device, includes control panel, software, Optical Sensor, waste
container, MMC and reader, operating manual
200 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz, power plug Europe
1
5346 000.017
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Control panel for epMotion
1
5075 782.006
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Cable mouse
1
5075 780.003
960002008
MultiMediaCard
1
5075 753.006
960002016
Waste container
1
–
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Optical sensor
1
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Power cable
Compatible to the country where the order was placed or determined
1
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Tool for transport safety device
Hint!
2.3
A detailed overview of the accessories and of the article numbers can be found separately .
(see Accessory on p. 101).
Features
With epMotion 5070 CB you execute dispensing processes within a Cleanbench automatically.
There is a control panel for controlling the epMotion 5070 CB.
epMotion 5070 CB can be supplied with a variety of dispensing tools which are inserted
manually. These dispensing tools and the appropriate pipette tips in each case (epT.I.P.S.
Motion) can be used to dispense quantities of liquid in the volume range from 1 μL to 1000 μL.
2.3.1
Principle of operation
The liquid is samples from the source tube in pipette tips, transported and deposited in the
destination tube.
On request, an optical sensor automatically checks the correct selection and positioning of tubes,
available supplies and the position of pipette tips in the rack, as well as liquid level in some tubes.
With the aid of predefined commands, you can create and edit simple or complex dispensing
operations yourself and combine these into methods. In the process, you specify in the software,
among other things, the source location and destination location as well as the desired
dispensing or transport pattern.
For further information, go to www.epMotion.com
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2.3.2
Cleanbench
The cleanbenches used for the installation of the epMotion 5070 CB should ideally have a depth
of min. 60 cm and a lateral cable conduit. If there is no cable conduit, an adapted solution is
possible on-site. The perforated plates for ensuring the laminar ventilation flow should be
positioned in such a way so that the installation of the epMotion 5070 CB does not impair the
flow.
2.4
Overview of hardware and labware
Familiarize yourself with the epMotion 5070 CB and the labware prior to first use.
2.4.1
Hardware
2
1 2
3
4
Product description
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9
8
7
6
1
Directions of movement of the carrier
2
Dispensing tool
3
Carrier
4
Optical sensor
5
Control panel
6
Mouse
7
Locations
8
Waste container (standard)
Locations A1, A2, B1 and B2 for labware.
9
The waste container can be autoclaved;
can be washed in a dishwasher.
Mains switch
For switching on and off.
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2.4.1.1 Worktable base adapter for the epMotion worktable
The worktable base adapter for the epMotion worktable consists of a set of 4
screw-on feet for adjusting the height of the epMotion. The screw-on feet may
only be installed by service personnel authorized by Eppendorf.
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2.4.1.2 Dispensing tools (tools)
Product description
A total of six different dispensing tools is available for selection. For the three volume ranges 1 to
50 μL, 20 to 300 μL and 40 to 1000 μL a single-channel dispensing tool (TS xx) and an
eight-channel dispensing tool (TM xx-8) are available in each case.
Abb. 3:
Single-channel dispensing tool
Abb. 4:
Eight-channel dispensing tool
50
Fig. 3:
Single-channel dispensing tool
Dispensing tool
TS 50
TM 50-8
TS 300
TM 300-8
TS 1000
TM 1000-8
Fig. 4:
Eight-channel dispensing tool
Volume range
1 μL – 50 μL
20 μL – 300 μL
40 μL – 1000 μL
2.4.1.5 Optical sensor
The optical sensor is located in a tube to the right of the carrier.
With the aid of an optical procedure the optical sensor measures the light reflection of surfaces,
e.g., of labware on the worktable or of liquids placed in the tubes.
The optical sensor performs the following checking tasks on the epMotion 5070 CB:
• detecting codes on tip racks and tube racks
• determining existing stocks of tips in positioned tip racks so that tip racks which have been
started can also continue to be used
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•
•
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checking whether the correct rack has been inserted (height detection)
detecting height of plates
detecting whether a location programmed as occupied on the worktable really is occupied
detecting 30 mL or 100 mL reservoirs (tubs) and Module Racks in the Reservoir Rack
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• automatically checking the adjustment of the entire device by means of exact measuring
points on the surface of the worktable
• detecting the filling level of the liquids (liquid detection) in reservoirs, tubes and plates
Liquid Detection and Location detection can be performed for a labware height up to 107 mm.
CAUTION!
Faulty liquid detection due to air bubbles.
Liquid detection cannot be performed reliably if there are air bubbles in tubes or wells.
 Before the start of a method, ensure that there are no air bubbles in tubes or wells.
 Remove bubbles by tapping the tubes or plates sharply several times.
2
To save time and depending on the requirements of the current method, you can use the software
to activate or deactivate the individual functions of the optical sensor.
2.4.1.6 Control panel
Abb. 7:
Control panel
Fig. 7:
Control panel
1
Keypad
2
Interface for Service
3
Mouse port
4
Slot for MultiMediaCard (MMC™)
5
Function keys
6
LCD graphical display
Product description
The control panel is for controlling the epMotion 5070 CB. This is where you log in to select and
start methods. You can also create and edit your own methods here, as well as administer and
back up method data.
For entering data and editing methods
Format 1/4 color VGA with background
lighting.
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Start and Stop keys
The control panel is connected to the rear of the epMotion. The control panel is supplied with
power via the connection on the epMotion. Data is also exchanged between the control panel and
the epMotion via this connection.
2.4.1.8 MultiMediaCard (MMC™)
The MultiMediaCard (MMC™) is for backups. When you perform a backup of the data on the
control panel, the program version and all labware specifications, including liquid types and
applications in the epMotion 5070 CB memory, are copied to the MMC™.
Other functions of the MMC™ are Update and Transfer logfiles, together with Restore data.
Abb. 9:
Front of the MultiMediaCard (MMC™)
Fig. 9:
Front of the MultiMediaCard (MMC™)
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Abb. 10:
Gold contacts on the rear of the MultiMediaCard (MMC™)
Fig. 10:
Gold contacts on the rear of the MultiMediaCard (MMC™)
If you create and edit methods on the PC, the MMC™ also serves for exchanging data between
the control panel of the epMotion 5070 CB and the PC. The PC then has to be equipped with a
USB card reader or a drive for MMC™ and the epMotion Editor software must be installed.
2.4.1.11 Waste system
The standard waste container can hold approx. 400 individually-ejected 1000 μL tips or
correspondingly more of smaller tip sizes.
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2.4.2
Labware
Product description
The following list gives you an overview of the labware of the epMotion 5070 CB. More
information on available labware components can be found in the appendix (see Labware on
p. 107) as well as in the Internet at www.epMotion.com.
Labware
Description
Labware folder/
more information
Tubes
You can use different tubes on the epMotion 5070 CB by
loading module racks, racks and thermoracks:
•
•
•
•
Racks
Height adapter
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Equip Racks + Modules with
Tubes
Safe-Lock tubes
Standard tubes 3810X
PCR tubes
Falcon tubes and other tubes from various
manufacturers
Racks are tube holders for up to 24 tubes with various
diameters.
Equip Racks + Modules with
Tubes
You can position tubes higher with the aid of a spacer.
(see Racks for reagent
tubes on p. 109)
To keep carrier travel times and distances as short as
possible, there are various height adapters (with a height of
40, 55 and 85 mm) which you can use to compensate for
different heights of plates.
Adapters
(see Height Adapter on
p. 118)
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Labware
Description
Labware folder/
more information
Plates
You can use different plates on the epMotion 5070 CB:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Microplates (MTP) with 6, 24, 48, 96 or 384 wells
Plates
(see Plates on p. 120)
Deepwell plates (DWP) with 24, 96 or 384 wells
PCR plates with frame (skirted) with 96 or 384 wells
Filter plates
Tube plates with 96 individual tubes
Rack for microtubes in a 96-well grid
2
The PCR thermoadapter is used for temperature controlling Adapters
96-well and 384-well PCR plates. However, it does not form (see Thermoadapter on
a fixed combination with a plate.
p. 113)
The thermoadapter DWP/96 is used for temperature
controlling 96-well DWP plates. However, it does not form a
fixed combination with a plate.
Thermoblock
The thermoblock is used for temperature controlling 96-well Thermoblocks with plates
PCR plates (e.g., Eppendorf twin.tec semi-skirted or
(see Thermoblock (384
skirted). It forms a fixed combination with the plate which
wells) on p. 112)
can only be moved together.
Thermoracks
The thermorack with lid holder and 24 positions which can
be temperature controlled is for the temperature control of
smaller tubes (e.g., Eppendorf Safe-Lock tubes for 0.5 mL,
1.5 mL or 2 mL). The thermorack has a high heat capacity
and a slower heat transfer i.e. it retains the temperature
away from the temperature control over a longer time period.
But it also takes longer to reach the desired temperature.
Equip Racks + Modules with
Tubes
The thermorack TMX with lid holder and 24 positions which
can be temperature controlled is for the temperature-control
of smaller tubes (e.g., Eppendorf Safe-Lock tubes for
0.5 mL, 1.5 mL or 2 mL). It is optimized for the application in
the thermomixer as it is easier than the normal thermoracks
and therefore permits higher rotational speed during mixing.
It has a lower heat capacity but a faster heat transfer, i.e. it
quickly reaches the desired temperature but does not retain
it for long away from the temperature control.
Equip Racks + Modules with
Tubes
Thermoracks TMX
Product description
Thermoadapter
(see Thermoracks and
thermoracks TMX on
p. 111)
(see Thermoracks and
thermoracks TMX on
p. 111)
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Labware
Description
Labware folder/
more information
Reservoir rack
The reservoir rack is for taking up to seven reservoirs or
module racks.
Equip Holder with Tubs +
Modules
(see Reservoirs and
reservoir rack on p. 114)
2
Reservoirs (tubs)
To supply liquids, reservoirs in sizes 30 mL and 100 mL are Equip Holder with Tubs +
available. The reservoir rack carries up to seven reservoirs. Modules
Product description
(see Reservoirs and
reservoir rack on p. 114)
Module racks
Tips
Tip Holder
2.4.3
For larger volumes, an autoclavable reservoir with a
capacity of 400 mL is available.
Tubs
TC reservoir rack modules (temperature controlled) are
loaded with tubes and placed in the reservoir rack in the
form of module racks.
Equip Holder with Tubs +
Modules
epT.I.P.S. Motion are pipette tips for single use with the
epMotion. They are available in three volume sizes to suit
the dispensing tools (50 μL, 300 μL and 1000 μL), in each
case with or without filter. epT.I.P.S. Motion are available as
racks or reloads.
Tips
(see Reservoir rack with
module racks on p. 115)
(see epT.I.P.S. Motion on
p. 108)
The Tip Holder is an adapter for holding the epT.I.P.S.
Motion Reloads.
Important volume terms for tubes and wells
The following remarks about volume terms are significant for selecting suitable tubes and plates
and for some of the sequences when editing a method.
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Filling volume
Working volume
1.5
1.0
0.5
0.1
Optical sensor detection limit
Remaining volume removal
2.4.3.1 Filling volume
2
Maximum filling volume for a tube or well. A much larger volume is rejected by the software with
an error message.
2.4.3.2 Working volume
Product description
The working volume for wells is primarily in the range of 50% of max. filling volume. In the case of
larger tubes, the working volume is a correspondingly larger percentage. Statements about
working volume should be understood as recommendations.
Low-contamination dispensing into the well or tube is possible up to the working volume with key
classes of liquid.
MTP 96/384, PCR 96/384: fluid displacement in the working volume
A
B
A Well filled up to working volume
B Displacement if tip immersed to
maximum depth before aspirating
liquid
When immersing tips in filled wells of 96-well and 384-well plates, volume displacement can
cause the liquid to overflow if the optical sensor is switched off. You can avoid this by not
exceeding the working volume in the wells.
To display the filling volume, mark the labware and press the Prop. function key.
Maximum immersion in wells is possible with all tips for 96-well plates and with 50 μL tips for
384-well plates (generally 1 mm from the bottom of the tube). To do so, select in a command
(Sample Transfer, Reagent Transfer) the corresponding aspirate from bottom option
(see Immersion depth and dispensing height (special) on p. 145).
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2.4.3.3 Remaining volume
Product description
2
1.5
1.5
1.5
1.0
1.0
1.0
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.1
0.1
0.1
The term "remaining volume" refers to the volume which can no longer be aspirated from a tube,
and which is dependent on tube geometry.
The pipette tip is generally immersed 3 mm in the liquid before liquid is aspirated. The pipette tip
is moved downwards during aspiration of liquid. The immersion depth of 3 mm is maintained.
Under standard conditions, liquid can be aspirated up to the following limit data: 1.0 mm gap
between the bottom of the tube and the pipette tip and simultaneously an immersion depth of the
pipette tip into the liquid of 0.7 mm. The immersion depth of the pipette tip reduces at standard
conditions at the tube bottom from 3 mm to 0.7 mm. The remaining volume is therefore
calculated at standard conditions from a filling level of 1.7 mm.
Special cases for remaining volume
The initial immersion depth of 3 mm is included in the liquid type of the method. Higher
immersion depths are only achieved if Aspirate from bottom is used. In the case of very tall tubes
(e.g., primary tubes for blood), immersion to the bottom of the tube is not possible. In these
cases, the remaining volume increases. There are consequently varying remaining volumes
depending on tube type. Shorter 50 μL or 300 μL pipette tips and very tall tubes result in greater
remaining volumes than the long 1000 μL pipette tip. Aspirations of liquid up to the remaining
volume are liable to a greater risk of being incorrect. The curvature of the liquid surface could
trigger falsified aspiration results.
Changing remaining volume
Under standard conditions the smallest distance between the pipette tip and the tube bottom is
1 mm. Exceptions are 30 mL and 100 mL reservoirs where it is 2.5 mm.
Note the comments on adjusting bottom tolerance (see Set Bottom Tolerance on p. 160).
Hint!
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2.4.3.4 Multidispense
Reverse stroke in multi-dispensing
Abb. 5:
Multidispense before and after reverse stroke
2
Multidispense before and after reverse stroke
Product description
Fig. 5:
In multidispense, a reverse stroke takes place after aspiration of the liquid. Here the sampled
liquid is returned into the source tube. The volume of the reverse stroke is included in the
aspiration volume and the required volume in the source tube. At the start of the method, these
volumes are automatically included in the calculation of volume by the software.
The reverse stroke is of equal size in all liquids, but varies according to pipette tip.
When dispensing the defined errors for pipetting are exceeded(see Dispensing Tools on p. 98).
Hint!
Extra aspiration in multi-dispensing
Following the reverse stroke, there is more liquid in the pipette tip than is required for the
dispensing steps. This extra aspiration is dispensed after dispensing is complete.
The dispensing of the extra aspiration depends on the tip change. The extra aspiration is
returned to the source tube if no tip change has been defined before the liquid aspiration. The
extra aspiration is dispensed into the waste container if the tips are changed before each
aspiration of liquid.
When water is multidispensed, the following approximate extra aspirations result for each pipette
tip:
• 50 μL tip: approx. 2.5 μL extra aspiration
• 300 μL tip: approx. 5.0 μL extra aspiration (only about 3.7 μL with single-channel dispensing
tool)
• 1000 μL tip: approx. 35.2 μL extra aspiration
Aspiration volume
Aspiration volume is the volume which can be aspirated and which is required for the task in
question. The volume is calculated at the start of the method from the sum of all aspirations.
Hint!
In the case of multidispense, more liquid has to be aspirated for technical reasons than is
calculated from the sum of all dispensing steps.
The following volumes must be available in the source tube:
• 50 μL tip: approx. 5.8 μL reverse stroke
• 300 μL tip: approx. 45.2 μL reverse stroke (only approx. 16.7 μl with single-channel
dispensing tool)
• 1000 μL tip: approx. 50.3 μL reverse stroke
The reverse stroke is of identical size with all liquids.
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Example aspiration volumes with multidispense
A 96-well plate is to be filled with 10 μL water per well by the multidispense method. The
eight-channel dispensing tool TM 50-8 is used. Aspiration is from one reservoir. Tips are not
changed before the next aspiration of liquid.
Total aspiration volumes for multidispense:
•
•
•
•
2
10 μL for 96 wells: 960 μL
8 x 5.8 μL reverse stroke: 46.4 μL
8 x 2.5 μL extra aspiration: 20 μL
Total: 1026.4 μL
Product description
The volume calculation of the software increases the sum total automatically be the remaining
volume that cannot be aspirated from the source tube. We do not recommend using
multidispense for water before a dispensing volume of 3 μL. With small volumes, pipetting always
offers better free-jet capability as well as precision and correctness. With pipetting, only the
required volume is aspirated and dispensed.
2.4.3.6 Required volume
Required volume is the total of "aspirated volume" and "remaining volume" in the tube. The
minimum required volume is calculated at the start with the aid of the number of samples. For
reasons of reliability (meniscus formation varies in the tubes), the "Required Volume" should
always be exceeded.
2.4.3.7 Volume check
Knowledge of the software and how to use the control panel (see Overview of operation with the
control panel on p. 30) is required to perform the volume check.
If it is known that the solution for dispensing has a density significantly different from that of water,
check whether this needs to be compensated in the volume entry.
Perform the following check.
1. From the ep node and the Routine folder copy the Fill 96 method to your user directory.
2. Adapt the copied method to your own labware.
3. Weigh the corresponding plate empty.
4. Fill the plate in the epMotion with water with the aid of the modified method.
5. Weigh the plate again.
6. Repeat the process with the liquid to be tested and another plate.
7. Use the weighing results to perform a volume calculation (mass : density = volume). The
density of water at 20°C is approx. 0.9982 mg/μL; take account of the density depending on
the current temperature when converting (g/mL = mg/μL). In the case of the plate filled with
water, you obtain a statement about the correctness of the dispensing tool for the selected
volume. Assess the result with the test liquid accordingly, taking account of the density.
8. Depending on the result, adapt the volume in the commands. Rule of thumb: a change in
density of 10% for identical dispensing conditions affects the dispensing result by between
0.2% and 1%.
9. Other physical variables (viscosity, vapor pressure, surface tension etc.) of the solution
likewise affect the result.
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2.4.3.8 Volume correction after optical sensor error message
Knowledge of the software and how to use the control panel (see Overview of operation with the
control panel on p. 30) is required to perform the volume correction.
If the optical sensor detects a too high or too low filling level or the (correct) filling level cannot be
detected, a display appears during the Start sequence:
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Product description
• Maximal volume indicates the maximum filling volume of the tube.
• Minimal volume indicates the required volume for aspiration based on the number of samples.
• Calculated volume is the volume calculated from the tube data and from measuring liquid level.
Perform the appropriate volume corrections at the tube:
• Reduce liquid if Calculated volume is larger than Maximal volume.
• Increase liquid if Calculated volume is smaller than Minimal volume.
Collision as a result of volume correction or changes at the worktable.
NOTICE!
 Perform volume correction only at the position displayed.
 Do not make any changes to the worktable.
Following volume correction at the tube, you have the following options.
• To perform Liquid Detection again, press the Repeat scan button and OK. Repeat scan can
also be selected, for example, if the optical sensor was unable to perform a successful
detection due to an air bubble in the liquid and this bubble has been removed by knocking etc.
User input should be selected if the filling volume is below the detection limit of the optical
sensor, for example.
Overwrite the preset volume in the bottom input field with the correct volume and then press
OK.
• Select accept level and continue if the displayed volume is to be accepted in a reagent transfer.
The optical sensor then scans the next tube.
• Cancel the method. Select abort and then press OK.
If you happen to be working with several sources, see the comments in the Appendix
(see Special case: use of several sources on p. 148).
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3
3.1
Safety
Safety
Intended use
The device can be used in laboratories for research, development, industrial and routine work
and training and education. Applications include but are not limited to the fields of life sciences,
biotechnology, chemistry, clinical research, routine diagnostics. epMotion 5070 CB automated
pipetting systems are designed for contamination-free, precise and correct measuring and
transferring of liquids. The autoclavable dispensing tools work in a volume range from 1 μL to
1000 μL. The epMotion 5070 CB must be operated in a cleanbench. The epMotion 5070 CB
meets the relevant fundamental requirements of the EC directives and standards listed in the
declaration of conformity. epMotion 5070 CB automated pipetting systems are only to be used in
rooms and must only be used by qualified staff with the appropriate training.
3.2
Information on product liability
In the following cases, the protection provided by the device may be impaired. The liability for the
function of the device passes to the operator if:
3
Safety
• The device is not used in accordance with the operating manual.
• The device is used outside of the range of application described in the preceding chapters.
• The owner has made unauthorized modifications to the device.
3.3
Warnings for intended use
Read the operating manual first and observe the following general safety instructions before
using the epMotion 5070 CB.
Lethal voltages inside the device.
 Ensure that the housing is always closed and undamaged so that no parts inside the device
WARNING!
can be contacted by accident.
 Do not remove the housing of the device.
 Do not allow any liquids to penetrate the inside of the housing.
 Do not allow the device to be opened by anyone except service personnel who have been
specifically authorized by Eppendorf.
Electric shock due to damage to device or mains cable.
WARNING!
 Only switch on the device if the device and mains cable are undamaged.
 Only use devices that have been properly installed or repaired.
 In case of danger, disconnect the device from the mains supply.
Danger of explosion!
DANGER!
 Do not operate the device in areas where work is completed with explosive substances.
 Do not use this device to process any explosive or highly reactive substances.
 Do not use this device to process any substances which could create an explosive
atmosphere.
Damage to health due to handling infectious liquids and pathogenic germs.
 Observe the national regulations for handling these substances, the biological security level
WARNING!
of your laboratory, the material safety data sheets and the manufacturer's application notes.
 Wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
 Follow the instructions regarding hygiene, cleaning and decontamination.
 Comprehensive information on the regulations for handling germs and biological material in
risk group II or higher can be found in the "Laboratory Biosafety Manual" (source: World
Health Organization, Laboratory Biosafety Manual, in the valid version).
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Hazard when using flammable or infectious liquids.
The waste container may contain residues of flammable or infectious liquids in ejected tips.
WARNING!
 If you use flammable liquids (e.g., ethanol 98%), treat the waste before disposing of it in
accordance with your laboratory guidelines.
 Dispose of infectious material, waste or tips in accordance with national and local safety
regulations.
Risk from incorrect supply voltage
 Only connect the device to power supplies which correspond with the electrical requirements
WARNING!
on the nameplate.
 Only use sockets with a protective earth (PE) conductor and a suitable mains cable.
Risk of injury from movements by the carrier.
WARNING!
3
The movements by the carrier can lead to injuries when a method is running and the front screen
is open or defective.
 Ensure that the front screen of the cleanbench is always closed and undamaged when a
method is running.
Safety
 Only use cleanbenches which do not have any additional access points at the side or the
front.
 Make sure that no one can reach into the device when a method is running.
 Have defective screens replaced without delay.
 Do not bypass the light barriers under any circumstances.
Risk to health due to contaminated device.
 Perform decontamination before storing or dispatching the device and/or its accessories.
WARNING!
Poor safety due to incorrect accessories and spare parts.
CAUTION!
The use of accessories and spare parts other than those recommended by Eppendorf may
impair the safety, function and precision of the device. Eppendorf cannot be held liable or accept
any liability for damage resulting from the use of incorrect or non-recommended accessories and
spare parts or from the improper use of such equipment.
 Only use accessories and original spare parts recommended by Eppendorf.
Damage and corrosion from spilled liquids.
NOTICE!
 Disconnect the power plug if relatively large quantities of liquid are involved.
 Mop up spilled liquids immediately. When mopping up, pay particular attention to
specifications in the safety data sheet.
 Do not make long-term use of chemicals which form aggressive vapors (e.g., 37%
hydrochloric acid). Aggressive vapors and chemicals can cause color changes to the surface
or, in the course of time, cause damage to the moving parts and electronics.
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Damage to the device from the device tilting.
NOTICE!
 Note that during transport epMotion 5070 CB the center of gravity is at the back.
 Follow national safety regulations regarding the transport of heavy loads.
 Carry the epMotion 5070 CB using at least two people and reach underneath the device at
the sides.
 Place it on an even and strong work surface epMotion 5070 CB of sufficient bearing capacity.
The device must not be placed on a trolley or at an angle. Check that it is horizontal using a
spirit level if necessary.
Damage from overheating.
NOTICE!
 Do not place the device close to sources of heat (e.g., radiator, drying cabinet).
 Do not expose the device to direct sunlight.
 Ensure free circulation of air by maintaining a distance of at least 6cm from adjacent devices
and the wall, on all sides of the device, and keep the underside of the device clear.
3
Impaired function due to vibration.
 Do not place the epMotion 5070 CB on a surface with devices which generate vibration
Safety
NOTICE!
(e.g.,vortex mixer, thermomixer, centrifuges).
Size of disposables can change through autoclaving.
 Do not use autoclaved disposable products in automated applications.
NOTICE!
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3.4
Safety devices
This section explains the warning symbols on the epMotion and Labware and the location of the
safety devices.
1
2
3
Safety
1
WARNING
General hazard point. Follow the operating manual
and in particular the safety notes.
2
WARNING
Do not reach into the device when a method is
running!
The front screen of the cleanbench protects the user during operation of the device. A method
can only be started if the front screen is closed. If the front screen of the cleanbench is opened
with a method running, an error message will be issued and the method stopped.
Risk of injury from movements by the carrier.
WARNING!
The movements by the carrier can lead to injuries when a method is running and the front screen
is open or defective.
 Ensure that the front screen of the cleanbench is always closed and undamaged when a
method is running.
 Only use cleanbenches which do not have any additional access points at the side or the
front.
 Make sure that no one can reach into the device when a method is running.
 Have defective screens replaced without delay.
 Do not bypass the light barriers under any circumstances.
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Risk of injury from movements by the carrier.
WARNING!
 Press the Stop key on the control panel.
 Wait until the carrier has completed its movements.
 Only open the front cover of the cleanbench when all the movements are complete.
1
Safety
3
1
WARNING
Burns from hot surfaces.
1. Do not touch the reservoir rack after an
interruption or after the completion of a method.
2. Wait until the reservoir rack has cooled down.
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4
4
Installation
Installation
Hint!
Installation of epMotion 5070 CB must always be carried out by Eppendorf AG or an
Eppendorf AG service partner.
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Installation
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5
5
Operation
5
Operation
Operation
Damage from UV radiation.
NOTICE!
5.1
UV radiation can cause color changes to the surface or, in the course of time, cause damage to
the moving parts and electronics of the epMotion.
 Avoid UV radiation.
First steps
The epMotion 5070 CB may only be installed by personnel authorized by Eppendorf.
Hint!
5.1.1
Check correct installation
Before using the epMotion 5070 CB for the first time, please ensure
 that the epMotion 5070 CB has been correctly connected and put into operation
 that the device is not damaged in any way
 that the cleanbench screens are not damaged in any way and the laminar ventilation flow is
ensured
 that parallel work under the cleanbench with a running method of epMotion 5070 CB is not
possible
Hint!
5.1.2
No warranty can be accepted for the proper functioning of the light barriers if the position of the
epMotion in the cleanbench or the light reflectors on the front screen of the cleanbench is
changed after installation by personnel authorized by Eppendorf.
Switch on the epMotion 5070 CB and log in as the user
Requirement
In order for you to be able to use your name to log in to the epMotion 5070 CB, your administrator
has to set up a user account for you. To do this, contact your in-house administrator. He will give
you your user name and the associated PIN.
Detailed information on setting up user accounts is provided separately (see Create and edit a
user account on p. 159).
epMotion can be operated with or without PIN protection.
Hint!
If you are working with PIN, only the logged-in user can start or edit his methods. It is not possible
to start methods belonging to other users. The logged-in user can view other people's methods
and copy them to his directory. The administrator is automatically logged in with every user via
his PIN.
If you are working without a PIN, all users have identical rights and can make administrator
settings.
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
1. Switch on the epMotion 5070 CB at the mains switch.
The control panel switches on automatically and the software is loaded.
After loading, the User Login window appears in the control panel display .
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Use the Contrast function key to reach contrast settings where you can change the brightness
of the display.
Operation
2. Select the user name from the list.
3. Click in the PIN field or press the Next key.
Next
1
2
abc
4
5
jkl
ghi
7
8
pqrs
tuv
0
.
3
def
6
The cursor switches to the PIN field.
4. Enter your personal PIN using the numerical keys on the control panel.
Delete an incorrectly entered PIN using the Delete key and enter the PIN
again. Delete deletes characters to the right of the cursor.
mno
9
wxyz
Delete
5. Press the OK function key to confirm the entry.
The navigation tree appears in the display of the control panel.
You are now logged in under your user name and can operate the epMotion 5070 CB.
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5
5.2
Overview of operation with the control panel
Operation
This section gives you an overview of operating the epMotion 5070 CB with the aid of the control
panel.
Hint!
5.2.1
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Sequences of actions in this manual are described for operation using the control panel.
However, you can also operate the epMotion 5070 CB using the mouse.
Menu structure
Abb. 1:
Control panel menu structure of the epMotion 5070
Fig. 1:
Control panel menu structure of the epMotion 5070
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5.2.2
5
Main navigation
Top level of the navigation tree
Fig. 1:
Top level of the navigation tree
Operation
Abb. 1:
The navigation tree contains the following nodes (branches):
Eppendorf
Eppendorf is the main node containing all the other nodes. If this node is marked, you can use
the Prop. function key to display the software version of the control panel.
User directories
A user directory is set up for all users set up (in the example, Diego, Felicia etc.). You can start
the methods in your own user directory directly.
You can also edit these methods and save the changes or create completely new methods for
your own applications or create folders.
EP
Under this node you have available a number of predefined methods which you can copy into
your own user directory in order to use them. You cannot start or edit the methods directly in the
ep node. If this node is marked, you can use the Prop. function key to display the software version
of the epMotion.
System
This node contains the most important system settings. Some settings can only be edited by the
administrator (see System settings on p. 160). In this node, each user can set contrast, export
and delete a debug file and display and export the logfile.
Card
epMotion
5.2.3
This node is for transferring data between the internal memory and the MultiMediaCard
(MMC™).
In this node, all the labware and the preset liquid types are administered. These settings can
only be edited by the administrator.
Navigating in the navigation tree
To open a node in the navigation tree, you have three options:
 Use the mouse to click on the plus symbol in front of the node.
 Alternatively, use the mouse to double-click on the desired node.
 Alternatively, mark the node using the arrow keys and press Enter or the
arrow key with the arrow facing right.
The node is opened and the plus symbol in front of the node changes into
a minus symbol.
To close the node, follow the reverse sequence:
 Use the mouse to click on the minus symbol in front of the node.
 Alternatively, double-click on the node with the mouse.
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 Alternatively, mark the node using the arrow keys and press Enter or the
arrow key with the arrow facing left.
Operation
The node is closed and the minus symbol in front of the node changes
into a plus symbol.
5.2.4
Keys on the control panel
Abb. 1:
Keys on the control panel
1
Stop
4
ghi
7
Start
2
3
abc
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Enter
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Fig. 1:
Keys on the control panel
The following keys are available on the control panel:
5.2.4.2 Enter key
Enter
Using the Enter key, you can:
• Confirm entries, e.g., your PIN when logging in.
• Execute the function of a selected, marked button, e.g., open the worktable if the Worktable
button is marked.
• Open or close a marked selection list, e.g., to select the user name when logging in.
• Open or close a marked node in the navigation tree.
• Open a marked method in the navigation tree in order to edit it.
5.2.4.3 Next key
Next
Use the Next key to move the cursor to the next input field or to the next button. The key is
comparable to the Tab key on the PC which you can likewise use to switch between the fields of
a form, for example.
Hint!
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5.2.4.4 Arrow keys
Operation
You can use the arrow keys to navigate step by step in the display, e.g., in lists and input fields
and in the navigation tree.
• Within a List you have opened using the Enter key, you move up and down through the
entries step by step using the arrow keys.
To select the marked option, press the Enter key again.
• Use the down arrow key to navigate from one field to the next.
• In input fields, in which you can enter text or numbers, you move from one character to the
next using the right and left arrow keys.
• In the Navigation Tree you can reach all open nodes using the up and down arrow keys.
Using the right and left arrow keys you can open or close the currently marked node in the
navigation tree.
5.2.4.5 Function keys with currently available functions in the display
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The function keys have different functions depending on the software window in which you are
currently located. The current function of every key is shown in the display directly above the key.
To execute a function, press the relevant function key.
Hint!
If you use the mouse, you can also click on the function directly in the display using the mouse
instead of pressing the function key.
5.2.4.6 Press the Start key
Start
Use the Start key to start a marked method immediately.
5.2.4.7 Stop key
Stop
Use the Stop key to stop a current method. The current movement is completed before the
method is stopped.
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5.2.4.8 Numerical keys
Operation
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Use the numerical keys to enter numbers and text in input fields:
• To enter numbers, press the relevant numerical keys. For decimal numbers with numbers
after the decimal point, use the period as a decimal point.
• To enter text, use the numerical keys as when writing a text message or SMS (Short Message
Service) on a cellular phone: press the key with the relevant letter on it until the letter you want
is displayed.
Example: to enter "pcr 3" in a text field:
– To enter the letter p: press key 7 once
– To enter the letter c: press key 2 three times quickly in succession
– To enter the letter r: press key 7 three times quickly in succession
– To enter the space: press key 0 (zero) twice quickly in succession
– To enter the number 3: press key 3 four times
You cannot enter capital letters and "." using the numerical keys.
Hint!
"." can only be entered in comments using the software keyboard
5.2.4.9 Delete key
Delete
Use the Delete key to perform various deleting operations, e.g.,:
• in input fields:
– when the entire text in the input field is marked: delete the entire entry.
– when the cursor is located within the entry: delete letters and numbers one by one to the
right of the cursor (use the arrow keys to move the cursor to the desired point if
necessary).
• in the navigation tree: delete marked folders or methods.
• on the worktable: delete marked labware from the worktable.
• in the procedure: delete marked commands from the procedure.
5.3
Overview of Operating Sequence
In normal mode of the epMotion 5070 CB, you generally perform the following sequences.
1. Insert or change dispensing tool
2. Position labware on the worktable
3. Select method and start
4. End method
As User, you can also perform the following sequences.
• Create and edit your own methods (see p. 37)
• Administer and backup data (perform backup) (see p. 162)
As Administrator with your own administrator PIN, you can also perform the following
sequences.
• Compile your own labware from existing components (see p. 107)
• Configure the system (see p. 160) and administer user accounts (see p. 159)
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Installing or replacing the dispensing tool (tool)
This section describes how to install or replace the dispensing tool required for your method.
Abb. 10:
Carrier with optical sensor
Operation
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Carrier with optical sensor
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Carrier
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(here single channel dispensing tool)
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Optical sensor
Damage to the gold contacts from handling.
NOTICE!
5.4.1
The connection to the PCB of the dispensing tool is interfered with or interrupted if the gold
contacts on the dispensing tool are damaged or dirtied.
 Do not touch the gold contacts.
Installing the dispensing tool
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
1. Slide the lever at the carrier all the way to the right.
2. Hold the dispensing tool in your hand and rotate it until the blue label and the volume range
indication on the top bar faces you.
The ejector pin of the dispensing tool is now on the left. In eight channel dispensing tools the
channels are aligned in the Y direction (i.e. from the back to the front).
3. Slide the dispensing tool from below into the opening of the tool holder in the carrier up to the
stop.
4. Slide the lever at the carrier all the way to the left. If the lever cannot be moved press the
dispensing tool even harder into the opening of the carrier.
Hint!
If you press too hard against the carrier when installing the dispensing tool, it can slip back.
However, it does not matter if the carrier slips.
5. Check the tight fit of the dispensing tool.
The dispensing tool is now installed.
Check the tight fit of the dispensing tool regularly.
Hint!
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5.4.2
Removing the dispensing tool
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
Operation
1. Hold the dispensing tool firmly in your hand.
2. Slide the lever at the carrier all the way to the right.
3. Pull the dispensing tool all the way down.
The dispensing tool has now been removed and you can install a different one as described
above.
5.4.3
Notes on the dispensing sequence
Eight channel dispensing tools are only moved in the X direction (from left to right) over a 96 well
plate.
During dispensing in 384 well plates eight channel dispensing tools can also execute a step in the
Y direction (from the back to the front). All channels of the eight channel dispensing tool are
always filled, i.e. liquid is dispensed from all channels. In the 384 well plates only every second
well of a 16 well column is reached by the eight channel dispensing tool. However, using the
above-mentioned Y step liquid can be added or aspired from every well in a 16 well column of a
384 well plate. Single channel dispensing tools move dependent on their program over a location
in the X and Y direction.
5.5
Placing labware on the worktable
This section provides you with an overview of the supply of labware on the worktable.
Hint!
5.5.1
Beyond the preconfigured standard labware available ex works, it is also possible to dimension
individual or external labware for use with the epMotion 5070 CB and to incorporate it in the
labware directories of the software. For more information on this, contact Eppendorf Service.
Position labware
Avoid placing very short labware next to very tall labware. Use a Height Adapter to compensate
for the difference in height.
The lid lies loosely on the tip rack.
NOTICE!
 Never grip the tip rack by its lid to lift it up, always by the side. Otherwise it will fall.
 Only take off the lid shortly before starting the method. The lid protects the tips from
contamination.
1. Position the Tip Rack in the location on the worktable in accordance with the method. In the
process, the Tip Rack is pressed against the stops on opposite sides by the spring plate at
the location.
2. Remove the lid from the Tip Rack.
3. When using Module Racks: place the filled Reservoir Rack on a "B" location. "A" locations
may not be used.
4. Position the other labware required for your method in any locations. In the process, ensure
that the labware is not tilted.
5. If desired, place a waste bag in the waste container and fix in position using the clamping
ring. Pull the edge of the bag tightly downwards so that the path of the dispensing tool and
access to the racks is not obstructed.
6. After supplying the worktable, close the front screen of the cleanbench.
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Create and start methods
5.6.1
Create new folder in user directory
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Operation
To create a folder for your methods in your user directory, proceed as follows.
1. Mark the user directory.
2. Press the New Folder function keyfunction key.
3. Use the numerical keys on the control panel to enter a name for the new folder. Instead of the
numerical keys you can also use the software keyboard which you reach via the Keybd
function key.
4. To enter an additional comment to the new folder, use the down arrow key to go to the
Comment field.
5. Use the numerical keys to enter a comment text and confirm with Ok.
The folder is set up and appears in the navigation tree under the node for your user directory.
You can change the name of the folder at any time using the Prop. function key.
5.6.2
Create and save methods
A method consists of two parts.
• Worktable: this is where you specify at which locations tips, racks, plates etc.are located.
• Procedure: this is where you define the sequence of a method with the aid of commands.
5.6.2.1 Create a new method
To create a new method, proceed as follows.
1. In the navigation tree, open your own user directory and, if appropriate, the subdirectory in
which you want to create the new method.
2. Press the New function key. New.
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Operation
The New Method window appears, in which you can enter a name and a comment for the new
method using the numerical keys.
3. Press the Ok function key.
The method is created and appears in the navigation tree in your user directory.
You can change the name of the method or the comment at any time with the aid of the Prop.
function key.
Hint!
5.6.3
To protect a method from changes, you can mark it "read only". The method can then be
displayed in "Show Mode" but not edited. Write protection can only be activated using the read
only function once you have finished editing the method. The function is recommended when you
are working without a PIN.
Load worktable
When compiling a method, start in Worktable mode and first load the worktable with the required
labware. Then switch to Procedure mode to define the sequence of commands.
5.6.3.1 Edit method in worktable mode
To open a method for editing, proceed as follows.
1. Mark the method in the user directory and press the Edit function key.
The method is opened.
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2. Mark the Worktable button and press Enter.
The worktable is opened. The list of available labware is displayed in the foreground, sorted
by labware type. The display of locations is in the background.
Operation
3. To switch to the Locations display: press the Location function keyfunction key.
Correspondingly, you switch back to the labware list via Labware.
5.6.3.2 Placing labware on the worktable
To position labware on the worktable, proceed as follows.
1. Select a labware type from the labware list and open it.
2. Select the desired labware and adopt by pressing Enter.
The selected labware is copied into the buffer memory and the display switches to the
Locations display.
3. Mark the location in which the labware is to be positioned and press Enter.
The labware is positioned in the location.
The Location Information window is opened, displaying information about this location.
4. If you would like to edit the name of the labware at this location: enter the name using the
numerical keys.
5. If the Optical Sensor is to perform liquid detection at this location during the method, then set
the desired option.
The following options are available.
Off:
Liquid detection is switched off at this location.
Random Access:
The Optical Sensor performs liquid detection at a few randomly selected positions of this
labware.
All positions :
The Optical Sensor performs liquid detection at a few randomly-selected positions of this
labware. Liquid detection should not be activated with racks and plates with 96 positions, as
this is time-consuming.
You can reach the volume input window via the Volume function key.
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6. Confirm the settings with the Ok function key.
Operation
The labware is positioned at the location.
Use the Info function key to reach the Location Information window. There you can change the
labware name for the display on the worktable and set liquid detection.
7. Proceed in the same way to load the other locations on the worktable.
Hint!
The three parking positions on the right next to the locations are shown only in the software. You
can fill the parking positions with labware which is intended to replace the labware from the
locations during the method run.
If labware is listed in the parking positions, get this ready outside the device.
5.6.3.3 Remove labware from the Worktable
1. Mark the location from which you would like to delete labware.
2. Press the Delete key on the control panel.
A question appears in the display, asking whether you are sure you wish to delete the
labware. Exit the query by pressing Yes or No.
5.6.4
Defining the procedure
When you have finished loading the worktable with the required labware, switch to Procedure
mode and specify the sequence of commands the epMotion 5070 CB is to perform.
5.6.4.1 Open method for editing in procedure mode
You can reach Procedure mode directly from the worktable or when opening a method.
 If the method is already open and you have previously edited the worktable, press the
Procedure function key in the worktable display.function key .
 If the method has not yet been opened, mark the method in the user directory and press the
Edit function key. function key. Then mark the Procedure button and open by pressing Ok.
The procedure is opened. The list of available commands is displayed.
5.6.4.2 Brief overview of available commands
Hint!
The parameters and options for the commands are described using Sample Transfer. Parameters
and options of individual commands which deviate from Sample Transfer are described
separately.
Each command requires characteristic settings. For further detailed information about all
commands and settings, see the Appendix.
The following commands are available for defining the procedure.
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Number of Samples
Operation
Use the Number of Samples command to specify how many samples are to be processed in the
subsequent steps of the procedure. The command is used several times in a method if the
number of samples changes during the sequence of the procedure.
Parameters/Options
• Fixed Number of Samples: activate this option if you would like to define a fixed number of
samples.
• Maximum no. of Samples: with a fixed number of samples you enter the fixed number. In the
case of a variable number of samples, enter the maximum number of samples.
• Comment: enter a comment, if required.
Sample Transfer
Using Sample Transfer you can transfer samples from several positions of a source labware to
several positions of a destination labware.
Parameter
• Pipet. Tool/Filter Tips: select from the list the dispensing tool which is to be used for the
transfer operation. If you are using filter tips, activate this function.
• Volume: enter the volume to be dispensed in each pipette or multidispense step.
• Pipette/Multidispense:
– Pipette: the volume set above is aspirated or dispensed in each step.
– Multidispense: the volume set above is dispensed in each multidispense step.
• Source/Destination: select source and destination labware from the worktable assignment.
• Pattern: the pattern is used to specify aspiration and dispensing positions within this
command.
– Automatic pattern detection: mark the button next to Pattern and press Enter; a diagram of
source/destination labware appears in the display. While you are defining a pattern, the
software continuously determines the next possible position and indicates it in the form of
a gray marking. Only regular patterns are permitted.
– Standard pattern: use standard to specify a simple standard pattern for sample transfer.
For source and destination, the pattern is worked through in the x direction for row-wise (or
in a plate, row-wise), and in the y direction for column-wise (or in a plate, column-wise).
– Free pattern (irregular): use "irregular" to select a pattern with any aspiration and/or
dispensing position for the destination for a single-channel tool.
Options
• Special:
– Aspirate from bottom: select if the sample is to be aspirated from the bottom of the well.
– Dispense from top: select if the liquid is to be dispensed from the top edge of the well.
– Elution from filter: select if the liquid is to be aspirated from the PCR Cleanup filter plate.
• Change tips: select one of the available functions which specifies when the tips are to be
changed.
• Mix before aspirating/Mix after dispensing: activate the relevant option if the liquid is to be
mixed before aspiration/after dispensing. State the number of mixing cycles, speed and the
volume to be mixed.
Fixed height: if you wish to give fixed height positions for mixing, then activate this option and
enter the required values for aspiration and dispensing level.
Liquid types
If liquids whose physical properties of viscosity, vapor pressure and surface tension differ very
significantly from those of water are to be dispensed, we recommend using a different liquid type.
• Standard liquid type: select the liquid type for the sample you wish to transfer.
• Change parameters: to change the settings for the selected liquid type for this command,
activate the checkbox and set the values to suit your requirements.
• Set default: reset all values to default settings.
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Reagent Transfer
A reagent is transferred from one position of the source labware to several positions of the
destination labware.
Operation
Deviating parameters
• Pattern: no standard pattern available.
If you happen to be working with several sources, see the comments in the Appendix
(see Special case: use of several sources on p. 148).
Dilute
The Dilute command is a modified Sample Transfer to make it easier for you to perform dilution
series A defined volume is transported from one well to the next several times by means of
pipetting.
Deviating parameters
• Transfer Type: here only Pipette is available.
• Special: Elution from filter not applicable.
• Pattern: no standard pattern available. Irregular pattern applicable only to source positions.
Pool
Use the Pool command to transfer liquids from several source positions to destination positions.
Deviating parameters
• Pattern: no standard pattern and no irregular pattern available.
• Special: Elution from filter not applicable.
Pool One destination
Use the PoolOneDest command to transfer liquids from several source positions to one
destination position.
Deviating parameters
• Pattern: no standard pattern available. Irregular pattern applicable only to source positions.
• Special: Elution from filter not applicable.
Mix
Use the Mix command to mix liquids within a position.
Deviating parameters
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Number of Cycles: enter the number of mixing cycles.
Speed: specify mixing speed.
Tool: select from the list the dispensing tool which is to be used for mixing.
Filter tips: if you are using filter tips, activate this option.
Mixing volume: enter the volume to be aspirated in each mixing cycle.
Fixed height: if you wish to give fixed height positions for mixing, then activate this option and
enter the required values for aspiration and dispensing level.
• Racks: select the racks, plates or tubes on the worktable on which the mixing command is to
be executed.
• Pattern: no standard pattern available. No source and destination selection available.
Exchange
This enables you to switch two labware items on the worktable manually.
Wait
The Wait command specifies a pause before the next step.
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Comment
Use the Comment command to enter a comment line to be displayed at a particular point in the
procedure.
Operation
User Intervention
The User Intervention command enables you to insert steps in your method which the user has to
execute manually.
5.6.4.3 Add command to procedure
Proceed as follows.
1. Open the method in Procedure mode(see Defining the procedure on p. 40).
The list of available commands is displayed.
2. Mark a command in the list and press the Add function key. .
The command is added to the procedure, e.g., in this case, the Number of Samples command.
3. To add another command, press the New Cmd function key .
The list of commands is displayed.
You now have the following options.
• To append the new command the end of the procedure: mark the command in the list
and press the Add function key.
• To insert the new command above the currently marked line: mark the command and
press the Insert function key. .
4. If necessary, edit the parameters of the inserted commands (see Remove command from
procedure on p. 44).
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5.6.4.4 Remove command from procedure
1. Mark the command which you want to delete from the procedure and press the Delete key.
Operation
A question appears in the display, asking whether you are sure you wish to delete the
command.
2. To delete the command, press the Yes function key.
The command is deleted from the procedure.
5.6.4.5 Edit parameters of a command
This section describes how to proceed in general to edit the parameters of a command.
Each command has characteristic parameters.
Proceed as follows.
1. Mark the desired command in the procedure and press the Parameter function key function
key.
The Parameters window for this command appears in the display, e.g. for a Sample transfer.
You can now edit the parameters.
2. Select a dispensing tool from the Pipet. Tool list. If you are using filter tips, activate the filter tips
option.
3. Set the volume to be dispensed and select the transfer type (pipette or multidispense).
4. Select source and destination for the command: mark the button next to Source and
Destination and press the Enter key. Then select the locations desired in each case.
5. Specify the pattern for the command: mark the button next to Pattern and press the Enter key.
Then define the pattern.
6. Specify further options for the command (e.g. liquid type, setting for mixing and changing
tips): mark the button next to Options and press Enter. Then set the desired options. Detailed
information about liquid types can be found in the Appendix (see Liquid options on p. 140).
5.6.4.6 Specify source and destination for command
This section describes how you proceed to specify the source and destination for a command.
Proceed as follows.
1. Open the Parameters window of the command.
2. Mark the button next to Source and press the Enter key.
A list of the labware you have previously defined for the worktable appears in the display.
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3. Mark the desired source labware and adopt with Add.
The source location is defined and is shown in the display.
Operation
4. To add more source locations (a maximum of four locations is possible): press the New Rack
function key.
The list of labware for the worktable appears in the display.
You have the following options.
• To append the new labware to the bottom of the list: mark the desired labware and
press the Add function key.
• To insert the new labware above the currently marked line: mark the labware and press
the Insert function key.
5. Specify further locations in the same way if required.
6. Confirm the selection using the Ok function key or Enter.
The source locations are displayed in the Parameters window of the command next to Source.
7. Mark the button next to Destination and press Enter.
8. Select one or more destinations for the command as described above for the source
locations.
9. Confirm the selection with Ok.
The destination locations are displayed in the Parameters window of the command next to
Destination.
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5.6.4.7 Specify pattern for command
Operation
You can define Pattern using automatic pattern detection, simple standard pattern (Sample
Transfer only) or free pattern (irregular). The patterns are independent of direction.
Hint!
If you are using the reservoir rack with module racks and reservoirs in your method, you can only
use irregular patterns.
Exception: the reservoir rack is occupied throughout with identically loaded module racks or
reservoirs. In this case, the pattern with automatic pattern detection and the standard pattern (in
the case of sample transfer) can also be used.
Example: define pattern for a Sample Transfer
The following section uses the example of the pattern for a Sample Transfer to describe how you
specify a pattern for a command. The basic principle of compiling a pattern is identical for all
commands.
1. Open the Parameters window of the command.
2. Define source and destination.
3. To define a simple standard pattern, next to Pattern activate the standard option and select the
desired alignment.
This defines the simple pattern.
If you need a regular pattern with automatic pattern detection, a number of additional steps
are required. The following example describes defining a pattern to pipette a sample from the
first column of a source plate 1:1 into the second column of a destination plate. To do this,
proceed as follows.
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Regular pattern with automatic pattern detection
4. Mark the button next to Pattern and press Enter.
A diagram of the source plate appears in the display.
Operation
5. Using the arrow keys, mark the first position in the source plate from which liquid is to be
aspirated (in the example, this is position A-1) and press Enter. If you want to adopt the
proposed position, confirm this by pressing the Enter key.
The position is marked in color (blue in the example).
While you are defining a pattern, the software continuously determines the next possible
position and indicates it in the form of a gray marking. If this proposal does not agree with
your desired pattern, ignore the gray marking and continue defining your pattern.
6. Press the Destination function key.
A diagram of the destination plate appears in the display.
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7. Mark the first position (or positions) in the destination plate to which the liquid is to be
transferred (position A-2 in the example), and press Enter.
Operation
The position is likewise marked in color (blue in the example).
8. Press the Source function key.
The source plate appears in the display again.
9. In the source plate, select the second position from which you would like to aspirate liquid,
e.g. position B-1.
The second position is marked in color (red in the example).
10. Switch to the destination and select the position (or positions) to which the liquid is to be
transferred from the second source position (in the example, position B-2).
The second position is likewise marked in color (red in the example).
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In the example, the software detects the right pattern at this point: the next proposed step (the
gray marking) matches the desired pattern in both the source plate and in the destination
plate. You can thus confirm the pattern with Ok at this point.
Operation
In principle you have two options for assessing the pattern detected by the software.
• If you wish to discard the entire pattern, press the Cancel function key. Confirm the Save
changed data? query with Yes.
You will then return to the Parameters window of the command. Start from the beginning
with a new pattern.
• If the pattern proposed by the software is what you want, confirm with the Ok function key.
The software automatically completes the pattern up to the number of samples if this has
been defined in a preceding Number of Samples command in the procedure. You will
return to the Parameters window of the command.
The tick next to Pattern indicates that a pattern is defined for this command.
Standard pattern
Use standard to specify a simple standard pattern. The standard pattern can only be specified
for the Sample transfer operation. For both the source and the destination, the pattern is worked
through in the x direction in
– row-wise in the x direction or in a plate in rows (A1, A2, A3 etc.)
– column-wise in the y direction or in a plate in columns (A1, B1, C1 etc.)
Irregular pattern
Use irregular to specify a pattern with any aspiration positions for the source and/or any
dispensing positions for the destination for single-channel dispensing tools. The irregular pattern
can be defined as a function of the command for source, destination or both.
• Sample Transfer, Reagent Transfer: source and/or destination
• PoolOneDestination, Dilute: source (destination is not available)
• Mix, Pool: no irregular pattern possible
If you would like to reach a reservoir within a Module Rack, you must mark a position in row A
and use the arrow keys to navigate to the reservoir. You do not reach the reservoir from positions
in other rows (such as row B, row C etc.).
Replicates are not possible with this pattern.
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5.6.4.8 Check an existing pattern
1.
In the Parameters window of the command mark the button next to Pattern and press Enter.
Then in the Pattern window, press the show pat. function key. .
Operation
The pattern is displayed as a sequence with color-coded positions.
You can stop the pattern being displayed if required by pressing the Stop button.
Use Source or Destination to switch between the source plate and the destination plate in the
display.
2. To delete the existing pattern: press the function key new pat. in the pattern window.
You can now specify a new pattern.
Hint!
5.6.5
If you change the dispensing tool, the source or the destination, you will have to define a new
pattern.
Check method (parameter test)
Use the parameter test to check whether all the parameters required for the method have been
set.
1. Open the method in Procedure mode (see Defining the procedure on p. 40).
The list of defined commands is displayed:
2. Press the TestPara function key..
The method is checked.
If parameters are missing, you will receive the appropriate messages.
3. Add the missing parameters and repeat the parameter test until you no longer receive any
error messages.
5.6.6
Copy predefined methods into user directory
A number of predefined methods is available for you under the ep node in the navigation tree. To
use them, copy these methods into your own user directory. Only then is it possible to start them.
To copy a method from the ep node into your user directory, proceed as follows.
1. In the navigation tree, open the ep node and within that, the directory containing the desired
method.
2. Mark the method and press the Copy function key.
The method is copied into the buffer memory.
3. In the navigation tree, open your own user directory and within that, any subdirectory into
which you would like to add the method.
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4. Press the Paste function key.
The method is added to your user directory. You can now start or edit this method.
5.6.7
Operation
Instead of an individual method, you can also copy a whole method folder and all the methods
it contains from the ep node into your user directory. To do so, proceed just as described
above, but before copying, instead of marking an individual method, mark a method folder.
Activate and deactivate Optical Sensor
Perform the following steps to deactivate the Optical Sensor.
1. In the navigation tree, mark the epMotion node and press the Prop. function key.
The settings for the Optical Sensor are displayed. You can activate or deactivate the following
settings individually:
Liquid Detection (level) :
If this option is active, the Optical Sensor checks the liquid level in the tubes if liquid detection
has been specified for these tubes in the method.
Tips (type and quantity) :
If this option is active, the Optical Sensor checks the type and quantity of tips in the Tip Rack.
Locations (racks, tubs, height of plates, ...) :
If this option is active, the Optical Sensor detects the labware on the worktable and checks
that it matches the method. In the process, the height of positioned labware components is
also checked. In addition, coded racks are identified by their code being read.
2. Deactivate options and confirm the change with Ok.
The Optical Sensor is deactivated.
You can subsequently reactivate the settings in the same manner.
Hint!
5.6.8
The Optical Sensor can also be activated or deactivated for individual method sequences in Start
mode using the Prop. function key.
Starting the method
Damage as a result of incorrectly-positioned labware or dispensing tools.
 Ensure before starting the method that the labware on the worktable is positioned exactly as
NOTICE!
defined in the method.
 Ensure that the dispensing tool defined in the method is inserted. If the dispensing tool
inserted does not correspond to the one defined in the method, an error message appears.
1. In the navigation tree, open the user directory and, if appropriate, the subdirectory where the
desired method is located and mark the method.
2. To view general information about this method and any comments, mark the method and
press the Prop. function key.
An information window for the selected method appears. You can check under Type, for
example, whether the correct instrument is shown and check the comment in the Comment
field. Close the information window by pressing Cancel.
3. To start the method, press the Start function key..
Depending on the method, the Number of Samples window may appear.
4. Enter the number of samples for execution of the method and confirm with OK.
Further Number of samples windows for subsequent commands in the method may appear if
these have been specified under Procedure.
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5. Enter the number of samples for each command and in each case confirm with Ok.
A window appears with the labware load of the worktable which is stored in the method.
Operation
6. To obtain further information about a location in the method, mark the location in the display
and press the Info function key. function key
7. Press the OK function key to close the information window.
8. When you have checked all the locations of the method with the worktable, press the Start
key.
If the Optical Sensor is active, the set scans will be performed automatically.
The method will then be executed. If intervention is required during the method, the relevant
requests appear in the display.
If the Optical Sensor for liquid detection is switched off, the volume display appears.
9. Check the volume and correct it if it is below the min. volume required.
We recommend performing the following test runs before starting a method:
Hint!
• Test run without Tip Racks or labware and with the Optical Sensor deactivated.
Closely observe the travel of the carrier and check whether it agrees with the method.
• Test run with Tip Racks, the correct labware and the Optical Sensor switched on. Instead of
the actual samples and reagents, use water with the correct filling volumes and dispensing
quantities.
Check that dispensing is correct across the entire method.
5.6.9
Observations, method run
Faulty dispensing as a result of exchanged labware or topping-up of liquids.
NOTICE!
 When a method is running, follow the requests in the display.
 Do not remove or exchange labware.
 Do not refill the source tube.
After a method is started, the procedure and the commands are displayed. The command
currently being executed is highlighted in color.
• All liquids are dispensed in free jet mode.
• Before each x and y movement of the carrier, the aspirated liquid in the tip is drawn up so that
there should always be air in the bottom part of the tip during the x and y movements of the
carrier. If there is no air bubble, faulty dispensing operations will result. Check the filling
volume entry with the tubes (exception: using the Elution from filter option in the Sample
Transfer command.) In this case the volume entry must be corrected and the method must be
completely repeated.
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• After Multidispense, then depending on the specification under Change tips, remaining liquid
will be dispensed back into the source or into the waste container.
Tip with and without air bubble
Fig. 1:
Tip with and without air bubble
Operation
Abb. 1:
5.7
Stop or interrupt methods
Burns from hot surfaces.
 Do not touch the metal surface of the thermal module if the method is interrupted or after it is
CAUTION!
complete.
 Check the current temperature of the thermal modules. The temperature is displayed in the
bottom part of the control panel display.
 Wait until the thermal module has cooled down completely.
Burns through hot thermomixer!
 Do not touch the metal surface of the thermomixer if the method is interrupted or after it is
CAUTION!
complete.
 Check the current temperature of the thermomixer. The temperature is displayed in the
bottom part of the control panel display.
 Wait until the thermomixer has cooled down completely.
5.7.1
Stop method prematurely
If you have to stop the method prematurely,
 Press the Stop key.
Stop
5.7.2
Use the Stop key to stop a current method. The current movement is
completed before the method is stopped.
Continue method
To continue a method, the following points have to be guaranteed:
Hint!
•
•
•
•
The carrier has not been moved manually
The tubes on the worktable have not been topped up
Tips have not been removed
Tip Racks and tubes have not been exchanged
Following premature stopping or opening of the front screen of the cleanbench during a method
run, you can continue the method or continue it step by step:
 Press the Continue function key.
The method is continued.
Alternatively:
 Press the Step function key.
The next sub-step is executed.
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5.7.3
Abort method
 Press the Abort function key. Abort.
Operation
The display shows a query. The method is aborted and cannot be continued.
5.8
epMotion 5070 CB Shut Down and Switch Off
Hazard when using flammable or infectious liquids.
The waste container may contain residues of flammable or infectious liquids in ejected tips.
WARNING!
 If you use flammable liquids (e.g., ethanol 98%), treat the waste before disposing of it in
accordance with your laboratory guidelines.
 Dispose of infectious material, waste or tips in accordance with national and local safety
regulations.
Loss of data as a result of switching off the device.
 Press the Shutdown function key before switching off the device.
NOTICE!
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
1. Mark the top Eppendorf node.
2. Press the Shutdown function key.
A message appears in the display that the Shutdown command will end all processes currently
running.
3. Press Shutdown again.
The epMotion 5070 CB shuts down and the appropriate message appears in the display.
4. Switch off the epMotion 5070 CB at the mains switch.
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6
6.1
Quick Start
Quick Start
Short instructions
Hint!
Select method and start
Quick Start
6.1.1
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Only trained staff already familiar with the operating manual and the epMotion may work
according to the short instructions. Observe the safety precautions.
1. Switch on the epMotion.
The software is loaded and then the UserLogin display appears. Log in as a user as follows.
2. Select the user with the arrow keys from the User list and use the Next key to navigate down
to the PIN field.
3. Enter the PIN via the number keys and press the Ok function key.
The navigation tree is displayed, your user directory is marked.
4. Open the user directory using the Enter key and mark the desired method using the arrow
keys.
5. Press Start.
Depending on the method, the Number of Samples window appears or, in the case of methods
with a fixed number of samples, the Worktable. For Number of Samples: enter the number of
samples in the display as requested and then press Ok.
6. In the Worktable display, check the loaded worktable and confirm with OK.
If volume entries are necessary, the displays for volume input appear automatically.
Exception: labware with a volume "0" (generally destination). If a volume change is required,
mark the labware and use the Volume and Info function keys to navigate to the volume entry.
Enter the volumes in μL and confirm with the Ok function key.
7. Check whether the labware shown in the display is present in the relevant locations of the
worktable and that all locations shown in the display as "empty" are indeed empty.
8. Check whether Tip Racks have enough tips in them and that all tubes are open and the waste
container is empty.
9. Close the front screen of the cleanbench and press start.
10. If this has not yet been done, fit the dispensing tool on request, close the front screen of the
cleanbench and press Ok.
Start the scanning procedures of the optical sensor, the method is executed.
11. Follow the requests of the display (e.g. change the dispensing tool, replace tubes etc.).
12. To switch off the epMotion, press Shutdown and follow the operator instructions.
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6.1.2
Typical operating sequence
6.1.2.1 From Login to User
1. Open the list of users.
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Quick Start
Enter
2. Select a user.
3. Confirm your selection.
Enter
4. Navigate to the PIN field
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6.1.2.2 Starting the method
1. Open the directory.
Enter
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2. Open the folder, mark the method.
Enter
Quick Start
Start
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Number of samples does not appear
in methods with a fixed number of
samples.
3. Enter and confirm the number of
samples
Enter
If you would like to check the
settings of the Optical Sensor,
4. Press the Prop. function key.
5. Check the loaded worktable.
6. Press the Start function key.
The window for volume input
appears. Check the volume and
confirm with Ok.
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7. If liquid detection is deactivated,
enter the volume manually and
confirm with the OK function key.
The method starts.
Delete
Enter
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6.1.2.3 Create a new method and edit the worktable
1. Open the directory.
Enter
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Quick Start
2. Press the New function key.
Enter
3. Enter a new name for the method
or adopt the old name.
4. Press the Edit function key.
5. Open the worktable.
Enter
6. Select the labware required, e.g.,
Plates.
7. Open the list of plate types
Enter
8. Select the plate type.
9. Open the list of plates
Enter
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10. Select the plate.
11. Adopt the selected plate.
Enter
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Quick Start
12. Mark the location.
13. Position the labware.
Enter
14. Press the Labware function key.
15. Load the worktable as described
above and press the Procedure
function key.
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6.1.2.4 Edit procedure (example: Sample transfer)
1. Open the list of commands.
Enter
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Quick Start
2. Select Sample Transfer.
3. Adopt Sample Transfer.
Enter
Press the Parameter function key.
4. Navigate to the settings, make
settings as appropriate.
• Pipet. Tool: set dispensing tool,
mark filter tips if necessary
Enter
• Volume: enter volume
• transfer type: Select pipette or
multidispense
• Source/Destination: select source
and destination
• Pattern: define pattern
You can set additional functions via
Options.
6.2
Example method
6.2.1
Method objective
Liquid such as a reagent is to be dispensed from a 30 mL reservoir in a reservoir rack into 16
wells of a PCR 96 plate. 16 samples from a thermorack loaded with 1.5 mL Eppendorf micro test
tubes are then transferred into the same wells of the PCR 96 plate.
6.2.2
Sample preparation
1. Load the reservoir rack with a 30 mL reservoir. Manually fill this reservoir with any volume.
2. Load the thermorack with 16 1.5 mL Eppendorf micro test tubes. Fill any desired sample
volume in these tubes.
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6.2.3
Method sequence
6.2.3.1 Log in and create a new method
1. Log in as the user and press New to define a new method.
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Quick Start
The New Method window is opened. In this window, you can assign a new method name or
adopt the proposed name.
2. Press Ok to exit the window and return to the navigation tree.
6.2.3.2 Loading the worktable
1. With the method marked, press the Edit function key to obtain access to the Worktable or the
Procedure.
2. Press Edit again to open the worktable.
A window appears with a list of predefined labware from which you have to select the tubes
necessary for the method.
3. Select Tubs + Holders and press Enter to select the reservoir rack labware (7x30ml).
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4. Press Location to reach the worktable. Mark location B1 with the cursor and press Enter.
Quick Start
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The Location Information window appears, displaying information about the tube which has
been positioned.
5. Check whether All positions is marked for liquid detection by the optical sensor. Then press
Ok. Load the worktable with the appropriate remaining labware:
6. Under Tips in the labware list, select the 300 μL tips (tip300) and put these in location A1. To
confirm and to open the Location Information window, press Enter. Exit the window by pressing
Ok.
7. Under Tubes + Racks + Thermoracks select the thermorack (Rack_1_5_ml) and put this in
location B2. Confirm again with Enter and check in the Location Information window whether
All positions is selected.
8. Under Plates and PCR 96 select the PCR plate EP_TT_PCR_150 and position in location A2.
Confirm with Enter and check under Location Information whether Off is selected for liquid
detection. Liquid detection is very time-consuming for plates with 96 wells.
9. As you load the worktable, also use the software to organize the actual positioning of tubes
on the worksurface.
10. Save with Save.
6.2.3.3 Defining the procedure
1. Use Procedure to reach the programming of the individual commands.
The empty method sequence is displayed with the list of available commands.
2. Select the Number of Samples command using the cursor. To specify the command as the first
method entry in the Procedure, press Enter.
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3. Press Parameter to reach the parameter settings.
4. Select the fixed parameter and enter 16 as the number of samples. Confirm with Ok.
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Quick Start
5. Use the cursor to access the second command line. Use the NewCmd key to enter the
Reagent Transfer command. Proceed as described for the Number of Samples entry. Use the
Parameter key to make the following settings:
6. Pipet. Tool: select TM_300_8.
7. Volume: enter 100 μl.
8. Mark multidispense.
9. Mark the button next to Source and use Enter to open the selection of worktable labware
previously specified. Select reservoir rack (Tubs_1) as the source tube and confirm with Ok.
10. Correspondingly use the button next to Destination to select the PCR plate (PCR96_1) from
the worktable labware list as the destination tube.
11. Use the button next to Pattern to reach automatic pattern specification. Irregular must not be
selected. The pattern display for the source is displayed.
12. Mark the position with the filled 30 mL reservoir and select by pressing Enter (gray marking
turns blue).
13. Press Destination and mark the first two columns (row A1 and A2) and confirm with Enter
(gray marking turns blue). Exit the pattern by pressing Ok.
14. Under Options you will reach the Change Tips setting, in which when command is finished must
be marked. Press Ok twice to confirm the selection and return to the method procedure.
15. Mark the third command line (under Reagent Transfer) and press New Cmd. Use the arrow
keys to select the Sample Transfer command. Use Parameters to make the following settings:
16. Pipet. Tool: select TS_300.
17. Volume: enter 50 μl.
18. Mark pipette.
19. Mark the button next to Source and use Enter to open the selection of worktable labware
previously specified. Select reservoir rack (Tubes_1) as the source tube.
20. Correspondingly, use the button next to Destination to select the PCR plate (PCR96_1) from
the worktable labware list as the destination tube.
6.2.3.4 Define pattern and save settings
1. Next to Pattern select the fields irregular and then Source.
2. Use the button next to Pattern to reach pattern specification. The pattern display for the
source is displayed.
3. Mark all positions containing sample tubes. After each individual entry, switch between
source and destination (see Specify pattern for command on p. 46). As the irregular input was
specified only for the source, the individual wells of the destination can only be selected in the
automatic pattern and not at will.
4. Confirm the selection using Enter and exit the pattern with Ok.
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5. Under Options you can reach the Change Tips setting, in which before aspiration from next well,
tube or position must be marked. Press Ok twice to confirm the selection and return to the
method procedure.
Quick Start
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6.2.3.5 Test and save settings
1. Check all parameter settings using TestPara. If error messages appear, the incorrect settings
will need to be corrected.
2. Use Save to save the method and then exit the editing mode by pressing Exit. The user
directory is displayed.
6.2.4
Starting the method
1. Start the method.
A window with the loaded worktable appears.
2. Use the Prop. key to activate all detection functions of the Optical Sensor (if desired) and
confirm with Ok.
3. Press Start again to start the method running.
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
7.1
Error search
If a method does not start running after Start, check the following points. Note that the Labware
on the worktable must match the method.
•
•
•
•
Is plate or rack correctly inserted and not the wrong way round?
Is a height adapter with the correct height being used?
Is the front screen of the cleanbench closed?
Are the light reflectors on the front screen of the cleanbench working properly and
unchanged?
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• Has the position of the cleanbench in relation to the light reflectors changed since it was
installed by the service team?
Troubleshooting
• Are all the plates, racks, tips, tubs etc.shown in the display present on the worktable of the
instrument?
•
•
•
•
Are all tubes and tubs open?
Are the tip racks filled with enough tips and have the lids been taken off the tip racks?
Is the lid of Safe-Lock tubes correctly positioned?
Are all the locations on the worktable of the instrument indicated as empty in the display really
empty?
• Is the waste container empty?
If there is a bag in the waste container: check that bag has a clean finish and check its
clamping ring. The bag must be inserted so that an adequate number of tips can be
contained. Furthermore, the bag may not project into locations B1 or A1. The clamping ring
must finish flush.
• Is the correct dispensing tool inserted and is it undamaged?
• Are the necessary filling quantities for the source present?
• Are racks or plates subsequently required for the parking positions ready and has their
volume been entered?
7.2
General errors
7.2.1
Read error of the optical sensor
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
Read error of the optical
sensor in detecting
labware
Plates such as MTP, DWP, PCR etc. are not
level on the worktable surface or have been
inserted inverted.
 Check that the labware has been correctly
Read error of the optical
sensor in detecting
labware
The plastic plate is not detected.
 Wipe a moist cloth several times over the
The cause might be a minor unevenness in
the the plastic surface. Such unevenness is
usually not visible.
inserted into the location.
detection range of the optical sensor on
the labware.
 Repeat the Location detection with a still
lightly moist surface.
Read error of the optical
sensor in detecting the
pipette tips
Problem when detecting pipette tips.
 Turn the tip rack by 180°.
Read error of the optical
sensor in detecting the
fluid level
Fluid surface not level (strong meniscus
formation).
Carefully tap the rack or plate on the table
until the surface is level.
Read error of the optical
sensor in detecting the
fluid level
Blisters or foam at the surface.
Remove the blisters/foam.
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The detection of the location in plates takes place at the right margin.
Hint!
7.2.2
In case of a Location read error of the optical sensor a display with the appropriate control option
is shown on the control panel.
Dispensing error
In case of doubts about the correctness of the dispensing note the information in the appendix
and all information on the selected liquid type.
7.3
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Error messages
Troubleshooting
Hint!
Hint!
All software error messages are issued in English. This also applies if "German" is selected in the
language setting for the software.
Should you require service, contact your official dealer for Eppendorf products or our sales office.
You can find the addresses of our dealers on our website www.eppendorf.com. The addresses of
our sales offices are listed on the penultimate page of these Instructions for Use.
Code
Symptom/message
0x0600
Tool did not find home
Cause
Remedy
• Home position for the tool is not 
found.

• No tool inserted.

• Tool damaged.

• PCB damaged.
• Switch damaged.
• Tool file does not correspond
Insert tool.
Check tool.
Reboot and try again.
If error occurs again: Call local
Eppendorf Service.
with tool.
0x0601
Hardware error
Dosing device: final position
always found
0x0607
Hardware error
Dosing motor: home switch always
on.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Dosing motor: steps lost.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Dosing motor: steps lost.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Tool home position is not found.





Dosing device: steps lost
0x060D
Hardware error
Dosing device: steps lost
0x060E
0x060F
Tool did not find home
0x070A
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Tool defective.
PCB defective.
Switch defective.
Tool file and tool do not correspond.
Dosing motor: home switch not
reached again.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
The named file is invalid for
updating the device.
The file contains incorrect control
information. File may be damaged
while copying.
 New file is essential. Call local
The cyclic redundancy check
for the named file failed.
The file contains incorrect control
information. File may be damaged
while copying.
 New file is essential. Call local
Hardware error
Dosing device: final position
not found
0x0709
No tool deployed.
Eppendorf Service.
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x070B
Error Flash Loader
The file contains incorrect control
information. File may be damaged
while copying.
 New file is essential. Call local
Hardware error
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x0863
Thermomixer missing
The thermomixer is not configured
or is damaged.
0x0864
Thermomixer is not configured Hardware error
The thermomixer is not configured
or is damaged.
0x0980
Thermomixer does not react
Hardware error
0x0954;
0x0964;
0x0974
The control time on a temperature
was exceeded.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x0B04
Not enough space on medium Not enough space on the internal or  Make sure that there is enough
external MMC™ to allocate buffer
space on medium.
file or directory.
 Either delete some files or (in case
of the external card) use another
MMC™.
0x0B05
Error reading file path
• Internal file path conversion
error.
0x0B08
Invalid path or filename
Filename or path is invalid.
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Troubleshooting
The thermomixer does not respond
to the system.
Eppendorf Service.
 Make sure that the file name and
path is valid.
 Make sure that the file name and
path is valid.
0x0B09
Too many files/directories
open
The number of allowed open files
and directories has reached its
maximum.
0x0B0A
File or directory does not exist File or directory does not exist.
 Close other open files.
 Make sure that the file name and
path is valid.
0x0B0B
No name or directory found
File path is empty.
 Reboot and try again.
0x0B0C
Could not open file
Filename pointer/ID invalid
 Reboot and try again.
0x0B0D
Error opening file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to open it again.
0x0B0E
Error closing file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to close it again.
0x0B0F
0x0B10
Error opening/closing file or
directory.
Error opening file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to open/close it again.
• File may be in use, or
• file is damaged.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to open it again. If error
occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x0B11
Error closing file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to close it again.
0x0B13
Partition does not exist
• Partition does not exist or has
not been initialized.
 Make sure that medium has been
inserted.
 If medium is internal, then reboot
and try again.
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Code
Symptom/message
0x0B14
File is in use and cannot be
accessed
Cause
• Logfile is opened for viewing
while the instrument tries to
write into the file.
Remedy
 Close file; or:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
• System errors.
0x0B15
Error opening file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to open it again.
0x0B16
Error closing file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to close it again.
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0x0B17
Error opening file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
and try to open it again.
0x0B18
Error opening file or directory.
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
Troubleshooting
and try to open it again.
0x0B40
0x0B41
Error opening file or directory.
Error closing file or directory.
File may be in use. Error opening
file. Does it exist?
 Make sure that the file is not in use
File may be in use.
 Make sure that the file is not in use
or does the file exist and try to open
it again.
and try to close it again.
0x0B42
Error reading file
File may be corrupted.
 Use Checkdisk
0x0B43
Error writing file
File may be corrupted.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0B44
Illegal file length. Trying to
read or write beyond file.
File may be corrupted.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0B45
Error deleting file
File may be corrupted.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0B46
Error renaming a file
File may be corrupted.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0B48
Error creating file. File exists
File name has been edited that
already exists.
 Use another name for the new file.
0x0B80
Error creating directory.
Directory exists!
See error message.
 Use another name for the new file.
0x0B81
Error creating directory.
Directory exists!
See error message.
 Use another name for the new file.
0x0B82
Error getting file entries
Some files may be deleted, or
directory is corrupt.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0B84
Error getting directory entries
Some files may be deleted, or
directory is corrupt.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0B85
Error listing files. Number of
files in directory is not the
same anymore.
Some files may be deleted, or
directory is corrupt.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0B88
Error deleting directory.
Some files may be deleted, or
directory is corrupt.
 Use Checkdisk.
0x0BC0
Format aborted by user
See error message.
 Error message was an information
for the user that he had aborted.
0x0C01
Volume too large for this tool
Volume to be dispensed is too large  Call local Eppendorf Application
for the selected tool. Possible
Support.
causes:
• Errors in tool files.
• Errors in liquid type files.
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Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x0C02
Volume too small for this tool
Volume to be dispensed is too small  Call local Eppendorf Application.
for the selected tool.
Possible causes:
• Errors in tool files.
• Errors in liquid type files.
0x0C08
0x0f00
0x0F01
No more user nodes available
No more nodes available
Wrong instrument type
Tool dimension values unknown.
Labware outdated or corrupt.
 Make sure all labware is of the
All available number of users has
been reached.
 Delete all users that are no longer
The maximum number of nodes
(1000) is already in use.
 Delete all nodes that are no longer
Files are defective.
 If back-up available: restore data
latest version.
7
needed.
needed.
Troubleshooting
0x0F02
Tool dimension unknown
files (see p. 162), or:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x0F03
Initializing EEPROM
Wrong data in hardware of control
panel.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
If error occurs several times:
0x1206
to
0x1210
No message text
Internal error.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x120A
Program aborted by user
User pressed the Abort button
during program run.
 Error message was an information
for the user that he had aborted.
0x1221
The hood was opened while
the program was stopped
See error message.
 Close hood.
0x1222
Transfer allowance was
prematurely deactivated
during program initialization
See error message.
 Start program again.
0x1223
Internal critical error
Hardware error. Restart of program
impossible.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1249
Step time in program is too
high.
Illegal value has been detected in
program.
 Check step time in program and
Step time in program is too
low.
Illegal value has been detected in
program.
 Check step time in program and
Time increment in program is
too high.
Illegal value has been detected in
program.
 Check time increment in program
Time increment in program is
too low.
Illegal value has been detected in
program.
 Check time increment in program
Error while choosing rack or
tube at program start
Neither rack or tube were selected.
 Restart program and be sure to
0x124A
0x124B
0x124C
0x1259
0x1289
Carrier: final position in x not
found
start program again.
start program again.
and start program again.
and start program again.
select either rack or tube.
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
x-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in x-axis
defective.
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Code
Symptom/message
0x128A
Carrier: final position in x
always found
Cause
Remedy
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
x-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in x-axis
defective.
0x128B
Carrier: steps lost in x
• Carrier was touched by the user.  Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error reoccurs after
• Sluggishness in carrier
movement in x-axis.
7
switching on and restarting a
method run:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Troubleshooting
0x128C
Carrier: final position in y not
found
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call Eppendorf Service.
y-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in y-axis
defective.
0x128D
Carrier: final position in y
always found
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
y-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in y-axis
defective.
0x128E
Carrier: steps lost in y
• Carrier was touched by the user  Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error reoccurs after
• Sluggishness in carrier
movement in y-axis
switching on and restarting a
method run:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x128F
Carrier: final position 1 in z not
found
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
z-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in x-axis
defective.
0x1290
Carrier: final position 1 in z
always found
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
z-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in z-axis
defective.
0x1291
Carrier: final position 2 in z not
found
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
z-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in x-axis
defective.
0x1292
Carrier: final position 2 in z
always found
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
z-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in z-axis
defective.
0x1293
Carrier: final position in z
wrong
• Problems in carrier movement in  Call local Eppendorf Service.
z-axis (sluggish movement or no
movement at all).
• Light barrier for carrier in z-axis
defective.
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Code
Symptom/message
0x1294
Carrier: steps lost in z
Cause
Remedy
• Carrier was touched by the user.  Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error reoccurs after
• Sluggishness in carrier
movement in z-axis.
switching on and restarting a
method run:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1295
Carrier:
steps lost in z before picking
up tip
• Tip was still on pipette tool when  Remove tips from tools.
tool started to pick up a new tip.  Place tip rack correctly and plane
• Tip rack not placed correctly on
on the worktable.
the worktable.
• Mechanical problems of carrier.
 Use a new tool.
Maximum number of tool
cycles exceeded
See error message.
0x1297
Danger of collision
When running the programmed
 Program the labware on the
application, the tool carrier system
worktable in a way that high and
will touch racks or other labware on
low labware are not adjacent.
the worktable; e.g., during pipetting  Program the labware in a way that
the optical sensor may touch a long
the 30 μL or 300 μL tip does not
tube on the adjacent position;
have to move deeply into a long
possible reasons:
vessel.
• A low plate (microplate) is
 If possible: use higher volumes in
located next to a high tube rack.
the long vessels.
programmed to move almost to
the bottom of a very long tube
with another long tube in the
adjacent position.
 If possible: use longer tips for the
long vessels.
0x1298
Tool not calibrated
The actual tool is not calibrated.
Calibrate the actual tool.
0x1299
Invalid number of samples
Value for Number of Samples not
permissible.
 Insert an admissible value for
Number of Samples.
0x129A
Tip too small
Reagent Transfer: Used tip is too
small.
 Use a larger tip.
0x129B
Source vessel too small
Reagent Transfer: Used source
vessel is too small.
 Use a larger vessel.
0x12D0
Parameter conflict:
Sample transfer with elution from
filter option:
 Select a tip large enough for picking
Elution volume too large for
this tool
0x12D1
Parameter conflict:
Elution volume too large for
destination tube or well
Volume to be aspirated is too large
for the tip used.
Troubleshooting
0x1296
• The 50 μL or 300 μL tip is
7
In other cases:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
up the liquid as well as the
additional volume of air to be
aspirated when using this option.
Option elution from filter: volume is
too large for the vessel used.
 Select a tool large enough when
using this option.
0x12E0
Error in system configuration
Error in system configuration.
Correct system configuration.
0x12E1
Parameter conflict:
See error message.
 Change application.
See error message.
 Change application.
Prewetting not possible when
aspirate from bottom is
selected
0x12E2
Parameter conflict:
Prewetting not possible when
dispense from top is selected
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Code
0x12E3
Symptom/message
Cause
Parameter conflict:
A liquid type using a prewetting step  Change application.
(e.g., ethanol 98%) cannot be used
in combination with the elution from
filter parameter in a sample transfer
command.
Prewetting not possible when
elution from filter is selected
0x12E6
0x12E7
7
Level too high
Opening the hood is not
allowed when putting down
tool.
Remedy
The liquid level would be higher
than the vessel after dispensing.
 Adjust the liquid to be dispensed to
See error message.
 See error message.
the vessel.
Troubleshooting
Switch off power, then switch
on again to restart method.
0x12E9
Tool not locked
This can only happen with the 5070.  Close tool lock.
The tool lock is not properly closed.
0x12F1
No communication with
thermomixer
Hardware error
0x12F3
Thermomixer is too hot for
labware (temperature
command in this method)
The temperature unit of the
thermomixer is to hot for the
selected labware
Choose a lower temperature
0x12F4
The thermomixer is too hot for The temperature unit of the
labware (temperature
thermomixer is to hot for the
command in previous method) selected labware
Choose a lower temperature
0x12F7
Waiting for thermomixer
The procedure is waiting for the
thermomixer.
Wait until thermomixer function has
ended
0x12F8
The selected mixing speed is
not possible with this labware
The mixing speed is not allowed for Select another labware or mixing
the selected labware
speed
0x1500
Too big vessel index in
location: ...
A tube is to be accessed for which  Error during creation of the
the index is greater than the number
application.
of tubes on the plate/rack/holder.
0x1504
<rack name> is not accessible Rack is a lower part of a labware
for tools in location ...
stack; therefore, the tool has no
access.
 Change application so that the rack
Liquid volume too large for
vessel in location:...
 Provide less volume in the vessel.
 Change application.
 When verifying the total volume
0x1509
Shut down and switch off the
The thermomixer may be damaged. instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
Total volume supplied in a source
vessel is larger than needed or
larger than vessel.
is accessible.
needed for the source or
destination, take into account
additional aspirated volume in case
of multidispense
mode(see Important volume terms
for tubes and wells on p. 16).
epMotion 5070 only:
 Set liquid detection to off for racks
that are on park positions at the
beginning of the procedure.
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x150A
Liquid volume too low for
vessel in location: ...
Total volume supplied by the user in  Calculate the total volume for the
a source vessel is smaller than
source or destination vessel and
needed for a sample transfer,
select a suitable vessel. Regarding
reagent transfer or mix command
additional aspirated volume in case
(total volume = volume to be
of multidispense mode, refer to
aspirated + remaining volume for
manual (see Important volume
this vessel + (in case of
terms for tubes and wells on p. 16).
multidispense mode:) additional
 Consider that the software may
aspirated volume.
calculate higher remaining volumes
in some cases to avoid crashes.
7
 Set liquid detection to off for racks
that are on park positions at the
beginning of the procedure.
Optical sensor:
See above (error 0x150A).
 See above (error 0x150A).
Troubleshooting
0x150B
Liquid volume too low in
location: ...
0x150D
Optical sensor: Plate could not The rack programmed for this
be found in location: ...
location could not be found by the
Optical sensor: Rack could not optical sensor; possible causes:
 Place the rack onto the locations as
be found in location: ...
 Make sure that the rack is placed
• Rack not placed onto location
(wrong rack code or wrong rack
height).
• Rack in wrong orientation.
• Problems related to the optical
sensor function.
0x150E
Optical sensor:
Tips could not be found in
location ...
The tip rack programmed for this
location could not be found by the
optical sensor; possible causes:
• Tip rack not placed onto
edited in the corresponding
application; or:
plane on the worktable surface; or:
 Rotate rack 180° (front to back)
and place it back onto the
worktable location; or:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
 Place the tip rack onto the locations
as edited in the corresponding
application; or:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
location.
• Problems related to the optical
sensor function.
0x1510
Optical sensor: Nothing could
be found in location:
See error message.
 Place the labware programmed for
this location on the worktable.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1512
Tip type ... is not placed on the Tips that are needed according to
worktable
the application are not available on
the worktable.
 Place the tip tray programmed for
this location on the worktable.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1513
Position is out of range
The position to be addressed by the  Change application.
tool carrier is outside of its available If error occurs again:
range.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Possible cause: Rack in park
position is programmed to be
addressed by the dispensing tool.
0x1514
Optical sensor: Rack in wrong
orientation in location ...
The tub holder has been placed
onto the worktable in the wrong
direction.
 Rotate tub holder 180° and place it
back onto the worktable; restart the
application.
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Code
Symptom/message
0x1515
Tool cannot be used for rack in Distance between tip cones of the
location ...
liquid handling tool does not match
the distance between vessels (e.g.,
24 tubes - rack does not fit the
8-channel tool).
 Change application.
0x1516
No vessel in location: ...
 Place the vessel/rack combination
7
Cause
Vessels that are needed according
to the application are not available
on the worktable (vessel/rack
combination).
Remedy
programmed for this location on the
worktable.
If error occurs again:
Troubleshooting
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1519
Tip is too thick for vessel in
location: ...
Diameter of the destination vessel is  Select other tips or vessels in the
application.
too small for the tip when
dispensing the liquid.
 Select dispense from top in the
options of the liquid handling
command.
0x151A
Optical sensor:
The optical sensor has detected a
cap on a vessel when trying to
detect a liquid level.
There is a cap on vessel in
location: ...
0x151B
Optical sensor: There is a
wrong vessel in location: ...
 Remove the cap from the vessel
and start the run again.
 Place the vessel onto the location
Relates to vessels that are
as edited in the corresponding
equipped with a readable code (e.g.
application; or:
Eppendorf tubs): The rack
programmed for this location could  Call local Eppendorf Application
not be found by the optical sensor;
Support.
possible causes:
• Wrong vessel.
• Problems related to the optical
sensor function.
0x151C
Optical sensor:
Vessel too high for level
detection in location: ...
Level detection for very high vessels  Switch off the level detection for this
vessel.
is not possible.
 Use level detection only for vessel/
rack equipment with a total height
below 103 mm.
0x151E
0x151F
Detected volume is out of
detection range ...
Labware stack too high in
location:
Maximum pieces which may
be piled:
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Normally a system/hardware error
(malfunction of the optical sensor);
but may also be caused by filling a
vessel up to the total vessel height.
 Do not fill vessels above the
A maximum of 5 racks can be
stacked in a location. Placing more
than 5 racks in a location.
 Do not stack more than 5 racks in a
specified maximum filling volume.
In other cases:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
location.
0x1526
No free position for deposition
of tool available
 Clear at least one position on the
When trying to deposit the
worktable to accept a dispensing
dispensing tool after use the tool
tool.
holder did not find a free position for
the tool.
0x1528
Method program may not use
more than four dispensing
tools
See error message.
 If more than 4 dispensing tools are
needed, divide the application into
two applications that use no more
than 4 dispensing tools.
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
0x152D
Tip too short
Select other tips or vessels in
the method.
Tip does not reach the liquid level at  Select other tips or vessels in the
the beginning or during the course
application.
of the liquid handling command.
Optical sensor:
Error in level detection.
0x1581
Remedy
 Repeat measurement.
Liquid level could not be
detected in location: ...
0x1700
Liquid volume too low for
vessel in location: ...
Total volume supplied by the user in  Calculate the total volume for the
source or destination vessel and
a source vessel is smaller than
select a suitable vessel. Regarding
needed for a sample transfer,
additional aspirated volume in case
reagent transfer or mix command
of multidispense mode, refer to
(total volume = volume to be
manual (see Important volume
aspirated + remaining volume for
terms for tubes and wells on p. 16).
this vessel + (in case of
multidispense mode:) additional
 Consider that the software may
aspirated volume.
calculate higher remaining volumes
in some cases to avoid crashes.
7
Troubleshooting
 Set liquid detection to off for racks
that are on park positions at the
beginning of the procedure.
0x1701
Liquid volume too large for
vessel in location:...
Total volume supplied in a source
vessel is larger than needed or
larger than vessel.
 Provide less volume in the vessel.
 Change application.
 When verifying the total volume
needed for the source or
destination, take into account
additional aspirated volume in case
of multidispense
mode(see Important volume terms
for tubes and wells on p. 16).
epMotion 5070 only:
 Set liquid detection to off for racks
that are on park positions at the
beginning of the procedure.
0x1900
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1901
Loading error
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1902
Loading error
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1903
Loading error
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1904
The following labware has
been deleted: ...
Edit mode:
 Change the source or destination in
The worktable was changed after
an application had been
programmed; thus, the labware
defined in a command is no longer
available.
the parameter of the respective
command in accordance to match
the worktable. In this case the
pattern also has to be re-edited;
 The labware has to be
reprogrammed in the worktable.
0x1905
Loading error
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1906
Loading error
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1907
Loading error
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
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Code
Symptom/message
0x1908
The method was written with a See Error message.
newer program structure. You
must update your software if
you want to edit this method
 Update your software, or:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1909
Loading error
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x190D
The following labware is not
selected in node epMotion: ...
Edit mode/worktable:
 Set the respective labware in the
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
Troubleshooting
7
0x190A
Cause
The chosen labware is not available
in the labware collection that had
been selected for your lab in the
software node epMotion. Possible
cause for this error message: The
labware has been deselected in the
epMotion node.
Remedy
epMotion node in order to select it.
This node is accessible for the
administrator only (if your lab runs
the epMotion by using the
"administrator" function).
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x190B
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x190C
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x190E
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The following tool is not
selected in node epMotion: ...
Edit mode/procedure:
0x190F
The following liquid is not
selected in node epMotion: ...
 Set the concerned labware in the
Edit mode/procedure: The chosen
node epMotion to “select”. This
liquid option is not available in the
node is accessible for the
labware collection that had been
administrator only (if your lab runs
selected for your lab in the software
the epMotion by using the
node epMotion. Possible cause for
“administrator” function).
this error message: The labware
has been deselected in the epMotion
node.
0x1910
 Set the respective labware in the
The position of the following
Edit mode/worktable: The chosen
node epMotion.
labware is not available on this labware is not available in the
worktable
labware collection that had been
selected for your lab in the software
The method was written for
node epMotion. Possible cause for
another workstation
this error message: The labware
configuration
has been deselected in the epMotion
node.
The chosen tool is not available in
the labware collection that had been
selected for your lab in the software
node epMotion. Possible cause for
this error message: The labware
has been deselected in the
epMotion”node.
 Set the concerned labware in the
node epMotion to “select”. This
node is accessible for the
administrator only (if your lab runs
the epMotion by using the
“administrator” function).
epMotion® 5070 CB — Operating manual
Code
Symptom/message
Cause
The position of the following
labware is not allowed
anymore
Edit mode/worktable: The chosen
 Place the respective labware on
labware may not be placed on the
another position.
selected position anymore. Possible
cause for this error message: The
application has been written with a
former version of the software.
yyy
in location: xxx
0x1911
The following labware has
been changed, so that the
pattern does not fit anymore:
xxx
Because you can change the order  Either change the order or contents
or contents Tubs + Modules(equip) +
of the Tubs + Modules(equip) +
Holders combination, it can happen
Holders combination back to the
that the recent pattern of a
original. Or change the pattern in
the command.
command does not fit the new
positions of the tubes.
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
7
 Restart application run or restart
system.
Troubleshooting
0x1980
to
0x1983
Remedy
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1984
No parameter for tool/liquid.
Edit mode/parameter in command
Sample Transfer:
 Select another tool or another liquid
type.
A special file for the selected
combination of tool and liquid type is
not available.
0x1985
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1986
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A00
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A01
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A02
The name is already used for
another labware.
Edit mode/labware: The same name  Enter a different name.
has been defined for a different rack
or another labware item.
0x1A02
The name is already used for
another labware
Edit mode / labware:
This position is not available
for the selected labware
Edit mode/worktable:
0x1A03
 Enter a different name.
The same name has been defined
for a different rack or another
labware item.
Certain worktable positions are not
allowed for certain labware (e.g.,
tips can only be placed in the rear of
the worktable).
 Place the selected labware in
another location.
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Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x1A04
The selected labware may not
be stacked on top of labware
already placed
Edit mode/worktable:
 See "Cause".
Labware stack too high in
location: xxx
Edit mode/worktable:
0x1A06
7
Troubleshooting
Maximum height: xxx mm
0x1A10
Building of labware stacks on the
worktable is restricted to certain
labware combinations (e.g.,
thermorack above thermorack does
not make sense).
 See "Cause".
Labware stacks on the worktable
may not exceed a maximum height
limit (e.g., plates on adapters is
allowed; reservoir holder on
adapters is not allowed because the
stack would become too high).
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this source rack
Sample Transfer:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Source rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g., 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A11
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this destination rack.
Sample Transfer:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Destination rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g. 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A12
No source or destination
selected
Edit mode/parameter in command
Sample Transfer:
 Select source or destination,
respectively.
Source or destination rack has not
been selected.
0x1A13
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A14
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A15
Invalid entry for movement
blow (0 ... 100)
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
 Enter a value between 0 and 100%.
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
movement blow.
0x1A16
Invalid entry for delay blow (0
... 9999)
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
 Enter a value between 0 and
9999 msec.
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
Delay Blow.
0x1A17
Invalid entry for speed
aspiration (0.2 ... 110)
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
Speed Aspiration.
78
 Enter a value between 0.2 and
110 mm/sec.
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Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x1A18
Invalid entry for speed
dispense (0.2 ... 110)
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
 Enter a value between 0.2 and
110 mm/sec.
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
Speed Dispense.
0x1A18
Invalid entry for speed
dispense (0.2 ... 110)
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
 Enter a value between 0.2 and
110 mm/sec.
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
Speed Dispense.
0x1A19
Invalid entry for speed blow
(0.2 ... 110)
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
7
 Enter a value between 0.2 and
110 mm/sec.
0x1A1A
 Enter a value between 0 and 100%.
Invalid entry for initial stroke (0 Edit mode/parameter in transfer
... 100)
command: a value beyond the
allowed range has been entered for
the parameter initial stroke.
0x1A20
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this source rack
Reagent Transfer:
Troubleshooting
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
Speed Blow.
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Source rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g., 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A21
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this destination rack
Reagent Transfer:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Destination rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g., 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A22
No source or destination
selected
Edit mode/parameter in command
Reagent Transfer:
 Select source or destination,
respectively.
Source or destination rack has not
been selected.
0x1A23
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A24
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A30
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this source rack
Pool:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Source rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g., 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
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Symptom/message
Cause
0x1A31
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this destination rack
Pool:
Remedy
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Destination rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g. 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A32
No source or destination
selected
Edit mode/parameter in command
Pool:
 Select source or destination,
respectively.
Source or destination rack has not
been selected.
7
0x1A40
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this source rack
PoolOneDest:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Troubleshooting
Source rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g., 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A41
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this destination rack
PoolOneDest:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Destination rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g. 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A42
No source or destination
selected
Edit mode/parameter in command
PoolOneDest:
 Select source or destination,
respectively.
Source or destination rack has not
been selected.
0x1A50
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this source rack
Dilute:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Source rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g., 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A51
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this destination rack
Dilute:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Destination rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g. 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
0x1A52
No source or destination
selected
Edit mode/parameter in command
Dilute:
 Select source or destination,
respectively.
Source or destination rack has not
been selected.
0x1A60
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A61
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/parameter in command
for this rack
Mix:
 Choose another rack or another
tool.
Rack does not fit the 8-channel tool
(e.g., 24-well plate or tube rack with
24 positions).
0x1A62
No rack selected
Edit mode/parameter in command
Mix:
Rack has not been selected.
80
 Select rack, respectively.
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x1A63
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A64
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A65
Invalid entry for speed (0.2 ...
110)
Edit mode/parameter in command
Mix:
7
Enter a value between 0.2 and
110 mm/sec.
0x1A70
0x1A71
This position is already
occupied
Edit mode/pattern:
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
When editing the pattern you have
tried to select a certain position that
is already occupied.
Troubleshooting
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
Speed .
 Follow the direction of the edited
pattern and move to a different
position.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A72
Memory insufficient.
Edit mode/pattern:
Not enough software memory
available for editing the pattern.
 Save application and restart
system; if error occurs again try to
reduce the amount of commands, if
possible.
In case this is not possible:
 Call local Eppendorf Application
Support.
0x1A73
0x1A74
Delete function only available
for last entry
Edit mode/pattern:
Memory insufficient.
Edit mode/pattern:
You may only delete a pattern
position that you just entered as
long as you did not leave the source
(or the destination, respectively).
Not enough software memory
available for editing the pattern.
 If you have to delete this position
which is no longer available you
must edit a new pattern from the
beginning (softkey New pat. or
Cancel).
 Save application and restart
system; if error occurs again try to
reduce the amount of commands, if
possible.
In case this is not possible:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1A75
0x1A76
A rack may only have 384
positions
Edit mode/pattern:
Not enough software memory
available for editing the pattern.
Maximum possible positions are
384.
 Choose another rack, because the
chosen rack has too many
positions.
 Choose another rack or another
8-channel tool cannot be used Edit mode/pattern:
tool.
for this module rack
Rack does not fit the 8-channel tool
(e.g., Tubs + Modules (equip) +
Holders-combination with positions
all less than 8 in Modules).
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
0x1A77
No module rack or tubes found Edit mode/pattern:
Remedy
 Choose another rack.
Rack does not have any positions
(e.g., Tubs + Modules (equip) +
Holders-combination with positions
all less than 1 in Modules).
0x1A78
Number of tubes not
supported
Edit mode/pattern:
Invalid entry for minutes (0 ...
99)
Edit mode/parameter in command
Wait:
7
0x1A80
 Choose another rack.
One or more Modules have 3, 5, 6,
7 or more than 8 positions. This is
not supported.
 Enter a value between 0 and 99
minutes.
Troubleshooting
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
minutes.
0x1A81
Invalid entry for seconds (0 ...
59)
Edit mode/parameter in command
Wait:
 Enter a value between 0 and 59
seconds.
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the parameter
seconds.
0x1A90
0x1A91
0x1AC1
Selecting more than one rack
as Source or as Destination:
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
All source racks (or all
destination racks, resp.) must
have the same well pattern
If more than one rack is selected as
source (or destination) all source (or
destination), racks must have the
same well pattern (e.g. 96-well
plates).
Selecting more than one rack
as Source or as Destination:
Edit mode/parameter in transfer
command:
Rack was already selected as
source rack (or as destination
rack, resp.)
When editing more than one rack as
source (or destination, respectively.)
the same rack was selected twice.
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 See explanation in "Cause".
 Select different racks for editing
more than one rack as source (or
destination).
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
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0x1AE0
Invalid entry for mixing speed
(0 ... 2000)
Edit mode / parameter in command Enter a value between 0 and 2000 rpm
”Thermomixer”: a value beyond the
allowed range has been entered for
the parameter ”speed”
0x1AE1
Invalid entry for minutes (0 ...
120)
Edit mode / parameter in command Enter a value between 0 and 120
”Thermomixer”: a value beyond the minutes
allowed range has been entered for
the parameter ”minutes”
0x1AE2
Invalid entry for seconds (0 ...
59)
Edit mode / parameter in command Enter a value between 0 and 59
”Thermomixer”: a value beyond the seconds
allowed range has been entered for
the parameter ”seconds”
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x1AE3
Invalid entry for temperature (4 Edit mode / parameter in command Enter a value between 4 and 110
... 110)
”Thermomixer”: a value beyond the degrees
allowed range has been entered for
the parameter ”temperature”
0x1C00
to
0x1C09
File could not be read
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1C0B
Sample number too large
Run mode:
 Start the application again and
7
0x1C0C
File could not be read
0x1C0D
You must clear old pattern first Edit mode/pattern:
0x1C0E
File damaged.
Press new pattern
You tried to change a stored pattern
before deleting the old pattern.
You must go forward
Edit mode/pattern:
Troubleshooting
enter a lower number of samples;
The number of samples you entered
or:
will fill more than one rack (source
or destination, respectively) based
 Enter the edit mode and program a
on the programmed pattern.
pattern that together with the
number of samples you want to run
will not extend beyond one rack.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
 Delete the old pattern by pressing
the New pat. softkey
 See explanation in "Cause".
When entering the pattern, the order
of edited locations in the source (or
destination, respectively) must be
from left to right or from the top of
the pattern downwards (i.e., move
only in columns or in rows).
0x1C0F
You may only move
horizontally or vertically
Edit mode/pattern:
 See explanation in "Cause".
When entering the pattern the order
of edited locations in the source (or
destination, resp.) must be from the
left to right or from top of the pattern
downwards (i.e., move only in
columns or in rows).
Note: Error message may also
occur when working with an
8-channel tool and editing another
position than the upper ones (see
error code 0x1C1F).
0x1C10
0x1C11
Pattern for replicates of first
sample too complex
Edit mode/pattern:
Pattern too complex
Edit mode/pattern:
 Enter a simpler pattern if possible.
The pattern algorithm cannot handle In case this is not possible:
this pattern.
 Call local Eppendorf Application
Support.
 Enter a simpler pattern if possible.
The pattern algorithm cannot handle In case this is not possible:
this pattern.
 Call local Eppendorf Application
Support.
Note: See note in error 0x1C0F.
0x1C12
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
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Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x1C13
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1C14
Pattern must fit in rows or
columns
7
0x1C15
Pattern too complex
Edit mode/pattern:
 Enter a simpler pattern if possible.
The basic unit of the pattern you
tried to enter extends beyond a row
or a column. This cannot be
handled by the pattern algorithm.
In case this is not possible:
 Call local Eppendorf Application
Edit mode/pattern:
 Enter a simpler pattern if possible.
Support.
Troubleshooting
The pattern algorithm cannot handle In case this is not possible:
this pattern.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Note: See note in error 0x1C0F.
0x1C16
0x1C17
This position is already
occupied
Edit mode/pattern:
When editing the pattern you have
tried to select a certain rack position
that is already occupied.
You must start with the source Edit mode/pattern:
 Following the edited pattern move
to a different rack position.
 See explanation in "Cause".
When editing a pattern you must
start with the source.
0x1C18
Please enter a source now
Edit mode/pattern:
In the destination rack, you tried to
enter more replicates than you had
sources.
0x1C19
Please enter a destination now Edit mode/pattern:
When having selected a source in
the Sample Transfer command you
first have to enter a destination for
this source before moving to the
next source position.
0x1C1A
0x1C1B
No more positions available
(limited by Number of
Samples command)
Edit mode/pattern:
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
Editing further positions is not
possible because the limit set in the
Number of Samples command would
be exceeded.
 Enter the same number of
replicates for all sources you edit
when programming a pattern.
 Press the Destination softkey and
edit the destination position(s) for
the selected source position.
 Select a pattern that fits the
programmed Number of Samples
command.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1C1C
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x1C1D
Program error/system error
Internal program error.
 Restart application run or restart
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x1C1E
Pattern for reagent transfer:
Edit mode/pattern for command
Reagent Transfer:
 Enter the source only once. In case
source can be chosen only
once
After having entered the source and
the destinations for the reagent
transfer you cannot select an
additional source.
this does not meet your
requirements for this application
consider selecting command
Sample Transfer instead of Reagent
Transfer; or:
 Call local Eppendorf Application
Support.
0x1C1F
Pattern with 8-channel tool:
Please edit upper position of
this tool
Pattern for sample transfer:
only one position per sample
on source
0x1C21
0x1C22
 See explanation in "Cause".
7
Only the upper positions of the
8-channel tools can be selected.
Edit mode/pattern for command
Sample Transfer:
Before selecting a second source
position, you have to edit the
destination for the first source
position.
In source rack further positions
cannot be edited because
positions in destination rack
are already occupied
Edit mode/pattern:
Pattern for pool one dest:
destination can be chosen
only once
Edit mode/pattern for command
PoolOneDest:
Selecting further source positions
would require a second destination
rack according to the pattern you
edited.
After having entered the sources
and the destination, you cannot
select an additional destination.
 Enter destination for the source you
Troubleshooting
0x1C20
Edit mode/pattern with 8-channel
tool:
just selected; afterwards, you can
edit the next source position.
 Edit a pattern that does not require
more than one destination rack per
command. To use more destination
racks, create additional commands.
 Enter the destination only once. In
case this does not meet your
requirements for this application,
consider selecting command Pool
instead of PoolOneDest; or:
 Call local Eppendorf Application
Support.
0x1C23
Pattern for dilute:
only one position per sample
on source
0x1C25
Pattern for pool:
only one position per sample
on destination
0x1C26
0x2025
Pattern for Reagent Transfer:
not enough source positions
Bottom tolerance too big
Edit mode/pattern for command
Dilute:
Before selecting a second source
position, you have to edit the
destination for the first source
position.
Edit mode/pattern for command
Pool:
Before selecting a second
destination position, you have to
edit the next source positions to be
pooled into this destination.
 Enter destination for the source you
just selected; afterwards, you can
edit the next source position.
 Enter sources for the next
destination position; afterwards,
you can edit the next destination
position.
Run mode: To provide enough
reagent volume for the number of
samples you entered, the selected
reagent source positions must be
higher.
 Start the application again and
Bottom tolerance too big.
 Use a smaller value.
enter a lower number of samples;
or:
 Enter the edit mode and program
more reagent source positions in
the pattern. Keep in mind that the
selected reagent source positions
may not extend beyond one rack.
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x2026
Bottom tolerance too small
Bottom tolerance too small.
 Use a bigger value.
0x2027
(SVC_ILLEGAL_NODE_TYPE Internal error.
)
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x2100
Program error/system error
 Restart application run or restart
Internal program error.
system.
If error occurs again:
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Troubleshooting
7
0x2101
Tool not defined.
Parameter Pipet. Tool was not edited  See explanation in "Cause".
in the application.
0x2102
Tool not selected in epMotion
The pipette tool you edited in the
application was not set on select in
node epMotion or it has been
removed from the node epMotion
and therefore not available for
programming.
epMotion, or edit different tips in the
application.
0x2104
Tips not edited in worktable/
procedure
0x2105
Parameter conflict:
The Volume and Source parameters  Edit Volume and Source in the
of the source vessel do not match
worktable so that Volume is covered
Start volume greater than
(Volume
is
higher
than
the
maximum
by the maximum filling volume of
filling volume of source tube or
filling
volume
of
the
source
vessel).
the source vessel.
well
0x2106
Parameter conflict: Start
volume greater than filling
volume of destination tube or
well
 Edit Volume and Destination in the
The Volume and Destination
worktable so that Volume is covered
parameters of the destination vessel
by the maximum filling volume of
do not match (Volume is higher than
the destination vessel.
the maximum filling volume of the
destination vessel).
0x2107
Volume not defined
Parameter Volume was not edited in  See explanation in "Cause".
the application.
0x2108
Parameter conflict:
 Edit Volume and Pipet. Tool so that
The Volume and Pipet. Tool
Volume is covered by the volume
parameters of the application do not
range of the pipette tool.
match (Volume is smaller than the
lower limit of the tool volume range).
Volume too small for this tool
0x2109
Parameter conflict:
Volume too large for this tool
Tips were edited in the procedure of  Edit the tips that you programmed
the application, but they were not
in the procedure in the worktable.
edited in the worktable (e.g., filter
tips <-> tips without filter).
The Volume and Pipet. Tool
 Edit Volume and Pipet. Tool so that
parameters of the application do not
Volume is covered by the volume
match (Volume is higher than the
range of the pipette tool.
upper limit of the tool volume
range).
0x210A
Parameter conflict: volume
greater than filling volume of
source tube or well
The Volume and Source parameters  Edit Volume and Source so that
of the application do not match
Volume is covered by the maximum
(Volume is higher than the maximum
filling volume of the source vessel.
filling volume of the source vessel).
0x210B
Parameter conflict:
The Volume and Destination
 Edit Volume and Destination so that
parameters of the application do not
Volume is covered by the maximum
match (Volume is higher than the
filling volume of the destination
maximum filling volume of the
vessel.
destination vessel).
volume greater than filling
volume of destination tube or
well
0x210D
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 Set the tips onselect in node
Source rack not defined
Parameter Source was not edited in  See explanation in "Cause".
the application.
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Code
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x210E
Source rack not edited in
worktable
The source rack you edited in the
procedure of the application has
been removed from the worktable.
 Edit the rack that you programmed
Source rack not selected in
epMotion
The source rack you edited in the
application is not set on select in
node epMotion, or it has been
removed from the node epMotion
and therefore is not available for
programming.
 Set the rack on select in node
0x210F
in the procedure as Source in the
worktable, or edit a different source
rack in the application.
epMotion, or edit a different rack in
the application.
7
0x2110
Destination rack not defined
Parameter Source was not edited in  See explanation in "Cause".
the application.
0x2111
Destination rack not edited in
worktable
Destination rack was edited in the
procedure of the application, but it
was not edited in the worktable.
0x2112
Destination rack not selected
in epMotion
 Set the rack on select in node
The destination rack you edited in
epMotion, or edit a different rack in
the application is not set on select in
the application.
node epMotion, or it has been
removed from the node epMotion
and therefore not available for
programming.
0x2113
Pattern not defined
Parameter Pattern was not edited in  See explanation in "Cause".
the application.
0x2114
Loading error (invalid entry in
pattern)
Normally a system error; but may
also be caused by editing a pattern
without destination positions; or:
 Edit a pattern with source and
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
in the procedure as Destination in
the worktable or edit a different
destination rack in the application.
destination positions.
In other cases:
0x211B
Liquid type not defined
Parameter Liquid Type was not
edited in the application (can be
edited via the button Options in the
parameter display).
 See explanation in "Cause".
0x211C
Liquid type not selected in
epMotion
The Liquid Type you edited in the
application is not set on select in
node epMotion, or it has been
removed from the node epMotion
and therefore not available for
programming (it can be edited via
the Options button in the parameter
display).
 Set the liquid on select in node
Mixing cycles in source not
defined
 See explanation in "Cause".
Parameter No. of Cycles in a mix
procedure was not edited for the
source in the application (mix
procedure as defined in a command
Mix or as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x211D
Troubleshooting
 Edit the rack that you programmed
epMotion or edit a different liquid in
the application.
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Symptom/message
Cause
0x211E
Invalid entry for mixing cycles
in source (1 ... 99)
Entry for the No. of Cycles parameter  Enter a number between 1 and 99
in a mix procedure for source
for the No. of Cycles parameter.
vessels was higher than the max.
limit (1 up to 99 cycles) (mix
procedure as defined in a command
Mix or as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x211F
Invalid entry for mixing speed
in source (1 ... 10)
Entry for the parameter Speed in a
 Enter a number between 1 and 10
mix procedure for source vessels
for the Speed parameter.
was higher than the max. limit (1 up
to 10) (mix procedure as defined in
a command Mix or as part of a liquid
transfer command via parameter
Options).
0x2120
Mixing volume in source not
defined
 See explanation in "Cause".
Parameter Volume in a mix
procedure for source vessels was
not edited in the application (mix
procedure as defined in a command
Mix or as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x2121
Parameter conflict: mixing
volume in source too large for
this tool
The Volume and Pipet. Tool
 Edit Volume and Pipet. Tool so that
parameters of a mix procedure for
Volume is within pipette tool's
source vessels are not in agreement
volume range.
(Volume is higher than the upper
limit of the tool's volume range) (mix
procedure as defined in a command
Mix or as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x2122
Parameter conflict: mixing
volume in source too small for
this tool
 Edit Volume and Pipet. Tool so that
The Volume and Pipet. Tool
Volume is within the pipette tool's
parameters of a mix procedure for
volume range.
source vessels do not match
(Volume is less than the lower limit
of the tool's volume range) (mix
procedure as defined in a command
Mix or as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x2123
Parameter conflict:
The Volume and Source parameters  Edit Volume and Source so that
Volume is within the allowable filling
of a mix procedure in the application
volume of the source vessel.
do not match (Volume is higher than
the maximum filling volume of the
source vessel) (mix procedure as
defined in a command Mix or as part
of a liquid transfer command via
parameter Options).
Troubleshooting
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mixing volume in source
greater than filling volume of
source tube or well
0x2124
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Mixing cycles in destination
not defined
Parameter No. of Cycles in a mix
procedure for destination vessels
was not edited in the application
(mix procedure as part of a liquid
transfer command via parameter
Options)
Remedy
 See explanation in "Cause".
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Symptom/message
Cause
0x2125
Invalid entry for mixing cycles
in destination (1 ... 99)
Entry for the parameter No. of Cycles  Enter a number between 1 and 99
in a mix procedure for destination
for the No. of Cycles parameter.
vessels was higher than the max.
limit (1 up to 99 cycles) (mix
procedure as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x2126
Invalid entry for mixing speed
in destination (1 ... 10)
Entry for the parameter Speed in a
mix procedure for destination
vessels was higher than the max.
limit (1 up to 10) (mix procedure as
part of a liquid transfer command
via parameter Options).
 Enter a number between 1 and 10
Mixing volume in destination
not defined
Parameter Volume in a mix
procedure for destination vessels
was not edited in the application
(mix procedure as part of a liquid
transfer command via parameter
Options).
 See explanation in "Cause".
Parameter conflict:
The Volume and Pipet. Tool
 Edit Volume and Pipet. Tool so that
parameters in a mix procedure for
Volume is within the pipette tool's
destination vessels do not match
volume range.
(Volume is higher than the upper
limit of the tool volume range) (mix
procedure as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x2127
mixing volume in destination
too large for this tool
for the Speed parameter.
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0x2129
Parameter conflict: mixing
The Volume and Pipet. Tool in a mix  Edit Volume and Pipet. Tool so that
Volume is within the volume range
volume in destination too small procedure for destination vessels do
of the pipet tool.
for this tool
not match (Volume is lower than the
minimum allowed volume) (mix
procedure as part of a liquid transfer
command via parameter Options).
0x212A
Parameter conflict: mixing
volume in destination greater
than filling volume of
destination tube or well
0x212C
When the transfer type parameter is  Change parameter transfer type to
pipette; or:
mix after dispense not allowed set to multidispense, the mix after
dispense parameter cannot be
in multidispense mode
 Omit the mixing step; in this case
edited for this command.
you could also edit another mixing
step as a new command (Mix),
which would be performed after the
previous command of the
procedure has ended.
0x212D
 Choose another rack or another
Edit mode / parameter in liquid
tool.
handling
command:
8-channel tool cannot be used
for this source rack
Source rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g., 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
Troubleshooting
0x2128
Remedy
The Volume and Destination
 Edit Volume and Destination so that
parameters in a mix procedure for
Volume is within the maximum filling
volume of the destination vessel.
destination vessels do not match
(Volume is higher than the maximum
filling volume of the destination
vessel) (mix procedure as part of a
liquid transfer command via
parameter Options).
Parameter conflict:
Parameter conflict:
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Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x212E
Parameter conflict: 8-channel
tool cannot be used for this
destination rack
Edit mode / parameter in liquid
handling command:
 Choose another rack or another
0x212F
Sample number too large
The number of samples you have
 Program a pattern that together
entered will fill more than one rack
with the number of samples you
(source or destination, respectively)
want to run will not extend beyond
based on the programmed pattern.
one rack, or choose a lower
number of samples in the
corresponding Number of Samples
command.
0x2130
Parameter conflict: tip cannot
be used for this source rack
The Source rack parameter in the
liquid handling command does not
match the selected tool (e.g.,
384-well plate and TS_1000 or
TM1000_8).
 Choose another rack or another
Parameter conflict: tip cannot
be used for this destination
rack
The Destination rack parameter in
the liquid handling command does
not match the selected tool (e.g.,
384-well plate and TS_1000 or
TM1000_8).
 Choose another rack or another
Invalid number of samples
(1 ... 384)
Number of samples you have
entered is too high.
 Enter a maximum number of
Invalid entry for seconds
(1 ... 59)
Edit mode/parameter in command
Wait:
 Enter a value between 0 and 59
Troubleshooting
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0x2131
0x2132
0x2136
tool.
Destination rack does not fit the
8-channel tool (e.g. 24-well plate or
tube rack with 24 positions).
tool.
tool.
samples up to 384.
seconds.
A value beyond the allowed range
has been entered for the seconds
parameter.
0x2137
Invalid entry for minutes
(1 ... 99)
Edit mode/parameter in command
Wait:
 Enter a value between 0 and 99
minutes.
A value above the allowable
maximum minutes has been
entered for the minutes parameter.
0x2138
0x2139
0x213A
0x213A
0x2170
90
Method without active
commands
application contains only passive
commands (like wait,
comment, etc.).
 Insert at least one active command.
 Do not mix.
Parameter conflict:
Pool/POD:
mix before aspirating not
allowed in multiaspirate mode
Mix before aspirating not allowed in
multiaspirate mode.
Labware to be exchanged are
identical
Parameter in command Exchange:
Labware to be exchanged are
identical
Parameter in command Exchange:
Both values point to the same
labware.
Both values point to the same
labware.
 Enter a new labware for one of the
two positions.
 Enter a new labware for one of the
two positions.
Parameter conflict:
To edit the elution from filter option a  See explanations in "Cause".
Parameter elution from filter is filter plate must have been edited as
only possible when filter plates source.
have been selected as source
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Code
0x2171
Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
Parameter conflict:
See explanation in the error
message.
 See explanation in the error
Multidispense mode is not
allowed when selected elution
from filter
message.
Using the elution from filter option,
Transfer volume must be set to the complete volume contained in
the filter plate wells is always
zero when Parameter elution
aspirated; therefore, editing a
from filter has been selected
volume to be transferred is not
possible.
 Set the volume to zero because the
0x2173
Elution from filter is only
possible in a sample transfer
File damaged.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x2191
Exchange command not
possible because no liquid
handling station available
The chosen application may not be  Load the concerned application on
run on the selected device. Possible
an other device, or
cause for this error message:
 delete Exchange commands in the
The application has been written for
application.
another device.
0x2201
Hardware error
X-axis motor: Home switch always
on.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
X-axis motor: Steps lost.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x2172
Parameter conflict:
0x2207
Hardware error
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Troubleshooting
Carrier: final position in x
always found
entry will not have an effect in the
application run.
Carrier: steps lost in x
0x220A
(SMOT_IOCTL_ERR)
X-axis motor: Unknown driver error
code.
0x220B
(SMOT_BADPARAMS)
X-axis motor: error bad parameters.  Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x220C
(SMOT_ALREADYONPOS)
X-axis motor: already in position.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
0x2301
Hardware error
Y-axis motor: Home switch always
on.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Y-axis motor: Steps lost.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Y-axis motor: Steps lost.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Y-axis motor: Home not found.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Y-axis motor: Home not found.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Z-axis motor: Home switch always
on.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Z-axis motor: Home2 not found.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Carrier: final position in y
always found
0x2307
Hardware error
Carrier: steps lost in y
0x230D
Hardware error
Carrier: steps lost in y
0x230E
Hardware error
Carrier: final position in y not
found
0x230F
Hardware error
Carrier: final position in y not
found
0x2401
Hardware error
Carrier: final position in z
always found
0x2402
Hardware error
Carrier: final position 2 in z not
found
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Symptom/message
Cause
0x2403
Hardware error
Z-axis motor: Home2 switch always  Call local Eppendorf Service.
on.
Carrier: final position 2 in z
always found
0x2404
Remedy
Z-axis motor: Wrong home switch.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Z-axis motor: Steps lost.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Z-axis motor: Steps lost.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Z-axis motor: Home not found.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Z-axis motor: Home not found.
 Call local Eppendorf Service.
Communication error during
transmission to Trinamic
module
Hardware error
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
Communication error during
reception from Trinamic
module
Hardware error
Checksum error during
reception from Trinamic
module
Hardware error
Communication error during
reception from Trinamic
module
Hardware error
Mixer motor cannot find its
home position
Hardware error
Clamping device cannot write
to spi bus
Hardware error
Hardware error
Carrier: final position in z
wrong
0x2407
Hardware error
Carrier: steps lost in z
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0x240D
Hardware error
Carrier: steps lost in z
Troubleshooting
0x240E
Hardware error
Carrier: final position in z not
found
0x240F
Hardware error
Carrier: final position in z not
found
0x2F00
0x2F01
0x2F02
0x2F03
0x2F06
0x2F08
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The communication with the
Trinamic module is failing.
The communication with the
Trinamic module is failing.
The checksum from the Trinamic
module is failing.
The communication with the
Trinamic module is failing.
Mixer motor cannot find its home
position
Communication with clamping
device is failing.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x2F0A
Clamping device did not reach Hardware error
Shut down and switch off the
operating current
The gear belt of the clamping device instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
may be failing.
0x2F0C
Clamping device limit switch
has wrong position
Hardware error
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3000
Temperature unit 1 in location
C1 reports an invalid
temperature
The temperature unit "TEMP1" in
position C1 is damaged and
showed an invalid temperature.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3001
Temperature unit 2 in location
C2 reports an invalid
temperature
The temperature unit "TEMP2" in
position C2 is damaged and
showed an invalid temperature.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
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Symptom/message
Cause
Remedy
0x3002
Temperature unit 3 in location
C3 reports an invalid
temperature
The temperature unit "TEMP3" in
position C3 is damaged and
showed an invalid temperature.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3003
The thermomixer reports an
invalid temperature
The temperature unit of the
thermomixer is damaged and
showed an invalid temperature.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3004
Temperature unit 1 in location
C1 cannot heat
The temperature unit "TEMP1" in
position C1 is damaged and do not
heat.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3005
Temperature unit 2 in location
C2 cannot heat
The temperature unit "TEMP2" in
position C2 is damaged and do not
heat.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3006
Temperature unit 3 in location
C3 cannot heat
The temperature unit "TEMP3" in
position C3 is damaged and do not
heat.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3007
The thermomixer cannot heat
The temperature unit of the
Shut down and switch off the
thermomixer is damaged and do not instrument; if error re-occurs after
heat.
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3008
Temperature unit 1 in location
C1 cannot cool
The temperature unit "TEMP1" in
position C1 is damaged and does
not cool.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x3009
Temperature unit 2 in location
C2 cannot cool
The temperature unit "TEMP2" in
position C2 is damaged and does
not cool.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x300A
Temperature unit 3 in location
C3 cannot cool
The temperature unit "TEMP3" in
position C3 is damaged and does
not cool.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
0x300B
The thermomixer cannot cool
The temperature unit of the
thermomixer is damaged and does
not cool.
Shut down and switch off the
instrument; if error re-occurs after
switching on: Call Eppendorf Service
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Troubleshooting
Code
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8
Maintenance
Maintenance
8.1
Service
8.1.1
Replacing the sealing rings of the eight-channel dispensing tool
Maintenance
8
1
Sealing ring
2
Tip cone
Damage to the gold contacts from handling.
NOTICE!
The connection to the PCB of the dispensing tool is interfered with or interrupted if the gold
contacts on the dispensing tool are damaged or dirtied.
 Do not touch the gold contacts.
Replace the sealing rings annually or as required.
Hint!
Use the auxiliary tool and the mounting aid included with the delivery of the dispensing tool.
Carry out the following steps to replace the sealing rings:
1. Attach the edge of the auxiliary tool at the level of the sealing ring.
2. Cut the sealing ring at the dispensing tool with the help of the auxiliary tool.
3. Remove the sealing ring by hand.
4. Clean the tip cones with a lightly moist and lint-free cloth.
5. Repeat the process for all other sealing rings and tip cones.
6. Attach the new sealing rings with the help of the mounting tool (shortened pipette tip) and
position the sealing rings in the recessed grooves of the tip cones.
8.1.2
Maintaining the dispensing tools
A lack of servicing will impair reliable dispensing.
NOTICE!
Servicing of the dispensing tools is essential after 200,000 full strokes. This is the only way to
ensure reliable dispensing.
 Note the warning in the software reporting that 200,000 full strokes have been reached and
have the dispensing tools serviced.
 Send the dispensing tool for maintenance to your service partner of Eppendorf AG.
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8.2
Cleaning
8.2.1
Cleaning the worktable
Damage from UV radiation.
NOTICE!
Hint!
UV radiation can cause color changes to the surface or, in the course of time, cause damage to
the moving parts and electronics of the epMotion.
 Avoid UV radiation.
If the worktable becomes contaminated during operation, remove such contamination as quickly
as possible.
1. Clean the worktable with a 70% ethanol solution or with hypochlorite-containing agents (3%)
and a lint-free cloth.
2. Clean the worktable in the area of the spring plate using a cotton bud if necessary.
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3. Clean the reflectors on the inside of the cleanbench and the sensor covers using an ethanol
solution with a concentration of 70% and a lint-free cloth.
8.2.2
Cleaning the worktable base adapter
Maintenance
1. Clean the worktable base adapter with alcohol-containing disinfectants and a lint-free cloth. Do
not use any cleaning agents which contain sodium hypochlorite.
2. Wipe off the disinfectants after they have had time to take effect.
8.2.3
Cleaning the dispensing tools
1. Remove the ejector of the single-channel tools.
2. Clean the tip cones and surfaces with water or a 70% ethanol solution or with
hypochlorite-containing (3%) agents and a lint-free cloth.
3. Wipe off the disinfectants after they have had time to take effect.
8.2.4
Cleaning the control panel
 Clean the control panel with a mild cleaning agent and a lint-free cloth.
8.2.5
Cleaning the thermoadapter, thermoblock and thermorack
1. Wipe down thermoadapter, thermoblock and thermorack with alcohol-containing disinfectant
or with Na hypochlorite (3 to 4%) and a lint-free cloth.
2. Wipe off the disinfectants after they have had time to take effect.
8.2.6
Autoclaving Labware
 Autoclave the thermoadapter, thermoblock and thermorack for 20 minutes at 121°C and
1 bar pressure.
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8.3
Decontamination before shipment
If you want to send the dispensing tool to be checked, repaired or calibrated by Eppendorf AG or
one of its service partners, please observe the following:
Hazardous substances are:
•
•
•
•
•
•

solutions presenting a hazard to health
potentially infectious agents
organic solvents and reagents
radioactive substances
proteins presenting a hazard to health
DNA
Follow the instructions in the decontamination certificate. These can be found as a PDF file
on our homepage www.eppendorf.de.
 Decontaminate all the parts you want to dispatch.
 Include the completed and signed decontamination certificate for returned goods with your
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Maintenance
shipment (incl. the serial number of the dispensing tool).
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9
9.1
9.2
Technical data
Technical data
Power supply
Voltage
100 to 240 V ±10%
Fuses
Type T 2.5 AH / 250 V
Current consumption
< 1.5 A
Frequency
50 Hz to 60 Hz ±5%
Power consumption
max. 80 W
Overvoltage category
II (IEC 610 10-1)
Degree of contamination:
2
Protection class
1
Ambient conditions
General operation
+15°C to +35°C
55% to 75% rel. humidity
up to 2000 m NN
Storage conditions
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-20°C to +70°C
10% to 80% rel. humidity
Weight/dimensions
9.3.1
Dimensions
Technical data
9.3
Device
Width
65 cm
Depth
48 cm
Height
63 cm
Control Panel
9.3.2
9.4
Width
25 cm
Depth
15 cm
Height
11 cm
epMotion without Control Panel
33.1 kg
Interface
Specification
USB
USB 1.1
Ethernet
Ethernet 100 Mbit/s
Weight
Interfaces
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9.5
Dispensing Tools
Data for free-jet pipetting using double-distilled water. Data analysis in accordance with
ISO 8655.
Temperature approx. 20 °C, standard air pressure.
9.5.1
Pipetting
Dispensing
tool
Volume range
TS 50
1.0 - 50 μL
TS 300
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Technical data
TS 1000
TM 50_8
TM 300_8
TM 1000_8
98
20 - 300 μL
40 - 1 000 μL
1.0 - 50 μL
20 - 300 μL
40 - 1 000 μL
Volume
Error
Limits for average values
systematic
(falsity)
random
(Imprecision)
Lower limit
Upper limit
1 μL
±20.0 %
±5.0 %
0.80 μL
1.20 μL
5 μL
±5.0 %
±3.0 %
4.75 μL
5.25 μL
25 μL
±1.5 %
±0.6 %
24.63 μL
25.38 μL
50 μL
±1.0 %
±0.4 %
49.50 μL
50.50 μL
20 μL
±4.0 %
±2.5 %
19.2 μL
20.8 μL
30 μL
±3.0 %
±1.5 %
29.1 μL
30.9 μL
150 μL
±1.0 %
±0.4 %
148.5 μL
151.5 μL
300 μL
±0.6 %
±0.3 %
298.2 μL
301.8 μL
40 μL
±5.0 %
±1.5 %
38.0 μL
42.0 μL
100 μL
±2.0 %
±1.0 %
98.0 μL
102.0 μL
500 μL
±1.0 %
±0.2 %
495.0 μL
505.0 μL
1 000 μL
±0.7 %
±0.15 %
993.0 μL
1007.0 μL
1 μL
±25.0 %
±10.0 %
0.75 μL
1.25 μL
5 μL
±5.0 %
±5.0 %
4.75 μL
5.25 μL
25 μL
±2.0 %
±1.2 %
24.50 μL
25.50 μL
50 μL
±1.2 %
±0.6 %
49.40 μL
50.60 μL
20 μL
±10.0 %
±4.0 %
18.0 μL
22.0 μL
30 μL
±10.0 %
±3.5 %
27.0 μL
33.0 μL
150 μL
±2.5 %
±0.8 %
146.3 μL
153.8 μL
300 μL
±1.5 %
±0.5 %
295.5 μL
304.5 μL
40 μL
±6.0 %
±2.5 %
37.6 μL
42.4 μL
100 μL
±3.0 %
±1.5 %
97.0 μL
103.0 μL
500 μL
±1.5 %
±0.3 %
492.5 μL
507.5 μL
1 000 μL
±0.8 %
±0.15 %
992.0 μL
1008.0 μL
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9.5.2
Dispensing
Dispensing
tool
Volume range
TS 50
1.0 - 50 μL
Volume
1 μL
Error
Limits for average values
systematic
(falsity)
random
(Imprecision)
Lower limit
Upper limit
±5.0 %
±12.0 %
4.8 μL
5.3 μL
±3.0 %
±5.0 %
29.1 μL
30.9 μL
±2.0 %
±2.0 %
98.0 μL
102.0 μL
±7.5 %
±15.0 %
4.6 μL
5.4 μL
5 μL
25 μL
50 μL
TS 300
20 - 300 μL
20 μL
30 μL
150 μL
300 μL
TS 1000
40 - 1 000 μL
40 μL
100 μL
500 μL
1 000 μL
TM 50_8
1.0 - 50 μL
1 μL
9
5 μL
25 μL
50 μL
20 - 300 μL
20 μL
±5.5 %
±15.0 %
28.4 μL
31.7 μL
±1.0 %
±6.0 %
99.0 μL
101.0 μL
Technical data
TM 300_8
30 μL
150 μL
300 μL
TM 1000_8
40 - 1 000 μL
40 μL
100 μL
500 μL
1 000 μL
When dispensing the defined errors for pipetting are exceeded.
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Further specifications
9.6.1
Noise level
9.6.2
Noise level
typically 53 dB (A)
Optical confocal infrared sensor
Non-contact detection of liquid levels, tools
used, labware surfaces, types and quantities
of tips
Detection conditions
The liquid surface must be at 90 ± 3° in
relation to the optical beam axis.
Optical sensor
The liquid height must be at least 3 mm
9.6.3
Carrier
Working space
9
Width X
37 cm
Depth Y
20 cm
Height Z
20 cm
Technical data
X-Y-Z axis positioning
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Random error
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10
Ordering Information
Ordering Information
Accessory
Hint!
10.1.1
Use only original Eppendorf accessories or accessories (labware) approved by Eppendorf AG on
the epMotion.
Automated pipetting system epMotion 5070
Order No.
(International)
5070 000.700
10.1.2
Order No.
Description
(North America)
960000021
Automated pipetting system epMotion 5070 CB
Basic device, includes control panel, software, Optical Sensor, waste container,
MMC and reader, operating manual
200 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz, power plug Europe
Dispensing Tools
Order No.
(International)
Order No.
Description
(North America)
5280 000.010
960001010
Single-channel dispensing tool TS 50
Volume range 1 - 50 μl
5280 000.037
960001028
Single-channel dispensing tool TS 300
Volume range 20 - 300 μl
5280 000.053
960001036
Single-channel dispensing tool TS 1 000
Volume range 40 - 1 000 μL
5280 000.215
960001044
Eight-channel-dispensing tool TM 50-8
Volume range 1 - 50 μL
5280 000.231
960001052
Eight-channel-dispensing tool TM 300-8
Volume range 20 - 300 μL
5280 000.258
960001061
Eight-channel-dispensing tool TM 1 000-8
Volume range 40 - 1 000 μL
5075 774.003
960001109
Holder for 6 dispensing tools
10.1.3
Ordering Information
10.1
epT.I.P.S. Motion pipette tips.
Order No.
(International)
Order No.
Description
(North America)
0030 014.405
0030 014.448
0030 014.480
epT.I.P.S. Motion
Eppendorf Quality, 10 racks of 96 tips
50 μL
300 μL
1 000 μL
0030 014.413
0030 014.456
0030 014.499
epT.I.P.S. Motion Filter
PCR clean, 10 racks of 96 tips
50 μL
300 μL
1 000 μL
0030 015.207
0030 015.223
0030 015.240
epT.I.P.S. Motion
Sterile, 10 racks of 96 tips
50 μL
300 μL
1 000 μL
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0030 015.215
0030 015.231
0030 015.258
epT.I.P.S. Motion Filter
PCR clean and sterile, 10 racks of 96 tips
50 μL
300 μL
1 000 μL
0030 014.421
0030 014.464
0030 014.502
epT.I.P.S. Motion Reloads
Eppendorf Quality, 12 x 2 trays of 96 tips
50 μL
300 μL
1 000 μL
0030 014.430
0030 014.472
0030 014.510
epT.I.P.S. Motion Filter Reloads
PCR clean, 12 x 2 trays of 96 tips
50 μL
300 μL
1 000 μL
5075 751.399
Tip Holder
For epT.I.P.S. Motion Reloads
10.1.4
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Order No.
Description
(North America)
Reagent reservoirs
Order No.
(International)
Order No.
Description
(North America)
5075 754.002
960002148
Reservoir Rack
For use with 30 mL and 100 mL reagent reservoirs
0030 126.505
0030 126.513
960051009
960051017
epMotion Reservoir
PCR clean, 10 x 5 pieces in bags
30 mL
100 mL
5075 751.364
5075751364
Reservoir 400 mL
10 pieces
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Racks for individual tubes
Order No.
Description
(North America)
960002024
960002156
960002032
960002164
960002377
960002326
960002369
960002334
960002041
960002342
960002059
960002351
Rack
for 24 Eppendorf Tubes, glass or plastic tubes, no temperature control
Ø 17 mm x 100 mm max. length
Ø 17 mm x 60 mm max. length
Ø 16 mm x 100 mm max. length
Ø 16 mm x 60 mm max. length
Ø 15 mm x 100 mm max. length
Ø 15 mm x 60 mm max. length
Ø 14 mm x 100 mm max. length
Ø 14 mm x 60 mm max. length
Ø 13 mm x 100 mm max. length
Ø 13 mm x 60 mm max. length
Ø 12 mm x 100 mm max. length
Ø 12 mm x 60 mm max. length
5075 792.125
960002380
Rack
for 24 HPLC tubes
Ø 12 mm x 40 mm max. length
5075 791.005
960002318
Rack
for 96x 1.5/2.0 mL screw cap tubes
5075 761.009
5075 775.000
5075 760.002
5075 776.006
5075 792.028
5075 792.044
5075 792.001
5075 792.060
5075 762.005
5075 792.087
5075 763.001
5075 792.109
10.1.6
Modular rack components
Order No.
(International)
Order No.
Description
(North America)
5075 799.049
5075 799.065
5075 799.081
5075 799.103
5075 799.120
5075 799.162
5075 799.189
5075 799.146
5075 799.260
960002601
960002611
960002620
960002630
960002640
960002650
960002660
960002670
960002680
10.1.7
Ordering Information
Order No.
(International)
RR Module TC
PCR 0.2 mL
PCR 0.5 mL
Safe Lock
Ø 12 mm
Ø 16 mm
Ø 17 mm
Ø 29 mm
Reservoir 30 mL
Reservoir 100 mL
Height Adapter
Order No.
(International)
Order No.
Description
(North America)
5075 751.003
5075 752.000
960002105
960002113
Height adapter
85 mm
55 mm
960002121
Height adapter
for pipette tips
40 mm
5075 755.009
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Additional Accessories
Ordering Information
Order No.
(International)
5075 014.009
5075 015.200
960000269
-
epMotion Editor
includes editor key, software package for creating and editing methods and for
printing out and archiving program sequences on a PC
additional license
5075 780.003
960002008
MultiMediaCard
5075 753.006
960002016
Waste container
5070 751.005
5070751005
Extension plate
For supporting the work surface of the cleanbench
5070 752.001
5070752001
Worktable base adapter
To raise the epMotion worktable
4 feet
5075 751.054
960002391
Thermoadapter for Deep Well Plates, 96 wells
960002067
Thermorack for 24 Safe Lock tubes
temperature control
0.5 mL
5075 771.004
960002075
Rack for 24 Safe Lock tubes
temperature control
1.5/2.0 mL
5075 772.000
960002172
Adapter
for 25 Safe Lock tubes 0.5 mL
5075 798.000
960000301
Panel plate, for Control Panel
5075 769.000
10.1.9
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Order No.
Description
(North America)
Accessories for real-time PCR
Order No.
(International)
Order No.
Description
(North America)
5075 790.009
960002520
Rack Smart
5075 795.000
960002511
Rack LC 20/100 μL
5075 751.305
5075751305
Thermoadapter LC Sample
For MagNA Pure LC sample cartridge
5075 767.031
960002500
Thermorack CB
100 μL
5075 787.008
960002199
Thermoadapter
for PCR 96 wells, skirted
5075 788.004
960002202
Thermoadapter
for PCR 384 wells, skirted
5075 789.000
960002300
Thermoadapter FROSTY
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Order No.
Description
(North America)
5075 766.000
960002083
Thermoblock for PCR 96 wells
5075 767.007
960002091
Thermoblock for PCR 384 wells
0030 126.530
960002288
CycleLock Starter Set
PCR clean, 1 frame and 8 mats for automatical locking of Eppendorf PCR plates
0030 126.548
960002296
CycleLock mats
PCR clean, 5 pieces
951020401
951020460
twin.tec PCR Plate 96
Wells colorless
skirted, colorless, 25 pcs.
skirted, blue, 25 pcs.
951020427
951020443
951020486
twin.tec PCR Plate 96, skirted
Wells colorless, 25 pcs.
yellow
green
red
951020508
twin.tec PCR Plate 96, skirted
Wells black, 25 pcs.
yellow
951020702
951020737
twin.tec PCR Plate 384
Wells colorless
colorless, 25 pcs.
blue, 25 pcs.
0030 128.516
0030 128.524
0030 128.540
951020711
951020729
951020745
twin.tec PCR Plate 384
Wells colorless, 25 pcs.
yellow
green
red
3881 000.015
3881 000.023
3881 000.031
022510509
022510541
022510525
PCR-Cooler
Starter Set (1 x pink, 1 x blue)
Pink
Blue
0030 128.648
0030 128.672
0030 128.656
0030 128.664
0030 128.680
0030 128.800
0030 128.508
0030 128.532
Ordering Information
Order No.
(International)
All twin.tec plates can be obtained with barcoding on request.
Hint!
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11.1
Transport, storage and disposal
Transport, storage and disposal
Shut down
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Hint!
If you decommission the epMotion for a prolonged period of time, observe the storage conditions
(see Ambient conditions on p. 97).
Carry out the following tasks before decommissioning the epMotion:
Transport, storage and disposal
1. Clean the epMotion and decontaminate the components (see Cleaning on p. 95).
2. Only have the transport of the epMotion carried out by the service department of Eppendorf
AG or authorized service personnel.
11.2
Disposal
In case the product is to be disposed of, the relevant legal regulations are to be observed.
Information on the disposal of electrical and electronic devices in the European
Community:
Within the European Community, the disposal of electrical devices is regulated by national
regulations based on EU Directive 2002/96/EC pertaining to waste electrical and electronic
equipment (WEEE).
According to these regulations, any devices supplied after August 13, 2005, in the
business-to-business sphere, to which this product is assigned, may no longer be disposed of in
municipal or domestic waste. To document this, they have been marked with the following
identification:
Because disposal regulations may differ from one country to another within the EU, please
contact your supplier if necessary.
In Germany, this is mandatory from March 23, 2006. From this date, the manufacturer has to offer
a suitable method of return for all devices supplied after August 13, 2005. For all devices supplied
before August 13, 2005, the last user is responsible for the correct disposal.
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Appendix A: Hardware
Appendix A: Hardware
12.1
Labware
12.1.1
Introduction
Under the epMotion node in the software you have, among other things, a large number of
predefined consumables (tubes, pipette tips, plates etc.), racks, holders and tools etc. available
as labware. You will find all labware names arranged in specific subdirectories by labware type.
These are explained in the following sections.
This is not a comprehensive description, as the range of labware is constantly being expanded.
More information on available labware components can be found in the product description of this
operating manual as well in the Internet at www.epMotion.com. All information subject to
change.
Labware Selection
Fig. 1:
Labware Selection
Appendix A: Hardware
Abb. 1:
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With the Prop. function key you can display additional product information for selected labware
such as article name, information about volumes and order numbers etc.
Abb. 2:
Product information about a selected item of labware
Fig. 2:
Product information about a selected item of labware
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Overview of labware
12.1.2.1 epT.I.P.S. Motion
Abb. 2:
1000 μL
Fig. 2:
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Abb. 3:
300 μL
Fig. 3:
300 μL
Abb. 4:
50 μL
Fig. 4:
50 μL
1000 μL
epT.I.P.S. Motion are single-use tips and are intended exclusively for dispensing tools belonging
to the epMotion family of devices. The tips are available in three volume sizes to suit the volume
of the dispensing tools (50 μL, 300 μL and 1000 μL), in each case with or without filter.
Appendix A: Hardware
The Tips labware folder contains the selection of epT.I.P.S Motion pipette tips.
Name in labware folder
Product name
tips1000
epT.I.P.S. Motion 1000 μL
tips1000f
epT.I.P.S. Motion 1000 μL, filter
tip300
epT.I.P.S. Motion 300 μL
tip300f
epT.I.P.S. Motion 300 μL, filter
tip50
epT.I.P.S. Motion 50 μL
tip50f
epT.I.P.S. Motion 50 μL, filter
Tips and racks are made of polypropylene (PP). The filter of the filter tips is made of polyethylene
(PE).
Positioning fault as a result of incorrect tip handling.
NOTICE!
 Use tips only once.
 Do not autoclave tips. If purity conditions demand it, use filter tips of the PCR clean
specification.
 Do not stack tip racks.
The coding on the tray informs the optical sensor about the volume of the tips and about whether
or not these are tips with filters. As the coding is only on one side of the tray, the correct
positioning of the rack on the worktable is important. Position the racks on the worktable so that
the labeling of the rack or Tip Holder and the recess on the tray are facing toward you.
The optical sensor detects any supply of tips still available within a rack, i.e. tips in racks which
have been started can continue to be used for subsequent methods. A prerequisite for this is that
the tips in the rack are in contiguous positions.
Faults as a result of tips missing from the rack.
NOTICE!
The optical sensor detects only the initial and final position of tips in a rack. Missing tips removed
from the center of a column by hand are not detected and will lead to faults in executing the
method.
 Do not remove by hand any tips within an enclosed area on the rack.
A column in a tip rack which has been started and which has been created by use of a
single-channel dispensing tool is detected by the software if you switch to a multi-channel
dispensing tool and is not used. Tips from this started column will not be picked up until a
single-channel dispensing tool is being used again later.
If you use an eight-channel dispensing tool, it will accordingly not use columns which have been
started. In the case of multi-channel mode, eight tips are always picked up simultaneously.
If the optical sensor is switched off, the tips must be placed in the rack starting with coordinate
A1. Columns must be complete.
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12.1.2.5 Racks, thermoracks, thermoblock and thermoadapter
Racks are tube holders which can hold up to 24 tubes of a type. They are supplied primarily for
tubes larger than 2 mL.
Tubes with a capacity of 2 mL and below are positioned in thermoracks.
A special type is the "two-location rack". This rack can hold 96 tubes of approx. 2 mL.
Restrictions
Rack
The combination of a rack with a tube type is done by the administrator in the software in the
directoryEquip Racks + Modules with Tubes.
Thermorack
The combination of a rack with a tube type is done in the directoryEquip Racks + Modules with
Tubes by the administrator.
Thermoblock
The combination of a thermoblocks with a skirted, semi-skirted or unskirted PCR plate is
specified in the software. No configuration or change by the administrator possible.
Thermoadapters are available for 96-well and 384-well PCR plates as well as for the Deepwell
plates 96. When supplying the worktable, you can place a plate on the thermoadapter in a similar
way to putting labware on a height adapter. In contrast to the thermoblock, the thermoadapter
and plate do not form a fixed combination. The thermoadapter and the thermoblock differ in
visual terms by their different web lengths. The thermoblock also has cutouts with which the
gripper of the epMotion 5075 can engage.
Appendix A: Hardware
Thermoadapter
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Racks for reagent tubes
Abb. 6:
Rack for 24 reagent tubes
Fig. 6:
Rack for 24 reagent tubes
The appropriate racks are available as tube holders for reagent tubes with diameters of 12 to
17 mm. The basic area of the racks corresponds to that of a microplate, i.e. they can be placed at
any location on the worktable. The locations on a rack are numbered from 1 to 24. The rack is
available in two different heights.
The optical sensor can use the coding of the racks to check that they are correctly aligned. The
software issues an error message if the rack is inserted the wrong way round.
Tubes and racks may not exceed a total height of approx. 123 mm. The maximum immersion
depth of the 300 μL and 500 μL tips is correspondingly less than that of the longer 1000 μL tips.
The administrator determines which tube can be used with which rack and is consequently
available as a combination in the software.
If necessary, use a spacer to position tubes higher. The spacer is inserted above the bottom
shelf.
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Rack LC for LightCycler capillaries
The Rack LC is a tube holder for automatically filling LightCycler capillaries. It can hold 96
capillaries with a capacity of 20 μL or 96 capillaries with a capacity of 100 μL. The bores for both
sizes of capillary are arranged in an alternating pattern.
In the software you will find the Rack LC under Plates\Tube Plates.
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Abb. 7:
Rack LC 20 μL
Fig. 7:
Rack LC 20 μL
Abb. 8:
Rack LC 100 μL
Fig. 8:
Rack LC 100 μL
Using the Rack LC
Appendix A: Hardware
1. Position the Rack LC on the worktable with its label on the front.
2. Select the labware for filling the capillaries from the Labware Tube Plates list.
3. Supply the Rack LC with only one capillary size per method run.
Rack 96 (Two Location Rack)
The rack is for the absorption of cryo tubes without lid (diameter similar to Safe-Lock tubes 1.5 or
2 mL). To be able to take 96 tubes, this special rack occupies two locations.
CAUTION!
Abb. 9:
Rack 96 (Two Location Rack)
Fig. 9:
Rack 96 (Two Location Rack)
Risk of crashing if only one location occupied by Rack 96!
 When editing the worktable for the rack 96 always occupy two Locations a rear and a front
location (e.g., A2 and B2).
 Define the same detection variant of the optical sensor for both locations.
 After the start of a method, also always make identical changes and entries for both locations
of Rack 96 in the start worktable.
Do not use any tubes with lid.
Hint!
Using Rack 96
1. Select Rack 96 in the labware folder Equip Racks + Modules with Tubes under the name
Rack96_1_5 – 2_0.
2. Proceed as for supplying the 96-well thermorack when supplying this rack with tubes with an
attached lid (Safe-Lock type tube). The position numbering of Rack 96 is rotated by 90°
compared to a 96-well plate.
3. When supplying the worktable, place Rack 96 on the pins of the two locations. In the process,
the opening in the bottom tray of Rack 96 must point towards the front.
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Thermoracks and thermoracks TMX
For smaller tubes (e.g., Eppendorf Safe-Lock tube for 1.5 mL or 2 mL) a Thermorack/
Thermorack TMX which can be temperature-controlled with lid holder and 24 positions is
available. The tube lids are held vertically in the holder to the right of the tube bore.
With the aid of 24 adapter sleeves you can also insert into the Thermorack/Thermorack TMX
Safe-Lock tubes with a volume of 0.5 mL. The Thermorack/Thermorack TMX for the use with
0.5 mL tubes is also available with inserted adapter sleeves.
Damage to the device from placing the thermorack on the thermomixer!
CAUTION!
The thermorack is not suitable for application in the thermomixer. Using it in the thermomixer may
result in damage to the device and dispensing errors.
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 Do not place the thermorack onto the thermomixer!
 Only use the thermorack TMX on the thermomixer.
Thermorack
Fig. 10:
Thermorack
Appendix A: Hardware
Abb. 10:
The thermorack has a high heat capacity and retains the temperature away from the
temperature-control over a longer time period. It has a slower heat transfer as the Thermorack
TMX, i.e. it takes a bit longer to reach the desired temperature. Therefore the thermorack can
also be applied for temperature-control on the epMotion without active temperature-control.
Abb. 11:
Thermorack TMX
Fig. 11:
Thermorack TMX
The Thermorack TMX is optimized for the application in the thermomixer as it is easier than the
normal thermoracks and therefore permits higher rotational speed during mixing. It has a quick
heat transfer and thus reaches the desired temperature quickly. The Thermorack TMX has a
lower heat capacity as opposed to the normal thermorack and does not retain the temperature
constant for a long time outside an active temperature-control. Therefore the Thermorack TMX is
above all suitable for the application on a epMotion with thermo unit and/or thermomixer.
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Thermoblocks and Thermoracks (96 Wells)
The thermoblock shown is available for 96-well PCR plates (e.g., Eppendorf twin.tec semi-skirted
or skirted).
Abb. 12:
Thermoblock/Thermorack
Fig. 12:
Thermoblock/Thermorack
Skirted 96-well PCR plates can optionally be positioned in a location on the worktable with a
96-well thermoblock, a 96-well thermoadapter or solo if the administrator has defined them as a
labware combination in the software.
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Unskirted or semi-skirted 96-well PCR plates can only be positioned in a location on the
worktable in conjunction with the 96-well thermoblock or 96-well thermoadapter.
Appendix A: Hardware
The combination of Thermoblock and other PCR plates cannot be performed by the
administrator, only by Eppendorf. Fixed combinations are predefined in the software for a variety
of plates, e.g., for twin.tec plates.
Special case Thermorack and 0.2 mL tubes
If the thermoblock is to be equipped with 0.2 mL PCR tubes then the thermoblock turns into a
thermorack in the software. The combination of a 0.2 mL tube with the thermorack does not have
to be predefined in the software at the factory, this can be done by the administrator in the Equip
Racks + Modules with Tubes labware folder.
Risk of collision as a result of projecting tube lids!
NOTICE!
Carrier travel is optimized in the z direction. As a result, the tube lids may not point upwards. They
could otherwise be contacted by the tips which could lose liquid in the process.
 Position 0.2 mL individual tubes and 8-tube strips so that their tube lids do not obstruct the
path of travel or dispensing steps of the dispensing tool.
Abb. 13:
Tube lid rotated by 45° in relation to the surface of the thermoblock
Fig. 13:
Tube lid rotated by 45° in relation to the surface of the thermoblock
Use of the thermorack with 0.2 mL tubes
1. The best arrangement for the tubes is in columns, leaving every other column free for the
tube lids. Therefore you can position maximum 48 tubes in the thermoblock (see image).
2. Specify the assignment in the transport pattern when programming the method. Supply at the
start must correspond to the pattern.
Thermoblock (384 wells)
A special 384-well thermoblock is available for PCR plates with 384 wells.
Abb. 14:
Thermoblock (384 wells)
Fig. 14:
Thermoblock (384 wells)
Regarding the use of the 384 PCR plates with thermoblock a fixed combination is available in the
software just as with the 96-well PCR plates with thermoblock.
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Thermoadapter
Abb. 15:
Thermoadapter DWP 96
Fig. 15:
Thermoadapter DWP 96
Thermoadapters can be positioned in a location with or without a plate at the start of the method.
The thermoadapter forms a temporary combination with a plate. The combination is formed when
the worktable is edited. In terms of their combination options, thermoadapters are similar to
height adapters. A semi-skirted or unskirted PCR plate can only be used on the epMotion in
combination with a thermoadapter or thermoblock.
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Abb. 16:
Thermoblocks and thermoadapters
Thermoblock
Fig. 16:
Appendix A: Hardware
When viewed from above, PCR thermoadapters look very similar to thermoblocks. However, they
can be distinguished from one another from the side by the differing lengths of their webs.
PCR
Thermoadapter
384
PCR 384
Thermoblocks and thermoadapters
Thermoadapter LC Sample
The Thermoadapter LC Sample is a tube holder for the automated filling of MagNa Pure LC
Sample Cartridges. The adapter and the cartridge form a fixed combination and cannot be
transported with the gripper. The adapter can be temperature controlled up to 70°C. In the
software you can find the Thermoadapter LC Sample+Cartridge under Thermoblocks with plates.
Abb. 17:
Thermoadapter LC Sample
Fig. 17:
Thermoadapter LC Sample
Cooling effect of thermoracks and thermoblocks
The PCR racks are cooled by being stored in the refrigerator (passive cooling).
For the continued temperature curve, the following values apply as a guide.
Thermorack or
Thermoblock
Plate or Tubes Used
Filling Volume per
Well or Tube
Time taken to heat
from 0°C to 10°C
R 1.5 / 2 mL
1.5 mL Safe-Lock
1000 μL
~ 30 min.
PCR 96
twin.tec 96-well PCR plate
150 μL
~ 14 min.
PCR 384
twin.tec 384-well PCR plate 25 μL
~ 10 min.
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12.1.2.18Reservoirs and reservoir rack
To supply liquids, reservoirs in sizes 30 mL and 100 mL are available. Up to seven reservoirs are
placed in a reservoir rack to position them on the worktable.
Abb. 19:
Reservoir rack
Fig. 19:
Reservoir rack
Abb. 21:
30 mL reservoir
Fig. 21:
30 mL reservoir
Abb. 20:
100 mL reservoir
Fig. 20:
100 mL reservoir
Appendix A: Hardware
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The reservoirs are optimized for eight-channel mode:
• The 100 mL reservoir is recommended for 1000 μL tips.
• The 30 mL reservoir is suitable for all tip sizes.
• In conjunction with the eight-channel dispensing tool, 50 μL and 300 μL tips cannot reach the
bottom of a 100 mL reservoir.
Some combinations of reservoirs in the reservoir rack are already predefined in the software. As
administrator, you can furthermore define new combinations of reservoirs and reservoir racks.
For larger volumes, an autoclavable reservoir with a capacity of 400 mL is available. The
remaining volume with these reservoirs is approx. 10 mL. The reservoir is made of polypropylene
(PP).
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400 mL reservoir (Eppendorf)
Fig. 22:
400 mL reservoir (Eppendorf)
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12.1.2.23Reservoir rack with module racks
You can insert up to seven different module racks supplied with tubes in the reservoir rack.
Tubes can be placed in the reservoir rack when they are in module racks and reservoirs with
holders which can be temperature-controlled. Uniform tubes of the same type must be used
within a module rack. The reservoir rack can be supplied in any sequence.
Abb. 24:
Supplied reservoir rack
1
2
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3
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Fig. 24:
Supplied reservoir rack
1
Reservoirs
2
Module racks
3
Locations in reservoir rack
4
Reservoir rack
You can use the following TC (temperature-controlled) module racks:
Item Designation
No.
Labware name for software
1
RR Module TC Ø 29 mm
Module TC 29mm
2
RR Module TC Ø 17 mm
Module TC 17mm
3
RR Module TC Ø 100 mL
Module TC Reserv100 mL
4
RR Module TC Reservoir 30 mL Module TC Reserv30ml
5
RR Module TC Ø 16 mm
Module TC 16mm
6
RR Module TC Ø 12 mm
Module TC 12mm
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Item Designation
No.
7
RR Module TC Safe Lock
Labware name for software
Module TC Safe Lock (for 2 mL and 1.5 mL Safe-Lock
tubes) and
Module TC Safe Lock 0.5ml (for 0.5 mL Safe-Lock
tubes) (use with adapter)
8
RR Module TC PCR 0.5 mL
Module TC PCR0_5ml
9
RR Module TC PCR 0.2 mL
Module TC PCR0_2ml
Insert the module racks square in the rack with the coding facing backwards.
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NOTICE!
If the module racks have been put in the reservoir rack with the code facing forwards, there is a
risk of collision and faulty dispensing.
 Ensure that all module racks are inserted correctly.
If you use the 30 mL and 100 mL reservoirs with holders which can be temperature-controlled
they must be fastened by two connecting webs on each module rack.
1
Adjusting pin in the depositing position 2
3
Connecting web
Adjusting pin (here height adjustment
50 mm)
Bores in the module racks with diameters 12, 16 and 17 mm and two pins enable tubes of five
different heights (50, 60, 70, 80, 90 mm) to be positioned. Both pins must be inserted on both
sides at the desired height, even if not all the positions are occupied by tubes. The module racks
with the diameters 17 and 29 mm occupy two positions in the reservoir rack.
The supplied reservoir racks can be positioned in any location with the exception of the A
locations.
If you are using the reservoir rack with module racks and reservoirs in your method, you can only
use irregular patterns. Exception: the reservoir rack is occupied throughout with identically
loaded module racks or reservoirs. In this case, the pattern with automatic pattern detection and
the standard pattern (in the case of sample transfer) can also be used.
Level detection can only be switched on or off for the entire reservoir rack. If you use supplied
module racks next to one another which contain volume ranges which the optical sensor is
unable to read (e.g., PCR tubes 0.2 mL and 0.5 mL), you will have to work with volume input.
Material damage as a result of the gripper colliding with the module rack.
 Ensure that module rack and tubes do not exceed a height of 123 mm.
NOTICE!
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Hint!
Filled modular racks must be created in the Labware list under Tubs + Modules (equip) +
Holders(see Fig. 31 on p. 125), before they are used in a method. Predefined files for the
reservoirs are already present in the Tubs + Modules (equip) List subfolder.
Possible module rack supply
The following list contains possible arrangements of module racks with predefined tubes:
Tube (labware name)
Manufacturer
RR Module TC Ø 12 mm
BD_Tube_5ml_1
BD Biosciences
CHA_Tube_6_2ml
Chase
GR_Tube_5ml
Greiner
SAR_Tube_4_5ml
Sarstedt
SAR_Tube_5000
Sarstedt
BD_Tube_11ml
BD Biosciences
BD_Tube_12ml
BD Biosciences
BS_Tube_13ml
Bibby Sterilin
Gr_Tube_11ml
Greiner
SAR_Tube_10ml
Sarstedt
SAR_Tube_11ml
Sarstedt
QSP_Tube_11_5ml
QSP
USP_Tube_10ml
USA Scientific plastic
BD_Tube_14ml
BD Biosciences
GR_Tube_14ml
Greiner
GR_Tube_15ml
Greiner
SAR_Tube_11ml_1
Sarstedt
SAR_Tube_14ml_3
Sarstedt
SAR_Tube_14ml_2
Sarstedt
SAR_Tube_14_5ml
Sarstedt
Roth_Tube_54ml
Roth
RR Module TC Ø 16 mm
RR Module TC Ø 17 mm
RR Module TC Ø 29 mm
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Temperature-controlling the module racks
The following values are intended as guide values for temperature-controlling module racks.
Temperature change
Temperature change
from 23°C to 4°C
from 23°C to 37°C
Tube
Set
Temperatur
temperature e-control
time
Set
Temperatur
temperature e-control
time
RR Module TC PCR 0.2 mL or
PCR Tube 0.2 mL
3°C
RR Module TC PCR 0.5 mL
PCR Tube 0.5 mL
Module Rack
3x
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38°C
approx.
8 min.
approx.
20 min.
38°C
approx.
12 min.
approx.
30 min.
38°C
approx.
17 min.
3°C
approx.
39 min.
39°C
approx.
23 min.
1°C
approx.
21 min.
39°C
approx.
15 min.
1°C
approx.
46 min.
40°C
approx.
28 min.
Safe Lock 0.5 mL
3°C
Safe Lock 1.5 mL
2°C
Safe Lock 2.0 mL
3°C
RR Module TC Ø 12 mm or
Tube Ø 12 mm
3°C
RR Module TC Ø 16 mm or
Tube Ø 16 mm
3°C
Falcon Tube 15 mL
2°C
3x
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approx.
15 min.
RR Module TC Safe Lock
3x
2x
RR Module TC Ø 17 mm
2x
RR Module TC Ø 29 mm
Falcon Tube 50 mL
1x
RR Module TC Reservoir 30 mL
Reservoir 30 mL
1x
RR Module TC Ø 100 mL
Reservoir 100 mL
12.1.2.25Height Adapter
In order to keep transfer times and distances as short as possible for the carrier, there are various
height adapters which can be used to compensate for plates of differing heights.
Height Adapter and plate may not exceed a total height of 123 mm. Combinations taller than
123 mm are rejected with an error message during configuration of the worktable.
For this reason, racks and reservoir holders may not be placed on height adapters.
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Height Adapter
Fig. 26:
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The adapters are marked with the height in question. The following heights are available.
40 mm: This adapter is suitable for use with 50 μL and 300 μL tips, for example. Labware which
fits on taller height adapters can likewise be positioned here.
55 mm: This adapter is suitable for deepwell plates, 300 mL reservoirs, semi-skirted or unskirted
PCR plates in a thermoblock and for some skirted PCR plates in a thermoblock, for example.
85 mm: This adapter is suitable for almost all microplates from 6 to 384 wells as well as almost all
PCR plates with 96 or 384 wells. The Eppendorf PCR plate twin.tec (skirted, 96 or 384 wells) can
be inserted with a thermoblock at this height.
Thermoadapter Frosty
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Abb. 27:
Modified height adapter and cooling unit or "Frosty Thermoadapter"
Fig. 27:
Modified height adapter and cooling unit or "Frosty Thermoadapter"
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The Frosty thermoadapter is a special type. It is particularly suitable for users who have used the
Eppendorf PCR Cooler during manual PCR setup and who wish to continue using this form of
cooling. To do so, the cooling unit of the PCR Cooler is placed in a modified height adapter and a
skirted PCR plate (e.g., a 96-well twin.tec PCR plate) positioned on that. Other PCR plates
cannot be used. It is not possible to supply the cooling unit with 0.2 mL PCR tubes when using in
the epMotion.
The cooling unit does not affect the overall height of height adapter and skirted PCR plate.
Note on editing the method: when editing the worktable for the Frosty Thermoadapter, only select
the 85 mm Height Adapter and then a skirted PCR plate for the location. The cooling unit to be
used is not named in the software.
Note on editing the method: when editing the worktable for the Frosty Thermoadapter
(Adap_frosty), only select a skirted PCR plate for the location. The cooling unit to be used is not
named in the software.
Notes on the cooling unit.
• The unit should be deep-frozen with the underside of the unit facing upwards.
• The cooling unit then displays the overshooting of a temperature of 7°C by changing color
from purple to pink or from dark blue to light blue. A key factor in cooling samples is the color
value in the depressions in the cooling unit.
• The cooling action of the cooling unit is comparable to manual use of the PCR Cooler.
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12.1.2.28Plates
Files are available for the following labware:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Microplates (MTP) with different numbers of wells
Deepwell plates (DWP) with different numbers of wells
Skirted PCR plates with different numbers of wells
Filter plates
Tube plates with 96 individual tubes
Rack for microtubes in a 96-well grid
The plates described here can be positioned straight onto the surface of the worktable at a
location. The prerequisite for this is that the plates in question have been activated in the software
(see Enable/disable Labware or Labware combination on p. 125).
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Abb. 29:
Microplate (MTP) with 96 wells
Fig. 29:
Microplate (MTP) with 96 wells
Abb. 31:
Deepwell plate (DWP) with 96 wells
Fig. 31:
Deepwell plate (DWP) with 96 wells
Abb. 30:
Microplate (MTP) with 24 wells
Fig. 30:
Microplate (MTP) with 24 wells
Plates and racks must be inserted at right-angles to the base.
Hint!
In the Plates labware folder you will find a large selection of various plates. These are arranged in
specific subfolders by plate type:
Tab. 1:
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Plates labware folder
MTP 96
Microplates, 96 wells
MTP 384
Microplates, 384 wells
MTP 24 + DWP 24
Microplates and deepwell plates, 24 wells
MTP 6
Microplate, 6 wells
PCR 96
PCR plates, 96 wells
PCR 384
PCR plates, 384 wells
DWP 96
Deepwell plates, 96 wells
DWP 384
Deepwell plates, 384 wells
Filter Plates 96
Filter plates, 96 wells
Filter Plates 384
Filter plates, 384 wells
Tube Plates 96
Plates with up to 96 individually removable tubes
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12.1.3
Abbreviations used
Each labware Name includes information about the manufacturer and labware type, e.g.,
EP_pDNA_384_MTP_1 (EP = Eppendorf, pDNA_384 = Collection Plate for PerfectPrep Plasmid
384 Kit, MTP = micro test plate). If no manufacturer abbreviation is used, it is an Eppendorf item.
In the following sections you will find explanations of the abbreviations used.
12.1.3.1 Manufacturer
Manufacturer
AB
Abgene
AXYG
Axygen Scientific
ABI
Applied Biosystems
BD
BD Biosciences
BRAN
BRAND
BS
Barloworld Scientific
CO
Corning/Costar
ELK
Elkay
EP
Eppendorf AG
FALC
Falcon
GENE
Genetix
GR
Greiner
IWA
Iwaki
LAMB
One Lambda
MAT
Matrix
MI
Millipore
MJ
MJ Research
MN
Macherey+Nagel
NUNC
Nunc/Nalgene
PACK
Packard
PALL
Pall
POR
Porex
PR
Promega
ROB
Robbins
QIA
Qiagen
SAR
Sarstedt
SCI
Scientific
TPP
TPP
USP
USA Scientific
WHAT
Whatman
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12.1.4
Abbreviation
Description
DWP
Deepwell plate (DWP) with 24, 96 or 384 wells
FP
Filter plate
MTP
Micro test plate with 6, 24 ... 96, 384 wells
PCR
Plate for PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
TP
Tube plate (plate with individually removable tubes)
Cleanup
Plate is included in the PCR Cleanup Kit
DNA/RNA
Plate is included in the kit for purification/isolation
TT
Eppendorf twin.tec
PCR Plate
Thermo
Fixed combination of thermoblock and PCR plate
Numbers
For example _5ml_ or _200_ = maximum filling volume (each tube or well)
in mL or μL.
Labware definitions
The following folders are present for labware and labware combinations:
Labware folder/
Contents
Description
Tips
Pipette tips
(see p. 108)
Plates
Various subfolders for plates (e.g., MTP 96,
Tube Plates)
(see p. 120)
Equip Racks + Modules Combinations of racks, thermoracks and tubes (Fig. 7 on p. 110)
with Tubes
and Safe-Lock tubes and for supplying module
racks
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Equip Holder with Tubs For reservoirs, supplied module racks and the
+ Modules
reservoir rack
(see p. 115) and
(see p. 117)
Adapters
Height adapters and thermoadapters
(see p. 118) and
(see p. 113)
Thermoblocks with
plates
Fixed combinations of skirted PCR plates (in
(see p. 112)
which passive temperature-control of the
thermoblock is to be used) and semi-skirted or
unskirted PCR plates (which cannot be placed
in a location without an adapter). In these
cases, the thermoblock functions as an
adapter and if required, for
temperature-control.
Tubs
Reservoirs with a capacity of 400 mL or
300 mL which can be positioned in a location
without an additional holder
(see p. 114)
Tools
Dispensing Tools
(see p. 127)
Liquids
Liquid types which you can select in the
parameter settings and Options.
(see p. 140)
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12.1.5
Compile your own labware combinations
Hint!
If you work with administrator and user PINs, only the administrator can compile the labware
combinations!
The current Labware list can be found at www.epmotion.com.
All information on labware is subject to change
The labware combinations are included in the epMotion node in folders. You can activate or
deactivate labware in the folders.
You can deactivate labware you do not use in the overall labware list. You can also compile your
own labware combinations from existing components (e.g., rack/tube combinations) or delete
them using the Delete key.
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When editing a method, activated labware combinations as well as activated labware are
displayed in a list.
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12.1.5.1 Folder for labware and labware combinations and liquids
Hint!
Beyond the preconfigured standard labware available ex works, it is also possible to dimension
individual or external labware for use with the epMotion 5070 CB and to incorporate it in the
labware directories of the software. For more information on this, contact Eppendorf Service. You
can find labware downloads under www.epMotion.com (see p. 107).
12.1.5.2 Compile labware combination
Perform the following steps in the sequence described to set up a labware combination.
1. In the navigation tree, mark the epMotion node.
Different directories are displayed for the different labware components.
To compile your own labware combinations, e.g., a combination of one rack and 5 mL tubes,
perform the following steps.
2. Mark the Tubes + (Thermo)racks + Modules directory and press the New function key.
A window for defining the new rack is opened.
3. Enter a name for the new labware combination.
4. Mark the Tubes list and open with Enter.
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5. Select the desired type of tube from the list and confirm with Enter.
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The appropriate racks are loaded by the software.
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6. Select the rack to suit the tubes from the Racks selection list. Racks are shown with a white
background, module racks with a pink one.
7. Confirm by pressing the Ok function key.
The Labware combination is created and is then available in the Labware list.
Supply Module Racks with Tubes
You can find available module racks in Tubes + (Thermo)racks + Modules in the Thermoracks +
Modules List subfolder.
Module racks RR Module TC Ø12 mm, RR Module TC Ø16 mm, and RR Module TC Ø17 mm
have transverse bores in which tubes can be positioned at five different heights. Separate
labware files have been created for each of these heights (e.g., "Module TC 12mm", "Module TC
12mm_S50", "Module TC 12mm_S60" etc.). For example the designation _S50 indicates a
height of 50 mm, _S60 a height of 60 mm and so on.
Screw the pins into both sides if you are using height adjustment.
Hint!
Equip module racks with tubes as already described (see Fig. 31 on p. 125).
The supplied module racks are displayed under the name you assign them under Tubs + Modules
(equip) + Holders in the Tubs + Module (equip) List directory.
Control whether the newly compiled module racks are selected. The module racks must be
selected in order to be available for the supplying of the reservoir racks.
Fill reservoir rack with filled module rack or reservoir
In addition to supplied module racks, various reservoirs are available:
• EP_Reserv_100ml (cannot be temperature-controlled)
• EP_Reserv_30ml (cannot be temperature-controlled)
• Module TC Reserv100ml (can be temperature-controlled, 100 mL reservoir and RR Module
TC Reservoir 100ml)
• Module TC Reserv30ml (can be temperature-controlled, 30 mL reservoir and RR Module TC
Reservoir 30ml)
To occupy a reservoir rack with supplied module racks or reservoirs, proceed as follows.
1. Mark the epMotion node and open with Enter.
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2. Mark the Tubs + Modules (equip) + Holders directory and press the New function key.
A diagram of the rack appears in the display.
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3. Enter a sensible name for the new labware combination.
4. Mark a position in the rack and press Enter.
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The list of available, predefined reservoirs/supplied module racks is displayed.
5. Mark the desired labware and adopt it for the marked position by pressing Enter.
The labware is inserted in the rack and a description appears on the right-hand side.
6. Repeat this process for all other positions supplied.
7. Confirm by pressing the Ok function key.
The Labware combination is created and is then available in the Labware list.
Enable/disable Labware or Labware combination
 To deactivate the labware: open the desired directory and remove the red checkmarks in front
of the labware components with the Unselect function key which you do not want to use.
The deactivated labware components are no longer displayed during the creation of methods
in the Labware list.
 To activate labware: open the required directory and with the Select function key place a red
checkmark in front of the labware components which you want to use.
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12.1.6
Labware list at www.epMotion.com
The labware is continuously maintained and expanded by Eppendorf AG. The current Labware list
with more than 350 labware files is available at www.epMotion.com. where you have the option of
downloading labware files in the VIP area. You can then load the labware files into the control
panel and print them out. This means you have all the properties of the labware on hand
independent of the control panel.
Perform the following steps to download labware from the home page.
1. Carry out backup from the control panel to an external MMC™ (see MultiMediaCard MMC™
Data Transfer on p. 162).
2. Go to the homepage www.epMotion.com.
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3. Click on the "V.I.P." tab. If you do not yet have access data, register.
4. Search the desired labware in the labware area (epmotion labware search) and apply with
"Add" in the selection ("Selection").
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The selection is stored in your User Profile.
5. Click on "Download" to download the selected labware.
6. Save the zip file on your PC.
7. Unzip the file from backup archive: for example, if the die MMC™ has been stored on drive
F:\top with the backup, enter F:\ as the drive. Do not use "top" when specifying the drive for
unzipping.
8. Transfer the data from the MMC to the control panel. To do this mark the Card node and press
the Labware function key. Then confirm with Yes.
The end of the update is confirmed with the message OK. The labware is now available on your
control panel.
12.1.7
Request labware definition
If tubes or plates you require are not yet defined in the software, send the appropriate request to
the following address:
Eppendorf AG
Application Support:
Phone: +49 180 366 67 89
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax +49 538 01 556 or +49 539 901 25
If the desired type of tube has meanwhile been included in the software, Eppendorf AG will send
you the data by e-mail. The data (labware) are then copied into the control panel under the
epMotion node at the destination location via MMC™ and card reader.
If we have not yet processed the desired type of tube, you will receive a form containing
questions about the labware.
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12.2
Tools (dispensing tools)
Dispensing tools are piston-stroke pipettes working on the air-cushion principle. If the piston in
the dispensing tool moves up, liquid can be aspirated into the tip. Piston movements in a
downward direction dispense the liquid. The piston movement is effected by a stepper motor in
the carrier, in all 8 channels simultaneously in multi-channel tools.
Abb. 1:
Single channel dispensing tool TS 50, volume range 1-50 μL
Abb. 2:
Eight channel dispensing tool TM 50-8, volume range 1-50 μL
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50
Single channel dispensing tool
TS 50, volume range 1-50 μL
Abb. 3:
Single channel dispensing tool TS 300, volume range 20-300 μL
Fig. 2:
Eight channel dispensing tool
TM 50-8, volume range 1-50 μL
Abb. 4:
Eight channel dispensing tool TM 300-8, volume range 20-300 μL
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Fig. 1:
300
Fig. 3:
Single channel dispensing tool
TS 300, volume range 20-300 μL
Abb. 5:
Single channel dispensing tool TS 1000, volume range 40-1000 μL
Fig. 4:
Eight channel dispensing tool
TM 300-8, volume range 20-300 μL
Abb. 6:
Eight channel dispensing tool TM 1000-8, volume range 40-1000 μL
1000
Fig. 5:
Fig. 6:
Single channel dispensing tool
TS 1000, volume range 40-1000 μL
Eight channel dispensing tool
TM 1000-8, volume range 40-1000
μL
More information about tools can be found in the product description of this operating manual
(see Dispensing tools (tools) on p. 12).
Following the start of a method, all the subsequent steps run fully automatically.
• If required, the Optical Sensor checks the correct selection, positioning and filling level of
tubes and the supply of tips in Tip Racks.
• The correct dispensing tool is detected by the code in the tool.
• Depending on the dispensing tool, one or eight pipette tips are picked up.
• If the further procedure has been defined in the method by supply of the worktable and in the
procedure by commands, the carrier moves the dispensing tool to the source location. The
required liquid is aspirated. The carrier then moves the dispensing tool to the first destination
location.
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• If in the commands Sample Transfer or Reagent Transfer the version Pipetting has been
selected, the whole liquid volume aspirated is dispensed in the destination location. For
Multi-dispensing, on the other hand, only a defined partial volume is dispensed at the
respective destination locations.
Furthermore
• Water can be pipetted from 1 μL and multidispensed from 3 μL.
An undershooting of the recommended dispensing volumes is possible but it is your own
responsibility. Ensure that in this case the dispensing for your application is sufficient.
Hint!
• Depending on the method, other destination positions are possible. The dispensing or
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transport pattern is likewise specified within the command.
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•
•
•
•
•
12.3
Optical sensor
12.3.1
Function
The number of samples can be entered at the start or specified with priority in the method.
The time of the pipette tip change can likewise be programmed.
Liquid can likewise be mixed in the pipette tip before aspiration and after dispensing.
Optimum dispensing parameters are achieved by selecting a liquid type in the commands.
If other commands in a method require different dispensing tools, the change in dispensing
tool which will have to be performed by the user is shown in the display in the started method.
The optical sensor (U.S. Pat. No. 6,819,437) is used, among other things, for detecting the filling
level of tubes. If you are working in a method with defined and constant volumes and you specify
these when editing the method, filling level detection can be dispensed with. On MTPs with 384
wells and 0.2 and 0.5 mL tubes, it is not possible to measure liquid. Liquid measurement is not
recommended for MTPs with 96 wells.
Principle
Detector
Diaphragm
Diaphragm
Light source
Semi-transparent
mirror
Z
Imaging optics
Z0
The reflection of light is detected by a receiver with the aid of a lateral light source, a
semi-transparent mirror, a lens and motion in the z direction in the desired position; the software
then evaluates the maximum. The reflections of light provide information about surfaces and
liquid level. Detection operations can be performed using the reflections of light.
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Use the Info function key in the worktable mode to switch liquid surface scanning on or off for
each selected location:
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To switch scanning on or off for all locations, press the Prop. function key immediately after the
start of the method. These changes also apply to restarts.
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If the filling volumes of the tubes are easy to detect in the method to be started, you can reduce
processing time by switching off the optical sensor and entering volume manually. If destination
tubes are empty, it is quicker to enter a volume "0" than to scan with the optical sensor. Filling
volumes which are known should be defined when you edit the method.
If the optical sensor is switched off, a display for entering filling volume is automatically faded in
as the method continues.
12.3.2
Detection version 1: detecting liquid surfaces
Level Detection applies generally for Liquid Detection in all labware. You switch Level Detection
on or off when you start a method.
If Levels is activated, the surface of the liquid is scanned in the case of labware for which Liquid
Detection is set to All positions. If Levels deactivated, there is no detection of liquid surfaces (liquid
detection).
Liquid Detection relates to the labware. Liquid Detection switches the optical sensor for detecting
the surfaces of liquids on or off. When detecting the surface of a liquid, the optical sensor can
only detect approximately horizontal (plane) surfaces. The surface must be at 90° ± 3° in
relation to the optical beam axis. If the curvature of the surface is too extreme as a result of the
physical properties of the liquid, tube or tube geometry, the optical sensor can no longer detect
the liquid level. In this case, the user must enter the volume.
It is not possible to detect filling levels in 384-well plates; it is recommended to only a limited
extent for 96-well plates to minimize the time required. Where Number of Samples 10, only Off
and All Positions are displayed for selection.
12.3.2.1 Liquid Detection selection options
Off
If you set the optical sensor to Off, 24 individual volumes can already be defined for a 24-tube
rack when editing, for example:
If you start with the volume entry in the first row, the volume will be adopted for all positions
automatically. One correction per row is then possible.
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For locations in which the optical sensor is switched off, the required volume is automatically
displayed upon starting. The volume is displayed if the volume has been specified in the
Worktable. Volumes can be corrected at this point. Empty destination locations are not
automatically displayed to allow the volume to be checked and entered at the start of the method.
If a volume is to be displayed automatically for destination labware at the start, enter a volume not
equal to "0" when editing. If you are using the Rack 96 (two-location rack), you must make
identical entries to the worktable for the two occupied locations.
Random Access
Random access allows scanning for the first and last position plus 8 other random positions.
Random access is recommended when tubes or wells have very similar filling levels within a
location and the scanning procedure time is to be reduced.
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Random access performs liquid detection only in positions which are defined via Number of
Samples and Pattern. In the case of random access, the smallest volume determined is always
used for all tubes or wells of a location for aspirating or dispensing the liquid. If there is a number
of samples of 10 or less when the method is started, all the tubes affected are scanned by the
optical sensor.
Notes: If filling levels differ significantly in one location, check whether the Aspirate from bottom
and Dispense from top options are better alternatives to Random Access.
All positions
If automatic detection is required, Liquid Detection must be marked with All Positions.
If all wells are scanned in a 96-well plate or 24-tube rack, each volume is administered separately
when a single-channel dispensing tool is used.
In the case of eight-channel dispensing tools and a 96-well plate, the following applies: observe
the largest volume within a column (8 wells) when dispensing liquid. Observe the smallest
volume within a column (8 wells) when aspirating liquid.
12.3.2.2 Optical sensor check run
If the optical sensor is unable to perform location detection successfully, you have the option of
bypassing detection and entering the volume manually. To do so, mark User input. Check first
whether the correct labware is positioned in the location. The method may not be continued if
there is incorrect labware in the location.
To continue the method, press Ignore and then OK.
12.3.2.3 Switch Level Detection on and off
If Level Detection is switched on and if variants for scanning the surface of the liquid are selected
in the method for these locations, scanning is effected in the start routine. Labware that is in the
virtual parking positions is excluded from Liquid Detection.
If you would like to specify the volume, exceed the specified minimum volume. To display this
specification, press the Info function key in Worktable mode and then press Volume. The specified
volume does not take account of the way the shape of the meniscus of the liquid varies in the
different tubes, for example. An inadequate volume could therefore lead to faulty dispensing.
If Liquid Detection is switched off, the volume is queried when the method is started.
At the start, it is possible to make an individual volume entry or volume correction for each tube in
racks and reservoirs. With 96-well and 384-well plates, the one volume input applies to all wells.
Liquid Detection can be performed on a labware height up to 107 mm.
The optical sensor cannot be used for Liquid Detection in large tubes (e.g., 15 mL).
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12.3.3
Detection variant 2: Tip detection
Both the identity of the tip racks (volume range; with/without filter) in the locations and the
presence of tips in the rack are detected. A code on the sides of the tip rack enables the tip type
and supply quantity to be detected. If more tips are required for the method than are present,
these extra tips are requested in the method once the existing tips have been exhausted. If tip
detection is switched off, you will have to ensure that the tip rack is adequately supplied starting
from the back left (coordinate A1) and that the specifications of the worktable corresponds to the
method to be started.
12.3.4
Detection variant 3: Location detection
A code in the corresponding racks enables correct occupation of a worktable location to be
detected. Even racks positioned the wrong way round are detected, with the exception of
reservoir racks. Plates are detected by height.
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Location Detection can be performed on a labware height up to 107 mm.
Detection limits
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12.3.5
Depending on tube geometry, there are different detection limits for the optical sensor when
detecting filling level (liquid detection). Information about the detection limits can be displayed if
you click on Info in the file window. So that aspiration can be performed from tubes with filling
levels below the detection limit of the optical sensor, a volume must be entered at the start of the
method. This entry can be made in the start routine using the keyboard, even after the relevant
error message from the optical sensor. The detection limit of the optical sensor generally starts at
filling levels above 3 mm.
The information required is available in the properties for the respective tubes in the software.
The detection limits of the optical sensor for a tube can be viewed on the control panel in the
epMotion node by pressing the Prop. key with the labware marked appropriately.
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Appendix B: Software
Commands, parameters, options
This section includes detailed information about commands and parameters. This information
supplements the descriptions in the chapter "Operation" (see p. 40).
The parameters and options of the commands are described in detail in the section entitled
"Sample Transfer". Parameters and options of individual commands which deviate from Sample
transfer are described separately.
13.1.1
Number of Samples
Use the Number of Samples command to specify how many samples are to be processed in the
subsequent steps of the procedure. It applies to all commands until the next Number of Samples
of the procedure. If you do not enter this command, a question is asked about the number of
samples when the device starts up. This entry then applies to all the commands of the method.
Depending on the command, the maximum number for number of samples results from the plate
or rack type in destination or source. For example, the largest value for two 384-well plates is
768.
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Further restrictions on the maximum number result from the pattern and the number of tubes per
rack or wells per plate. With Sample Transfer, for example, the sum of aspiration positions in the
source may be smaller than the sum of dispensing positions in the destination.
Depending on the type and purpose of the subsequent commands Number of Samples has
different effects:
•
•
•
•
Sample Transfer: number of samples which are aspirated from the source plate.
Reagent Transfer: number of wells of the destination plate into which the reagent is dispensed.
Dilute: number of samples to be diluted.
Pool and Pool One Destination: number of wells in the source plate from which liquid is
collected.
• Mix: number of wells in the plate in which the liquid is mixed.
13.1.1.1 Define parameters
• fixed:
Activate this option if a fixed number of samples is to be defined for each method start. At the
start, there is no Number of Samples request.
Deactivate this option if the number of samples at the start of the method is to be entered by
the user.
• Maximum no. of Samples:
At the start of the method, the number entered here is accepted as the maximum input value.
When the pattern is displayed the Maximum no. of Samples is taken into account.
• Comment is displayed at the start of the method and the Number of Samples request. The
comment can provide information about which entries are meaningful here or to which
commands the entry relates (e.g. maximum number of samples, to single-channel or
eight-channel dispensing tool and Reagent or Sample Transfer).
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fixed and Maximum no. of Samples both apply until the next Number of Samples command in the
procedure.
The Number of Samples request is asked first at the start. If Number of Samples is contained
several times in a procedure, the respective requests will appear in succession (exception fixed).
If part of a procedure in the method is not to be executed, enter "0" as a value.
13.1.1.2 Information about entering Number of Samples
• Eight-Channel Dispensing Tools
Example of Number of Samples entries with an eight-channel dispensing tool:
An entry of "1" to "8" means that 8 "samples" will be processed. An entry of "9" means that 16
"samples" will be processed etc. This applies correspondingly to a 384 plate. Note that with a
384-well plate, only every other well in a column will be served by the eight-channel
dispensing tool. Further procedure depends on the pattern.
• Sample Transfer
Example: a 96-well plate is to be filled by two full 24-position racks. For each rack there is only
one Sample Transfer command in the method in which a rack is defined as source. The
Number of Samples command has been entered once. In order to transfer 24 samples to the
plate from both the racks, enter the value "24". A total of 48 transfers is thus effected. An entry
of 10 would mean that in each rack, the tool aspirates from 10 positions. The maximum
number for Number of Samples is 24.
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If liquid is to be aspirated from two racks in a Sample Transfer command and the two racks
should be processed in succession, an input of 30, for example, would mean that the Sample
Transfer would be carried out completely (24 transfers) in the first rack and six times in the
second rack. The maximum number for Number of Samples is 48.
In order for the different execution options to be detected at the start, enter a comment on the
Number of Samples when editing the method.
• Reagent Transfer
The entry of the Number of Samples for Reagent Transfer relates to the destination.
• Dilute
Number of Samples ahead of the Dilute command specifies the number of samples to be
diluted. The dilution steps are defined in the pattern. Dilution steps are possible only within a
location; they are limited by a row or column. In other words, with a 96-well plate, all the wells
of one row can be filled with diluent and 12 dilution steps could be performed. In this case, the
undiluted sample would be aspirated from another location in the first step.
• Pattern
Examples of restricting Number of Samples by means of the pattern in a Sample Transfer: if
only every other sample is aspirated from a 96-well plate (source), the maximum entry
resulting is: 48 (96 : 2 = 48).
If one sample is aspirated from a 96-well plate (source) and then dispensed twice into another
96-well plate (destination), the maximum Number of Samples is: 48.
Reason: in this instance, Sample Transfer applies from a source to a destination; so 48 x 2 =
96 applies. However, if a second 96-well plate had been given in the command as the
destination, the 96 samples could be transferred both continuously (first all of Plate A, then
Plate B) or alternately (Plate A, Plate B, Plate A etc.). Whether the transfer is continuous or
alternating is defined in the pattern of the method.
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13.1.2
Sample Transfer
The command transfers samples from several positions of a source plate to several positions of a
destination plate in accordance with the pattern defined for this purpose.
Abb. 1:
Diagram of Sample Transfer
Fig. 1:
Diagram of Sample Transfer
The number of samples which are aspirated from the source plate is based on the previous
Number of Samples command.
13.1.2.2 Define parameters
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Pipet.Tool
Select Dispensing Tool The name "TS" (tool, single channel) stands for single-channel
dispensing tools while "TM" (tool, multi channel) stands for eight-channel dispensing tools. The
selection depends on the tubes used as well as on volume. Eight-channel dispensing tools
cannot be used with 24-tube racks, for example. When selecting the dispensing tool, be aware of
immersion depth into the tubes.
Filter Tips:
Volume
Transfer type
Define whether tips with filters are used in the method.
Enter the volume and select μL or nL. With volumes of up to 99.9 μL a decimal place is available.
Pipette: aspiration and dispensing of the volume entered.
Multidispense: Dispensing of the volume entered at every dispensing step. Number of steps and
quantities aspirated depend on the Number of Samples.
Hint!
With small volumes, pipetting always provides better free-jet capability as well as precision and
accuracy. When pipetting, in contrast to multidispense, only the required volume is aspirated and
dispensed. However, please note that multidispense represents a very rapid type of dispensing.
With the multidispense option, a 96-well plate can be filled in 35 to 60 seconds.
However, with multidispensing the measurement errors identified for pipetting are
exceeded(see Dispensing Tools on p. 98).
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Source and
Destination:
selection is only possible if the worktable is already defined with labware. When you press the
Source or Destination buttons, displays with corresponding selection lists will become available.
The selection is made using the labware positioned on the worktable. Up to four locations can be
selected as source or destination within one command.
Following the selection of source and destination, the labware designations in question are
displayed.
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You can also dispense within a plate, in which case source and destination are identical.
If the source or destination labware is deleted from the worktable, the labware name will be
shown in gray in the parameter settings. The source/destination labware has to be respecified,
otherwise an error message will appear when the method is started.
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Pattern:
Define pattern (see Specify pattern for command on p. 46). Patterns can be defined with
automatic pattern detection, as simple standard patterns (Sample Transfer only) or free patterns
(irregular). The patterns are independent of direction. Regular patterns are detected by the
software after just a few entries and completed without further entries.
If the labware is changed after the pattern has been entered, the appropriate warning will appear
when new labware is selected. If the same tube type (e.g. MTP 96) is retained, the pattern can be
adopted.
If no destination is specified in the pattern in the case of standard pattern or the pattern with
automatic sample detection, the software automatically completes the pattern in the row-wise
direction (from left to right).
Pattern with automatic pattern detection
Open the pattern display by marking the button next to Pattern and opening it by pressing Enter.
The pattern is specified by alternating between source and destination.
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After entry of only the third source and destination positions, the software detects the pattern.
The pattern is then completed by the software automatically, so you do not have to specify each
aspiration and dispensing position individually.
Hint!
You can find a detailed example of the entry of the pattern with automatic pattern detection in the
control pad (see Specify pattern for command on p. 46).
Standard pattern
When specifying a standard pattern, you define row-wise or column-wise processing of the
pattern.
The standard pattern is available solely for Sample Transfer.
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You determine the direction of transfer with row-wise (in a row) or column-wise (in a column).
If the direction of transfer is not to start from A1, it is necessary to select the Pattern button.
13.1.2.3 Irregular pattern
Irregular pattern provides the option of setting aspiration/dispensing positions of the source and/
or destination at will. The following example describes the specification of an irregular pattern for
the source.
To define an irregular pattern for the source, proceed as follows.
1. Mark irregular. With Sample Transfer and Reagent Transfer also mark source (for all other
commands no selection possible or free pattern not available; when using the module rack
source is automatically marked.
2. Mark the button next to Pattern and click Enter to open the pattern display.
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3. Select a sampling position and then press Destination.
4. Mark the dispensing position(s) and press the Source button.
5. Mark the next position at will. Complete the pattern as described.
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6. After specifying the pattern press the Ok function key. The pattern is saved.
13.1.2.4 Pattern with several plates as source or destination
If several plates are available as source and/or destination, the pattern display expands as
follows.
The two arrow keys on the right of the display are used to scroll between the labware displayed.
Click on the relevant arrow key to do this.
Enter in the display is equivalent to the Enter key on the keyboard.
Begin entering the pattern with the labware displayed in the foreground. The labware is displayed
here in the sequence of the source/destination definition. If the same sample or liquid is to be
transferred to certain wells of all plates in accordance with the same pattern, then it is necessary
only to make the entry for all plates in the display source or display destination for the first
transfer. In the second transfer, it is necessary only to make an entry in the first labware of source
or destination in each case.
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13.1.2.5 Example pattern for several plates
Objective
One sample is to be transferred from a 24-tube rack in each case eight times to four 96-well
plates. The pattern for one plate is also to apply to the other plates.
This example describes only the steps relevant to a pattern. It is assumed that the worktable has
been loaded and commands and parameters have been specified.
1. Specify the 24-tube rack as the source.
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2. Specify the 96-well plates as the destination.
3. Define the pattern. To do so, specify one sampling position of the source and then press the
Destination function key.
4. Specify the dispensing positions of the destination.
5. Click on the arrow key and switch to the next destination plate.
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6. Click on the first well in the second plate.
The whole column is adopted in accordance with Plate 1 and the third plate is displayed
automatically.
7. Proceed correspondingly for the third and fourth plates.
The first plate is displayed.
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8. Complete the pattern. As you continue, the pattern for the destination will only need to be
entered for the first plate. The pattern is adopted for all other destination plates.
13.1.2.6 Options
You can make further settings via Options.
Press the button next to Options.
The options are already predefined with the "Water" liquid type and tip change before aspirating
from a new position, so no changes need be made for many standard applications.
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Liquid options
If liquids whose physical properties of viscosity, vapor pressure and surface tension differ
significantly from those of water are to be dispensed, we recommend selecting a different liquid
type. The predefined liquid types are arranged to work at a consistent immersion depth for
aspiration. During aspiration, the dispensing tool moves on to suit aspiration speed, tube
geometry and aspiration volume.
Check every selected liquid type and every parameter change in conjunction with other
commands by test-running the method. The predefined liquid types represent recommendations.
Adapt the settings to your requirements as necessary.
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A Dispense
B Drawing-up following aspiration
Dispensing is effected approx. 3 to 4 mm
above the liquid. During dispensing, the
tool moves up so that the gap is
maintained. Exception: liquid type
"ProteinC" at 5 mm
Before the liquid is transported, the liquid
is drawn up in the pipette tip so that the
bottom part of the tip contains air during
the transport operation.
The following liquid types are available:
Liquid Type
Dispensing data
optimized for
50 μL tip:
pipetting
from
Alcohol 75%
Mixture of 75% ethanol 1 to 3 μL
and 25% water
50 μL tip:
dispensing
from
Remarks
3 μL
Washing reagent in kits for nucleic acid
purification. See applications in ep-Folder
Nucleic acid prep.
Speed Aspiration: low to medium
Speed Dispense: low to high
Alcohol 98%
Alcohol 98%
1 μL
3 μL
A new tip is prewetted with the liquid for
aspirating.
Speed Dispense: low
Only for multidispense using 300 μL filter tips:
very small gap from filter with 300 μL
aspiration. To avoid filter being wetted, in this
case default to pipetting from 280 μL.
Glycerol
Mixture of 40% glycerin 1 μL
and 60% water
5 μL
Glycerin content in many enzyme solutions is
much less than this, so Water can also be
used as the liquid type here.
Speed Aspiration: medium
Speed Dispense: medium to high; ZN
300-8:low
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Liquid Type
Dispensing data
optimized for
50 μL tip:
pipetting
from
Protein
Water with 1% albumin 5 μL
(10 g/l), 0.01% Triton
X-100
50 μL tip:
dispensing
from
Remarks
5 μL
When using a new tip, prewet it with the liquid
to be aspirated before the first dispensing
operation. Attention! Curvature of the liquid
surface will impair free-jet capability when
dispensing into cell culture plates. See
Proteinc.
Speed Aspiration: low to medium
Speed Dispense: low to medium
ProteinC
As for Protein
As for Protein
As for Protein
Proteinc uses when dispensing higher
distance to the calculated plain liquid surface
(4 to 5 mm) than Protein. All other data such
as Protein. Recommended for nutrient media.
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Speed Aspiration: low to medium
Speed Dispense: low to medium
Rinse
3 μL
Like the Water liquid type but with a
significantly delayed blowout. Recommended,
e.g., in combination with mix to reduce the
residual moisture in the tip, but it can also
increase the contamination risk regarding
smaller containers (e.g., wells in PCR plate).
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For demineralized
1 μL
water and water with a
low surfactant content;
use the mix option or
independent MIX
command
Speed Aspiration: medium
Speed Dispense: medium
Speed_xl
Demineralized water;
mixed by means of
high dispensing speed
1 μL
3 μL
Thorough mixing in a 96-well DWP, for
example, with a 750 μl sample and 750 μl
dispense.
Caution! Higher risk of contamination,
especially with small tubes because of high
dispensing speed!
Speed Aspiration: medium
Speed Dispense: medium to high
Speed_xs
Water
Demineralized water;
very low aspiration
speed to avoid stirring
up sediment
1 μL
Demineralized water
1 μL
3 μL
E.g. for slow aspiration from filter plates.
Speed Aspiration: very low
Speed Dispense: medium
3 μL
Technical data relating to systematic and
random measuring deviation was determined
using this liquid type. Recommended for most
methods.
Speed Aspiration: medium
Speed Dispense: medium
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Change liquid type parameter
• Mark change parameter and then click on the button which appears next to it. The window
containing the liquid type parameters is opened.
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The first time the display is called up, the standard parameters specified in the software for the
previously-selected liquid type, the previously-entered volume and the previously selected
dispensing type are displayed. This is indicated by default in the top right of the display. In the
event of changes, the display changes from default to changed. With the aid of the Default function
key the liquid type can be reset to the standard parameters at any time.
The variation of Movement Blow, Speed Blow and Delay Blow serves to optimize the dispensing of
remaining liquid.
Tab. 2:
Parameter
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Liquid Type Parameter
Input range
Remarks
Speed Aspiration 0.2 to 110 mm/sec
In the case of viscous solutions and relatively large aspiration volumes,
Speed aspiration should be increased only moderately so that the delayed
aspiration of liquid can be completed before the z movement of the carrier.
Low values are meaningful for phase separations, for example, or to avoid
stirring up sediments or particles.
Speed Dispense
0.2 to 110 mm/sec
Especially when dispensing relatively large volumes into an empty tube,
the risk of liquid splashing back can be reduced by lower Speed Dispense
values. At higher values, be aware of the increased risk of contamination
from the liquid splashing out. Higher values are meaningful, for example,
when dispensing into a relatively large tube to achieve more thorough
mixing.
Delay Blow
0.10 to 99990 msec
With liquids which have higher wetting properties and consequently
delayed draining characteristics, we recommend increasing Delay Blow.
The time can be set to zero for liquids which do not wet very much.
Increasing Delay blow means that the method takes longer.
Speed Blow
0.2 to 110 mm/sec
The term Blow is used to describe the blow-out like with a manual pipette.
At lower values for Speed Blow, bubbles may form at the outlet opening of
the pipette tip in liquids with low surface tension.
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Parameter
Input range
Remarks
Movement Blow
0 to 100%
Extent of piston stroke in the blow-out step. This is slightly different
depending on dispensing tool. Speed Blow and Movement Blow can be
varied with the objective of reducing the splashback of the liquid to be
dispensed or the liquid already in the tube.
Initial Stroke
0 to 100%
Extent of piston when blowing out air after completed absorption of liquid.
With changes of Initial Stroke the tips are changed automatically due to
technical reasons.
Prewetting
0 to 9 cycles
Prewetting is carried out only with a new unused tip in order to create the
same conditions for the first and for subsequent dispensing steps. It is
recommended for liquids with a low vapor pressure to enrich the air space
in the dispensing tool with evaporated liquid to a comparable extent in all
cases. It is also recommended for liquids with reduced surface tension
and consequently delayed draining properties so as to achieve
comparable prewetting of the tip with solution for all dispensing steps.
Prewetting (1 cycle) it preset with the liquid types Alcohol 98%, Protein and
ProteinC.
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If the optimal setting of Initial Stroke is changed, it may lead to cross contamination.
Hint!
Hint!
Changes in the liquid types are carried out at one's own responsibility and can possibly lead to a
deterioration of the technical data.
Please check the setting regarding the dispensing accuracy for each application.
The speed of liquid aspiration, liquid dispensing, drawing up and blow-out are optimized for the
liquid in question in each liquid type in order to achieve low-contamination dispensing up to the
working volume of the tubes.
With critical liquids, start checking with demineralized water. If this is successful, repeat the test
with the liquid actually envisaged.
The following must be confirmed in the check:
• Adequate precision and accuracy are still achieved.
• No liquid splashes out (probability of contamination remains unchanged at low).
Abb. 7:
Aspirate, dispense and blow
Fig. 7:
Aspirate, dispense and blow
A Aspirate
To aspirate a sample, the piston moves
upwards from the default position.
B Dispense
Multidispense: return to default position
by means of short individual steps.
Pipette: total path in one step.
C Blow
Remaining liquid is discarded by means
of blow-out.
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Mix before aspirating or after dispensing (mix)
If Mix before aspirating and/or Mix after dispensing is selected, a display for setting mixing
parameters will appear when you click on the adjacent button.
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If Fixed height is not selected, the following applies:
• The settings for immersion depth, blow-out (to remove remaining liquid), delay time to start
blow-out etc. are automatically taken from the selected liquid type.
• If Aspirate from bottom has been selected, this immersion depth will also apply to Mix before
aspirating.
• If Dispense from top has been selected, the volume known at the start will be used for mixing
in conjunction with the Liquid type immersion depth for Mix after dispensing.
In contrast to all other dispensing steps (free jet), when you dispense with mixing, there is contact
with the liquid in the destination. Particular note should be taken of this when setting tip change.
Mixing volume is always less than the current filling volume in the tube, as the remaining volume
of the aspiration cannot be used for mixing. The remaining volume can be viewed in the epMotion
node under Prop. if the tube is marked accordingly. In the case of very large tubes (e.g. 15 mL
Falcon) larger remaining volumes result with the 50μL and 300 μL tips in combination with the
geometry of the dispensing tool than with the 1000 μL tips.
In the case of deviations from the predefined liquid type, determine the optimum mixing speed in
trials. Carefully increase mixing speed during these trials. Use very high speeds only for
correspondingly viscous solutions. At very high speeds, large volumes and multiple mixing
cycles, liquid may get into the dispensing tool (e.g. foam formation). The use of filter tips will
increase reliability.
The complete mixing process takes place in the liquid. When the liquid is aspirated and
dispensed, the dispensing tool is moved on accordingly in the z direction. Blow-out is performed
at the end above the liquid. A mixing cycle consists of an upward and a downward movement.
The Mix after dispensing mixing variant can only be used in conjunction with the Pipette dispensing
variant.
More information on mixing is provided separately (see Mix on p. 42).
Hint!
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Immersion depth and dispensing height (special)
Aspirate from
bottom
This version is especially recommended for smaller tubes. It is not necessary to scan MTP and
PCR plates if the required volume is much smaller than the existing one.
At the start only enter a volume for the plate which approximately corresponds to the actual
volume and allows for any aspirations and additions which may be required. The volume entered
does not affect the position of the pipette tip with Aspirate from bottom or Dispense from top. To
prevent the tubes overflowing during aspiration, the filling level of tubes must not exceed the
working volume. With Aspirate from bottom, the tip is positioned approx. 1 mm above the bottom
of the tube. The distance from the bottom of the tube depends on the tolerances of the tube type
and can be modified by the administrator (see Set Bottom Tolerance on p. 160). After liquid has
been aspirated, the tip is moved slowly out of the tube.
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Aspirate from bottom is not recommended for tubes > 3 mL with high filling levels. In the case of
viscous solutions, the outer wetting which results may increase the risk of contamination and
falsify the dispensing result.
With very large tubes (e.g., Falcon or Reservoir) and high filling levels it is even possible for the
entire tip and the tip cone of the dispensing tool to become wet. You should always avoid high
filling levels.
With large tubes, the length of the 50 μL and 300 μL tips and the dispensing tool result in
restrictions on immersion depth, leading to a higher remaining volume compared to the 1000 μL
tip.
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Dispense from top
Elution from filter
Dispense from top is a speed version for liquid dispensing in one destination, as the z-movement
of approx. 3 to 4 mm above the liquid prior to dispensing is omitted. Liquid is dispensed in the top
area of the tube. The tubes may not be filled above maximum filling volume. Dispense from top
can also be used for pipetting and on smaller tubes or plates with different filling levels. As the tip
remains in the top area of the tube and does not move down into the tube, the risk of
contamination is virtually ruled out. The greater distance from the liquid may impair target
accuracy at minimal dispensing volumes. With a small volume and tubes > 5 mL, the tip might
not reach the bottom of the tube or the liquid provided. There is a risk of the liquid touching the
tube wall above the liquid provided. With larger volumes, liquid could well splash up. Certain
dispensing speeds may not be exceeded for acceptable dispensing. Dispense from top should be
validated by corresponding trials.
This function is especially suited to the aspiration of liquids from corresponding filter plates
(currently only PCR cleanup filter plates). The following special features apply to this option:
• Do not enter a volume for Sample Transfer.
• The piston movement in the dispensing tool for aspirating liquid starts as soon as the tip
starts moving down in the well. maximum stroke is used on every dispensing tool. This also
applies to dispensing.
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• The tip travels easily into the resilient filter material.
• In combination with the test PCR cleanup, a Mix before aspirating is recommended.
• The Elution from filter function refers to the source.
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With the elution function, virtually complete aspiration of the liquid from the filter plate is
achieved.
• In the Sample Transfer command under Transfer Type select pipette.
• The aspirated liquid is dispensed in the destination.
When transporting the liquid, the usual appearance of the liquid in the pipette tip does not apply.
There may be air bubbles at several points in the pipette tip. The air segment at the bottom end of
the pipette tip may not be clearly pronounced.
At different volumes you save time if the optical sensor is not used to determine liquid level.
However, selecting Aspirate from bottom and Dispense from top ensures that liquids are dispensed
and professionally dispensed. You are still asked at the start to enter a volume for a plate with 96
wells (exception: destination plates which had a volume "0" when the worktable was edited). The
intention is to select an average volume for all wells with Aspirate from bottom or Dispense from
top.
Changing pipette tips (Change Tips)
You can determine the time that tips are changed. To do so, press the Change Tips function key:
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The following is displayed:
Change tips ...
• ... when command is finished
The tips are not ejected until the command is finished. This is recommended in the case of
repeated aspiration of a particular reagent for filling all the wells of a plate, for example.
• ... before aspirating from next well, tube or position
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Tip change before aspirating from a new position. If many different liquids are aspirated from
a plate or rack, the new liquids must not come into contact with old remaining liquid in the tip.
Tip change is therefore advisable.
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• ... before each aspiration
No tip is filled twice, even if the same source for aspiration is involved. Should always be used
with Mix after dispensing to prevent traces of liquid from a source being carried over as a result
of mixing in a destination.
• ... keep tips, do not change tips
The tips continue to be used in the next command. If the next command is likewise defined
with keep tips, do not change tips, use also continues to the command after next and so on
(sensible if a nutrient medium is to be distributed on many empty plates, for example).
Particularly with liquid which tends to foam, failing to change tips after multiple aspirations can
lead to extra volume in the tip. This extra volume may cause contamination of the dispensing
tool. If the pipette transfer type is changed to multidispense, after the first command an ejection
occurs even if keep tips, do not change tips is selected.
Special features of multidispense:
• With multidispense, a slight extra volume needs to be aspirated.
• ... before aspirating from next well
– Extra volume is returned to the old source
– Change tip
– Aspirate liquid from new source
• ... before each aspiration:
– Extra volume is discarded into the waste
– Change tip
– Aspirate liquid from new or old source
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13.1.3
Reagent Transfer
A reagent is transferred from one position of the source labware to several positions of the
destination labware. Reagent Transfer is best suited to transferring a reagent to several plates.
Abb. 1:
Reagent Transfer principle
Fig. 1:
Reagent Transfer principle
With Reagent Transfer, the Number of Samples entry relates to the destination.
All other entries and selection options are comparable to those of Sample Transfer.
With Reagent Transfer, several source positions with liquid may be present.
Hint!
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13.1.3.2 Special case: use of several sources
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For the reagent transfer, you can define methods in which more than one tube is to be defined as
the source. The software can access the next tube automatically after the first tube has been
emptied, to fill the destination plate for example. You no longer have to fill the first tube
completely.
If the optical sensor is switched on, the first source tube is scanned. If, during this process, the
software detects that there is too little liquid for the number of samples, the Checkrun window will
appear. The minimum volume, maximum volume and calculated volume are displayed. You can
now select how the optical sensor is to proceed (continue, abort, etc.).
To incorporate the next tube in the calculation, select accept level and continue. The optical sensor
continues by scanning the next tubes. The volumes determined are totaled and the method
started when the volume is adequate.
The optical scanner also scans empty tubes defined as source in the pattern. The message
appears with a Calculated volume of 0 μL. Confirm with Accept level and continue to scan the
subsequent tubes.
If level detection is switched off, a request to enter volume appears for the source locations of the
pattern. The total volume required is assigned only to the first tube in the entry list. For all other
source locations, "1" appears in the left-hand column. The "1" serves as a reminder to assign the
individual volumes to the tubes.
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13.1.4
Dilute
Dilute facilitates the creation of dilution series. A defined volume is transported from well to well
by means of pipetting. Before the Dilute command, diluent (diluent reagent) must be dispensed
using a Reagent Transfer command. The Reagent Transfer command fills the wells with the
diluent required. Dilute can be executed using a source plate (undiluted samples) and a
destination plate (dilution steps).
Abb. 1:
Dilute command principle (destination plate)
Undiluted Sample
Fig. 1:
Diluent
Diluent
Diluent
1. Dilution
2. Dilution
3. Dilution
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Dilute command principle (destination plate)
The Number of Samples command ahead of Dilute specifies the number of samples to be
diluted. The dilution steps are defined in the pattern and only possible within one location. They
are limited by a row or a column.
Hint!
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If the Dilute command is executed within a single plate, source and destination areas may not
overlap on the plate. This can be achieved by limiting the number of samples with the Number of
Samples command.
To achieve thorough mixing of sample and diluent, you should use Mix after dispensing. Mixing is
performed after every dispensing step. Mix before aspirating refers only to mixing before the first
aspiration, i.e. mixing the undiluted sample. All other entries and selection options are
comparable to those of Sample Transfer.
13.1.4.2 Example dilution series
This example explains the principle of a dilution series. This is not a concrete application.
Sequence and objective of a dilution series
• 24 samples are in a rack with 24 tubes and are to be diluted 10:1.
• Dilution takes place in 3 stages with 1:10 dilutions in each case.
To achieve this, the 24 samples are transferred to a 96-well plate.
Diluent is transferred from a 300 mL reservoir to the 96-well plate.
Work is performed first with a single-channel dispensing tool and then later, to speed up the
process, with an eight-channel dispensing tool.
Method
The worktable might look like this.
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First samples and then diluent should be transferred to the 96-well MTP. The dilutions are
performed in the MTP 96. The method was edited under Procedure as follows to achieve this.
In the Sample Transfer command, 200 μL of sample are respectively put in the micro test plate.
The pattern for the 24 samples in the destination looks as follows:
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In the Reagent Transfer command the empty wells of the micro test plate are filled with 225 μL of
diluent. From this point on, an eight-channel dispensing tool executes the task.
The pattern of the destination looks like this:
In the sixth Dilute command, 25 μL of sample (A-1) is aspirated and mixed with the 225 μL of
diluent (e.g., A-2). This is performed three consecutive times (A-3 and A-4). These three dilutions
1 + 9 (1:10) lead to a 1:1000 dilution (MTP columns 4, 8 and 12).
The call of show pattern in the Dilute command must show the following pattern for the source:
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The pattern of the destination looks like this:
Each dilution step in this example is a 1:10 dilution. The desired dilution of 1:1000 is achieved by
the third 1:10 dilution. The volume which is aspirated from the undiluted sample also applies to
the dilution steps.
13.1.5
Pool
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With the Pool command, you pool liquids from several wells, including from different source
positions.
Abb. 1:
Pool command principle
Fig. 1:
Pool command principle
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Because with multiaspirate following each sample aspiration a drawing-up of the liquid in the tip
occurs, the aspirated liquid segments are in the beginning separated by air bubbles. When the tip
is full, the contents are dispensed in the destination. You specify in the pattern from which
positions of the source you pool for one position of the destination.
13.1.5.2 Define pattern
The pattern for the Pool command differs slightly from the pattern for other transfer commands.
The following steps briefly describe the special features of the Pool command.
1. In the parameter window of the Pool command click on the button next to Pattern.
2. In the Pattern window, click in the desired sequence on the source positions from which the
liquid is to be pooled.
3. Click on the Destination function key and click in the destination plate on the position where
the accumulated liquid is to be dispensed.
4. Switch to source and click on the next sequence of positions from which liquid is to be pooled.
5. In the Destination display, click on the next position at which pooled liquid is to be dispensed.
6. As soon as the pattern is identified, confirm with the Ok key.
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13.1.5.3 Options
Change tips
Change tips ...
• ... when command is finished
Tips are changed when the command is finished.
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• .... before aspiration for next destination well, tube
Is the default setting. Tips are only changed when the next pool has been assembled for the
next destination position.
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• .... after each dispense
Means that with the pipette dispensing variant, after dispensing in a new position, the tip is
changed.
• … keep tips, do not change tips
Changing from pipette or multiaspirate to multidispense (or back again) is connected with an
increased risk of contamination for the piston in the dispensing tool. Therefore, keep tips, do
not change tips is disregarded with completion of the pool if the next command includes the
multidispense dispensing variant. A tip change is therefore performed.
All other entries and selection options are comparable to those of Sample Transfer.
13.1.5.4 Enter Number of Samples for Pool
The number of samples entry relates to the source. The number of samples divided by "Number
of Samples per Destination" gives the number of destination positions. If a decimal place results
from the division, the number is rounded up for destination positions. The pattern in the source is
likewise completed for the last destination position. In the Pool pattern, a maximum of the
samples occurring in a row or column can be pooled.
Example: the samples of each column of a 96-well plate are to be pooled in a destination plate.
In other words, 8 samples are always put into a tube.
• Number of Samples entry at start: 48
48 : 8 = 6
6 destination tubes are filled.
• Number of Samples entry at start: 50
50 : 8 = 6.25
7 destination tubes are filled.
The command is carried out in the source until inclusively the position 56 (requirement: no
limitation in the Number of Samples command).
13.1.6
Pool One destination
Use the PoolOneDest command to dispense liquids from several source positions to one
destination position.
The Number of Samples entry determines the number of positions in which aspiration will be
performed. There is only one position as destination.
With the multiaspirate transfer type, the liquid is drawn up in the tip following every dispensing
step. The same criteria apply here as to the Pool command.
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13.1.6.1 Define pattern
The pattern for the Pool One Destination command differs slightly from the pattern for other
transfer commands. The following steps briefly describe the special features for the Pool One
Destination command. The positions in which there is to be aspiration and the direction for
aspiration steps is specified in the pattern for the source. The destination is then only marked
once.
1. In the parameter window of the command click on the button next to Pattern.
2. In the Pattern window, click on the first and second source position to specify the direction for
pooling liquid.
3. Click on the Destination function key and click in the destination plate on the position where
the accumulated liquid is to be dispensed.
4. As soon as the pattern is identified, confirm with the OK key.
13.1.6.2 Options
Change Tips
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Change tips ...
• ... when command is finished
Is the default setting.
• ... after each dispense
Only meaningful with the pipette dispensing variant. With the multiaspirate dispensing variant
and the selection of after each dispense tips are only changed after dispensing is finished. As
with the Pool command, the combination multiaspirate and mix before aspirating with TestPara
is rejected with an error message. Special case for
• … keep tips, do not change tips
Changing from pipette or multiaspirate to multidispense (or back again) is connected with an
increased risk of contamination for the piston in the dispensing tool. This is why keep tips, do
not change tips is not observed when finishing the command if the next command contains the
multidispense dispensing variant. A tip change is therefore performed.
All other settings are comparable with Sample Transfer.
13.1.7
Mix
Use this command to mix liquids within a position.
The complete mixing process takes place in the liquid. When the liquid is aspirated and
dispensed, the dispensing tool is moved on accordingly in the z direction. A mixing cycle consists
of an upward and a downward movement. The travel results from the selected volume.
Use only 50 μL tips for mixing in 384-well plates!
Hint!
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The descriptions of the mixing process for Sample Transfer (see Mix before aspirating or after
dispensing (mix) on p. 144) also apply to this stand-alone Mix command.
13.1.7.1 Recommended mixing speeds (Speed)
Enter the mixing speed in the Speed window. The speed range is between 0.2 and 110 mm/sec.
As long as there is no entry in the input field for Speed, this field always displays the aspiration
speed of the selected liquid type. The speeds in the Liquid Type parameters are optimized for
pipetting or multidispensing in combination with the selected dispensing tool and the selected
volume.
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Dispensing tool
Recommended
lower volume range
(mm/sec)
Recommended
medium volume
range
Recommended high
volume range
(mm/sec)
(mm/sec)
TS 50
15 - 88
15 - 44
10 - 40
TM 50-8
15 - 88
15 - 44
10 - 40
TS 300
5 - 15
6 - 16
6 - 16
TM 300-8
2 - 11
2 - 11
2 - 11
TS 1000
4 - 15
4 -15
4 - 15
TM 1000-8
4 - 15
4 -15
4 - 15
The optimum mixing speed should be determined in trials. Increase mixing speed carefully during
these trials. Use very high speeds only for correspondingly viscous solutions.
Hint!
At very high speeds, large volumes and multiple mixing cycles, liquid may get into the dispensing
tool (e.g. foam formation). In this case, perform method run tests using demineralized water. The
use of filter tips will increase reliability.
13.1.7.2 Mixing volume
The mixing volume must always be less than the current filling volume in the tube, as the
remaining volume of the aspiration cannot be used for mixing.
Mark the desired tube in the epMotion node and press Prop. to display the remaining volume. In
the case of very large tubes (e.g., 15 mL) larger remaining volumes result with the 50 μL and
300 μL tips in combination with the geometry of the dispensing tool than with the 1000 μL tips.
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13.1.7.3 Mixing functions at Fixed Height
With Fixed Height a mixing process with a defined aspirating height and dispensing height can be
determined.
Hint!
Fixed Height should only be used for filling levels below the filling volume. At larger filling volumes,
depending on the immersion depth selected, liquid may be forced out of the tube or well.
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Enter the distance from the bottom of the tube in mm as the height.
Asp. stands for the distance of the pipette tip to the bottom of the tube when aspirating, Disp.
stands for the distance of the pipette tip to the bottom of the tube when dispensing.
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If you enter 0 mm in the Asp. field, a correction of approx. ca. 2 mm upwards occurs after the
execution. The correction depends on tube type and the tolerances of the tube type.
If you choose for Disp. a height which lies above the tube the dispensing is reduced automatically
to the height of the tube.
If you select a height for Disp., which is below that of Asp., Disp. is raised to a height of Asp. on
execution.
13.1.7.4 Define pattern
The pattern for the Mix command differs slightly from the pattern for other commands. The
following steps briefly describe the special features for the Mix command.
1. In the parameter window of the command click on the button next to Pattern.
2. In the Pattern window, click one by one on the rows of wells in which the Mix command is to
be performed.
3. As soon as the pattern is identified, confirm with the OK key.
13.1.8
Exchange
This command is used to switch labware to the location in the current method.
Hint!
The request to replenish identical tip racks (identical volume, with/without filter) is made
automatically by the program, so no more tip racks of the same type need to be positioned in the
parking positions.
Labware that is placed on the worktable from the parking positions within a method is not
scanned by the optical sensor.
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13.1.8.1 Define parameters
There are 2 selection lists to enable you to view the labware on the worktable and in the parking
positions. Selection enables Exchange for subsequent commands. When the method is started,
at the request Exchange the location in question is displayed in addition to the name of the
labware.
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Hint!
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13.1.9
An alternative to Exchange is splitting into various part-methods. This would also allow liquid
detection by the optical sensor for the labware to be used subsequently.
Wait
Use the Wait command to insert a pause in the method, e.g., to take account of temperature
control periods between two additions of reagent.
The duration of the pause is specified in the parameter settings.
13.1.10 Comment
Use the Comment command to display a comment at a certain point during execution of the
method.
The comment command entered is shown marked as a command line during the method run, no
separate window is displayed.
The comment may be up to 15 characters long.
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13.1.11 User intervention
Use this command to interrupt a method, for example to perform manual steps.
If there is to be an alarm immediately before the manual intervention, mark the Alarm field.
Enter a corresponding comment on the intervention in the Comment field.
For methods with external steps which lead to a change in volume, divide these into 2 methods.
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The following things must not happen at all with User Intervention:
Change in position of carrier.
Exchange of dispensing tools in locations T1 – T4.
Positioning of labware which is not known to the method.
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•
•
•
•
Labware which is removed and then replaced may not be changed externally in terms of
volume.
• Distance from labware required in the method. The waste container can be emptied in
conjunction with this command. Then position the waste container correctly again.
13.2
Administrator rights
As administrator, you can perform additional activities on the epMotion 5070 CB.
•
•
•
•
Specify administrator PIN; recommended when you first start (see PIN Function on p. 157).
Create, edit and delete user accounts (see Create and edit a user account on p. 159).
Have unrestricted access to all user directories and edit or delete the methods stored in them.
Deactivate labware which is not required from the full list of available labware (see Enable/
disable Labware or Labware combination on p. 125).
• Compile your own labware combinations from existing components, e.g. rack/tube
combinations (see Compile labware combination on p. 123).
• Perform different system functions (display available system memory, change date/time and
country settings, activate or deactivate acoustic alarm and PINs).
As a user, you can adjust display contrast and export logfiles.
Hint!
13.2.1
PIN Function
If you are working with the PIN function, system settings and administration of user accounts is
reserved for the administrator .
Loss of data due to misuse or loss of administrator PIN.
NOTICE!
The administrator PIN protects the system from undesired access to its configuration and to the
stored data of all users.
 Make a note of the administrator PIN and keep it in a safe place. If you lose the administrator
PIN, contact Eppendorf Service.
 Allow access to the administrator PIN only to persons who are allowed to edit the
configuration of the system and who have the knowledge required to do this.
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13.2.1.1 Initial start – set administrator PIN
At the initial start of the epMotion 5070 CB, you can set an administrator PIN to protect the
system from undesired access.
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
1. Switch on the epMotion 5070 CB at the mains switch.
The control panel switches on automatically and the software is loaded.
After loading, the Input Admin PIN window appears in the display of the control panel.
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Until you set an administrator PIN, this window appears every time you switch on .
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2. Enter the desired administrator PIN using the numerical keys on the control panel. The PIN
can be between 4 and 8 digits long.
Delete any incorrectly-entered PIN using the Delete key and repeat PIN entry.
3. For confirmation, enter the PIN in the Confirmation field once again.
4. Confirm with the OK function key.
The navigation tree appears in the display of the control panel.
You are now logged on as the Administrator and can edit the configuration settings of the
epMotion 5070 CB.
Detailed information about the navigation tree and operation of the control panel is given
separately.
13.2.1.2 Change administrator PIN
As the administrator, you can change the administrator PIN at any time.
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
1. Switch on the epMotion 5070 CB and log on as the Administrator.
2. Mark the System node in the navigation tree.
3. Press the Prop. function key.
The System Properties window appears.
4. Enter the new administrator PIN using the numerical keys on the control panel.
Delete any incorrectly-entered PIN using the Delete key and repeat PIN entry.
5. For confirmation, enter the PIN in the Confirmation field once again.
6. Confirm with the OK function key.
The new administrator PIN takes effect immediately.
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13.2.1.3 Change user PIN
You can change the PIN for logging into your User Account at any time. To do this, proceed as
follows.
1. In the navigation tree, mark your own User Directory.
2. Press the Prop. function key.
The User Properties window appears.
3. Enter the new user PIN using the numerical keys on the control panel. The PIN can be
between 4 and 8 digits long.
Delete any incorrectly-entered PIN using the Delete key and repeat PIN entry.
4. For confirmation, enter the PIN in the Confirmation field once again
5. Confirm with the OK function key.
The new User PIN takes effect immediately.
13.2.2
User accounts
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13.2.2.1 Create and edit a user account
User names can only be assigned once.
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Hint!
If the epMotion 5070 CB is used by several people, you can set up an individual user account for
each user.
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
1. In the navigation tree, mark the top node - Eppendorf.
2. Press the NewUser function key.
The New User window appears in the display.
3. Enter a name and a PIN for the new user. Repeat the PIN in the Confirmation field to confirm
it.
4. Confirm with the OK function key.
The new user account is set up. A new user directory for this user is created in the navigation
tree.
The user can now log on with his or her PIN at any time.
5. To edit an existing user account, mark the user directory in the navigation tree and press the
Prop. function key.
The User Properties window appears in the display. You can now alter the settings for the
user account and confirm them with the OK function key.
13.2.2.2 Delete user account
Perform the following steps in the sequence described.
1. Mark the user directory in the navigation tree and press the Delete key.
A question appears in the display, asking whether you are sure you wish to delete the user.
2. Confirm with the OK function key.
The user account is deleted.
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13.2.3
System settings
System settings are altered in the System node. Open the node to make the following settings.
Display Available System Memory
• Mark System Memory and press the Show function key.
System memory is faded into the bottom of the display in the form of a
red-and-green mark (red for used memory and green for free memory).
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To remove the display, press the Show function key again.
Adjust Display Contrast
1. Mark LCD Contrast and press the Set function key.
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2. Adjust contrast using the --- and +++ function keys and confirm by
pressing Exit.
Change Date and Time
1. Mark Date + Time and press the Set function key.
2. Set date and time and confirm with OK.
Change Country Settings
The country settings are classified by international telephone dialing prefix
(e.g. 001 for the US).
In the country settings, you set the language and how date and time are
displayed (12 or 24-hour format).
1. Mark Country Settings and press the Set function key.
2. Select the desired settings and confirm with OK.
The epMotion 5070 CB is shut down immediately. The modified settings
apply after the next start.
Activate or Deactivate Acoustic Alarm
• Mark the option Beeper and activate/deactivate.
If there is a red tick, the acoustic alarm is activated.
Activate or Deactivate PINs
The PIN option is used to specify whether work is carried out with or without
entry of a PIN.
• Mark the option PIN and activate/deactivate.
The epMotion 5070 CB is shut down immediately. The modified settings
apply after the next start.
13.2.4
Set Bottom Tolerance
Bottom tolerance describes the distance between the calculated bottom of the tube and the
calculated lowest part of the pipette tip. The default setting for bottom tolerance for the majority of
tubes is 1 mm. For some reservoirs, it is 2.5 mm.
A reduction in bottom tolerance leads to a lower remaining volume and should only be used with
expensive reagents. Reduced bottom tolerance should be examined again when changing batch
of pipette tips, plates or tubes or if there is doubt about dispensing being correct.
In the case of special tasks, for example removing liquids from above a pellet, it is recommended
that the factory-set bottom tolerance be increased. The user has sole responsibility for the
correctness of dispensing and for straightforward aspiration in the case of tubes with altered
bottom tolerance.
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Change bottom tolerance
1. Mark the desired labware in the epMotion node and press the Edit function key.
2. Enter the bottom tolerance between 200 μm (0.2 mm) and 50 % of tube height. If required,
change the specified name using the addition "cd" (change directory). Then press OK.
The main navigation is displayed and the changed labware is marked.
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3. Press the Prop. function key.
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The new values for the labware are displayed. The product information from the original
labware file is not included.
A reduced bottom tolerance should be approved for use only following the appropriate test runs.
With the 30 mL and 100 mL reservoirs in particular, the reservoir may not be lifted by the pipette
tips during aspiration as a result of a reduction in bottom tolerance.
When calculating the Remaining Volume, the minimum immersion depth of 0.7 mm for the pipette
tip in the liquid is included in addition to bottom tolerance. With the 30 mL and 100 mL reservoirs,
volume information is not absolutely accurate in the case of reduced bottom tolerance (because
of the serrated bottom).
Hint!
In the case of less stable plates it should be noted that the plate could be slightly bent. It is
therefore not meaningful to reduce bottom tolerance with such plates.
13.2.4.1 Volume Check
To check the remaining volume of a tube, you should edit a method in which a small volume is
aspirated from this tube step by step. Observe from which aspiration step too small a volume is
aspirated into the pipette tip. The volume remaining in the tube and the last (defectively)
aspirated volume combined give the approximate remaining volume. If remaining volume is
considered too high, bottom tolerance can be reduced a little in the tube file. Bottom tolerance
may not be selected to be so small that a pipette tip contacts the bottom.
Perform the test run as follows.
1. Select a Sample Transfer with 10 replicates for dispensing, for example, so as to be able to
aspirate 10 times from the same tube/well.
2. Select pipette as the liquid transfer method and deactivate the Optical Sensor for level
detection.
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3. Under Options, select the aspirate from bottom parameter to ensure that the tip is always
immersed to the bottom of the tube. With aspirate from bottom, the selected bottom tolerance
of the tube or well always applies.
4. Select a liquid similar to that being used in practice so as to imitate effects like typical
curvature of the surface of this type of liquid.
5. Start the method.
13.3
Manage and Backup Data
13.3.1
Backup Data
When you perform a backup of the data on the control panel, the program version and all labware
specifications from the epMotion node, including liquid types and applications from the ep node in
the epMotion 5070 CB memory, are copied to the MMC™.
Proceed as follows.
1. Ensure that there is an MMC™ in the slot on the right of the control panel.
2. Mark the Card node in the navigation tree.
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3. Press the Backup function key.
A question appears, asking whether you want to perform a data backup.
4. Press the Yes function key.
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The methods and labware specifications are written to the MMC™.
13.3.2
MultiMediaCard MMC™ Data Transfer
The function keys in the above display show the administrator's data transfer options. Users can
only perform a backup here.
Insert the external MMC™ on the right-hand side of the control panel and mark the Card node.
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Labware
Labware controls the update of files (e.g. for new tubes or methods).
Backup
Backup includes backing up the program version, the labware in the epMotion node including
liquid types and applications in the ep node, to an external MMC™. With a backup, the
external MMC™ is formatted. The data backed up externally using the Backup function can
be restored to the internal MMC™ using the Restore command.
Restore
Use Restore to transfer the version of the program stored on the external MMC™ and the
associated data to the epMotion and the control panel. After that, only the data transferred
using the Restore command are available in the control panel.
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Firmware
The device software update is launched using the Firmware function key. After pressing the
Firmware function key, a display appears. In this display, select whether you would like to
carry out an update for the control panel or epMotion software. The control panel update
must always be performed first.
Shut down the epMotion. To do so, press the Shutdown function key.
A current backup should always be performed immediately after an update of labware or
firmware
Export
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Appendix B: Software
The Export function can be reached by marking a method. This function is used to export the
method parameters using a PC and "epMotion Editor".
Proceed as follows to perform an export.
1. Plug the MMC™ into the slot on the right of the control panel.
2. Open the System node in the navigation tree.
3. Mark Logfile and press the Export function key.
The logfile is copied to the MMC™.
Do not use MMCs™ used for export for Restore or other data transfer operations to the
internal MMC™ of the control panel.
13.4
Predefined methods
The node ep contains several applications in four subfolders for you to copy into your user
directory from where you can edit or start them.
Mehods contained in ep cannot be started or edited there directly.
This section provides you with an overview of the available applications and a short description.
More detailed information on the applications in the list below and for additional applications can
be found under "Applications" at www.epmotion.com.
Hint!
To better understand the descriptions you should display the contents of a method. Select the
method and then click on the function key Show.
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13.4.1
Nucleic acid prep
PDNA1
The PDNA1 method includes steps 1 to 8 of the method Perfectprep‚ Plasmid 96 VAC
DB. The subsequent steps of this method can be found in PDNA2 (see below).
Four transfer commands.
Reagents in the test set are in 6 reservoirs (30 mL) in the reservoir rack. Using the
reservoirs 1 to 3.
Filling the destination plate dependent on the entry in Number of Samples.
Using the dispensing tool TM 1000-8.
Followed by external step (vacuum chamber).
PDNA2
Continuation of method PDNA1.
Step 8 to 16 of the method Perfectprep‚ Plasmid 96 VAC DB.
Reagent from the reservoirs 4 to 6.
Dispensing tool TM 1000-8.
Using the park positions and the Exchange command.
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Command Wait for observing the incubation times.
Note:
Appendix B: Software
The method is offered as a fully automated process for epMotion 5075 VAC.
13.4.2
PCR setup
Modular rack A
13.4.3
Method for filling a PCR plate with 8 different DNA samples and 12 different primer
pairs from a full reservoir rack.
Routine
10 ml tubes to plate
Uses a 16 mm rack with 10 mL tubes (tubes with conical bottom and screw cap) to fill
four rows of a 96er twin.tec PCR plate in turn.
384 to 4x96
Sample transfer of a 384 well plate to four 96 well plates. Design with eight channel
dispensing tool.
4x 24 to 96
Sample transfer of four thermoracks to a 96 well PCR plate.
4x 96 to 384
Sample transfer of four 96well plates to one 384 well plate.
96 to 4x24
Sample transfer of a 96 well plate to four thermoracks. Design with single channel
dispensing tool.
Admirable results
Filling of two Deepwell plates 2.2 mL with 1000 μL per well. Sampling from four
100 mL reservoirs.
Dilute 1to10 – 1to1000
Executing a diluting series using the Dilute command. By way of reagent transfer
diluent is transfered to a 96 well plate. By way of sample transfer samples are then
transfered from a 24 well rack into the still empty columns of the plate in front of the
already dispensed diluent.
The transfered unthinned sample is then thinned in three stages (Dilute command).
Disperse from 1 to 2
Using Sample Transfer a transfer is made from a 96 well plate to two 96 well PCR
plates.
An eight channel dispensing tool is used. Each sample is dispensed with the same tip
to two different plates.
The tip is changed prior to sampling a new sample.
Fill 24
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Simple fast method for filling a 24 well thermorack with 1000 μL liquid pro Safe Lock
tube. Sampling from a 30 mL reservoir.
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Fill 384
Simple fast filling of a 384 well twin.tec PCR plate with 20 μL water per well using the
dispensing tool TM 50-8.
Dispensing is by way of multi-dispensing. Sampling from a 30 mL reservoir. The
method is recommended for checking the dispensing precision.
It is highly recommended to also dispense and evaluate using the dispensing version
"pipette".
Fill 96
Simple fast filling of a 96 well twin.tec PCR plate with 100 μL water per well using the
dispensing tool TM 300-8.
Dispensing is by way of multi-dispensing. Sampling from a 30 mL reservoir. The
method is recommended for checking the dispensing precision.
It is highly recommended to also dispense and evaluate using the dispensing version
"pipette".
LI384_1
Method fills a 384 well plate with different solutions in a "checkered" pattern using a
single channel dispensing tool.
The method and in particular the pattern shown can thus be used as the basis for
independent contamination checks
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Modification of volume, plate, liquid type etc. is recommended for the actual task.
LI384_8
Similar to LI384_1 but using an eight channel dispensing tool.
Appendix B: Software
The checkered pattern results from the fact that the eight channel dispensing tool can
only fill every second well of a 384 well plate. The method and in particular the pattern
shown can thus also be used as the basis for independent contamination checks
Modification of volume, plate, liquid type etc. is recommended for the actual task.
Modular rack B
Filling of two 24 well platds with 1,800 μL liquid A and 2,000 2.000 μL liquid B from a
reservoir rack equipped with modular rackes with 50 mL and 15 mL tubes.
Pattern1
Filling every second column of a 96 well plate using the dispensing tool TM 300-8.
Filling the columns using a reagent transfer.
Reagent sampling from a 30 mL reservoir.
Pool
Using the Pool command 4 adjacent wells in a column of a 96 well plate are combined
("aspirate") and transfered into a Safe Lock tube in a thermorack.
PoolOneDestination
Collecting the content of a 96 well plate in a 300 mL reservoir.
13.4.4
Sequencing setup
ABI 384
For preparation of the mastermixe see method properties. The method can be
executed with every epMotion
The method dispenses mastermix and templates in a 384well twin.tec PCR plate.
ABI 96
For preparation of the mastermixe see method properties. The method can be
executed with every epMotion
The method dispenses mastermix and templates in a 96well twin.tec PCR plate.
Amersham 384
The method dispenses mastermix and template to max. 384 locations of a twin.tec
PCR plate.
Amersham 96
The method dispenses mastermix and template to max. 96 locations of a twin.tec
PCR plate.
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Index
Index
A
Accessory
Item number .............................................................101
Adapters
Labware folder/.........................................................122
Thermoadapter Frosty..............................................119
Add ..................................................................................43
Administrator Function ...................................................157
Administrator PIN
Change.....................................................................158
Set............................................................................158
Alarm
Activate.....................................................................160
Deactivate ................................................................160
Comment ................................................................. 43, 156
Confirmation .................................................................. 159
Application Support........................................................126
Contrast
Adjust ....................................................................... 160
Aspiration volume ............................................................19
Autoclaving
Thermoadapter, thermoblock, thermorack .................95
Automated pipetting system
Item number .............................................................101
B
Index
Commands
Comment ................................................................. 156
Dilute........................................................................ 149
Exchange ................................................................. 155
Mix ........................................................................... 153
Number of Samples ................................................. 132
Overview .................................................................... 40
Pool.......................................................................... 151
Pool One destination................................................ 152
Reagent Transfer ..................................................... 148
Sample Transfer....................................................... 134
User intervention...................................................... 157
Wait.......................................................................... 156
All positions......................................................................39
Aspirate from bottom......................................................145
Control Panel
Tasks.......................................................................... 13
Country Settings ............................................................ 160
D
Data
Backup ..................................................................... 162
Backup...........................................................................162
Date + Time ................................................................... 160
Beeper ...........................................................................160
Decontamination.............................................................. 96
before aspirating from next well, tube or position...........147
before each aspiration ...................................................147
Define module rack........................................................ 115
Define ...................................................................... 124
Bottom Tolerance...........................................................160
Delete .............................................................................. 34
C
Card .................................................................................31
Carrier
Technical data ..........................................................100
Change Country Settings...............................................160
Change Date..................................................................160
Change liquid type .........................................................140
Change parameter .........................................................142
Change Time .................................................................160
Change tips....................................................................146
Cleaning
Control panel..............................................................95
Dispensing Tools ........................................................95
Thermoadapter, thermoblock, thermorack .................95
Worktable base adapter .............................................95
Worktable ...................................................................95
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Remove from procedure ............................................ 44
Specify destination..................................................... 44
Specify pattern ........................................................... 46
Specify source ........................................................... 44
Destination
Button......................................................................... 44
Define ........................................................................ 44
Detection versions ......................................................... 129
Dilute ....................................................................... 42, 149
Dimensions...................................................................... 97
Dispense from top ......................................................... 146
Dispensing error .............................................................. 66
Dispensing sequence ...................................................... 36
Dispensing tool
Installing..................................................................... 35
Removal ..................................................................... 36
Sealing ring replacement ........................................... 94
Dispensing Tools ..................................................... 12, 127
Cleaning..................................................................... 95
Item number............................................................. 101
Technical data............................................................ 98
column-wise.....................................................................49
Display Contrast ............................................................ 160
Command
Add to procedure........................................................43
Edit parameters..........................................................44
Display System Memory ................................................ 160
Disposal......................................................................... 106
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E
Elution from filter ............................................................146
ENTER.............................................................................32
EP ....................................................................................31
epMotion
Software node ............................................................31
Eppendorf
Software node ............................................................31
epT.I.P.S. Motion ............................................................108
Item number .............................................................101
Folder....................................................................... 123
Labware ..................................................................... 36
LCD Contrast ................................................................. 160
Liquid Detection ................................................. 13, 51, 130
Liquid options ................................................................ 140
Liquid types
Parameter ................................................................ 142
Liquids ........................................................................... 122
Logfile ............................................................................ 163
Export ...................................................................... 163
Equip Holder with Tubs + Modules
Labware folder/.........................................................122
Login.......................................................................... 28, 28
Error messages
Dispensing error.........................................................66
Optical sensor read error ...........................................65
Maintenance
Dispensing tool sealing ring ....................................... 94
Dispensing Tools........................................................ 94
Exchange .................................................................42, 155
Maximum no. of Samples .............................................. 132
Export ....................................................................163, 163
Menu structure................................................................. 30
F
Fault finding .....................................................................65
Features...........................................................................10
Filling volume ...................................................................17
Firmware ........................................................................163
Fixed ..............................................................................132
Folder
Create ........................................................................37
H
Height Adapter ...............................................................118
Item number .............................................................103
I
Input Admin PIN.............................................................158
Insert................................................................................43
Installation
each lot.......................................................................28
Intended Use
Warnings ....................................................................22
K
keep tips, do not change tips .........................................147
Keys ...........................................................................32, 34
Cursor ........................................................................33
Delete.........................................................................34
ENTER .......................................................................32
Function keys .............................................................33
Start ...........................................................................33
Stop............................................................................33
L
Labware
Compile a combination.............................................123
definition...................................................................126
Method
Abort .......................................................................... 54
Check......................................................................... 50
Check Labware prior to start...................................... 65
Continue .................................................................... 53
Copy........................................................................... 50
Create ........................................................................ 37
Create folder .............................................................. 37
Define ........................................................................ 37
Edit............................................................................. 38
Predefined.................................................................. 50
Protect........................................................................ 38
Start ..................................................................... 37, 51
Stop............................................................................ 53
Test runs before start ................................................. 52
Write protection .......................................................... 38
Index
Fluid displacement...........................................................17
M
Methods
Nucleic acid prep ..................................................... 164
PCR setup................................................................ 164
Predefined................................................................ 163
Routine .................................................................... 164
Sequencing setup .................................................... 165
Mix ........................................................................... 42, 153
Fixed Height............................................................. 155
Mixing volume .......................................................... 154
SPEED..................................................................... 154
mix after dispensing....................................................... 144
mix before aspirating ..................................................... 144
Mixing ............................................................................ 144
Mixing speed ................................................................. 154
Mixing volume................................................................ 154
Mode of operation............................................................ 10
Modular rack
Item number............................................................. 103
MultiMediaCard (MMC™)................................................ 13
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N
Navigation tree.................................................................31
New Cmd .........................................................................43
New Method.....................................................................38
New pat............................................................................50
New User .......................................................................159
PCR setup
Methods ................................................................... 164
Number of Samples .................................................41, 132
Numerical keys ................................................................34
Pipet.Tool....................................................................... 134
Noise level .....................................................................100
Nucleic acid prep
Methods ...................................................................164
O
Operating controls
Control panel..............................................................13
Dispensing Tools ........................................................12
MultiMediaCard (MMC™) ..........................................13
Optical sensor ............................................................12
Overview ....................................................................11
Operating Sequence........................................................34
Index
PCR accessories
Item number............................................................. 104
PIN
Activate .................................................................... 160
Administrator............................................................ 158
Change .................................................................... 158
Change User PIN..................................................... 159
Deactivate ................................................................ 160
Set............................................................................ 158
Next..................................................................................32
Pipette tips..................................................................... 108
Change .................................................................... 146
Item number............................................................. 101
Place
Labware ..................................................................... 39
Plates............................................................................. 120
Labware files............................................................ 120
Labware folder/ ........................................................ 122
Operation
Control panel..............................................................30
Pool ......................................................................... 42, 151
Optical sensor
Activate.......................................................................51
All positions ................................................................39
Check labware ...........................................................51
Check tip rack ............................................................51
Deactivate ..................................................................51
Detection limits .........................................................131
Detection versions....................................................129
Function....................................................................128
Liquid Detection ...................................................39, 51
Random Access .........................................................39
Read error ..................................................................65
Tasks ..........................................................................12
Technical data ..........................................................100
Tip detection.............................................................131
Press ......................................................................... 37, 54
Options
Button.........................................................................44
P
Parameter
Edit .............................................................................44
Filter Tips .................................................................134
Fixed ........................................................................132
Maximum no. of Samples.........................................132
multidispense ...........................................................134
Pipet.Tool .................................................................134
Pipette ......................................................................134
Test ............................................................................50
Transfer Type............................................................134
Volume .....................................................................134
Pattern
Check .........................................................................50
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Define ........................................................................ 46
Standard .................................................................... 49
Pool One destination ............................................... 42, 152
Press the
Edit............................................................................. 40
Info ............................................................................ 52
Location ..................................................................... 39
Parameter .................................................................. 44
Procedure .................................................................. 40
Press the
New Folder................................................................. 37
Procedure
Add command............................................................ 43
Define ........................................................................ 40
Remove command ..................................................... 44
Procedure mode .............................................................. 40
R
Rack 96 ......................................................................... 110
Rack LC ......................................................................... 110
Racks............................................................................. 109
Item number............................................................. 103
Random Access ...................................................... 39, 130
Reagent reservoirs
Item number............................................................. 102
Reagent Transfer ..................................................... 42, 148
Reagent tubes ............................................................... 109
Remaining volume ........................................................... 18
Special cases............................................................. 18
Remove
Labware ..................................................................... 40
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Reservoir rack................................................................114
Cleaning..................................................................... 95
Reservoirs......................................................................114
Item number .............................................................102
Thermoadapter Frosty ................................................... 119
Restore ..........................................................................162
Thermoblock
Autoclaving ................................................................ 95
Cleaning..................................................................... 95
Cooling effect ........................................................... 113
Reverse stroke .................................................................19
Routine
Methods ...................................................................164
Row-wise .........................................................................49
S
Thermoadapter LC Sample ........................................... 113
Thermoblocks ........................................................ 111, 112
Thermoblocks with plates .............................................. 122
Safety instructions
Meaning of symbols .....................................................6
Thermorack
Autoclaving ................................................................ 95
Cleaning..................................................................... 95
Cooling effect ........................................................... 113
Sample Transfer.......................................................41, 134
Thermorack and 0.2 mL tubes....................................... 112
Sequencing setup
Methods ...................................................................165
Thermoracks.......................................................... 111, 112
Set Bottom Tolerance ....................................................160
Tips................................................................................ 108
Labware folder/ ........................................................ 122
Safety devices..................................................................25
Show pat. .........................................................................50
Shut Down .......................................................................54
Shutdown.........................................................................54
Software
Menu structure ...........................................................30
Navigation ..................................................................31
Source
Button.........................................................................44
Define.........................................................................44
Standard
Pattern........................................................................49
Start ...........................................................................33, 51
Stop .................................................................................33
Support ..........................................................................126
Switch Off ........................................................................54
Switch-on .........................................................................28
System
Software node ............................................................31
Tools .............................................................................. 127
Labware folder/ ........................................................ 122
Tubes + (Thermo)racks + Modules
Labware folder/ ........................................................ 122
Tubs
Labware folder/ ........................................................ 122
Two Location Rack ........................................................ 110
U
Update ........................................................................... 162
User Account
Create ...................................................................... 159
Delete....................................................................... 159
Edit........................................................................... 159
User directory
Create folder .............................................................. 37
User Intervention ............................................................. 43
User Login ....................................................................... 28
User Properties ..................................................... 159, 159
V
Test runs ..........................................................................52
Volume............................................................................. 19
Aspiration volume ...................................................... 19
CORRECTION........................................................... 21
Extra aspiration .......................................................... 19
Filling volume ............................................................. 17
Remaining volume ..................................................... 18
Required volume........................................................ 20
Reverse stroke ........................................................... 19
terms .......................................................................... 16
Working volume ......................................................... 17
TestPara...........................................................................50
Volume check .................................................................. 20
System Memory .............................................................160
System Properties .........................................................158
System settings..............................................................160
T
Technical Data
Dimensions ................................................................97
Weight ........................................................................97
Text input .........................................................................34
Thermoadapter ..............................................................113
Autoclaving.................................................................95
Index
Software version
Control panel..............................................................31
epMotion ....................................................................31
Tip detection .................................................................. 131
W
Wait ......................................................................... 42, 156
Weight ............................................................................. 97
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when command is finished ............................................147
Worktable base adapter
Cleaning .....................................................................95
Working volume ...............................................................17
Worktable
Button.........................................................................39
Cleaning .....................................................................95
Position labware .........................................................36
Position labware via software.....................................39
Remove labware via software ....................................40
Index
Worktable mode...............................................................38
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