MICRO PLATE WASH - BIO MOLECOLARE E CELLULARE

Li StarFish S.r.l.
Via Cavour, 35 - 20063 Cernusco S/N (MI), Italy
Tel. +39-02-92150794 - Fax. +39-02-92157285
info@listarfish.it -www.listarfish.it
User Manual
MICRO PLATE WASH
MICRO PLATE WASH
User Manual
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. GENERAL INFORMATION ......................................................................................
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1.1. WARRANTY INFORMATION ..................................................................................
1.2. TECHNICAL SERVICE ...........................................................................................
1.3. CONTACTS ...........................................................................................................
2. GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS............................................................................
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2.1. DANGER – WARNING SYMBOLS ...........................................................................
2.2. USE OF THE INSTRUMENT .....................................................................................
3. INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................
INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................
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3.1. DESCRIPTION .....................................................................................................
3.2. SPECIAL FEATURES ............................................................................................
3.3. SPECIFICATIONS .................................................................................................
4. PACKAGING, TRANSPORT & STORAGE ..........................................................
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4.1. PACKAGING .......................................................................................................
4.2. INSTRUMENT TRANSPORTATION ........................................................................
4.3. STORAGE OF THE INSTRUMENT ..........................................................................
5. INSTRUMENT DESCRIPTION...............................................................................
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5.1. REAR PANEL VIEW ............................................................................................
5.2. TUBING DIAGRAM..............................................................................................
5.3. KEYBOARD ........................................................................................................
5.4. PRIMING AREA...................................................................................................
5.5. MICRO-PLATE CARRIAGE...................................................................................
5.6. PRIMING AND RINSING AREA .............................................................................
5.7. MANIFOLD .........................................................................................................
6. INSTALLATION AND STARTSTART-UP INSTRUCTIONS..........................................
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6.1. PLACING THE INSTRUMENT ................................................................................
6.2. POWER SUPPLY ..................................................................................................
6.3. PROTECTIVE GROUNDING ..................................................................................
6.4. START UP INSTRUCTIONS ...................................................................................
6.5. SETTING DATE AND TIME....................................................................................
6.6. WASTE BOTTLE CONNECTIONS ..........................................................................
6.7. RINSING STRIP ...................................................................................................
7. PRECAUTIONS .................................................................................
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7.1. PRECAUTIONS ....................................................................................................
8. GENERAL KEY OPERATIONS.............................................................................
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8.1. FUNC KEY .......................................................................................................
8.1.1. DELETING THE TEST ........................................................................................
8.1.2. SETTING DATE AND TIME ...............................................................................
8.1.3. STORING THE TEST ..........................................................................................
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8.2. MENU KEY......................................................................................................
8.2.1. RECALLING THE SAVED TEST ..........................................................................
8.3. PRIME KEY .....................................................................................................
8.4. RINSE KEY ......................................................................................................
8.5. TIMER KEY .....................................................................................................
9. PROGRAMMING ......................................................................................................
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9.1. PLATE WASH .....................................................................................................
9.2. STRIP WASH.......................................................................................................
9.3. INCUBATION.......................................................................................................
9.4. BOTTOM WASH..................................................................................................
9.5. OVERFLOW WASH / TOP WASH .........................................................................
9.6. PRIMING.............................................................................................................
9.7. RISING ...............................................................................................................
9.8. SHAKING ............................................................................................................
9.9. DESINFECTION ...................................................................................................
10. TROUBLESHOOTING ...........................................................................................
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10. TROUBLESHOOTING ............................................................................................
11. DECONTAMINATION ...........................................................................................
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11.1. DECONTAMINATION .........................................................................................
11.2. PURPOSE OF DECONTAMINATION .....................................................................
11.3. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS ............................................................................
11.4. DECONTAMINATION PROCEDURE .....................................................................
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SAFETY CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE..........................................................
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The contents of this manual with all figures, tables and graphics are intellectual
property of GDMS Belgium. Unauthorized commercial or non-commercial excerption or copying
of contents and use of this manual (in total or in parts) are strictly forbidden unless the
editor gives written permission for it.
ELISA Plate Washer manual was written and produced with the utmost care.
However, errors cannot be fully excluded. GDMS Belgium does not take any responsibility and
accept no liabilities of any kind that may occur due to errors in this manual.
NIM
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NIMNIMSASA
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1. GENERAL INFORMATION
1.1. Warranty information
1.2. Technical service
1.3. Contacts
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1.1. Warranty Information
Each Instrument is completely tested and guaranteed for twelve months from delivery.
The warranty applies to all the mechanical and electrical parts. It is valid only for
proper installation, use and maintenance in compliance with the instructions given in
this manual.
GDMS Belgium will, at its discretion repair or replace parts, which may be found defective in the
warranty period. The warranty does not include any responsibility for direct or
indirect personal and material damages, caused by improper use or maintenance of the
instrument.
Parts that are inherently subject to deterioration are excluded from the warranty. In
case of defects due to misuse of the instrument, any travel and man-hour expenses
will be charged extra.
In case of tenders warranty would be as per tender terms and conditions.
1.2. Technical Service
GDMS Belgium is always accessible to the customers for any kind of information about
installation, use, maintenance and others. When asking for service, please refer to this
manual and report the data reported on the identification label (serial number).
Only qualified technicians are entitled to repair instruments.
The user should carry out ordinary maintenance.
The technical service of GDMS Belgium or an authorized service center with specialized
technicians, with suitable instrumentation and original spare parts only, is always
available for extraordinary maintenance (repair), under a yearly maintenance contract
or on specific demand.
1.3. Contacts
Li StarFish S.r.l.
Via Cavour, 35 - 20063 Cernusco S/N (MI) - Italy
Phone +39 0292150794 - Fax +39 0292157285
tecno@listarfish.it - www.listarfish.it
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2. GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS
2.1. Danger - warning symbols
2.2. Use of the instrument
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2.1. Danger – Warning symbols
This symbol represents generic danger. It indicates that, a serious
damage can occur to the operator if described precautions are not
observed.
This symbol represents HIGH ELECTRIC VOLTAGE. It indicates that
it is dangerous to touch any part having this label. Only qualified
operators can access these components, after unplugging the instrument
from the electric Power Supply.
This symbol indicates that the instrument makes use of chemical
reagents and other dangerous (Corrosive, irritant, or harmful)
CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES, which can cause damage to people or
material. When this label is found, pay attention to the manufacturer’s
recommendations.
This symbol indicates that the instrument involves the handling of
samples, which may be infected (urine or human serum).
In this
condition, infection or contamination might occur to the user. Pay
attention to the general safety warnings when in presence of such
biological substances. Usage of protective clothes, gloves and glasses is
advised.
This symbol in the user manual indicates that damages to the instrument
or erroneous results could occur if the given warnings are not followed.
This symbol indicates a portion, which is particularly important, and
must be studied carefully before operating the instrument.
This symbol indicates a Protective Earth or Ground terminal.
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2.2. Use of the instrument
The instrument has to be used for the designed purposes under specified conditions,
following proper procedures and safety rules by qualified personnel.
This manual contains instructions for operation performed by qualified personnel.
A qualified user has to make sure that environmental condition is suitable, the
installation is correct, the use and maintenance are proper according to the general
safety rules as well as to the particular precautions described in the manual.
(However, he is not entitled to repair the instrument).
A qualified technician is entitled to maintain and repair the instrument using the
original spare parts according to the given instructions.
Maintain room temperature and humidity as specified in the manual.
If the instrument is not used as described in the manual, the protection provided by the
instrument may be impaired.
Alterations to the instrument are prohibited. The user is liable for any improper
modification to the instrument, and for the deriving consequences.
Contact the MANUFACTURER service or authorized service center in case the
instrument need extraordinary maintenance. Specialized technicians who will be able
to repair the instrument using original spare parts will carry out the maintenance.
This IVD equipment complies with the emission and immunity requirements as per
IEC61326 series.
Warning: This equipment has been designed and tested to CISPER11 Class A.
In a domestic environment it may cause radio interference, in which case, you
may need to take measures to mitigate the interference.
An advisory that the electromagnetic environment should be evaluated prior to
operation of the device.
Warning: Do not use this device in close proximity to sources of strong
electromagnetic radiation (e.g. unshielded international RF sources), as these
may interfere with the proper operation.
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3. INTRODUCTION
3.1. Description
3.2. Special Features
3.3. Specifications
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3.1. Description
Description
ELISA Plate Washer is a versatile, user friendly & rugged instrument designed by keeping
both quality and price in view. The instrument is simple, yet versatile as it uses
the state of art hardware for its components.
3.2. Special Features
Built in two plate ELISA incubator
User programmable soak time, wash cycles and dispensing volume
Battery backed up memory for 50 tests.
Waste bottle full indicator with audible alarm.
Built-in stabilizer.
State of art equipment with versatile software.
Real time clock.
Continuous aspiration to prevent overflow.
Loosely held Manifold to prevent scratching of well bottoms.
Uses special software to aspirate “U“ shaped, ”V” shaped, and wide
wells.
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3.3. Specifications
Manifold
Dispensing
Method
Volume
Aspirating
Method
Residual Volume
Waste Bottle
Wash Bottle
Rinse Bottle
Display
Liquid contact materials
Memory
Washing Program
Shaking time
Speed
Incubator
Timer
Power
Wattage
Voltage
Operating Position
Operating Conditions
Temperature
Humidity
Ideal Storage Conditions
Temperature
Humidity
Enclosure
Size (cm)
Weight
8 Way Manifold autoclavable
Specially designed Peristaltic Pump
50 - 1000 µl
Continuous through diaphragm pump while
dispensing hence preventing overflow
< 5 µl
One (Capacity 2 liters) with audible alarm when
bottle is completely filled in with waste solution
One (Capacity 2 liters)
One (Capacity 2 liters)
16 digit alphanumeric fluorescent
Silicon, stainless steel, derline
8 KB Non volatile RAM Battery backup,
supporting 35 Open channels
Plate Wash
Strip Wash
Bottom Wash
Overflow Wash / Top Wash
Rinsing
Priming
Disinfection
1 to 59 Seconds
8 Steps
2 plates at 37°C
Individually Programmable
50 Watts
115-240 Volts ± 10%, 50 /60 Hz
On horizontal, rigid, flat and vibration free surface
+18°C -35°C
Up to 85 %
10°C-40°C
Up to 85 %
ABS Fire retardant
35 X 35 X 13 (l X b X h)
6 Kg. (Approx)
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4. PACKAGING, TRANSPORT & STORAGE
4.1. Packaging
4.2. Instrument Transportation
4.3. Storage of the Instrument
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4.1. Packaging
Instrument has to be decontaminated before packing for transportation.
Packaging is needed whenever the instrument is to be transported or shipped by
courier or other purposes.
To pack the instrument the following instructions has to be followed:
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Decontaminate the instrument as explained on decontamination chapter
of this manual
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Put the instrument into the original packaging box; Instrument has to
be properly protected by plastic protective material. Put copy of Safety
clearance certificate (copy of Safety clearance certificate is attached at
the end of this manual)
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Mark the packaging with address, instrument identification and
warning labels
4.2. Instrument Transportation
The transportation of the instrument in unpacked condition must be limited within the
room where it is used, to avoid damage.
4.3. Storage of the Instrument
Before storing the instrument for a long period, pack it carefully as described above
and store indoors.
Relative humidity has to be less than 85%, and temperature between 10ºC and 40ºC.
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5. INSTRUMENT DESCRIPTION
5.1. Rear panel view
5.2. Tubing diagram
5.3. Keyboard
5.4. Priming Area
5.5. Micro-plate carriage
5.6. Priming and rinsing area
5.7. Manifold
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5.1. Rear Panel View
Ensure that the main power switch is in OFF position before connecting.
Plug the instrument to the A C mains. Confirm proper grounding for trouble
free operation.
The ELISIA Plate Washer is provided with an inbuilt voltage stabilizer to take care of voltage
fluctuations.
5.2. Tubing Diagram
REAR PANEL TUBING CONNECTIONS
Sensor
Contrast Knob
Waste
Bottle
(Washer)
Wash
Bottle
(Washer)
Rinse
Bottle
(Washer)
Power Supply
Waste
Bottle
(Manifold)
O
B
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Wash
Rinse
Waste
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R
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R
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B
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Green colour
Red colour
Orange colour
Blue colour
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MANIFOLD TUBING CONNECTIONS
R
To Waste bottle
R
G
G
To wash bottle
Manifold
Note: Load ELISA plate carefully in the slot provided for correct washing
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5.3. Keyboard
5.4. Priming Area
Carriage plate has a built-in priming area.
Priming is essential immediately after starting the instrument, and before shutting
down the instrument. It helps smooth flow of buffer and prevents crystallization.
5.5. MicroMicro-plate Carriage
Movement of plate is precisely controlled by stepper motor and timing belt to
position the plate exactly below the manifold for washing.
(Ref. Fig. a)
Direction of Plate Loading
Plate Loading Area
Priming & Rinsing
Area
(Fig. a)
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5.6. Priming and Rinsing Area
Carriage plate has built-in priming and rinsing area, priming and rinsing is
essential immediately after starting the instrument, and before shutting down the
instrument. It helps smooth flow of buffer solution and prevents crystallization.
(Ref. Fig. a)
5.7. Manifold
Instrument has a specially designed 8-way manifold.
The manifold has a provision to clean the liquid path conveniently hence
avoiding common clogging problem because of crystallization, etc.
Manifold is moved vertically up and down by well-controlled stepper motor for
proper placement. Manifold needles are laboratory grade steel smooth ends to
prevent scratching of the well bottom.
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6. INSTALLATION AND STARTSTART-UP
INSTRUCTIONS
6.1. Placing the instrument
6.2. Power Supply
6.3. Protective grounding
6.4. Start-up instructions
6.5. Setting time
6.6. Waste Bottle connections
6.7. Rinsing Strip
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While installing and setting up the instrument, the safety warnings and general
precautions described in section 7 must be observed.
6.1. Placing the instrument
The instrument has to be placed on a level bench
A min. distance of 1m should be maintained from the rear panel to avoid damage
to power cord and instrument
Room temperature has to be between 18ºC and 35ºC with a relative humidity
below 85%.
Protect the instrument from direct sunshine.
6.2. Power supply
Once the instrument has been placed, plug it into a power source by the locally
available approved plug-in cable. Power cord should be CE, CSA and UL
marked.
Voltage -115 - 240 Volts ± 10%, 50- 60 Hz
6.3. Protective Grounding
Warning:
Warning Please make sure that electrical power source is properly grounded.
6.4. Start up Instructions
Instrument Starting Procedure
1. Switch on the instrument. The instrument will display ELISA Plate Washer.
Washer
2. The instrument carries out Self Test to check all the internal parameters.
3. It displays ELISA
ELISA Plate Washer and the time indicating that initialization is complete.
4. If the date and time are not correctly displayed, switch off the instrument
and switch it on once again.
The instrument is now ready for use.
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6.5. Setting date and time
Setting of date and time can be done with the help of FUNC key
Display
How to operate
Set TIME Y/N
Yes
Press YES Key
No
Date DD.MM.YY
Enter Date in Same format
Press ENTER key
Enter Time in same format
Time HH.MM.SS
Press ENTER key
Exit
6.6. Waste Bottle connections
Please refer point No. 5.3, Tubing Diagram.
6.7. Rinsing Strip
Load rinsing strip in the rinsing slot of plate holder.
Press FUNC key
Load wash STR Y/N
YES
Place strip and press enter
Place the rinsing strip on the slot and press enter key.
Direction of Plate
Loading
RINSING STRIP SLOT
ELISA PLATE AREA
(Fig a)
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7. PRECAUTIONS
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7.1. Precautions
Always check for proper grounding during installation.
Never operate the instrument with ground wire removed.
Do not attempt to open the instrument and make repair without proper technical
training. Do not allow unauthorized persons to operate or repair the instrument.
Place the ELISA Plate carefully on the tray
Ensure that the main power switch is in OFF position before connecting.
Prime the manifold before and after use.
Always Prime immediately after switching ON the instrument.
Always rinse before switching OFF.
Keep wash, waste and rinse bottles clean.
Disconnect the tubing before opening wash, waste and rinse bottle caps.
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8. GENERAL KEY OPERATIONS
8.1. FUNC Key
8.1.1. Deleting the test
8.1.2. Setting Date and Time
8.1.3. Storing the test
8.1.4. Disinfection
8.2. Menu Key
8.2.1. Recalling the saved test
8.3. PRIME Key
8.4. RINSE Key
8.5. TIMER Key
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Check whether all the tubings are properly connected. Switch on the instrument.
8.1. FUNC KEY
Idle Mode
Programming Mode
YES
Disinfection Y/N
Washer will flush the
manifold
effectively
disinfecting the same
NO
YES
Load wash Strip Y/N
Place Strip & press Enter
Save Test Y/N
YES
(Ref.8.1.3)
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Save Option
NO
(Ref.8.1.1)
YES
Delete Test Y/N
Delete Option
NO
YES
Set Time Y/N
(Ref.8.1.2)
NO
Modify Time Option
Exit Y/N
NO
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8.1.1. Deleting the test
Display
How to operate
Press FUNC Key
Delete Test Y/N
Yes
Press YES Key
Enter the Test No. of the
test to be Deleted
Test Nº.
Deleting Test
Yes
Test Deleted
Exit
8.1.2. Setting Date and Time
(Refer to point Nº. 6.5)
8.1.3. Storing the test
To save the programmed test under any programming Mode
Display
How to operate
Press FUNC Key
Save Test Y/N
Press YES
Yes
Name Tests Y/N
Yes
ABCDEFGHIJKL
Yes
Exit
No
Press YES Key to Enter Name
Save Test
without name
Test Number will be
printed on the paper
Select Arrow Keys to select Alphabets
Press Enter after selection and
proceed
Press Enter twice after completing
selection
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8.2. MENU KEY
This key is used to recall the test number to be performed.
8.2.1. Recalling the saved test
Press MENU Key
Enter the test No to be recalled
And Press ENTER
Choose Test
8.3. PRIME KEY
Pressing the ‘Prime key’, Peristaltic pump#1 operates continuously for few
seconds. Wash buffer from wash bottle primes the tubing and manifold needles.
8.4. RINSE KEY
Pressing Rinse key peristaltic pump#2 operates continuously for few seconds.
Distilled water from rinse bottle, rinses the tubing and manifold needles.
8.5. TIMER KEY
Press Timer Key
NO
Set timer Y/N
YES
NO
Set timer 1 Y/N
YES
Time in seconds
NO
Reset all times Y/N
Set timer 2 Y/N
YES
YES
Time in seconds
Both the timers get reset
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9. PROGRAMMING
9.1. Plate Wash
9.2. Strip Wash
9.3. Incubation
9.4. Bottom Wash
9.5. Overflow Wash / Top Wash
9.6. Priming
9.7. Rinsing
9.8. Shaking
9.9. Disinfection
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9.1. Plate Wash
Display
How to operate
P-Wash
Press P wash key
Enter soak time in sec should be min 3
to max 3540 sec and Press ENTER
Soak Time in Seconds
Enter no of wash cycles required (min
1, max 9.) and press ENTER
Nº of Cycles
WASH VOLUME 50 Y/N
Select required volume of wash
buffer (50 to 1000 µl)
Yes
Flat Well Y/N
Select the type of the well to be
washed
Cross Wash Y/N
Round Well Y/N
No of Strips
Yes
Select the type of the well to be
washed
Enter number of strips to be
washed (min. 1 max. 12) &
press ENTER
Load Strips /Plate and press
ENTER
Load Strips/Plate and press
ENTER
Instrument aspirates the waste solution from the well. Dispenses the programmed
volume in to the micro-strip well. Aspiration is continuously kept ‘ON’ to prevent the
over flow.
After completing dispensing cycle, depending on soak time it starts
aspirating the solution. After this the instrument transports the micro-plate back to
home position.
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9.2. Strip Wash
Display
How to operate
S-Wash
Press S wash key
NO
Soak Time Y/N
YES
Enter soak time in sec should be min 3
to max 3540 secs and Press ENTER
Soak Time in Seconds
Enter no of wash cycles required (min
1, max 9.) and press ENTER
No of Cycles
No
WASH VOLUME 50 Y/N
Select required volume of wash
buffer (50 to 1000 µl)
YES
Flat Well Y/N
NO
Round Well Y/N
No of Strips
Load Strips /Plate and press
ENTER
Cross Wash Y/N
Yes
Select the type of the well to be
washed
Enter number of strips to be
washed (min. 1 & max. 12) &
press ENTER
Load Strips/Plate and press
ENTER
Instrument aspirates the waste solution from the well. Dispenses the programmed
volume in to the micro-strip well. Aspiration is continuously kept on to prevent the
over flow.
After completing dispensing cycle, depending on soak time it starts
aspirating the solution. After this the instrument transports the micro-plate back to
home position.
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9.3. Incubation
GDMS ELISA Washer consists of a two-plate incubator that can be programmed
individually. After the set time elapses, the instrument gives an audible alarm as
well as notification on display indicating the elapse of time. Both the timers can
be programmed separately.
Incubator is activated when the instrument is in power on condition.
It takes 10-15 minutes to reach 37ºC Temperature.
(This temperature is factory set).
Procedure to program incubator time is as follows:
(Please refer to point Nº 8.5)
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9.4. Bottom Wash
Display
How to operate
B-Wash
Press B wash key
NO
Soak Time Y/N
YES
Enter soak time in sec should be min 3
to max 3540 secs and Press ENTER
Soak Time in Seconds
Enter no of wash cycles required (min
1, max 9.) and press ENTER
Nº of Cycles
WASH VOLUME 50 Y/N
Select required volume of wash
buffer (50 to 1000 µl)
YES
Flat Well Y/N
NO
Round Well Y/N
Nº of Strips
Load Strips /Plate and press
ENTER
Cross Wash Y/N
Yes
Select the type of the well to be
washed
Select the type of the well to be
washed
Enter number of strips to be
washed (min. 1 & max. 12) &
press ENTER
Load Strips/Plate and press
ENTER
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9.5. Overflow Wash / Top Wash
Display
How to operate
OF-Wash
Press OF wash key
Soak Time Y/N
NO
YES
Soak Time in Seconds
Enter soak time in sec should be min 3
to max 3540 secs and Press ENTER
Enter no of wash cycles required (min
1, max 9.) and press ENTER
No of Cycles
WASH VOLUME 50 Y/N
Select required volume of wash
buffer (50 to 1000 µl)
YES
Flat Well Y/N
NO
Cross Wash Y/N
Round Well Y/N
Yes
No of Strips
Load Strips /Plate and press
ENTER
Select the type of the well to be
washed
Enter number of strips to be
washed (min. 1 & max. 12) &
press ENTER
Load Strips/Plate and press
ENTER
9.6. Priming
(Please refer point Nº 8.3)
9.7. Rinsing
(Please refer point Nº 8.4)
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9.8. Shaking
Display
How to operate
Shake
Press 9 Key to check shake
mode
Shake Plate Y/N
YES
Select required Speed
(SP 1 to SP 8)
Set Speed SP 1 Y/N
YES
Time in Sec
Enter Time in secs. 1 to 59 sec &
Press ENTER Key
9.9. Desinfection
Desinfection
Display
How to operate
Press FUNC Key
Desinfection
YES
Desinfection
Y/N
Washer will flush the manifold
effectively disinfecting the same
NO
Ref. 8.1
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10. TROUBLESHOOTING
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10. Troubleshooting
PROBLEM
The Manifold does not dispense
SOLUTION
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The Manifold does not aspirate
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The Instrument beeps continuously
Clean the path of the steel tubes
using needle cleaner.
Check Wash bottle tubing
connections.
Check valve direction.
Clean the path of the steel tubes
using needle cleaner.
Check the Waste bottle cap and
tighten them properly.
Check waste bottle tubing
connections.
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Check the Sensor cable connection.
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Check whether waste bottle is full.
Check the waste bottle cap and
clean the cap.
Movement Jam
Reset the instrument by pressing the
CLEAR key twice or Switch OFF and
Switch ON the instrument. Insert the
Plate properly and return.
Memory Full
If Number of saved tests exceeds 50 tests
then delete the unwanted test and save
the test.
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11. DECONTAMINATION
11.1. Decontamination
11.2. Purpose of Decontamination
11.3. General Considerations
11.4. Decontamination procedure
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11.1. Decontamination
If the instrument is to be shipped after being exposed to potential hazardous
material, it should be decontaminated. The following procedure outlines the
method to decontaminate the instrument before packaging and shipment.
11.2. Purpose of Decontamination
Decontamination minimizes the risk to all who comes in contact with the
instrument during shipping, handling, and servicing.
11.3. General Considerations
Considerations
Any laboratory instrument that has been used for clinical analysis is considered
a biohazard and should be decontaminated prior to handling. Intact skin is
generally considered as an effective barrier against infectious organisms.
However, small abbreviations and cuts may not be always visible. Prophylactic
gloves must be worn when handling instruments that have not been
decontaminated. Gloved hands should be considered contaminated and must be
kept away from eyes mouth and nose at all times.
Mucous membranes are considered as the prime entry routes for infectious
agents. Wear eye protection and a surgical mask when there is a possibility
of aerosols.
Eating and/or drinking while decontaminating instruments are not advisable.
11.4. Decontamination procedure
A solution of 0.5% Sodium Hypo Chlorite (NaOCL) solution (Bleach) is used.
Commercial bleach is 5% NaOCL; household bleach is 3% NaOCL. When
using commercial bleach, use a 10:1 mixture; if using household bleach, a 6:1
mixture is required. This is a caustic solution. It is important to wear gloves and
eye protection when handling it.
Wipe down the carrier and all exposed surfaces of the unit with the bleach
solution. Remove the top shroud of the instrument and wipe down the top
surface of the instrument base, as well as the inside of the top shroud.
Reassemble the unit and discard the used gloves and towels.
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SAFETY CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE
Please complete all information requests on this form prior to returning the
instrument to the manufacturer or your local distributor for servicing, repairs or
return. Thank you for your co-operation.
Customer
Contact
Address
Position
Dept
Tel:
Country
Fax:
Post Code
Model Nº.
Serial Nº.
Accessories
Returned
Date of Purchase (if known)
Complaint
Has the equipment been exposed to any of the following: (*delete as applicable)
a) Blood, body fluids, pathological specimens
If YES, please specify
*YES/NO
b) Other Biohazard
if YES, Please specify
*YES/NO
Effective Aug 2012
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