Biotek ELx50 - Frank`s Hospital Workshop

Microplate Strip Washer
ELx50
™
Operator’s Manual
All Models
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ELx50™
Microplate Strip Washer
Operator’s Manual
January 2008
© 2008
Part Number 4071000
Revision L
BioTek® Instruments, Inc.
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Notices
BioTek® Instruments, Inc.
Highland Park, P.O. Box 998
Winooski, Vermont 05404-0998 USA
All Rights Reserved
© 2008, BioTek® Instruments, Incorporated. No part of this publication may be
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purchaser’s use without written permission of BioTek Instruments, Inc.
Trademarks
BioTek® is a registered trademark, and ELx50™ and Liquid Level Alert™ are
trademarks of BioTek Instruments, Inc. Microsoft® and Excel® are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
Restrictions and Liabilities
Information in this document is subject to change and does not represent a
commitment by BioTek Instruments, Inc. Changes made to the information in this
document will be incorporated in new editions of the publication. No
responsibility is assumed by BioTek for the use or reliability of software or
equipment that is not supplied by BioTek or its affiliated dealers.
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Contents
Preface ................................................................................................ i
Notices .......................................................................................... ii
All Rights Reserved ..................................................................... ii
Trademarks ............................................................................... ii
Restrictions and Liabilities ............................................................ ii
Contact Information........................................................................ ix
Customer Service and Sales ........................................................ ix
Service/TAC .............................................................................. ix
European Coordination Center/Authorized European Representative.. ix
Document Conventions .................................................................... x
Revision History ............................................................................. xi
Intended Use Statement.................................................................xiv
Quality Control..............................................................................xiv
Repackaging and Shipping ..............................................................xiv
Warnings......................................................................................xiv
Hazards and Precautions .................................................................xv
CE Mark Information ..................................................................... xvii
Electromagnetic Interference and Susceptibility ............................... xviii
User Safety ................................................................................ xviii
Safety Symbols .............................................................................xix
Chapter 1: Introduction..................................................................... 1
Introducing the ELx50 Microplate Strip Washer .................................... 2
ELx50 Washer Variations .................................................................. 3
Manifold Variations...................................................................... 3
Patented Dual-Manifold Design................................................. 4
Carrier Variations........................................................................ 5
Software Variations..................................................................... 5
Hardware Features .......................................................................... 7
Accessories Included........................................................................ 8
Optional Accessories ........................................................................ 9
Specifications................................................................................ 10
Microplates .............................................................................. 10
Electrical ................................................................................. 10
Physical................................................................................... 10
Environmental .......................................................................... 10
Hardware ................................................................................ 10
Performance Specifications......................................................... 11
Product Support & Service .............................................................. 12
Contacting the Technical Assistance Center .................................. 12
Returning Instruments for Service/Repair..................................... 12
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Chapter 2: Installation .................................................................... 13
Unpacking and Inspecting the Instrument ......................................... 14
Unpacking the 16-Channel Manifold, Mist Shield, and Bottles .......... 15
Unpacking the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold, Microplate Carrier,
Power Supply, Tubing, In-Line Filter, and Optional Pump Muffler...... 16
Unpacking the Inner Shipping Container and Foam Corner Blocks .... 17
Unpacking the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW models only) .......... 18
Unpacking the ELx50 Washer ..................................................... 19
Setting Up the ELx50 ..................................................................... 20
Operating Environment.............................................................. 20
Installing the Carrier and Manifold............................................... 20
Microplate Carrier................................................................. 20
8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold.............................................. 21
16-Channel Manifold............................................................. 22
Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) ........................................... 23
Connecting the Tubes and Bottles ............................................... 25
Before Connecting the Tubes and Bottles................................. 25
Waste System ..................................................................... 28
Supply System .................................................................... 31
Liquid Level Alert Option ....................................................... 34
Final Check ......................................................................... 35
Attaching the Mist Shield ........................................................... 35
Connecting the Power Supply and Cord ........................................ 36
Serial Port for Communication With Other Devices ......................... 36
Verifying Performance .................................................................... 37
Repackaging and Shipping .............................................................. 38
Before Repackaging the Instrument............................................. 38
Repackaging the ELx50 and Its Accessories .................................. 38
Removing the Mist Shield ...................................................... 39
Removing the Manifold and Microplate Carrier .......................... 40
Removing the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) ....................... 41
Packing the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold in Its Container ...... 42
Packing the 16-Channel Manifold in Its Container...................... 43
Rotating the Cam ................................................................. 44
Placing the Washer into the Inner Shipping Container................ 45
Placing the Aspiration Carrier into the Inner Shipping Container.. 46
Packing the Inner Shipping Container...................................... 47
Packing the 16-Channel Manifold and Mist Shield ...................... 48
Packing the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold, Microplate Carrier,
and Power Supply ................................................................ 49
Chapter 3: Operation ....................................................................... 51
ELx50 Front Panel.......................................................................... 52
Keypad Description ........................................................................ 53
Entering Program Names ................................................................ 54
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System Startup ............................................................................. 54
Main Menu.................................................................................... 55
General Usage Guidelines ............................................................... 56
Before Running Any Program...................................................... 56
Maintenance ............................................................................ 58
Programming Considerations ...................................................... 58
Liquid Level Alert Option ....................................................... 59
Wash ........................................................................................... 60
Run Wash Program ................................................................... 60
Run Wash Program Options ................................................... 60
Define Wash Program ................................................................ 61
Define Wash Program Options................................................ 61
Define Wash METHOD Program Options................................... 62
Wash METHOD Defaults and Ranges ....................................... 63
Define Wash DISPENSE (DISP) Program Options ...................... 64
Wash DISPENSE Defaults and Ranges ..................................... 66
Define Wash ASPIRATION (ASPIR) Program Options ................. 67
Wash ASPIRATE Defaults and Ranges...................................... 69
Edit Wash Program ................................................................... 71
Copy Wash Program.................................................................. 71
Copy Wash Program Options................................................. 71
Delete Wash Program ................................................................ 71
Delete Wash Program Options............................................... 71
Prime........................................................................................... 72
Define Prime Program ............................................................... 72
Define Prime Program Options ............................................... 72
PRIME Program Defaults and Ranges ...................................... 73
Run Prime Program ................................................................... 74
Run Prime Program Options .................................................. 74
Edit Prime Program ................................................................... 74
Copy Prime Program ................................................................. 75
Copy Prime Program Options ................................................ 75
Delete Prime Program ............................................................... 75
Delete Prime Program Options .............................................. 75
Dispense ...................................................................................... 76
Define Dispense Program ........................................................... 76
Define Dispense Program Options .......................................... 76
Run Dispense Program .............................................................. 76
Run Dispense Program Options ............................................. 77
Edit Dispense Program .............................................................. 77
Copy Dispense Program ............................................................. 77
Copy Dispense Program Options............................................ 78
Delete Dispense Program ........................................................... 78
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Delete Dispense Program Options .......................................... 78
Aspiration..................................................................................... 79
Define Aspiration Program.......................................................... 79
Define Aspiration Program Options ......................................... 79
Define Aspirate-only Program Options ..................................... 80
Aspirate-only Program Defaults and Ranges ............................. 80
Run Aspiration Program ............................................................. 80
Run Aspiration Program Options ............................................. 81
Edit Aspiration Program ............................................................. 81
Copy Aspiration Program ........................................................... 81
Copy Aspiration Program Options ........................................... 82
Delete Aspiration Program.......................................................... 82
Delete Aspiration Program Options ......................................... 82
Soak............................................................................................ 83
Define Soak Program................................................................. 83
Define Soak Program Options ................................................ 83
Edit Soak Program .................................................................... 84
Copy Soak Program .................................................................. 84
Copy Soak Program Options .................................................. 84
Delete Soak Program................................................................. 85
Delete Soak Program Options ................................................ 85
Linking Programs........................................................................... 86
Define Link Program.................................................................. 86
Define Link Program Options.................................................. 86
View Link Program .................................................................... 87
Run Link Program ..................................................................... 87
Run Link Program Options .................................................... 88
Delete Link Program.................................................................. 88
Delete Link Program Options................................................. 88
Utility .......................................................................................... 89
Tests ...................................................................................... 89
Self-Test (SLFCHK) .............................................................. 89
Configuration Information (CHKSUM) ...................................... 89
Setup...................................................................................... 90
Manifold (MANIFLD) ............................................................. 90
SENSOR ............................................................................. 90
AutoPrime................................................................................ 91
ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer Menu Maps ..................................... 92
Chapter 4: Maintenance and Performance Verification
(IQ/OQ/PQ) ..................................................................................... 97
Overview...................................................................................... 98
Recommended Maintenance and Performance Verification Schedules .... 98
Recommended Maintenance Schedule .............................................. 99
Recommended Performance Verification Schedule .............................100
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Warnings & Precautions.................................................................101
Maintenance Programs ..................................................................102
Prime Programs ...........................................................................103
Daily Maintenance ........................................................................104
DAY_RINSE.............................................................................104
AUTOPRIME ............................................................................104
AutoPrime Program Options..................................................105
Overnight Maintenance..................................................................106
OVERNIGHT_LOOP...................................................................106
RINSE_AND_SOAK...................................................................107
Monthly Maintenance ....................................................................108
Tools and Supplies ...................................................................108
Cleaning the Bottles .................................................................109
Cleaning the Manifold ...............................................................109
Cleaning the Aspirate and Dispense Tubes...................................110
8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold.............................................110
16-Channel Manifold............................................................110
Cleaning the Carrier .................................................................111
Microplate Carrier................................................................111
Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW only)....................................112
Cleaning the Check Valves ........................................................114
Long-Term Storage Maintenance ....................................................115
LONG_SHUTDOWN...................................................................115
Disinfect the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) .............................116
Storing the ELx50™ ......................................................................116
Decontamination ..........................................................................117
Purpose..................................................................................117
Tools and Supplies ...................................................................118
Decontamination Procedure for External Components....................119
Decontamination Procedure for Tubing and Manifold .....................119
Alternate Decontamination Procedure for Tubing and Manifold........120
Decontamination Procedure for Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) ...120
Performance Verification................................................................122
Installation Qualification (IQ) .........................................................123
Operational Qualification (OQ)........................................................123
Performance Qualification (PQ) .......................................................124
Self-Test and Checksum Test .........................................................125
Self-Test ................................................................................125
Configuration Information (CHKSUM)..........................................125
Liquid Tests for the 8-, 8s- and 12-Channel Manifolds ........................126
Evacuation Efficiency and Dispense Precision Tests .......................126
Materials............................................................................126
Evacuation Efficiency Test Procedure......................................127
Dispense Precision Test Procedure .........................................128
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Liquid Tests Worksheet (8-, 8s-, and 12-Channel Manifolds) ..........129
Liquid Tests for the 16-Channel Manifold..........................................130
Evacuation Efficiency and Dispense Precision Tests .......................130
Materials............................................................................130
Evacuation Efficiency Test Procedure......................................131
Dispense Precision Test Procedure .........................................132
Liquid Tests Worksheet (16-Channel Manifold) .............................133
Liquid Test for the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) ..........................134
Evacuation Efficiency Test .........................................................134
Materials............................................................................134
Evacuation Efficiency Test Procedure......................................134
Liquid Test Worksheet (Aspiration Carrier)...................................136
Maintenance/Performance and Operational Logs ...............................137
Chapter 5: Troubleshooting ........................................................... 141
Overview.....................................................................................142
Troubleshooting Checklist .........................................................142
Troubleshooting Charts .................................................................143
Washer Start-Up......................................................................143
Fluid Aspiration .......................................................................144
Fluid Delivery ..........................................................................148
Fluid Leakage ..........................................................................150
Carrier Movement ....................................................................151
Microplate Carrier................................................................151
Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) ..........................................151
Washer Manifold Movement.......................................................151
Microplate Scratches ................................................................152
Syringe Drive Movement...........................................................152
Appendix A: Error Codes................................................................ 153
Error Codes .................................................................................154
General Errors .............................................................................155
Fatal Errors .................................................................................157
Dispense Volume Invalid for Manifold Type (0F00 Error).....................158
Appendix B: ELx50 Manifold Variations ......................................... 159
ELx50 Manifold Variations ..............................................................160
Reconfiguring the Washer .........................................................160
Hardware Steps .......................................................................161
Software Steps ........................................................................162
Appendix C: Chemical Compatibility .............................................. 163
Components and Materials Composition ...........................................164
Appendix D: Default Programs ...................................................... 165
Default Programs.....................................................................166
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Contact Information
BioTek® Instruments, Inc.
Highland Park, P.O. Box 998
Winooski, Vermont 05404-0998 USA
Customer Service and Sales
Internet:
www.biotek.com
Phone:
888-451-5171 (toll free in the U.S.)
802-655-4740 (outside the U.S.)
Fax:
802-655-7941
E-Mail:
customercare@biotek.com
Service/TAC
Phone:
800-242-4685 (toll free in the U.S.)
802-655-4740 (outside the U.S.)
Fax:
802-655-3399
E-Mail:
tac@biotek.com
European Coordination Center/Authorized European
Representative
BioTek® Instruments GmbH
Kocherwaldstrasse 34
D-74177 Bad Friedrichshall
Germany
Internet:
www.biotek.de
Phone:
+49 (0) 7136 9680
Fax:
+49 (0) 7136 968 111
E-Mail:
info@biotek.de
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Document Conventions
This manual uses the following typographic conventions:
Example
Description
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Warning!
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how to avoid the problem.
Caution
A Caution indicates potential damage to the instrument and tells
you how to avoid the problem.
DEFINE
Text in COURIER font represents menu options as they appear on
the instrument’s display.
Note:
Bold text is primarily used for emphasis.
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About This Manual
The intent of this Operator’s Manual is to instruct the new user how to set up and
operate BioTek’s ELx50™. To help you read and understand this manual, certain
document conventions have been used.
Major topic headings start a new page (such as Document Conventions, above) to
give you a visual and style clue that a new major subject is being introduced. One or
more subheadings may appear below each major heading.
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Revision History |
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Revision History
Revision
Date
A
6/97
First Issue.
B
9/97
Added valve tubing connection diagram. Corrected rear panel
figure.
C
4/99
Updated menu sequences, addresses.
D
4/99
Revised operator’s manual to reflect BOM revision.
E
6/99
Added support for 16-channel manifold/384-well plates.
F
3/01
Revised Chapter 4 maintenance procedures; removed
Appendix B, Performance Verification, and added it to
Chapter 4. Added a log to record maintenance.
G
10/03
H
2/04
Reformatted entire manual according to new template.
Changed selectable ranges for the following throughout
manual to conform to software specs: Prime Volume from 1
to 999 ml to 1 to 200 ml; Shake Duration from 0 to 600
seconds to 1 to 600 seconds, Bottom Dispense Volume from
25 to 3000 µl/well to 50 to 3000 µl/well. Updated
introductory material, enhanced Hardware Features, Package
Contents, and Optional Accessories. Corrected specs for
physical dimensions and storage and operating temperatures.
Updated contact information, enhanced Unpacking and
Packing instructions with new text and 14 new figures.
Enhanced Operation chapter with new sections: Keypad
Description, System Startup, Main Menu, and Utility. Added
new Defaults and Ranges tables for Wash Method, Wash
Dispense, Wash Aspirate, and Prime Programs. Restructured
Chapter 4, Maintenance and Performance Verification for
continuity, enhanced Decontamination section, updated
Liquid Testing section. Enhanced/updated Troubleshooting
and Error Codes. Added two new appendices C, Chemical
Compatibility, and D, Default Programs.
I
2/07
Added instructions and information in all chapters of the
manual for the aspiration carrier (ELx50™/8FMW model).
Removed hyphen from “Bio-Tek” (“BioTek”) and changed
“ELx50 Automated Strip Washer” to “ELx50 Microplate Strip
Washer.” Replaced the previous cover with new cover design
from Marketing.
Cont’d on next page
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Changes
Updated Notices to include current company contact
information. Updated Safety Symbols and Intended Use.
Added Chemical Compatibility information to Precautions.
Updated Warranty to include Bio-Tek’s current warranty
statement. Changed operating environment temperature
range from 15°C - 30°C to 15°C - 40°C. Added Registration
Card information. Clarified bleach dilutions for
Decontamination.
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Revision
Date
Changes
Updated regulatory/safety information and removed
Warranty and Registration Card sections in the Preface.
Revised ranges for prime flow rate, dispense flow rate,
bottom flow rate, and dispense volume for the 12-channel
manifold in Chapter 3, to reflect recent revisions in the
washer’s software. Revised instructions for flushing BSA in
Chapter 4. Incorporated manual update H2: added dispense
volume ranges for 96- and 384-well plates for the 16-channel
manifold in Chapter 3 and in Appendix A, and revised the
Recommended Maintenance/Performance Verification
Schedule in Chapter 4 by moving the Liquid Tests from the IQ
to the Initial/Annual OQ and monthly PQ.
J
4/07
Revised Chapters 1 through 5 primarily to support a redesign
of the aspiration carrier in the ELx50/8FMW washer: the
vacuum grate is now secured in place (under the plate seal
gasket) by six screws around the perimeter of the top of the
carrier. Also revised vacuum levels for the aspiration carrier:
from –240 mmHg to –64 mmH for the 0.047” diameter hole
of the carrier’s vent port, and from –64 mmHg to –240
mmHg for the 0.020” diameter hole in the black vent plug.
K
10/07
General. Added information on the Liquid Level Alert™ option,
which is available for all ELx50 models. Added information on
the new ‘First Strip’ run-time parameter. Additional cleanup
and clarifications as described below.
Chapter 1, Introduction. Software Variations: Clarified which
features and functions are supported for the different
basecode part numbers. Hardware Features: Simplified the
description of the supply and waste bottles provided with the
instrument. Optional Accessories: Added information on
Liquid Level Alert option.
Chapter 2, Installation. Connecting Tubes and Bottles: Added
information on the Liquid Level Alert option components.
Added Liquid Alert port to drawings. Added instructions for
connecting the sensor cables to the select box, and the select
box to the washer.
Chapter 3, Operation. Throughout: Added information on the
‘First Strip’ run-time parameter. Updated Menu Maps.
General Usage Guidelines: Added section for the Liquid Level
Alert option. Linking Programs: Added troubleshooting tip for
resolving Link program creation issues. Setup: Added
information on new SENSOR option.
Chapter 4, Maintenance/Performance Verification.
Recommended Maintenance and Performance Verification
Schedules: Divided the former Maintenance AND Performance
Verification Schedule table into two separate tables.
Decontamination: Added warning not to prepare a strongerthan-recommended bleach solution.
Appendix A, Error Codes. General Errors: Added error codes
2800 and 2900, related to the Liquid Level Alert option.
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Revision
Date
Changes
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1/08
General. Added information on the optional vacuum pump
muffler for ELx50 washers equipped with the new vacuum
pump (washers manufactured after January 2008). Additional
changes are described below.
Preface. Updated Directives in the CE Mark section and added
Unspecified Use Warning to Hazards and Precautions.
Chapter 1, Introduction. Added the optional vacuum pump
muffler to the Hardware Features and Accessories Included
sections. Updated the Performance Specifications section for
the 96-well: changed residual volume specs from ≤ 4.0 µl to
≤ 2.0 µl per well, and dispense precision specs from
≤ 4.0% CV to ≤ 3.0% CV.
Chapter 2, Installation. Updated unpacking/packing artwork
and instructions to reflect new packaging materials, and
added a graphic of the vacuum pump muffler to illustrations
of the washer’s rear panel.
Chapter 4, Maintenance and Performance Verification
(IQ/OQ/PQ). In the Evacuation Efficiency and Dispense
Precision Tests and Worksheets for the 8-, 8s-, and
12-channel manifolds, changed the residual volume specs
from ≤ 0.004 grams per well to ≤ 0.002 grams per well, and
the dispense precision specs from ≤ 4.0% CV to ≤ 3.0% CV.
Chapter 5, Troubleshooting. In the Troubleshooting Charts,
added references to the vacuum pump muffler wherever
references to the in-line vacuum filter were present.
Appendix B, Manifold Variations. Removed instructions for
returning washers to BioTek for reconfiguration to work with
another manifold. (The user can perform all the steps
necessary to reconfigure the washer for a different manifold.)
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Intended Use Statement
•
The ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer provides microplate priming and washing
for ELISA™, fluorescence and chemiluminescence immunoassays, cellular and
agglutination assays.
•
The intended use of this instrument is dependent on the instrument’s rear panel
label. If there is an IVD label, then the instrument may be used for clinical,
research and development, or other non-clinical purposes. If there is no such label,
then the instrument may only be used for research and development, or for other
non-clinical purposes.
Quality Control
It is considered good laboratory practice to run laboratory samples according to
instructions and specific recommendations included in the assay package insert for the test
to be conducted. Failure to conduct Quality Control checks could result in erroneous test
data.
Repackaging and Shipping
If you need to ship the instrument to BioTek for service or
repair, contact BioTek for a Return Materials Authorization
(RMA) number, and be sure to use the original packing. Other
forms of commercially available packing are not recommended
and can void the warranty. If the original packing materials
have been damaged or lost, contact BioTek for replacement
packing.
Warnings
Operate the instrument on a flat surface and away from excessive humidity.
When operated in a safe environment according to the instructions in this
document, there are no known hazards associated with the ELx50™.
However, the operator should be aware of certain situations that could result
in serious injury; these may vary depending on the instrument model.
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Hazards and Precautions |
Hazards and Precautions
Hazards
Warning! Power Rating. The ELx50 Microplate Strip Washer’s power
supply must be connected to a power receptacle that provides voltage and
current within the specified rating for the system. Use of an incompatible
power receptacle may produce electrical shock and fire hazards.
Warning! Electrical Grounding. Never use a two-prong plug adapter to
connect primary power to the ELx50 power supply. Use of a two-prong
adapter disconnects the utility ground, creating a severe shock hazard.
Always connect the power cord directly to a three-prong receptacle with a
functional ground.
Warning! Internal Voltage. Always turn off the power switch and
unplug the power supply before cleaning the outer surface of the instrument.
Warning! Liquids. Avoid spilling liquids on the instrument; fluid seepage
into internal components creates a potential shock hazard. Wipe up all spills
immediately. Do not operate the instrument if internal components have
been exposed to fluid.
Warning! Potential Biohazards. Some assays or specimens may pose a
biohazard. Adequate safety precautions should be taken as outlined in the
assay’s package insert. Always wear safety glasses and appropriate
protective equipment, such as chemically resistant rubber gloves and apron.
Warning! Unspecified Use. Failure to operate this equipment according to
the guidelines and safeguards specified in this manual could result in a
hazardous condition.
Warning! Software Quality Control. The operator must follow the
manufacturer’s assay package insert when modifying software parameters
and establishing wash methods, using the washer’s onboard software.
Warning! Pinch Hazard. Do not reach under the instrument during
operation, as the syringe pump may pinch your fingers.
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Precautions
The following precautions are provided to help avoid damage to the instrument:
Caution: Service. The washer should be serviced by BioTek authorized
service personnel. Only qualified technical personnel should perform
troubleshooting and service procedures on internal components.
Caution: Environmental Conditions. Do not expose the instrument to
temperature extremes. For proper operation, ambient temperatures should
remain between 15°-40°C (59°-104°F). Performance may be adversely
affected if temperatures fluctuate above or below this range. Storage
temperature limits are broader (see Storing the ELx50 in Chapter 4).
Caution: Sodium Hypochlorite. Do not expose any part of the
instrument to the recommended diluted sodium hypochlorite solution
(bleach) for more than 20 minutes. Prolonged contact may damage the
instrument surfaces. Be certain to rinse and thoroughly wipe all surfaces.
Caution: Chemical Compatibility - Washers. Some chemicals may
cause irreparable damage to washers. The following chemicals have been
deemed safe for use in washers: buffer solutions (such as PBS), saline,
surfactants, deionized water, 70% ethyl, isopropyl, or methyl alcohol, 40%
formaldehyde, and 20% sodium hydroxide. Never use acetic acid, DMSO, or
organic solvents. Other chemicals may cause severe damage to the
instrument. Contact BioTek prior to using any other chemicals. Refer to
Appendix C, Chemical Compatibility.
Caution: Washers and Wash Buffer Solution. Although many
precautions have been taken to ensure that the instrument is as corrosionproof as possible, the washer is not sealed and liquids can seep into sensitive
components. Make sure that any spilled wash buffer solution is wiped off the
washer. Prolonged exposure to salt solution may corrode parts of the carrier,
movement rail, springs, and other hardware.
Caution: Bovine Serum Albumin. Solutions containing proteins, such as
bovine serum albumin (BSA), will compromise the washer’s performance
over time unless a strict maintenance protocol is adhered to. See Chapter 4,
Maintenance and Performance Verification (IQ/OQ/PQ) for cleaning
instructions regarding BSA.
Caution: Warranty. Failure to follow preventive maintenance protocols
may void the warranty. See Chapter 4.
Caution: Disposal. This instrument contains printed circuit boards and
wiring with lead solder. Dispose of the instrument according to Directive
2002/96/EC, “on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).”
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Based on the testing described below and information contained
herein, this instrument bears the CE mark.
Directive 2004/108/EC: Electromagnetic Compatibility
Emissions - CLASS A
EN 50081-1 and IEC 61326-1
EN 55022 Class A
Immunity
EN 50082-1 and IEC 61326-1
IEC 1000-4-2 Electrostatic Discharge
IEC 1000-4-3 Radiated EM Fields
IEC 1000-4-4 Electrical Fast Transient/Burst
IEC 1000-4-5 Surge Immunity
EN 61000-4-6 Conducted Disturbances
EN 61000-4-11 Voltage Dips, Short Interruptions and Variations
Directive 73/23/EEC Low Voltage
EN 61010-1: “Safety requirement for electrical equipment for measurement, control
and laboratory use. Part 1, General requirements.”
Directive 2002/96/EC: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Disposal Notice
This instrument contains printed circuit boards and wiring with lead solder. Dispose of
the instrument according to Directive 2002/96/EC, “on waste electrical and electronic
equipment (WEEE).”
Directive 98/79/EC: In Vitro Diagnostics (some models)
•
Product registration with competent authorities
•
Traceability to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):
Dispense precision and average residual volume is traceable to NIST.
Specific data for a particular serial number is available upon request from BioTek
Instruments. See page ix for contact information.
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Electromagnetic Interference and Susceptibility
USA FCC CLASS A
Warning: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the
manufacturer could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. Like all similar equipment,
this equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is
likely to cause interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the
interference at his own expense.
Canadian Department of Communications Class A
This digital apparatus does not exceed Class A limits for radio emissions from digital
apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of
Communications.
Le present appareil numerique n'met pas du bruits radioelectriques depassant les limites
applicables aux appareils numerique de la Class A prescrites dans le Reglement sur le
brouillage radioelectrique edicte par le ministere des Communications du Canada.
User Safety
This device has been type tested by an independent laboratory and found to meet the
requirements of the following:
North America
•
Canadian Standards Association CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1-04
“Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control and
Laboratory Use, Part 1: General Requirements.”
•
Underwriters Laboratories UL 61010-1:2004
“Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control and
Laboratory Use, Part 1: General Requirements.”
International
•
EN 61010-1
“Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control and
Laboratory Use, Part 1: General Requirements.”
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Safety Symbols |
Safety Symbols
Alternating current
Courant alternatif
Wechselstrom
Corriente alterna
Corrente alternata
Direct current
Courant continu
Gleichstrom
Corriente continua
Corrente continua
Both direct and alternating current
Courant continu et courant alternatif
Gleich - und Wechselstrom
Corriente continua y corriente alterna
Corrente continua e corrente alternata
Earth ground terminal
Borne de terre
Erde (Betriebserde)
Borne de tierra
Terra (di funzionamento)
Protective conductor terminal
Borne de terre de protection
Schutzleiteranschluss
Borne de tierra de protección
Terra di protezione
On (Supply)
Marche (alimentation)
Ein (Verbindung mit dem Netz)
Conectado
Chiuso
Off (Supply)
Arrêt (alimentation)
Aus (Trennung vom Netz)
Desconectado
Aperto (sconnessione dalla rete di alimentazione)
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xx | Preface
Caution (refer to accompanying documents)
Attention (voir documents d’accompanement)
Achtung siehe Begleitpapiere
Atención (vease los documentos incluidos)
Attenzione, consultare la doc annessa
Warning, risk of electric shock
Attention, risque de choc électrique
Gefährliche elektrische Schlag
Precaución, riesgo de sacudida eléctrica
Attenzione, rischio di scossa elettrica
Warning, risk of crushing or pinching
Attention, risque d’écrasement et pincement
Warnen, Gefahr des Zerquetschens und Klemmen
Precaución, riesgo del machacamiento y sejeción
Attenzione, rischio di schiacciare ed intrappolarsi
Warning, hot surface
Attention, surface chaude
Warnen, heiße Oberfläche
Precaución, superficie caliente
Attenzione, superficie calda
Consult instructions for use
Consulter la notice d’emploi
Gebrauchsanweisung beachten
Consultar las instrucciones de uso
Consultare le istruzioni per uso
In vitro diagnostic medical device
Dispositif médical de diagnostic in vitro
Medizinisches In-Vitro-Diagnostikum
Dispositivo médico de diagnóstico in vitro
Dispositivo medico diagnostico in vitro
Separate collection for electrical and electronic
equipment
Les équipements électriques et électroniques font l’objet
d’une collecte sélective
Getrennte Sammlung von Elektro- und Elektronikgeräten
Recogida selectiva de aparatos eléctricos y electrónicos
Raccolta separata delle apparecchiature elettriche ed
elettroniche
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Chapter 1
Introduction
This chapter introduces the ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer, and
describes its hardware and software features and technical
specifications. Instructions on how to contact BioTek for Product
Support & Service are included on page 12.
Introducing the ELx50 Microplate Strip Washer ............................. 2
ELx50 Washer Variations ........................................................... 3
Manifold Variations ............................................................... 3
Patented Dual-Manifold Design ............................................ 4
Carrier Variations ................................................................. 5
Software Variations .............................................................. 5
Hardware Features.................................................................... 7
Accessories Included ................................................................. 8
Optional Accessories ................................................................. 9
Specifications ..........................................................................10
Microplates.........................................................................10
Electrical ............................................................................10
Physical .............................................................................10
Environmental ....................................................................10
Hardware ...........................................................................10
Performance Specifications ...................................................11
Product Support & Service ........................................................12
Contacting the Technical Assistance Center .............................12
Returning Instruments for Service/Repair ...............................12
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Introducing the ELx50 Microplate Strip Washer
Fast, versatile, and easy to use, the ELx50™ is a user-programmable, fully automated
microplate strip washer. Its key features include the following:
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The precision syringe pump with its long-lasting seal ensures precise fluid
delivery, as well as reproducibility from wash to wash.
•
Programmable dispense volumes, flow, and height, and aspiration rates and
depths provide for a wide range of washing capabilities, from gentle washing for
cellular assays to vigorous washing for ELISA™.
•
The optional bottom washing routine can be applied to lower the background
absorbance. The optional crosswise aspiration routine can be applied to reduce
residual volumes.
•
The ELx50 can be used to wash all microplate-based assays, including ELISA,
fluorescence, chemiluminescence, RIA, DNA probes, and cellular assays.
•
The intuitive menu-driven software allows you to create and store up to 75 washer
programs. When you are ready to run a program, simply select the program name
and follow the screen prompts. The ELx50 will then process the plate according to
the program parameters.
•
All ELx50 models support Wash, Prime, Dispense, and Aspirate programs. Some
models also support Soak and Link programs.
•
Several pre-defined programs are provided to simplify preventative maintenance,
which should be performed regularly to ensure optimum washer performance.
•
All ELx50 models can be used to wash standard 96-well microplates, and some
models are also equipped to wash standard 384-well microplates.
•
“V” versions of the ELx50 feature automatic wash buffer switching with three
valves.
•
The Liquid Level Alert™ option allows users the convenience of continuous
monitoring for both supply and waste bottles. At the beginning and end of a wash
protocol, the liquid level is verified to ensure sufficient wash buffer remains in the
designated dispense bottle to complete a microplate wash. Sufficient storage
capacity in the waste bottle is also verified. Each Liquid Level Alert kit includes a
quantity of supply and waste bottles with level-sensing capability. Up to three
different supply bottles can be connected to the washer through the Liquid Level
Alert Select Box.
•
An aspiration carrier is provided with the ELx50/8FMW model for bottom
aspiration of filter-bottom microplates. A vent port on the carrier and two
selectable vent plugs for altering the diameter of the port provide three vacuum
levels: low, medium, and high. Plates with filter pore sizes from 0.45 µm to 1.2 µm
are supported.
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ELx50 Washer Variations
There are several different ELx50™ washer models available: the ELx50/8, ELx50/12,
ELx50/16, and ELx50/8FMW.
Each washer comes with one of four possible washer manifolds (8-, 8s-, 12-, or 16-channel
positioned above the microplates), and “V” version washers include automatic buffer
switching with three valves. All models support the Liquid Level Alert™ option.
The washer manifold, carrier, and software variations are described on the next few pages.
For additional information, contact BioTek Instruments (see Product Support & Service,
page 12).
Manifold Variations
The manifold is the washer component positioned above the microplate that delivers
fluid to, and removes it from, the microwells. Each ELx50 washer is equipped with a
manifold containing 8, 12, or 16 sets of aspirate and dispense tubes, or “channels.” The
following table shows the washing capabilities of each manifold:
With this manifold:
You can wash:
8-channel
8-well strips, 96-well plates
8s-channel
8-well strips, 96-well plates
12-channel
12-well strips, 96-well plates
16-channel
8-well strips, 96-well plates, 384-well plates
The ELx50 supports the washing of standard flat, round, and ‘V’ bottom microwells;
the ELx50/8FMW model also supports bottom aspiration of filter-bottom plates.
The ELx50 can be reconfigured to support a different manifold. See Appendix B,
ELx50 Manifold Variations for more information.
The 8s-channel manifold has shorter dispense tubes for special
applications.
The 16-channel manifold uses two aspirate tubes for each well when
used with 8-well strips and 96-well plates. For these formats, it may be
difficult for the tubes to reach the very bottom of round or ‘V’ bottom
wells, possibly leading to higher residuals.
The ELx50/8FMW model does not support the 16-channel manifold.
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Patented Dual-Manifold Design
The patented Dual-Action™ 16-channel manifold has 16 sets of dispense and
aspirate tubes arranged in a fixed horizontal position relative to each other but
located in two separate manifolds (see Figure 1 below). The two manifolds move
independently of each other on the vertical axis. This dual-manifold design
overcomes the problem of fitting both a dispense and an aspirate tube into the
much smaller 384-well at the same time, yet it allows for overfill washing of the
smaller 384 wells. The dispense tubes are held above the plate when the dispense
manifold reaches a mechanical stop, while the aspirate tubes are able to continue
descending into the wells.
Dispense
manifold
Tubes are
positioned
for overfill
washing
Aspirate
manifold
Tubes are
positioned
Figure 1: Patented Design of the 16-Channel Manifold
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Carrier Variations
The carrier is the washer component that transports microplates and positions the
wells underneath the manifold tubes. There are three possible carrier types, and their
usage depends on the manifold type installed and the microplate type being used:
•
Microplate carrier that supports 8-, 8s-, and 12-channel manifolds and
solid-bottom plates.
•
Microplate carrier that supports 16-, 8-, and 8s-channel manifolds and
solid-bottom plates.
•
“Aspiration carrier” that supports 8- and 8s-channel manifolds and 96-well
filter-bottom plates. This carrier is used on ELx50/8FMW model only, and
aspirates fluid from below the microplates, so that fluid is drawn down
through the filters at the bottom of the wells.
The basecode software onboard the ELx50/8FMW has been pre-configured to use
either the microplate carrier or the aspiration carrier. The aspirate-only program
parameters ASPIRATE TYPE and BOT ASPIRATE TIME only appear if the washer
model is the ELx50/8FMW, and the manifold is configured as either 8- or 8s-channel.
Software Variations
The ELx50™ washer is operated by onboard software, controllable through the
washer’s keypad. This onboard software, referred to as the “basecode,” has an
identifying part number.
Your washer is installed with one of three possible ELx50 basecode part numbers:
4070230, 4070261, or 4070201. Each part number in turn has an identifying version
number. If you need to contact BioTek Instruments for technical assistance, you will
be asked for the part number and version of the basecode currently residing on your
washer. See Product Support & Service, page 12, for instructions for retrieving this
information from the washer.
The 4070230 basecode supports:
•
Compatibility with the 8-, 8s-, 12, and 16-channel manifolds. The 16-channel
manifold supports both 96- and 384-well plate washing.
•
An easy to use, menu-driven interface.
•
Ability to create Wash, Prime, Dispense, Aspirate, Soak, and Link programs for
automated microplate washing.
•
Storage of up to 75 washer programs.
•
User-definable washer program names, for rapid recall at program run time.
•
Configurable program parameters such as variable soaking, multispeed
shaking, bottom washing, and crosswise aspiration.
•
Pre-defined washer programs that can be copied and used as the basis for new
programs.
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Pre-defined maintenance programs, including AutoPrime, used to keep the
manifold tubes moist and free from clogging.
•
Support for the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, and
Spanish.
Note: Contact BioTek for information on changing to a different
language.
•
Compatibility with the ELx50/8FMW washer’s aspiration carrier, for bottom
aspiration of 96-well filter-bottom plates. Note: The 16-channel manifold
cannot be used with the aspiration carrier.
•
Compatibility with the Liquid Level Alert™ option.
The 4070261 basecode supports the above features, but it is not compatible with the
Liquid Level Alert option and does not support the 16-channel manifold with the
ELx50/8FMW washer’s aspiration carrier.
The 4070201 basecode is not compatible with the 16-channel manifold, the Liquid
Level Alert option, or the ELx50/8FMW washer’s bottom aspiration carrier. This
basecode does not provide the ability to create Soak or Link programs.
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Hardware Features
•
2-line x 24-character LCD display.
•
Membrane keypad with 25 alphanumeric keys.
•
Washes:
96-well microplates with 0.355” / 9 mm well centers
384-well microplates with 0.177” / 4.5 mm well centers (washer
model-dependent)
96-well filter-bottom microplates (ELx50™/8FMW model only)
1 x 8 or 1 x 12 microwell strips
•
Crosswise aspiration for optimizing washing performance.
•
External 24-volt power supply.
•
One serial RS-232 COM port (25-pin male connector).
•
Supply and waste systems appropriate for the model/purchased options.
•
Internal positive displacement pump provides controllable flow rates and volumes
to make washing cellular assays and immunoassays equally convenient. Settings
are adjustable via the onboard software, for low to high velocity dispensing.
•
Internal vacuum pump aspirates liquid from the microwells into the waste
collection vacuum vessel.
•
Stepper motors provide accurate and repeatable carrier and manifold positioning.
•
Accommodates 1 x 8, 1 x 12, or 1 x 16 manifolds. See Appendix B, ELx50 Manifold
Variations for more information.
•
Flat, round and ‘V’ bottomed strips and plates are washed.
•
Carrier and manifold are easily removed for cleaning.
•
Priming/soaking trough built into the carrier.
•
Five shaking speeds for more intense washing.
•
Programmable aspiration depth: Ensures that the tubes do not touch the well
bottom, allowing the handling of sensitive cell assays.
•
ELx50/8FMW model: one vent port (0.047” in diameter) on the aspiration carrier
and two selectable vent plugs (with 0.032” and 0.020” diameter holes) for varying
the amount of vacuum used with the aspiration carrier.
•
Mist shield protects the microplate from contaminants.
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Accessories Included
•
24 VDC power supply (PN 61062)
•
Power cord (part number varies according to country of use)
•
8-, 8s-, 12-, or 16-channel manifold
•
Microplate carrier (specific to manifold type)
•
Aspiration carrier (ELx50™/8FMW model only) with two vent plugs:
One plug with 0.032” diameter hole (PN 4072100)
One plug with 0.020” diameter hole (PN 4072099)
•
Mist shield (PN 4070517)
•
Two 2-liter supply bottles (three with “V” version washers) (PN 4070515)
•
One 2-liter waste bottle (PN 48140)
•
Waste tubing set:
All models except ELx50/8FMW (PN 4070511)
ELx50/8FMW model only (PN 4073002)
•
Supply tubing set (PN 4070510)
•
Optional in-line vacuum filter (PN 48146)
•
Optional vacuum pump muffler (PN 4073009) for ELx50 washers that are
equipped with the new vacuum pump (washers manufactured after January 2008)
•
Stylus maintenance kit (PN 4070523)
•
Operator’s Manual (PN 4071000)
•
Packing instructions (PN 4071015)
•
Set of shipping materials (PN 4073001)
•
Shipping document (PN 94075) that includes a Warranty Statement and Certificate
of Compliance and Calibration
•
Declaration of Conformity (PN 4071006 for clinical models or PN 4071034 for
non-clinical models)
Part numbers are subject to change over time. Please contact BioTek
Customer Care if you have any questions.
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Optional Accessories |
Optional Accessories
•
8-channel manifold (PN 4070512)
•
8s-channel manifold (PN 4070519)
•
12-channel manifold (PN 4070513)
•
16-channel manifold (PN 4070527)
•
Liquid Level Alert™ option:
PN 4070035, for non-“V” version washers: Liquid Level Alert select box with
2-liter supply bottle (1) and 2-liter waste bottle (1), with sensors
PN 4070036, for “V” version washers: Liquid Level Alert select box with
2-liter supply bottles (3) and 2-liter waste bottle (1), with sensors
•
Spare vent plugs for aspiration carrier (ELx50™/8FMW model):
One plug with 0.032” diameter hole (PN 4072100)
One plug with 0.020” diameter hole (PN 4072099)
•
Millipore 96-well filter bottom microplates:
0.45 µm filter pore size (Millipore PN MSHVN4550)
1.2 µm filter pore size (Millipore PN’s MSBVN1B50 or MSBVN1210)
•
RS-232 serial cable (PN 75053)
•
In-line vacuum filter replacement (PN 48146)
•
BioTek blue test dye solution (PN 7773001) and wetting agent solution
(PN 7773002) for liquid testing
•
Installation-Operational-Performance Qualification (IQ-OQ-PQ) package
(PN 4070530)
•
ELx50 Service Manual (PN 4071008)
Part numbers are subject to change over time. Please contact BioTek
Customer Care if you have any questions.
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Specifications
Microplates
•
Microplates:
96-well, 384-well solid-bottom plates and
96-well filter-bottom plates, 0.45 µm to
1.2 µm filter pore size (ELx50™/8FMW)
•
Microstrips:
1 x 8, 1 x 12
•
Microwells:
Flat, round, or “V” bottom
384-well support is available with the 16-channel manifold only.
Electrical
•
Voltage range:
100 to 250 V~, 50 to 60 Hz
•
Power Consumption:
40 W
•
Dimensions:
16 in. D x 14 in. W x 6.5 in. H
(40.6 cm x 35.6 cm x 16.5 cm)
•
Weight:
≤ 20 lbs. (8.9 kg) all models except ELx50/8FMW;
≥ 22 lbs. (9 kg) ELx50/8FMW model
Physical
Environmental
•
Operating conditions:
15° - 40°C (59° - 104°F)
•
Relative humidity:
10% - 85% (non-condensing)
•
Manifold type:
8-, 8s-, 12-, or 16-channel manifold,
depending on washer model
•
Waste bottle volume:
2 liters
•
Supply bottle volume:
2 liters
•
User interface (LCD):
2 x 24 LCD display; 25 alphanumeric soft keys
Hardware
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Performance Specifications
Residual Volume (Evacuation Efficiency)
96-Well Performance:
Average residual of < 2.0 µl per well after a 3-cycle wash, when
dispensing 300 µl per well, into a minimum of 4 strips, using a
solution of deionized water with 0.1% Tween® 20 or equivalent
buffer solution. The aspirate height adjustment should be
optimized for the plate prior to testing.
384-Well Performance:
(16-channel only)
Average residual of < 4.0 µl per well after a 1-cycle wash, when
dispensing 100 µl per well, into a minimum of 4 strips, using a
solution of deionized water with 0.1% Tween 20 or equivalent
buffer solution. The aspirate height adjustment should be
optimized for the plate prior to testing.
Residual Volume specifications do not apply to the ELx50™/8FMW washer when using
the aspiration carrier for filter-bottom plates. Residual Volume specifications are only
applicable when using the microplate carrier for solid-bottom plates.
Dispense Precision
96-Well Performance:
< 3.0% CV when measured over 6 strips from an 8- or
8s-channel manifold, or 4 strips from a 12- channel manifold,
dispensing 300 µl per well of deionized water with 0.1% Tween
20 and colored dye at a rate of 300 µl per well per second.
384-Well Performance:
(16-channel only)
< 4.0% CV when measured over 6 strips from a 16-channel
manifold, dispensing 100 µl per well of deionized water with
0.1% Tween 20 and colored dye.
Processing Speed
96-Well Performance
< 130 seconds for 12 strips (3 cycles, 300 µl/well, no soak)
384-Well Performance
(16-channel only )
< 260 seconds for 24 strips (3 cycles, 100 µl/well, no soak)
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Product Support & Service
All of BioTek’s products are backed by a superior support staff. If your instrument ever
fails to function perfectly, if you have questions about how to use or maintain it, or if you
need to send the instrument to BioTek for service or repair, please contact our Technical
Assistance Center (TAC).
Contacting the Technical Assistance Center
Our Technical Assistance Center is open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST), Monday
through Friday, excluding standard U.S. holidays. You can send a fax or an e-mail any
time.
Phone:
800-242-4685 (in the U.S.) or 802-655-4740 (outside the U.S.)
Fax:
802-655-3399
E-Mail:
tac@biotek.com
Please be prepared to provide the following information:
•
Your name and company information
•
A daytime phone or fax number, and/or an e-mail address
•
The product name, model, and serial number
•
The software part number and basecode version (available via the washer’s
TESTS
CHKSUM)
main menu by selecting UTIL
•
For troubleshooting assistance or instruments needing repair: the specific
steps that produce your problem, and any error codes displayed (see also
Appendix A, Error Codes).
Returning Instruments for Service/Repair
If you need to return an instrument to BioTek for service or repair, please contact the
TAC for a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number before shipping the
instrument. Repackage the instrument properly (see Chapter 2, Installation), write
the RMA number on the shipping box, and ship to this address:
BioTek Instruments, Inc.
Technical Assistance Center
100 Tigan Street
Highland Park
Winooski, Vermont 05404 USA
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Chapter 2
Installation
This chapter includes instructions for unpacking and setting up the
ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer, installing the washer's
components, and repackaging the instrument for shipment.
Unpacking and Inspecting the Instrument ...................................14
Setting Up the ELx50 ...............................................................20
Operating Environment ........................................................20
Installing the Carrier and Manifold .........................................20
Connecting the Tubes and Bottles ..........................................25
Attaching the Mist Shield ......................................................35
Connecting the Power Supply and Cord ..................................36
Serial Port for Communication With Other Devices ...................36
Verifying Performance ..............................................................37
Repackaging and Shipping ........................................................38
Before Repackaging the Instrument .......................................38
Repackaging the ELx50 and Its Accessories.............................39
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Unpacking and Inspecting the Instrument
Important! Save all packaging materials. If the washer is
shipped to the factory for repair or replacement, it must be carefully
repackaged, according to the instructions on pp. 38 to 49, using the
original packing materials. Using other forms of commercially
available packing materials, or failure to follow the repackaging
instructions may void your warranty. If the original packing
materials have been damaged, contact BioTek and ask for part
number 4073001.
The ELx50™ washer and its accessories are securely packaged inside custom-designed
shipping materials. This packaging should protect the instrument from damage during
shipping. Inspect the shipping box, packaging, instrument, and accessories for signs of
damage.
If the washer is damaged: Notify the carrier and your manufacturer's representative.
Keep the shipping cartons and packing material for the carrier's inspection. The
manufacturer will arrange for repair or replacement of your instrument immediately,
before the shipping-related claim is settled.
Refer to the unpacking instructions and Figures 2 through 6 on the following pages when
removing the instrument and its accessories from the shipping container.
See Repackaging and Shipping at the end of this chapter for complete shipping
instructions.
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Unpacking the 16-Channel Manifold, Mist Shield, and Bottles
1.
Carefully open the outer shipping container and lift the top packing container
and shipping tray that contain the accessories out of the container.
2.
Remove the 16-channel manifold, mist shield, and waste and supply bottles,
and then set aside their shipping materials.
3.
Refer to Figure 3 on the following page for unpacking the shipping tray for the
8-, 8s-, or 12-channel manifold, microplate carrier, power supply, tubing,
in-line filter, and other accessories.
The bottles include two 2-liter supply bottles and one 2-liter waste
bottle. The “V” version of the ELx50™ (washers equipped with the
optional valve module) will include three 2-liter supply bottles.
Figure 2: Unpacking the 16-Channel Manifold. Mist Shield, and Bottles
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Unpacking the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold, Microplate Carrier,
Power Supply, Tubing, In-Line Filter, and Optional Pump Muffler
1.
Carefully open the shipping tray for the 8-, 8s-, or 12-channel manifold,
microplate carrier, power supply and power cord, tubing, in-line vacuum filter,
optional vacuum pump muffler, manual, and Declaration of Conformity or
other documents.
2.
Remove the accessories listed above and set aside the shipping materials.
Figure 3: Unpacking the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold, Microplate Carrier, Power Supply,
Tubing, In-Line Vacuum Filter, and Optional Vacuum Pump Muffler
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Unpacking the Inner Shipping Container and Foam Corner Blocks
1.
Lift the inner shipping container with the eight foam corner blocks out of the
outer shipping container as shown in the figure below and place it upon a level
surface. This package contains the washer. ELx50™/8FMW washers include
an aspiration carrier and two vent plugs.
2.
Remove and set aside the foam corner blocks.
3.
Carefully open the inner shipping container, using a blunt tool.
Figure 4: Unpacking the Inner Shipping Container and Foam Corner Blocks
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Unpacking the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW models only)
1.
Remove the aspiration carrier from its storage compartment in the inner
shipping container.
2.
Remove and set aside any bubble wrap, plastic bag, or other shipping
materials.
Figure 5: Unpacking the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50™/8FMW)
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Unpacking the ELx50™ Washer
1.
Lift insert #2, then insert #1 out of the inner shipping container (as shown
below).
2.
Carefully lift the washer out of the inner shipping container and place it on a
level surface.
3.
Remove the washer from the plastic bag.
4.
Slide the foam shipping block out from underneath the manifold mounting
bracket.
5.
Store the inner shipping container and all shipping materials (including those
noted on the previous pages) in the outer shipping container.
Figure 6: Unpacking the ELx50 Washer
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Setting Up the ELx50
Important! Avoid excessive humidity. Condensation
directly on the sensitive electronic circuits can cause the
instrument to fail internal self checks.
The manifold dispense tubes have a protective Teflon collar
at the tip. This is to prevent dripping. Do not remove
these coverings!
Operating Environment
The ELx50™ washer is sensitive to extreme environmental conditions. For optimal
operation, install the washer
•
on a level surface,
•
in an area where ambient temperatures between 15°C (59°F) and 40°C
(104°F) can be maintained, and
•
away from excess humidity.
See Specifications in Chapter 1, Introduction, for a list of environmental
specifications.
Installing the Carrier and Manifold
All ELx50 washers have a microplate carrier that is specific to their manifold type.
See ELx50 Washer Variations in Chapter 1, Introduction, for information on the
various manifold and carrier types.
Refer to Figures 7 and 8 when installing the microplate carrier and manifold.
ELx50/8FMW: Refer to Figures 9 and 10 when installing the aspiration carrier.
Microplate Carrier
1.
Hold the microplate carrier over the rail so that the priming/soaking
trough is closest to the rear of the washer.
2.
Line up the pin on the underside of the carrier with the slot on the carrier
transport.
3.
Snap the two carrier rail guides onto the carrier transport rail. The pin
should sit in the slot.
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8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold
1.
Orient the manifold so that the aspirate/dispense tubes are pointed down,
and the fittings for the supply and waste tubing are pointed toward the
back of the washer.
2.
Slide the manifold gently down over the two support pins on the manifold
mounting bracket that are closest to the front of the washer.
3.
Insert the thumbscrews (2). Do not overtighten.
Figure 7: Installing the Microplate Carrier and 8-, 8s, or 12-Channel Manifold
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16-Channel Manifold
1.
Orient the manifold so that the aspirate/dispense tubes are pointed down,
and the fittings for the supply and waste tubing are pointed toward the
back of the washer.
2.
Slide the manifold gently down over the three support pins on the
manifold mounting bracket.
3.
Insert the thumbscrews (3). Do not overtighten.
Figure 8: Installing the Microplate Carrier and 16-Channel Manifold
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Aspiration Carrier (ELx50™/8FMW)
For bottom aspiration using the aspiration carrier, the 8- or 8schannel manifold must be installed. The aspiration carrier does not
support the 12-channel manifold.
1.
Hold the aspiration carrier over the rail so that the priming/soaking trough
is closest to the rear of the washer.
2.
Line up the pin on the underside of the carrier with the slot on the carrier
transport.
3.
Snap the two carrier rail guides onto the carrier transport rail. The pin
should sit in the slot.
4.
Follow the instructions on the next page for setting the vacuum levels using
the vent port and vent plugs.
Figure 9: Installing the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW model)
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5.
Slide the latch on the plate clamp to the right to open the clamp, whenever
inserting or removing a plate.
6.
Use the vent port (labeled “C”) on the carrier and the two vent plugs
(located in storage slots “A” and “B”) to vary the vacuum levels. The vent
port is a 0.047” diameter hole, which is equal to approximately -64 mmHg.
The gray vent plug contains a 0.032”diameter hole, which is equal to
approximately -116 mmHg. The black vent plug contains a 0.020” diameter
hole, which is equal to approximately -240 mmHg.
For a low vacuum level, leave the vent port on the carrier open.
For a medium vacuum level, insert the gray vent plug into the vent
port.
For a high vacuum level, insert the black vent plug into the vent port.
The approximate vacuum levels listed above (-64, -116, and
-240 mmHg) are “typical” only, and may vary, depending upon
factors such as relative humidity, barometric pressure, and
mechanical tolerances.
Figure 10: Close-Up View of Aspiration Carrier Vent Port and Vent Plugs
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Connecting the Tubes and Bottles
Caution. The washer manifold, the vacuum port, and the
supply bottles have Luer fittings. Finger-tighten only!!
Important! Review Figures 11 through 17 on the following
pages, as well as the diagram on the back of the washer.
Identify the different tubes and bottles that came with your
washer.
For optimal operation of the ELx50™ washer, all tubing, cables, and fittings for the
waste and supply systems must be properly connected. The figures on the following
pages illustrate the rear panel of the instrument and the locations of the ports and
connections for the waste and supply systems.
Liquid Level Alert™ option: If you purchased the Liquid Level Alert option, its
components are shipped in a separate box. Install the waste and supply bottle(s) as
described on the following pages, and then install the select box and connect the cables
as described on page 34.
•
For PN 4070035 (non-“V” version washers), components include a select box,
one 2-liter supply bottle, and one 2-liter waste bottle.
•
For PN 4070036 (“V” version washers), components include a select box,
three 2-liter supply bottles, and one 2-liter waste bottle.
Vacuum Pump Muffler: An optional vacuum pump muffler (PN 4073009) is
provided with ELx50 washers that are equipped with the new vacuum pump (washers
manufactured after January 2008). If you wish to use the muffler, attach the female luer
end of the muffler to the vacuum pump output/exhaust port on the rear panel of the
washer. See Figure 11b and Figure 12b on the following pages for illustrations of the
vacuum pump muffler.
Before Connecting the Tubes and Bottles
1.
Rinse all bottles with deionized or distilled water before using. This
rinsing eliminates particles that may have entered during packing or
unpacking.
2.
Place the supply and waste bottles on the same horizontal plane as the
washer. This ensures optimum pump performance.
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Figure 11a: Washer Rear Panel (all models except ELx50™/8FMW)
Figure 11b: Attaching the Vacuum Pump Muffler (all models except ELx50/8FMW)
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Figure 12a: Washer Rear Panel (ELx50™/8FMW model)
Figure 12b: Attaching the Vacuum Pump Muffler (ELx50/8FMW model)
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Waste System
All models except the ELx50™/8FMW: Follow steps 1 through 4 below for
connecting the waste tubing and bottle. Refer to Figure 11 on page 26 for an
illustration of the rear panel of the washer, and to Figure 13 on page 29 for an
illustration of the waste tubing connections.
1.
Attach the paired (Y-shaped) waste tubing to the two waste ports on the
back of the washer manifold. Finger-tighten only!
2.
Remove the waste bottle cover and replace it with the stopper from the
waste tubing set.
3.
To install the optional* in-line vacuum filter, cut the tubing from the waste
bottle to the vacuum pump output port in half and attach both cut ends to
the vacuum filter ports.
4.
Attach the free end of the tubing from the waste bottle to the vacuum port
for waste fluid on the back of the washer. Finger-tighten only!
ELx50/8FMW model (with aspiration carrier installed): Follow steps 1
through 7 below for connecting the waste tubing and bottle. Refer to Figure 12 on
the previous page for an illustration of the rear panel of the washer, and to Figure
14 on page 30 for an illustration of the waste tubing connections.
1.
Attach the paired (Y-shaped) waste tubing to the two waste ports on the
back of the washer manifold. Finger-tighten only!
2.
Attach the free end of the waste tubing from the manifold to the top
aspiration port (“TOP ASP”) on the back of the washer.
Finger-tighten only!
3.
Remove the waste bottle cover and replace it with the stopper from the
waste tubing set.
4.
Attach one tube from the waste bottle to the vacuum pump output port on
the back of the washer.
5.
To install the optional* in-line vacuum filter, cut the tubing from the waste
bottle to the vacuum pump output port in half and attach both cut ends to
the vacuum filter ports.
6.
Attach the free end of the tubing from the waste bottle to the vacuum port
for waste fluid on the back of the washer. Finger-tighten only!
7.
Attach the waste tubing from the aspiration carrier to the bottom aspiration
port (“BOT ASP”) on the back of the washer. Finger-tighten only!
The in-line vacuum filter is “optional” in the sense that the washer will function
without it. It is strongly recommended that you install this filter, however,
because (1) the filter prevents waste material aerosols from being released into
the air, and (2) the filter serves as a temporary fluid barrier in the event that the
waste bottle is allowed to overfill. (The replacement PN for the filter is 48146.)
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Figure 13: Waste Tubing Connections (all models except the ELx50™/8FMW)
Note: The washer's top shroud is removed from this illustration for
clarity only. While it is acceptable to remove the mist shield, do not
attempt to remove the shroud protecting the washer's components.
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Figure 14: Waste Tubing Connections
(ELx50™/8FMW model with Aspiration Carrier installed)
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Supply System
Refer to Figure 15 for the following instructions.
1.
Two check valves are supplied; note the flow direction arrows. Connect the
check valves to the syringe pump top and bottom ports. Compare the flow
direction arrows with those shown in Figure 11 (all models except the
ELx50™/8FMW) or Figure 12 (ELx50/8FMW model).
2.
Two supply tubes are provided, one short, one long. Connect one end of
the short tube to the manifold. Connect the other end to the check valve
that is connected to the syringe pump top port.
3.
Washers without the multiple valve tubing option: Connect one end of
the long tube to the supply bottle and the other end to the check valve
connected to the syringe pump bottom port.
4.
Washers with the multiple valve tubing option: The long tube is longer
than necessary and should be cut to approximately 5 inches when installing
to minimize prime volume. Connect one end of the 5-inch tube to the valve
output port on the rear panel of the washer and the other end to the check
valve connected to the syringe pump bottom port.
Attach the three tubes from supply bottles A, B, and C to valve ports A, B,
and C on the back of the washer.
Note: The ELx50/8FMW model does not support the multiple valve
tubing option.
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Figure 15a: Supply Tubing Connections (front view)
Figure 15b: Supply Tubing Connections (view of connections on rear panel)
Note: The washer's top shroud is removed from this illustration for
clarity only. While it is acceptable to remove the mist shield, do not
attempt to remove the shroud protecting the washer's components.
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Figure 16: Washer with Multiple Valve Tubing Connections
(“V” versions of the ELx50™)
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Liquid Level Alert™ Option
If you have not already done so, connect the waste and supply bottles as described
on the previous pages.
1.
2.
The Liquid Level Alert select box has four ports, labeled A, B, and C, for
the supply bottle(s), and WASTE.
•
For washers with the Valve option, connect the supply bottle cables to
the appropriate ports in the select box. If a port is left empty, insert one
of the supplied “shorting plugs” (all ports must be filled).
•
For washers without the Valve option, connect the supply bottle cable to
port A and then insert the supplied shorting plugs into ports B and C.
•
For all washers, connect the waste bottle cable to the WASTE port.
Connect the select box to the washer via the LIQUID ALERT port on the
back of the washer.
Connects to washer
Shorting plugs
Liquid
Alert port
Supply (A)
Waste
Figure 17: Liquid Level Alert select box (top), and cable connections
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Final Check
1.
Verify that the tubing was not crimped during installation.
2.
Make sure that the fluid supply and the waste output tubes are attached to
the appropriate manifold ports. If the mounted manifold tilts forward or
backward, make sure that the tubing to the manifold is not being pulled
tight or off to the side.
Attaching the Mist Shield
Refer to Figure 18 below for the following instructions.
1.
Insert the two thumbscrews into the slots on the washer’s left side. Do not
tighten completely.
2.
Hold the mist shield parallel to the washer’s left side, with the door toward the
front of the washer. See below.
3.
Slide the mist shield down so that the two slots fit over the thumbscrew shafts.
4.
Insert the two pins into the slots on the washer’s top left side.
5.
Tighten the thumbscrews.
Figure 18: Attaching the Mist Shield
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Connecting the Power Supply and Cord
Warning! Power Rating. The ELx50™ power supply
must be connected to a power receptacle that provides
voltage and current within the specified rating for the
system. Use of an incompatible power receptacle may
produce electrical shock and fire hazards.
Warning! Electrical Grounding. Never use a two-
prong plug adapter to connect primary power to the ELx50
power supply. Use of a two-prong adapter disconnects the
utility ground, creating a severe shock hazard. Always
connect the power cord directly to a three-prong receptacle
with a functional ground.
The ELx50™ Washer uses an external 24-volt power supply. The power supply
automatically adjusts for input voltage in the range of 100 - 250 V~.
1.
Plug the power supply’s plug into the washer’s rear panel. See Figure 11
(all models except the ELx50/8FMW) or Figure 12 (ELx50/8FMW model).
2.
Insert the power cord into the power supply and into an appropriate wall
outlet.
Serial Port for Communication With Other Devices
The ELx50 has a 25-pin serial (RS-232) port located on the rear panel of the instrument
(see Figure 11 or Figure 12). The serial port allows the washer to receive data from a
computer for purposes of factory or dealer service.
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Verifying Performance
Before using the ELx50™ washer for the first time, verify that it is operating properly by
turning the washer on. The washer will automatically perform a system Self-Test to check
the manifold, microplate carrier, vacuum pump and syringe pump positioning and
operation. You can also choose to run this test from the washer’s front panel, by selecting
UTIL > TESTS > SLFCHK.
Once the self test has completed successfully, the washer is ready for use. For more
information regarding verification of the washer’s performance, see Chapter 4,
Maintenance and Performance Verification (IQ/OQ/PQ).
If the test passes, the Main Menu will be displayed. If the test fails, the washer will
beep repeatedly and the display will show an error code. If this happens, note the error
code and then press the Stop key on the keypad to stop the beeping. Refer to Appendix A,
Error Codes, to determine its cause. If the problem is something you can fix, turn off the
washer, fix the problem, and then turn the washer back on. If the cause is not something
you can fix, contact BioTek’s Technical Assistance Center.
Chapter 4, Maintenance and Performance Verification (IQ/OQ/PQ) provides
recommended Installation and Operational Qualification procedures to be performed after
the instrument is installed and set up as described in this chapter, and before the
instrument is used in a laboratory environment.
The successful completion of the Installation Qualification confirms that the washer and its
components have been supplied as ordered and ensures that they are assembled and
configured properly for your lab environment. The successful completion of the
Operational Qualification confirms that the washer is operating according to specification.
Note: An instrument qualification package (PN 4070530) for the
ELx50 is available for purchase from BioTek. The package contains
thorough procedures for performing Installation Qualification,
Operational Qualification and Performance Qualification (IQ/OQ/PQ)
and preventive maintenance (PM). Extensive Checklists and Logbooks
are included for recording results. Contact your local dealer for more
information.
Important! Before operating this washer, review the
General Usage Guidelines in Chapter 3. These
guidelines include necessary steps to perform before running
any program, information on performing periodic
maintenance, and points to consider when creating or editing
washer programs.
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Repackaging and Shipping
If you need to ship the ELx50™ Washer to BioTek for service or repair, be sure to use the
original packing. Other forms of commercially available packing are not recommended
and can void the warranty.
If the original packing materials have been damaged or lost, contact BioTek for
replacement packing (see Technical Assistance in Chapter 1 for contact information).
The instrument’s packaging design is subject to change over time. If
the instructions in this section do not appear to apply to the packaging
materials you are using, please contact BioTek’s Technical Assistance
Center for guidance.
Before Repackaging the Instrument
Warning! If the washer has been exposed to potentially
hazardous material, decontaminate it to minimize the risk to
all who come in contact with the washer during shipping,
handling and servicing.
Decontamination prior to shipping is required by the U.S.
Department of Transportation regulations.
Important! Perform the following steps in the order
presented before repackaging the washer for shipment.
1.
Decontaminate the washer and its accessories as necessary. Refer to the
Decontamination procedure in Chapter 4 for complete instructions.
2.
Obtain a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number from BioTek’s
Technical Assistance Center through BioTek’s website, fax, or e-mail
address listed in Chapter 1.
3.
When obtaining the RMA, explain whether the washer requires calibration,
cleaning, periodic maintenance, warranty work, and/or repair. Make a note
of any error messages displayed and their frequency.
4.
Provide BioTek with the name and contact information of a person who
may be contacted if questions arise.
5.
Mark the RMA number on the outside of the shipping box.
6.
Insure the instrument for full value before shipping to BioTek.
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Repackaging the ELx50 and Its Accessories
Refer to Figures 19 through 29 below and on the following pages when
repackaging the ELx50.
Removing the Mist Shield
1.
Turn the washer off and disconnect the power supply cord and all waste
and supply tubing (and, if applicable, the optional valve tubing) from the
washer.
2.
Remove the two mist shield thumbscrews.
3.
Remove the mist shield and place it into a plastic bag (not shown).
4.
Reinstall the two mist shield thumbscrews into their slots on the washer.
Figure 19: Removing the Mist Shield
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Removing the Manifold and Microplate Carrier
1.
Remove the thumbscrews from the manifold.
2.
For all models of the manifold: Lift the manifold carefully from the
support pins on the manifold mounting bracket.
3.
For the 8-, 8s-, or 12-channel manifolds only: Screw the two
thumbscrews back into their support pins on the manifold mounting
bracket.
4.
Pack the manifold as instructed on the following two pages.
5.
Remove the microplate carrier and place it into a plastic ziplock bag.
Figure 20: Removing the Manifold and Microplate Carrier
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Removing the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50™/8FMW)
1.
Disconnect the tubing from the back of the aspiration carrier.
2.
Lift the carrier off the carrier transport rail.
3.
Ensure that the two vent plugs are inserted in the “A” and “B” storage slots
in the front panel of the carrier, for shipping.
4.
Place the carrier into a plastic ziplock bag.
Figure 21: Removing the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW)
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Packing the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold in Its Container
1.
Place the manifold into the foam shipping container as shown.
2.
Wrap a large rubber band around the shipping block.
3.
Place the shipping block into a plastic ziplock bag.
Figure 22: Packing the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold
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Packing the 16-Channel Manifold in Its Container
1.
Place the three thumbscrews into a small ziplock bag. Insert the bag into
the hole in the bottom of the foam shipping container for the 16-channel
manifold.
2.
Place the manifold into a plastic bag.
3.
Insert the bag into the container.
Figure 23: Packing the 16-Channel Manifold in Its Container
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Rotating the Cam
1.
Ensure that the mist shield, manifold, and carrier have been removed as
instructed on the previous pages.
2.
Rotate the cam until it is in the downward position, as shown below.
Figure 24: Rotating the Cam
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Placing the Washer into the Inner Shipping Container
1.
Ensure that the cam is in the down position as shown on the previous page.
2.
Align the groove in the foam shipping block to the manifold mounting
bracket and push the block onto the bracket.
3.
Place the washer into a plastic bag.
4.
Carefully lower the instrument into the inner shipping container, placing it
all the way forward into the box.
5.
Place insert #1 into the shipping container, as shown below.
6.
Slide the washer all the way back to insert #1.
7.
Place insert #2 into the front of the shipping container, as shown below.
Figure 25: Placing the Washer into the Inner Shipping Container
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Placing the Aspiration Carrier into the Inner Shipping Container
1.
ELx50™/8FMW model only: Place the aspiration carrier in its
compartment as shown.
2.
Close the inner shipping container.
Figure 26: Placing the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) into the Inner Shipping Container
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Packing the Inner Shipping Container
1.
Place the eight foam corner blocks onto the inner container as shown.
2.
Place the container into the outer shipping container.
Figure 27: Packing the Inner Shipping Container
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Packing the 16-Channel Manifold and Mist Shield
1.
Slide the 16-channel manifold underneath the mist shield as shown.
2.
Insert the mist shield and manifold into the top packing container.
3.
Place the container on top of the inner shipping box.
Figure 28: Packing the 16-Channel Manifold and Mist Shield
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Packing the 8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold, Microplate Carrier,
and Power Supply
1.
Place the 8-, 8s-, or 12-channel manifold, microplate carrier, and power
supply into the shipping tray as shown, then place into the outer shipping
container.
2.
Close the top of the outer shipping box and tape it shut.
3.
Write “RMA” and the RMA number in large, clear letters on the outside of
the shipping container and ship the instrument to the BioTek address
provided in the Product Support & Service section of Chapter 1.
Figure 29: Packing the 8-, 8s-, and 12-Channel Manifold, Microplate Carrier, and Power Supply
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Chapter 3
Operation
This chapter includes instructions for operating the ELx50™
Microplate Strip Washer and its software.
ELx50 Front Panel ....................................................................52
Keypad Description ..................................................................53
Entering Program Names ..........................................................54
System Startup .......................................................................54
Main Menu ..............................................................................55
General Usage Guidelines .........................................................56
Wash .....................................................................................60
Prime .....................................................................................72
Dispense ................................................................................76
Aspiration ...............................................................................79
Soak ......................................................................................83
Linking Programs .....................................................................86
Utility.....................................................................................89
ELx50 Microplate Strip Washer Menu Maps ..................................92
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ELx50 Front Panel
The front panel on the ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer features a 25-key keypad and
a 2 x 24-character LCD display as shown in Figure 30 below.
LCD display
SoftKeys (4)
Alphanumeric
keys
BIO-TEK ELx50
RUN
DEFINE MAINT
UTIL
Menu functions
(second line of
LCD display)
Special function keys
Figure 30: ELx50 Front Panel, With LCD and Keypad
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Keypad Description
The keypad has four SoftKeys, one below each selectable menu
option. Press a SoftKey to choose a menu selection. For example, from
the Main Menu, press the leftmost SoftKey to select RUN, the rightmost
to select UTIL.
Main
Menu
Options
ENTER
Previous
Screen
CLEAR
Exit the current screen and return to the Main Menu. After defining a
washer program, press the Main Menu key, then press YES to save the
program.
To scroll through the different options within a program, press the
Options key or the Shift + Options key combination. Press the
ENTER key to select the current option.
Pressing ENTER generally saves the current screen settings and
advances to the next screen in a series.
To move to a previous menu, press the Previous Screen key.
Press CLEAR to delete an entry.
◄
Press the ◄ (reverse) arrow to move the cursor to the left in the LCD
display.
►
Press the ► (forward) arrow to move the cursor to the right in the LCD
display.
START
STOP
To start running a washer program, press the START key.
To stop running (abort) a washer program, press the STOP key.
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Entering Program Names
Each ELx50™ washer program requires the entry of a unique name, using up to 16
alphanumeric characters. To enter a program name via the washer keypad:
1.
Press Shift + key A-H, or
2.
Scroll through the alphabet with the Options key for A-Z.
3.
Press Shift + Options to reverse direction.
4.
Use the ► (forward) or ◄ (reverse) arrows to move the cursor within the
display.
5.
Press the ENTER key to store the completed program name and continue.
If the program name already exists, the washer software will require you to enter a unique
name. This protects washer programs from inadvertently being overwritten.
The NAME display offers four symbols that can be used in a program name: dash (hyphen),
forward slash, colon, and underscore (see below). These symbols appear in the LCD as
SoftKey choices. To include a symbol within a program name, press its corresponding
SoftKey.
NAME:
WASH 96
-
/
:
_
System Startup
To turn on the ELx50™, press the on/off switch on the right side of the base. The ELx50
will perform a self-test, displaying the screens shown below until initialization is complete.
During this time, all keys are inactive.
If the self-test fails, the washer will “chirp” and display an error code. Press STOP to stop
the chirp. Refer to Chapter 5, Troubleshooting and Appendix A, Error Codes, to
interpret these codes. Contact BioTek Instrument’s Technical Assistance Center (see page
12), for further assistance with troubleshooting.
POWERUP SEQUENCE V1.02
INITIALIZING. . .
(Instrument ID)
SYSTEM SELF-TEST. . .
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Main Menu
Following successful power-up of the ELx50™, the Main Menu appears:
BIO-TEK ELx50
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
UTIL
The following options are available through the Main Menu. (See the Washer Menu
Maps on pages 92 through 95for a complete listing of menu options.)
BIO-TEK ELx50
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
UTIL
SELECT UTILITY:
TESTS SETUP
AUTOPRIME
SELECT MAINT PROGRAM:
(*See options below.)
SELECT ACTION:
CREATE EDIT
COPY DELETE
SELECT PROGRAM TYPE:
WASH
PRIME
DISP
*MORE
SELECT PROGRAM TYPE:
ASPIR
SOAK
LINK
*MORE
*Maintenance options include:
DECONTAMINATION, LONG_SHUTDOWN, OVERNIGHT_LOOP,
RINSE_AND_SOAK, and DAY_RINSE.
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General Usage Guidelines
Important! Please review the General Usage Guidelines
before running any programs.
Vacuum Filter: It is strongly recommended that you install the
hydrophobic in-line vacuum filter before using the ELx50™.
See Connecting the Tubes and Bottles in Chapter 2 for
more information.
When operating the washer, follow these guidelines to ensure optimal performance
and to prevent the problems described in the troubleshooting charts in Chapter 5,
Troubleshooting.
Before Running Any Program
•
Fill the wash/rinse bottles with sufficient fluid. Make sure the supply tube is
in the liquid.
•
The supply tube should extend to the bottom of the bottle and be
cut at the end (see drawing to the right) to ensure free flow of
liquid at the bottom of the supply bottle.
•
Empty the waste bottle and firmly seat the waste bottle’s stopper. To ensure
that fluid does not back up into the vacuum pump during operation, never
allow the waste bottle to become more than three-quarters full.
•
Check the external tubing connections for kinks and clogs.
•
For washers with the aspiration carrier (ELx50/8FMW): when setting up the
tubing from the aspiration carrier to the port on the back of the washer, ensure
that there is sufficient room for the tubing.
Since the carrier moves in and out during a Dispense program, a clear tubing
flex path needs to be maintained so that carrier motion is not impeded.
Pushing the instrument up against a wall or against the vacuum/dispense
bottles can result in errors, because the carrier loses steps during movement.
See Chapter 2, Installation, for illustrations of proper tubing connections.
•
Make sure the bottles, solutions, and tubing are clean and do not contain any
particles or mold. Water and dye solutions that are recycled over several days
will grow algae, bacteria, molds, or other undesirable organisms.
•
If there are large air pockets in the tubing, run a Prime program using
200 ml before running another program.
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•
To avoid creating air bubbles every time the wash or rinse bottle is filled, make
a mark halfway down the bottle and refill when the fluid level has dropped to
that point. Unscrew the cap and let it hang over the side just enough to avoid
emptying the inside tube and enough to refill the bottle.
•
When placing a microplate on the carrier, make sure that well A1 is in the right
rear corner as you face the front of the washer, and that the plate is firmly
seated in the carrier. The microplate carrier has a microplate spring that holds
the microplate against the front edge of the carrier. The aspiration carrier in the
ELx50™/8FMW model has a plate clamp for securing the microplate in place.
(See Chapter 2, Installation, for illustrations of the microplate and aspiration
carriers.)
•
Ensure that you are using the correct microplate/microstrip types:
8-, 8s-channel manifold: 96-well plates, 8-well strips.
12-channel manifold: 96-well plates, 12-well strips.
16-channel manifold: 96- or 384-well plates, 8-well strips.
Aspiration carrier (ELx50/8FMW): 96-well filter-bottom microplates
only. Microstrips are not supported.
•
When placing microstrips on the carrier, always load the strips starting with
position one in the holder closest to the rear of the instrument.
•
Vacuum control for the aspiration carrier: Make sure that there is
enough vacuum for aspiration. Use the vent port (labeled “C”) on the carrier
and the two vent plugs (located in storage slots “A” and “B”) to vary the
vacuum levels. (See Figure 10 in Chapter 2 for an illustration of the vent port
and the two vent plugs.)
The vent port is a 0.047” diameter hole, which is equal to approximately
-64 mmHg. The gray vent plug contains a 0.032”diameter hole, which is equal
to approximately -116 mmHg. The black vent plug contains a 0.020” diameter
hole, which is equal to approximately -240 mmHg.
The approximate vacuum levels listed above (-64, -116, and -240
mmHg) are “typical” only, and may vary, depending upon factors such
as relative humidity, barometric pressure, and mechanical tolerances.
For a low vacuum level, leave the vent port on the carrier open.
For a medium vacuum level, insert the gray vent plug into the vent port.
For a high vacuum level, insert the black vent plug into the vent port.
Important! Ensure that the vent port is not completely
sealed. If the vent port is sealed, the washer’s internal
vacuum pump may collapse the vacuum reservoir bottle.
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Maintenance
Perform Daily , Overnight, and Periodic Maintenance as described in Chapter 4,
Maintenance and Performance Verification (IQ/OQ/PQ). Periodic Maintenance
includes:
•
Cleaning the manifold tubes and chambers.
•
Cleaning the plate carrier.
•
Cleaning the supply, rinse, and waste bottles.
•
Rinsing and checking the tubing and the check valves.
Frequent inspection of the washer, tubing, and bottles for the possible causes listed
below may help to eliminate many of the problems listed in Chapter 5,
Troubleshooting.
•
Loose or incorrect connections of power supply, waste and supply tubing
and fittings.
•
Incomplete or incorrect installation of manifold and carrier, attachment
of mist shield, or placement of microplate/microstrips in carrier.
•
Accumulation of residue on carrier or inside aspirate/dispense tubes,
waste/supply bottles and tubing, manifold, inlet/outlet fittings, optional
in-line vacuum filter, or optional vacuum pump muffler (washers
manufactured after January 2008).
•
Worn tubing, o-rings, inlet or outlet fittings, manifold gaskets or vacuum seals.
•
Kinked or bent aspirate/dispense tubes or waste/supply tubing.
Programming Considerations
•
Be sure to enter the correct ‘First Strip’ and ‘Number of Strips’ values at runtime.
•
Ensure that the correct manifold type (8-, 8s-, 12-, or 16-) has been specified (by
selecting UTIL > SETUP) and is in use.
•
Washers with the multiple valve tubing option (“V” version washers): Ensure
that the correct reagent bottle is selected (A, B, or C).
•
The dispense (overflow) height in the wash protocol should be low enough to
ensure that excess fluid is removed by the aspirate tubes when the manifold is
dispensing.
•
Plate type for the 16-channel manifold: Ensure that the correct plate
type (96 or 384) is specified when selecting the Define Wash program options.
•
When editing, copying, deleting, running, or linking programs, the list of
programs displayed is dependent on the manifold configurations. For example:
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If an 8-channel manifold is configured, then the list of programs
available for editing, copying, deleting, running, or linking will not
contain 12-channel or 16-channel programs.
The option to perform a bottom aspirate using the aspiration carrier
(ELx50™/8FMW model) is only available when the instrument is
configured with either the 8- or 8s-channel manifold. Aspirate-only
programs containing a bottom aspiration sequence will not be displayed
in the program list, if a 12-channel manifold is configured.
•
Bottom aspiration time: When you are using the aspiration carrier in the
ELx50/8FMW washer, ensure that you do not define a bottom aspiration time
(BOT ASPIRATE TIME) that is too long for your assay type. Long aspiration
times may cause beads to stick to the bottom of the wells in the filter-bottom
plates. Try shorter aspiration times (e.g., 10 seconds) initially, and then increase
the aspiration time until suitable aspiration is achieved. You may also wish to
vary the vacuum levels by using the vent port on the aspiration carrier and the
two vent plugs. Refer to the instructions for using the vent port and plugs in
“Vacuum control for the aspiration carrier” on page 57.
Liquid Level Alert™ Option
ELx50 washers manufactured after October 2007 support the Liquid Level Alert
option. With this option, each bottle has a level sensing device inside. When a supply
bottle’s fluid level drops to approximately 400-450 mL, or the waste bottle’s fluid level
rises to approximately 1400-1450 mL, a sensor will activate.
The washer checks the status of the sensor at the start of all programs and also at the
end of Wash and Dispense programs. If a sensor has been activated, an error code
(2800 or 2900) will appear on the display. If this happens, press the STOP key and then
select ABORT or CONTINUE. If you choose to continue running a program, it is your
responsibility to ensure that the supply bottle contains enough fluid to process the
plate.
Sensor detection is enabled on the washer by default. You can disable it, but you will be
responsible for observing the fluid levels in the bottles. To view or change the sensor
detection setting , see page 90.
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Wash
This section discusses how to run, define, edit, copy, and delete Wash programs.
Run Wash Program
Before running any program, make sure that the microplate or the
holder containing the microstrips is properly seated in the plate
carrier.
To run a Wash program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
RUN
WASH
SELECT WASH PROGRAM
SELECT
REAGENT BOTTLE*
PRIME THE WASHER?
SELECT
PRIME PROGRAM
FIRST STRIP
NUMBER OF STRIPS
PLACE PLATE IN CARRIER AND PRESS <START> KEY
WASH PROGRAM RUNNING.PRESS <STOP> KEY TO QUIT
WASH PROGRAM COMPLETE. PRESS <ENTER> KEY
* SELECT REAGENT BOTTLE only appears on the “V” version washers.
Run Wash Program Options
Options
Actions
Wash program
Select a Wash program.
Note: For washers with dual-configuration for switching
between the 16- and 8-channel manifolds, only those
programs defined under the current configuration will be
presented for selection. For example, if you are currently
using the 16-channel manifold, only those programs that
were defined with the 16-channel configuration will be
displayed.
Select Reagent Bottle
Select the reagent bottle from which to dispense. This applies
only to ″V″ version models.
Prime?
Select a prime program to run before starting the wash
program.
First Strip
Specify the number of the first strip to be washed.
Number of Strips
Specify the number of microwell strips to be washed (the
actual selectable range is based on the First Strip value):
1 to 12 for the 8- or 8s-channel manifold
1 to 8 for the 12-channel manifold
1 to 24 for the 16-channel manifold
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Define Wash Program
To define a Wash program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
CREATE
WASH
NAME
PLATE TYPE*
DEFINE WASH COMPONENT
Select the Program
Component (Method, Dispense, Aspiration)
Press MAIN MENU KEY to end
OK TO SAVE
PROGRAM?
* PLATE TYPE only appears if the washer is configured with the 16-channel
manifold.
Define Wash Program Options
Options
Actions
Name
Enter a unique name for the Wash program, using up to 16
alphanumeric characters. See Entering Program Names on
page 54 for instructions.
Plate Type
Select a Plate Type of 96 if washing 8-well strips or 96-well
plates, or 384 if washing 384-well plates (for washers
configured with the 16-channel manifold).
Wash Component
METHOD: Wash cycles, plate or strip format, soaking and
shaking, soak duration, shake before soak, shake duration,
shake intensity, prime after soak, prime volume and prime
flow rate. The fields are described in the Method table, page
62.
DISP: Dispense Volume, Dispense Flow Rate, Dispense
Height, Horizontal Dispense Position, Bottom Wash First,
Bottom Dispense Volume, Bottom Flow Rate, Bottom
Dispense Height, Bottom Horizontal Position, Prime Before
Start, Prime Volume, Prime Flow Rate. The fields are
described in the Dispense table, page 64.
ASPIR: Aspirate Height, Horizontal Aspirate Position, Aspirate
Rate, Aspirate Delay, Crosswise Aspirate, Crosswise On,
Crosswise Height, Crosswise Horizontal Position, Final
Aspiration, Final Aspirate Delay. The fields are described in
the Aspiration table, page 67.
Press Main Menu to
end
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After all wash components have been programmed, press
Main Menu then select YES to save the program.
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Define Wash METHOD Program Options
Options
Actions
Number of Cycles
Specify 1 to 10 complete wash cycles. A complete wash cycle
represents an aspirate and dispense sequence, which may or
may not end with a final aspiration of the liquid from the wells
(see Final Aspiration? in the Define Wash ASPIRATION
Program Options table, page 67.)
Note: If Bottom Wash is enabled, an additional aspirate and
dispense sequence is performed using unique bottom washing
dispense parameters (see Bottom Wash First? in the Define
Wash DISPENSE Program Options table, page 64).
Wash Format
Choose Plate or Strip wash format.
Plate format applies each cycle to the entire plate (or all of the
strips) before it starts the next cycle. Strip format applies all
cycles to one strip before it moves to the next strip.
Note: The number of strips to wash is defined at program
run-time.
Soak/Shake?
Choose YES to soak and/or shake the wash buffer in the
microwells after the buffer has been dispensed.
Soak Duration
Soak Duration represents the time to allow the wash buffer to
remain in the wells before aspiration. The duration range is
from 0 to 600 seconds.
A soak begins after the wash buffer is dispensed to the wells.
In some chemistries it enhances washing by allowing unbound
material to diffuse into the wash buffer. When washing strips in
a plate format use a soak that lasts as long as it takes to
process one wash cycle of all strips.
Shake Before Soak?
Choose YES to agitate the microwells back and forth linearly
along the carrier track to aid in dispersal.
Before the microwells begin shaking, the manifold raises so that
the dispense and aspirate tubes clear the microwells. The
carrier returns to its home position so that the tubes are above
the carrier trough.
Shake Duration
Shake Duration represents the length of time that the
microwells are agitated. The duration range is from 1 to 600
seconds.
Shake Intensity
Specify the intensity of microwell shaking. The options range
from 1 to 5, where 1 = Least Intense, 5 = Most Intense. The
washer display shows the corresponding cycles/sec value for
each option.
Prime After Soak?
Choose YES to prime the dispense tubes after a soak cycle.
Prime Volume
Specify the volume, in milliliters, of the solution used to prime
the dispense tubes. The volume range is from 1 to 200 ml.
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Actions
Prime Flow Rate
Specify the rate at which the priming fluid will be pumped into
the dispense tubes. The flow rate options range from 1
to 9 (1 to 7 for the 12-channel manifold), where 1 = Slowest,
9 = Fastest. The washer display shows the corresponding
µl/well/sec value for each option.
Press ENTER to
continue
Define another wash component.
Press Main Menu to
end
Select YES to save the program.
Wash METHOD Defaults and Ranges
Parameter
Default
Range
3
1-10
Wash Format
Plate
Plate/Strip
Soak/Shake?
No
Yes/No
Soak Duration
30
0-600
Shake Before Soak?
No
Yes/No
Shake Duration
5
1-600
Shake Intensity
3
1-5
No
Yes/No
Prime Volume
5
1-200
Prime Flow Rate
5
1-9 (1-7 for
the 12-channel
manifold)
Number of Cycles
Prime After Soak?
Units
seconds
seconds
1
2
3
4
5
15 cycles/second
16
17
18
19
milliliters
Selection = Flow rate in
ul/well/second
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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8/8s
12
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150
=
200
=
300
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450
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500
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600
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800
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150
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Define Wash DISPENSE (DISP) Program Options
Note: The shaded options are not available for Dispense-only
programs or for washers configured with 16-channel manifolds.
Options
Actions
Dispense Volume
Specify the volume of wash solution to dispense per
microwell, per wash cycle. The volume range is 50 to 3000
µl/well for the 8-channel, 8s-channel, 12-channel manifolds,
as well as for the 16-channel manifold, but only when it is
dispensing to 96-well plates. For the 16-channel manifold
dispensing to 384-well plates, the range is 25-3000 µl/well.
Note: During program creation, it is possible to enter a
Dispense Volume/Flow Rate combination that is invalid for the
current washer manifold type. The ELx50™ basecode
performs validation of these parameters at program run-time
only—if the configuration is found to be invalid, the 0F00
error will display. See Dispense Volume Invalid for
Manifold Type (0F00 Error) in Appendix A for a table
showing valid Dispense Volume ranges for each Dispense
Flow Rate / Washer Manifold combination. (The same table is
also included on page 66.)
Dispense Flow Rate
Specify the rate at which the dispense fluid is dispensed from
the tubes. The flow rate options range from 1 to 9 (1 to 7 for
the 12-channel manifold), where 1 = Slowest, 9 = Fastest.
The washer display shows the corresponding µl/well/sec value
for each option.
Dispense Height
(Overflow Position)
Dispense Height represents the height between the bottom of
the aspirate tubes and the carrier surface on which the plate
rests, during the dispense part of a wash cycle. See Figure
31 on page 70.
The Dispense Height options range from 12 to 180. The
washer display shows the corresponding measurement in
millimeters for each option.
12 is the closest to the carrier surface, and 180 is the furthest
from this surface. The dispense tubes are shorter than the
aspirate tubes.
Note: It is considered good practice to set a dispense height
that positions the aspirate tubes at the top of wells to draw
off any overflow.
Horizontal Disp Pos
Horizontal Dispense Position represents the position of the
manifold tube in relation to the center of the microwell.
The Horizontal Disp Pos options range from: -24 to 24 for the
8- and 12-channel manifolds; -88 to 24 for the 8s-channel;
-24 to 15 for the 16-channel, 96-well plates; and -22 to 10
for the 16-channel, 384-well plates.
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Options
Actions
(Horizontal Disp Pos)
The washer display shows the corresponding measurement in
millimeters for each option.
A negative offset (-24 to -1) moves the dispense tubes away
from the front edge of the well. A positive offset (1 to 24)
moves the dispense tubes toward the front edge of the well.
A setting of 0 indicates no offset (0.000 mm).
Bottom Wash First?
Bottom washing consists of an initial dispense/aspirate
sequence, adding another wash cycle to the defined number
of cycles. The manifold is positioned at the defined Bottom
Disp Height. The reagent is simultaneously dispensed and
aspirated at this height to create cleaning turbulence. The
manifold descends to aspirate again and ends with a final
dispensing of fluid to fill the well.
Bottom Disp Volume
Specify the volume of wash solution to dispense per microwell
during the bottom wash. The volume range is 50 to 3000
µl/well.
Bottom Flow Rate
Specify the rate at which the dispense fluid is dispensed from
the tubes during the bottom wash. The flow rate options
range from 1 to 9 (1 to 7 for the 12-channel manifold), where
1 = Slowest, 9 = Fastest. The washer display shows the
corresponding µl/well/sec value for each option.
Bottom Disp Height
Bottom Dispense Height represents the height between the
bottom of the aspirate tube and the carrier surface on which
the plate rests, during the wash. See Figure 31 on page 70.
The Bottom Disp Height options range from 12 to 180. The
washer display shows the corresponding measurement in
millimeters for each option.
12 is the closest to the carrier surface; 180 is the furthest.
The dispense tubes are shorter than the aspirate tubes.
Bottom Horiz Pos
See the description for Horizontal Disp Pos in this table. The
only difference is that Bottom Horizontal Pos specifically
refers to Bottom Washing.
Prime Before Start?
Select YES to prime the dispense tubes before starting the
wash program.
Prime Volume
Specify the volume of the buffer or rinse used to prime the
dispense tubes. The volume range is 1 to 200 ml.
Prime Flow Rate
Specify the rate at which the priming fluid is pumped into the
dispense tubes. The flow rate options range from 1 to 9 (1 to
7 for the 12-channel manifold), where 1 = Slowest, 9 =
Fastest. The washer display shows the corresponding
µl/well/sec value for each option.
Press Enter to
continue
Define another wash component.
Press Main Menu to
end
Select YES to save the program.
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Wash DISPENSE Defaults and Ranges
Parameter
Default
Dispense Volume*
300
Range
Units
25-3000 (16-channel
manifold, 384-well
plates)
µl/well
50-3000 (8-, 8s-, and
12-channel manifold;
16-channel manifold,
96-well plates)
Dispense Flow Rate*
5
1-9
120
12-180
0
-88 to 24**
Bottom Wash First?
No
Yes/No
Bottom Dispense Volume
300
50-3000
5
1-9
60
12-180
0
-88 to 24**
No
Yes/No
Prime Volume
5
1-200
Prime Flow Rate
5
1-9
Dispense Height
Horizontal Dispense Position
Bottom Flow Rate
Bottom Dispense Height
Bottom Horizontal Position
Prime Before Start?
*
µl/well/sec
quarter steps (in mm)
µl/well
µl/well/sec
quarter steps (in mm)
milliliters
µl/well/sec
Refer to the table below for valid Dispense Volume/Flow Rate combinations.
** Horizontal Dispense Position and Bottom Horizontal Dispense Position are model-specific:
-24 to 24 (8- and 12-channel manifold); -88 to 24 (8s-channel manifold); -24 to 15
(16-channel manifold, 96-well plates); -22 to 10 (16-channel manifold, 384-well plates)
Dispense Volume Range (µl/well) by Manifold Type
Dispense
Flow Rate
16-Channel
8-Channel
12-Channel
96-well plate
384-well plate
1
50-3000
50-3000
50-3000
25-3000
2
50-3000
50-3000
50-3000
25-3000
3
50-3000
50-3000
50-3000
25-3000
4
50-3000
50-3000
56-3000
28-3000
5
50-3000
60-3000
60-3000
30-3000
6
50-3000
70-1100
90-3000
45-3000
7
55-3000
70-1100
100-3000
50-3000
8
100-1100
not valid
106-3000
53-3000
9
110-1100
not valid
110-3000
55-3000
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Define Wash ASPIRATION (ASPIR) Program Options
Note: The shaded options are not available for Aspirate-only
programs.
Note: Bottom aspiration using the aspiration carrier (ELx50™/8FMW
washer) is not available for Wash programs.
Options
Actions
Aspirate Height
Aspirate Height represents the height between the bottom of
the aspirate tubes and the carrier surface on which the plate
rests when aspirating the microwells. See Figure 31 on page
70.
The Aspirate Height options range from 12 to 180. The
washer display shows the corresponding measurement in
millimeters for each option.
12 is the closest to the carrier surface, 180 is the furthest
from the surface. The aspirate tubes are longer than the
dispense tubes.
Horizontal Aspir Pos
Horizontal Aspirate Position represents the position of the
manifold tube in relation to the center of the microwell. The
Horizontal Aspir Pos options range from: -24 to 24 for the
8- and 12-channel manifolds; -24 to 88 for the 8s-channel;
-15 to 24 for the 16-channel, 96-well plates; and -10 to 22
for the 16-channel, 384-well plates. The washer display
shows the corresponding measurement in millimeters for each
option.
A negative offset (-24 to -1) moves the aspirate tubes toward
the rear edge of the well. A positive offset (1 to 24) moves
the aspirate tubes away from the rear edge of the well. A
setting of 0 indicates no offset (0.000 mm).
Note: For flat-bottom plates, position the aspirate tubes near
the edge of the well for minimal residual volume.
Aspirate Rate
Specify the rate at which the washer manifold travels down
into the wells.
The Aspirate Rate options range from 1 to 7, where
1 = Slowest, 7 = Fastest. The washer display shows the
corresponding mm/sec value for each option.
Aspirate Delay
Aspirate Delay represents the time delay starting when the
tube is at its aspiration height and ending when it next
moves. The Aspirate Delay range is 0 to 5000 milliseconds.
The delay applies to the normal (initial) aspiration if
Crosswise Aspirate is not enabled. If Crosswise Aspirate is
enabled, the delay applies to the crosswise, not the normal
initial, aspiration.
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Options
Actions
Crosswise Aspir?
A crosswise aspiration is a two-step aspiration. The wells are
first aspirated at the horizontal aspirate position. The aspirate
tubes raise a fixed number of steps and then do a second
(crosswise) aspiration at the crosswise horizontal position.
The purpose is to eliminate residual sample or reagent from
the wall perimeter.
Select YES to designate a second aspiration.
Crosswise On
Select ALL to perform a crosswise aspiration on all
aspirations, or FINAL to perform the crosswise aspiration on
just the final aspiration.
Crosswise Height
Crosswise Height applies to a second or final aspiration. This
is the height between the bottom of the aspirate tube and the
carrier surface on which the plate rests. See Figure 31 on
page 70.
The Crosswise Height options range from 12 to 180. The
washer display shows the corresponding measurement in
millimeters for each option.
12 is the closest to the carrier surface, 180 is the furthest
from the surface. The aspirate tube is longer than the
dispense tube.
Crosswise Horiz Pos
Crosswise Horizontal Position applies to a second aspiration.
See Horizontal Aspir Pos, on the previous page, in this table.
The only difference is that Crosswise Horiz Pos specifically
refers to crosswise aspirations.
Final Aspiration?
Select YES to designate a final aspiration, leaving the wells
empty.
Final Aspir Delay
Final Aspiration Delay represents the time delay starting when
the tube is at its final aspiration height and ending when it
next moves. The Final Aspir Delay range is 0 to 5000
milliseconds.
Press Enter to
continue
Define another wash component.
Press Main Menu to
end
Select YES to save the program.
Note: The shaded options are not available for Aspirate-only
programs.
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Parameter
Default
Range
24
12-180
Horizontal Aspirate Position
0
-24 to 88*
Aspirate Rate
3
1-7**
Aspirate Delay
0
0-5000
No
Yes/No
Final
All/Final
24
12-180
0
-24 to 88*
Yes
Yes/No
0
0-5000
Aspirate Height
Crosswise Aspirate
Crosswise On
Crosswise Height
Crosswise Horizontal Position
Final Aspirate
Final Aspirate Delay
Units
quarter steps (in mm)
milliseconds
quarter steps (in mm)
milliseconds
*Horizontal Aspirate Position and Crosswise
Horizontal Position are model-specific:
**Aspirate Rate
(mm/sec):
-24 to 24 (8- and 12-channel manifold)
1 = 05.0
-24 to 88 (8s-channel manifold)
2 = 05.2
-15 to 24 (16-channel manifold, 96-well plates)
3 = 05.8
-10 to 22 (16-channel manifold, 384-well plates)
4 = 06.7
5 = 08.0
6 = 10.7
7 = 16.0
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Manifold
Microplate
Dispense
height
Carrier
Aspirate
height
Figure 31: Dispense and Aspirate Heights for the 8-, 8s-, and 12-Channel Manifolds
(See Figure 1 for an illustration of the 16-channel manifold)
Note: The dispense tubes are shorter than the aspirate tubes.
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Edit Wash Program
To change a Wash program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts.
DEFINE
EDIT
WASH
SELECT WASH PROGRAM
Edit the Program Component (Method, Dispense,
Aspiration)
MAIN MENU KEY
OK TO SAVE
PROGRAM?
Copy Wash Program
To copy a Wash program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
NAME
COPY
WASH
OK TO COPY?
SELECT WASH PROGRAM
Copy Wash Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Wash Program
Select the Wash program you wish to copy.
Name
Enter a unique name for the new Wash program.
OK to Copy?
Select YES to copy the program.
Delete Wash Program
To delete a Wash program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
DELETE
OK TO DELETE?
WASH
SELECT WASH PROGRAM
Delete Wash Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Wash Program
Select the Wash program you wish to delete.
OK to Delete?
Select YES to delete the program.
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Prime
This section discusses how to define, run, edit, copy, and delete Prime programs.
Define Prime Program
To define a Prime program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
CREATE
PRIME
NAME
PRIME
VOLUME
PRIME FLOW RATE
SOAK AFTER PRIME?
SOAK DURATION
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
Define Prime Program Options
Options
Actions
Name
Type a unique name for the Prime program. See Entering
Program Names on page 54 for instructions.
Prime Volume
Specify the volume of the buffer or rinse used to prime the
dispense tubes. The volume range is 1 to 200 ml.
Prime Flow Rate
Specify the rate at which the priming fluid is pumped into
the dispense tubes. The flow rate options range from 1 to
9 (1 to 7 for the 12-channel manifold), where 1 = Slowest,
9 = Fastest. The washer display shows the corresponding
µl/well/sec value for each option.
Soak after Prime?
Select YES to soak the manifold tubes after they have
been primed.
After the dispense tubes have been primed, the manifold
raises to a trough clearance height and the carrier returns
to its “home” position so that the dispense and aspirate
tubes sit above the carrier trough.
The soak solution is then dispensed to the trough. The
vacuum pump is turned off and the tubes are lowered into
the trough to soak. After the specified Soak Duration (see
below), the vacuum pump is turned on and the trough
aspirated.
Soak Duration
OK to Save Program?
Soak Duration represents the time to allow the dispense
and aspirate tubes to be soaked in wash buffer, rinse, or
disinfectant. The range is from 1 minute to 18 hours.
Select YES to save the program.
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PRIME Program Defaults and Ranges
Parameter
Default
Range
Units
40
1-200
Prime Flow Rate
5
1-9 (1-7 for
12-channel)*
milliliters
µl/well/sec
Soak After Prime
No
Yes/No
1 minute
1 minute to 18
hours
Prime Dispense Volume
Soak Duration
*Prime Flow Rate (µl/well/sec):
8/8s
12
16
1=
150
150
225
2=
200
200
250
3=
300
300
300
4=
450
450
325
5=
500
500
350
6=
600
600
375
7=
650
650
400
---------
450
500
8 = 800
9 = 1000
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Run Prime Program
To run a Prime program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
RUN
PRIME
SELECT PRIME PROGRAM
SELECT
REAGENT BOTTLE*
CONNECT REAGENT BOTTLE AND
PRESS <START> KEY
PRIME PROGRAM RUNNING.
PRESS <STOP> KEY TO QUIT
PRIME PROGRAM
COMPLETE. PRESS <ENTER> KEY
* SELECT REAGENT BOTTLE only appears on the “V” version washers.
Run Prime Program Options
Options
Actions
Prime Program
Select a Prime program.
Special note for washers with dual-configuration for
switching between the 16- and 8-channel manifolds: Only
those programs defined under the current configuration
will be presented for selection. For example, if you are
currently using the 16-channel manifold, only those
programs that were defined with the 16-channel
configuration will be shown to you.
Select Reagent Bottle
Select the reagent bottle from which to dispense. This
applies only to “V” version models.
Edit Prime Program
To change a Prime program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts.
DEFINE
EDIT
PRIME
SELECT PRIME PROGRAM
Edit the Program Parameters
MAIN MENU KEY
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
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Copy Prime Program
To copy a Prime program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
NAME
COPY
PRIME
OK TO COPY?
SELECT PRIME PROGRAM
Copy Prime Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Prime Program
Select the Prime program you wish to copy.
Name
Enter a unique name for the new Prime program.
OK to Copy?
Select YES to copy the program.
Delete Prime Program
To delete a Prime program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
PROGRAM
DELETE
PRIME
OK TO DELETE?
SELECT PRIME
Delete Prime Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Prime Program
Select the Prime program you wish to delete.
OK to Delete?
Select YES to delete the program.
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Dispense
This section discusses how to define, run, edit, copy, and delete Dispense programs.
Define Dispense Program
To define a Dispense program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
CREATE
DISP
NAME
PLATE TYPE*
DISPENSE VOLUME
DISPENSE FLOW RATE
DISPENSE HEIGHT
HORIZONTAL DISP POS
PRIME
BEFORE START?
PRIME VOLUME
PRIME FLOW RATE
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
* PLATE TYPE only appears if the washer is configured with the 16-channel
manifold.
Define Dispense Program Options
See Define Wash DISPENSE Program Options on page 64 for a complete list
of dispense program options. Note that the shaded options are not available
for Dispense-only programs.
Run Dispense Program
To run a Dispense program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
RUN
DISP
SELECT DISP PROGRAM
SELECT
REAGENT BOTTLE*
PRIME THE WASHER?
SELECT
PRIME PROGRAM
FIRST STRIP
NUMBER OF STRIPS
PLACE PLATE IN CARRIER AND PRESS <START> KEY
DISPENSE PROGRAM RUNNING. PRESS <STOP> KEY
TO QUIT
DISP PROGRAM COMPLETE. PRESS
<ENTER> KEY
* SELECT REAGENT BOTTLE appears only on the “V” version washers.
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Run Dispense Program Options
Options
Actions
Disp Program
Select a Dispense program.
Special note for washers with dual-configuration for
switching between the 16- and 8-channel manifolds: Only
those programs defined under the current configuration
will be presented for selection. For example, if you are
currently using the 16-channel manifold, only those
programs that were defined with the 16-channel
configuration will be shown to you.
Reagent
Select which reagent bottle from which to dispense. This
applies only to the “V” version models.
First Strip
Specify the number of the first strip to be washed.
Number of Strips
Specify the number of microwell strips to be washed (the
actual selectable range is based on the First Strip value):
1 to 12 for the 8- or 8s-channel manifold
1 to 8 for the 12-channel manifold
1 to 24 for the 16-channel manifold
Edit Dispense Program
To change a Dispense program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts.
DEFINE
EDIT
DISP
SELECT DISP PROGRAM
Edit the Program parameters
MAIN MENU KEY
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
Copy Dispense Program
To copy a Dispense program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
PROGRAM
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COPY
NAME
DISPENSE
SELECT DISP
OK TO COPY?
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Copy Dispense Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Dispense
Program
Select the Dispense program you wish to copy.
Name
Enter a unique name for the new Dispense program.
OK to Copy?
Select YES to copy the program.
Delete Dispense Program
To delete a Dispense program, follow the washer menu path shown here. Some of
these items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
DELETE
OK TO DELETE?
DISP
SELECT DISP PROGRAM
Delete Dispense Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Dispense
Program
Select the Dispense program you wish to delete.
OK to Delete?
Select YES to delete the program.
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Aspiration
Important! The ELx50™/8FMW uses either the manifold
(with the microplate carrier) for top aspiration of solid-bottom
plates, or the aspiration carrier for bottom aspiration of filterbottom plates. ASPIRATE TYPE and BOT ASPIRATE TIME only
appear if the washer model is the ELx50/8FMW, and the
manifold is configured as either 8- or 8s-channel. Because the
heights of the microplate and aspiration carriers are different, it
is important that you use the correct carrier for the ASPIRATE
TYPE:
- For a TOP ASPIRATE, use the microplate carrier.
- For a BOT ASPIRATE, use the aspiration carrier.
This section discusses how to define, run, edit, copy, and delete Aspiration programs.
Define Aspiration Program
To define an Aspiration program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of
these items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
CREATE
MORE
ASPIR
NAME
PLATE
TYPE*
ASPIRATE TYPE**
BOT ASPIRATE TIME**
ASPIRATE HEIGHT
HORIZONTAL ASPR POS
ASPIRATION RATE
ASPIRATE DELAY
CROSSWISE
ASPIR?
CROSSWISE HEIGHT
CROSSWISE HORIZ POS
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
* PLATE TYPE only appears if the washer is configured with the 16-channel
manifold.
** ASPIRATE TYPE and BOT ASPIRATE TIME only appear if the washer is an
ELx50/8FMW and the manifold is configured as either 8- or 8s-channel.
Define Aspiration Program Options
See Define Wash ASPIRATION Program Options on page 67 for a complete
listing of Aspiration Program Options that are available for Wash programs
and Aspirate-only programs. Note that the shaded options are not available
for Aspirate-only programs.
The tables on the following page list options and parameters that are only
available for Aspirate-only programs.
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Define Aspirate-only Program Options
Options
Actions
Aspirate Type
Aspirate Type identifies whether the manifold (with the
microplate carrier) or the aspiration carrier is to be used
for the aspirate function of an Aspirate-only program. This
is only available for ELx50/8FMW models, and the manifold
must be either 8- or 8s-channel. The two options are TOP
for top aspiration using the manifold with the microplate
carrier, and BOT for bottom aspiration using the
aspiration carrier. The default is TOP.
BOT Aspirate Time
The bottom aspirate time indicates how long to aspirate
fluid using the aspiration carrier. The bottom aspirate time
option ranges from 1 to 180 seconds. The default value is
30 seconds.
Aspirate-only Program Defaults and Ranges
Parameter
Aspirate Type
BOT Aspirate Time
Default
Range
TOP
TOP/BOT
30
1-180
Units
seconds
Run Aspiration Program
To run an Aspiration program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
RUN
MORE
ASPIR
SELECT ASPIR PROGRAM
FIRST STRIP*
NUMBER OF STRIPS*
PLACE PLATE
IN CARRIER AND PRESS <START> KEY
ASPIR
PROGRAM RUNNING. PRESS <STOP> KEY TO QUIT
ASPIR PROGRAM COMPLETE. PRESS <ENTER> KEY
* FIRST STRIP and NUMBER OF STRIPS will not be displayed for Aspirate
programs containing a bottom aspirate.
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Run Aspiration Program Options
Options
Actions
Aspir Program
Select an Aspiration program.
Special note for washers with dual-configuration for
switching between the 16- and 8-channel manifolds: Only
those programs defined under the current configuration
will be presented for selection. For example, if you are
currently using the 16-channel manifold, only those
programs that were defined with the 16-channel
configuration will be shown to you.
First Strip
Specify the number of the first strip to be washed.
Number of Strips
Specify the number of microwell strips to be washed (the
actual selectable range is based on the First Strip value):
1 to 12 for the 8- or 8s-channel manifold
1 to 8 for the 12-channel manifold
1 to 24 for the 16-channel manifold
Edit Aspiration Program
To change an Aspiration program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of
these items are options and some are prompts.
DEFINE
EDIT
MORE
ASPIR
SELECT ASPIR
PROGRAM
Edit Program parameters
MAIN MENU
KEY
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
Copy Aspiration Program
To copy an Aspiration program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
PROGRAM
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COPY
NAME
MORE
ASPIR
OK TO COPY?
SELECT ASPIR
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Copy Aspiration Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Aspiration Program
Select the Aspiration program you wish to copy.
Name
Enter a unique name for the new Aspiration
program.
OK to Copy?
Select YES to copy the program.
Delete Aspiration Program
To delete an Aspiration program, follow the washer menu path shown here. Some
of these items are options and some are prompts. The options are described
below.
DEFINE
DELETE
MORE
ASPIR
ASPIR PROGRAM
OK TO DELETE?
SELECT
Delete Aspiration Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Aspiration
Program
Select the Aspiration program you wish to delete.
OK to Delete?
Select YES to delete the program.
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Soak
This section discusses how to define, edit, copy, and delete Soak programs.
•
A soak begins after the wash buffer is dispensed to the wells. In some chemistries
it enhances washing by allowing unbound material to diffuse into the wash buffer.
•
A Soak program cannot be run on its own; it must be selected as part of a Link
program (see page 86).
•
Soak program parameters can also be defined within a Wash program (see page
62).
•
Washer basecode PN 4070201 does not support Soak programs. See Software
Variations in Chapter 1 for more information.
Define Soak Program
To define a Soak program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
CREATE
MORE
SOAK
NAME
SOAK
DURATION
SHAKE BEFORE SOAK?
SHAKE DURATION
SHAKE INTENSITY
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
Define Soak Program Options
Options
Actions
Name
Enter the name of the Soak program. See Entering
Program Names on page 54 for instructions.
Soak Duration
Soak Duration represents the time to allow the wash
buffer to remain in the wells before aspiration. The
duration range is from 0 to 600 seconds.
Note: When washing strips in a plate format use a soak
that lasts as long as it takes to process one wash cycle of
all strips.
Shake Before Soak?
Choose YES to agitate the microwells back and forth
linearly along the carrier track to aid in dispersal.
Before the microwells begin shaking, the manifold raises
so that the dispense and aspirate tubes clear the
microwells. The carrier returns to its home position so that
the tubes are above the carrier trough.
Shake Duration
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microwells are agitated. The duration range is from 1 to
600 seconds.
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Options
Actions
Shake Intensity
Specify the intensity of microwell shaking. The options
range from 1 to 5, where 1 = Least Intense, 5 = Most
Intense. The washer display shows the corresponding
cycles/sec value for each option.
OK to save program?
Select YES to save the program.
Edit Soak Program
To change a Soak program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these
items are options and some are prompts.
DEFINE
EDIT
MORE
SOAK
SELECT SOAK
PROGRAM
“Edit the soak parameters”
OK TO
SAVE PROGRAM?
Copy Soak Program
To copy a Soak program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
PROGRAM
COPY
NAME
MORE
SOAK
OK TO COPY?
SELECT SOAK
Copy Soak Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Soak Program
Select the Soak program you wish to copy.
Name
Type a unique name for the new Soak program.
OK to Copy?
Select YES to copy the program.
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Delete Soak Program
To delete a Soak program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
PROGRAM
DELETE
MORE
OK TO DELETE?
SOAK
SELECT SOAK
Delete Soak Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Soak Program
Select the Soak program you wish to delete.
OK to Delete?
Select YES to delete the program.
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Linking Programs
This section discusses how to define, view, run, and delete Link programs.
•
Pre-defined Wash, Prime, Aspirate, Dispense, and/or Soak programs can be
“linked” together and run sequentially and automatically.
•
A Link program can contain up to 10 programs, all of which must specify the same
plate type (96 or 384).
•
For “V” version washers, all of the linked programs must use fluid from the same
supply bottle. The supply bottle location (A, B, or C) is specified at program run
time.
•
Once defined, a Link program can be viewed, run, or deleted. It cannot be edited
or copied.
•
Washer basecode PN 4070201 does not support Link programs. See Software
Variations in Chapter 1 for more information.
Define Link Program
To define a Link program, follow the washer menu path shown here. Some of
these items are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
TYPE*
TYPE:
CREATE
MORE
LINK
NAME
PLATE
SELECT LINK 01 (02, 03, up to 10)
OK TO SAVE PROGRAM?
* PLATE TYPE only appears if the washer is configured with the 16-channel
manifold.
Define Link Program Options
Options
Actions
Name
Enter a unique name for the Link program. See Entering
Program Names on page 54 for instructions.
Plate Type
Select a Plate Type of 96 to link programs defined for
8-well strips or 96-well plates, or 384 to link programs
defined for 384-well plates.
Select Link (n) Type
Select each Wash, Prime, Dispense, Aspirate, and/or Soak
program to be included in the Link program. Programs will
run in the order in which they are selected.
Note: If the Plate Type option appeared (see above), only
programs with the selected Plate Type will be accessible
for inclusion in the Link program.
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Options
Actions
Press Main Menu to
end
Select YES to save the program.
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number 4070230 with custom programs created before June 1999 and
you are unable to create Link programs, try this: for each program you
wish to include in a Link program, select DEFINE > EDIT > choose the
program > press Main Menu > choose YES to save the program. If this
does not solve the problem, please contact BioTek TAC.
View Link Program
A Link program cannot be edited, but its contents can be viewed. To view a Link
program, follow the menu path shown below.
DEFINE
EDIT
MORE
LINK
SELECT LINK
PROGRAM
PLATE TYPE
VIEW LINK 01 (02, 03,
up to 10)
MAIN MENU KEY
Run Link Program
To run a Link program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items are
options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
RUN
MORE
LINK
SELECT LINK PROGRAM
SELECT REAGENT BOTTLE*
PRIME THE WASHER?
FIRST STRIP**
NUMBER OF STRIPS**
PLACE
PLATE IN CARRIER AND PRESS <START> KEY
LINK
PROGRAM RUNNING. PRESS <STOP> KEY TO QUIT
LINK PROGRAM COMPLETE. PRESS <ENTER> KEY
* SELECT REAGENT BOTTLE appears only on the “V” version washers.
** If a Link program contains an Aspirate program that uses the aspiration carrier
(ELx50™/8FMW model), the FIRST STRIP and NUMBER OF STRIPS prompts do
not apply to that portion of the program, since the aspiration carrier works with
96-well filter-bottom full plates only.
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Run Link Program Options
Options
Actions
Link Program
Select a Link program.
Only those programs defined under the current
configuration will be presented for selection. For example,
if you are currently using the 16-channel manifold, only
those programs that were defined with the 16-channel
configuration will be shown to you.
Reagent
Select the supply bottle for use with all of the linked
programs. This applies only to “V” version models.
Prime?
Run a prime program before starting the first linked
program.
First Strip
Specify the number of the first strip to be washed.
Number of Strips
Specify the number of microwell strips to be washed (the
actual selectable range is based on the First Strip value):
1 to 12 for the 8- or 8s-channel manifold
1 to 8 for the 12-channel manifold
1 to 24 for the 16-channel manifold
Delete Link Program
To delete a Link program, follow the menu path shown here. Some of these items
are options and some are prompts. The options are described below.
DEFINE
PROGRAM
DELETE
MORE
OK TO DELETE?
LINK
SELECT LINK
Delete Link Program Options
Options
Actions
Select Link Program
Select the Link program you wish to delete.
OK to Delete?
Select YES to delete the program.
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Utility
The Utility (UTIL) menu options include TESTS, SETUP, and AUTOPRIME. These
options are described below and on the following pages.
Tests
The system Self-Test (SLFCHK) and Checksum Test (CHKSUM) are performed
automatically whenever the ELx50™ is turned on. The Tests option enables you to
manually run both of these tests.
Self-Test (SLFCHK)
The Self-Test verifies system components, such as vacuum, manifold, and
manifold to carrier positioning. To run the Self-Test, follow the menu path
below:
UTIL
TESTS
SLFCHK
If the test completes successfully, the washer is ready for use. If the test fails,
the washer will “chirp” and display an error code. Press STOP to stop the
chirp, then look up the code in Appendix A, Error Codes.
Configuration Information (CHKSUM)
The Checksum Test verifies on-board software with internally recorded
checksum values. To run the Checksum Test, follow the menu path below:
UTIL
TESTS
CHKSUM
The initial checksum test displays the on-board (basecode) software part
number, version, and checksum:
4070xxx
Verx.xx
CODE CHECKSUM:
(DDA7)
After a few moments, the second checksum test displays the customer
configuration software part number and version:
4070xxx-FW
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Setup
Manifold (MANIFLD)
Your ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer was initially configured for and
shipped with an 8-, 12-, 8s-, or 16-channel wash manifold. It is important that
the washer software configuration accurately represent the manifold installed
in the instrument. If you change the hardware, you must also change the
software configuration. See Appendix B, ELx50 Manifold Variations for
more information.
To view or change the configuration of the manifold to 8-, 12-, 8s-, or 16channel, follow the washer menu path shown below:
UTIL
SETUP
8
12*
8S
MANIFLD
16**
SELECT MANIFOLD:
* For washers with the aspiration carrier (ELx50/8FMW model), if 12 is
selected for the manifold, aspiration using the aspiration carrier is not
available.
**16 will not be displayed on ELx50/8FMW washers.
SENSOR
ELx50 washers manufactured after October 2007 support the Liquid Level
Alert™ option. With this option, each bottle has a level sensing device inside.
When a supply bottle’s fluid level drops to approximately 400-450 mL, or the
waste bottle’s fluid level rises to approximately 1400-1450 mL, a sensor will
activate. See page 59 for more information.
Sensor detection is enabled on the washer by default. You can disable it, but you
will be responsible for observing the fluid levels in the bottles. To view or
change the sensor detection setting , follow the washer menu path below:
UTIL
YES
SETUP
NO
SENSOR
LIQUID LEVEL ALERT?
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AutoPrime
The AutoPrime option is important for preventive maintenance of the ELx50™.
Frequent priming keeps the washer manifold tubes moist and helps to prevent
them from clogging. See Chapter 4, Maintenance and Performance
Verification (IQ/OQ/PQ) for more information on the AutoPrime feature.
The AutoPrime option may be enabled, disabled, or edited. If enabled, the
program will run automatically after the washer is idle for the specified period of
time. To enable or disable the AutoPrime feature, follow the menu paths shown
below:
Enable:
UTIL
AUTOPRIME
ENABLE AUTOPRIME?
YES
AUTOPRIME
ENABLE AUTOPRIME?
NO
Disable:
UTIL
To interrupt the AutoPrime feature, press the STOP key.
To edit the AutoPrime program, follow the washer menu path shown below.
DEFINE
EDIT
PRIME
SELECT PRIME PROGRAM
Edit the Program Parameters
OK TO SAVE
PROGRAM?
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ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer Menu Maps
Main Menu (DEFINE function path for Create and Edit)
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
UTIL
CREATE
EDIT
COPY
DELETE
SELECT
PROGRAM TYPE
SELECT
PROGRAM TYPE
WASH
PRIME
DISP
ASPIR
SOAK
LINK
SELECT
WASH PROGRAM
SELECT
PRIME PROGRAM
SELECT
DISP PROGRAM
SELECT
ASPIR PROGRAM
SELECT
SOAK PROGRAM
SELECT
LINK PROGRAM
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
SELECT
PLATE TYPE*
PRIME
VOLUME
SELECT
PLATE TYPE*
SELECT
PLATE TYPE*
SOAK
DURATION
SELECT
PLATE TYPE*
PRIME FLOW
RATE
DISPENSE
VOLUME
ASPIRATE
TYPE**
SHAKE
BEFORE SOAK?
SELECT
LINK n TYPE
(up to 10)
SOAK AFTER
PRIME?
DISPENSE
FLOW RATE
BOT ASPIRATE
TIME**
SHAKE DURATION
SOAK
DURATION
DISPENSE
HEIGHT
ASPIRATE
HEIGHT
SHAKE
INTENSITY
HORIZONTAL
DISP POS
HORIZONTAL
ASPR POS
PRIME
BEFORE START?
ASPIRATION
RATE
PRIME
VOLUME
ASPIRATE
DELAY
PRIME
FLOW RATE
CROSSWISE
ASPIR?
METHOD
DISP
ASPIR
CROSSWISE
HEIGHT
NUMBER
OF CYCLES
DISPENSE
VOLUME
ASPIRATE
HEIGHT
CROSSWISE
HORIZ POS
WASH FORMAT
PLATE / STRIP
DISPENSE
FLOW RATE
HORIZONTAL
ASPR POS
SOAK/SHAKE?
YES / NO
DISPENSE
HEIGHT
ASPIRATION
RATE
SOAK
DURATION
HORIZONTAL
DISP POS
ASPIRATE
DELAY
SHAKE
BEFORE SOAK?
BOTTOM
WASH FIRST?***
CROSSWISE
ASPIR?
SHAKE DURATION
BOTTOM
DISP VOLUME
CROSSWISE ON
ALL / FINAL
SHAKE
INTENSITY
BOTTOM
FLOW RATE
CROSSWISE
HEIGHT
PRIME
AFTER SOAK?
BOTTOM
DISP HEIGHT
CROSSWISE
HORIZ POS
PRIME
VOLUME
BOTTOM
HORIZ POS
FINAL
ASPIRATION?
PRIME
FLOW RATE
PRIME
BEFORE START?
FINAL
ASPIR DELAY
* PLATE TYPE only applies to the
16-channel manifold.
**ASPIRATE TYPE and BOT ASPIRATE
TIME only apply to the 8FMW model.
*** The Bottom Wash options do not apply
to the 16-channel manifold.
PRIME
VOLUME
PRIME
FLOW RATE
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Main Menu (DEFINE function path for Copy and Delete)
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
UTIL
CREATE
EDIT
COPY
DELETE
SELECT
PROGRAM TYPE
WASH
PRIME
DISP
ASPIR
SOAK
LINK
SELECT
WASH PROGRAM
SELECT
PRIME PROGRAM
SELECT
DISP PROGRAM
SELECT
ASPIR PROGRAM
SELECT
SOAK PROGRAM
SELECT
LINK PROGRAM
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
ENTER
PROGRAM NAME
OK TO COPY?
YES / NO
OK TO COPY?
YES / NO
OK TO COPY?
YES / NO
OK TO COPY?
YES / NO
OK TO COPY?
YES / NO
OK TO COPY?
YES / NO
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
UTIL
CREATE
EDIT
COPY
DELETE
SELECT
PROGRAM TYPE
WASH
PRIME
DISP
ASPIR
SOAK
LINK
SELECT
WASH PROGRAM
SELECT
PRIME PROGRAM
SELECT
DISP PROGRAM
SELECT
ASPIR PROGRAM
SELECT
SOAK PROGRAM
SELECT
LINK PROGRAM
OK TO DELETE?
YES / NO
OK TO DELETE?
YES / NO
OK TO DELETE?
YES / NO
OK TO DELETE?
YES / NO
OK TO DELETE?
YES / NO
OK TO DELETE?
YES / NO
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Main Menu (RUN function path)
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
UTIL
WASH
PRIME
DISP
ASPIR
SOAK***
LINK
SELECT
WASH PROGRAM
SELECT
PRIME PROGRAM
SELECT
DISPENSE PROGRAM
SELECT
ASPIRATE PROGRAM
SELECT
LINK PROGRAM
SELECT BUFFER**
A
B C
SELECT BUFFER**
A
B C
SELECT BUFFER**
A
B C
PRIME WASHER?
YES / NO
PRIME WASHER?
YES / NO
FIRST STRIP*
FIRST STRIP*
FIRST STRIP*
FIRST STRIP*
NUMBER OF STRIPS*
NUMBER OF STRIPS*
NUMBER OF STRIPS*
NUMBER OF STRIPS*
PLACE PLATE IN
CARRIER AND PRESS
<START> KEY
CONNECT REAGENT
BOTTLE AND PRESS
<START> KEY
PLACE PLATE IN
CARRIER AND PRESS
<START> KEY
PLACE PLATE IN
CARRIER AND PRESS
<START> KEY
PLACE PLATE IN
CARRIER AND PRESS
<START> KEY
WASH PROGRAM
RUNNING
PRIME PROGRAM
RUNNING
DISPENSE PROGRAM
RUNNING
ASPIRATE PROGRAM
RUNNING
LINK PROGRAM
RUNNING
WASH PROGRAM
COMPLETE
PRIME PROGRAM
COMPLETE
DISP PROGRAM
COMPLETE
ASPIR PROGRAM
COMPLETE
LINK PROGRAM
COMPLETE
If the Enter key is pressed at the WASH, PRIME, DISPENSE, ASPIRATE, or LINK PROGRAM
COMPLETE screen, then the user is returned to the corresponding SELECT PROGRAM
screen. For example, after a Wash program completes, pressing ENTER returns the user to
the SELECT WASH PROGRAM screen.
* FIRST STRIP and NUMBER OF STRIPS are not displayed for Aspirate programs using
the aspiration carrier (ELx50/8FMW model).
** The SELECT BUFFER option only appears for ELx50™ washers equipped with the
multiple valves hardware.
*** A Soak program cannot be run independently; it must be selected within a Link
program. Soak parameters can be defined within a Wash program (see “Main Menu,
DEFINE function path for Create and Edit”).
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Main Menu (MAINT, UTIL function path)
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
UTIL
SELECT
MAINT PROGRAM
CONNECT RINSE AND
PRESS <START>
MAINTENANCE
RUNNING PRESS
<STOP> KEY TO QUIT
MAINT PROGRAM
COMPLETE
RUN
DEFINE
MAINT
TESTS
UTIL
SETUP
AUTOPRIME
SLFCHK
CHKSUM
MANIFLD
SENSOR
PERFORM
SYSTEM TEST
DISPLAY
CHECKSUM
SELECT MANIFOLD
8 12 8s 16*
LIQUID LEVEL ALERT?
YES / NO
DISPLAY
SOFTWARE
CONFIGURATION
* “16” is not displayed on ELx50/8FMW washers.
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AUTOPRIME?
YES / NO
AUTOPRIME
INTERVAL
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Chapter 4
Maintenance and
Performance Verification
(IQ/OQ/PQ)
This chapter describes how to maintain, store, decontaminate, and
verify performance of the ELx50™.
Overview ................................................................................98
Recommended Maintenance/Performance Verification Schedules ....98
Warnings & Precautions ............................................................101
Maintenance Programs .............................................................102
Prime Programs .......................................................................103
Daily Maintenance....................................................................104
Overnight Maintenance .............................................................106
Monthly Maintenance................................................................108
Long-Term Storage Maintenance................................................115
Storing the ELx50 ....................................................................116
Decontamination .....................................................................117
Performance Verification ...........................................................122
Installation Qualification (IQ).....................................................123
Operational Qualification (OQ) ...................................................123
Performance Qualification (PQ) ..................................................124
Self-Test and Checksum Test.....................................................125
Liquid Tests for the 8-, 8s-, and 12-Channel Manifolds ..................126
Liquid Tests for the 16-Channel Manifold .....................................130
Liquid Test for the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW) .....................134
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Overview
Preventive Maintenance (PM), Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification
(OQ), and Performance Qualification (PQ) represent a set of procedures that should be
performed regularly to maintain equipment in top condition and confirm its operation to
specification. For example, during normal operation, salt crystals can build up and clog
the valves and tubes. Adherence to the Recommended Maintenance and
Performance Verification Schedules on the following pages will reduce this problem,
maximize running time, and extend the life of the washer.
The Maintenance section of this chapter (starting on p. 102) includes instructions for the
following:
•
Daily, Overnight, and Monthly Maintenance
•
Long-Term Storage Maintenance
•
Decontamination
The Performance Verification (IQ/OQ/PQ) section of this chapter (starting on p. 122)
includes:
•
System and Checksum Tests
•
Liquid Testing
•
Evacuation Efficiency Tests and
•
Dispense Precision tests
Maintenance/Performance and Operational Qualification logs are provided at the
end of this chapter.
Recommended Maintenance and Performance
Verification Schedules
The schedules on the following pages recommends preventive maintenance and
performance verification tasks, the frequency with which each task should be performed,
the pre-defined onboard program that should be run, and where to find more information.
It is important to note that the risk and performance factors
associated with your assays may require that some or all of the
procedures be performed more frequently than presented in the
schedule.
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Recommended Maintenance Schedule
TASK
Frequency
Daily
Protein-residual removal, p. 102
Daily maintenance program: p. 104
DAY_RINSE
AutoPrime, p. 104
Overnight maintenance program: p. 106
OVERNIGHT_LOOP
Periodic rinse and soak program: p. 107
RINSE_AND_SOAK
Clean bottles, p. 109
Check/empty waste bottle, p. 109
Clean manifold p. 109
Clean mist shield, p. 109
Clean aspirate and dispense tubes, p. 110
Clean microplate carrier and aspiration carrier
(ELx50™/8FMW), p. 111 and p. 112
Clean tubing check valves, p. 114
Remove liquid from washer parts program: p. 115
LONG_SHUTDOWN
Decontaminate program: p. 117
DECONTAMINATION
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LongTerm
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Recommended Performance Verification Schedule
TASK
Installation
Qualification
Operational
Qualification
Performance
Qualification
Initially &
Annually
Monthly
System Self-Test, p. 125
Checksum Test, p. 125
8-, 8s- 12-Channel Manifolds:
Evacuation Efficiency Test, p. 127
Dispense Precision Test, p. 128
16-Channel Manifold:
Evacuation Efficiency Test, p. 131
Dispense Precision Test, p. 132
Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW):
Evacuation Efficiency Test, p. 134
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Warnings & Precautions
Please read the following before performing any Maintenance procedures:
Warning! Internal Voltage. Turn off and unplug the instrument for
all maintenance operations.
Warning! Wear protective gloves when handling contaminated
instruments. Gloved hands should be considered contaminated at all
times; keep gloved hands away from eyes, mouth, nose, and ears.
Warning! Mucous membranes are considered prime entry routes for
infectious agents. Wear eye protection and a surgical mask when there is
a possibility of aerosol contamination. Intact skin is generally considered
an effective barrier against infectious organisms; however, small
abrasions and cuts may not always be visible. Wear protective gloves
when handling contaminated instruments.
Caution: Chemical Compatibility with Washers.
Some chemicals may cause irreparable damage to washers. The following
chemicals have been deemed safe for use in washers: buffer solutions
(such as PBS), saline, surfactants, deionized water, 70% ethyl, isopropyl,
or methyl alcohol, 40% formaldehyde, and 20% sodium hydroxide.
Never use acetic acid, DMSO, or organic solvents. Other chemicals may
cause severe damage to the instrument. Contact BioTek prior to using
any other chemicals. Refer to Appendix C, Chemical Compatibility.
Caution: Sodium Hypochlorite. Do not expose any part of the
instrument to the recommended diluted sodium hypochlorite solution
(bleach) for more than 20 minutes. Prolonged contact may damage the
instrument surfaces. Be certain to rinse and thoroughly wipe all surfaces.
Important! Do not immerse the instrument, spray it with liquid, or use
a “wet” cloth on it. Do not allow water or other cleaning solution to run
into the interior of the instrument. If this happens, contact BioTek’s
Technical Assistance Center.
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Maintenance Programs
The ELx50™ onboard software contains pre-defined maintenance programs, including
DAY_RINSE, RINSE_AND_SOAK, OVERNIGHT_LOOP, DECONTAMINATION, and
LONG_SHUTDOWN. These programs are accessible from the washer main menu, under the
MAINT option.
To run a maintenance program:
1.
From the Main Menu, select MAINT.
2.
Select the desired maintenance program.
3.
Press the START key to begin. To halt the maintenance program in progress, press
STOP.
4.
When the program is complete, press ENTER to return to the Main Menu.
Important! Solutions containing proteins, such as bovine
serum albumin (BSA), will compromise the washer's
performance over time unless a strict maintenance protocol
is adhered to. It is recommended that a daily rinse and
overnight soaking with phosphate buffered saline (PBS) be
conducted. Rinse well with deionized water to remove the
PBS in the morning. On a weekly or monthly basis, flush
with 0.1-0.5N NaOH, followed by neutralization with an
equivalent normality (0.1-0.5N) of HCl. Rinse well with
deionized water to remove the HCl.
Important! Keep the manifold in a wetted condition to
ensure proper evacuation of fluid. BioTek recommends
changing the Soak Duration to 18 hours for overnights and
weekends when the washer is not being used. This will
decrease flow problems and is a more trouble-free way to
operate the washer.
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Prime Programs
Each pre-defined maintenance program runs a pre-defined prime program. The charts
below show the default prime program parameters. These parameters can be modified.
To view or edit the parameters for a particular prime program (and thus, the associated
Maintenance program):
1.
From the Main Menu, follow the path below:
DEFINE
2.
EDIT
PRIME
Select the program
Press the Enter key to cycle through the parameters.
Maintenance Program:
DAY_RINSE
Prime Program:
P_DAY_RINSE
Prime Volume:
60 mL
Flow Rate:
6
Soak After Prime?
No
Maintenance Program:
RINSE_AND_SOAK
Prime Program:
P_RINSE_AND_SOAK
Prime Volume:
60 mL
Flow Rate:
6
Soak After Prime?
Yes
Soak Duration:
5 minutes*
Maintenance Program:
OVERNIGHT_LOOP
Prime Program:
P_RINSE_LOOP
Prime Volume:
40 mL
Flow Rate:
6
Soak After Prime?
Yes
Soak Duration:
4 hours
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Daily Maintenance
For all daily maintenance programs, ensure that the supply bottle contains at least 200 mL
of rinse solution, and that the waste bottle is empty.
DAY_RINSE
Daily maintenance involves flushing the washer with an appropriate reagent at the
beginning of the day (BioTek recommends using a buffer solution in the morning).
The DAY_RINSE program is recommended for the morning. This should be done on
the same day the microplates are washed. This procedure helps prevent the aspirate
and dispense tubes from clogging between washes.
AUTOPRIME
Frequent priming keeps the washer manifold tubes moist and helps to prevent
them from clogging. BioTek recommends using the AUTOPRIME feature. AUTOPRIME
is particularly useful if the washer is used intermittently throughout the day. Once
the feature is activated, the AutoPrime prime program runs automatically at
specified intervals until the feature is deactivated. If you prefer not to have the
AutoPrime feature on, it would be necessary to run the DAY_RINSE program
periodically during the day.
To enable or disable the AutoPrime feature, from the Main Menu follow the paths
shown below.
Enable:
UTIL
AUTOPRIME
ENABLE AUTOPRIME?
YES
AUTOPRIME
ENABLE AUTOPRIME?
NO
Disable:
UTIL
The AutoPrime program can be edited to change the length of the soak period,
eliminate the soak period, or to change the interval between AutoPrime cycles.
To view or edit the AutoPrime program, follow the path below:
DEFINE
EDIT
PRIME
SELECT PRIME PROGRAM
Edit the Program Parameters
OK TO SAVE
PROGRAM?
AutoPrime Program Options, and a Defaults and Ranges table are on the following
page.
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AutoPrime Program Options
Options
Actions
Prime Volume
Specify the volume of the buffer or rinse used to prime the
manifold. The volume range is 1 to 200 mL. Do not specify more
volume than can be safely contained in the waste bottle during
idle periods.
Prime Flow Rate
Specify the rate at which the priming fluid is pumped into the
dispense tubes. The flow rate options range from 1 to 9, where
1 = Slowest, 9 = Fastest. The washer display shows the
corresponding µl/well/sec value for each option.
Soak after Prime?
Select YES to soak the manifold tubes after they have been
primed.
After the dispense tubes have been primed, the manifold raises
to a trough clearance height and the carrier returns to its “home”
position so that the dispense and aspirate tubes are above the
carrier trough.
The soak solution is then dispensed to the trough. The vacuum
pump is turned off and the tubes are lowered into the trough to
soak. After soaking, the vacuum pump is turned on and the
trough aspirated.
Soak Duration
Soak Duration represents the time to allow the dispense and
aspirate tubes to be soaked in wash buffer, rinse, or disinfectant.
The range is from 1 minute to 18 hours.
Note: By connecting a rinse bottle to the washer, the AutoPrime
feature can be used to automatically rinse the washer.
Parameter
Default
Selectable Range
Interval
10 minutes
10 to 600 minutes
Prime Volume
60 mL
1 to 200 mL
Prime Flow Rate
6
1 to 9, or
1 to 7 for 12-channel manifold
Soak After Prime?
Enabled
Enabled/Disabled
Soak Duration
3 hours, 50 minutes
1 minute to 18 hours
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Overnight Maintenance
OVERNIGHT_LOOP
When left overnight or for the weekend, the OVERNIGHT_LOOP program is
recommended. Overnight/multi-day maintenance involves flushing all wash
solution out of the instrument, then periodically rinsing and soaking the tubes to
keep them moist.
1.
Connect a supply bottle containing deionized water and run DAY_RINSE, to
flush any wash solution out of the washer.
2.
Run the OVERNIGHT_LOOP program to prime and soak the tubes. It is
important to keep the manifold in a wetted condition to ensure proper
evacuation of fluid. BioTek recommends changing the Soak Duration to 18
hours for overnights and weekends when the washer isn't being used. This
will decrease flow problems and is a more trouble-free way to operate the
washer.
3.
The OVERNIGHT_LOOP does require that the washer be kept plugged in and
turned on. As an alternative, run the RINSE_AND_SOAK maintenance
program and turn off the instrument after the soak begins. This leaves the
tubes soaking in the priming trough until the instrument is turned on
again.
4.
The OVERNIGHT_LOOP program will run continuously until the Stop key is
pressed. After pressing the Stop key, choose YES to home all axes.
To run the OVERNIGHT_LOOP program, start at the Main Menu and follow the
washer menu paths shown below:
Washers not equipped with automatic valve switching:
Select MAINT
Press the Option key until
OVERNIGHT_LOOP appears
CONNECT RINSE AND
PRESS <START> KEY
MAINTENANCE RUNNING PRESS
<STOP> TO QUIT.
Washers equipped with automatic valve switching:
Select MAINT
Press the Option key until
OVERNIGHT_LOOP appears
RINSE VALVE? A B C
START MAINTENANCE? YES
MAINTENANCE RUNNING
PRESS <STOP> TO QUIT.
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RINSE_AND_SOAK
The RINSE_AND_SOAK program rinses the wash manifold and leaves the tubes
soaking in the trough for the duration of the soak.
To run the RINSE_AND_SOAK program, start at the Main Menu and follow the
washer menu paths shown below.
Washers not equipped with automatic valve switching:
Select MAINT
Press the Option key until
RINSE_AND_SOAK appears
CONNECT RINSE AND
PRESS <START> KEY
MAINTENANCE RUNNING PRESS
<STOP> TO QUIT.
Washers equipped with automatic valve switching:
Select MAINT
Press the Option key until
RINSE_AND_SOAK appears
RINSE VALVE? A B C
START MAINTENANCE? YES
MAINTENANCE RUNNING
PRESS <STOP> TO QUIT.
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Monthly Maintenance
Tools and Supplies
•
70% isopropyl alcohol
•
Deionized or distilled water
•
Dish soap or other mild cleaner
•
Stylus maintenance kit (contains 1 aspirate and 1 dispense) (PN 4070523)
•
Phillips head screwdriver
•
Lint-free disposable towels
•
Soft-bristled brush
•
Rubber stopper for waste bottle (PN 4072034)
•
Spare vacuum inline filter (PN 48146)
•
Spare vacuum pump muffler (PN 4073009) (washers shipped after January 2008)
•
Spare check valves (2) (PN 68061)
•
Spare manifold gasket (rubber seal) (PN 4072012)
•
Spare gasket for aspiration carrier (rubber seal, ELx50™/8FMW) (PN 4072096)
•
Spare vent plug o-rings for aspiration carrier (2 per plug, ELx50/8FMW)
(PN 19497)
Part numbers are subject to change over time. Please contact BioTek
Customer Care if you have any questions.
Warning! Internal Voltage. Always turn off and disconnect the ELx50
from its power supply for all cleaning operations.
Important! Do not immerse the instrument, spray it with liquid, or use a
“wet” cloth. Do not allow the cleaning solution to run into the interior of the
instrument. If this happens, contact the BioTek Service Department.
Do not soak the keypad—this will cause damage. Moisten a clean cloth
with deionized or distilled water and wipe the keypad. Dry immediately
with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply lubricants to manifold gasket,
manifold channel end seals, fittings, tubing connections, or any surface that
is part of the fluid path. The use of any lubricant on the fluid handling
components will interfere with the aspirating and dispensing performance,
and may cause irreparable damage to these components.
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Cleaning the Bottles
•
Clean the supply and waste bottles with deionized water before the first use,
before each refill, and if they have been idle for any length of time.
•
Accumulated algae, fungi, or mold may require decontamination.
Decontamination is described on page 117.
•
Empty the waste bottle. Rinse the cover every time the wash or rinse bottles are
filled. Periodic decontamination may be required. Do not allow the waste
bottle to overfill!
Cleaning the Manifold
Regular rinsing helps to keep the manifold clean, the aspirate and dispense tubes
clear, and it increases the life of the tubing.
If you suspect a particular problem is related to the manifold (for example, clogged
tubes can result in poor or uneven aspiration or dispensing), you should perform a
thorough cleaning of the manifold. When necessary, follow the
Decontamination procedure on page 117 to disinfect the manifold and tubing.
To clean the manifold:
1.
Run the system “dry”: connect an empty supply bottle, and prime the
washer until the tubing is empty.
2.
Turn off and unplug the washer.
3.
Moisten a lint-free disposable towel with water, or with water and mild
detergent. Do not soak the cloth.
4.
Remove the mist shield if it is attached. See Figure 19. Wipe inside and
outside surfaces of the mist shield with the towel. Wipe the top surface of
the instrument base, and all exposed surfaces of the instrument.
5.
If detergent was used, wipe all surfaces with a cloth moistened with water.
6.
Use a clean, dry cloth to dry all wet surfaces.
7.
Disconnect the tubing from the back of the manifold. See Figures 11
through 17.
8.
Remove and clean the manifold:
Using a lint-free disposable towel moistened with water, or with water
and mild detergent, thoroughly clean the outside of the dispense and
aspirate tubes.
Run hot water through both the inlet and outlet fittings. Check to see if
water comes out of all of the dispense and aspirate tubes. If not, soak the
manifold in hot soapy water and repeat.
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Cleaning the Aspirate and Dispense Tubes
8-, 8s-, or 12-Channel Manifold:
1.
Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the metal plate on top of the
manifold (eight screws). Remove the gasket (rubber top seal) of the
manifold.
2.
Using hot soapy water and a soft-bristled brush, clean the dispense and
aspirate chambers on the manifold top. Thoroughly clean the walls of the
chambers.
3.
Clean the insides of all of the aspirate and dispense tubes with the
appropriate stylus (aspirate or dispense).
4.
Rinse the manifold with deionized or distilled water. Look through the
tubes to ensure tube openings are clear.
5.
When satisfied, replace the gasket and gasket clamp. Do not overtighten.
6.
Remount the manifold and replace the tubing. See Figures 7 and 11
through 17.
7.
Replace the mist shield.
8.
Run a Prime program using 200 mL.
9.
Verify Dispenser performance visually or by completing the Dispense
Precision Test Procedure, page 128 for the 8-, 8s-, 12-channel manifold,
and page 132 for the 16-channel manifold.
16-Channel Manifold:
Important! Do not disassemble the 16-channel
manifold. There are five screws on the top metal plate.
Removing any of these screws will cause the manifold to
fall out of alignment!
1.
Remove the three black plugs and the T-shaped plug from the manifold.
2.
Using the appropriate stylus (aspirate/dispense), clean the insides of all of
the aspirate and dispense tubes.
3.
Rinse the manifold with deionized or distilled water. Check to see if water
comes out of all of the dispense and aspirate tubes.
4.
When satisfied, replace all of the plugs.
5.
Remount the manifold and replace the tubing. See Figures 8, 13, 15a,
15b, and 16.
6.
Replace the mist shield.
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7.
Run a Prime program using 200 mL.
8.
Verify dispenser performance visually or by completing the Dispense
Precision Test Procedure, page 128 for the 8-, 8s-, 12-channel manifold;
page 132 for the 16-channel manifold.
Cleaning the Carrier
If liquid has overflowed onto the microplate carrier, some crystal buildup may
occur, preventing the microplate from seating correctly onto the carrier. The
aspiration carrier in the ELx50™/8FMW washer may also have some residual
buildup, which can prevent proper seating of filter-bottom plates.
Refer to the instructions below and on the following page for cleaning the
microplate and aspiration carriers. See Figures 7 through 10 in Chapter 2,
Installation, for illustrations of the microplate and aspiration carriers.
Microplate Carrier
Important! Each microplate carrier is specifically aligned
to each washer. Do not adjust the nylon screws or
interchange the carrier with another.
1.
Turn the washer on, wait for the self-test to complete, then turn the washer
off. Make sure the manifold and tubes are resting above the priming trough
(“home” position).
2.
Remove the carrier:
Carefully lift the carrier front off the rail, avoiding contact with the
manifold tubes.
Carefully lift the carrier rear off the rail, avoiding contact with the
manifold tubes.
3.
Clean the carrier using soap and water or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
4.
Replace the carrier:
Hold the carrier over the rail so that the trough is to the rear of the
washer.
Line up the pin on the underside of the carrier with the slot on the carrier
transport.
Snap the two carrier clips onto the rail. The pin should sit in the slot.
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Aspiration Carrier (ELx50™/8FMW only)
1.
Turn the washer on, wait for the self-test to complete, then turn the washer
off. Make sure the manifold and tubes are resting above the priming trough
on the aspiration carrier (“home” position).
2.
Disconnect the vacuum tubing between the aspiration carrier and washer.
3.
Remove the aspiration carrier:
Carefully lift the carrier front off the rail, avoiding contact with the
manifold tubes.
Carefully lift the carrier rear off the rail, avoiding contact with the
manifold tubes.
4.
Unlatch the plate clamp.
5.
Rinse the carrier under tap water and allow to dry.
6.
Inspect the vent port (labeled “C”) on the front of the carrier and the two
slots for the vent plugs (labeled “A” and “B”) to ensure they are not
plugged. If they are plugged, soak the carrier in hot soapy water first,
followed by a rinse, and then allow it to air dry.
7.
Inspect the plate seal gasket and replace it if it is torn. The gasket is held in
place with six screws around the perimeter of the top of the carrier. See
Figure 32 on the next page.
If the vacuum grate (located under the gasket) needs to be cleaned,
remove the grate, and rinse it under tap water and allow to dry before
placing the grate and gasket in the carrier.
Note: The gasket is not symmetrical and only goes in one way.
When replacing the gasket, align the notch in the gasket with the
small “bump” on the plate clamp, as shown in Figure 32.
8.
Close the plate clamp.
9.
Inspect the o-rings on the vent plugs (two o-rings per plug) and replace
them if they are worn.
10. Rinse the vacuum tubing under tap water or soak in hot soapy water if
extra cleaning is needed.
11. Place the aspiration carrier back into the washer:
Hold the aspiration carrier over the rail so that the priming/soaking
trough is closest to the rear of the washer.
Snap the two carrier rail guides onto the carrier transport rail.
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12. Reconnect the vacuum tubing between the aspiration carrier and the
washer. Ensure that the tubing is connected to the correct port on the back
of the washer, and that there is enough flex room for the tubing during
carrier movement. Refer to Connecting the Tubes and Bottles in
Chapter 2, Installation.
13. Verify performance of the aspiration carrier by performing the Evacuation
Efficiency Test for the carrier on page 134.
Figure 32: Replacing the Gasket in the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50™/8FMW model)
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Cleaning the Check Valves
In the event that the check valves become stuck or leak, you can either clean or
replace them. To replace a check valve, contact BioTek Customer Service (check
valve PN 68061). To clean a check valve:
1.
Pull the tubing off the valve and pull the valve off the syringe pump port.
See Figures 11a and 12a.
2.
Insert the stylus into the feed end of the valve to hold it open (observe the
arrow on the valve indicating the feed direction).
3.
Flush with hot water. If necessary, the check valve body twists open to
allow disassembly and cleaning of internal components. Note proper
orientation for re-assembly.
4.
Replace the valve and the tubing.
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Long-Term Storage Maintenance
Before leaving the washer unused for a long period of time, you should run the
LONG_SHUTDOWN maintenance program below for the manifold and tubes. This program
performs three steps:
1.
Flushes and soaks the supply tubing and manifold with disinfectant.
2.
Flushes the system with rinse.
3.
Purges the system of fluid.
If your washer has the aspiration carrier (ELx50™/8FMW model) you should also
disinfect the carrier as instructed on the following page.
LONG_SHUTDOWN
Prepare an aqueous solution of 0.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO, or bleach). Be
sure to check the percent NaClO of the bleach you are using; this information is
printed on the side of the bottle. Commercial bleach is typically 10% NaClO; if this
is the case, prepare a 1:20 dilution. Household bleach is typically 5% NaClO; if this
is the case, prepare a 1:10 dilution.
Fill one supply bottle with at least 200 mL of disinfectant (bleach solution) and one
with at least 400 mL of rinse (deionized water). You also need one empty supply
bottle (this is the “air” bottle). Empty the waste bottle. If the washer is equipped
with automatic valve switching, connect all bottles.
To run the LONG_SHUTDOWN program, follow the washer menu paths shown below.
Washers not equipped with automatic valve switching:
MAINT
Press the Option key until
LONG_SHUTDOWN appears
CONNECT DISINFECTANT
AND PRESS <START> KEY
MAINTENANCE RUNNING
PRESS <STOP> TO QUIT.
Note: While this program is running, you will need to periodically check the
display panel and follow the instructions for changing the supply bottles.
Washers equipped with automatic valve switching:
MAINT
Press the Option key until
LONG_SHUTDOWN appears
DISINFECTANT VALVE? A
B C
RINSE VALVE? A B C
AIR VALVE? A B C
START MAINTENANCE? YES
MAINTENANCE RUNNING
PRESS <STOP> TO QUIT.
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Disinfect the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50™/8FMW)
Do not insert a filter-bottom plate into the aspiration carrier for the
following procedure. Disinfectant and rinse solutions will be dispensed
into the empty carrier.
1.
Prepare an aqueous solution of 0.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO, or bleach).
•
Be sure to check the percent NaClO of the bleach you are using; this
information is printed on the side of the bottle. Commercial bleach is
typically 10% NaClO; if this is the case, prepare a 1:20 dilution. Household
bleach is typically 5% NaClO; if this is the case, prepare a 1:10 dilution.
2.
Fill one supply bottle with disinfectant (bleach solution).
3.
Fill another supply bottle with rinse (deionized water).
4.
Empty the waste bottle.
5.
Insert the black vent plug that has the 0.020” diameter hole into the vent port
on the front panel of the carrier. (See Figure 10 in Chapter 2, Installation,
for a close-up illustration of the vent port and vent plugs.)
6.
Run a 600 µl Dispense program for 12 strips using the disinfectant.
7.
Run an Aspirate program: select BOT for the ASPIRATE TYPE and 20
(seconds) for the BOT ASPIRATE TIME.
8.
Run a 600 µl Dispense for 12 strips again, this time using the rinse, followed by
a final 20-second bottom aspiration to purge the system.
Storing the ELx50™
1.
Follow the Long-Term Storage Maintenance steps, as described on the previous
page and above.
2.
Disconnect the washer from its power source.
3.
Store the washer on a flat surface that is relatively free of vibration, in a dust- and
particle-free environment.
4.
Protect the washer from temperature extremes that can cause condensation within
the unit and from corrosive fumes and vapors.
5.
Store the washer under the following environmental conditions:
Temperature:
–20° to 50°C (-4° to 122°F)
Relative humidity:
10% to 85% (non-condensing)
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Decontamination
Purpose
Any laboratory instrument that has been used for research or clinical analysis is
considered a biohazard and requires decontamination prior to handling.
Decontamination minimizes the risk to all who come into contact with the instrument
during shipping, handling, and servicing. Decontamination is required by the U.S.
Department of Transportation regulations.
Persons performing the decontamination process must be familiar with the basic setup
and operation of the instrument.
Important! BioTek Instruments, Inc. recommends the use
of the following decontamination solutions and methods
based on our knowledge of the instrument and
recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). Neither BioTek nor the CDC assumes
any liability for the adequacy of these solutions and
methods. Each laboratory must ensure that decontamination
procedures are adequate for the Biohazard(s) they handle.
Wear prophylactic gloves when handling contaminated
instruments. Gloved hands should be considered
contaminated at all times; keep gloved hands away from
eyes, mouth, nose and ears. Eating and drinking while
decontaminating instruments is not advised.
Mucous membranes are considered prime entry routes for
infectious agents. Wear eye protection and a surgical mask
when there is a possibility of aerosol contamination. Intact
skin is generally considered an effective barrier against
infectious organisms; however, small abrasions and cuts
may not always be visible. Wear protective gloves when
performing the decontamination procedure.
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Tools and Supplies
•
Sodium hypochlorite (NaClO or bleach)
•
70% isopropyl alcohol (as an alternative to bleach)
•
Deionized or distilled water
•
Safety glasses
•
Surgical mask
•
Protective gloves
•
Lab coat
•
Biohazard trash bags
•
125 mL beakers
•
Clean cotton cloths or paper towels
•
Cleaning solution/disinfectant:
Prepare an aqueous solution of 0.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO, or bleach).
As an alternative, 70% isopropyl alcohol may be used if the effects of bleach are a
concern. Be sure to check the percent NaClO of the bleach you are using; this
information is printed on the side of the bottle. Commercial bleach is typically 10%
NaClO; if this is the case, prepare a 1:20 dilution. Household bleach is typically 5%
NaClO; if this is the case, prepare a 1:10 dilution.
Note: Do not prepare a stronger bleach solution than described here.
Extended exposure to high concentrations of bleach can deteriorate
some waste system components.
Warning! Internal Voltage. Turn off and disconnect the
ELx50™ from its power supply for all decontamination operations.
The bleach solution is caustic; wear gloves and eye protection when
handling this solution.
Do not immerse the instrument, spray it with liquid, or use a “wet”
cloth. Do not allow the cleaning solution to run into the interior of
the instrument. If this happens, contact the BioTek Service
Department.
Do not soak the keypad—this will cause damage.
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Decontamination Procedure for External Components
1.
Prepare the cleaning solution as described on page 118.
2.
Turn off and unplug the instrument.
3.
Moisten a cloth with the bleach solution or alcohol. Do not soak the cloth.
4.
Wipe the keypad (do not soak). Wipe again with a clean cloth moistened with
deionized or distilled water. Dry immediately with a clean, dry cloth.
5.
Remove the mist shield, if it is attached. Wipe the mist shield’s inside and
outside surfaces. Wipe the microplate carrier, top surface of the instrument
base, supply bottles and tubing, and all exposed surfaces of the instrument.
6.
Wait 20 minutes. Moisten a cloth with DI or distilled water and wipe all
surfaces of the instrument that have been cleaned with the bleach solution or
alcohol.
7.
Use a clean, dry cloth to dry all wet surfaces.
8.
Reassemble the instrument as necessary.
9.
Discard the used gloves and cloths using a Biohazard trash bag and an
approved Biohazard container.
Decontamination Procedure for Tubing and Manifold
1.
Perform the Decontamination procedure described on the previous page.
2.
Connect the ELx50™ to the power supply, and turn it on.
3.
Prepare to run the DECONTAMINATION program, to decontaminate the internal
tubing and manifold parts. This program will consume approximately 55 mL
of disinfectant and 55 mL of rinse. Start with an empty waste bottle.
4.
To run the DECONTAMINATION program, follow one of two washer menu paths
shown below. Note: While the program is running, you will need to
periodically check the display panel and follow the instructions for changing
the supply bottles.
Washers not equipped with automatic valve switching:
MAINT
Press the Option key
DECONTAMINATION
CONNECT DISINFECTANT AND
PRESS <START> KEY
RUNNING: DECONTAMINATION/
DISINFECTING
CONNECT RINSE BOTTLE AND PRESS
<START> KEY
RUNNING: DECONTAMINATION/
RINSING
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Washers equipped with automatic valve switching:
MAINT
Press the Option key
DECONTAMINATION
DISINFECTANT VALVE? A B C
RINSE VALVE? A B C
START MAINTENANCE? YES
MAINTENANCE RUNNING PRESS <STOP> TO QUIT.
5.
To ensure that all bleach is removed from the instrument, run the DAY_RINSE
program at least once after decontamination.
Alternate Decontamination Procedure for Tubing and Manifold
If you are unable to run the decontamination program due to a system failure,
decontaminate the internal tubing and manifold parts as follows:
1.
Prepare the cleaning solution as described on page 118.
2.
Turn off and unplug the instrument.
3.
Remove the tubing and manifold.
4.
Soak the tubing and manifold in the bleach or alcohol solution.
5.
Wait 20 minutes. Rinse the tubing and manifold with DI water.
6.
Use a clean, dry cloth to dry all wet surfaces of the tubes and manifold.
7.
Reassemble the instrument as necessary.
8.
Discard the used gloves and cloths using a Biohazard trash bag and an
approved Biohazard container.
Decontamination Procedure for Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW)
If your washer is the ELx50™/FMW model, perform the following
instructions to decontaminate the aspiration carrier.
1.
Prepare the cleaning solution as described on page 118.
2.
Turn off and unplug the instrument.
3.
Disconnect the tubing from the back of the aspiration carrier.
4.
Remove the aspiration carrier:
•
Carefully lift the carrier front off the rail, avoiding contact with the
manifold tubes.
•
Carefully lift the carrier rear off the rail, avoiding contact with the manifold
tubes.
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5.
Unlatch the plate clamp.
6.
Remove the vacuum grate, which is located under the plate seal gasket. The
vacuum grate and gasket are held in place with six screws around the
perimeter of the top of the carrier. See Figure 32 on page 113.
7.
Soak the carrier, plate clamp, vacuum grate, and gasket in the bleach solution
for 20 minutes.
8.
Rinse the carrier, plate clamp, vacuum grate, and gasket thoroughly to remove
all bleach.
9.
Use a clean, dry cloth to dry all wet surfaces.
10. Place the vacuum grate and gasket back into the carrier and replace the six
perimeter screws.
Note: The gasket is not symmetrical and only goes in one way. When
replacing the gasket, align the notch in the gasket with the small
“bump” on the plate clamp, as shown in Figure 32.
11. Close the plate clamp.
12. Replace the aspiration carrier:
•
Hold the aspiration carrier over the rail so that the priming/soaking trough
is closest to the rear of the washer.
•
Snap the two carrier rail guides onto the carrier transport rail.
13. Reassemble the instrument, as necessary.
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Performance Verification
Performance verification for the ELx50™ involves three activities: qualification of
installation and setup, qualification of routine capability, and qualification of long-term
stability. This section refers to these activities as Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational
Qualification (OQ), and Performance Qualification (PQ), respectively.
Note: An Installation-Operational-Performance Qualification
(IQ-OQ-PQ) package (PN 4070530) for the ELx50™ is available for
purchase. Contact your local dealer for more information.
The Recommended Maintenance and Performance Verification Schedules on
pages 99 and 100 defines factory-recommended intervals for verification tests for a washer
used two to five days a week. Verification tests include the following:
•
The System Self-Test checks the vacuum pump and syringe pump, manifold,
and microplate carrier positioning and operation. The Checksum Test verifies
the basecode software against internal checksum values.
•
The Evacuation Efficiency Test for the 8-, 8s-, 12-, and 16-channel manifolds
measures the average residual volume per well after a wash program is
performed. A solution is dispensed into all the wells of a previously weighed
microplate. The wash program is run and the plate is weighed again in order to
calculate the total residual, based on the weight difference. The lower the residuals
per well, the better the evacuation efficiency of the washer.
The Evacuation Efficiency Test for the aspiration carrier verifies that the washer
effectively aspirates all fluid down through the wells of a 96-well filter-bottom
microplate. A Link program is run for dispensing deionized water into all wells of
the plate, followed by bottom-aspiration of the wells. After the program
completes, visual verification confirms that there is no residual fluid in any of the
wells. If the Millipore filter-bottom plate recommended by BioTek is used, the test
also measures the residual volume of the plate after evacuation.
•
The Dispense Precision Test measures the variability of volumes dispensed
from tube to tube across the manifold. A test dye solution is dispensed into a
microplate. The optical density of each well is measured at 630 nm and the
background at 450 nm is subtracted to account for scratches in the plate or
particulates in the well.
The average percent error is calculated, and the amount dispensed for each well is
calculated and the %Coefficient of Variation (%CV). It is the %CV, or the ratio
expressed in percent, of the standard deviation of the distribution of fluid volumes
in the wells, to the mean value of volume per well. The lower the CV, the better
the uniformity across the manifold.
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Installation Qualification (IQ)
Installation Qualification confirms that the washer and its components have been
supplied as ordered and ensures that they are assembled and configured properly for your
lab environment.
•
The recommended IQ procedure consists of setting up the instrument as described
in Chapter 2, Installation and then performing the System Self-Test and the
Checksum test.
•
The IQ procedure should be performed initially (before the washer is used for the
first time).
•
The successful completion of the IQ procedure verifies that the instrument is
installed correctly. The Operational Qualification procedure should be performed
immediately following the successful IQ (see below).
Operational Qualification (OQ)
Operational Qualification confirms that the washer operates according to specification
initially and over time.
•
The recommended OQ procedure consists of performing the System Self-Test and
the Checksum, Evacuation Efficiency, and Dispense Precision tests.
•
Your facility’s operating policies may also require that you perform an actual assay
prior to accepting the washer for routine use. You should not use the data obtained
from the first assay that utilizes the washer until you have confirmed that the
package insert criteria have been met.
•
The OQ procedure should be performed initially (before first use) and then
routinely; the recommended interval is annually. It should also be performed after
any major repair or upgrade to the hardware or software.
•
Although out-of-tolerance failures will be detected by the OQ tests, results should
be compared with those from the monthly Performance Qualification tests and
previous OQ tests to monitor for trends.
•
The successful completion of the OQ procedure, in combination with results that
are comparable to previous PQ and OQ tests, confirms that the washer is
performing consistently over time.
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Performance Qualification (PQ)
Performance Qualification confirms that the washer consistently meets the
requirements of the tests performed at your laboratory.
•
The recommended PQ procedure consists of performing the System Self-Test and
the Checksum, Evacuation Efficiency, and Dispense Precision tests.
•
Your facility’s operating policies may also require that you routinely perform an
actual assay, to confirm that the washer will consistently give adequate results for
the assays to be run with it.
•
These tests should be performed routinely; the recommended interval is monthly.
This frequency may be adjusted depending on the trends observed over time.
•
The successful completion of the PQ procedure confirms that the washer is
performing consistently under normal operating conditions.
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Self-Test and Checksum Test
The Self-Test (SLFCHK) and Checksum Test (CHKSUM) are performed automatically
whenever the instrument is turned on. They can also be performed manually from the
ELx50™ Main Menu.
•
The Self-Test checks the vacuum, manifold, and manifold-to-carrier
movement.
•
The Checksum Test compares the onboard software with internally recorded
checksum values to ensure that no corruption has occurred.
Self-Test
To run the Self-Test, select the following from the Main Menu:
UTIL
TESTS
SLFCHK
If the test passes, the Main Menu is displayed and the washer is ready for use.
If the test fails, the washer will “chirp” and display an error code. Press STOP to
stop the beep, then look up the code in Appendix A, Error Codes.
Configuration Information (CHKSUM)
To run the Checksum Test, select the following from the Main Menu:
UTIL
TESTS
CHKSUM
The initial checksum test displays the onboard (basecode) software part number,
version, and checksum:
4070xxx
Verx.xx
CODE CHECKSUM:
(DDA7)
After a few moments, the second checksum test displays the customer
configuration software part number and version:
4070xxx-FW
vx.xx.x
This information is important if you need to contact BioTek TAC.
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Liquid Tests for the 8-, 8s- and 12-Channel
Manifolds
Evacuation Efficiency and Dispense Precision Tests
The Evacuation Efficiency test measures the average residual volume per well after
evacuation. The lower the residuals per well, the better the evacuation efficiency of the
washer. The Dispense Precision test measures the variability of the volumes
dispensed from tube to tube across the manifold. It is the %CV, or the ratio expressed
in percent, of the standard deviation of the distribution of fluid volumes in the wells, to
the mean value of volume per well. The lower the CV, the better the uniformity across
the manifold.
Materials
•
Corning Costar® #3590 96-well plates (or equivalent)
•
Precision balance with capacity of 100 g minimum and readability of
0.001 g resolution
•
Pipettes and graduated beakers
•
Microplate absorbance reader capable of dual wavelength reading at 630 and
450 nm
•
Test solutions:
Solution #1: 0.1% Tween® 20 in deionized water
Pipette 1 mL Tween 20 into 1 liter (1000 mL) of dionized water and mix well, or
Pipette 10 mL of BioTek Solution #1 100X Concentrate Wetting Agent (PN
7773002) into 1 liter of deionized water and mix well.
Solution #2: Residual Test Solution
Mix 100 mL of Solution #1 with 0.0500 grams of FD&C #1 blue dye, or
Mix 10 mL of BioTek Solution #2 10X Concentrate Blue Test Dye
(PN 7773001) with 90 mL of Solution #1 prepared above
Solution #3: Dispense Precision Solution
Mix 590 mL of deionized water with 10 mL of either Solution #2 prepared
above.
Important! The factory determined the pass/fail
specifications for the following tests using the test
solutions described here.
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Note: PN 7773002 contains 10% Tween® 20 in deionized water and
0.01% Sodium Azide as a preservative. PN 7773001 contains 5 g per
liter of FD&C Blue #1, 0.1% Tween 20 in deionized water, and 0.01%
Sodium Azide as a preservative.
You may use your own buffer solution in place of Solution #1. If any tests fail
using your own buffer, however, retry the tests using the suggested solutions.
Using pure DI water in place of Solution #1 is not recommended and will likely
result in the failure of the unit to meet specifications.
There is a Liquid Tests Worksheet on page 129, for recording data reduction
results. If your tests are failing, this information will be useful for BioTek TAC to
help diagnose any problems.
Evacuation Efficiency Test Procedure
Important! Specifications for the following Evacuation
Efficiency Test only apply when the correct microplate carrier
is in use. Use the carrier that is specific to the manifold type
(see Carrier Variations in Chapter 1, Introduction).
Do not use the aspiration carrier for this test!
1.
Adjust the wash program for optimal residual. Place a clean, dry 96-well
microplate on the balance, then zero the balance.
2.
Prime the washer with the test solution, then run the dispense program
accuracy_qc_test. Run the wash program.
3.
Weigh the microplate containing the residual.
4.
Calculate and report the average residual by dividing the net weight by the
number of wells dispensed.
Example:
NW
# wells dispensed
= average residual *
* The average residual must be < 0.002 grams per well.
If this test does not pass on the initial attempt, clean the aspirate tubes with a
stylus and adjust the programmed aspiration height and horizontal aspiration
position to minimize residual. Add a crosswise aspiration on the final aspiration
step if needed, and then retest.
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Dispense Precision Test Procedure
1.
Use a clean, dry 96-well microplate.
2.
Prepare the washer to dispense test solution to the microplate (see Materials).
•
The Test Solution should contain your buffer solution or 0.1% Tween® 20 in
deionized water. Add 1 mL Tween 20 into 1 liter (1000 mL) of deionized
water.
•
Add enough colored dye to the solution to produce an absorbance of
between 0.70 and 1.30 OD when dispensing 300 µl into the microwell. The
formulation will vary, depending on dye purity.
3.
Prime the washer with the test solution, then run the dispense program
accuracy_qc_test. Use the number keys to enter the number of strips to
process (6 for the 8- or 8s-channel manifold and 4 for the 12-channel manifold).
4.
Read the plate in an absorbance reader (blank on air) using the dualwavelength method (630-450 nm), to reduce the influence of scratches and
foreign particles that could be in the well. Print or export the results.
Note: If you are using one of BioTek’s keypad-based readers, such
as the ELx800™ or ELx808™, ensure that the reader is not running
in Rapid mode. To check this, select U T I L
R E A D and cycle
through the prompts until you see R E A D I N R A P I D M O D E ? , then
choose N O for an accurate result.
5.
Calculate and report the mean absorbance, standard deviation, and
% Coefficient of Variation (%CV) for the group of wells that were filled.
A %CV greater than 3.0% is a failure. If your result is greater than 3.0%, clean
the dispense tubes with a stylus and retest.
Example:
Data:
Mean Absorbance
= <OD>
= 1.026
Standard Deviation
=
SD
= 0.010
=
SD
<OD>
= 0.010
1.026
Calculation:
% Coefficient of Variation
x 100
= 0.98%
If this test does not pass on the initial attempt, use the stylus to clean the dispense
tubes that have OD reading results lower than average, and then retest.
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Liquid Tests Worksheet (8-, 8s-, and 12-Channel Manifolds)
Washer Serial Number:
Date:
Tested By:
Evacuation Efficiency Test
Total Residual Weight
Verification that no well varies considerably from the others
grams
Pass
grams
Mean Residual Weight (Total Residual Weight ÷ 96)
Mean Residual Weight must be < 0.002 g
Fail
Pass
Fail
Pass
Fail
Dispense Precision Test
Standard Deviation
Calculate using a spreadsheet program
Mean Absorbance (sum of all wells ÷ 96)
% Coefficient of Variation (%CV)
= (Standard Deviation ÷ Mean Absorbance) * 100
%CV value must be < 3.0
Comments:
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Liquid Tests for the 16-Channel Manifold
Evacuation Efficiency and Dispense Precision Tests
The Evacuation Efficiency test measures the average residual volume per well after
evacuation. The lower the residuals per well, the better the evacuation efficiency of the
washer. The Dispense Precision test measures the variability of the volumes dispensed
from tube to tube across the manifold. It is the %CV, or the ratio expressed in percent, of
the standard deviation of the distribution of fluid volumes in the wells, to the mean value
of volume per well. The lower the CV, the better the uniformity across the manifold.
Materials
•
Corning Costar® 384-well plates
•
Precision balance with capacity of 100 g minimum and readability of
0.001 g resolution
•
Pipettes and graduated beakers
•
Microplate absorbance reader capable of dual wavelength reading at 630 and
450 nm
•
Test solutions:
Solution #1: 0.1% Tween® 20 in deionized water
Pipette 1 mL Tween 20 into 1 liter (1000 mL) of dionized water and mix well, or
Pipette 10 mL of BioTek Solution #1 100X Concentrate Wetting Agent* (PN
7773002) into 1 liter of deionized water and mix well.
Solution #2: Residual Test Solution
Mix 100 mL of Solution #1 with 0.0500 grams of FD&C #1 blue dye, or
Mix 10 mL of BioTek Solution #2 10X Concentrate Blue Test Dye*
(PN 7773001) with 90 mL of Solution #1 prepared above.
Solution #3: Dispense Precision Solution
Mix 590 mL of deionized water with 10 mL of either Solution #2 prepared
above.
Important! The factory determined the pass/fail
specifications for the following tests using the test
solutions described here.
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Note: PN 7773002 contains 10% Tween® 20 in deionized water and
0.01% Sodium Azide as a preservative. PN 7773001 contains 5 g per
liter of FD&C Blue #1, 0.1% Tween 20 in deionized water, and 0.01%
Sodium Azide as a preservative.
You may use your own buffer solution in place of Solution #1. If any tests fail
using your own buffer, however, retry the tests using the suggested solutions.
Using pure DI water in place of Solution #1 is not recommended and will likely
result in the failure of the unit to meet specifications.
There is a Liquid Tests Worksheet on page 133, for recording data reduction
results. If your tests are failing, this information will be useful for BioTek TAC to
help diagnose any problems.
Evacuation Efficiency Test Procedure
Important! Specifications for the following Evacuation
Efficiency Test only apply when the correct microplate
carrier is in use. Use the carrier that is specific to the
16-channel manifold.
1.
Adjust the wash program for optimal residual. Place a clean, dry 384-well
microplate on the balance, then zero the balance.
2.
Prime the washer with the test solution, then run the dispense program
accur_qc_test384. Run the wash program.
3.
Weigh the microplate containing the residual.
4.
Calculate and report the average residual by dividing the net weight by the
number of wells dispensed.
Example:
NW
# wells dispensed
= average residual *
* The average residual must be < 0.004 grams per well.
If this test does not pass on the initial attempt, clean the aspirate tubes with the
stylus and adjust the programmed aspiration height and horizontal aspiration
position to minimize residual. Add a crosswise aspiration on the final aspiration
step if needed, and then retest.
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Dispense Precision Test Procedure
1.
Use a clean, dry 384-well microplate.
2.
Prepare the washer to dispense test solution to the microplate (see Materials).
•
The Test Solution should contain your buffer solution or 0.1% Tween® 20 in
deionized water. Add 1 mL Tween 20 into 1 liter (1000 mL) of deionized
water.
•
Add enough colored dye to the solution to produce an absorbance of
between 0.70 and 1.30 OD when dispensing 300 µl into the microwell. The
formulation will vary depending on dye purity.
3.
Prime the washer with the test solution, then run the dispense program
accur_qc_test384. Use the number keys to enter the number of strips to
process (6 for the 16-channel manifold).
4.
Read the plate in an absorbance reader (blank on air) using the dualwavelength method (630-450 nm), to reduce the influence of scratches and
foreign particles that could be in the well. Print or export the results.
Note: If you are using one of BioTek’s keypad-based readers, such
as the ELx800™ or ELx808™, ensure that the reader is not running
in Rapid mode. To check this, select U T I L
R E A D and cycle
through the prompts until you see R E A D I N R A P I D M O D E ? , then
choose N O for an accurate result.
5.
Calculate and report the mean absorbance, standard deviation, and the
% Coefficient of Variation (%CV) for the group of wells that were filled.
A %CV greater than 4.0% is a failure. If your result is greater than 4.0%, clean
the dispense tubes with a stylus and retest.
Example:
Data:
Mean Absorbance
= <OD>
= 1.200
Standard Deviation
=
SD
= 0.040
=
SD
<OD>
= 0.040
1.200
Calculation:
% Coefficient of Variation
x 100
= 3.3%
If this test does not pass on the initial attempt, use the stylus to clean the dispense
tubes that have OD reading results lower than average, and then retest.
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Liquid Tests Worksheet (16-Channel Manifold)
Washer Serial Number:
Date:
Tested By:
Evacuation Efficiency Test
Total Residual Weight
Verification that no well varies considerably from the others
grams
Pass
grams
Mean Residual Weight (Total Residual Weight ÷ 384)
Mean Residual Weight must be < 0.004 g
Fail
Pass
Fail
Pass
Fail
Dispense Precision Test
Standard Deviation
Calculate using a spreadsheet program
Mean Absorbance (sum of all wells ÷ 384)
% Coefficient of Variation (%CV)
= (Standard Deviation ÷ Mean Absorbance) * 100
%CV value must be < 4.0
Comments:
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Liquid Test for the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW)
Evacuation Efficiency Test
The Evacuation Efficiency test for the aspiration carrier on the ELx50™/8FMW
model verifies that the washer effectively aspirates all fluid down through the wells of
a
96-well filter-bottom microplate. The test is based on visual verification that there is no
residual fluid left in any of the wells. If the Millipore plate recommended by BioTek is
used (see PN below), the test also measures the residual volume of the plate after
evacuation. The lower the residual weight (< 1 gram), the better the evacuation
efficiency of the washer.
Materials
•
One new 96-well filter-bottom plate:
0.45 µm filter pore size (recommended: Millipore PN MSHVN4550)
•
Precision balance with capacity of 100 g minimum and readability of 0.001 g
resolution
•
Deionized water
Although BioTek recommends that you use the Millipore filter-bottom
plate listed above for this test, you may substitute other
manufacturers’ filter-bottom plates that you are most familiar with
using. Using a substitute plate, however, may vary your test
results.
There is a Liquid Test Worksheet on page 136, for recording test results. If your tests are
failing, this information will be useful for BioTek TAC to help diagnose any problems.
Evacuation Efficiency Test Procedure
Important! Before performing the Evacuation Efficiency
Test, ensure that the aspiration carrier is installed.
Perform the following test using the 0.45 µm filter pore plate:
1.
Prime the washer using deionized water.
2.
If you are using the Millipore PN MSHVN4550 plate, place the plate on the
balance, then zero the balance.
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Ensure that there is proper vacuum. Use the vent port (labeled “C”) on the
carrier and the two vent plugs (located in storage slots “A” and “B”) to
vary the vacuum levels.
(See Figure 9 in Chapter 2 for an illustration of the vent port and the two
vent plugs.)
•
For a low vacuum level, leave the vent port on the carrier open. The
vent port is a 0.047” diameter hole, which is equal to approximately
-64 mmHg.
•
For a medium vacuum level, insert the gray vent plug into the vent
port. The gray vent plug contains a 0.032”diameter hole, which is equal
to approximately -116 mmHg.
•
For a high vacuum level, insert the black vent plug into the vent port.
The black vent plug contains a 0.020” diameter hole, which is equal to
approximately -240 mmHg.
The approximate vacuum levels listed above (-64, -116, and -240
mmHg) are “typical” only, and may vary, depending upon factors
such as relative humidity, barometric pressure, and mechanical
tolerances.
Important! Ensure that the vent port is not completely
sealed. If the vent port is sealed, the washer’s internal
vacuum pump may collapse the vacuum reservoir bottle.
4.
Run a Link program: select BTST.
5.
Immediately after the program completes, visually verify that all wells
have been evacuated.
6.
Pat the bottom of the plate with a paper towel to remove any droplets.
7.
If using the Millipore plate, weigh the plate and verify that the weight is
less than 1 gram.
The 1 gram weight specification is specifically for Millipore part
number MSHVN4550. An alternate plate type will need to be
tested, and a specification determined for that plate.
8.
Enter the weight in the worksheet on the following page.
9.
If the test fails, repeat using another new plate.
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Liquid Test Worksheet (Aspiration Carrier)
Washer Serial Number:
Date:
Tested By:
Evacuation Efficiency Test
0.45 µm filter pore size, 96-well plate
Manufacturer brand and part number for the plate:
Visual verification that all wells have been evacuated:
Pass
Residual Weight:
Residual Weight (Millipore MSHVN4550 only) must be < 1 g
Fail
grams
Pass
Fail
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Maintenance/Performance and Operational logs are provided on the following pages.
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Operator's initials
Empty waste
bottle
Overnight_Loop
in PM
OVERNIGHT MAINTENANCE
Operator's initials
Rinse_and _Soak
in AM
AutoPrime
Day_Rinse
Protein residual
removal
DAILY MAINTENANCE
DATE
ELx50™ Serial Number: _____________________________
ELx50™ Serial Number: _____________________________
DATE
MAINTENANCE / PERFORMANCE AND OPERATIONAL QUALIFICATION
Clean bottles
Empty waste bottle
Clean manifold and mist shield
Clean aspirate and dispense tubes
Clean microplate carrier
Clean aspiration carrier
Clean check valves
Perform Long_Shutdown
(if needed, for storage)
Perform Decontamination
Perform Self-Test
Perform/Record Checksum Test
(compare to initial checksum)
8-, 8s-, 12-, 16-Channel Manifold:
Perform Evacuation Efficiency Test:
Residual Weight/Well
< 0.002 g for 8-, 8s-, 12-Channel
< 0.004 g for 16-Channel
Perform Dispense Precision Test:
%CV < 3.0% for 8-, 8s-, 12-Channel
%CV < 4.0% for 16-Channel
Aspiration Carrier:
Perform Evacuation Efficiency Test:
All wells evacuated
If Millipore MSHVN4550 plate used,
Residual Weight < 1 g
Operator's Initials
* Review previous test results for any trends.
Annual
*
Chapter 5
Troubleshooting
This chapter lists problems that you may experience with the
ELx50™ washer, and suggests possible solutions for these
problems.
Overview ................................................................................142
Troubleshooting Checklist .........................................................142
Troubleshooting Charts.............................................................143
Washer Start-Up .................................................................143
Fluid Aspiration ...................................................................144
Fluid Delivery .....................................................................148
Fluid Leakage .....................................................................150
Carrier Movement................................................................151
Washer Manifold Movement ..................................................151
Microplate Scratches............................................................152
Syringe Drive Movement ......................................................152
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Overview
Every effort has been made to ensure that the ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer is
extremely reliable and easy to use. Nevertheless, you could experience problems with the
washer hardware, software, and/or accessories. This chapter offers information to help
resolve these problems.
The table below is a concise summary of possible causes for many of the problems that
may occur during operation of the washer.
The troubleshooting charts on the following pages provide detailed lists of problems, their
possible causes, and possible solutions.
Troubleshooting Checklist
Periodic inspection of the washer, tubing, and bottles for the possible causes listed below
may help to eliminate many of the problems listed on the following pages.
Check for the following:
9
9
Loose or incorrect connections of power cord, power supply, waste
and supply tubing and fittings
Incomplete or incorrect installation of manifold and carrier,
attachment of mist shield, or placement of microplate/strips in carrier
Accumulation of residue on carrier or inside aspirate/dispense tubes,
9
9
9
waste/supply bottles and tubing, manifold, inlet/outlet fittings, optional inline vacuum filter, or optional pump muffler (washers manufactured after
January 2008).
Worn tubing, o-rings, inlet or outlet fittings, manifold gaskets or vacuum
seals
Kinked or bent aspirate/dispense tubes or waste/supply tubing
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Troubleshooting Charts
See Figures 10 through 15 in Chapter 2, Installation, and Figure 30 in Chapter 4,
Maintenance and Performance Verification (IQ/OQ/PQ) for illustrations of the
components referenced in the Troubleshooting Charts:
Figure 11
Washer Rear Panel (all models except ELx50™/8FMW)
Figure 12
Washer Rear Panel (ELx50/8FMW model)
Figure 13
Waste Tubing Connections (all models except ELx50/8FMW)
Figure 14
Waste Tubing Connections (ELx50/8FMW model with Aspiration
Carrier installed)
Figure 15a
Supply Tubing Connections (front view)
Figure 15b
Supply Tubing Connections (view of connections on rear panel)
Figure 16
Washer with Multiple Valve Tubing Connections (“V” versions of the
ELx50)
Figure 32
Replacing the Gasket in the Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW model)
Washer Start-Up
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Display (LCD)
not on.
Power cord not plugged in
or loose.
Check the power connection.
Syringe, carrier,
or manifold
position error.
Manifold or carrier is being
obstructed.
Remove any obstruction. Also, ensure
that the manifold and carrier have
been properly installed (see Ch. 2,
Installation).
Motor, sensor, or electrical
problem.
Turn the washer off, wait at least 15
seconds, then turn it back on.
If it fails the self-test, the washer will
“chirp” and display an error code.
Press the STOP button to stop the
beep, and look up the code in App. A,
Error Codes. Contact BioTek TAC.
Misaligned carrier or
manifold.
Contact BioTek TAC.
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Fluid Aspiration
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Poor or uneven
aspiration.
Insufficient or no vacuum.
If the optional in-line vacuum filter or
optional pump muffler has been
installed, the filter or muffler may
need to be replaced (see Connecting
the Tubes and Bottles in Ch. 2).
Firmly seat the waste bottle stopper.
Ensure that the tubing is connected
properly (see Fig. 13: Waste Tubing
Connections).
Check all external tubing for kinks or
accumulations of residue.
When aspiration begins, you should
hear the vacuum pump turn on. If the
pump does not turn on, contact
BioTek TAC.
Insufficient or no vacuum.
When the vacuum pump turns on,
remove the vacuum tubing from the
back of the washer while the pump is
on (see Fig. 11: Washer Rear Panel).
Put your finger over the port; if there
is no vacuum, contact BioTek TAC.
Clogged aspirate tubes on
the washer manifold.
Remove and clean the manifold (see
Cleaning the Manifold in Ch. 4).
Microplate aspiration height
adjustment too high or too
low.
Change the programmed aspiration
height (see Define Wash
ASPIRATION Program Options in
Ch. 3).
Aspirate tubes not properly
positioned horizontally in
wells.
If none of the tubes are bent, try
adjusting the programmed horizontal
aspirate position (see Define Wash
ASPIRATION Program Options in
Ch. 3).
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Fluid Aspiration, cont’d
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Poor or uneven
aspiration,
cont’d.
Microplate not level in
carrier or strips not level in
holder.
Reseat the microplate in the carrier or
the strips in their holder.
Ensure that the carrier is clean (see
Cleaning the Carrier in Ch. 4).
Try a different microplate or strip
holder. If the problem is unresolved,
the carrier may have to be realigned.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Poor or uneven
bottom
aspiration in
aspiration carrier
(ELx50/8FMW
only)
Movement rails misaligned.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Clogged vacuum filter or
pump muffler.
If the optional in-line vacuum filter or
optional pump muffler has been
installed, the filter or muffler may
need to be replaced (see Connecting
the Tubes and Bottles in Ch. 2).
Clogged filters in
filter-bottom plates
(ELx50™/8FMW model
only).
If the plate is old or has been used
more than once, the filter paper may
be dirty, resulting in poor aspiration.
Replace the old plate with a new one.
Ensure, also, that the vacuum grate is
in place in the aspiration carrier. The
grate is located under the plate seal
gasket. If this grate is missing, the
filter-bottom plate may have drops
clinging to the underside of the plate.
A combination of thick solution and
high vacuum level may cause clogging
in some filter-bottom plates. For
instance, assays with beads may
become clogged if a high vacuum
level is used. Try a lower vacuum
level or filter pore size plate.
Bottom aspiration times (BOT
ASPIRATE TIME) that are too long
may cause beads to stick in the bottom
of the wells. Try shorter aspiration
times initially (e.g., 10 seconds), and
then increase the aspiration time until
suitable aspiration is achieved.
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Fluid Aspiration, cont’d
Problem
Possible Cause
Poor or uneven
Vacuum lines not connected
bottom
or incorrectly connected.
aspiration in
aspiration carrier
(ELx50™/8FM
W only), cont’d.
Seal did not form.
Possible Solution
Ensure that the vacuum lines to the
manifold and aspiration carrier are
connected. Also, if the lines are
reversed, the top and bottom
functions will be reversed. If this is the
case, reconnect the lines as
appropriate.
If the filter-bottom plate is not seated
correctly in the aspiration carrier, a
seal will not form, resulting in no
vacuum. Reposition the plate in the
carrier. Also, check for residue on the
carrier or carrier transport rails, and
clean them, if necessary.
Check the rubber gasket on the
aspiration carrier. If it is worn, there
may be air leaks, resulting in a poor or
no seal. If this is the case, replace the
gasket.
If all 96 wells do not contain fluid, a
seal will not form. Dispense to full
plates only.
Too much
residual left in
microwells after
aspiration.
Incorrect plate size.
If the filter-bottom plate is the wrong
size, a seal will not form, resulting in
no vacuum. Try a plate with a
different filter pore size.
Vacuum reservoir bottle is
full.
If the vacuum reservoir bottle is full,
the vacuum pump will draw fluid into
the in-line filter or pump muffler and
lower the vacuum level. A full bottle
will also result in fluid being drawn
into the pump, causing the vacuum
level to drop. Empty the bottle.
Washer program requires
optimization for the plate
type used.
To minimize the residuals, program a
second or crosswise aspiration (see
Define Wash ASPIRATION Program
Options in Ch. 3). Other options
include decreasing the aspiration rate,
increasing or decreasing aspiration
height or tube position in the well, or
adding a delay on the final aspiration.
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Fluid Aspiration, cont’d
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Too much
residual left in
microwells after
aspiration,
cont’d.
Waste bottle stopper not
properly sealed or fittings
not properly connected.
Firmly seat the waste bottle stopper.
Make sure the tubing is connected
properly.
Ensure that the fittings are properly
connected to the manifold.
Check the fit of the gasket (rubber top
seal) on the 8-, 8s-, or 12-channel
manifold top (see Cleaning the
Manifold in Ch. 4). If the fit is loose,
contact BioTek TAC.
Manifold out of alignment or
not moving freely.
Check for obstructions and ensure that
the manifold has been properly
installed (see Ch. 2, Installation). If
no obstructions are found and the
manifold is correctly installed, contact
BioTek TAC.
Microplate not level in
carrier or strips not level in
holder.
Reseat the microplate in the carrier or
the strips in their holder.
Ensure that the carrier is clean (see
Cleaning the Carrier in Ch. 4).
Try a different microplate or strip
holder. If the problem is unresolved,
the carrier may have to be realigned.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Using 16-channel manifold
to wash 8-well strips with
round or "V" bottoms.
The 16-channel manifold may not be
compatible with all 96-well format
strips and plates. This manifold uses
two aspirating tubes for each well, and
it may be difficult for these tubes to
reach the bottom of wells that are not
flat.
Aspirate tubes are bent.
Gently attempt to straighten the tubes
using your fingers. If they remain
bent, contact BioTek TAC.
Note: Monthly performance of the Evacuation Efficiency test is recommended to verify
that the residual volume per well after evacuation (aspiration) meets the specified
criteria. See Chapter 4, Performance Verification, Evacuation Efficiency Test
Procedure.
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Fluid Delivery
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Unable to
dispense fluid.
Inlet tube not connected at
manifold or at bottle.
Check all tubing (see Connecting the
Tubes and Bottles in Ch. 2).
Supply tube inside the
supply bottle is kinked or
disconnected.
Straighten or connect supply tube.
Make sure the end is cut as shown on
page 55.
Clogged dispense tubes on
the washer manifold.
Cleaning the Manifold in Ch. 4).
Check Valve flow direction
is incorrect.
Plate overfills
(floods).
Remove and clean the manifold (see
Compare the flow direction of the
Check Valves with Fig. 11: Washer
Rear Panel. Switch or replace if
necessary.
Check Valves are stuck
closed.
Check Valves in Ch. 4).
Clean Check Valves (see Cleaning the
Dispense tube not plugged
into syringe pump.
Plug dispense tube into top connector of
syringe pump.
No wash or rinse fluid.
Fill bottles with appropriate fluid.
System not primed.
Run a Prime program using 200 ml.
Faulty syringe pump.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Dispense height too high.
The aspirate tubes are too
many steps above the
microwells to prevent
overflow.
Change the Dispense Height in the
program (see Define Wash DISPENSE
Program Options in Ch. 3).
Aspirate tubes hit bottom
of trough during Prime or
Maintenance.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Fittings to manifold not
connected.
Reconnect fittings.
Optional in-line vacuum
filter or optional pump
muffler plugged.
Replace or remove the filter or pump
muffler.
Rubber stopper on waste
bottle is loose.
Push rubber stopper into waste bottle to
create a better seal.
Dispense rate too fast for
volume selected.
Use slower dispense rate or lower
volume (see Define Wash DISPENSE
Program Options in Ch. 3).
Insufficient or no vacuum.
Firmly seat the waste bottle stopper.
Make sure tubing is connected properly.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Plate overfills
(floods), cont’d.
Insufficient or no vacuum,
cont’d.
Check all external tubing for kinks or
clogs.
The optional in-line vacuum filter or the
optional pump muffler may need to be
replaced.
When the program begins, you should
be able to hear the vacuum pump turn
on. If not, contact BioTek TAC.
If the vacuum pump is turning on,
remove the vacuum tubing from the
back of the washer while the vacuum
pump is on. Put your finger over the
port; if there is no vacuum, contact
BioTek TAC.
Units with
solenoid valves
unable to
dispense.
Uneven
dispensing of
fluid; wells not
filled.
Solenoid valve not
opening.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Solenoid valve tubing
disconnected, or wrong
solenoid inlet connected.
Reconnect or redirect tubing.
Manifold or tubing not
adequately primed.
Run a Prime program using 200 ml.
Dispense flow rate too low. Select a higher flow rate (see Define
Wash DISPENSE Program Options in
Ch. 3).
Dripping
dispense tubes.
Clogged dispense tubes on
the washer manifold.
Remove and clean the manifold (see
Cleaning the Manifold in Ch. 4).
Microplate aspiration
height adjustment too high
or too low.
Change the Aspiration Height in the
program (see Define Wash
ASPIRATION Program Options in
Ch. 3).
Dispense tubing routed
incorrectly.
The supply bottle tube must enter the
syringe at the bottom. Also, check for
holes in the manifold gasket.
Note: Monthly performance of the Dispense Precision test is recommended to measure
the variability of volumes dispensed from tube to tube across the manifold. See Chapter
4, Performance Verification, Dispense Precision Test Procedure.
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Fluid Leakage
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Dripping
dispense tubes.
Dispense tubing routed
incorrectly.
The supply bottle tube must enter the
syringe at the bottom.
Fluid leaking
from manifold.
Defective seals.
If 8-, 8s-, or 12-channel manifold, replace
manifold gasket. If 16-channel
manifold, replace plugs and o-ring on
‘T’ plug (see Cleaning the Manifold in
Ch. 4).
Defective seals, cont’d.
Replace o-rings on washer manifold
inlet fittings.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Teflon® sleeves are
defective or missing.
Reposition sleeves.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Check valves are leaking.
Clean or replace check valves (see
Cleaning the Check Valves in Ch. 4).
Aspirate tubes only:
vacuum too low.
Check waste connector tubes, and make
sure they are properly connected to the
manifold.
Check vacuum filter for clogging,
replace if necessary.
Push rubber stopper into waste bottle to
create a better seal.
Use a slower Aspiration Rate in the
program (see Define Wash
ASPIRATION Program Options in Ch.
3).
Fluid leaking
from underneath
the instrument.
Fluid leaking
from external
tubing
connector.
Defective tubing connector
or inlet tubing.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Leaking syringe seal.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Defective syringe piston.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Defective connector.
Replace connector.
Worn tubing.
Replace tubing.
Worn seal (inlet or vacuum
fitting).
Replace filter or seal (see Connecting
the Tubes and Bottles in Ch. 2).
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Carrier Movement
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Microplate Carrier
Aspirate tubes
not entering well
correctly.
Aspirate tube(s) bent.
Push the stylus needle into the tube and
then gently attempt to straighten the
tube using your fingers. If it remains
bent, contact BioTek TAC.
Microplate not properly
seated or strips not level.
Reseat the microplate in the carrier or
the strips in the holder. Make sure the
plate is distributed squarely to the front
edge of the carrier.
Make sure the carrier is clean (see
Cleaning the Carrier in Ch. 4).
Horizontal Aspirate
Position is programmed
too wide for a movement.
Change the Horizontal Aspir Pos value
in the program (see Define Wash
ASPIRATION Program Options in Ch.
3).
Manifold tilted.
Check tubing for twists; add manifold
screws (PN 12174).
Aspiration Carrier (ELx50/8FMW)
Aspiration
carrier loses
steps during
program.
Insufficient flex room for
tubing between carrier and
washer.
Pushing the washer up against a wall or
against the vacuum/dispense bottles
can reduce the flex room needed by the
tubing during carrier movement.
Re-position the washer and/or tubing to
allow enough room. See Connecting
the Tubes and Bottles in Chapter 2.
Washer Manifold Movement
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Manifold
position error.
Manifold movement is
blocked.
Check orientation of microplate; A1
should be in the right rear corner of the
plate carrier as you face the front of the
instrument.
Check for and remove any obstructions.
Ensure that the manifold is resting on
the manifold support bracket.
Contact BioTek TAC.
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Microplate Scratches
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Scratches on
microplate
bottom.
Microplate dispense or
aspiration height
adjustment too low.
Change the Dispense or Aspiration
Height in the program (see Define
Microplate not properly
seated or strips not level.
Wash DISPENSE or ASPIRATION
Program Options in Ch. 3).
Reseat microplate in carrier or strips in
holder.
Make sure the carrier is clean (see
Cleaning the Carrier in Ch. 4).
Try a different microplate or strip
holder. If the problem is unresolved,
the carrier may have to be realigned.
Contact BioTek TAC.
Syringe Drive Movement
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
Syringe drive
gives movement
errors.
Check valves incorrectly
mounted.
Re-mount check valves.
Obstructions in syringe
path.
Remove any obstructions.
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Appendix A
Error Codes
This appendix lists error codes that may appear on the ELx50™
washer. If an error appears, refer to Chapter 5, Troubleshooting.
Contact BioTek’s Technical Assistance Center if further instructions
are necessary.
Error Codes ............................................................................154
General Errors.........................................................................155
Fatal Errors.............................................................................157
Dispense Volume Invalid for Manifold Type (0F00 Error) ................158
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Error Codes
An error code is displayed on the ELx50™ Microplate Washer as a four-digit identifier.
The first character will be either 0, 1, 2, or A.
•
0 or 1 denote a noncritical (“General”) error, which means that the instrument will
still respond to keypad input. See General Errors on the following page.
•
A denotes a more serious error, which requires that the ELx50™ be turned off and
then powered up. Upon restarting the washer, you should be able to enter
commands into the keypad. See Fatal Errors on page 157.
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General Errors
General errors indicate non-fatal conditions that require attention. If an error is displayed,
refer to Chapter 5, Troubleshooting. Contact BioTek’s Technical Assistance Center if
further instructions are necessary.
Error
Code
Cause
ABORT_ERR
0100
Wash function aborted.
NO_SENSOR_ERR
0200
Manifold motor couldn’t find optical sensor.
0201
Carrier motor couldn’t find optical sensor.
0202
Syringe motor couldn’t find optical sensor.
0300
Manifold motor couldn’t find edge of jig.
0301
Carrier motor couldn’t find edge of jig.
0302
Syringe motor couldn’t find edge of jig.
0400
Manifold motor failed positional verify.
0401
Carrier motor failed positional verify.
0402
Syringe motor failed positional verify.
UNDEF_PROG_TYPE_ERR
0500
Undefined program type specified.
PROGRAM_NUM_ERR
060n
Invalid program assay number chosen by user
(n = program number).
PROGRAM_SET_ERR
0700
Invalid write attempt.
PROGRAM_DEL_ERR
0800
Invalid delete attempt.
SYR_VOLUME_TO_LARGE
0900
Syringe volume too large.
PROGRAM_CHECKSUM_ERR
0A0n
Program checksum failure; indicates corrupt
assay program (n = program number).
MANIFOLD_AUTOCAL_ERR
0B00
Invalid manifold for calibration.
INVALID_BUFFER_ERR
0C00
Invalid buffer selected.
CAL_CHECKSUM_ERR
0D00
Failed calibration checksum test.
DISPENSE_RATE_ERR
0E00
Dispense rate is invalid for manifold type.
DISPENSE_VOLUME_ERR
0F00
CNFG_DATA_ERR
1000
Dispense volume invalid for manifold type
(see page 158).
Necessary configuration data missing.
CNFG_CHECKSUM_ERR
1100
Failed configuration checksum test.
AUTOCAL_JIG_ERROR
MOTOR_VERIFY_ERR
Note: Calibration errors (AUTOCAL_JIG_ERROR; MANIFOLD_AUTOCAL_ERR;
CAL_CHECKSUM_ERR) will normally be displayed only during calibration or repair of the
instrument by BioTek TAC.
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Error
Code
Cause
CAL_DATA_ERR
1200
Necessary calibration data missing.
MOTOR_NOT_HOMED_ERR
1300
Manifold motor not homed successfully.
1301
Carrier motor not homed successfully.
1302
Syringe motor not homed successfully.
AUTOCAL _ABORT_ERR
1400
Autocal of washer was aborted.
MALLOC_ERR
1900
Memory allocation failure.
ASPIRATE_POS_ERR
1A00
Carrier aspirate position is out of range for
present manifold.
DISPENSE_POS_ERR
1B00
Carrier dispense position is out of range for
present manifold.
SYRINGE_FMEA_ERR*
1C01
Sensor not found at start of syringe aspirate
stroke.
*Failure Mode Effects Analysis
1C02
Sensor not open at start of dispense stroke.
1C03
Syringe aspirate stroke failure.
1C04
Sensor verify after last syringe stroke in
program failed.
1C05
Sensor clear from home position too many
steps.
MANIFOLD_POS_ERR
1D00
Manifold position not in table.
AUTOCAL_CHECKSUM_ERR
1E00
Failed autocal checksum.
INVALID_LINK_ERR
2400
Failed to get program to view/run.
CHECK_FLUID_START_ERR
2800
CHECK_FLUID_END_ERR
2900
Liquid Level Alert™ only. A supply bottle’s fluid
level has dropped below 400/450 mL and/or
the waste bottle’s fluid level has risen above
1400/1450 mL. Or, the Liquid Level Alert
option is enabled (via SETUP > SENSORS) but
the select box is not properly connected to the
washer. See “Liquid Level Alert” in Chapter 3
under General Usage Guidelines.
INCOMPATIBLE_HW_ERR
2A00
Both the bottom aspirate and the external
valves jumpers are set. This is not a valid
hardware configuration.
SOAK_SHAKE_ERR
3100
Error running shake/soak protocol.
Notes:
•
Calibration errors (CAL_DATA_ERR; AUTOCAL_ABORT_ERR) will normally
be displayed only during calibration or repair of the instrument by BioTek TAC.
•
Syringe errors (SYRINGE_FMEA_ERR) indicate movement problems.
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Fatal Errors
Fatal errors indicate conditions that require immediate attention. If a fatal error is
displayed, contact BioTek’s Technical Assistance Center for further instructions.
Error
Code
Cause
TCB_NOT_AVAIL_ERR
A100
Task control block not available.
READ_NOT_AVAIL_ERR
A200
Washer function already in use.
NOT_AVAIL_ERR
A300
Manifold motor not available.
A301
Carrier motor not available.
A302
Syringe motor not available.
A304
Software timer not available.
A305
Display not available.
A306
Quick flash memory not available.
CHECKSUM_ERR
A400
Failed code checksum test on power-up;
memory corruption.
POWER_ERR
A500
Power dropped below safe level.
QFLASH_TIMEOUT_ERR
A600
Quick flash memory configuration timed out.
Memory corruption; contact TAC.
QFLASH_ERR
A700
Quick flash memory read did not match write.
Memory corruption; contact TAC.
HEAP_CORRUPTED_ERR
A900
Memory manager corruption detected.
Contact TAC.
Note: Unavailability of a motor, software timer, display or quick flash memory
(NOT_AVAIL_ERR) may be caused by loose cables. Contact TAC.
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Dispense Volume Invalid for Manifold Type
(0F00 Error)
An 0F00 error at run-time indicates a validation error in the washer program, and that the
current dispense volume/flow rate combination is invalid for the washer manifold type.
The ELx50™ basecode does not perform this type of validation during program creation.
To eliminate this error, edit the washer program and change the Dispense Volume and/or
Dispense Flow Rate so that they are compatible with your manifold type.
The following table shows the valid Dispense Volume ranges (in µl/well) for each
Dispense Flow Rate/Washer Manifold combination:
Dispense Volume Range (µl/well) by Manifold Type
Dispense
Flow Rate
8-Channel
12-Channel
1
50-3000
50-3000
2
50-3000
3
16-Channel
96-well plate
384-well plate
25-3000
50-3000
50-3000
50-3000
50-3000
50-3000
50-3000
25-3000
4
50-3000
50-3000
56-3000
28-3000
5
50-3000
60-3000
60-3000
30-3000
6
50-3000
70-1100
90-3000
45-3000
7
55-3000
70-1100
100-3000
50-3000
8
100-1100
not valid
106-3000
53-3000
9
110-1100
not valid
110-3000
55-3000
25-3000
For example, if your washer program is currently defined with a Dispense Volume of
1500 µl/well with a Dispense Flow Rate of 8, and your washer is equipped with the
8-channel manifold, consider reducing the Flow Rate to 7.
See Define Wash DISPENSE Program Options in Chapter 3 for information on editing
these parameters.
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Appendix B
ELx50 Manifold Variations
This appendix lists the parts you need to purchase and the steps
you need to take to reconfigure the ELx50™ Washer to work with a
different manifold.
ELx50 Manifold Variations .........................................................160
Reconfiguring the Washer.....................................................160
Hardware Steps ..................................................................161
Software Steps ...................................................................162
160 | Appendix B: ELx50 Manifold Variations
ELx50 Manifold Variations
Your ELx50™ Microplate Strip Washer was initially configured for and shipped with
either an 8-, 8s-, 12-, or 16-channel manifold. The 8s-channel manifold has short dispense
tubes for special applications. The 16-channel manifold is typically used for 384-well
plates (16-well strips), but it can also wash 96-well plates (8-well strips).
Your washer can be configured to work with a different manifold. The level of difficulty
for reconfiguration depends on the type of manifold you have now and the type you plan
to use.
Each manifold comes with a microplate carrier that is specific to the manifold type
(see Carrier Variations in Chapter 1). In addition to the microplate carrier,
ELx50/8FMW washers also have an aspiration carrier for bottom aspiration of
filter-bottom plates.
Reconfiguring the Washer
Refer to the following table to find out what parts you should purchase and the steps you
need to take to reconfigure the washer. The hardware and software steps are described on
the following pages.
For ELX50/8, ELX50/12 and ELX50/8FMW
Note: If you have the ELx50/8FMW model, you can have either an 8-, 8s-, or 12-channel
manifold. However, only the 8- and 8s-channel manifolds are compatible with the
aspiration carrier.
If your current
manifold is:
And you plan to
use this manifold:
12-channel
8- or 8s-channel
8- or 8s-channel
8- or 8s-channel
8s- or 8-channel
12-channel
You need to:
•
Purchase the new manifold.
•
Perform the hardware steps.
•
Perform the software steps.
•
Purchase the new manifold.
•
Perform the hardware steps.
•
Perform the software steps.
•
Purchase the new manifold.
•
Perform the hardware steps.
•
Perform the software steps.
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161
For ELX50™/16
If your current
manifold is:
And you plan to
use this manifold:
16- or 8-channel
8-, 8s-, or 16-channel
You need to:
•
Purchase the new manifold.
•
Perform the hardware steps.
•
Perform the software steps.
Hardware Steps
Refer to Figures 7 through 10 in Chapter 2 for installation of the manifold and
microplate/aspiration carriers. Refer to Figures 20 and 21 in Chapter 2 for removal
of the manifold and microplate/aspiration carriers.
To replace a washer manifold:
1. Remove the washer's mist shield.
2. Detach the tubes from the currently installed manifold.
3. Remove the thumbscrews (three if 16-channel manifold, otherwise two).
4. Lift the manifold up off the manifold support pins.
5. Orient the new manifold so that the tubes are pointed down, and the
fittings are pointed toward the back of the washer.
6. Slide the manifold gently down over the support pins.
7. Replace the thumbscrews.
8. Replace the tubing.
9. Replace the washer's mist shield.
To replace the microplate carrier with the aspiration carrier:
1. Remove the microplate carrier.
2. Install the aspiration carrier.
3. Connect the aspiration carrier tubing.
To replace the aspiration carrier with a microplate carrier:
1. Disconnect the aspiration carrier tubing.
2. Remove the aspiration carrier.
3. Install the microplate carrier.
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162 | Appendix B: ELx50 Manifold Variations
Software Steps
To specify an 8-, 12-, 8s-, or 16-channel manifold, follow the washer menu path
shown below.
UTIL Î SETUP Î MANIFLD Î SELECT MANIFOLD:
8
12
8S
16*
* 16 is not available on ELx50™/8FMW models.
To use the aspiration carrier:
1. Select 8 or 8S from the menu path above for the manifold.
2. Create an aspirate-only program and select BOT for the Aspirate Type.
3. Enter a Bottom Aspirate Time (BOT ASPIRATE TIME).
See Chapter 3 for complete washer menu maps.
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Appendix C
Chemical Compatibility
This appendix contains a name and materials listing of each
ELx50™ component that will come into contact with chemicals
dispensed during operation or maintenance. If there are questions
about compatibility of chemicals with the ELx50, contact BioTek.
Components and Materials Composition ......................................164
164 | Appendix C: Chemical Compatibility
Components and Materials Composition
Continuous contact with harsh chemicals is not recommended. It is best if the
washer is rinsed with deionized water after contact with any strong acid, base, or
solvent.
Components
Material Composition
Syringe seal, buffer bottle
Polyethylene
Fittings in bottles, inline fittings, check
valves, waste bottle
Polypropylene
Check valve seals
Viton
Dispense tubes, syringe piston, check
valve spring, carrier spring
316 SS
Syringe cylinder, carrier
Noryl (polyphenylene ether + polystyrene)
Manifold
CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride)
Manifold mounting bracket
Anodized aluminum
Assay plates
Polystyrene
Tubing, manifold bumpers
Silicone
Manifold seal, waste bottle stopper
EP (ethylene propylene)
Vacuum pump muffler
Body: Nylon; filter: borosilicate glass
microfibers with PVDF Fluorocarbon Resin
binder
Paint
Polyurethane
The optional vacuum pump muffler (PN 4073009) is included with
ELx50™ washers that are equipped with the new vacuum pump
(washers manufactured after January 2008).
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Appendix D
Default Programs
This appendix lists all default wash, prime, dispense, aspirate, and
maintenance programs available onboard the ELx50™.
Default Programs.....................................................................166
166 | Appendix D: Default Programs
Default Programs
ELx50™/8
ELx50/12
ELx50/16
ELx50/8FMW*
COSTAR_FLAT
X
X
X
X
COSTAR_FLT16_96
X
X
X
X
WASH
X
COSTAR_FLT16_384
COSTAR ROUND
X
X
X
X
NUNC_FLAT
X
X
X
X
NUNC_FLT16_96
X
X
X
X
X
NUNC_FLT16_384
X
X
X
X
Autoprime
X
X
X
X
NEW_BUFFER_PRIME
X
X
X
X
P_DAY_RINSE
X
X
X
X
P_DECON1
X
X
X
X
P_DECON2
X
X
X
X
P_RINSE_AND_SOAK
X
X
X
X
P_RINSE_LOOP
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
NUNC_ROUND
PRIME
DISPENSE
accuracy_qc_test
accur_qc_test384
X
ASPIRATE
residual_qc_test
X
X
resid_qc_test384
X
X
X
MAINTENANCE
DAY_RINSE
X
X
X
X
RINSE_AND_SOAK
X
X
X
X
OVERNIGHT_LOOP
X
X
X
X
LONG_SHUTDOWN
X
X
X
X
DECONTAMINATION
X
X
X
X
* ELx50/8FMW model: The microplate carrier for the ELx50/8FMW model should be installed when
running any of the onboard programs. The aspiration carrier does not support these programs, and
is specifically designed for bottom aspiration of filter-bottom plates.
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