Biomek® NX Multichannel Laboratory Automation Workstation User`s

Biomek® NX Multichannel Laboratory Automation Workstation User`s
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Biomek NX Multichannel
Laboratory Automation
Workstation
User’s Manual
Beckman Coulter PN 987892
Revision AB
September 2004
Beckman Coulter, Inc
4300 N. Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92834-3100
Copyright © 2004 Beckman Coulter, Inc. Printed in U.S.A.
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Except as provided in writing signed by an officer to Beckman Coulter, Inc., this system and any related
documentation are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including that the system is
“error free.” This information is presented in good faith, but SAGIAN does not warrant, guarantee, or make any
representations regarding the use or the results of the use of this system and related documentation in terms of
correctness, accuracy, reliability, currentness, omissions, or otherwise. The entire risk as to the use, results, and
performance of this system and related documentation is assumed by the user.
Except as expressly provided herein, SAGIAN makes no other warranty, whether oral or written, expressed or
implied, as to any matter whatsoever, including but not limited to those concerning merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose, nor is freedom from any patent owned by SAGIAN or by others to be inferred.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
SAGIAN shall not be liable, to any extent whatsoever, for any damages resulting from or arising out of the use or
performance of this system and related documentation or the procedures specified in this manual, regardless of
foreseeability or the form of action, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of warranty, strict liability
or otherwise, and including but not limited to damages resulting from loss of data, loss of anticipated profits, or any
special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages. In no event shall SAGIAN’s liability to the user exceed the
amount paid by the user to SAGIAN hereunder. The user assumes full responsibility for the results obtained from the
use of this system and related documentation and for application of such results.
Beckman Coulter, SAGIAN Operations
Indianapolis, Indiana
www.beckmancoulter.com
SILAS is a trademark and SAMI and ORCA are registered trademarks of Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Microsoft and MS-DOS are registered trademarks and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other
trademarks appearing in this manual are owned by their respective companies.
Copyright 2004 by Beckman Coulter, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or
otherwise, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of SAGIAN.
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Warranty and Returned Goods Requirements
All standard Beckman Coulter, Inc. policies governing returned goods apply to this
product. Subject to the exceptions and upon the conditions stated below, the Company
warrants that the products sold under this sales agreement shall be free from defects in
workmanship and materials for one year after delivery of the products to the original
Purchaser by the Company, and if any such product should prove to be defective
within such one year period, the Company agrees, at its option, either (1) to correct by
repair or at the Company’s election by replacement, any such defective product
provided that investigation and factory inspection discloses that such defect
developed under normal and proper use, or (2) to refund the purchase price. The
exceptions and conditions mentioned above are as follows:
a.
Components or accessories manufactured by the Company which by their
nature are not intended to and will not function for one year are warranted
only to reasonable service for a reasonable time. What constitutes a
reasonable time and a reasonable service shall be determined solely by the
Company. A complete list of such components and accessories is maintained
at the factory.
b.
The Company makes no warranty with respect to components or accessories
not manufactured by it. In the event of defect in any such component or
accessory, the Company will give reasonable assistance to Purchaser in
obtaining from the manufacturer’s own warranty.
c.
Any product claimed to be defective must, if required by the Company, be
returned to the factory, transportation charges prepaid, and will be returned
to Purchaser with transportation charges collect unless the product is found
to be defective, in which case the product must be properly decontaminated
of any chemical, biological, or radioactive hazardous material.
d.
The Company shall be released from all obligations under all warranties,
either expressed or implied, if any product covered hereby is repaired or
modified by persons other than its own authorized service personnel, unless
such repair by others is made with the written consent of the Company.
e.
If the product is a reagent or the like, it is warranted only to conform to the
quantity and content and for the period (but not in excess of one year) stated
on the label at the time of delivery.
It is expressly agreed that the above warranty shall be in lieu of all warranties of
fitness and of the warranty of merchantability, and that the company shall have no
liability for special or consequential damages of any kind or from any cause
whatsoever arising out of the manufacture, use, sale, handling, repair, maintenance, or
replacement of any of the products sold under the sales agreement.
Representatives and warranties made by any person, including dealers and
representatives of the Company, which are consistent or in conflict with the terms of
this warranty, shall not be binding upon the Company unless reduced in writing and
approved by an expressly authorized officer of the Company.
Parts replaced during the warranty period are warranted to the end of the instrument
warranty.
Note: Performance characteristics and specifications are only warranted when
Beckman Coulter replacement parts are used.
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Safety Information
All Warnings and Cautions in this document include an exclamation point, a lightning
bolt, or a light burst symbol framed within a triangle. Please pay special attention to
the specific safety information associated with these symbols.
WARNING: If the equipment is used in a manner not specified by
Beckman Coulter, Inc., the protection provided by the equipment may be
impaired.
Warning and Caution Definitions
The exclamation point symbol is an international symbol which serves as a reminder
that all safety instructions should be read and understood before installation, use,
maintenance, and servicing is attempted.
When this symbol is displayed in this manual, pay special attention to the specific
safety information associated with the symbol.
WARNING
A WARNING calls attention to a condition or possible situation that
could cause injury to the operator.
CAUTION
A CAUTION calls attention to a condition or possible situation that could
damage or destroy the product or the operator’s work.
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Safety Information
Electrical Safety
To prevent electrically related injuries and property damage, properly inspect all
electrical equipment prior to use and immediately report any electrical deficiencies.
Contact an Beckman Coulter service representative for any servicing of equipment
requiring the removal of covers or panels.
High Voltage
This symbol indicates the potential of an electrical shock hazard existing from a high
voltage source and that all safety instructions should be read and understood before
proceeding with the installation, maintenance, and servicing of all modules.
Do not remove system covers. To avoid electrical shock, use supplied power cords
only and connect to properly grounded (three-holed) wall outlets. Do not use
multiplug power strips.
Laser Light
This symbol indicates that a potential hazard to personal safety exists from a laser
source. When this symbol is displayed in this manual, pay special attention to the
specific safety information associated with the symbol.
Laser Specifications
Laser Type: Class II Laser Diode
Maximum Output:11 mW
Wavelength: 670
Beckman Coulter, Inc.
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Chemical and Biological Safety
Normal operation of the Biomek NX may involve the use of materials that are toxic,
flammable, or otherwise biologically harmful. When using such materials, observe
the following precautions:
•
Handle infectious samples according to good laboratory procedures and
methods to prevent the spread of disease.
•
Observe all cautionary information printed on the original solutions
containers prior to their use.
•
Dispose of all waste solutions according to your facility’s waste disposal
procedures.
•
Operate the Biomek NX in accordance with the instructions outlined in this
manual, and take all the necessary precautions when using pathological,
toxic, or radioactive materials.
•
Splashing of liquids may occur; therefore, take appropriate safety
precautions, such as using safety glasses and wearing protective clothing,
when working with potentially hazardous liquids.
•
Use an appropriately contained environment when using hazardous
materials.
•
Observe the appropriate cautionary procedures as defined by your safety
officer when using flammable solvents in or near a powered-up instrument.
•
Observe the appropriate cautionary procedures as defined by your safety
officer when using toxic, pathological, or radioactive materials.
Note: Observe all warnings and cautions listed for any external devices attached or
used during operation of the Biomek NX. Refer to applicable external device user’s
manuals for operating procedures of that device.
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Safety Information
Moving Parts
To avoid injury due to moving parts, observe the following:
•
Never attempt to exchange labware, reagents, or tools while the instrument
is operating.
•
Never attempt to physically restrict any of the moving components of the
Biomek NX.
•
Keep the Biomek NX work area clear to prevent obstruction of the
movement.
Cleaning
Observe the cleaning procedures outlined in this user’s manual for the Biomek NX.
Prior to cleaning equipment that has been exposed to hazardous material:
•
Appropriate Chemical and Biological Safety personnel should be contacted.
•
The Chemical and Biological Safety information contained in this user’s
manual should be reviewed.
Maintenance
Perform only the maintenance described in this manual. Maintenance other than that
specified in this manual should be performed only by Beckman Coulter service
representatives.
Important
Beckman Coulter, Inc.
It is your responsibility to decontaminate components of the Biomek NX before
requesting service by a Beckman Coulter service representative or returning parts to
Beckman Coulter for repair. Beckman Coulter will NOT accept any items which have
not been decontaminated where it is appropriate to do so. If any parts are returned,
they must be enclosed in a sealed plastic bag stating that the contents are safe to
handle and are not contaminated.
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Warnings and Cautions Found in this Manual
Please read and observe all cautions and instructions. Remember, the most important
key to safety is to operate the Biomek NX with care.
The WARNINGs and CAUTIONs found within this document are listed below.
WARNING: If the equipment is used in a manner not specified by
Beckman Coulter, Inc., the protection provided by the equipment may be
impaired.
WARNING: Dark non-reflective material affects the sensitivity of the light
curtain and adversely impact its effectiveness. Typical lab dress, such as
lab coats and latex gloves, do not degrade light curtain operation;
however, it is advisable to test the impact of the all lab dress on light
curtain sensitivity before operating the Biomek NX. Verify lab dress
impact on light curtain sensitivity as follows: Use Manual Control in
Biomek Software and insert the material no more than 1” past and
approximately 21” above the light curtain panel. Make sure the solid
amber indicator light changes to blinking amber.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, operate the Biomek NX
instrument only with all protective shields in place.
WARNING: To prevent injury, use proper decontamination procedures.
CAUTION: If service is required, contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
WARNING: Do not remove tower covers to access electrical wiring or
fuses. Change only the fuses that are accessed from the outside of the
instrument, without removing covers. Contact a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer if further access is required.
WARNING: Turn off and unplug power to the instrument before changing
fuses. Failure to do so can cause electrical shock or equipment damage.
CAUTION: To prevent damage due to electrical static discharge (ESD),
wear a wrist ground strap when handling a multichannel head.
CAUTION: Before removing the fourth shoulder screw, take hold of the
head firmly to make sure it does not fall once all screws are removed.
WARNING: The gripper may bend if not taught (framed) properly with the
AccuFrame.
WARNING: Do not connect or disconnect any cable while power is
applied to the Biomek NX.
WARNING: Avoid all labware on the Biomek NX deck when removing or
installing grippers. It is recommended that all labware in the vicinity of
the pod be moved or removed to avoid spills and contact with labware.
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Safety Information
CAUTION: Use caution when removing gripper fingers. Since gripper
fingers mount tightly into the Multichannel Pod, they pull free of the
Multichannel Pod suddenly.
CAUTION: Do not make any changes to the pod axes limits in Hardware
Setup without contacting a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer or
Beckman Coulter Customer Technical Support.
CAUTION: If the hardware configuration is not updated using Hardware
Setup, hardware crashes or inaccurate liquid transfer may occur.
CAUTION: To avoid hardware crashes, a new D-axis limit must be
established and the gripper framed in the Biomek Software after the head
has been configured in Hardware Setup.
CAUTION: Always ensure that the gripper is retracted before homing.
CAUTION: Before selecting OK to home all axes, the following conditions
must be met:
• Make sure there is no liquid present in the tips
• Make sure there are no disposable tips loaded
• Make sure the Framing Probe is NOT installed on the Multichannel
Pod.
• Make sure the gripper on the Multichannel Pod is retracted.
WARNING: Turn off power to the Biomek NX instrument before attaching
or removing AccuFrame from the instrument deck.
WARNING: Make sure the light curtain is not violated by the AccuFrame
cable. If the light curtain is violated, the framing process halts
immediately.
WARNING: Make sure the AccuFrame cable does not interfere with pod
movement.
CAUTION: Use Shift deck only before other ALPs or positions are taught.
Shift deck shifts all ALPs and positions, resulting in incorrect
coordinates if applied to previously framed ALPs and positions.
CAUTION: Select Move Z-Max to move the pod to its highest point before
extending the gripper. To avoid breaking labware or bending the gripper
fingers, make sure the gripper fingers will not hit any labware when
extended.
CAUTION: Do not retract gripper when it is holding labware.
WARNING: CLASS II LASER PRODUCT
THIS PRODUCT CONFORMS TO APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS OF 21
CFR 1040 AT THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE.
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CAUTION: To avoid serious damage to the instrument, make sure that
the laboratory site voltage/frequency matches the voltage/frequency that
was ordered for the instrument.
WARNING: Do not attempt to remove or replace covers while the unit is
powered on. Disconnect power before removing or replacing a cover.
WARNING: Avoid direct exposure to the laser beam. Never look directly
into the laser beam, and never leave the laser on, open, or unattended.
WARNING: Always have the laser module access cover, located on the
bar code reader, in place when operating or troubleshooting the laser
module.
CAUTION: If labware other than that specified in the Stacker Carousel
User’s Manual is used, an increase in bad reads or no reads may occur.
CAUTION: If a label is applied by any means other than the Beckman
Coulter Print and Apply device, an increase in bad reads or no reads may
occur.
CAUTION: To prevent damage to the shuttle, first place the AccuFrame
into the Framing Tool Adaptor. Then place the AccuFrame with the
attached adaptor on the shuttle.
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Table of Contents
Warranty and Returned Goods Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Warning and Caution Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Electrical Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi
High Voltage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi
Laser Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi
Laser Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi
Chemical and Biological Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Moving Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii
Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii
Warnings and Cautions Found in this Manual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix
Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii
List of Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii
List of Tables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxi
1 Biomek® NX Multichannel Introduction
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Instrument Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
1.1.1
Control Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
System Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
1.2.1
Towers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
1.2.2
Multichannel Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
1.2.3
Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
1.2.4
Protective Barriers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Preventive Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
1.3.1
Light Curtain Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
1.4.1
Changing Fuses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
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2 Multichannel Pod
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
2.1.1
Main Components of the Multichannel Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
2.1.2
Pod Movements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
2.1.3
Control Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Interchangeable Heads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
2.2.1
Changing Heads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Gripper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
2.3.1
Framing the Gripper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Preventive Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
2.5.1
Replacing Gripper Fingers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
3 Configuring the Biomek® NX Multichannel in Biomek Software
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
3.1.1
Accessing Hardware Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
3.1.2
Understanding the Options in Hardware Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Configuring the Biomek NX Multichannel Instrument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Configuring a Multichannel Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
3.3.1
Configuring a New Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
3.3.2
Setting Multichannel Pod Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
Saving, Restoring, and Deleting Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
3.4.1
Saving Pod Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
3.4.2
Restoring Pod Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
3.4.3
Deleting Pod Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
4 Framing Instructions
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX Using AccuFrame . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
4.2.1
Homing All Axes of the Pods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
4.2.2
Attaching the Framing Fixture to the Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
4.2.3
Installing AccuFrame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
4.2.4
Framing the Position. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
Manually Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
4.3.1
Using the Graphic Alignment Tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
4.3.2
Using the Delta Value and Directional Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
4.3.3
Framing the Z-Axis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-19
Framing the Gripper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-21
4.4.1
Testing Gripper Framing Accuracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26
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5 Manually Controlling the Biomek® NX in Biomek Software
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1
Accessing Manual Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Using Manual Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
5.3.1
Homing all Axes of the Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
5.3.2
Moving the Pod to a Specific Deck Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
5.3.3
Stopping the Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
5.3.4
Viewing the Firmware Version. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
5.3.5
Accessing Advanced Manual Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Using Advanced Manual Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5
5.4.1
Viewing the Current Position of the Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
5.4.2
Moving the Pod to a Safe Roving Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
5.4.3
Performing Relative Moves for the Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
5.4.4
Performing Absolute Moves for the Pod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
5.4.5
Extending and Retracting the Gripper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Appendix A: Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A-1
Appendix B: Using a Stacker Carousel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B-1
B.1 Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-1
B.2 Integrating the Stacker Carousel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2
B.2.1
Positioning the Stacker Carousel on the Deck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3
B.2.2
Mounting the Stacker Carousel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-5
B.2.3
Attaching the Side Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-8
B.2.4
Operating the Stacker Carousel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-10
B.2.5
Preventive Maintenance and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-10
B.3 Integrating the Bar Code Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-11
B.3.1
Attaching Bar Code Reader Bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-11
B.3.2
Attaching Bar Code Reader to Shuttle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-12
B.3.3
Positioning Bar Code Reader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-14
B.3.4
Applying Power to the Bar Code Reader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-20
B.3.5
Aligning the Laser Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-20
B.4 Configuring the Stacker Carousel in Hardware Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-23
B.4.1
Installing Stacker Carousels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-23
B.4.2
Configuring Stacker Carousels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-25
B.4.3
Removing Stacker Carousels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-26
B.5 Framing the Stacker Carousel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-27
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxiii
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List of Figures
Figure 1-1. Biomek NX with Multichannel Pod.......................................................................... 1-2
Figure 1-2. Right tower outside ................................................................................................... 1-3
Figure 1-3. Left tower outside ..................................................................................................... 1-4
Figure 1-4. Right tower inside ..................................................................................................... 1-4
Figure 1-5. Protective barriers for the Biomek NX Instrument ................................................... 1-7
Figure 1-6. Replacing fuses in tower ......................................................................................... 1-12
Figure 2-1. Multichannel Pod installed on Biomek NX .............................................................. 2-2
Figure 2-2. Multichannel Pod — main components.................................................................... 2-3
Figure 2-3. Wrist ground strap attached to the deck.................................................................... 2-6
Figure 2-4. Bottom cover removed from the pod ........................................................................ 2-7
Figure 2-5. Plunger screws and shoulder screws removed from multichannel head................... 2-8
Figure 2-6. Sequence for removing four plunger screws and four shoulder screws on all
multichannel heads .............................................................................................. 2-9
Figure 2-7. Chamfer location on a Multichannel head .............................................................. 2-10
Figure 2-8. Sequence for installing four plunger screws and four shoulder screws on all
multichannel heads ............................................................................................ 2-10
Figure 2-9. Grippers................................................................................................................... 2-12
Figure 2-10. Removable front gripper assembly ....................................................................... 2-17
Figure 3-1. Hardware Setup for a Biomek NX Multichannel instrument.................................... 3-2
Figure 3-2. Hardware Setup showing the configuration of a Multichannel Pod ......................... 3-6
Figure 3-3. Warnings must be addressed before homing process begins .................................... 3-6
Figure 3-4. Hardware Setup displaying Enable Plate Sensor ...................................................... 3-9
Figure 3-5. Error for no plate sensed ........................................................................................... 3-9
Figure 3-6. Save Configuration ................................................................................................. 3-10
Figure 3-7. Load Settings........................................................................................................... 3-11
Figure 3-8. Confirmation to reset stored configuration ............................................................. 3-11
Figure 3-9. Delete Settings ........................................................................................................ 3-12
Figure 3-10. Confirmation to delete stored configuration ......................................................... 3-12
Figure 4-1. AccuFrame framing tool ........................................................................................... 4-2
Figure 4-2. Warning to address before homing process begins................................................... 4-4
Figure 4-3. Framing Fixture......................................................................................................... 4-5
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Figure 4-4. Deck Editor ............................................................................................................... 4-7
Figure 4-5. Position Properties .................................................................................................... 4-8
Figure 4-6. Confirm ..................................................................................................................... 4-8
Figure 4-7. Teaching Instructions ................................................................................................ 4-9
Figure 4-8. Deck Editor ............................................................................................................. 4-11
Figure 4-9. Position Properties for a Positive Position ALP ..................................................... 4-12
Figure 4-10. Manual Framing Wizard — Warning ................................................................... 4-12
Figure 4-11. Manual Framing Wizard if tips are not already loaded......................................... 4-13
Figure 4-12. Manual Framing Wizard if tips are loaded ........................................................... 4-13
Figure 4-13. Framing to the corner of four wells ...................................................................... 4-14
Figure 4-14. Framing to the center of a well ............................................................................. 4-14
Figure 4-15. Manual Teaching the X- and Y-axes .................................................................... 4-15
Figure 4-16. Manual Teaching the X- and Y-axes .................................................................... 4-17
Figure 4-17. Manual Teaching (Teach Z).................................................................................. 4-19
Figure 4-18. Hardware Setup..................................................................................................... 4-21
Figure 4-19. Warning to make sure gripper is ready for framing.............................................. 4-22
Figure 4-20. Pick previously framed deck position to frame the grippers................................. 4-22
Figure 4-21. Advanced Manual Control for moving gripper during framing............................ 4-23
Figure 4-22. Moving pod into gripping position ....................................................................... 4-23
Figure 4-23. Gripper framing position on the AccuFrame ........................................................ 4-24
Figure 4-24. Correct and incorrect gripper framing alignment.................................................. 4-24
Figure 5-1. Confirms Manual Control is connecting ................................................................... 5-2
Figure 5-2. Manual Control ......................................................................................................... 5-2
Figure 5-3. Warnings must be addressed before homing process begins .................................... 5-3
Figure 5-4. Firmware version information .................................................................................. 5-4
Figure 5-5. Overview Advanced Manual Control for a Multichannel Pod ................................. 5-5
Figure 5-6. Vector Builder........................................................................................................... 5-9
Figure 5-7. Enter Absolute Move Coordinates .......................................................................... 5-10
Figure B-1. Stacker Carousel.......................................................................................................B-2
Figure B-2. Stacker shuttle positions ...........................................................................................B-3
Figure B-3. Stacker Carousel integration ....................................................................................B-4
Figure B-4. Attaching alignment bracket ....................................................................................B-5
Figure B-5. Attaching riser plate .................................................................................................B-6
Figure B-6. Stacker attachment ...................................................................................................B-7
Figure B-7. Attaching the side shield components to Biomek NX .............................................B-8
Figure B-8. Aligning the stack carousel shuttle...........................................................................B-9
Figure B-9. Front view of stacker integration..............................................................................B-9
Figure B-10. Stacker Carousel final placement (top view rear position, right side) .................B-10
Figure B-11. Bar code reader bracket ........................................................................................B-11
Figure B-12. Bar code reader shuttle mount access cover removed..........................................B-12
Figure B-13. Mounting bracket attachment ...............................................................................B-12
Figure B-14. Mounting bar code reader.....................................................................................B-13
Figure B-15. Bar code reader in narrow side scanning position................................................B-14
Figure B-16. Bar code reader in narrow side scanning position................................................B-15
Figure B-17. Bar code reader in wide right side scanning position...........................................B-15
Figure B-18. Bar code reader in wide right side scanning position (bottom view) ...................B-16
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Figure B-19. Bar code reader in rear narrow side scanning position.........................................B-16
Figure B-20. Bar code reader in rear narrow side scanning position (bottom view).................B-17
Figure B-21. Bar code reader in wide left side scanning position .............................................B-17
Figure B-22. Bar code reader in wide left side scanning position (bottom view) .....................B-18
Figure B-23. Bar code reader in front narrow side scanning position .......................................B-18
Figure B-24. Bar code reader in front narrow side scanning position (bottom view) ...............B-19
Figure B-25. Bar code reader attachment bracket .....................................................................B-19
Figure B-26. Bar code reader — Laser beam position over bar code label...............................B-21
Figure B-27. Adjust laser alignment as necessary .....................................................................B-21
Figure B-28. Label positioning on microplate...........................................................................B-22
Figure B-29. New Devices.........................................................................................................B-23
Figure B-30. Installing a Stacker Carousel by right-clicking ....................................................B-24
Figure B-31. Hardware Setup showing the configuration view for a Stacker Carousel............B-25
Figure B-32. Adding the Accuframe and Framing Tool Adaptor
to the Stacker Carousel shuttle...........................................................................B-28
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List of Tables
Table 1-1. Indicator Light Key .................................................................................................... 1-5
Table 1-2. Troubleshooting the Biomek NX Instrument ........................................................... 1-10
Table 2-1. Multichannel Pod Axes Movement ............................................................................ 2-4
Table 2-2. Tip compatibility and max volumes on Multichannel Heads..................................... 2-5
Table 2-3. Multichannel Pod Troubleshooting .......................................................................... 2-15
Table 3-1. Hardware Setup Options ............................................................................................ 3-3
Table 3-2. Multichannel Pod Properties ...................................................................................... 3-7
Table 4-1. Troubleshooting Framing ......................................................................................... 4-26
Table 5-1. Advanced Manual Control selection areas for the Multichannel Pod........................ 5-6
Table A-1. System Specifications............................................................................................... A-1
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1.1
Biomek® NX Multichannel
Introduction
Instrument Overview
The Biomek® NX Multichannel Laboratory Automation Workstation is a multiaxis
liquid-handling instrument used in the life sciences or biomedical laboratory. The
open-architecture design, along with the extensible operating software, provides a
foundation for integrating current and future specific-use components. The design of
the Biomek NX provides the foundation for continual evolution and expansion of
liquid-handling systems.
The Biomek NX Multichannel is equipped with a Multichannel Pod with a pair of
grippers for grasping and moving labware (Figure 1-1). A variety of labware and
hardware adapt the deck of the Biomek NX Multichannel to accomplish multiple
tasks, ranging from performing simple labware positioning and liquid transfers to
completing complex activities that typically require additional devices in the
laboratory.
Note: For detailed information on the Multichannel Pod and interchangeable heads,
refer to Chapter 2, Multichannel Pod.
The capabilities of the Biomek NX Multichannel depend on the components installed,
including the pod configuration, ALPs, and third party devices.
1.1.1
Control Modes
The Biomek NX Multichannel is operated as a standalone instrument, gripping and
moving microplates without the assistance of a laboratory robot using the gripper
tool, and controlled using Biomek Software operated from the host computer.
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Biomek® NX Multichannel Introduction
System Components
The system components described below correspond to the configurations in
Figure 1-1.
Towers
Multichannel Pod with
gripper tool
Deck
Figure 1-1. Biomek NX with Multichannel Pod
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1-3
Towers
The Biomek NX Multichannel towers (Figure 1-1) form the two upright sections of
the base unit along which the pod travels on the X-axis. The host computer
connection of the Biomek NX system, plus utility hook-ups and ALP connections, are
located on the towers. A status indicator panel with green and amber indicator lights
is built into the main cover and keep users aware of the current operational status of
the (refer to Section 1.2.1.1, Indicator Lights).
The towers house the following connections:
•
Main power switch on the outside of the right tower (Figure 1-2).
•
Communication hookup to host computer via RS232 on the outside of the
right tower.
•
Main power fuses for the instrument on the outside of the right tower.
•
Pneumatically regulated air supply ports for active ALPs outside of the left
tower (Figure 1-3).
•
Electrical plug-ins and CAN connections for active ALPs on the outside of
both towers and inside of the right tower (Figure 1-4).
Figure 1-2. Right tower outside
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Figure 1-3. Left tower outside
Figure 1-4. Right tower inside
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Indicator Lights
A status indicator panel with green and amber indicator lights is built into the main
cover and indicates the current operational status of the Biomek instrument and light
curtain (refer to Section 1.2.4.1, Light Curtain Protection System). Table 1-1 defines
the indicator light and the operational status each represents.
Table 1-1. Indicator Light Key
Light Indicator
State
Operational Status
Solid Green
Idle
System is functional and in a ready state. It is safe
to access the instrument and deck without
violating the light curtain protective zone.
Blinking Green
Pause
Planned pause. This may be written into a method
to allow periodic access to the deck. When pause
is terminated, the light curtain is reactivated and
the method continues.
Solid Amber
Active
A method is running. A violation of the light
curtain will halt operation.
Blinking Amber
Error
Caused by light curtain violation or system error.
Halts pod and head operations immediately.
Software communicates the cause.
1.2.2
Multichannel Pod
The Multichannel Pod is a self-contained component and holds various removable
and interchangeable heads, such as the 96-Channel 200 µL Head, that perform liquidhandling operations, and a pair of grippers for labware movement operations. Refer to
Chapter 2, Multichannel Pod, for more information on the Multichannel Pod.
The operation of the pod and gripper are controlled by Biomek Software from the
host computer.
1.2.3
Deck
The deck (Figure 1-1) is the worksurface of the Biomek NX instrument. The deck is
laser-etched with standard deck positions. The deck also contains predrilled locating
holes used to precisely position ALPs (refer to Section 1.2.3.1, ALPs). Optional
devices (refer to Section 1.2.3.2, Optional Devices) can be integrated and positioned
within the Biomek NX perimeter, making them accessible by the pod.
Note: Some ALPs and devices require a Device Controller (refer to Section 1.2.3.3,
Device Controller) to provide power and communications between the device and
Biomek NX instrument.
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1.2.3.1
ALPs
Automated Labware Positioners (ALPs) are interchangeable structures that are
installed on the Biomek NX deck in suitable positions to accommodate a wide variety
of labware. ALPs are either active or passive:
•
Passive ALPs hold labware in place or act as receptacles for method byproducts or consumables.
•
Active ALPS contain mechanisms that may use power and/or air sources for
various mechanical operations, such as tip loading, tip washing, mixing/
stirring, shaking, and precisely positioning labware.
Note: Refer to the ALPs User’s Manual for more information on ALPs.
1.2.3.2
Optional Devices
Optional devices, such as a Stacker Carousel, can be added to the Biomek NX
Multichannel instrument to accommodate specific operations. Refer to Appendix B:
Using a Stacker Carousel
1.2.3.3
Device Controller
A Device Controller is a peripheral box attached to the Biomek NX that provides a
means to control a number of high voltage (110VAC-220VAC) devices, low voltage
(24VDC) devices, and low voltage digital inputs. High voltage devices receive power
through an AC Power Input, while low voltage devices receive power through one of
the two Controller Area Network (CAN) interfaces located on the back of the Device
Controller.
Note: Refer to the ALPs User’s Manual, Appendix A:, Device Controller, for more
information on the Device Controller.
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Protective Barriers
The Biomek NX Multichannel instrument has safety measures to protect the Biomek
NX operator. Safety features of the Biomek NX include a front light curtain and side
safety shields (Figure 1-5).
Note: An optional side safety shield allowing device integrations is available.
Light curtain
Side safety shield
Figure 1-5. Protective barriers for the Biomek NX Instrument
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1.2.4.1
Light Curtain Protection System
WARNING: Dark non-reflective material affects the sensitivity of the light
curtain and adversely impact its effectiveness. Typical lab dress, such
as lab coats and latex gloves, do not degrade light curtain operation;
however, it is advisable to test the impact of the all lab dress on light
curtain sensitivity before operating the Biomek NX. Verify lab dress
impact on light curtain sensitivity as follows: Use Manual Control in
Biomek Software and insert the material no more than 1” past and
approximately 21” above the light curtain panel. Make sure the solid
amber indicator light changes to blinking amber.
The diffuse-reflective perimeter light curtain along the front edge of the Biomek NX
instrument is a standard component.
Note: Side safety shields are installed by a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer when
the Biomek NX instrument is installed.
The light curtain projects a diffused array of infrared light, rather than a vertical laserlike beam (Figure 1-5). When a part of the human body or an object larger than
approximately 1" in diameter (such as labware and large cables) penetrates this
protective zone, the instrument shuts down immediately, stopping all pod and head
operations. Some ALP operations, such as shaking or stirring, continue.
ALPs respond to a violation according to safety and operational requirements specific
to each ALP. For example, a refilling reservoir may continue to operate if user safety
is not compromised. ALPs that operate with a motion that could present a danger to
the operator go to a safe state when the light curtain is violated.
Note: When active ALPs or optional devices are operating and the light curtain is
violated, an error message may not appear until after the ALP or optional device
operation is complete.
Note: It is important to become familiar with this protected zone. This reduces the
possibility of causing the instrument to shut down accidentally during operation by
unintentionally violating the light curtain zone.
When the instrument is sitting idle or in the paused mode, no violations are registered
when the protective zone is penetrated. This allows full access to instrument
components, ALPs, and labware on the Biomek NX deck during a pause or system
idle time.
1.2.4.2
Side Safety Shields
WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, operate the Biomek NX
instrument only with all protective shields in place.
Side safety shields are installed by the Beckman Coulter Service Engineer on the
Biomek NX instrument. If the instrument overhangs the table work surface on either
side, a protective bottom shield is also installed on the side of the instrument
overhanging the instrument envelope.
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Preventive Maintenance
To ensure optimum operation of the Biomek NX, perform the following maintenance
procedures as necessary.
WARNING: To prevent injury, use proper decontamination procedures.
•
Wipe up all spills on the deck immediately.
•
Approximately every six to twelve months, schedule a Beckman Coulter
service call to lubricate the linear rail.
1.3.1
Light Curtain Maintenance
To ensure optimum operation of the light curtain protective system, perform the
following maintenance procedures as necessary:
•
Once a week, verify proper operation of light curtain using Manual Control
in the software (refer to Chapter 5, Manually Controlling the Biomek® NX in
Biomek Software) and the light curtain test rod supplied with Biomek NX.
Insert the test rod no more than 1” past and approximately 21” above the
front light curtain panel. Check to make sure the solid amber indicator light
changes to blinking amber each time the light curtain is violated. If not,
contact a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer.
•
When necessary, clean light curtain panels with a lint-free cloth.
•
Once every 2-3 months, clean light curtain panels with a non-abrasive
cleaner, making sure not to scratch the strip.
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Troubleshooting
CAUTION: If service is required, contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
Perform the troubleshooting techniques provided in Table 1-2 when necessary.
In the case of any other instrument-related problems, contact a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer.
Note: For troubleshooting information regarding the specific pods, refer to the
Troubleshooting section in those respective chapters.
Table 1-2. Troubleshooting the Biomek NX Instrument
If
Then
All indicator lights are out
Check fuses
The power is on, but system does not
run
Check fuses
The fuses appear burned or filaments
are broken
Change fuses (refer to Section 1.4.1,
Changing Fuses)
All indicator lights are out, the power
is on, the fuses are okay, and the
system does not run
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer
Power is lost to pod
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
Y-axis motion is choppy
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
A grinding or growling noise is heard Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
Experiencing problems relating to the Refer to Section 2.5, Troubleshooting
Multichannel Pod
in Chapter 2, Multichannel Pod, for
more information.
Constant light curtain errors, even
when no violation
Clean light curtain panels as
described in Section 1.3.1, Light
Curtain Maintenance.
Contact your Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer.
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Changing Fuses
WARNING: Do not remove tower covers to access electrical wiring or
fuses. Change only the fuses that are accessed from the outside of the
instrument, without removing covers. Contact a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer if further access is required.
WARNING: Turn off and unplug power to the instrument before
changing fuses. Failure to do so can cause electrical shock or
equipment damage.
The Biomek NX instrument uses any AC power source between 100V and 240V. The
fuse holder holds two European fuses and one North American fuse.
Fuses are located in the outside right tower (Figure 1-6). If power is lost, check the
fuses that are accessed from the outside of the instrument.
If fuses appear burned, change them by completing the following:
1. Turn off the instrument power switch.
2. Unplug the instrument from the power source.
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3. Using a small flathead screwdriver, pry open the fuse carrier containing two fuses
(Figure 1-6) from the AC power input module.
Figure 1-6. Replacing fuses in tower
4. Gently pull old fuses from the carrier by hand.
5. Gently place new fuses into carrier by hand.
Note: Use 250v 3.15 amp 5x20 Slow-Blow type fuses for replacement.
6. Replace the fuse carrier into the AC power input module.
7. Plug the instrument into the power source.
8. Turn on the instrument power switch.
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Multichannel Pod
Overview
The Multichannel Pod is a self-contained working unit on the Biomek NX
Multichannel Laboratory Automation Workstation (Figure 2-1). The Multichannel
Pod is a full-microplate replication tool incorporating a gripper and interchangeable
heads to accommodate a variety of functions (refer to Section 2.2, Interchangeable
Heads).
The Multichannel Pod contains its own electrical cabling, communication, and
pneumatic connections with the base unit, and it interacts with ALPs located over the
entire deck area of the Biomek NX.
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Figure 2-1. Multichannel Pod installed on Biomek NX
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2-3
Main Components of the Multichannel Pod
The Multichannel Pod houses operating mechanism, pneumatic air line,
communication and electrical power connections to the base unit, and moves in the
Y-, Z-, and D- axes for liquid-handling functions.
The main components of the Multichannel Pod are (Figure 2-2):
•
Head — Holds mandrels and tips for performing full-plate replication (refer
to Section 2.2, Interchangeable Heads).
•
Gripper — Grips and repositions labware by gripping along the long side of
the labware (refer to Section 2.3, Gripper).
Multichannel
Pod
Mandrels
Gripper
fingers
Head
Figure 2-2. Multichannel Pod — main components
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2.1.2
Pod Movements
The Multichannel Pod performs movements in the Y-, Z-, and D-axes (see Table 2-1).
Table 2-1. Multichannel Pod Axes Movement
Axis
Movement
Y-
Entire pod moves front-to-back.
Z-
Entire pod moves up-and-down.
D-
Up-and-down aspirate/dispense, disposable tip shucking, and close/
open gripper.
2.1.3
Control Modes
Commands entered via Biomek Software on the host computer control the operations
of the Multichannel Pod. Manual control associated with the operation of the
Multichannel Pod is accessed through Biomek Software.
Note: Refer to Chapter 5, Manually Controlling the Biomek® NX in Biomek
Software, for information on manually controlling the Multichannel Pod.
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Interchangeable Heads
An interchangeable, multichannel head is attached to the bottom of the pod to
perform a specific liquid-handling procedure. Depending on the head and the desired
liquid-handling procedure, different tip types may be used.
Presently, there are three types of heads that can be attached to the Multichannel Pod:
•
96-Channel 20 µL Head
•
96-Channel 200 µL Head
•
384-Channel 30 µL Head
Interchangeable heads installed on the Multichannel Pod aspirate and dispense liquid
using disposable tips. The tips compatible and the maximum volume that may be
aspirated and dispensed with those tips varies for each head, as described in
Table 2-2..
P20
P20_Barrier
P30
P200
P200_Barrier
Table 2-2. Tip compatibility and max volumes on
Multichannel Heads
96-Channel 20 µL Head
55 µL
20 µL
--
55 µL
50 µL
96-Channel 200 µL Head
120 µL
20 µL
--
225 µL 125 µL
384-Channel 30 µL Head
--
--
35 µL
Head
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Tip Type
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Changing Heads
Each Multichannel head can be removed and replaced to accommodate the needs of a
particular method.
Note: When a head is changed, the Hardware Setup must be changed
appropriately. If the hardware configuration is not updated using Hardware Setup,
inaccurate pipetting may occur (refer to Section 3.3, Configuring a Multichannel
Pod).
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2.2.1.1
Removing Heads
CAUTION: To prevent damage due to electrical static discharge (ESD),
wear a wrist ground strap when handling a multichannel head.
Note: A wrist ground strap, which must be attached to the instrument deck (base
plate) using the “alligator” clip, is supplied with the Biomek NX instrument (Figure
2-3).
Strap portion of wrist
ground strap snugly
attached to the wrist
“Alligator” clip
clamped to the
instrument deck
(base plate)
Figure 2-3. Wrist ground strap attached to the deck
The same method is used to remove the 96-Channel 20 µL Head, 96-Channel 200 µL
Head, and 384-Channel 30 µL Head.
Removing a head from the Multichannel Pod includes:
•
removing the bottom cover.
•
removing the head.
2.2.1.1.1
Removing the Bottom Cover
To remove the bottom cover to expose the head:
1. In Hardware Setup, select the appropriate Multichannel Pod.
Note: A Multichannel Pod is identified with a 96 or 384
2. Choose Change Head.
Note: Choosing Change Head moves the D-axis to –0.6 cm and extends the
grippers.
3. Turn off power to the Biomek NX instrument.
4. Position the strap portion of the wrist ground strap snugly around the wrist.
5. Clamp the “alligator” clip of the wrist ground strap to the instrument deck (base
plate) (Figure 2-3).
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6. Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the three screws from the plastic bottom
cover (Figure 2-4).
Figure 2-4. Bottom cover removed from the pod
7. Carefully open and remove the bottom cover.
Note: Do not remove top cover.
2.2.1.1.2
Removing the Head
To remove the head from the pod:
1. Make sure the head is completely in the down position (D-axis) before
proceeding with removing the head. This helps to ensure that the seals are
protected during removal.
2. Using the 9/64 Allen wrench provided, remove the four plunger screws from the
plunger plate (Figure 2-5) in the sequence designated in Figure 2-6.
CAUTION: Before removing the fourth shoulder screw, take hold of the
head firmly to make sure it does not fall once all screws are removed.
Note: It is very important to remove the plunger screws in the correct sequence
before removing the shoulder screws in the correct sequence.
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3. With the same 9/64 Allen wrench, remove the four shoulder screws from the
mandrel plate (Figure 2-5) in the sequence designated in Figure 2-6.
Plunger plate
Mandrel plate
Plunger
screws
Shoulder
screws
Figure 2-5. Plunger screws and shoulder screws removed from multichannel head
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Shoulder 2
Plunger 2
Plunger 4
Plunger 3
Plunger 1
Shoulder 3
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Shoulder 4
Shoulder 1
Figure 2-6. Sequence for removing four plunger screws and four shoulder screws on
all multichannel heads
4. Slide the head down and out of the pod. Due to the weight of the head
(approximately five pounds), maintain a firm grasp on the head while sliding the
head out.
5. Cover and store the head flat side down in a clean, cool, dry place.
2.2.1.2
Installing Multichannel Heads
CAUTION: To prevent damage due to electrical static discharge (ESD),
wear a wrist ground strap when handling a multichannel head.
Note: A wrist ground strap, which must be attached to the instrument deck (base
plate) using the “alligator” clip, is supplied with the Biomek NX instrument.
The same method is used to install the 96-Channel 20 µL Head, 96-Channel 200 µL
Head, and 384-Channel 30 µL Head.
To install a head:
1. In Hardware Setup, select the appropriate Multichannel Pod.
Note: A Multichannel Pod is identified with a 96 or 384.
2. Choose Change Head.
Note: Choosing Change Head moves the D-axis to –0.6 cm and extends the
grippers.
3. Turn off power and make sure the plastic bottom cover is removed (Figure 2-4).
Note: Do not remove top cover.
4. Position the strap portion of the wrist ground strap snugly around the wrist
(Figure 2-3).
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5. Clamp the “alligator” clip of the wrist ground strap to the instrument deck (base
plate) (Figure 2-3).
6. With the chamfers (Figure 2-7) pointed to the back of the instrument, carefully
slide the head up into the pod.
Chamfers
Figure 2-7. Chamfer location on a Multichannel head
7. Slide the first shoulder screw (Shoulder 1) into the head (Figure 2-6). Make sure
the shoulder screw is in far enough to engage the threads.
Shoulder 2
Shoulder 3
Plunger 2
Plunger 4
Plunger 3
Plunger 1
Shoulder 4
Shoulder 1
Figure 2-8. Sequence for installing four plunger screws and four shoulder screws on
all multichannel heads
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8. Using a 9/64 Allen wrench, tighten the first shoulder screw until it is snug, then
back it off (loosen it) 1/2 turn.
Note: This 1/2 turn allows the other three shoulder screws to be installed
without skewing the head.
9. Using the sequence designated in (Figure 2-8), follow the procedure in step 6 to
install the remaining three shoulder screws.
10. After all four shoulder screws are installed, go back and tighten them securely in
the same order.
11. Using a 9/64 Allen wrench, follow the installation sequence designated in Figure
2-5 to install the four plunger screws. Turn each plunger screw until barely snug.
12. After all four plunger screws are installed, go back and tighten all of them
securely in the same order.
13. Replace the bottom pod cover and tighten the three screws.
14. Turn on the power.
15. Retract the gripper using Advanced Manual Control.
Note: After installing a multichannel head on a Multichannel Pod, Hardware
Setup must be updated (refer to Section 3.3, Configuring a Multichannel Pod).
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Multichannel Pod
Gripper
The Multichannel Pod incorporates a gripper tool (gripper) (Figure 2-9) that grasps
and moves labware from one location on the Biomek NX deck to another.
The gripper can:
•
move labware no taller than 2.35 inches in height.
•
move stacks of standard height labware no more than four plates high
(maximum 2.35 inches).
Note: The gripper stackes and unstackes groups of labware from the
bottom. If a stack containing four pieces of labware is being unstacked, the
gripper grasps the top three and moves them to a new position. Then, the
gripper grasps the top two of that stack and moves them; finally, the gripper
grasp the top piece of labware in that stack and move it to a new location.
•
place lids on and remove lids from labware.
Gripper shaft
Gripper shaft
Gripper fingers
Figure 2-9. Grippers
The gripper contains:
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a double finger pad located to the front of the instrument
•
a single finger pad to the back of the instrument
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Framing the Gripper
WARNING: The gripper may bend if not taught (framed) properly with
the AccuFrame.
The gripper is framed during installation by a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer.
The framing process for the gripper must be repeated when:
•
A head is changed.
•
Extraordinary circumstances occur, such as accidentally bending a gripper.
Should the gripper need to be framed, refer to Section 4.4, Framing the Gripper.
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Multichannel Pod
Preventive Maintenance
The Multichannel Pod requires little preventive maintenance; however, to ensure
optimum operation, perform the following maintenance procedures as necessary.
WARNING: To prevent injury, use proper decontamination procedures.
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Wipe up all spills immediately.
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Return heads to their original packaging when they are not in use.
•
Check connections periodically to make sure that all are secure (refer to
Section 2.5, Troubleshooting).
•
Check and tighten head mount screws and gripper mount screws.
•
Make sure that gripper shafts are straight and gripper pads are in good
condition. Replace as needed (refer to Section 2.5.1, Replacing Gripper
Fingers).
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Troubleshooting
WARNING: Do not connect or disconnect any cable while power is
applied to the Biomek NX.
Perform the troubleshooting techniques provided in Table 2-3 when necessary.
Note: In the case of any other pod-related problems, contact a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer.
Table 2-3. Multichannel Pod Troubleshooting
If
Then
Power is lost to the pod.
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
The gripper is not deploying.
Check input air pressure.
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
Power is lost to the Y-axis.
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
The head does not work properly.
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
Aspiration or dispense actions are not
accurate.
Calibrate pipetting techniques using
slope and offset.
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer.
A mandrel on the head is damaged.
Contact a Beckman Coulter Service
Engineer—the head may need to be
returned to the factory for repair or
replacement.
Front gripper shaft is bent.
Replace the front gripper fingers using
Front Removeable Rod Assembly,
Beckman Coulter Part Number 394062.
Refer to Section 2.5.1, Replacing
Gripper Fingers, for instructions.
Front gripper pads look worn.
Rear gripper shaft is bent.
Rear gripper pads look worn.
Replace the rear gripper fingers using
Rear Removeable Rod Assembly,
Beckman Coulter Part Number 394063.
Refer to Section 2.5.1, Replacing
Gripper Fingers, for instructions.
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2.5.1
Replacing Gripper Fingers
The gripper fingers are easily replaced by pulling the damaged gripper fingers out of
the head and pushing the replacement fingers into the head.
Pod front
Pod rear
Front removeable
gripper assembly
Rear removeable
gripper assembly
Figure 2-1. Installed replaceable grippers
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Removing Gripper Fingers
WARNING: Avoid all labware on the Biomek NX deck when removing or
installing grippers. It is recommended that all labware in the vicinity of
the pod be moved or removed to avoid spills and contact with labware.
CAUTION: Use caution when removing gripper fingers. Since gripper
fingers mount tightly into the Multichannel Pod, they pull free of the
Multichannel Pod suddenly.
To remove grippers:
1. Move the Multichannel Pod to the maximum Y- and Z-axis limits (refer to
Section 5.4, Using Advanced Manual Control).
2. Grasp both sides of the gripper (Figure 2-10).
3. Apply force in a downward direction to pull the gripper from the head.
Front gripper
assembly
Gripper shaft
Gripper
finger
Gripper pads
Front of gripper
Figure 2-10. Removable front gripper assembly
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2.5.1.2
Installing Gripper Fingers
WARNING: Avoid all labware on the Biomek NX deck when removing or
installing grippers. It is recommended that all labware in the vicinity of
the pod be moved or removed to avoid spills and contact with labware.
To install gripper fingers:
1. Move the Multichannel Pod to the maximum Y- and Z-axis limits (refer to
Section 5.4, Using Advanced Manual Control).
2. Orient the gripper so that the front of the gripper faces the outside and gripper
pads face the inside of the Multichannel Pod (Figure 2-10).
3. Grasping both sides of the gripper, push the gripper straight up into the
Multichannel Pod.
Note: A click can be heard and felt when the gripper fingers are seated in the
Multichannel Pod.
4. Pull down on the gripper to ensure that it is fully seated in the pod.
5. Reframe the Multichannel Pod (refer to Section 4.4, Framing the Gripper).
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3.1
Configuring the Biomek® NX
Multichannel in Biomek
Software
Overview
The Biomek NX Multichannel Laboratory Automation Workstation must be
configured in Biomek Software to ensure proper operation. Hardware Setup tells
Biomek Software what devices, pods, and heads to expect on the instrument by
providing a connection between the instrument and the software. This connection is
established by installing, configuring, and removing devices in Hardware Setup.
Any active ALPs that require a CAN communication or other devices integrated on
the deck of the Biomek NX Multichannel must also be configured in Hardware
Setup. Refer to the ALPs User’s Manual or the specific device integration manual for
instructions on configuring the ALP or device in Hardware Setup.
CAUTION: Do not make any changes to the pod axes limits in Hardware
Setup without contacting a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer or
Beckman Coulter Customer Technical Support.
Hardware Setup is used for:
•
Configuring the Biomek NX Multichannel Instrument (Section 3.2).
•
Configuring a Multichannel Pod (Section 3.3).
•
Saving, Restoring, and Deleting Settings (Section 3.4).
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3.1.1
Accessing Hardware Setup
Hardware Setup (Figure 3-1) is accessed from within Biomek Software.
To access Hardware Setup:
1. Choose Start>Programs>Beckman Coulter>Biomek. Biomek Software
appears.
2. From the Instrument menu, choose Hardware Setup. Hardware Setup
appears (Figure 3-1).
Figure 3-1. Hardware Setup for a Biomek NX Multichannel instrument.
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Understanding the Options in Hardware
Setup
An understanding of the options on the toolbar in Hardware Setup
(Figure 23-1) is necessary to properly install, configure, and remove devices.
Table 23-1 lists and describes the toolbar options in Hardware Setup:
Table 3-1. Hardware Setup Options
Option
Description
Reconnect
Allows Hardware Setup to reexamine the
devices present. Choose this option to determine
what devices are present rather than closing and
reopening Hardware Setup.
Home All Axes
Provides the Biomek NX Multichannel instrument
with a point of reference from which to make
subsequent moves. Home position is left, back.
The pod must be homed each time the Biomek
NX instrument is powered on.
Add Device
Installs a device.
Remove Device
Removes a device.
Accept
Saves all changes to the instrument and closes
Hardware Setup. Choose this option after the
device has been installed and configured.
Cancel
Closes Hardware Setup without saving the
modifications to the instrument.
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Configuring the Biomek NX Multichannel
Instrument
The Biomek NX Multichannel instrument is configured in Hardware Setup to relate
information about the configuration of the multichannel pod on the system to the
software and to specify the communications port to which it is connected.
To configure the Biomek NX instrument:
1. From Hardware Setup, select Biomek® NX from the left pane. The
configuration view appears in the right pane (Figure 3-1).
2. Make sure the serial number listed in Hardware Setup corresponds to the serial
number on the Biomek NX instrument.
3. Choose the appropriate Port.
4. Choose Accept. Hardware Setup closes.
Note: Accept must be chosen after the instrument has been configured to allow
Hardware Setup to accept the configurations. However, other devices may be
configured simultaneously as the Biomek NX instrument is configured, and
Accept may be chosen after all devices have been configured.
Note: An asterisk next to the device indicates the device has been modified since the
instrument was loaded.
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Configuring a Multichannel Pod
The Multichannel Pod is a full-microplate replication tool incorporating a gripper and
interchangeable heads to accommodate a variety of functions (refer to Chapter 2,
Multichannel Pod).
Configuring a Multichannel Pod in Hardware Setup includes:
•
Configuring a New Head (Section 3.3.1).
•
Setting Multichannel Pod Properties (Section 3.3.2), as instructed by a
Beckman Coulter Service Engineer.
Note: The settings for a Multichannel Pod can be saved, restored, and deleted (refer
to Section 3.4, Saving, Restoring, and Deleting Settings).
3.3.1
Configuring a New Head
When a head on a Multichannel Pod is changed, the Hardware Setup must be
changed appropriately.
CAUTION: If the hardware configuration is not updated using Hardware
Setup, hardware crashes or inaccurate liquid transfer may occur.
CAUTION: To avoid hardware crashes, a new D-axis limit must be
established and the gripper framed in the Biomek Software after the
head has been configured in Hardware Setup.
To change the head on a Multichannel Pod (refer to Section 2.2.1, Changing Heads)
and then configure Hardware Setup according to the following instructions.
1. In Hardware Setup, select the Pod.
2. Change the Serial Number to correspond to the serial number on the new head.
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3. Choose the appropriate head in Head Type (Figure 3-2).
Figure 3-2. Hardware Setup showing the configuration of a Multichannel Pod
CAUTION: Always ensure that the gripper is retracted before homing.
4. Choose Home All Axes. Choosing Home All Axes homes all axes. The
following Warning appears (Figure 3-3):
Figure 3-3. Warnings must be addressed before homing process begins
5. Choose OK after confirming that the Warning has been addressed appropriately.
Note: Additional Warnings may appear depending on deck configuration and
the type of head installed on the Biomek NX Multichannel instrument. Address
all warnings appropriately and choose OK to continue.
6. In Hardware Setup, choose Set D to establish a new D-axis limit.
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7. Choose Set Z to establish a new Z-axis limit.
8. Frame the gripper according to the procedures outlined in Section 4.4, Framing
the Gripper.
Note: An asterisk next to the pod indicates that the head has been modified
since the workspace was loaded.
Note: Change Head is used only when physically removing or installing a head.
Choosing Change Head moves the D-axis to –0.6 cm and extends the gripper to
remove and install a head.
3.3.2
Setting Multichannel Pod Properties
Most of the properties, including pod settings and axes limits, of a Multichannel Pod
are initially configured by a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer in Hardware Setup
and should not be modified without specific instructions from a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer or Beckman Coulter Technical Support.
CAUTION: Do not make any changes to the pod axes limits without
contacting a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer or Beckman Coulter
Customer Technical Support.
Table 3-2 describes the pod properties and axes limits listed in Hardware Setup for a
Multichannel Pod.
Table 3-2. Multichannel Pod Properties
Property
Description
Additional Roving Height
Margin above the default height for the pod as it
moves over everything on the deck.
Additional Timeout
Specifies a number of seconds to wait in addition
to the normal time it takes to carry out a step
before a timeout error occurs. Use when
experiencing timeout problems without actual
hardware problems.
Always move to max Z
when roving
Check this field to move the pod to its maximum
height during any move in the X- or Y-axis.
Enable Plate Sensor
Enables the plate sensor on the gripper to sense
labware. Default setting is checked (enabled).
Refer to Section 3.3.2.1, Using the Plate Sensor.
Final D Position
Position the pod returns to along the D-axis after
(under Tip Load Settings) loading tips.
Final D Position
(under Tip Unload
Settings)
Position the pod returns to along the D-axis after
unloading tips.
Gripper Extend Time
Specifies the time the pod takes to extend grippers.
Gripper Retract Time
Specifies the time the pod takes to retract grippers.
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Table 3-2. Multichannel Pod Properties (Continued)
Property
Description
Gripper X, Y, Z, D Offsets Controls gripping operation along X-, Y-, Z-, and
D-axes from center of back edge of deck position.
These offsets are automatically updated when the
gripper is framed.
Note: Gripper X offset is read-only.
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Set by a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer, using
the Set Validation button.
Maximum X, Y, Z, D
The furthest position the pod may move to along
the X-, Y-, Z-, and D-axes (relative to the Home
position). Set by using the appropriate buttons
under the X (cm), Y (cm), Z (cm), and D (µL)
columns. The D-axis must be established when a
head is changed, but do not change the other axes
limits without contacting a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer.
Minimum X ,Y, Z, D
The closest position the pod may move to along
the X-, Y-, Z-, and D-axes (relative to the Home
position). Set by using the appropriate buttons
under the X (cm), Y (cm), Z (cm), and D (µL)
columns. The D-axis must be established when a
head is changed, but do not change the other axes
limits without contacting a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer
Speed Limit
Controls the speed for pod movement based on a
percent of its maximum speed.
Tip Settle Time
Specifies the time required for tips to settle on the
mandrels after loading.
Tip Unload Time
Specifies the amount of time the pod takes to
unload tips.
Unload Speed
Controls the pod speed when unloading tips, based
on a percentage of the maximum pod speed.
Recommended that this be modified only by a
Beckman Coulter Service Engineer.
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Using the Plate Sensor
A plate sensor is available on the gripper.
When Enable Plate Sensor (Figure 3-4) is checked in Hardware Setup and for the
specific labware in the Labware Type Editor, labware can be sensed when the
gripper is squeezed.
An error message (Figure 3-5) appears if labware is not sensed when the gripper is
squeezed. Refer to the Biomek Software User’s Manual, Chapter 25, Handling and
Preventing Errors, for information on recovering from errors.
Note: By default, Enable Plate Sensor is enabled.
Enable Plate Sensor
Figure 3-4. Hardware Setup displaying Enable Plate Sensor
Figure 3-5. Error for no plate sensed
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Saving, Restoring, and Deleting Settings
The axes limits and pod settings may be saved, restored, and deleted using the Save
Settings, Restore Settings, and Delete Settings options in Hardware Setup.
These options are particularly useful when changing heads on a Multichannel Pod.
Because a new D-axis limit must be established when a head is changed, these
options allow the D-axis limit to be saved and restored for specific head types. When
settings are no longer needed, they may be deleted.
3.4.1
Saving Pod Settings
To save settings:
1. In Hardware Setup, select the appropriate Pod from the left pane to access the
configuration area in the right pane.
2. Choose Save Settings. Save Configuration appears (Figure 3-6).
Figure 3-6. Save Configuration
3. Create a name for the current configuration
4. If desired, enter a description of the configuration.
5. Choose OK. The settings are saved.
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Restoring Pod Settings
To load the saved settings:
1. In Hardware Setup, select the appropriate Pod from the left pane to access the
configuration area in the right pane.
2. Choose Restore Settings. Load Settings appears (Figure 3-7).
Desired settings to
load are selected here.
Figure 3-7. Load Settings
3. Select the desired settings.
4. Choose OK. The following Confirm appears (Figure 3-8).
Figure 3-8. Confirmation to reset stored configuration
5. Choose Yes. The stored configuration is reset.
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3.4.3
Deleting Pod Settings
To delete settings:
1. In Hardware Setup, select the appropriate Pod from the left pane to access the
configuration area in the right pane.
2. Choose Delete Settings. Delete Settings appear (Figure 3-9).
Select desired settings
to delete here.
Figure 3-9. Delete Settings
3. Select the desired settings to delete.
4. Choose OK. The following Confirm appears (Figure 3-10).
Figure 3-10. Confirmation to delete stored configuration
5. Choose Yes. The stored configuration is deleted.
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Framing Instructions
Overview
Framing is the procedure of teaching Biomek Software the location of the ALPs and
devices positioned on the instrument deck. Biomek Software uses this framing
information to move the pod or gripper to the appropriate position to perform liquidhandling operations and manipulate labware.
A Beckman Coulter Service Engineer frames the Biomek NX instrument during
system installation. It may be necessary to repeat the framing if:
•
ALPs or devices are added, moved, or removed from the deck.
•
the head on the Multichannel Pod is changed.
Framing deck positions can be performed automatically using the AccuFrame
framing tool, or manually using a piece of labware to visually align the pod to the
wells. The gripper may also be framed using the AccuFrame framing tool.
Framing the Biomek NX instrument includes:
•
Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX Using AccuFrame (Section
4.2).
•
Manually Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX (Section 4.3).
•
Framing the Gripper (Section 4.4).
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Framing Instructions
Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX
Using AccuFrame
The AccuFrame is a tool used for framing ALP and labware positions on the Biomek
NX deck (Figure 4-1). Framing using the AccuFrame tool requires no human
judgment of alignment and is reproducible.
Hard
stop
AccuFrame light beams
gripper cutout
gripper is framed in
the cutout at the
bottom of both sides of
frame tool.
Power
light
AccuFrame light
beam indicators
Figure 4-1. AccuFrame framing tool
The AccuFrame fits snugly on an ALP, and a teaching process is performed through
Biomek Software to obtain the coordinates for each deck position. The framing is
completed by breaking two light sensors on the AccuFrame at their intersection point.
The coordinates for each ALP are generated automatically through the software based
upon teaching one position; however, when precision is critical, as when using 384well plates, frame each position before using the Biomek NX instrument. This
ensures that the pod and gripper locate each position reliably.
There are three indicator lights on the AccuFrame:
•
First light indicates that the AccuFrame is powered on.
•
Middle light indicates the framing status of the Y-axis.
•
Third light indicates the framing status of the X- and Z-axes.
Note: The AccuFrame is calibrated by a Beckman Coulter Service Engineer. The
calibration values are stored on the AccuFrame and read by Biomek Software as
needed.
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To frame deck positions of the Biomek NX using AccuFrame, a framing fixture is
attached to the head of the Multichannel Pod. When framing multiple position ALPs
such as the 1 X 3 Passive ALP, all positions on the ALP should be framed to increase
precision.
To frame the deck positions of the Biomek NX, the following operations must be
completed:
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Homing All Axes of the Pods (Section 4.2.1).
•
Attaching the Framing Fixture to the Pod (Section 4.2.2).
•
Installing AccuFrame (Section 4.2.3).
•
Framing the Position (Section 4.2.4).
Note: Some ALPs require additional or slightly modified procedures to
frame properly. Consult the ALPs User’s Manual for the specific ALP to
frame for any special instructions.
Note: Deck positions on the Biomek NX can also be framed by choosing Manual
Teach on Position Properties. Manual Teach involves loading tips and visually
aligning them with the wells on a piece of labware (refer to Section 4.3, Manually
Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX). Manual Teach is useful if specialized
or very high density labware is used, or when Auto Teach yields unsatisfactory
results. Some ALPs, such as the Positive Position ALP, must be framed manually.
4.2.1
Homing All Axes of the Pods
CAUTION: Before selecting OK to home all axes, the following
conditions must be met:
•
Make sure there is no liquid present in the tips
•
Make sure there are no disposable tips loaded
•
Make sure the Framing Probe is NOT installed on the
Multichannel Pod.
•
Make sure the gripper on the Multichannel Pod is retracted.
Prior to framing the Biomek NX deck, all axes must be homed. Homing the pod gives
Biomek NX a point of reference from which to make subsequent moves. Home
position is left and back. While it is necessary to home the pod after the Biomek NX
instrument is powered on, it is not necessary to home the pod each time the host
computer is turned on or the software is accessed.
Note: Home the pod each time the Biomek NX instrument is powered on. When
attempting to use the pod, error messages result until the pod is homed.
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To home the pod:
1. Choose Start>Programs>Beckman Coulter>Biomek Software to open
Biomek Software.
2. Choose Instrument>Home All Axes. Warning appears (Figure 4-2).
Note: Additional Warnings and Information may appear, depending on the
instrument configuration .
Note: Choosing Home All Axes homes all of the axes for all pods.
Figure 4-2. Warning to address before homing process begins
3. Choose OK on each Warning and Information after confirming that the actions
have been addressed appropriately.
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Attaching the Framing Fixture to the Pod
After homing the pod, the framing fixture must be installed on the pod used for
framing.
When positioning the framing fixture, the framing probe must be pointed down and
away from the mandrels of the head. From the front perspective, the framing guides
on the framing fixture must be to the back and left.
To install the framing fixture on the multichannel head:
1. Hold the framing fixture (Figure 4-3) against the head with the framing guides
pressed to the outside of the back row and left column of mandrels.
Note: Make sure the front of the framing fixture is to the front of the instrument,
and the framing guides are to the back and left of the instrument (Figure 4-3).
2. Gently pull the framing fixture to the front and right. Verify the framing guides
are touching the mandrels.
3. Tighten each thumb screw by turning to the right until the framing fixture is
firmly attached to the head. The pod is now ready for framing.
Framing
guides
Front of
framing fixture
Back of framing
fixture
Framing
probe
Thumbscrews
Four thumb screws
attach the framing fixture
to the Multichannel head.
Figure 4-3. Framing Fixture
4. Install AccuFrame in the position to frame (refer to Section 4.2.3, Installing
AccuFrame) and frame the Multichannel Pod according to the procedure in
Section 4.2.4, Framing the Position.
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4.2.3
Installing AccuFrame
AccuFrame is used during the framing process to frame deck positions. After the
framing shaft is attached to the pod and AccuFrame is positioned on the ALP, the
framing process is completed through the software.
WARNING: Turn off power to the Biomek NX instrument before attaching
or removing AccuFrame from the instrument deck.
1. Turn off power to the Biomek NX instrument before connecting the AccuFrame.
2. Plug AccuFrame into an available CAN port on the Biomek NX tower.
WARNING: Make sure the light curtain is not violated by the AccuFrame
cable. If the light curtain is violated, the framing process halts
immediately.
WARNING: Make sure the AccuFrame cable does not interfere with pod
movement.
3. Turn on power to the Biomek NX instrument.
4. Manually place the AccuFrame onto the ALP position that requires framing by
placing the back right corner first and pushing the AccuFrame gently down onto
the ALP position.
Note: The deck is usually framed from from left to right, starting at the back left
position. However, ALPs may be framed in any order.
5. Make sure that the AccuFrame is fully seated along the posts along the top and
right sides of the position.
Note: Some ALPs require a framing adaptor to accommodate using AccuFrame
to frame the position. Make sure the correct adaptor is used for each type of ALP.
Framing proceeds as normal once the AccuFrame is placed on the appropriate
adaptor.
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Framing the Position
To frame the Biomek NX deck position:
Note: Some ALPs require additional or slightly modified procedures to frame
properly. Consult the ALPs User’s Manual for the specific ALP to frame for any
special framing instructions.
1. In Biomek Software, choose Instrument>Deck Editor. Deck Editor appears
(Figure 4-4).
Figure 4-4. Deck Editor
2. In Biomek Software, open the deck that requires framing in the Deck Editor.
Verify that it reflects the current configuration of ALPs on the physical deck. If it
does not reflect the current physical deck configuration, place devices on the
appropriate deck locations in the Deck Editor by dragging and dropping from the
list onto the deck. When the Deck Editor reflects the configuration of the current
physical deck, proceed to step 3.
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3. Double-click on the deck position containing the AccuFrame. Position
Properties appears (Figure 4-5).
Note: The coordinates displayed are default values; the software must be taught
precisely where the position is on the physical deck.
Figure 4-5. Position Properties
4. Choose Auto Teach. A Confirm similar to Figure 4-6 appears.
Note: This moves the pod to the position being taught. The framing probe
should be above the AccuFrame in that position.
Figure 4-6. Confirm
5. Visually verify that the framing probe is positioned to avoid hitting the wall of
the AccuFrame and that it is positioned to lower within the AccuFrame tool.
6. Choose OK.
Note: The pod lowers and moves around inside the AccuFrame automatically
until it breaks both light beams simultaneously (Figure 2-1). The pod stops after
teaching (framing) is completed, and the two light beam indicators are
illuminated.
Note: An error message appears if both light beams are not broken when the
pod is lowered into the AccuFrame. If this occurs, using Advanced Manual
Control (refer to Chapter 5, Manually Controlling the Biomek® NX in Biomek
Software), move the pod until the probe breaks both light beams and all the
indicator lights are on. Choose Teach, and the pod continues the teaching
process. The pod may also be moved by hand until the probe breaks both light
beams and all the indicator lights are on.
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7. Wait until the pod stops moving and Teaching Instructions appears (Figure 47).
Figure 4-7. Teaching Instructions
8. Choose from Shift deck, Shift ALP, or Shift position for appropriate
teaching instructions (refer to Section 4.2.4.1, Selecting Appropriate Teaching
Instructions).
9. If the coordinates displayed appear reasonable, choose OK. Position Properties
appears again, and the position is framed for the selected pod.
10. Choose OK to close Position Properties.
11. For framing additional positions, move the AccuFrame to the next position to
frame (refer to Section 4.2.3, Installing AccuFrame) and repeat steps 3 through
11.
12. Choose Save to save framing information for all positions and close the Deck
Editor (Figure 4-4).
Note: Choosing Cancel loses all changes to the deck, including framing
information, since the Deck Editor was opened.
13. Remove the framing fixture from the head of the Multichannel Pod.
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4.2.4.1
Selecting Appropriate Teaching Instructions
In Teaching Instructions (Figure 4-7), the entire deck, a deck position, or an ALP
can be shifted by the teaching process. Determine what should be shifted using the
following information:
CAUTION: Use Shift deck only before other ALPs or positions are
taught. Shift deck shifts all ALPs and positions, resulting in incorrect
coordinates if applied to previously framed ALPs and positions.
•
Shift deck — shifts all ALPs and positions associated with the deck by the
change amounts shown. Choose Shift deck when framing the first location
of a new deck. The shift amount required typically is not large, but
everything on the deck may need to move 1 cm, for example.
•
Shift ALP — shifts the entire ALP and all deck positions associated with the
ALP by the change amounts shown. Shift ALP typically is precise enough
for using 96-well plates.
•
Shift position — shifts only the deck position containing the AccuFrame by
the amounts shown. Shift position is the most precise teaching procedure,
and it is useful when 384-well microplates are used (especially on larger
ALPs, such as the 4x4); otherwise, Shift ALP is usually sufficient.
Note: When framing a multiple-position ALP (1x3, 1x5, 4x3, or 4x4), Shift ALP on
the first position, then Shift position on the rest.
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Manually Framing Deck Positions on the
Biomek® NX
Biomek® NX Manual Framing Wizard is a wizard-type interface that is used to
manually frame deck positions, primarily for using high density labware. Since the
wells of high density labware are relatively small, using the Manual Framing
Wizard helps to ensure that the tips can access the wells without causing any damage
to the tips, pod, gripper, or ALP.
Before manually framing a position, the Tip Loader position must be framed so the
pod can load tips.
Note: Some ALPs, such as the Positive Position ALP, must be framed using Manual
Teach to improve pipetting accuracy to high density labware.
Note: When not using high density labware, the standard framing procedure using
the AccuFrame is acceptable. To frame using the AccuFrame, refer to Section 4.2,
Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX Using AccuFrame.
To frame using Manual Teach:
1. Choose Start>Programs>Beckman Coulter>Biomek Software to open
Biomek Software.
2. From the Instrument menu, choose Deck Editor. Deck Editor appears (Figure
4-8).
Figure 4-8. Deck Editor
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3. Open Position Properties for the desired deck position by double-clicking on
the deck position. Position Properties appears (Figure 4-9).
Figure 4-9. Position Properties for a Positive Position ALP
4. In Name, verify that the ALP is assigned a unique name.
5. Choose Manual Teach. Biomek® NX Manual Framing Wizard opens with a
Warning (Figure 4-10).
Note: On the left side of Manual Framing Wizard, a list of steps required to
complete the teaching process is displayed. As the steps of Manual Framing
Wizard are accessed, the steps are highlighted on the left.
Figure 4-10. Manual Framing Wizard — Warning
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6. Choose Next and Manual Framing Wizard — Setup appears. Figure 4-11 or
Figure 4-12 appears, depending on whether or not tips are loaded onto the pod.
Figure 4-11. Manual Framing Wizard if tips are not already loaded.
Figure 4-12. Manual Framing Wizard if tips are loaded
7. If no tips are loaded, in Load tips from the, select the type of tips to load and the
position on which the tip box is located (Figure 4-11).
8. In Line tips up against, select the appropriate labware type of the labware
placed in the position to frame.
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9. Choose Next to continue to the next screen. Biomek NX Manual Framing
Wizard — Teach X,Y appears.
10. Select Well Corner to align the tips to the corners, or junction, of four wells.
Note: Well Corner is available only when framing to a deck position occupied
by a piece of labware with square wells.
Figure 4-13. Framing to the corner of four wells
OR
Select Well Center to align the tips to the center of the wells.
Figure 4-14. Framing to the center of a well
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11. To align the tips in the X- and Y-axes with the wells of the microplate on top of
the ALP, lower the tips in the Z-axis until they are approximately 1 mm above the
top of the ALP.
Note: Since tip height is set in the next step in the Manual Teaching process, it
is safe to move the pod to any height to make aligning the tips with the
microplate easier.
12. Visually verify the physical position of the tips in relation to the physical position
of the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP.
13. Adjust the position of the tip to align it with the microplate well or corner by
either:
4.3.1
•
Using the Graphic Alignment Tool (Section 4.3.1).
•
Using the Delta Value and Directional Buttons (Section 4.3.2).
Using the Graphic Alignment Tool
The graphic alignment tool (Figure 4-15) is used to instruct Biomek Software of the
current position of the tips to the physical position of the wells of the microplate on
top of the ALP. Biomek Software uses the information it is given to move the pod so
the tips are directly above the target position.
Graphic alignment tool
The graphic alignment tool is a visual representation of
the tip (small circle) and the microplate wells or corner.
The small circle is moved until it represents the tip’s
current physical location in relation to the microplate
wells or corner.
Figure 4-15. Manual Teaching the X- and Y-axes
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To use the graphic alignment tool:
1. Drag the center (small) circle until it represents the tip’s physical position in
relation to the physical position of the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP.
Note: The small circle represents the tip on the pod. The objective is to provide
the software with a representation of the tip’s position in relation to the physical
position of the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP. The software uses this
graphical representation to know approximately how far in any direction the pod
must move to align the tips with the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP.
2. Select Go. The pod moves in accordance with the position of the small circle in
relation to the large circle.
Note: When the move is completed, the small circle resets itself to the center of
the large circle. The values displayed in Total Moved from Start (cm) changes
each time steps 1 and 2 are completed. If desired, the values in Total Moved
from Start (cm) can be reset to zero by selecting Reset.
3. Visually verify the position of the tips on the pod in relation to the physical
position of the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP. If the tips are still not
accurately positioned above the target position on the microplate, repeat steps 1
and 2 until they are accurately positioned above the target position the
microplate.
Note: The tips may also be aligned with the microplate using the delta value
and directional buttons (refer to Section 4.3.2, Using the Delta Value and
Directional Buttons).
4. Once the tip is aligned with the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP, choose
Next to continue. Biomek® NX Manual Framing Wizard displays Teach Z
(refer to Section 4.3.3, Framing the Z-Axis).
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Using the Delta Value and Directional
Buttons
The tip can be positioned manually using the delta values and directional buttons to
align it with the physical position of the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP.
Pressing one of the directional buttons moves the pod in that direction by the distance
specified in Delta. Position the tips above the wells of the microplate on top of the
ALP.
Delta value
The magnitude of change applied to the pod
each time a directional button is selected.
Directional buttons
The directional buttons move the
pod by the amount shown in Delta
with each press of a button.
Figure 4-16. Manual Teaching the X- and Y-axes
To use the delta value and directional buttons to position the tip:
1. In Delta, select the magnitude of change applied to the tips each time a
directional button is selected (Figure 4-16).
Note: The default Delta value is 0.05 cm. If the tips are a considerable distance
from the desired location, increase the distance traveled by increasing the Delta
value (maximum setting is 1.0 cm). If the tips are almost to the desired location,
reduce the Delta value to fine tune the position (minimum setting is 0.005 cm).
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2. Select the directional button representing the motion required to physically
move the tips into position over the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP
(Figure 4-16).
Note: Each time a directional button is selected, the pod and tips move the
distance specified in Delta in the indicated direction.
Note: The tips can be physically positioned over the wells of a microplate
using:
•
•
•
the directional buttons in Manual Teach.
the directional keys on the keyboard.
the directional keys on the numeric keypad.
The directional buttons displayed in Manual Teach parallel the keys on the
numeric keypad. More specifically, Fwd. correlates to the ‘1’ on the numeric
keypad, while Down is found on the ‘2’, Left is found on the ‘4’, Right on ‘6’,
Up on ‘8’, and Back on ‘9’.
3. Visually verify the position of the tips on the pod in relation to the physical
position of the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP. If the tips are still not
accurately positioned above the wells of the microplate on top of the ALP, repeat
steps 1 and 2 until they are accurately positioned above the target position.
Note: The tips may also be aligned with the target position using the graphic
alignment tool (refer to Section 4.3.1, Using the Graphic Alignment Tool).
4. Once the tips are aligned with the target position , choose Next to continue.
Biomek® NX Manual Framing Wizard displays Teach Z (refer to Section
4.3.3, Framing the Z-Axis).
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Framing the Z-Axis
After the X- and Y-axes are framed, the Z-axis must be framed to ensure aspirate and
dispense operations are performed at the desired height. The final screen in Biomek®
NX Manual Framing Wizard is for framing the Z-axis (Figure 4-17).
Figure 4-17. Manual Teaching (Teach Z)
1. In Delta, select the magnitude of change applied to the pod each time a
directional button is selected (Figure 4-17).
Note: The default Delta value is 0.05 cm. If the tip is a considerable distance
above the position, increase the distance traveled by increasing the Delta value
(maximum setting is 1.0 cm). If the tip is almost to the desired location, reduce
the Delta value (minimum setting is 0.005 cm).
Note: Since the X- and Y-axes were framed previously, it is safe to move the
pod in the X- and Y-axes if it makes framing the pod in the Z- axis easier.
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2. Select the directional button representing the motion required to physically
move the pod down until the tip just touches the microplate at the well corner or
the bottom of the well.
Note: Each time a directional button is selected, the pod and tips move the
distance specified in Delta in the indicated direction.
Note: The tip can be can physically positioned over the labware positioner
using:
•
•
•
the directional buttons in Manual Teach.
the directional keys on the keyboard.
the directional keys on the numeric keypad.
The directional buttons displayed in Manual Teach parallel the keys on the
numeric keypad. More specifically, Fwd. correlates to the ‘1’ on the numeric
keypad, while Down is found on the ‘2’, Left is found on the ‘4’, Right on ‘6’,
Up on ‘8’, and Back on ‘9’.
3. Once the tip is just touching the target position, select Finish. The pod moves up
to its maximum height in the Z-axis, Manual Teaching closes, and Position
Properties appears (Figure 4-9).
4. Choose OK to save the framing information and close Position Properties.
5. Repeat the procedure to frame additional deck positions using manual teach.
6. Choose Save to save framing information for all positions and close the Deck
Editor (Figure 4-8).
Note: Choosing Cancel loses all changes to the deck, including framing
information, since the Deck Editor was opened.
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Framing the Gripper
A Beckman Coulter Service Engineer frames the gripper during system installation;
however, it may be necessary to repeat the framing procedure if:
•
the head is changed.
•
gripper fingers are replaced.
•
extraordinary circumstances occur, such as accidentally bending a gripper.
Before framing the grippers, make sure:
•
instrument is homed (refer to Section 4.2.1, Homing All Axes of the Pods).
•
deck position is framed prior to framing the gripper to that location (refer to
Section 4.2, Framing Deck Positions on the Biomek® NX Using
AccuFrame).
•
AccuFrame is installed on the appropriate position (refer to Section 4.2.3,
Installing AccuFrame).
•
framing fixture is not attached to the Multichannel Pod.
To frame the grippers:
1. Choose Start>Programs>Beckman Coulter>Biomek Software to start
the Biomek Software.
2. From the Instrument menu, choose Hardware Setup. Hardware Setup
appears.
3. Choose the Multichannel Pod. The configuration to frame the gripper appears on
the right (Figure 4-18).
Figure 4-18. Hardware Setup
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4. Choose Frame Gripper.
5. When a Warning appears, make sure the topics that appear in the Warning are
addressed and choose OK (Figure 2-14).
Figure 4-19. Warning to make sure gripper is ready for framing
6. In Pick Position (Figure 4-20), select a previously framed deck position and
frame the gripper to that location. The deck position must be framed first and
should be a small passive ALP, if possible.
Note: Make sure that the AccuFrame is correctly placed on the selected position
(refer to Section 4.2.3, Installing AccuFrame).
Figure 4-20. Pick previously framed deck position to frame the grippers
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7. Choose OK. This moves the pod to that position and extends the grippers.
Advanced Manual Control (Figure 4-21) and Frame Gripper (Figure 4-22)
appear side by side.
Note: The gripper is extended a little high and opened a little wide at the end of
the move initiated by step 6.
Figure 4-21. Advanced Manual Control for moving gripper during framing
Note: Do not select Close; if Advanced Manual Control closes, the framing
process must be completed again, beginning with step 1.
Figure 4-22. Moving pod into gripping position
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8. Use Advanced Manual Control to move the gripper fingers until they are
aligned with the bottom of the AccuFrame (Figure 4-23), and squeeze the fingers
until they firmly touch the AccuFrame inside the notches at the bottom of the
AccuFrame (Figure 4-24). If necessary, refer to Chapter 5, Manually Controlling
the Biomek® NX in Biomek Software, for instructions on moving the gripper.
Note: Both front and rear gripper fingers must touch at the same time when
squeezing, which usually necessitates a move along the Y-axis.
Note: Assessing the position of the gripper fingers in step 8 is a visual task.
Figure 4-23. Gripper framing position on the AccuFrame
Correct Gripper Alignment
Bottom of gripper finger aligned
to bottom of AccuFrame and
aligned to the inside of cut-out.
Incorrect Gripper Alignment
Top of gripper finger aligned to
top of cut-out of AccuFrame
without aligning to inside of
cut-out.
Figure 4-24. Correct and incorrect gripper framing alignment
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9. In Frame Gripper, choose OK (Figure 4-22). The gripper is now framed.
10. From Hardware Setup, choose Accept to save changes and close Hardware
Setup.
11. From Biomek Software, choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual
Control appears.
12. Choose Advanced Controls and select Pod1. Advanced Manual Control
appears (Figure 4-21).
13. Choose Move Z-Max.
Note: Choosing Move Z-Max raises the pod to allow access to the AccuFrame.
14. Choose Close to close Advanced Manual Control.
15. Choose Exit to close Manual Control.
16. Remove the AccuFrame from the ALP position.
4.4.1
Testing Gripper Framing Accuracy
To make sure the gripper workes properly, create and run a method at reduced speed
(around 10%) to move a piece of labware from one framed deck position to another
(refer to Section 3.3.2, Setting Multichannel Pod Properties). If problems occur,
repeat the gripper framing process until the gripper is working correctly.
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Troubleshooting
Perform the troubleshooting techniques provided in Table 4-1 when necessary.
Note: In the case of any other framing-related problems, contact a Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer.
Table 4-1. Troubleshooting Framing
If
AccuFrame power light not on
Then
Check the CAN connection to make
sure the AccuFrame is connected to
Biomek NX instrument.
Make sure the AccuFrame is
The Y-axis and the X/Z-axes Light
receiving power.
Beams cannot be broken when
moving a finger around the interior of
AccuFrame
One or both beam indicator lights on
AccuFrame stay on when no objects
are breaking the light beams
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obstruction to sensors. Call a
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5 Manually Controlling the
Biomek® NX in Biomek Software
5.1
Overview
Manual Control and Advanced Manual Control are used to control:
•
Movement of the pod
•
Gripper independently of a method.
•
Pod when teaching the deck, framing the grippers, and recovering from
errors.
•
Tip Loader and other ALPs independently of a method
Note: Refer to the ALPs User’s Manual for information on manually
controlling specific ALPs.
The sections in this chapter include:
•
Using Manual Control (Section 5.3)
•
Using Advanced Manual Control (Section 5.4)
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Manually Controlling the Biomek® NX in Biomek Software
Accessing Manual Control
To open Manual Control, choose Instrument>Manual Control. An Information
dialog (Figure 5-1) appears briefly as the connection is made with the Biomek NX
instrument, immediately followed by Manual Control (Figure 5-2).
Note: Manual Control is available only when a method is not being executed. If a
need for manual control is realized during a method run, stop the method using the
Stop button or Snap Continuation button (refer to the Biomek Software User’s
Manual, Chapter 25.11.2, Snapping a Continuation).
Figure 5-1. Confirms Manual Control is connecting
Figure 5-2. Manual Control
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Using Manual Control
Use Manual Control for:
•
Homing all Axes of the Pod (Section 5.3.1).
•
Moving the Pod to a Specific Deck Position (Section 5.3.2).
•
Stopping the Pod (Section 5.3.3)
•
Viewing the Firmware Version (Section 5.3.4)
•
Accessing Advanced Manual Control (Section 5.3.5)
5.3.1
Homing all Axes of the Pod
CAUTION:Before selecting OK to home all axes, the following
conditions must be met:
ΠMake sure there is no liquid present in the tips.
ΠMake sure there are no disposable tips loaded
ΠMake sure the Framing Tool is NOT installed on the
Multichannel Pod
ΠMake sure the gripper fingers are retracted
Home the pod each time the Biomek NX instrument is powered on. Homing the pod
gives Biomek NX a point of reference from which to make subsequent moves. Home
position is left, back.
Note: When attempting to use the pod, error messages result until the pod is homed.
Note: While it is necessary to home the pod after the Biomek NX instrument is
powered on, it is not necessary to home the pod each time the host computer is turned
on or the software is accessed.
To home the pod:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Home All Axes. The following Warning appears (Figure 5-3):
Figure 5-3. Warnings must be addressed before homing process begins
3. Choose OK after confirming that the actions have been addressed appropriately.
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5.3.2
Moving the Pod to a Specific Deck Position
Use Manual Control to easily move the pod to a specific deck position. Manual
Control moves the pod to the top of the Z axis, then centers it over the selected
position.
To move a pod to a specific deck position:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Click on the desired deck position on the Manual Control Deck Display (Figure
5-2).
5.3.3
Stopping the Pod
To stop a pod once a movement has started:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Stop.
5.3.4
Viewing the Firmware Version
Get Version shows the current firmware version for installed devices, pods, and
main firmware.
To view the firmware version:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Get Version. The firmware version displays in an Information dialog
similar to (Figure 5-4).
Figure 5-4. Firmware version information
3. To close Information, choose OK.
5.3.5
Accessing Advanced Manual Control
To access Advanced Manual Control:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Advanced Controls.
3. Select a device from the menu. Advanced Manual Control for the selected
device appears.
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Using Advanced Manual Control
Use Advanced Manual Control (Figure 5-5) to:
•
Viewing the Current Position of the Pod (Section 5.4.1).
•
Moving the Pod to a Safe Roving Height (Section 5.4.2).
•
Performing Relative Moves for the Pod (Section 5.4.3).
•
Performing Absolute Moves for the Pod (Section 5.4.4).
•
Extending and Retracting the Gripper (Section 5.4.5).
Vector Builder
Builds a movement vector — controls the direction
and distance the pod moves. These choices change
the values in the Movement Vector displayed
below.
Delta
Controls the amount of change applied to the
Movement Vector when the Vector
Builder is used.
Home D
Moves D axis to
the home
position.
D Units
Sets the D axis
units. Choose
cm to set
squeeze units
and or µL to set
aspirate units.
Home Z, XY
Moves Z and
then X and Y
axes to home
positions.
Current
Position
Displays the
current position
of the selected
pod.
Move Z-Max
Moves pod to
highest
configured
height.
Absolute
Move
Builds a vector
to an absolute
coordinate
from the
current
coordinate.
Immediate Moves
Executes the specified action
immediately. Home D;
Home Z, XY; Extend
Gripper; Retract Gripper;
and Move Z-Max are
immediate moves.
Movement
Vector
Indicates the
amount the pod
moves when
Go is selected.
Figure 5-5. Overview Advanced Manual Control for a Multichannel Pod
Note: See Table 5-1 for further descriptions of fields.
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Table 5-1. Advanced Manual Control selection areas for the Multichannel Pod
(Refer to specific subsections for instructional use.)
Area
Description
Absolute Move
Builds a vector to an absolute coordinate from the
current coordinate.
Auto Clear
When checked, each time Go is selected the
Movement Vector resets to the 0 vector (no
movement).
Note: Auto Clear is on by default.
Clear
Sets movement vector entries to 0.
Current Position
Current location of the pod (after the pod has been
homed).
D Units
Sets the D axis units.
Note: Choose cm to set squeeze units or µL to set
aspirate units.
Delta
Sets the magnitude of change the Vector Builder
applies to the Movement Vector for each axis.
Extend Gripper
Extends the grippers.
Home D
Moves D axis to home position.
Home Z, XY
Moves Z and then X and Y axes to home position.
Move Z-Max
Moves the pod to highest configured height.
Movement Vector
The amount of movement that occurs when Go is
selected. Movement vectors are relative to the
current position.
Retract Gripper
Retracts the grippers.
Speed
Sets the speed of the pod, with 0 percent meaning
use current speed.
Vector Builder
Relative moves, which allow the pod to move from
its current location to anywhere on the deck, are
created using the Vector Builder. Each time a
Vector Builder button is pressed, the Movement
Vector is changed in the corresponding axis by the
amount indicated in Delta. Up and Down move the
pod in the Z axis, Left and Right move the pod in the
X axis, and Back and Fwd move the pod in the Y
axis. Squeeze/Aspirate and UnSqueeze/
Dispense move the head in the D axis based upon
the selection made in D Units.
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Viewing the Current Position of the Pod
The current position of the pod is displayed as four coordinates. Each axis coordinate
is the distance from the home position.
X, Y, and Z are displayed in centimeters. The D-axis is displayed in either centimeters
(cm) or microliters (µL). (Refer to the description for D Units in Table 5-1.)
To view the current position of a pod:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Advanced Controls.
3. Select Pod1. Advanced Manual Control for the pod appears (Figure 5-5). The
current position is shown in Current Position.
4. Choose Close to close Advanced Manual Control.
5. Choose Exit to close Manual Control.
5.4.2
Moving the Pod to a Safe Roving Height
Use Move Z-Max in Advanced Manual Control to move the pod to its highest
configured height. This helps to avoid collisions when moving the pod around the
deck manually.
Note: The possibility of collisions is not completely eliminated by this command;
for example, if the gripper is extended and holding a microplate, and the pod is moved
over a tip box on a tiploader, a collision could occur.
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Advanced Controls.
3. Select Pod1. Advanced Manual Control for the pod appears (Figure 5-5).
4. Choose Move Z-Max.
5. Choose Close to close Advanced Manual Control.
6. Choose Exit to close Manual Control.
5.4.3
Performing Relative Moves for the Pod
Relative moves allow the pod to move from its current location to anywhere on the
deck. Relative moves are created in the Vector Builder using the Delta values, or the
vector can be manually edited.
Note: Use Auto Clear when the values in the Movement Vector fields must be
reset to zero after the move is performed. Turn off Auto Clear to retain the values
after the move has occurred. Choose Clear to set the values back to zero at any time.
To move a pod relative to its current position:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Advanced Controls.
3. Select Pod1. Advanced Manual Control for the pod appears (Figure 5-5).
4. Choose Clear to change the Movement Vector values to 0.
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5. Enter the desired X, Y, Z, and D values in Movement Vector.
OR
Set the Delta values as desired (refer to Section 5.4.3.1, Setting Delta Values for
the Pod) and click the appropriate buttons on Vector Builder (refer to Section
5.4.3.2, Understanding and Using the Vector Builder), until the desired values
appear in Movement Vector.
Note: Hold the button down to quickly add Delta value to the Movement
Vector.
Note: Positive values move the pod to the right (X), toward the front of the deck
(Y), up (Z) and squeeze/aspirate (D). Negative values move the pod to the left
(X), towards the back of the deck (Y), down (Z) and unsqueeze/dispense (D).
Note: Minimum and Maximum X, Y, Z, and D values displayed in Hardware
Setup indicate how far the pod is able to move. These values are also displayed
as a tool tip when hovering over the fields in Movement Vectors.
6. Enter a value in Speed to specify the percent of the pod’s maximum speed.
7. Choose Go. The pod moves from its current position to a new position by the
values displayed in the Movement Vector. The new position is displayed in
Current Position.
8. Choose Close to close Advanced Manual Control.
9. Choose Exit to close Manual Control.
5.4.3.1
Setting Delta Values for the Pod
A Delta value is the amount of change in an axis that is applied to the Movement
Vector when a button in the Vector Builder is pressed. For example, if the Delta
value for X is 3, each time Right is clicked in the Vector Builder, 3 cm is added to the
X axis of the Movement Vector.
Note: The move does not occur until Go is selected in the Movement Vector area
of Advanced Manual Control.
To set Delta values:
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Advanced Controls.
3. Select Pod1. Advanced Manual Control for the pod appears (Figure 5-5).
4. Enter a value in X, Y, Z, and D to set the Delta value for each axis.
5. In D Units, select cm or µL.
6. Choose Close to close Advanced Manual Control.
7. Choose Exit to close Manual Control.
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Understanding and Using the Vector Builder
The use of Advanced Manual Control for the pod centers around the building and
applying of movement vectors. A movement vector simply indicates the magnitude
and direction of motion applied to the pod.
Use the Vector Builder buttons (Figure 5-6) to add positive or negative values to the
Movement Vector for the pod. Each time a Vector Builder button is pressed, the
Delta value for that axis is added or subtracted from the appropriate Movement
Vector for the pod. With the point of reference at the front and center of the unit,
positive and negative values for the pod are as follows:
Figure 5-6. Vector Builder
•
Right = Positive value X = right
motion of the pod
•
Left = Negative value X = left
motion of the pod
•
Fwd = Positive value Y =
forward motion of the pod
•
Back = Negative value Y = back
motion of the pod
•
Up = Positive value Z = up
motion of the probes
•
Down = Negative value Z =
down motion of the probes
•
Squeeze/Aspirate = Positive
value D = squeezing of the
gripper or aspirating motion of
the probes
•
Unsqueeze/Dispense =
Negative value D = unsqueezing
of the gripper or dispensing
motion of the probes
•
Widen = Positive Span =
widening motion between the
probes
•
Narrow = Negative Span =
narrowing motion between the
probes
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5.4.4
Performing Absolute Moves for the Pod
Absolute Move allows the pod to move to a specific coordinate position in the
workspace of the instrument. Use Absolute Move when the coordinates of the
desired position are known.
Note: When an Absolute Move is entered, the values displayed in Movement
Vector reflect the relative move required to physically move the pod to the desired
position. Make sure the physical location of the pod is not changed between the time
the vector is built and the time the Go button is pressed.
1. Choose Instrument>Manual Control. Manual Control appears (Figure 5-2).
2. Choose Advanced Controls.
3. Select Pod1. Advanced Manual Control for the pod appears (Figure 5-5).
4. Choose Absolute Move. Absolute Move appears (Figure 5-7)).
Figure 5-7. Enter Absolute Move Coordinates
5. Enter the X, Y, Z, and D values for the desired position.
Note: Minimum and Maximum X, Y, Z, and D values displayed in Hardware
Setup indicate how far the pod is able to move. These values are also displayed
as a tool tip when hovering over the fields in Movement Vectors.
6. Choose OK. The Movement Vector changes to reflect the necessary
relative move.
7. Enter a value in Speed to specify the percent of the pod’s maximum speed to
use for the move.
8. Choose Go. The pod moves from its current position to a specified absolute
position. The new position is displayed in Current Position.
9. Choose Close to close Advanced Manual Control.
10. Choose Exit to close Manual Control
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Extending and Retracting the Gripper
Use Advanced Manual Control to extend or retract the gripper when changing the
head on the pod.
CAUTION: Select Move Z-Max to move the pod to its highest point
before extending the gripper. To avoid breaking labware or bending the
gripper fingers, make sure the gripper fingers will not hit any labware
when extended.
CAUTION: Do not retract gripper when it is holding labware.
From Advanced Manual Control for the pod:
•
Choose Extend Gripper to extend the gripper.
•
Choose Retract Gripper to retract the gripper.
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Appendix A: Specifications
Table A-1. System Specifications
Item
Description
Environment
Indoor use only
Power Requirements
US: 100-120VAC, 60Hz
Europe: 200-240VAC, 50Hz
Pneumatic Requirements Air Pressure: 60 - 100 psi of compressed air —
414- 690 kPa of compressed air
Air Flow: 2.25 cfm @ 60 psi — 0.064 m3/min @ 414 kPa
Dimensions of base unit: 36 in. (L) x 31 in. (W) x 44 in. (H)
91.44 cm. (L) x 78.74 cm. (W) x 111.76 cm. (H)
Weight
190 lbs. (86.2 kg), includes instrument and tip loader
Ambient Operating
Temperature
41-86°F (5-30°C)
Humidity Restrictions
<85% (non-condensing) @ 30°C (86°F)
Altitude Restrictions
up to 2000m (6562ft)
Installation Category
Category II
Pollution Degree
2
Sound Pressure Level
Maximum sound pressure: 82 dB
Maximum sound pressure at 1 meter: 75 dB
Fuses
US: 250VAC, 3.15 amp, 5x20 mm, SLO-BLO, UL
recognized, CSA certified
Europe: 250VAC, 3.15 amp, 5x20 mm, SLO-BLO,
CENELEC approved
Communications to Host RS-232 port
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Communications to Tip
Loader
CAN
Communications to
Active ALPs
CAN
Biomek controller host
PC
The following specifications are the minimum
requirements needed for the IBM PC.
CPU: Pentium IV, 2 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Drive: 13.5 GB
CD ROM Drive: 24X
Monitor: 17", Super VGA, 1024 x 768, small fonts,
w/ 16-bit color
Operating System: Windows XP with Service Pack 1a
Other Software: SQL Server Personal Edition
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Appendix B: Using a Stacker Carousel
B.1 Overview
The Stacker Carousel (Figure B-1) is integrated into the system to dispense and load
labware onto the Biomek NX Multichannel deck. It provides expanded labware
capacity and increases walk-away automation in genetic analysis and drug discovery
applications.
Each carousel contains locations for four stackers. A shuttle is incorporated for
transporting labware to and from the carousel.
Note: For a more comprehensive description of the Stacker Carousel, its
components, functionality, and operations, refer to the Stacker Carousel User’s
Manual (Beckman Coulter PN 148598).
A bar code reader may be mounted to the Stacker Carousel to scan any one of the four
sides of a microplate.
Note: For maximum scanning reliability, it is recommended that labels be applied to
the narrow sides of the microplate. This label orientation accommodates scanning of
skewed labels and requires less adjustment of the bar code reader position.
The sections in this appendix include:
•
Integrating the Stacker Carousel (Section B.2)
•
Integrating the Bar Code Reader (Section B.3)
•
Configuring the Stacker Carousel in Hardware Setup (Section B.4)
•
Framing the Stacker Carousel (Section B.5)
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B.2 Integrating the Stacker Carousel
Note: Install only in conjunction with the Biomek NX model incorporating
Plexiglas safety shields along the sides of the instrument in lieu of side light curtains.
Figure B-1. Stacker Carousel
Integrating the Stacker Carousel into the system requires:
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Positioning the Stacker Carousel on the Deck (Section B.2.1).
•
Mounting the Stacker Carousel (Section B.2.2).
•
Attaching the Side Shield (Section B.2.3).
•
Operating the Stacker Carousel (Section B.2.4).
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B.2.1 Positioning the Stacker Carousel on the
Deck
The Stacker Carousel shuttle can be positioned on the deck using the deck positions
displayed in the Deck Editor by highlighting StackerCarousel (Figure B-2).
Note: Refer to the Biomek Software User’s Manual, Chapter 5, Preparing and
Managing the Deck, for more information on the Deck Editor.
Mount Stacker Carousel on deck positions
indicated by dashed lines in the Deck Editor.
Figure B-2. Stacker shuttle positions
Note: While it is possible to pipette liquid to and from a a 96-well plate on the
Stacker Carousel shuttle, it is not possible to pipette liquid to and from a 386-well
plate that is sitting on the Stacker Carousel shuttle.
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To position the Stacker Carousel:
Position the Stacker Carousel outside the Biomek NX deck (Figure B-3).
Figure B-3. Stacker Carousel integration
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B.2.2 Mounting the Stacker Carousel
Mounting the Stacker Carousel to the Biomek NX requires attaching an alignment
bracket (Figure B-4) and a riser plate (Figure B-5). Then the Stacker Carousel is
positioned and leveled.
Use middle, back holes
for back mount
Use middle, front holes
for front mount
Figure B-4. Attaching alignment bracket
Also included with the alignment bracket is the following mounting hardware:
•
Two #10-32 x 1” long stainless steel socket-head cap screws
•
Two #10 flat washers
•
Alignment bracket
•
Four standoffs
B.2.2.1
Attaching the Alignment Bracket
Attach the upper alignment bracket and the riser plate to prepare for positioning and
leveling the Stacker Carousel as follows:
1. Choose the right or left side of the Biomek NX instrument on which the Stacker
Carousel will be located.
2. Choose the deck position the shuttle will occupy (Figure B-2).
Note: Position P1 or P10 (back mount) or Position P2 or P11 (front mount).
3. Attach the alignment bracket to the Biomek NX deck (Figure B-4).
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4. Adjust the height of the alignment bracket so that the top of the bracket is flush
with the bottom of the riser plate on which the Stacker Carousel is mounted, then
tighten the fasteners (Figure B-5).
5. Place the riser plate over the alignment pins of the horizontal alignment bracket
(Figure B-5).
6. Verify that the riser plate is set firmly on the Biomek NX alignment bracket and
the table.
Note: If the Biomek NX has leveling feet attached, place the 4 standoffs underneath
each of the feet on the riser plate (Figure B-5).
Riser plate
standoffs
Riser alignment
pins
Figure B-5. Attaching riser plate
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Attaching the Stacker Carousel
Attach the stacker as follows:
1. Place the stacker onto the riser plate over the riser alignment
pins (Figure B-6).
Figure B-6. Stacker attachment
2. Level the stacker.
3. Adjust the height of the stacker until the distance between the Biomek NX deck
surface and the top of the flat surface of the stacker shuttle measures
5 in. + 1/8 in.
Note: If necessary, refer to the Stacker Carousel User’s Manual, for instructions
on how to adjust the height of the stacker.
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B.2.3 Attaching the Side Shield
Attach the side shield as follows:
1. Orient the Plexiglas side shield to enable the shuttle to access the side shield
cutout without obstruction (Figure B-7 through Figure B-9).
Note: Use the middle side shield component for both the front and back mount
orientations.
2. Following this diagram in (Figure B-7), attach the lower side shield components
to the top side shield.
3. Attach the shield to the Biomek NX using the screws provided.
Note: Use the same attachment procedure for either side of the instrument.
Top Side Shield
Front / Back Side Shield
Middle Side
Shield
screws included
with side shield
integration kit
screws included
with ship kit
screws included
with side shield
integration kit
Figure B-7. Attaching the side shield components to Biomek NX
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4. Align the shuttle to load and dispense labware through the Plexiglas side panel
opening (Figure B-8) and (Figure B-9).
Figure B-8. Aligning the stack carousel shuttle
Figure B-9. Front view of stacker integration
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5. Connect the Stacker Carousel (Figure B-10).
Note: To connect the Stacker Carousel, connect the supplied serial cable from
the side panel of the Stacker Carousel to a PC Controller’s communication port.
If more than two communication ports are required, install the extra serial ports
in the PC at this time.
Figure B-10. Stacker Carousel final placement (top view rear position, right side)
B.2.4 Operating the Stacker Carousel
To operate the Stacker Carousel, refer to the Stacker Carousel User’s Manual,
supplied with the Stacker Carousel.
Note: While it is possible to pipette liquid to and from a a 96-well plate on the
Stacker Carousel shuttle, it is not possible to pipette liquid to and from a 386-well
plate that is sitting on the Stacker Carousel shuttle.
Note: The Stacker Carousel shuttle must be framed using Teach; do not use Auto
Teach or Manual Teach. Refer to the Stacker Carousel User’s Manual for more
information on framing the Stacker Carousel.
B.2.5 Preventive Maintenance and
Troubleshooting
Refer to the Stacker Carousel User’s Manual for information on preventive
maintenance and troubleshooting.
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B.3 Integrating the Bar Code Reader
A bar code reader may be mounted to the Stacker Carousel to scan any one of the four
sides of a microplate.
Note: For maximum scanning reliability, it is recommended that labels be applied to
the narrow sides of the microplate. This label orientation accommodates scanning of
skewed labels and requires less adjustment of the bar code reader position.
WARNING: CLASS II LASER PRODUCT
THIS PRODUCT CONFORMS TO APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS OF 21
CFR 1040 AT THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE.
Integrating the bar code reader requires:
•
Attaching Bar Code Reader Bracket (Section B.3.1).
•
Attaching Bar Code Reader to Shuttle (Section B.3.2).
•
Positioning Bar Code Reader (Section B.3.3).
•
Applying Power to the Bar Code Reader (Section B.3.4).
•
Aligning the Laser Beam (Section B.3.5).
B.3.1 Attaching Bar Code Reader Bracket
Attach the bar code reader mounting bracket to the bar code reader as follows:
1. Turn off the Stacker Carousel power switch.
2. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, fasten the bar code reader (Microscan MS710)
to the bracket using two M4 x 6 flat head screws (Figure B-11).
M4 x 6 flat
Bar code
reader
Bar code
reader
mount
Bar code reader
cable lamp
Alignment bracket
adjustment screws
Figure B-11. Bar code reader bracket
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B.3.2 Attaching Bar Code Reader to Shuttle
Attach the bar code reader to the Stacker Carousel shuttle as follows:
1. Remove the mount access cover (Figure B-12) and store in a safe place.
Bar code reader
shuttle mount access
Shuttle mount
access cover
Figure B-12. Bar code reader shuttle mount access cover removed
2. Screw mount standoffs onto shuttle arm assembly mount points inside shuttle
mount access (Figure B-13).
3. Using the fasteners, attach mount base to standoffs.
Fasteners
Mount standoffs
Mount base
Figure B-13. Mounting bracket attachment
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4. Attach bar code reader bracket assembly to bar code reader mount base (Figure
B-14).
Bar code reader
laser beam
Bar code reader
mount base
Bar code reader
bracket assembly
Figure B-14. Mounting bar code reader
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B.3.3 Positioning Bar Code Reader
The Stacker Carousel bar code reader can be mounted to scan any one of the four
sides of a microplate.
Note: For maximum scanning reliability, it is recommended that labels be applied to
the narrow sides of the microplate. This label orientation accommodates scanning of
skewed labels and requires less adjustment of the bar code reader position
Position the bracket so the highest edge is parallel with and away from the microplate
side to be scanned (Figure B-15 through Figure B-25).
Laser beam
Figure B-15. Bar code reader in narrow side scanning position
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Laser beam
Figure B-16. Bar code reader in narrow side scanning position
Laser beam
Figure B-17. Bar code reader in wide right side scanning position
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Laser beam
Figure B-18. Bar code reader in wide right side scanning position
(bottom view)
Laser beam
Figure B-19. Bar code reader in rear narrow side scanning position
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Laser beam
Figure B-20. Bar code reader in rear narrow side scanning position
(bottom view)
Laser beam
Figure B-21. Bar code reader in wide left side scanning position
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Laser beam
Figure B-22. Bar code reader in wide left side scanning position
(bottom view)
Laser beam
Figure B-23. Bar code reader in front narrow side scanning position
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Laser beam
Figure B-24. Bar code reader in front narrow side scanning position
(bottom view)
Bar code reader
Bar code
reader laser
beam
Bracket fasteners
Bracket
Fastener collars
Figure B-25. Bar code reader attachment bracket
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B.3.4 Applying Power to the Bar Code Reader
CAUTION: To avoid serious damage to the instrument, make sure that
the laboratory site voltage/frequency matches the voltage/frequency
that was ordered for the instrument.
WARNING: Do not attempt to remove or replace covers while the unit is
powered on. Disconnect power before removing or replacing a cover.
Apply power to the bar code reader as follows:
1. Secure the MS710 power cable to the rear panel of the Stacker Carousel.
Note: Make sure the cable is connected to the port marked BCR and the cable
routing does not interfere with the operation of the Stacker Carousel.
2. Turn on the Stacker Carousel power switch.
B.3.5 Aligning the Laser Beam
WARNING: Avoid direct exposure to the laser beam. Never look directly
into the laser beam, and never leave the laser on, open, or unattended.
WARNING: Always have the laser module access cover, located on the
bar code reader, in place when operating or troubleshooting the laser
module.
To align the laser beam correctly:
1. Verify that the red laser beam is scanning down across the path of the shuttle. If
the laser beam is not directed downward toward the shuttle, turn off the Stacker
Carousel power switch.
2. Review Section B.3.3, Positioning Bar Code Reader, before correcting the
orientation of the MS710.
3. Visually check to make sure the red laser beam is scanning down across the path
of the shuttle. If the laser beam is not directed downward toward the shuttle, turn
off the Stacker Carousel power switch, and complete step 2 again. If the laser
beam is scanning down across the path of the shuttle, continue to step 4.
4. Make sure the laser scans down through the appropriate tunnel opening. For
reading labels on the narrow side of the microplate, the laser should scan down
through one of two slots in the top of the shuttle tunnel. For reading labels on the
wide side of the microplate, the laser should scan down through one of the two
slots in the side of the shuttle tunnel.
5. If the position of the MS710 needs to be adjusted; loosen the screw/washer
assemblies that attach the bar code reader bracket (Figure B-25) to the shuttle
tunnel, adjust the tilt of the bar code reader until it is aimed properly, then tighten
the screw/washer assemblies.
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6. To verity correct laser alignment, use the pendant to move the shuttle with the
labeled microplate through the laser beam. The laser beam should pass over all
vertical bars on the bar code label simultaneously.
Note: Correct and incorrect laser/label alignments are shown in
(Figure B-26).
Correct laser
alignment
Incorrect laser
alignment
Figure B-26. Bar code reader — Laser beam position over bar code label.
7. Using a Phillips head screwdriver, loosen laser alignment adjustment screws to
adjust laser alignment as necessary (Figure B-27). Retighten screws when
adjustment is complete.
Laser beam
Laser alignment
adjustment screws
Figure B-27. Adjust laser alignment as necessary
Note: The bar code reader is pre-configured to read a variety of bar codes.
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CAUTION: If labware other than that specified in the Stacker Carousel
User’s Manual is used, an increase in bad reads or no reads may occur.
CAUTION: If a label is applied by any means other than the Beckman
Coulter Print and Apply device, an increase in bad reads or no reads
may occur.
8. If label needs to be applied to the microplate, it is recommended that a Beckman
Coulter Print and Apply device be used to position the label on the microplate
properly (Figure B-28).
0.56 + 0.25 in.
1.45 + 0.25 in.
0.03 + 0.02 in.
0.03 + 0.02 in.
Narrow side
Figure B-28. Label positioning on microplate
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B.4 Configuring the Stacker Carousel in Hardware
Setup
Use Hardware Setup to install, configure, and remove Stacker Carousels. For more
information on Hardware Setup, refer to Chapter 3, Configuring the Biomek® NX
Multichannel in Biomek Software.
Hardware Setup is accessed from within Biomek Software.
B.4.1 Installing Stacker Carousels
To install Stacker Carousels:
1. Choose Start>Programs>Beckman Coulter>Biomek Software. Biomek
Software appears.
2. From the Instrument menu, choose Hardware Setup. Hardware Setup
appears.
3. Choose Add Device>Stacker Carousel. New Devices appears
(Figure B-29).
Figure B-29. New Devices
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4. Check Stacker Carousel and choose Install. The device is displayed under
Stacker Carousels in the left pane.
Note: The first Stacker Carousel added to the instrument is named Stacker1,
the second is named Stacker2, and so forth.
OR
Right-click Stacker Carousel and choose Add Device>Stacker Carousel.
(Figure B-30). The device is displayed under Stacker Carousels in the left
pane.
Figure B-30. Installing a Stacker Carousel by right-clicking
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B.4.2 Configuring Stacker Carousels
To configure Stacker Carousels:
1. In Hardware Setup, select the desired stacker under Stacker Carousels in the
left pane of Hardware Setup and the configuration view appears in the right
pane (Figure B-31).
Figure B-31. Hardware Setup showing the configuration view
for a Stacker Carousel
2. Enter the correct Serial Number to correspond to the serial number on the
Stacker Carousel.
3. Choose the appropriate Port.
4. Check This device has a Bar Code Reader when a bar code reader has been
attached to the Stacker Carousel.
5. Choose the appropriate stacker type for each stacker on the carousel.
Note: Up to four stackers may be attached to the Stacker Carousel. Stackers are
identified on the Stacker Carousel as A, B, C, or D. Make sure the correct stacker
type is selected for each stacker on the carousel. Stacker types may be Stacker
10, Stacker 20, or Stacker HD.
6. Choose Accept. Hardware Setup closes.
Note: Accept must be chosen after the Stacker Carousel has been configured to
allow Hardware Setup to accept the configuration.
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B.4.3 Removing Stacker Carousels
To remove Stacker Carousels:
1. In Hardware Setup, right-click the desired device under Stacker Carousels.
2. Choose Remove Device. The device is removed from the installed stackers
under Stacker Carousels in the left pane.
OR
1. Select the desired stacker under Stacker Carousel.
2. Choose Remove Device from the top of Hardware Setup. The device is
removed the installed devices under Stacker Carousels in the left pane.
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B.5 Framing the Stacker Carousel
The Stacker Carousel is framed using the AccuFrame and the Framing Tool Adaptor.
To frame the Stacker Carousel:
1. Using the Control Pendant, choose SHUTTLE IN and SHUTTLE OUT to
ensure the shuttle of the Stacker Carousel is in the correct position for framing.
The shuttle should be out for framing.
Note: Refer to the Stacker Carousel User’s Manual (Beckman Part Number
148598) for more information on using the Control Pendant.
CAUTION: To prevent damage to the shuttle, first place the AccuFrame
into the Framing Tool Adaptor. Then place the AccuFrame with the
attached adaptor on the shuttle.
2. Manually place the AccuFrame into the Framing Tool Adaptor by placing the
front right corner first and pushing the AccuFrame gently down into the adaptor
(Figure B-32).
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3. Place the AccuFrame with the attached adaptor on the shuttle of the Stacker
Carousel so that the locating pins on the bottom of the Framing Tool Adaptor
align with the locating holes on the shuttle (Figure B-32).
First, gently
push the
AccuFrame
down into the
adaptor.
Then, place the AccuFrame
(with the attached adaptor) on
the shuttle so the locating
pins on the adaptor align with
the locating holes on the
shuttle.
Figure B-32. Adding the Accuframe and Framing Tool Adaptor
to the Stacker Carousel shuttle
CAUTION: Turn off power to the Biomek NX instrument before attaching
or removing AccuFrame from the instrument deck.
4. Turn off power to main unit before connecting the AccuFrame.
5. Plug the AccuFrame into any available CAN port on the Biomek NX tower.
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WARNING: Make sure the light curtain is not violated by the AccuFrame
cable. If the light curtain is violated, the framing process halts
immediately.
WARNING: Make sure the AccuFrame cable does not interfere with pod
movement.
6. Turn on power to main unit.
7. Frame the Stacker Carousel according to procedures outlined in Chapter 4,
Framing Instructions.
Note: The Stacker Carousel shuttle must be framed using Teach; do not use
Auto Teach or Manual Teach.
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Numerics
384-Channel 30µL Head
description 2-5
96-Channel 200µL Head
description 2-5
A
Absolute Move
using in Advanced Manual Control 5-10
AccuFrame
calibrated by Beckman Coulter
Service Engineer 4-2
defined 4-2
installing the 4-6
troubleshooting 4-26
using the 4-6
Advanced Manual Control
accessing 5-4
defined 5-1
selection areas for Multichannel Pod 5-6
ALPs
overview 1-6
B
Bar Code Reader
aligning laser beam B-20
applying power to B-20
attachment bracket B-19
integrating with Stacker Carousel B-11
positioning labels on microplates B-22
positioning on Stacker Carousel B-14
Biomek NX
described 1-1
main components
ALPs 1-6
deck 1-5
Device Controller 1-6
light curtain 1-8
protective side safety shields 1-8
C
control modes
for the Multichannel Pod 2-4
overview 1-1
D
deck
overview 1-5
Delta
defined 5-5
setting values for the Multichannel Pod 5-8
delta values
using in Manual Teach 4-17
Device Controller
overview 1-6
devices
optional
overview 1-6
F
firmware version
viewing 5-4
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framing
using delta value 4-17
using graphic alignment tool 4-15
framing (teaching)
grippers 4-21
instructions 4-1
Stacker Carousel B-27
using Manual Teach 4-11
framing fixture
attaching to Multichannel Head 4-5
fuses
changing in tower 1-11
G
graphic alignment tool
using during framing 4-15
grippers
defined 2-14
extending and retracting 5-11
framing 2-13
framing (teaching) 4-21
removing 2-17
testing framing accuracy 4-25
troubleshooting 2-15
H
Hardware Setup
accessing 3-2
choosing Frame Gripper 4-22
configuring a Multichannel Pod in 3-5
configuring a new head in 3-5
configuring the Biomek NX in 3-4
defined 3-1
Multichannel Pod properties in 3-7
saving, restoring, and deleting
settings in 3-10
understanding the options in 3-3
using Accept in 3-3
heads
changing 2-5
installing 2-9
removing 2-7
homing
all axes of a pod 5-3
pod 4-4
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I
indicator lights
defined 1-5
L
light curtain
maintenance 1-9
status indicator lights 1-5
M
Manual Control
accessing 5-2
defined 5-1
dialog display 5-1, 5-2
using 5-2
Manual Teach
delta value 4-17
directional buttons 4-17
framing Z-axis 4-19
using 4-11
using delta values 4-17
using graphic alignment tool 4-15
Move Z-Max
using in Advanced Manual Control
for a Multichannel Pod 5-7
movement vectors
understanding for a Multichannel Pod 5-9
Multichannel Pod
control modes 2-4
current coordinates displayed 5-7
defined 2-1
immediate moves for 5-5
main components 2-3
head 2-3
movements 2-4
moving to a safe roving height 5-7
performing absolute moves for 5-10
performing relative moves 5-7
wrist ground strap
changing heads 2-6
O
open architecture
instrument design concept 1-1
optional devices
defined B-1
Index
P
pod
framing (teaching)
Multichannel 4-3
Span-8 4-3
manually controlling 5-3
moving to a specific deck position 5-4
Multichannel
defined 2-1, 3-5
stopping in Manual Control 5-4
teaching (framing)
Multichannel 4-3
Span-8 4-3
Pod Editor
properties defined 3-7
S
settings
saving, restoring, and deleting in
Hardware Setup 3-10
Span-8 Pod
movement values defined 5-9
specifications
Biomek NX system A-1
Stacker Carousel, Biomek FX
attaching alignment bracket B-5
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attaching side shields B-7
attaching stacker B-7
framing B-27
integrating B-1
mounting B-5
operating B-10
positioning the B-3
T
teaching (framing)
grippers 4-21
instructions 4-1
Stacker Carousel B-27
using Manual Teach 4-11
tower
changing fuses in 1-11
troubleshooting 1-10
V
Vector Builder
defined 5-5
using 5-9
W
wrist ground strap
changing heads 2-6
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