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G-STORM GS1
Instruction Manual
G-Storm - 2011
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G-Storm
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Catcombe
Somerton
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England
Phone +44 (0) 7919 121510
Email:
Web:
[email protected]
www.gstormdirect.com
Manual Version:
1.0
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registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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Copyright © 2011 G-Storm
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Contents
General Information............................................................................................. 1
Policy Statement ............................................................................................... 1
Warranty Statement .......................................................................................... 1
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Safety Warnings and Precautions .......................................................... 3
1.1 Before Operating the Instrument................................................................ 3
1.1.1
Instrument Safety....................................................................... 4
2
1.1.2
Symbols and Conventions ......................................................... 4
1.1.3
Potential Safety Hazards ........................................................... 5
1.1.3.1
ELECTRICAL............................................................................. 5
1.1.3.2
EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES ..................................................... 5
1.1.3.3
FLUIDS ...................................................................................... 6
1.1.3.4
DANGER OF BURNS ................................................................ 6
1.1.3.5
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT .................................................. 6
Installation ................................................................................................ 7
2.1 Requirements............................................................................................. 7
2.1.1
Site............................................................................................. 7
2.1.2
Electrical .................................................................................... 7
2.1.3
Thermal Block ............................................................................ 8
2.2 Unpacking the Thermal Cycler ................................................................... 9
2.2.1
Package Contents...................................................................... 9
2.2.2
Initial Inspection ......................................................................... 9
2.2.3
Thermal Block .......................................................................... 10
2.3 Functional Overview................................................................................. 11
2.4 Hardware Installation ............................................................................... 13
2.4.1
Starting up the G-STORM........................................................ 13
2.4.2
Connecting Optional Devices................................................... 13
2.5 AC Power Connection.............................................................................. 15
2.5.1
Operating Power Requirements............................................... 15
2.5.2
Fuses ....................................................................................... 15
2.5.3
Grounding Requirements......................................................... 15
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Software Operation................................................................................ 16
3.1 G-STORM and GSPC Software .............................................................. 16
3.2 Required Computer Skills ........................................................................ 16
3.3 Main Screen ............................................................................................ 17
3.3.1
Command Buttons................................................................... 17
3.3.2
Additional functions ................................................................. 18
3.4 System Settings....................................................................................... 19
3.4.1
Cycler Management ................................................................ 19
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3.4.2
User management ................................................................... 19
3.4.2.1
User Levels ............................................................................. 19
3.4.2.2
New Users ............................................................................... 20
3.4.2.3
Logging in as Administrator ..................................................... 20
3.4.2.4
Adding or Modifying User Accounts ........................................ 21
3.4.2.5
Deleting User Accounts ........................................................... 21
3.4.3
Cycler Settings ........................................................................ 22
Programming ......................................................................................... 23
4.1 Creating Programs................................................................................... 23
4.1.1
DND Programming .................................................................. 23
4.1.1.1
Program Steps ........................................................................ 24
4.1.2
Program Wizard ...................................................................... 30
4.2 General Programming Guidelines ........................................................... 31
4.3 Editing Programs ..................................................................................... 32
4.3.1
Editing Program Parameters ................................................... 32
4.3.2
Deleting a Program Step ......................................................... 33
4.3.3
Converting a Gradient Step ..................................................... 33
4.4 Deleting Programs ................................................................................... 33
4.5 Incubate temperature .............................................................................. 34
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Run / Operation...................................................................................... 35
5.1 User Login ............................................................................................... 35
5.1.1
Guest Users ............................................................................ 35
5.1.2
Registered Users..................................................................... 35
5.2 Changing Users ....................................................................................... 35
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5.3 Viewing Script Temperature Profiles Prior to Run.................................... 36
5.4 Opening and Closing the Lid.................................................................... 36
5.5 Loading the Cycler ................................................................................... 36
5.5.1
Loading Plates ......................................................................... 36
5.5.2
Loading Tubes ......................................................................... 36
5.6 Setting the Lid Pressure ........................................................................... 37
5.7 Program Execution................................................................................... 37
5.7.1
Starting a Run .......................................................................... 37
5.7.2
Viewing Current Program Step Information ............................. 37
5.7.3
Terminating a Run ................................................................... 38
5.8 Reports..................................................................................................... 39
5.8.1
Viewing Reports....................................................................... 39
5.9 Language Selection ................................................................................. 40
5.10 Switching Off the Instrument................................................................... 40
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USB Memory Stick Operation ............................................................... 41
6.1 Importing and Exporting Files .................................................................. 41
6.1.1
Exporting Program Files to a memory stick ............................. 41
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6.1.2
Importing Program Files from a memory stick to the GS1 ....... 41
6.1.3
Uploading Primer Sequences from a memory stick ................. 42
Maintenance ........................................................................................... 43
7.1 Cleaning ................................................................................................... 43
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Trouble-Shooting ................................................................................... 44
8.1 If a Power Failure Occurs......................................................................... 44
8.2 Troubleshooting Information .................................................................... 45
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Block Exchange ..................................................................................... 47
Removing the Block ................................................................................. 47
Inserting the Block.................................................................................... 47
Appendix ............................................................................................................ 48
Instrument Specifications ................................................................................ 48
Thermal Blocks ........................................................................................ 48
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Heated Lid ............................................................................................... 48
User Interfaces ........................................................................................ 49
User & File Management ......................................................................... 49
Reports and Validation ............................................................................ 49
Barcode Option........................................................................................ 50
Thermal Engine Characteristics............................................................... 50
Power & Dimensions ............................................................................... 50
Compatible Barcodes .............................................................................. 50
Compatible Plate Formats ....................................................................... 52
Order Information ........................................................................................... 54
Sales & Service .............................................................................................. 55
Index ........................................................................................................... 56
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General Information
Policy Statement
It is the policy of G-Storm
to improve products as new
techniques and components become available.
G-Storm
reserves the right to change specifications at any time.
Warranty Statement
G-Storm Ltd guarantees that the thermal cycler you have received
has been thoroughly tested and meets its published specification.
This guarantee is valid for 24 months only if the product and functions have
been used according to the instruction manual. No liability is accepted for loss
or damage arising from the incorrect use of the thermal cycler.
G-Storms liability is limited to the repair or replacement of the unit or
refund of the purchase price at G-Storm's option. G-Storm
is not liable for any consequential damages.
G-Storm thermal cyclers are for research use only.
Read the Instruction Manual carefully before using the thermal cycler to
ensure that you obtain the best possible results from the machine.
G-Storm
thermal cyclers should only be used by suitably
qualified and trained people. If the thermal cycler is not used as specified in
this manual, the protection provided by the equipment may be impaired.
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1 Safety Warnings and Precautions
1.1 Before Operating the Instrument
Ensure that anyone involved with the operation of the
instrument is instructed in both general safety practices for
laboratories and specific safety practices for the instrument.
Always place the instrument in a location where, if necessary,
the main power supply can be disconnected immediately.
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1.1.1 Instrument Safety
Please read this section before operating the thermal cycler. Operators of this
instrument must be trained in both general laboratory safety practices and the
specific safety requirements of the thermal cycler. If the equipment is used in
a manner not specified by the manufacturer, the protection provided by the
equipment may be impaired.
All functions performed within the context of preparing, performing and
completing a run should be done with caution and care, and with general
respect both to the instrumentation and to associated chemicals, samples and
other devices.
1.1.2 Symbols and Conventions
The following chart is an illustrated glossary of the symbols that are used in
this manual.
CAUTION This symbol indicates a potential risk and alerts you to
proceed with caution
CAUTION This symbol indicates the presence of high voltage and
warns the user to proceed with caution
CAUTION This symbol indicates risks associated with hot surfaces
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1.1.3 Potential Safety Hazards
1.1.3.1 ELECTRICAL
Standard electrical safety precautions should be applied.
•
Ensure that the proper voltage is supplied before turning the
instrument on for the first time.
•
The device must be connected to a grounded socket.
•
Do not touch any switches or outlets with wet hands.
•
Switch the instrument off before disconnecting the
AC power cord.
•
Unplug the instrument prior to cleaning up any major liquid
spills and prior to servicing any of the electrical or internal
components.
Only qualified personnel should perform electrical servicing.
1.1.3.2 EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES
Explosive, flammable and reactive substances should never be
cycled or incubated in any thermal cycler.
Do not operate the thermal cycler in a hazardous or potentially
explosive environment.
You must observe the relevant safety regulations when handling
pathogenic material, radioactive substances or other substances
hazardous to health.
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1.1.3.3 FLUIDS
Reaction vessels should be filled outside the cycler so that no fluids
penetrate the instrument.
Do not submerge the instrument in any liquid.
1.1.3.4 DANGER OF BURNS
Thermal block, inner side of heated lid and reaction vessels quickly
attain temperatures of greater than 50°C. Do not touch – Risk of
Burns! Keep the heated lid closed until temperatures of 30°C or
lower are reached.
Do not use any materials (plates, sealings, foils, mats), which are not
sufficiently temperature-stable (up to 120 °C).
1.1.3.5 OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
Please ensure that the ventilation slots of the device remain free to
vent at all times. A space of at least 10cm should be left around the
thermal cycler
The ambient temperature should be between 10°C and 30°C, the
humidity between 0% and 95%.
WARNING:
G-Storm's service engineers must carry out all repair work!
Only original G-Storm replacement parts
must be used.
Disconnect the instrument from the mains supply before
opening.
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2 Installation
2.1 Requirements
The following steps must be followed for optimal and safe operation of the
thermal cycler:
2.1.1 Site
•
The thermal cycler should be placed on a rigid, flat, clean surface.
Make sure that the instrument stands completely stable.
•
Adequate ventilation is important. Make sure there is sufficient
space so that the rear and side air slots are not covered and to
allow cooling air to circulate freely around the instrument.
•
There should be no paper under the device as this may block the
ventilation path. The unit should always have at least 10cm
distance to the next wall or neighboring instrument.
•
Gene Technologies Ltd thermal cycler instruments were developed
for operation in laboratories in which there is normal ambient
temperature
and
no
explosive
atmosphere.
The
ambient
temperature should be between 10°C and 30°C the humidity
between 0% and 95%.
2.1.2 Electrical
•
The thermal cycler must be connected to a grounded socket.
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2.1.3 Thermal Block
•
Reaction vessels should be filled outside the thermal block so that no
fluids penetrate the instrument.
•
To prevent damage to the block and the heated lid make sure you use
only recommended sample tubes. Unsuitable tubes can be damaged
causing the escape of sample material. This may present a serious
health hazard, especially when working with infectious materials.
•
Make sure plates are positioned correctly in the block to prevent
damage to the block and the lid.
•
Ensure that the heated lid is closed when heating tubes in the block,
otherwise tubes may burst due to high temperatures, causing the
escape of sample material.
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2.2 Unpacking the Thermal Cycler
2.2.1 Package Contents
The following parts are included in delivery:
G-STORM GS1
Thermal Cycler
X
Power Cable 110 or 220V
X
Stylus (x3)
X
G-storm Ltd
X
Thermal Cycler User
Manual on CD or memory
stick
2.2.2 Initial Inspection
All parts of the instrument were thoroughly inspected and tested before the
unit was shipped, therefore the instrument should be in good operating order.
Carefully inspect the instrument and its accessories for any physical damage
sustained in transit.
If the instrument is received in a damaged condition, please file a claim with
the transport carrier immediately and contact G-Storm
for
advice.
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2.2.3 Thermal Block
The thermal block is shipped in separate packaging from the unit. It should be
removed from its packaging and located into position in the instrument.
Ensure that you push down the front and the rear of the block so that the
block is fully engaged in its correct position.
Figure 2-1: G-Storm GS1 cycler - thermal block installation
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2.3 Functional Overview
G-Storm Ltd thermal cyclers are automated instruments designed
for carrying out methods for amplification of DNA templates.
Lid / pressure dial
Touch screen display
USB Interface for
memory stick or
keyboard
Power switch
Figure 2-2: G-Storm GS1 thermal cycler (profile view)
The G-STORM GS1 has a manually operated lid. The dial on the top of the
lid should be turned to the fully closed position to apply adequate pressure to
the sample vessels.
The G-STORM GS1 is operated via its own internal PC and a universal
software application offering independent control of the thermal block.
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Figure 2-3: G-Storm GS1 thermal cycler Main Screen/Home Page
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2.4 Hardware Installation
2.4.1 Starting up the G-STORM
Once you have set up the G-STORM as explained in section 2.1 and 2.2 you
can connect it to the mains.
•
Plug the AC power cord into the main power connector at the rear of
the instrument and connect the other end of the cable into a grounded
AC outlet.
•
Adjust the LCD display to an acceptable viewing position.
•
Press the power switch on the side of the instrument.
•
The cooling fan powers up and the thermal cycler will go through a
short initialisation routine. Then, the Home Page appears providing
access to the thermal cycler’s navigation elements.
•
Perform Cycler Tests.
o
Login as an administrator
o
Click Settings button
o
Click Browse cycler management
o
Click Cycler Tests
o
Click Engine Test (Ensure a tube or plate is in the block for this
test)
Cycler Test procedures include specific instrument tests to ensure correct
installation and operation of the thermal cycler.
After the tests have been completed successfully, the instrument is installed,
operational and ready for use.
2.4.2 Connecting Optional Devices
Optional input devices such as keyboard, mouse, printer and barcode reader
can be connected to the the thermal cycler via a USB connection.
•
Plug a USB cable into the USB port of the input device.
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Connect the other end of the USB cable to:
o
the USB port of the thermal cycler, OR
o
a USB hub, if you wish to connect several input devices to a GSTORM GS1
•
When connecting several devices plug the cable connector of the USB
hub into the USB port of the thermal cycler.
•
For further configuration of the device consult the manufacturer’s
instruction manual.
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2.5 AC Power Connection
2.5.1 Operating Power Requirements
All G-Storm Ltd thermal cycler models have self-regulating power.
See Instrument Specifications, Power & Dimensions for power specifications.
2.5.2 Fuses
WARNING:
Disconnect the AC power cord before
removing or installing a fuse to avoid the possibility of
serious injury from electrical shock!
Fuse compartments are located on the rear of the instrument, above the main
power connection. Check the voltage rating label to verify that the instrument
is compatible with the AC voltage available at the installation site.
2.5.3 Grounding Requirements
DANGER: please read carefully!
To protect operating personnel, the National Electrical Manufacturers;
Association (NEMA) recommends that the instrument be correctly grounded.
The instrument is equipped with a 3 conductor AC power cord that, when
connected to an appropriate AC power outlet, grounds the instrument. To
preserve this protection feature, do not operate the instrument from an AC
power outlet that has no ground connection.
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3 Software Operation
3.1 G-STORM and GSPC Software
G-STORM thermal cyclers are operated via their own internal PC running
under Windows and a universal software engine offering simple and intuitive
instrument control.
The unique Program WizardTM function enables stepwise protocol definition,
with no tedious calculations required. Drag-and-drop icon-based commands
make all steps quick, clear and intuitive throughout. Optimised conditions from
gradient protocols are converted to standard protocols with only a single point
and click.
The programming software can be installed additionally on any laptop or
desktop PC running WIN 2000 or XP. The memory stick supplied allows
quick and easy data and program exchange between PC and the thermal
cycler’s internal PC.
3.2 Required Computer Skills
Users should have basic computing knowledge including using the mouse,
selecting items, and drag and drop.
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3.3 Main Screen
Upon power up of the system, the screen first displays a start-up routine followed by
the Main Screen/Home Page.
Command
Buttons
Figure 3-1: G-STORM GS1 Main Screen with navigation elements
3.3.1 Command Buttons
The Home Page Window comprises command buttons which provide quick access to
the functions that are available on the GS1.
Service and Support displays contact details for service and application
support
Login opens the Login dialogue window.
Run Program opens file list, enabling users to select program to run.
New Program opens the Compose/Edit a Program dialogue.
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View / Edit Program opens the file list to browse programs.
Incubate opens the incubate temperature screen.
Program Wizard opens the Program Wizard dialogue where you can
define specific information.
Reports opens the report browser where you can search for stored
reports.
Settings opens the User Settings dialogue window where you can
configure user settings such as defining the default start screen and
manage cycler or user data.
3.3.2 Additional functions
Opens the Profile/Status screen for a program which is running on the
instrument
Provides the operational status of the instrument (flashes green when
the instrument is running)
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Provides information on current user
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3.4 System Settings
Specific system settings can be defined by clicking on the Settings button
when logged in as an Administrator.
3.4.1 Cycler Management
Browsing this option allows an Administrator to edit cycler settings and
perform cycler validation tests.
3.4.2 User management
Browsing this option allows an Administrator to manage cycler users.
3.4.2.1 User Levels
Three different user levels are available:
•
Administrator
•
Registered User
•
Guest User
Each level has specific user rights. Only administrators are authorised to set
up new users and to change and/or assign user rights and passwords.
By default, the thermal cycler starts with Guest user rights.
User Rights
Functions allowed
Guest User
• Access rights to the Guest folder
• Creating, copying, editing and executing programs
stored in the Guest folder
Registered User
• Access rights to the Guest and personal user
folders
• Creating, copying, editing and executing programs
stored in the Guest and personal folders
• Access to GLP reports denied
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Administrator
• Access rights to all Guest and user folders
• Setup and maintenance of users
• Setup and maintenance of cyclers
• Archiving/maintenance of all reports
3.4.2.2 New Users
Only the administrator is authorised to set up new users and to change or
assign user rights and passwords.
As a first-time user you will be logged in as "Guest” user, visible in the centre
of the Home Page. Guest users usually have restricted user rights and work
from the unprotected Guest folder, which can be accessed by all users.
Before you can operate the thermal cycler as a regular user, your
administrator has to set you up as a new user. Once you are a registered
user, you have a personal, encrypted file folder where you can administer
your own program files.
3.4.2.3 Logging in as Administrator
After starting the thermal cycler, the Main Screen appears displaying the
thermal cycler’s navigation elements.
1. Click on the Login button on the screen.
2. Select Administrator from the Username drop-down list and enter
the administrator password. The default administrator password
is admin
3. Click Login to confirm your settings.
4. You are now logged in as Administrator (visible in the centre of the
Home Page screen)
IMPORTANT: It is recommended that the factory-set login password be
changed to prevent unauthorised access to the instrument
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3.4.2.4 Adding or Modifying User Accounts
NOTE: Only the administrator can set up new users or modify existing user
accounts.
To add a new user, click New User to open the Add a new User dialogue.
Assign a user name and password.
Select the required user level (Guest, User, Administrator) from the drop-down
list.
Now you can define the user’s script reading and writing privileges by
checking the appropriate boxes:
Edit/Rename Script
The user has the right to edit or rename a
program file
Delete Script
The user has the right to delete program files
Create Script
The user has the right to create program files
Once you have entered all data, click on Create User to save the settings.
After successful setup, a confirmation message will be displayed and the new
user name will be added in the User Management list.
To modify an existing user, highlight the user name and click Edit User to
open the Edit a User dialogue.
Here you can modify user data such as name, user level, password, user
privileges and script directory protection.
Click OK to save the changes.
A confirmation message will be displayed after successful update of the user
data.
3.4.2.5 Deleting User Accounts
NOTE: Only the administrator can delete User accounts.
The User Management dialogue lists the available user names and
corresponding user levels.
Select the user name you wish to remove.
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Click on Remove User to remove the user name from the user list. It removes
all user permissions that the user has and does not allow that user to access
any the thermal cycler device. It also deletes all scripts and GLP reports
associated with that user.
NOTE: The Remove User command also deletes all scripts and GLP reports
associated with that user. The Administrator user account cannot be deleted.
3.4.3 Cycler Settings
Browsing this option allows an Administrator to edit date and time settings and
select the language for the instrument. The Power Resume On/Off option
determines whether a program should continue or not after a power failure.
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4 Programming
4.1 Creating Programs
G-STORM and GSPC software offers two innovative ways of composing
programs: Drop-and-Drag Programming (DND Programming) and the
Program Wizard.
4.1.1 DND Programming
Drag-and-Drop programming (DND programming) is an easy and intuitive
method for conveniently creating programs step-by-step.
The basic idea of DND programming is that you choose the required
command from a command list, drag it into the program window and drop it
into the desired program position. This opens a dialogue window where you
can define further command-specific settings such as time, temperature, lid
pressure, etc. In this way, you can create your program according to the
planned programming sequence.
The command order can be changed easily by dragging the selected
command to the desired position within the program window.
Once the program is started the cycler will process the commands from top to
bottom according to the defined programming sequence.
To generate a new program using DND, click
on the Home Page. This
will open the Compose / Edit a Program dialogue with its drag-and-drop
functions:
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Figure 4-1: Compose / Edit a program screen
The Compose / Edit a program screen consists of the Command List, which
contains all available program steps, and the Program Window where you can
create or edit programs.
1. Select a command from the Command List, then drag and drop it into
the Program Window. This will open the dialogue window of the
selected command.
2. Enter your settings in the dialogue fields of the selected command.
3. Confirm your settings by clicking OK. This will return you to the
Compose / Edit a program window.
To add another command to your program repeat steps 1–3 for each required
command.
Click on Profile, if you wish to view a graphical representation of the defined
temperature profile.
Once you have finished creating your program, save it by clicking on Save As
and you will be prompted for a file name.
Name your file within Windows naming conventions.
4.1.1.1 Program Steps
The following program steps are available in the Command List for creating
customised programs in the Program Window:
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Barcode Input
Use this command to define barcode settings. When composing the program,
it is recommended to place the barcode command at the beginning. During
program run you will be asked to read the plate's barcode. You may do this
with a handheld USB barcode scanner or by manually entering the barcode. If
you use the barcode scanner, the barcode cannot be edited after reading.
The program will continue after you have placed the plate into the cycler and
pressed OK. The barcode will be recorded in the GLP and LabBook report
and displayed in the Info section of the Cycler screen.
Scan Using Barcode Entry: Barcode reading using the barcode scanner
Scan Using Keyboard Entry: Manual entry of the barcode via keyboard
Path for worklist: Specifies the path for the worklist.
Heated Lid
Use this command to set the required lid temperature.
Lid Temperature:
The temperature may range from 112°C to 120°C. The
minimum increment is 1°C.
Lid is ON:
Select this option to activate lid heating.
NOTE: The heated lid automatically switches off at temperatures below 25°C.
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Automatic Hot Start
Automatic Hot Start: This step should be incorporated into a program when
using a hot start polymerase. Select the denaturation temperature and time.
When running the program, the next command will be executed immediately
after the denaturation time is elapsed.
Please also refer to the polymerase manufacturer’s recommendations
Manual Hot Start
Manual Hot Start: this step should be incorporated into a program when using
a standard polymerase. Select the denaturation temperature and time. When
running the program, the instrument will notify you after the denaturation time
has elapsed. You will then be asked to open the lid and add the enzyme. The
instrument timer is now on hold and will continue only after you have pressed
OK in the displayed Hot Start information window.
Temperature Step
Use this command to select the required temperature (in °C) and to define the
step duration.
Processing Temperature: Set the required temperature
NOTE: Temperature steps within a cycle must be greater than 30°C
Hold for: Set the required time in minutes and seconds. If the ‘hold at this
temperature’ is option is selected, the cycler will remain at the temperature
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until the program is resumed. This allows the user to determine when to
continue to the next step.
Temperature Ramp: Rate of change of the sample temperature. Rates can be
from 0.1°C to 3°C per second. (Unit is defaulted to run at maximum ramp
rate).
Temperature Increment: Temperature increment and decrement per cycle.
Steps can be from 0.1 °C to 10 °C.
NOTE: For decrement use negative figures (e.g. -2)
Time Increment: Time increment per cycle in seconds.
Step Type: Indicates the selected step type for information purposes. The
supplied step type information will then be displayed in the cycler monitor.
Touchdown
Touchdown is an advanced technique used to reduce non-specific binding.
With the G-Storm thermal cycler, Touchdown is provided as a one-step
command for easy implementation in the programming sequence.
Denaturation Temperature: Defines denaturation temperature.
Maximum Annealing Temperature: Sets the maximum annealing temperature.
Minimum Annealing Temperature: Sets the minimum annealing temperature.
Hint: The temperature difference is commonly between 5°C and 10°C starting
with a temperature that is 2°C above the higher Primer melting temperature.
Example: if Tm Primer 1 is 60°C and Tm Primer 2 is 54°C, the resulting
Touchdown will be from 62°C to 52°C.
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Elongation Temperature: Sets the elongation temperature.
Cycles: Number of required cycles for the Touchdown section.
Duration: Duration of the temperature step in seconds.
Gradient Step
Use this command to define settings for the gradient function. Just enter the
required minimum and maximum temperature gradient and time. Gradient steps are not
available in the USA, Japan and Germany
Minimum Temperature Gradient: To set the minimum temperature of the
gradient step. Min. temperature must not be below 30°C.
Maximum Temperature Gradient: To set the maximum temperature of the
gradient step. Max. temperature must not exceed 80°C.
NOTE: The maximum / minimum gradient span is 30°C / 4°C.
Hold for: Duration of the Gradient step.
Convert Gradient Step to a standard temperature step: The Gradient step can
be converted easily to a temperature step after the annealing temperature
optimisation experiment. To do so, just check the checkbox and select the
temperature column with the best result of your optimisation experiment. The
converted gradient step will then automatically use the temperature of this
best-performing column.
NOTE: Resulting temperature steps may be reconverted to
gradient steps any time by disabling the Conversion option
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Start Cycle
Starts a cycle.
Cycle Name: Enter the name of the cycle.
Number of cycles: Enter the required number of cycles.
End Cycle
Insert this command to terminate a cycle.
NOTE: All programs with a Start Cycle, must have an End
Cycle.
Store
Cools the thermal cycler down to a temperature between 4°-12°C for a
specified period of time.
Store Temperature: Storage temperature in °C.
Hold for: Duration of the Store step.
Infinite: Holds the specified temperature for an unlimited period of time.
NOTE: When executing the Store command, the lid pressure is
set to zero Newton
Script Information
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Use this command to record your comments about the program.
4.1.2 Program Wizard
The Program WizardTM is a unique feature that makes it easy for first-time
users to write their own protocol. The Program Wizard utilises biological data
to generate a program. Enter primer and template information e.g. Primer
sequence or melting temperature, template length and origin of DNA.
The Program Wizard is also an ideal tool for first shot reactions as it uses
proven calculations, e.g. for the Annealing Temperature.
To generate a new program click on Program Wizard in the Main Screen.
1. Primer Information: Enter either primer sequences or melting
temperatures. Sequences can be uploaded from a .txt file on a
memory stick. Click Browse in the Sequence Primer One/Sequence
Primer Two section and browse for the required files in the Upload
Sequence from USB Memory Stick dialogue window. Select the
desired file and click Open to upload the file to the thermal cycler.
2. Product Length: Enter the length of your product either manually or
using the slide bar
3. DNA Source Information: Select from Bacterial, Eukaryotic or
Plasmid
4. Specials: Select any special requirements that your program may
require, e.g. type of enzyme, high AT, GC content.
5. After you have supplied all required data click on Generate Program.
The Compose / Edit a program dialogue window opens where you
can view and edit the program steps.
To edit a program step, double-click the respective command.
To view a graphical representation of the defined temperature profile, click
Profile.
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4.2 General Programming Guidelines
To ensure a correct run, the following guidelines should be followed when
composing a new program:
•
A program must contain at least one Temperature Step.
•
Cycles cannot be nested. A started cycle must have an End Cycle
command before starting the next Start Cycle command.
•
Barcode Input commands cannot be programmed inside a cycle.
•
Only a single Script Information command is valid within a
program.
The following commands or command combinations are considered "stages":
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Automatic Hot Start
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Manual Hot Start
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A string of up to ten single Temperature steps
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Single Gradient steps
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A complete cycle including Temperature or Gradient steps
within a start cycle / end cycle pair.
•
A Touchdown command
•
A Store command
When using these stages in a script, the following rules apply:
•
The maximum number of stages within a script must not
exceed 10.
•
The maximum number of Temperature and Gradient commands
inside a cycle must not exceed 10.
•
The maximum number of cycles within a stage is 99.
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4.3 Editing Programs
4.3.1 Editing Program Parameters
You can edit the parameters of existing programs and store the program with
the same name or rename the edited program.
To edit an existing program, click
on the Home Page
Depending on your user level (guest or registered user), the specific user
directory or guest directory is displayed listing all existing program files.
Select the program you wish to edit.
•
Click Open.
Opening the file automatically loads the program and the program
steps are displayed in the Program Window of the Compose / Edit
a program screen.
•
Double-click the command you wish to edit. This will open the
dialogue window of the respective command.
•
Edit the parameters as needed.
•
Click OK to save your changes and to return to the Compose /
Edit a program screen.
•
After you have modified all data, click Save in the Compose / Edit
a program screen, if you wish to store your changes in the existing
program.
•
Click Save As, if you wish to rename the program. You will then be
prompted for a file name.
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4.3.2 Deleting a Program Step
To remove a program step from the program drag it from the Program
Window and drop it into the recycle bin icon
located below the
Program Window.
Save the program as described above.
4.3.3 Converting a Gradient Step
A gradient step can be converted to a standard temperature step with a few
mouse clicks.
•
After performing the gradient experiment, have a look at the gel image
and select the best-performing column.
•
Double-click the Gradient Step command to open its dialogue window.
•
Select the Convert Gradient Step to a standard temperature step
checkbox.
•
Select the appropriate column from the drop-down list in the
Conversion section.
The thermal cycler software will now convert the gradient step into a
temperature step and automatically select the right temperature in the
chosen column.
NOTE: If it is required to repeat the gradient experiment, the converted
temperature step can be set back to a gradient command just by unchecking
the Conversion option
4.4 Deleting Programs
To delete an existing program, click
on the Home Page.
Depending on your user level (guest or registered user), the specific user
directory or guest directory is displayed listing all existing program files.
Select the program you wish to remove.
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Click Delete. This will remove the program from the script folder.
4.5 Incubate temperature
To run the cycler for incubations or ligations utilise the Incubate temperature
function. Click
•
Select the temperature that you require
•
Select the time you require
OR
•
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5 Run / Operation
5.1 User Login
5.1.1 Guest Users
When powering up the instrument the default user level is Guest. If you wish
to continue to operate the cycler with Guest user rights, no special login
procedure is required. In this case you can access the unrestricted Guest
folder and operate the cycler as described in the relevant chapters.
5.1.2 Registered Users
Once the administrator has set you up as a registered user (see 3.4.2.4), you
can operate the thermal cycler using your personal data and file folders.
To log into the system as a registered user proceed as follows:
•
Click on Login – the Login dialogue opens.
•
Select your user name from the Username drop-down list and enter
your password.
•
Click on the Login button. This will log you into the system giving you
reading and writing rights as specified for your user level.
•
After successful login your user name is displayed in the top status
bar.
NOTE: In case a user forgets his or her password, the logged-on administrator
can assign him/her a new one.
5.2 Changing Users
In order to log into the system when another user is already logged in,
proceed as described in section Registered Users above.
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5.3 Viewing Script Temperature Profiles Prior to Run
Before starting a run, you can view the temperature profile of a new or stored
program.
Click on Profile in the Compose / Edit a program dialogue window.
An information screen is displayed detailing all the parameters of the selected
program.
5.4 Opening and Closing the Lid
The lid can be opened and closed manually at any stage.
5.5 Loading the Cycler
WARNING:
Danger of Burns! The thermal block, test tubes and
plates may reach temperatures as high as 100°C! Before
loading or unloading the cycler, keep hands away until
temperature reaches 30°C or less
5.5.1 Loading Plates
Depending upon the thermal block installed, the thermal cycler can be loaded
with one 96-well plate or one 384-well plate.
Put your plate on the block and ensure that it is correctly positioned in the
provided space.
5.5.2 Loading Tubes
G-STORM thermal cyclers can be loaded with up to 96 tubes (0.2 ml) or 48
tubes (0.5 ml) when using the 96-well combi block.
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5.6 Setting the Lid Pressure
Close the lid and turn the knob until firm contact is made between the
heated lid and tube or plate.
5.7 Program Execution
5.7.1 Starting a Run
To start a run, click
on the Home Page
Your personal file folder will open or, if you are logged in as a guest, the guest
folder opens displaying all available programs.
Select the program you wish to run.
Click Run selected on the right-hand side of the window, enter your sample
volume (5-150ul), and click OK to start the selected program.
5.7.2 Viewing Current Program Step Information
After a run has started, a graphical representation of the temperature
parameters is displayed on the Profile Screen. In addition, detailed program
and instrument information can be viewed using the Program or Info buttons
located in the right-upper corner of the information screen.
Click Program to display the program steps of the running protocol. The
executed step is highlighted.
Click Info to view detailed instrument information such as temperature status,
lid status, remaining time and step time or GLP file name.
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During a run, it is possible to return to the Home Page by clicking on the
Home button. To return to the Profile Screen, click on the G-Storm logo in the
centre of the Home Page.
5.7.3 Terminating a Run
To stop a program manually before it completes, click the Stop button on the
Profile Screen.
Alternatively, use the Stop Program button on the Home Page (changes from
Run Program during a run).
The manual cancel of the program will be recorded in the GLP and lab book
reports
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5.8 Reports
5.8.1 Viewing Reports
Depending on the assigned user level, you are allowed to view and archive
LabBook reports stored in the following file folders:
User rights
File folder
Action
Guest users
Guest folder
Viewing
and
archiving
Lab
Book
reports
The access to GLP reports is denied.
Registered users
Administrator
Guest folder &
Viewing
and
Personal file
reports
folder
The access to GLP reports is denied
All guest and
Viewing
user folders
reports
and
archiving
archiving
Lab
Lab
Book
Book
Access to GLP reports permitted
To view reports proceed as follows:
Click Reports in the home page. This will open the Browse Generated
Reports window listing the generated reports.
Group the displayed reports by selecting one of the sorting criteria below:
Group by Date:
Sorts records in ascending order by date.
Group by Cycler:
Sorts records by cycler name.
Group by Program: Sorts records by program name.
For viewing GLP and/or LabBook reports select one of the following
options:
Show GLP:
Displays the generated GLP records (only for users
with administrator rights)
Show LabBooks:
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5.9 Language Selection
G-Storm thermal cyclers can be operated in English (Default) and French.
To change the default langauge:
•
Login as an administrator
•
Click Settings in the Main Screen
•
Click Browse on Cycler Settings
•
Select the language you require
•
Click OK
The unit will then remain in the selected language.
5.10 Switching Off the Instrument
The unit can be switched off at any time during operation using the power
button at the side of the instrument. There is no need to exit the thermal
cycler software prior to switching off the instrument
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6 USB Memory Stick Operation
6.1 Importing and Exporting Files
You can import Primer sequences and programs created on a different
thermal cycler or on a PC to the G-STORM thermal cycler and GSPC
software, or export programs and reports that have been created using a USB
memory stick.
6.1.1 Exporting Program Files to a memory stick
•
Make sure the USB memory stick is inserted in the USB slot on the
side of the instrument.
•
Click View & Edit Files to display your personal file folder. Select the
desired program.
•
Click Save As to open the Save Program dialogue window.
•
Enter the name of the program.
•
Activate the Save to USB checkbox. The file is then saved to the USB
archive.
NOTE: the lock button on the memory stick may prevent data access. Please
ensure the lock button is in the unlocked position.
6.1.2 Importing Program Files from a memory stick
to the GS1
•
Make sure the USB memory stick is inserted in the USB slot on the
side of the instrument.
•
Click View & Edit Files to display your personal file folder. Click View
USB to access the USB archive.
•
Select the desired file from the archive.
•
Click Save As to select a file name and path.
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•
Confirm with OK to save the file.
6.1.3 Uploading Primer Sequences from a memory
stick
The Program Wizard TM function offers the option to upload primer sequences
stored in an external memory stick.
•
Click the Program Wizard button.
•
Click Browse in the Sequence Primer One/Sequence Primer Two
section and browse for the required files in the Upload Sequence
from USB Memory Stick dialogue window.
•
Select the desired file and click Open to upload the file to the thermal
cycler.
NOTE: Primer Sequence files must have *.txt file format.
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7 Maintenance
7.1 Cleaning
G-Storm Ltd thermal cyclers are designed to require a minimum
amount of maintenance by the user. They can be cleaned using water or a
mild laboratory-cleaning agent.
The instrument should not come into contact with organic solvents or
aggressive solutions. Ensure that no liquid enters the thermal cycler. For
safety reasons, the device must be switched off and disconnected from the
power supply prior to cleaning.
The electrical safety fuses are located above the main power switch and the
main power plug at the rear of the device. Before the fuses are replaced, the
device must be switched off and disconnected from the mains supply. Only
fuses with the correct voltage values may be used.
Only qualified service personnel should perform servicing of the thermal
cycler.
No warranty obligation is assumed by G-Storm Ltd in the event of
damage caused by unauthorised servicing.
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8 Trouble-Shooting
8.1 If a Power Failure Occurs
All G-Storm Ltd thermal cyclers are equipped with an auto power
fail restart function that allows for power failures and safe continuation of a run
after resumption of power if set to do so in the Cycler Settings.
The autopower fail restart function restarts the script from the beginning of the
temperature step in which it failed.
The following table lists the three power failure scenarios and the actions the
instrument takes if the power is interrupted during operation.
Observation
Explanation / Remedy / Actions
The computer fails but the
thermal cycler unit still has
power
In this case the thermal engine will continue to
execute the script without any interruption.
The thermal cycler fails but
the computer still has power
The execution of the script will be affected and will
halt whilst the power is off. Once the power resumes,
restart the unit and the script will resume from the
beginning of the step it was executing when the power
failed.
Both the computer and the
thermal cycler unit lose
power
The execution of the script will be affected and will
halt whilst the power is off. Once the power resumes
the script will resume from the beginning of the step it
was executing when the power failed.
Corrective action:
Restart the application and the connection will be
restored.
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8.2 Troubleshooting Information
Refer to the following table for a description of potential problems and
recommended actions that you should take.
Observation
Explanation / Remedy / Actions
No actual temperature
displayed
Block not correctly inserted in the machine.
Poor experimental yield
1. Run Thermal Engine OQ test (1) to check that
thermal engine operation is within specification.
Check that the block is inserted correctly and reboot
the machine.
2. If transferring protocol from a different make of
thermal cycler, use TAS (2) system to determine new
protocol parameters.
Program does not start
Block not correctly inserted in the machine.
Check that the block is inserted correctly and reboot
the machine.
Tubes are crushed
Applied pressure too high.
Condensation in tubes during
a run
Condensation will appear naturally at the end of a run
and has no deleterious effects. Simply spin or flick
the liquid back to the bottom of the tube and continue
with the post reaction steps. However, condensation
during a run will result in sub-optimal cycling. If this is
experienced try increasing the lid temperature.
Sealed microplate losing
sample volume
Poor quality microplate/sealing system or inadequate
pressure.
USB devices including
memory stock and barcode
scanner not recognized
Reboot machine.
Machine does not power up
and power light is not
illuminated
Check power is on at supply.
Blank Display lit but showing
no information
Reboot machine. If the problem persists there is an
internal connection problem: call Technical Support.
Abnormal block
heating/cooling performance
Run Thermal Engine OQ test (1) to check performance.
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(1) Please refer to the thermal cycler IQ/OQ Protocol document for
instructions on performing instrument qualification tests.
(2) The Cycler Validation System (CVS) can be purchased separately
from G-Storm
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9 Block Exchange
Block exchange can be performed within seconds. No tools are required for
this purpose.
CAUTION:
Turn power off and interrupt power line before changing
the block
Removing the Block
Remove the block by simply holding it with two hands on the left and right side
and lift it up.
Figure 9-1: Exchanging the block
Inserting the Block
Hold the block with two hands on the left and right side, with the block
connector at the back of the block, and place it into position in the the thermal
cycler.
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Instrument Specifications
Thermal Blocks
Block Materials
Modular anodised aluminium blocks with 4
sensors
Traceability
NIST traceable temperature calibration
Blocks Available
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96 well gradient block: For 96 well plates
or 96x 0.2 ml tubes
-
96 well gradient combi block: For 96 well
plates, 96 x 0.2 ml tubes
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Or 48 x 0.5 ml tubes
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384 well high throughput block: for 384
well plates
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48 well block: for 48 x 0.2 ml tubes
Heated Lid
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Lid Temperature Range
112°C-120°C, user selectable in 1°C increments
Ambient temperature
10°C to 30°C
Relative Humidity
0% to 95%
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User Interfaces
Screen Type
6.4-inch TFT colour touch-screen,
stylus supplied.
System Input
Touchscreen, external keyboard
(Optional) & mouse (USB) (Optional),
barcode scanner (USB) (Optional)
Temperature Display
Real-time graphical display of actual &
set block temperatures
Communication Interfaces
1x USB side (personal memory stick,
keyboard, barcode reader, mouse,
USB hub)
User & File Management
User Level Management
3 levels: Administrator, User with
administrator
selectable
restricted
rights, Guest
User File Protection
Yes, for programs and reports
File Organization
Windows® Explorer, user-defined
folders & subfolders
Program Storage
Minimum 99 (internal memory or USB
stick). Circa 500. Unlimited PC
program storage
Reports and Validation
Report Function
Validation
Encrypted GLP report, LabBook report
Internal auto validation prior to each
program start
Thermal engine validation function
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Barcode Option
Barcode Option
Barcode documentation via
handheld barcode scanner
Thermal Engine Characteristics
Temperature Control
4°C - 99°C with simulated volume
dependent control algorithm
Sample Volume Range
5-150µl
Sample Accuracy
+/- 0.4°C (20-99°C), +/- 1°C (4-20°C)
Sample Homogeneity
+/- 0.4°C
Heating
Up to 3°C per second
Cooling
Up to 3°C per second
Sample Overshoot
< 1°C
Gradient Temperature Range
30°C - 80°C
Maximum/minimum Gradient Span
30°C / 4°C
Power & Dimensions
Electronic Power Supply
100V to 240V (frequency 48 to 62Hz)
Dimensions (LxWxH)
465mm x 337mm x 265mm
Weight
12kg approx
Operating conditions
10°C - 30°C, 0 - 95% relative humidity
Regulatory
Warranty
CE, UL, CSA compliant
2 years on all systems
Compatible Barcodes
The following barcodes are compatible with G-STORM’s documentation
system:
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2 of 5 interleaved
•
Codabar
•
Code 128
•
Code 39
•
Code 39 full ASCII
•
Code 93 full ASCII
•
EAN-13, EAN -13 with 2 supplement, EAN -13 with 5 supplement
•
EAN-8, EAN -8 with 2 supplement, EAN -8 with 5 supplement
•
EAN-128
•
UPA, UPA -13 with 2 supplement, UPA -13 with 5 supplement
•
UPE, UPE -13 with 2 supplement, UPE -13 with 5 supplement
•
MSI
•
C.I.P
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Compatible Plate Formats
Cat. No.
Product description
96 plates
GSR0960/C
GS RIGID 96 clear frame, clear wells
GSR0961
GS RIGID 96, black frame, white cells
GSR0384/C
GS RIGID 384, clear frame, clear wells
GSR0385
GS RIGID 384, black frame, white cells
G-Seals
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GS-0500
Adhesive Clear Seal
GS-0521
Peelable Foil Heat Seal
GS-0536
Piercable Foil Heat Seal
GS0541
Clear Heat Seal
GS-0550
Adhesive Foil Seal
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The following plate formats are compatible with G-Storm thermal cyclers:
Manufacturer
Cat. No. & Product Name
Type
B70511 96 Well thin wall plate
96 well, non skirted
B70661 96 Well thin wall plate
96 well, semi-skirted
B70521 384 Well thin wall plate
384 well skirted
AB 800
96 well, skirted
AB 900
96 well, semi-skirted
AB 1111
384 well
TF-0384
384 well
THERMOSPRINT® 96 PP, transparent,
311296; only w/o workstation
96 well, non-skirted
BioPlastics
Abgene
Bilatec
THERMOSPRINT® 384 PP, transparent, 384 well
310384
NUNC
Art. No.: 240600, 96 well, non-skirted.
96
Art. No.: 230013, 96 well, semi-skirted
96
Art. No.: 230012, 96 well, skirted
96
Art. No.: 230584, 384 well
384
Eppendorf
Art. No.: 0030 128.648, twin tec plate, 96
skirted
Art. No.: 0030 128.575, twin tec plate, 96
semi-skirted
Art. No.: 0030 128.508, twin tec plate,
384
Corning
Thermowell®96
Well
Polypropylene
Microplate, Natural (#6551)
Thermowell™ 96 Well Polycarbonate
Microplate, Model M (#6511)
Corning® 384 Well
Microplate (#6500)
Corning®
384
Well
Microplate (#6502)
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Polyproplyene
Polyethylene
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Order Information
Cat. No.
Product Description
Thermal Cycler
GS00001
G-STORM GS1 Thermal Cycler
Thermal Blocks
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GSB00096
96 well block
GSB09660
Combi block - 96 / 60 well
GSB00384
384 well block
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Sales & Service
G-Storm Ltd.
Somerton Biotechnology Centre
Ricksey Lane
Catcombe,
Somerton,
Somerset
TA11 7JH
Phone +44 (0) 7919 121510
E-Mail [email protected]
Visit our website: www.gstormdirect.com
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Index
AC Power Connection, 15
Grounding Requirements., 15
Administrator Login, 20
G-Storm Logo button, 18
Automatic Hot Start command, 26
Hardware Installation, 13
Barcode Input command, 25
Heated Lid command, 25
Block Exchange, 47
Home Page, 12
Changing Users, 35
Importing and Exporting Files, 41
Cleaning, 43
Importing Program Files, 41
Command buttons, 17
Incubate
Additional functions, 18
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Incubate temperature, 34
G-Storm Logo, 18
Incubate button, 18
Incubate, 18
incubation, 34
Lightning flash, 18
Initial Inspection, 9
Login, 17
Installation, 7
New Program, 17
Block Requirements, 8
Program Wizard, 18
Electrical Requirements, 7
Reports, 18
Requirements, 7
Run Program, 17
Site Requirements, 7
Service and Support, 17
Thermal Block, 10
Settings, 18
Language Selection, 40
User, 18
Lid, 11
View/Edit Program, 18
Lid opening/closing, 36
Compose / Edit a Program, 23
Lid pressure, 37
Creating Programs, 23
Ligation reactions, 34
Cycler Management, 19
Lightning flash, 18
Cycler Settings, 22
Loading the Cycler, 36
Cycler tests, 13
Login button, 17
Default Password, 20
Main Screen, 12, 17
Deleting a Program Step, 33
Maintenance, 43
Deleting Programs, 33
Manual Hot Start command, 26
DND Programming, 23
New Program button, 17
Editing Programs, 32
New Users, 20
End Cycle command, 29
Operating Power Requirements, 15
Exporting Program Files, 41
Operation, 35
Functional Overview, 11
Changing Users, 35
Fuses, 15
Lid opening/closing, 36
Gradient Step command, 28
Lid pressure, 37
Gradient Step Conversion, 33
Running a Program, 37
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Sample Loading, 36
Symbols and Conventions, 4
Terminating a Run, 38
Safety Warnings, 3
User Login, 35
Sales & Service Centres, 55
Viewing Program Profile, 37
Script Information command, 29
Viewing Script Temperature Profiles
Service and Support button, 17
Prior to Run, 36
Optional Devices, 13
Settings button, 18
Software Operation, 16
Order Information, 54
G-STORM and GSPC Software, 16
Package Contents, 9
Required Computer Skills, 16
Password, 20
Specifications, 48
Program Execution, 37
Compatible Barcodes, 50
Program Steps, 24
Compatible Plate Formats, 52
Automatic Hot Start, 26
Heated lid, 48
Barcode Input, 25
Neworking & Barcode Options, 50
End Cycle, 29
Power & Dimensions, 50
Gradient Step, 28
Reports and Validation, 49
Heated Lid, 25
Thermal Blocks, 48
Manual Hotstart, 26
Thermal Engine Characteristics, 50
Script Information, 29
User & File Management, 49
Start Cycle, 29
User Interfaces, 49
Store, 29
Start Cycle command, 29
Temperature Step, 26
Starting a Run, 37
Touchdown, 27
Starting up the G-STORM, 13
Program Wizard, 30
Store command, 29
Program Wizard button, 18
Switching Off the Instrument, 40
Programming, 23
Symbols and Conventions, 4
Converting a Gradient Step, 33
System Settings, 19
Deleting a Program Step, 33
Temperature Step command, 26
Deleting Programs, 33
Terminating a Run, 38
Editing Programs, 32
Thermal Block, 10
General Guidelines, 31
Touchdown command, 27
Program Wizard, 30
Trouble Shooting
Reports, 39
Viewing Reports, 39
If a Power Failure Occurs, 44
Information, 45
Reports button, 18
Trouble-Shooting, 44
Run Program button, 17
Unpacking the Thermal Cycler, 9
Running a Program
Uploading Primer Sequences, 42
Starting a Run, 37
Safety
USB Memory Stick Operation, 41
User Accounts
Hazards, 5
Adding or Modifying Accounts, 21
Instrument, 4
Deleting Accounts, 21
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User button, 18
User Levels, 19
User Management, 19
User Login, 35
View/Edit Program button, 18
Guest Users, 35
58
Registered Users, 35
Appendix
Viewing Program Profile, 37
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