EASY-nLC 1200 User Guide for LC Devices

EASY-nLC 1200 User Guide for LC Devices
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EASY-nLC 1200
User Guide for LC Devices
60053-97273 Revision A
September 2015
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Release history: Revision A, September 2015
Software version: For the EASY-nLC device driver on LC Devices 3.0 or later, install Foundation platform
version 3.0 SP2 or later and the Xcalibur data system version 3.0 or later.
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.
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Contents
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .v
Related Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .vi
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Data System Computer Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .viii
Cautions and Special Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ix
Contacting Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x
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Chapter 1
Installing the EASY-nLC Control Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Checking the System Prerequisites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Removing a Previous Version of the Instrument Control Software . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Installing the Current Version of the Instrument Control Software . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Excluding the EASY-nLC from the VirusScan Enterprise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Chapter 2
Setting Up the Foundation Instrument Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Connecting the EASY-nLC Instrument to the Data System Computer . . . . . . . . 7
Adding the System Devices to the Instrument Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Setting Up the Sample Layout and Start Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Chapter 3
Modifying the HPLC Properties and Controlling Other Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Accessing the Devices Page of the Touch-screen Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Adding the EASY-Spray Device to the Devices List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Modifying the HPLC Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Chapter 4
Creating Xcalibur Instrument Methods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Setting Up the EASY-nLC Instrument Method Parameters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Sample Pickup and Loading Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Gradient Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Pre-Column and Analytical Column Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Autosampler Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
EASY-Spray Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Saving Instrument Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Chapter 5
Creating and Running Sequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Creating Sequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
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Setting Up the Injection Positions with the Sample Position Selector . . . . . . . . 43
Running Sequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Taking Corrective Action for Run-Time Errors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Chapter 6
Viewing the Run Status in the Information View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
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Preface
This guide describes how to configure the Thermo EASY-nLC™ virtual instrument (VI)
control software from the Thermo Foundation™ platform, set up the liquid chromatography
(LC) parameters for LC/MS instrument methods in the Instrument Setup window of the
Thermo Xcalibur™ data system, and set up the sample position settings and injection volumes
for an injection sequence from the Sequence Setup view in the Xcalibur data system.
IMPORTANT To establish communication with the EASY-nLC instrument and to
avoid the premature termination of data acquisition during sequence runs, set up the data
system computer as described in “Data System Computer Settings” on page viii.
Contents
• Related Documentation
• System Requirements
• Data System Computer Settings
• Cautions and Special Notices
• Contacting Us
 To suggest changes to the documentation or to the Help
Fill out a reader survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PQM6P62.
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Related Documentation
Thermo Fisher Scientific provides these manuals as PDF files on the data system computer
and on the USB flash drive that ships with the EASY-nLC instrument:
• EASY-nLC 1200 Preinstallation Requirements Guide
• EASY-nLC 1200 Getting Started Guide (using the stand-alone, touch-screen application)
• EASY-nLC 1200 Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide
• EASY-nLC 1200 User Guide for the Xcalibur Data System
The data system also provides Help for the EASY-nLC virtual instrument control software.
 To access the EASY-nLC manuals on the data system computer
Choose Start > Programs (or All Programs) > Thermo Instruments > Manuals >
LC Devices > Thermo.
 To open the Help from the EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window
• To open the Welcome page of the Thermo EASY-nLC Help, choose Help > Thermo
EASY-nLC Help from the menu bar.
• To open the Help topic for the current page of the Thermo EASY-nLC view, do one
of the following:
–
Choose Help > Help On Current Item F1 from the menu bar.
–
Press the F1 key on the computer keyboard.
 To open the Help from the Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box of the
Foundation Instrument Configuration window
Press the F1 key on the computer keyboard.
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System Requirements
Table 1 lists the data system computer hardware and software requirements for the EASY-nLC
VI control software (device driver). This device driver is provided on the LC Devices DVD
and is designed for use with the Xcalibur data system or an equivalent Thermo Scientific™
mass spectrometry application.
IMPORTANT
Before you install the device driver provided on the LC Devices DVD,
ensure that the data system computer has a compatible version of the Foundation
platform as noted in the Thermo LC Devices x.x.x Release Notes, where x.x.x is the version
you want to install. You can find the Release Notes document, which includes the system
requirements, on the LC Devices DVD.
Table 1. Data system computer hardware and software requirements
Hardware
Data system computer
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•
•
•
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2 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM
DVD-ROM drive
80 GB hard drive capacity
Display resolution 1280 × 1024
2 Network cards
NTFS format
Software
Requirements
Operating system
Microsoft™ Windows™ 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bita)
Microsoft .NET
4.5.1 for Foundation platform 3.1 or later
Third-party software
Adobe™ Reader™ 9.0 or later
Thermo Scientific software
LC Devices
EASY-nLC device driver
Foundation platform
3.0 or later
3.0 SP2 or 3.1
Touch-screen application
a
Minimum requirements
For information about upgrading the touch-screen
application for your EASY-nLC instrument, refer to the
EASY-nLC 1200 Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide
or the EASY-nLC 1200 Getting Started Guide.
LC Devices 2.8.0 and later are compatible with Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit
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Data System Computer Settings
Table 2 lists the computer settings that are required to avoid the premature termination of
data acquisition during sequence runs. It also provides the virus scanner setting that is
required to establish communication with the EASY-nLC instrument.
IMPORTANT After you install the Thermo EASY-nLC device driver on a Windows 7
computer, exclude the Thermo EASY-nLC software from the Prevent IRC
Communication list for the computer’s virus scanner (see “Excluding the EASY-nLC from
the VirusScan Enterprise” on page 4).
If you do not exclude the Thermo EASY-nLC software from the Prevent IRC
Communication list, the data system computer cannot establish communication with the
EASY-nLC instrument.
Table 2. Data system computer settings
Category
Power saver
Settings
• Screen saver: None
• Hibernate: Not enabled or Never
• Turn off hard disk: Never
• Turn off monitor: Never
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Windows updates
If the data system computer is connected to the Internet, turn
off the automatic Windows updates.
Virus scanner
For the Windows 7 operating system, exclude the
Thermo EASY-nLC software from the virus scanner.
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Cautions and Special Notices
Make sure you follow the cautions and special notices presented in this guide. Cautions and
special notices appear in boxes; those concerning safety or possible system damage also have
corresponding caution symbols.
This guide uses the following types of cautions and special notices.
CAUTION Highlights hazards to humans, property, or the environment. Each CAUTION
notice is accompanied by an appropriate CAUTION symbol.
IMPORTANT Highlights information necessary to prevent damage to software, loss of
data, or invalid test results; or might contain information that is critical for optimal
performance of the system.
Note Highlights information of general interest.
Tip Highlights helpful information that can make a task easier.
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Contacting Us
There are several ways to contact Thermo Fisher Scientific for the information you need. You
can use your smartphone to scan a QR code, which opens your email application or browser.
Contact us
Customer Service and Sales
Technical Support
(U.S.) 1 (800) 532-4752
(U.S.) 1 (800) 532-4752
(U.S.) 1 (561) 688-8731
(U.S.) 1 (561) 688-8736
us.customer-support.analyze
@thermofisher.com
us.techsupport.analyze
@thermofisher.com
 To find global contact information or customize your request
1. Go to www.thermoscientific.com.
2. Click Contact Us, select the Using/Servicing a Product option, and then
type the product name.
3. Use the phone number, email address, or online form.
 To find product support, knowledge bases, and resources
Go to www.thermoscientific.com/support.
 To find product information
Go to www.thermoscientific.com/lc-ms.
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For the EASY-nLC 1200 instrument, go to
www.thermoscientific.com/nanoLCMS
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Installing the EASY-nLC Control Software
This chapter describes how to install the EASY-nLC virtual instrument (VI) control software
from the LC Devices DVD. It also describes how to ensure communication between the data
system computer and the EASY-nLC instrument.
Contents
• Checking the System Prerequisites
• Removing a Previous Version of the Instrument Control Software
• Installing the Current Version of the Instrument Control Software
• Excluding the EASY-nLC from the VirusScan Enterprise
Checking the System Prerequisites
The LC/MS system consists of the EASY-nLC instrument, a Thermo Scientific mass
spectrometer, and a data system computer.
Before installing the EASY-nLC VI control software, do the following:
• Install compatible versions of the Foundation platform and the Xcalibur data system (or
equivalent Thermo Scientific data system).
• Ensure that you have administrator rights to install the EASY-nLC VI control software
for the Xcalibur data system (or equivalent Thermo Scientific data system).
• Remove any earlier version of the EASY-nLC VI control software from the data system
computer (see the next topic, Removing a Previous Version of the Instrument Control
Software).
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Removing a Previous Version of the Instrument Control Software
Before or after installing the EASY-nLC VI control software, do the following:
• Connect the EASY-nLC instrument to the data system computer through an Ethernet
connection (see “Connecting the EASY-nLC Instrument to the Data System Computer”
on page 7).
• Connect the EASY-nLC instrument to the Thermo Scientific MS detector with a contact
closure cable.
The data system synchronizes the run timing between the LC system and the mass
spectrometer through the cable. For information about connecting the contact closure
cable, refer to the EASY-nLC 1200 Getting Started Guide.
• Check the laboratory local area network (LAN) port for Internet access to the remote
support server. For remote diagnostics, the laboratory must have a LAN port with
Internet access.
The network firewall must allow outgoing Transmission Control Protocol/Internet
Protocol (TCP/IP) traffic from the EASY-nLC instrument to the remote support server at
IP address 46.226.219.10, port 22.
After installing the EASY-nLC VI control software, exclude the software from the virus
scanner as described in “Excluding the EASY-nLC from the VirusScan Enterprise” on page 4.
Removing a Previous Version of the Instrument Control Software
If an older version of the instrument control software is installed on the data system computer,
you must uninstall it from the Control Panel.
 To remove a previously installed version of the EASY-nLC Xcalibur VI
1. From the Windows 7 desktop, choose Control Panel > Uninstall a Program.
The list of installed programs appears (see Figure 1).
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Figure 1.
Uninstall window for the Windows 7 operating system
2. Double-click Thermo LC Devices Thermo EASY-nLC Xcalibur VI and wait for the
program to be removed from the list.
Installing the Current Version of the Instrument Control Software
The EASY-nLC VI control software provided with LC Devices 3.0 or later controls the
EASY-nLC instrument (with touch-screen software version 3.2 or later) and the column
heater of the optional EASY-Spray ion source.
 To install the EASY-nLC Virtual Instrument (VI) software
1. Check the installed versions of the Foundation platform and the Xcalibur data system and
make sure that these versions are compatible with the LC Devices version that you are
installing (see “System Requirements” on page vii).
2. Close all running programs before starting the installation.
3. If applicable, remove the previously installed version of the EASY-nLC VI control
software (see “Removing a Previous Version of the Instrument Control Software” on
page 2).
4. Load the LC Devices DVD into the data system computer, and follow the instructions in
the Thermo LC Devices InstallShield Wizard.
5. On the Select Features page of the wizard, select the Thermo check box on the left, and
then select the Thermo EASY-nLC Xcalibur check box on the right (see Figure 2).
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Excluding the EASY-nLC from the VirusScan Enterprise
Figure 2.
Select Features page of the Thermo LC Devices InstallShield Wizard
6. When the installation finishes, restart the data system computer.
The installation is complete when you log back in.
Excluding the EASY-nLC from the VirusScan Enterprise
The McAfee™ VirusScan™ Enterprise software blocks the Thermo EASY-nLC software when
the data system computer uses the Windows 7 operating system.
IMPORTANT For the Windows 7 operating system, you must exclude the EASY-nLC
VI software from the McAfee blocking list.
 To exclude the EASY-nLC software from the VirusScan Enterprise 8.7.0i software
1. Log in to the data system computer as an administrator.
2. Open the McAfee VirusScan Console application as follows:
a. Do one of the following:
• On the Windows 7 taskbar, right-click the McAfee icon,
Manage Features > VirusScan Enterprise.
, and choose
–or–
• From the Windows 7 desktop, choose Start > All Programs > McAfee >
VirusScan Console.
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3. In the Task column, right-click Access Protection and choose Properties from the
shortcut menu.
The Access Protection Properties dialog box appears.
4. To open the Rules dialog box, do the following:
a. Under Categories, choose Anti-virus Standard Protection.
b. Under Rules, select Prevent IRC Communication.
c. Click Edit.
The Rules Details dialog box opens.
5. Modify these settings:
• In the Processes to Include box, delete the asterisk.
Note When the Processes to Include box contains only a single asterisk, the virus
scanner prevents IRC communication for all processes.
• In the Processes to Exclude box, type Thermo*.
Note When the Processes to Exclude box contains the text Thermo*, the Access
Protection service for Internet Relay Chat (IRC) communication processes
ignores processes that begin with Thermo.
6. Click OK to close the Rules Details dialog box.
7. Click OK to accept the new settings and close the Access Protection Properties dialog
box.
8. Close the VirusScan Console application.
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2 Setting Up the Foundation Instrument Configuration
Connecting the EASY-nLC Instrument to the Data System Computer
Setting Up the Foundation Instrument Configuration
This chapter describes how to set up the instrument configuration for the EASY-nLC device
driver.
Before you set up the instrument configuration, connect the EASY-nLC instrument to the
data system computer, turn on the EASY-nLC instrument, and log in to the instrument as an
administrator. Then, use the Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box of the Thermo
Foundation Instrument Configuration window to set up and test the network connection for
the EASY-nLC instrument, to specify the tray type that you plan to use, and to identify the
mobile phase solvents in solvent reservoir bottles A and B.
Contents
• Connecting the EASY-nLC Instrument to the Data System Computer
• Adding the System Devices to the Instrument Configuration
• Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration
• Setting Up the Sample Layout and Start Position
Connecting the EASY-nLC Instrument to the Data System Computer
The EASY-nLC instrument and the Thermo Scientific mass spectrometer communicate with
the data system computer through an Ethernet connection routed through an Ethernet switch
connected to the data system computer.
These are the default IP addresses of the data system computer and the EASY-nLC
instrument.
Table 3. Default IP addresses for the LC system
System module
IP address
Data system computer
172.16.0.101
EASY-nLC instrument
172.16.0.103
 To connect the EASY-nLC instrument to the data system computer
1. Connect a shielded Ethernet cable to the LAN port on the back panel of the EASY-nLC
instrument.
2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to an Ethernet switch.
3. Using a second shielded Ethernet cable, connect the Ethernet switch to the appropriate
network card installed in the data system computer.
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Adding the System Devices to the Instrument Configuration
For more information about setting up the communication cables, refer to the EASY-nLC
Series Getting Started Guide.
IMPORTANT Avoid IP conflicts with other units on the network, especially the
mass spectrometer.
Adding the System Devices to the Instrument Configuration
Your Thermo Scientific LC/MS system consists of a Thermo Scientific mass spectrometer and
an EASY-nLC instrument. To control these instruments from the Xcalibur data system, you
must add the installed device drivers to the instrument configuration.
Note The Xcalibur data system and the Foundation Instrument Configuration window
cannot be open simultaneously.
 To add devices to the instrument configuration
1. Close the Xcalibur data system if it is open.
2. From the Windows taskbar, choose Start > Programs (or All Programs) >
Thermo Foundation x.x > Instrument Configuration, where x.x is the installed version
of the Foundation platform.
The Thermo Foundation Instrument Configuration window opens (see Figure 3). The
installed devices are listed in the Available Devices list. The configured devices are listed
in the Configured Devices list.
Figure 3 shows an instrument configuration with a mass spectrometer added to the
Configured Devices list.
Figure 3.
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Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration
Tip To access Help, press F1 or click Help.
3. Add the EASY-nLC instrument to the instrument configuration as follows:
a. Make sure that the Device Types list is set to All or AS (Autosampler).
If the Device Type list is set to LC, the EASY-nLC VI for Xcalibur device does not
appear in the Available Devices list.
b. In the Available Devices list, double-click the Thermo EASY-nLC icon.
A copy of the Thermo EASY-nLC icon appears in the Configured Devices list.
4. Set up the configuration options for each configured device.
For information about the EASY-nLC configuration parameters, see the next topic,
“Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration.”
5. Click Done to close the Thermo Foundation Instrument Configuration window.
Tip You must close the Instrument Configuration window before you open the
Xcalibur data system. The two applications cannot be open at the same time.
Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration
Use the Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box to set up and test the communication
connection to the data system computer, specify the autosampler model and the plate type
that you are using, and identify the mobile phase solvents. Clicking Edit in the Autosampler
Configuration area (Figure 5) opens the Sample Position Selector dialog box where you set up
the sample layout (row first or column first) and the start position for an Xcalibur injection
sequence.
 To set up the EASY-nLC configuration in the Foundation platform
1. If you have not already added the EASY-nLC instrument to the Configured Devices list
of the Thermo Foundation Instrument Configuration window, add it as described in
“Adding the System Devices to the Instrument Configuration” on page 8 and leave the
Instrument Configuration window open.
2. In the Configured Devices list, double-click the Thermo EASY-nLC icon.
The Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box opens (see Figure 4).
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Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration
Figure 4.
Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box
3. Ensure the following:
• The EASY-nLC instrument is connected to the data system computer by way of an
Ethernet switch (see “To connect the EASY-nLC instrument to the data system
computer” on page 7).
• The EASY-nLC instrument is turned on, and you are logged in as an administrator to
the instrument.
4. Set up the network configuration for the EASY-nLC instrument as follows:
a. Type the IP address of the EASY-nLC instrument and your user name in the
appropriate boxes.
You must have an account in the EASY-nLC touch-screen application with the same
user name. The default user name is “admin,” but you can change this to any existing
user account on the EASY-nLC instrument.
Tip The EASY-nLC IP address is listed in the About box, which you can open by
pressing the THERMO logo in the upper left corner of the touch screen. The
current user is listed in the lower left corner of the touch screen.
If necessary, change the IP address on the Configuration > Network page of the
touch-screen application.
b. Click Test Connection to test the connection to the EASY-nLC instrument and to
download the instrument configuration information to the data system computer.
5. Check the message in the status box to the right of the Test Connection button.
• If the connection is established, the status box changes to green (see Figure 5) and the
information about the LC device driver and instrument appears.
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• If a connection is not established, the status bar changes to red. Check the Ethernet
cable connections, the IP address of the EASY-nLC instrument, and the IP address of
the network card installed in the data system computer (see “Connecting the
EASY-nLC Instrument to the Data System Computer” on page 7).
• If an antivirus program or firewall blocks the connection, the application displays this
error message:
An established connection was aborted by the software in your host machine.
Contact your local IT administrator for assistance.
For information about excluding the EASY-nLC software from the McAfee virus scanner,
see “Excluding the EASY-nLC from the VirusScan Enterprise” on page 4.
6. Check the instrument information. If necessary, change the instrument information as
described in “Modifying the HPLC Properties” on page 20.
7. Set up the autosampler configuration in the Autosampler Configuration area as follows:
a. Select the autosampler model (Autosampler ASC).
b. Select the plate type (96- or 384-well plates, or a 6 × 8 (ASC) vial holder).
Note All plate formats for the ASC model have six extra vial positions on the
side. When you set up an Xcalibur sequence, these vials are numbered 1-V1 to
1-V6.
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Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration
Figure 5.
Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box
Touch-screen
software version
4.0
Edit button
c. (Optional) Set up the default sample layout and start position to be used when
creating a new Xcalibur sequence as described in “Setting Up the Sample Layout and
Start Position” on page 15.
8. In the Solvents for LC Pump area, type the names of the solvents in the boxes for solvent
bottles A and B.
Solvent bottle A typically contains LC/MS-grade water with 0.1% formic acid. Solvent
bottle B typically contains LC/MS-grade acetonitrile with 0.1% formic acid (max. 95%
acetonitrile).
9. If the OK button is unavailable, click Test Connection to download the new
configuration settings to the data system computer.
10. Click OK to accept the settings and close the Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog
box.
11. Click Done to close the Thermo Foundation Instrument Configuration window.
You must close the Foundation application before opening the Xcalibur data system. The
Xcalibur data system and the Thermo Foundation Instrument Configuration window
cannot be open at the same time.
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When you establish a connection between the EASY-nLC instrument and the data system
computer, this dialog box displays the user-specified loop volume, idle flow rate, idle mixture,
and column setup. You set these parameters from the EASY-nLC touch-screen application as
described above in “Modifying the HPLC Properties” on page 20.
Table 4 describes the parameters in the Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box.
Table 4. EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box parameters (Sheet 1 of 2)
Parameter
Description
EASY-nLC Network Configuration
Use this area to specify the IP address for the EASY-nLC instrument.
IP Address/Hostname
Specifies the IP address of the EASY-nLC instrument. This value must match the value
stored by the instrument.
Tip To check the IP address and host name stored by the instrument, press the company
logo in the upper left corner of the EASY-nLC touch screen.
User Name
Specifies the user name.
Note The user name that you type in this box must match the user name for the person
currently logged in to the instrument. The user name is listed in the lower left corner of
the EASY-nLC touch screen. For information about logging in to the EASY-nLC
instrument, refer to the EASY-nLC Series Getting Started Guide.
Test Connection
button
Tests the Ethernet connection between the data system computer and the EASY-nLC
instrument. If the connection is established, the status box to the right of the button turns
green and contains this message: Connection OK.
In addition, information for the LC device driver and instrument appears in the box below
the status bar.
IMPORTANT If the following message appears, exclude the Thermo EASY-nLC
software from the McAfee virus scanner as described in “Excluding the EASY-nLC from
the VirusScan Enterprise” on page 4.
An established connection was aborted by the software in your host machine.
Contact your local IT administrator for assistance.
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Table 4. EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box parameters (Sheet 2 of 2)
Parameter
Description
LC Device Driver and Instrument Information
LC Device Driver
Displays the LC device driver version.
LC Instrument
Displays the instrument type.
Driver Info
Displays the instrument’s touch-screen software version.
Serial Number
Displays the serial number that is listed on the instrument’s back panel.
Loop Volume
Displays the user-specified loop volume stored by the EASY-nLC instrument.
Idle Flow Rate
Displays the user-specified idle flow rate that the instrument maintains at the end of an
injection sequence.
Entering a value of 0 deactivates this feature.
Tip Maintaining long-term emitter stability (with glass emitters) might require a constant
solvent flow through the system.
Idle Mixture
Displays the user-specified solvent composition (%B) that the instrument is to pump
through the system at the end of an injection sequence.
Column Setup
Displays the user-specified selection. Displays One Column or Two Column.
IFC
Displays whether the intelligent flow control (IFC™) mode is enabled.
Max Pressure
Displays the maximum system pressure.
Autosampler Configuration
Use this area to select the autosampler type, plate type, sample layout, and initial vial position.
Autosampler
Specifies the autosampler model:
• ASC—Autosampler with refrigerated compartment and 6 extra vials
Plate Installed
Specifies the plate type that you plan to use: 96 well plate, 384 well plate, or 6 × 8 vial plate.
Sample Layout
Displays the default sample layout (vial or microplate well positions) for an injection
sequence.
Start Position
Displays the default initial sample position for an injection sequence.
Edit button
Opens the Sample Position Selector dialog box where you can select the sample layout and
initial position for an Xcalibur sequence (see “Setting Up the Sample Layout and Start
Position” on page 15).
Solvents for LC Pump
Use this area to describe the solvents that make up the gradient.
A
Specifies the solvent in solvent bottle A.
B
Specifies the solvent in solvent bottle B.
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Setting Up the Sample Layout and Start Position
When you open the Sample Position Selector dialog box from the Thermo EASY-nLC
Configuration dialog box, the Number of Samples to Select box and the Select button are
unavailable.
When setting up the configuration options for the EASY-nLC instrument, use the Sample
Position Selector dialog box to set up the sample layout and initial vial or microplate well
position for an injection sequence.
For information about using the Sample Position Selector dialog box to interactively select the
vial or microplate well positions for an injection sequence, see “Setting Up the Injection
Positions with the Sample Position Selector” on page 43.
 To set up the sample layout and start position for an Xcalibur injection sequence
1. In the Autosampler Configuration area, click Edit.
The Thermo EASY-nLC Sample Position Selector dialog box opens. The Number of
Samples to Select box is unavailable (see Figure 6).
Figure 6.
Sample Position Selector dialog box
2. In the Sample Positions area, click Clear All.
3. In the Plate Rack area, select the default initial sample position by clicking a position.
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4. In the Sample Selection Layout area, select the Row First or Column First option.
5. Click OK to save your changes and close the Thermo EASY-nLC Sample Position
Selector dialog box.
Note You can also open the Thermo EASY-nLC Sample Position Selector dialog box
by clicking Select Vials in the Samples area of the Xcalibur New Sequence Template
dialog box (see Figure 16 on page 40).
Table 5 describes the parameters in the Sample Position Selector dialog box. When you access
this dialog box from the EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box, only the Sample Position
Layout and Initial Position parameters are available.
Table 5. Sample Position Selector dialog box parameters
Parameter
Description
Plate Rack
Use this area to select or clear the sample positions.
Vial Rack
For an EASY-nLC instrument with an ASC model autosampler, you can select or clear a sample position from the
additional 6 vials.
Note The additional vials are located on rack 1 and are called 1-V1 to 1-V6.
Sample Selection Layout
Row First
When you select the Row First option, the data system fills the sequence table with the
sample positions row by row.
Column First
When you select the Column First option, the data system fills the sequence table with the
sample positions column by column.
Note The sequence editor ignores the Sample Selection Layout option when you select
the vial or well positions by clicking a set of samples in the Plate and Vial Rack areas.
Sample Positions (click on plate)
Initial Position
Specifies the first vial or microplate well position in the sequence table.
Number of Samples to
Select
Specifies the number of samples to add to the sequence table in addition to the initial vial
position.
Clear All button
Clears all of the Plate and Vial Rack entries and the Initial Position entry.
Select button
Sequentially selects the number of vial or well positions specified in the Number of Samples
to Select box. The selected vials or wells are highlighted in green in the Plate Rack and Vial
Rack areas. The vials or wells are ordered sequentially according to the sample selection
layout selection.
Dialog box buttons
OK
Accepts the settings and closes the dialog box.
Cancel
Closes the dialog box without accepting the changes.
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Other Devices
This chapter describes how to set up the HPLC properties for the EASY-nLC instrument and
how to set up control for the EASY-Spray device from the EASY-nLC instrument’s
touch-screen application.
Before you can control an external device, such as the EASY-Spray ion source’s column heater,
you must add the device to the Devices list on the Maintenance > Devices page of the
touch-screen application. You also set up the HPLC properties for the EASY-nLC instrument
on the Maintenance > Devices page.
Contents
• Accessing the Devices Page of the Touch-screen Application
• Adding the EASY-Spray Device to the Devices List
• Modifying the HPLC Properties
Accessing the Devices Page of the Touch-screen Application
Use the Maintenance > Devices page of the touch-screen application to modify the
EASY-nLC instrument’s HPLC properties and the add the EASY-Spray ion source’s column
heater to the list of devices that the EASY-nLC instrument can control.
 To access the Maintenance > Devices page
1. Log in to the EASY-nLC instrument as an administrator. For information about logging
into the instrument, refer to the EASY-nLC Series Getting Started Guide.
When you log in as an administrator, all five menu tabs on the menu bar at the top of the
screen.
2. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, press Maintenance.
The vertical tabs on the far left of the screen are Scripts, Log Book, Support, and Devices.
3. In the vertical tabs, press Devices.
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Adding the EASY-Spray Device to the Devices List
The Maintenance > Devices page opens (Figure 7).
Figure 7.
Maintenance Devices page
Adding the EASY-Spray Device to the Devices List
The EASY-nLC instrument can control the EASY-Spray ion source’s column temperature.
Note The EASY-Spray ion source connects to the mass spectrometer’s ion source
interface. The EASY-nLC instrument provides power for the ion source through a P-Bus
connection. For information about setting up the EASY-Spray ion source, refer to the
EASY-Spray Series Ion Source User Guide. For information about connecting the P-Bus
cable to the EASY-nLC instrument, refer to the EASY-nLC 1200 Getting Started Guide.
 To add the EASY-Spray ion source to the Devices list
1. On the instrument’s touch screen, press Maintenance > Devices and check that the
EASY-Spray device is not already present in the Devices list. For more information about
accessing the Maintenance Devices page, see “Accessing the Devices Page of the
Touch-screen Application” on page 17.
2. To add the EASY-Spray device, do the following:
a. Press Add Device.
The Select a Device to Add dialog box opens (Figure 8).
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Select a Device to Add dialog box
b. Select EASY-Spray and press Accept.
3. Verify that the Devices list includes the added device.
Selecting the device displays information about the device driver on the About page
(Figure 9).
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Modifying the HPLC Properties
Figure 9.
About information for the EASY-Spray device
Modifying the HPLC Properties
Use the Properties page for the EASY-nLC HPLC device to do the following:
• Enter the loop volume of the sample loop that you are using in the EASY-nLC
instrument.
• Set up the solvent system to deliver a low flow of solvent when the instrument is idle.
• Specify the column setup that you are using.
• Turn on the Load Speed Protection feature.
• Turn on the Automatic Pre-run Maintenance feature.
 To modify the device properties
1. From the instrument’s touch screen, do the following:
a. Open the Maintenance > Devices page.
b. In the Devices list, select EASY-nLC (HPLC), and then press the Properties tab.
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Modifying the HPLC Properties
The Properties view for the HPLC device on the Maintenance > Devices page opens
(Figure 10).
Figure 10. EASY-nLC (HPLC) Properties view
c. Press the corresponding box to open the keypad and enter the appropriate numeric
values for these parameters:
• For Loop Volume, type the nominal volume of the sample loop installed on
valve S (5, 20, or 50 μL).
• For Idle Flow Rate, type an appropriate value, in nL/min. When idle, the
instrument pumps the specified solvent mixture at the specified flow rate.
• For Idle Mixture %B, type a value from 0 to 100.
d. Select or clear these check boxes as appropriate: One Column Setup, Load Speed
Protection (LSP), and Automatic Pre-run Maintenance.
Note These check boxes are available in the following versions of the EASY-nLC
touch-screen application:
• One Column Setup
• LSP
• Automatic Pre-run Maintenance
e. Click Apply.
2. In the EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box of the Foundation Instrument Configuration
window, click Test Connection. Then verify the new settings.
For information about the EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box, see “Setting Up the
EASY-nLC Configuration” on page 9.
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Creating Xcalibur Instrument Methods
This chapter describes how to set up the instrument method parameters for the EASY-nLC
instrument.
An Xcalibur instrument method (.meth) contains the chromatographic and data acquisition
parameters for your LC/MS system. When creating new instrument methods, set up the
parameters for all of the configured devices.
Contents
• Setting Up the EASY-nLC Instrument Method Parameters
• Saving Instrument Methods
Note For information about setting up the instrument method parameters for the mass
spectrometer, refer to the Help for the mass spectrometer.
Setting Up the EASY-nLC Instrument Method Parameters
Use the Instrument Setup window of the Xcalibur data system to create instrument methods
for your LC/MS system. To create an instrument method, enter the data acquisition settings
for the mass spectrometer and the injection and chromatographic settings for the LC system.
 To open the Instrument Setup window
From the Xcalibur Home Page, do one of the following:
• Choose GoTo > Instrument Setup.
–or–
• Click the Instrument Setup icon in the Roadmap view of the Home Page.
The Instrument Setup window opens. The view bar contains icons for the configured
devices.
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 To set up the instrument method parameters for the EASY-nLC instrument
1. In the view bar of the Instrument Setup window, click the Thermo EASY-nLC icon.
The EASY-nLC view opens in the Instrument Setup window with the Sample Pickup and
Loading page displayed (see Figure 11). At the bottom of the view, the Solvents area lists
the solvents specified in the instrument configuration. To change the names of the mobile
phase solvents, see “Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration” on page 9.
2. Enter the appropriate instrument method settings for the EASY-nLC instrument. Click
Next to open the remaining three pages of the EASY-nLC view page by page.
Figure 11 shows the Sample Pickup and Loading page of the EASY-nLC view.
Figure 11. EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window
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For information about the pages of the EASY-nLC view, see these topics:
• Sample Pickup and Loading Page next topic
• “Gradient Page” on page 27
• “Pre-Column and Analytical Column Page” on page 30
• “Autosampler Page” on page 33
• “EASY-Spray Page” on page 36
Sample Pickup and Loading Page
Use the Sample Pickup and Loading page to specify the following:
• The sample volume that the autosampler withdraws (injection volume) from the vial or
well position in the Xcalibur injection sequence and the flow rate at which the
autosampler draws the sample into the sample loop
• The solvent volume that pump A uses to push the sample out of the sample loop and
onto the column assembly and the flow rate and maximum pressure for the sample
loading step
 To open the Sample Pickup and Loading page
1. Open the EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window.
2. If the Sample Pickup and Loading page is not displayed, click the Sample Pickup and
Loading tab.
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Table 6 describes the parameters on the Sample Pickup and Loading page of the EASY-nLC
view of the Instrument Setup window.
Table 6. Sample Pickup and Loading page parameters
Parameter
Description
Sample Pickup
Volume (μL)
Specifies the sample volume that the autosampler withdraws from the vial or well position
specified in the Xcalibur sequence.
Maximum volume = sample loop volume – 2 μL
The graphic on the Home > Overview page (touch screen) displays the sample loop size.
Flow (μL/min)
Specifies the flow rate at which pump S draws the sample into the sample loop.
Range: 0 to 40 μL/min (The flow must be greater than 0 when the sample pickup volume is
greater than 0.)
Tip For aqueous sample matrixes, set the flow rate to 20 μL/min.
Sample Loading
Volume (μL)
Specifies the volume of solvent A that the instrument uses to push the sample out of the
sample loop and onto the precolumn (two-column setup) or the analytical column
(one-column setup).
Typically, two times the sample pickup volume plus 2 μL is sufficient.
Range: 0 to 137 μL
IMPORTANT The maximum allowable entry is 137 μL; however, for Xcalibur sequence
runs, the sample loading volume plus the precolumn equilibration volume plus the analytical
column equilibration volume must be less than 120 μL.
See “Taking Corrective Action for Run-Time Errors” on page 48.
Flow (μL/min)
Specifies the flow rate at which pump A pumps solvent A through the instrument to push
the sample out of the loop and onto the precolumn or analytical column.
If the Flow box is empty, the instrument runs at the set pressure.
Range: 0 to 100 μL/min
Max Pressure (bar)
Specifies the maximum pressure for the sample loading step.
If the Max Pressure box is empty, the instrument runs at the set flow rate.
EASY-nLC 1200 range: 0 to 1180 bar
Tip If both the Max Pressure and Flow boxes are empty, the instrument runs at the maximum instrument pressure.
Leave these boxes empty if you want the instrument to run at the highest possible flow rate that is allowed under the
maximum instrument pressure limit.
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Gradient Page
Use the Gradient page to set up the gradient program (see Figure 12).
 To open the Gradient page
1. Open the EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window.
2. Click the Gradient tab. If you do not see the Gradient tab, click Next.
Figure 12. Gradient page
 To set up the gradient program
1. In the Time = 0.00 row, do the following:
• In the Flow (nL/min) column, type a value from 1 to 2000.
• In the %B column, type a value from 0 to 100.
2. To add an additional time point (table row), click Add.
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3. In rows 2 or higher of the gradient table, do the following:
a. In the Duration column, type a value from 0.01 to 9999.49.
The value in the Duration column is the length of time that you want the instrument
to take to reach the specified flow and %B conditions. When you type a value in the
Duration column, the value in the Time column changes to the current Duration
value plus the value in the previous row.
b. In the Flow (nL/min) column, type a value from 1 to 2000.
c. In the %B column, type a value from 0 to 100.
Both the flow rate and %B composition change linearly between time points.
4. Edit the table as follows:
• To delete a row, select the row and click Del.
• To reorder the rows as applicable, select the row and click Up or Down.
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Table 7 describes the parameters on the Gradient page.
Table 7. Gradient page parameters
Parameter
Description
Table
Time
Specifies the run time when the instrument reaches the conditions specified in the flow
and %B columns.
Duration
Specifies the length of time between the previous and current time points.
Range: 0.01 to 9999.59 min
Flow (nL/min)
Specifies the mobile phase flow rate for the current time point.
Range: 1 to 2000 nL/min
%B
Specifies the percent composition of solvent B in the mobile phase for the current time
point.
Buttons
Add
Adds a row to the gradient program.
Del
Deletes the selected row from the gradient program.
Up
Moves the selected row up.
Down
Moves the selected row down.
Graph
Flow (nL/min)
The y axis on the left side of the graph displays the flow scale.
A black line represents the change in flow rate with time.
AB mixture (%B)
The y axis on the right side of the graph displays the percentage of solvent B.
A red line represents change in %B with time.
Time (min)
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Pre-Column and Analytical Column Page
Use the Pre-column and Analytical Column page to set up the column equilibration steps
(see Figure 13).
 To open the Pre-column and Analytical Column page
1. Open the EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window.
2. Click the Pre-column and Analytical Column tab. If you do not see the Pre-column and
Analytical Column tab, click Next.
Figure 13. Pre-column and Analytical Column page
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Table 8 describes the parameters on the Pre-column and Analytical Column page.
Note For information about determining the appropriate flow rate for the precolumn and
analytical column equilibration steps, refer to the EASY-nLC 1200 Getting Started Guide.
Table 8. Pre-column and Analytical Column page parameters (Sheet 1 of 2)
Parameter
Description
Pre-column Equilibration
Volume (μL)
Specifies the volume of solvent A that pump A pushes through the precolumn to waste
during the precolumn equilibration step.
Range: 0 to 137 μL
IMPORTANT The maximum allowable entry is 137 μL; however, for Xcalibur sequence
runs, the sample loading volume plus the precolumn equilibration volume plus the analytical
column equilibration volume must be less than 120 μL.
Flow (μL/min)
Specifies the flow rate for the precolumn equilibration step. If the Flow box is empty, the
instrument runs at the set pressure.
Range: 0 to 100 μL/min
Max Pressure (bar)
Specifies the maximum pressure for the precolumn equilibration step. If the Max Pressure
box is empty, the instrument runs at the set flow rate.
EASY-nLC 1200 range: 0 to 1180 bar
Tip If both the Max Pressure and Flow boxes are empty, the instrument runs at the maximum instrument pressure.
Leave these boxes empty if you want the instrument to run at the highest possible flow rate that is allowed under the
maximum instrument pressure limit.
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Table 8. Pre-column and Analytical Column page parameters (Sheet 2 of 2)
Parameter
Description
Analytical Column Equilibration
Volume (μL)
Specifies the volume of solvent A that pump A pushes through the analytical column during
the analytical column equilibration step.
Range: 0 to 137 μL
IMPORTANT The maximum allowable entry is 137 μL; however, for Xcalibur sequence
runs, the sample loading volume plus the precolumn equilibration volume plus the analytical
column equilibration volume must be less than 120 μL.
See “Taking Corrective Action for Run-Time Errors” on page 48.
Flow (μL/min)
Specifies the flow rate for the analytical column equilibration step. If the Flow box is empty,
the instrument runs at the set pressure.
Range: 0 to 3 μL/min
Max Pressure (bar)
Specifies the maximum pressure for the analytical column equilibration step.
EASY-nLC 1200 range: 0 to 1180 bar
Note If both the Max Pressure and Flow boxes are empty, the instrument runs at the maximum instrument
pressure. Leave these boxes empty if you want the instrument to run at the highest possible flow rate that is allowed
under the maximum instrument pressure limit.
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Autosampler Page
Use the Autosampler page to set up the wash step for the needle and sample loop (Figure 14).
 To open the Autosampler page
1. Open the EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window.
2. Click the Autosampler tab. If you do not see the Autosampler tab, click Next until the
tab appears.
Figure 14. Autosampler page
 To set up the standard autosampler wash step
1. Select the Standard option.
2. In the Flush Volume (μL) box, type the volume of solvent A (from wash bottle 3) that the
autosampler uses to flush the needle and the sample loop.
The range depends on the sample loop size (see Table 9 on page 35).
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 To set up a custom wash program
1. Select the Custom option.
The custom wash table becomes available.
2. For each row that you want to add to the program, click Add.
You can select a different wash solvent for each row.
3. Edit each row as follows:
• In the Source column, select the wash solvent source: Bottle 1, Bottle 2, or Bottle 3.
IMPORTANT
The EASY-nLC tray compartment holds up to four wash bottles:
• Bottles 1 and 2 in positions W1 and W2 can contain custom wash solvents.
• Bottle 3 in position W3 must contain solvent A.
• Bottle 4 in position W4 must contain the needle wash insert.
During a custom wash program, the autosampler does the following:
1. Empties the contents of pump S into the needle wash bottle (W4).
2. Performs the steps in the custom wash program. During each cycle, the
autosampler draws solvent from the specified bottle and then ejects the
solvent into the needle wash bottle (W4).
3. Performs a final wash cycle with a preset volume of solvent A from bottle 3
(W3).
4. Refills pump S with solvent A from bottle 3 (W3) to be ready for the next
injection.
• In the Volume (μL) column, type a volume from 0 to the sample loop size plus 8 μL.
If you enter a volume that is higher than 58 μL, an Invalid Method Parameter
message box appears and the program resets the volume to the maximum allowed.
• In the Cycles column, type a value from 0 to 10.
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Table 9 describes the parameters on the Autosampler page.
Table 9. Autosampler page parameters (Sheet 1 of 2)
Parameter
Description
Standard
Standard option
Selecting this option enables the standard wash option.
Flush Volume (μL)
Specifies the flush volume that pump S is to push through the sample loop.
Range for the 20 μL sample loop: 30.25 to 100.75 μL
Range for the 50 μL sample loop: 60.26 to 70.75 μL
Custom
Custom option
Selecting this option enables the custom wash program.
For information about the steps that the autosampler performs during a custom wash
program, see “To set up a custom wash program” on page 34.
Custom wash table columns
Order
Defines the order of the custom wash steps.
Source
Specifies the wash solvent source for the current wash step.
Selections: Bottle 1, Bottle 2, or Bottle 3
Note Bottles 1 and 2 contain custom wash solvents. Bottle 3 contains solvent A.
Volume (μL)
Specifies the wash solvent volume for each wash cycle.
Maximum entry volume: 58 μL
Maximum allowed volume at run time: Sample loop size plus 8 μL
Note The method editor of the EASY-nLC VI control software does not know the
configured sample loop size. When you submit a sequence with the instrument method,
the data system’s acquisition service validates the custom wash volumes against the
configured sample loop size. To prevent solvent from being drawn into pump S, the
instrument control software limits the volume to the sample loop size plus 8 μL.
For information about changing the sample loop size on the Maintenance > Devices page
of the touch-screen application, see “Modifying the HPLC Properties” on page 20.
Cycles
Specifies the number of wash cycles for the wash step.
Range: 1 to 10
Note For each cycle, the autosampler draws the specified volume of wash solvent from the
specified source into the needle and then ejects the wash solvent into wash bottle 4 (W4).
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Setting Up the EASY-nLC Instrument Method Parameters
Table 9. Autosampler page parameters (Sheet 2 of 2)
Parameter
Description
Buttons
Add
Adds a row to the wash program.
Del
Deletes the selected row from the wash program.
Up
Moves the selected row up.
Down
Moves the selected row down.
EASY-Spray Page
Use the EASY-Spray page to control the temperature of the column heater during a sequence
run.
 To open the EASY-Spray page
1. Open the EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window.
2. Click the EASY-Spray tab. If you do not see the EASY-Spray tab, click Next until the tab
appears (Figure 15).
Tip If the Autosampler tab is the last tab, check whether the Device list on the
Maintenance > Devices page of the touch-screen application lists the EASY-Spray
column heater (see “Accessing the Devices Page of the Touch-screen Application” on
page 17).
Figure 15. EASY-Spray page with the default settings
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Setting Up the EASY-nLC Instrument Method Parameters
 To specify the column heater temperature
1. On the EASY-Spray page, select the Column Heating check box.
2. Type a temperature from 30 to 60 °C.
Tip If you cannot control the column heater temperature, check the following:
• If the temperature readout on the EASY-Spray ion source is blank, make sure that the
P-Bus cable is properly connected and that the EASY-nLC instrument is turned on.
• If the temperature readout in the EASY-Spray dialog box (available from the Home >
Overview page of the touch-screen application) displays a question mark and the
temperature readout on the EASY-Spray ion source displays two vertical bars, make
sure that the EASY-Spray column is plugged into the EASY-Spray ion source’s Heater
port.
For more information about the EASY-Spray ion source, refer to the EASY-Spray Series Ion
Source User Guide.
Table 9 describes the parameters on the EASY-Spray page.
Table 10. EASY-Spray page parameters
Parameter
Description
Column Heating
Selecting this check box turns on the remote column heater control. Clearing this check box
turns off the remote column heater control.
Default: Clear
Column Temperature
(T)
Specifies the temperature setting for the EASY-Spray column. The data system downloads
this setting to the EASY-Spray ion source at the beginning of a sample run.
Default: 30 °C
Range: 30–60 °C
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Saving Instrument Methods
Saving Instrument Methods
After you set up the instrument method parameters for the LC/MS system, save the
instrument method to an appropriate directory.
 To save your current instrument method
1. Choose File > Save As.
The Save As dialog box opens.
2. In the File Name box, type a name for the new instrument method.
3. Click Save.
The File Summary Information dialog box opens.
4. Click OK.
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Creating Sequences
Creating and Running Sequences
This chapter describes how to create and run sequences in the Xcalibur Sequence Setup view.
Contents
• Creating Sequences
• Setting Up the Injection Positions with the Sample Position Selector
• Running Sequences
• Taking Corrective Action for Run-Time Errors
Creating Sequences
In the Xcalibur data system, the table that contains the sample injection information is called
a sequence. In addition to the data file name for each injection, the sequence must contain the
vial or microplate well positions of the samples (unknowns, calibration standards, quality
control check standards, and so on) in the sample set, the instrument method to be used, and
the injection volume. You can specify a different instrument method for each injection.
Tip You cannot change the tray type for the EASY-nLC instrument in the Sequence Setup
view of the Xcalibur Home Page. If you choose Change > Tray Name from the menu bar,
the following Home Page message appears:
The configured autosampler does not offer any selection of trays.
To change the tray type, close the Xcalibur data system. Then, open the EASY-nLC
Configuration dialog box as described in “Setting Up the EASY-nLC Configuration” on
page 9 and select the appropriate tray type.
 To create sequences in the Xcalibur data system
1. Do one of the following to open the Home Page – Sequence Setup view:
• From the Home Page – Roadmap view, click the Sequence Setup icon,
.
• From any Home Page view, choose View > Sequence Setup View.
• From the Instrument Setup window, click the Home Page icon,
choose View > Sequence Setup View.
, and then
2. To open the New Sequence Template dialog box, choose File > New.
The New Sequence Template dialog box opens (see Figure 16).
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Creating Sequences
Figure 16. New Sequence Template dialog box
For the EASY-nLC
instrument, you cannot
change the tray type in
the Sequence Setup
view. Tray Type is a
read-only parameter.
3. In the General area, do the following:
• Type the base file name for the data files.
• Type a starting number for the value that the data system appends to the base file
name.
• Browse to select the directory location for the data files in the Path box.
• Browse to select the instrument method in the Instrument Method box.
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4. Set up the vial or well positions by doing one of the following:
• To use the text boxes in the Samples area of the New Sequence Template dialog box,
go to step 5.
–or–
• To use the Sample Position Selector dialog box, go to “Setting Up the Injection
Positions with the Sample Position Selector” on page 43.
Tip You can set up the sample positions for a sequence in three ways:
• In the Samples area of the New Template Sequence dialog box, type the
number of samples in the Number of Samples box and the starting vial
position in the Initial Vial Position box.
• In the Sample Position Selector dialog box, do one of the following:
–
Type the number of samples in the Number of Samples to Select box,
and then click Select (see Figure 18 on page 44).
–
Click the positions in the Plate Rack and Vial Rack areas. Use this
method to set up noncontiguous, nonsequential, or noncontiguous and
nonsequential positions.
5. Set up the vial or well positions by using the Samples area of the New Sequence Template
dialog box as follows:
• In the Number of Samples box, type the number of samples for the injection
sequence.
• In the Injections per Sample box, type the number of injections that you want the
autosampler to make for each sample.
• For replicate sample injections, do the following:
–
Select the Re-Use Vial Positions check box if you want the autosampler to make
replicate injections from the same sample vial or well. Make sure that the vial or
well contains a sufficient volume.
–
Clear the Re-Use Vial Positions check box if you want the autosampler to make
replicate injections from different sample vials or wells. Load the autosampler
with a sufficient number of replicate samples.
• In the Initial Vial Position box, type the vial position for the first sample injection.
For alphanumeric entries, use uppercase letters (see “Taking Corrective Action for
Run-Time Errors” on page 48).
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Creating Sequences
Note The sequence editor fills in the Positions column of the sequence table with
contiguous vial or well locations based on the initial position, the number of samples,
the number of replicate injections, and the sample selection layout option selected in
the Foundation Instrument Configuration window.
• Selecting the Row First option in the instrument configuration application
prompts the sequence editor to fill in the positions row by row (for example,
A1–A8, B1–B8, and so on).
• Selecting the Column First option in the instrument configuration application
prompts the sequence editor to fill in the positions column by column (for
example, A1–F1, A2–B2, and so on).
• Clearing the Re-Use Vials check box prompts the sequence editor to enter an
additional vial or well position for each replicate.
6. To set up the remaining parameters in the New Sequence Template dialog box, refer to
the Sequence Setup view Help.
7. Click OK to create the sample sequence.
The sequence information appears in the Sequence Setup view (see Figure 17).
Figure 17. Sequence Setup view on the Xcalibur Home Page
When the Inj Vol column lists a value of –1,
the instrument uses the Sample Pickup volume
that is specified in the instrument method.
8. Check the following:
• The vial or well values in the Position column—Make sure that the entries are valid
and use uppercase letters.
• The numeric value in the Inj Vol column—When the value is –1, the data system
uses the sample pickup volume specified in the instrument method.
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IMPORTANT The sequence table contains a column called Inj Vol (injection
volume). If the column does not appear, choose Change > Column
Arrangement and add the Inj Vol column to the displayed columns.
To ensure that the injection volume specified in the instrument method file is
used as intended, the default value in the Inj Vol column is set to –1, which is an
invalid injection volume. When the Xcalibur data system detects the invalid value
during a run, it automatically takes the actual injection volume from the
corresponding instrument method file, overriding the –1 with the correct value.
During a run, the autosampler draws the specified injection volume (sample
pickup volume) into the sample loop. The system then flushes the sample out of
the sample loop and onto the LC column with the specified sample loading
volume. Specifying an insufficient loading volume can result in blank injections
or poor injection reproducibility because the system is either not loading or only
partially loading the sample onto the LC column.
Changing the sample pickup volume by specifying a different value in the Inj Vol
column of the sequence does not change the sample loading volume specified in
the instrument method. To prevent incompatible settings, avoid using the Inj Vol
column to vary the injection volume. Instead, create different instrument
methods, where each instrument method contains compatible settings for the
sample loading and sample pickup volumes (see “Sample Pickup and Loading
Page” on page 25). You can use a different instrument method for each sequence
row.
Setting Up the Injection Positions with the Sample Position Selector
For information about the parameters in the Sample Position Selector dialog box, see Table 5
on page 16. The functionality of the Sample Position Selector dialog box depends on where
you access the dialog box:
• When you open the Sample Position Selector dialog box from the EASY-nLC
Configuration dialog box of the Thermo Foundation > Instrument Configuration
window, use the dialog box to set up the sample layout and initial vial or microplate well
position for an injection sequence (see “Setting Up the Sample Layout and Start Position”
on page 15).
• When you open the Sample Position Selector dialog box from the New Sequence
Template dialog box in the Xcalibur Sequence Setup view, use the dialog box to
interactively set up the vial or microplate well positions for the injection sequence as
described in the following procedure.
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Note The sample position nomenclature is as follows:
• For 6 × 8 vials, the rows are labeled A–F and the columns are labeled 1–8. The
nomenclature for the column A and row 1 position is A1.
• For the large vials in the Vial Rack area, the nomenclature is 1-V1 to 1-V6.
• For the microplate wells of a 96-well microplate, the nomenclature for the well
positions is A1 to H12.
• For the microplate wells of a 384-well microplate, the nomenclature for the well
positions is A1 to P24.
 To open the Sample Position Selector dialog box from the New Sequence Template
dialog box and set up the sample positions
1. Click Select Vials in the Samples Area (see Figure 16 on page 40).
The Thermo EASY-nLC Sample Position Selector dialog box opens (see Figure 18). The
rows for the 6 × 8 vial tray are labeled A–F, and the columns are labeled 1–8. The six
additional vials in the Vial Rack area are numbered 1-V1 to 1-V6.
Figure 18. Thermo EASY-nLC Sample Position Selector dialog box
2. Follow one of these procedures:
• To select vials or wells by using the Plate Rack and Vial Rack areas
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• To select contiguous vials or wells in sequential order by using the Select button
3. To set up the remaining parameters in the New Sequence Template dialog box, refer to
the Sequence Setup view Help.
4. Click OK to create the sample sequence.
The sequence information appears in the Sequence Setup view on the Xcalibur Home
Page (see Figure 17 on page 42).
 To select vials or wells by using the Plate Rack and Vial Rack areas
1. In the Sample Positions (Click on Plate or Select Button) area, click Clear All.
This clears the Initial Position box and any selected positions on the Plate Rack and the
Vial Rack.
2. Select contiguous or noncontiguous vials or wells in a sequential or nonsequential order
by clicking the positions on the Plate Rack and Vial Rack areas in the order that you want
the samples to be injected.
Clicking a position turns it green. The first position that you click becomes the initial
position in the sequence table. The sequence editor ignores the option selected in the
Sample Selection Layout area and fills in the remaining rows in the order of your
selections.
3. Click OK to return to the New Sequence Template dialog box.
 To select contiguous vials or wells in sequential order by using the Select button
1. In the Sample Positions (Click on Plate or Select Button) area, click Clear All.
This clears the Initial Position box and any selected positions on the Plate Rack and the
Vial Rack.
2. In the Sample Selection Layout area, select either the Row First or the Column First
option.
3. In the Number of Samples to Select box, type the number of sample vials or wells.
4. Click Select.
The Plate Rack area displays the selected positions in green.
5. Click OK to return to the New Sequence Template dialog box.
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Running Sequences
After you create a sequence with the appropriate data file names, instrument methods, and
injection positions, you can run one or more rows of the sequence from the Sequence Setup
view.
 To run a single sample, a range of samples, or the entire sequence set
1. In the Sequence Setup view, do one of the following:
• To inject a single sample, select the specific row in the sequence table. Then choose
Actions > Run This Sample, or click the Run Sample icon,
, in the Sequence
Editor toolbar.
• To inject a range of samples, select the samples that you want to inject in the
sequence table. Then choose Actions > Run Sequence, or click the Run Sequence
icon,
, in the Sequence Editor toolbar.
–or–
• To inject the entire sequence, choose Actions > Run Sequence, or click the Run
Sequence icon,
, in the Sequence Editor toolbar.
One of the following actions occurs:
• If the data system detects a new instrument configuration, the Change Instruments
In Use dialog box opens (Figure 19). Go to step 2.
• If the instrument configuration has not changed since the last sequence run, the Run
Sequence dialog box opens (Figure 20). Go to step 3.
Figure 19. Change Instruments In Use dialog box
2. If the Change Instruments In Use dialog box opens, do one of the following:
• If the EASY-nLC instrument is not listed as the Start Instrument, click the
EASY-nLC row in the Start Instrument column and select Yes. Then click OK to
accept the new setting.
• If the EASY-nLC instrument is listed as the Start Instrument, click OK.
The Run Sequence dialog box opens (see Figure 20).
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Figure 20. Run Sequence dialog box
Start
instrument
3. Check whether the EASY-nLC instrument is listed as the start instrument in the
Acquisition Options area.
The Start Instrument column displays Yes for the instrument that triggers data
acquisition. When the EASY-nLC instrument begins its gradient program, it signals the
MS detector to begin data acquisition. This signal is transmitted through the contact
closure cable.
4. Depending on whether the EASY-nLC instrument is listed as the start instrument, do
one of the following:
• If it is listed as the start instrument, go to step 6.
• If it is not listed as the start instrument, go to step 5.
5. To make the EASY-nLC instrument the start instrument, do the following:
a. Click Change Instruments.
The Change Instruments In Use dialog box opens.
b. Click the Thermo EASY-nLC row in the Start Instrument column.
The blank cell now displays Yes.
c. Click OK to accept the new setting and close the dialog box.
6. In the Run Sequence dialog box, do the following:
a. Make sure that the Start When Ready check box is selected.
b. Check the range in the Run Rows box.
c. Click OK to submit the sample run to the acquisition queue.
If the Automatic Pre-run Maintenance feature is turned on and more than 8 hours have
elapsed since the last sequence began, the instrument automatically runs the Flush Air script
before running the new sequence. For more information about the Automatic Pre-run
Maintenance feature, see “Modifying the HPLC Properties” on page 20.
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Taking Corrective Action for Run-Time Errors
The method editor in the EASY-nLC view of the Instrument Setup window checks each
parameter entry; however, it does not check for volume conflicts among the entries.
If you have specified an invalid volume for sample loading, column equilibration, or the
gradient program, an error message appears when you attempt to run samples with the
instrument method from the Sequence Setup view.
Table 11 describes the corrective action for common run-time errors that are caused by
incompatible settings in the instrument method (.METH).
Table 11. Run-time errors caused by incompatible settings in the instrument method
Message
Corrective action
Sample pickup flow must be greater Enter a nonzero flow rate in the Flow box in the
than 0 when pickup volume is
Sample Pickup area on the Sample Pickup and
not 0.
Loading Page.
Solvent A consumption in the
method is greater than 120.0
during precolumn, analytical
column, and sample loading.
Modify the method so that the total volume is less
than 120 μL for these three steps: sample loading,
precolumn equilibration, and analytical column
equilibration.
Gradient: Solvent A consumption is Check the gradient table. Reduce the volume of
greater than 132 μL.
solvent A in the gradient program.
Autosampler wash flush volume out For a 20 μL sample loop, enter a volume from 30.25
of range:137 (30.25<—>100.75)
to 100.75 μL in the Flush Volume box in the
Standard Wash area of the Autosampler page.
Table 12 lists a common run-time error caused by incorrect entries in the Xcalibur sequence.
Table 12. Run-time error caused by incorrect entries in the sequence table
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Message
Remedy
EASY-nLC devices reported an
error during the Prepare for Run
command.
Reduce the injection volume (sample pickup volume).
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The sample pickup volume cannot be greater than the
sample loop size minus 2 μL, or 18 μL for a 20 μL
sample loop.
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Viewing the Run Status in the Information View
Use the Status page of the Xcalibur Information view to view the run status of the
EASY-nLC instrument.
 To monitor the run status for the EASY-nLC instrument from the Information view
1. Open the Xcalibur Home Page window as follows:
• From the Processing Setup window, choose GoTo > Xcalibur Home Page.
• From the Instrument Setup window, click the Return to Home Page icon,
the toolbar.
, on
Note The Qual and Quan Browser windows open in front of the Home Page
window.
2. If the Information view is hidden, click the Info View icon,
(Figure 21).
, in the View toolbar
3. During a run, click the Thermo EASY-nLC expand/collapse icon to display the
EASY-nLC run progress and the instrument component readouts on the bottom portion
of the Status page.
4. If the MS detector remains in the Waiting for Contact Closure state during a run, do the
following:
• Check the contact closure connection between the contact closure pins on the back
panel of the EASY-nLC instrument and the MS detector’s Start In pins.
• Check the MS detector selection (with the part number for the appropriate contact
closure cable) on the Configuration > Connections page of the EASY-nLC
touch-screen application.
Figure 21 shows the Status page for an LC/MS system with an EASY-nLC instrument and an
LTQ XL™ MS detector. The Load Sample state for the EASY-nLC (instrument) means that
the EASY-nLC instrument is currently loading the sample onto the column assembly. The
Waiting for Contact Closure state for the mass spectrometer means that the MS detector is
waiting for the contact closure signal from the EASY-nLC instrument.
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Figure 21. Status page of the Information view
Info view icon
Expand/collapse icon
Status messages
Run-time steps for
the EASY-nLC
instrument
During a run, the MS detector remains
in the Waiting for Contact Closure state
until the LC instrument sends the
start data acquisition signal.
Status of the
instrument
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Index
A
About box, touch-screen application 10
Acquisition Server error messages 48
Automatic Pre-run Maintenance feature 21, 47
autosampler model 11, 14
Autosampler page 33
B
blank injections 43
C
Change > Tray Name command 39
Change Instruments In Use dialog box 46
Column first option, Sample Position Selector dialog box 45
column heater, EASY-Spray ion source 37
communication issues
caused by Ethernet cable or incorrect IP addresses 7
caused by virus scanner software 4
testing the Ethernet connection 11
computer
See data system computer
configuration parameters, EASY-nLC 13
contact closure cable 47, 49
contacting us x
current user, touch-screen application 10
Custom option, autosampler wash step 35
Cycles box, autosampler wash step 35
D
data acquisition, premature termination of v
data system computer
connecting to EASY-nLC instrument 7
power saver settings viii
system requirements vii
virus scanner setting 4
device driver
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installing 3
system requirements vii
uninstalling 2
Device Types list 9
Devices InstallShield Wizard 3
Driver Info readout 14
duration, gradient program 29
E
EASY-nLC VI control software
Autosampler page 33
EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box 13
EASY-nLC view, Instrument Setup window 24
Gradient page 27
Pre-Column and Analytical Column page 30
Sample Pickup and Loading page 25
Sample Position Selector dialog box 15, 43
EASY-Spray column heater
adding to the Devices list 19
controlling the temperature 37
Edit button, EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box 14
error messages, run time 48
Ethernet connection 7
F
F1 key, accessing Help with vi
firewall, network 2
flow rate
analytical column equilibration step 32
gradient program 29
precolumn equilibration step 31
sample loading step 26
sample pickup step 26
Foundation platform vii
G
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H
Heater port, EASY-Spray ion source 37
Help, accessing vi
hibernate setting viii
Home Page icon 39
I
Idle Flow Rate readout 14
Idle Mixture readout 14
Information view, Xcalibur data system 49
Initial Position entry 14
injection volume 25, 42
instrument control software
See device driver and EASY-nLC VI control software
Intelligent Flow Control (IFC) system readout 14
IP address, EASY-nLC instrument 13
IRC communication 5
L
LAN port, EASY-nLC 7
Loop Volume readout 14
M
manuals, accessing from the data system computer vi
maximum pressure
analytical column equilibration step 32
precolumn equilibration step 31
sample loading step 26
McAfee virus scanner 4
microwell plates 14
MS detector, triggering data acquisition 47, 49
N
negative value in the Inj Vol column of the
Sequence Setup view 42
network cards vii
network configuration, EASY-nLC 10
network firewall 2
New Sequence Template dialog box, Xcalibur 39
nomenclature, sample position 44
P
parameter description tables
Autosampler page 35
EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box 13
EASY-Spray page 37
Gradient page 29
Pre-column and Analytical Column page 31
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Sample Position Selector dialog box 16
P-Bus cable 37
plate installed, selecting 14
Plate Rack area, Sample Position Selector dialog box 45
plate type 14
port 22, TCP/IP traffic 2
Position column, Sequence Setup view table 42
power saver settings viii
Pre-Column and Analytical Column page 30
prerequisites, installation 1
pressure, maximum
See maximum pressure
pump solvents, A and B 14
R
readouts
EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box 14
Status page, Information view 49
Tray Type box, New Sequence Template
dialog box 40
release notes vii
requirements
computer vii
software vii
Row First option, Sample Position Selector dialog box 45
Run Sample icon, Sequence Setup view 46
Run Sequence dialog box 46
Run Sequence icon, Sequence Setup view 46
run time error messages 48
S
sample layout and start position, configuration setting for 15
sample layout, selecting 14
sample loop size 48
Sample Pickup and Loading page 25
Sample Position Selector dialog box
selecting sample layout and start position for the
instrument configuration 15
selecting the vial or microplate well positions for a
sequence 44
screen saver settings viii
Select Vials button, New Sequence Template dialog box 44
sequence runs
premature termination of v
setting up the injection sequence table 39
starting from the Sequence Setup view 46
Sequence Setup view of the Home Page window 39
software requirements vii
solvents
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specifying in solvent reservoir bottles 12, 14
wash bottles W1 to W3 34
Source list, autosampler wash step 35
Standard option, autosampler wash 33, 35
Start Position readout 14
Status page of the Information view, Home Page window 49
system requirements vii
T
temperature, EASY-Spray source column heater 37
Test Connection button 10, 13
Thermo EASY-nLC Configuration dialog box 9
Thermo Foundation Instrument Configuration window 7
Thermo logo, touch-screen application 10
touch-screen application
About box 10
Maintenance > Devices page 20
selecting the MS detector connected through contact
closure to the EASY-nLC instrument 49
version 12
tray type 14, 39
troubleshooting
communication issues viii, 7, 11
contact closure issues 49–50
data acquisition issues viii
run-time errors 48
Windows updates, automatic viii
X
Xcalibur data system
Column Arrangement dialog box, Sequence Setup
view 43
Instrument Setup window 23
New Sequence Template dialog box 39
Sequence Setup view 39
Status page, Information view, Home Page window 49
U
URLs, consumable parts x
User Name configuration parameter 13
user name, default 10
V
Vial Rack area, Sample Position Selector dialog box 44
vial rack positions 16
vial tray 14
virus scanner, McAfee 4
volume
analytical column equilibration 32
column in custom wash table 35
conflicts 48
flush, autosampler wash step 35
precolumn equilibration 31
sample loading 26
sample pickup 26
W
waiting for contact closure 49
wash, autosampler 35
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