Instructions for Use for
i-control
Document Part No.: 30018668
2011-03
Document Version No.: 1.8
Software Version No.: 1.8
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WARNING
CAREFULLY READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED
IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE OPERATING THE INSTRUMENT.
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About the Instructions for Use
This document describes i-control, which is a software to control Infinite Series
Tecan microplate readers. It is intended as a reference and instruction for the
user.
This manual instructs how to:
• Install the software
• Operate the software
Remarks on Screenshots
Data and parameters displayed in screenshots vary depending on the instrument
connected. Details and examples are described in the respective Instructions for
Use of the connected instrument.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction .................................................................................. 7
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Area of Application .......................................................................... 7
1.1.1 i-control Intended Use .............................................................. 7
Specifications .................................................................................. 7
1.2.1 Hardware Requirements ......................................................... 7
1.2.2 Reader Compatibility .............................................................. 9
1.2.3 CE Declaration for Europe ...................................................... 9
Software Installation ..................................................................... 10
1.3.1 Software Installation under Windows Vista, Windows 7 ........ 11
1.3.2 Hardware Wizard (only valid for WindowsXP) ....................... 13
Starting i-control.............................................................................. 16
1.4.1 Connected Instrument .......................................................... 16
1.4.2 Simulated Instrument ............................................................ 18
2. Measurement Parameter Editor ................................................ 21
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
Introduction ................................................................................... 21
Control Bar..................................................................................... 22
2.2.1 Lab Ware .............................................................................. 23
2.2.2 Measurements ...................................................................... 25
2.2.3 Actions ................................................................................. 43
2.2.4 Kinetic .................................................................................. 48
2.2.5 Miscellaneous ....................................................................... 50
Workflow Pane............................................................................... 52
2.3.1 Hierarchy of Elements .......................................................... 53
Info Pane ........................................................................................ 53
3. Defining Measurements ............................................................ 55
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
Defining End Point Measurements ............................................... 55
3.1.1 Plate Size – Part of the Plate ................................................ 57
Defining Multilabel Measurements ............................................... 58
Defining Kinetic Measurements ................................................... 62
3.3.1 Defining Well Kinetic Measurements with Injections ............. 64
3.3.2 The Difference between “Inject” and “Dispense” ................... 65
Indenting and Releasing Program Elements ............................... 66
3.4.1 Ways to Indent or Release Program Elements ..................... 67
4. Menus .......................................................................................... 69
4.1
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4.1.1
4.1.2
4.1.3
4.1.4
4.1.5
Bar ........................................................................................ 69
File Menu ............................................................................. 69
Edit Menu ............................................................................. 70
View Menu............................................................................ 70
Instrument Menu................................................................... 71
Settings Menu ...................................................................... 74
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4.2
4.1.6 Help Menu.............................................................................87
Toolbar ............................................................................................ 88
5. Batch Processing ....................................................................... 91
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
Introduction .................................................................................... 91
Microplate Requirements for Batch Processing .......................... 91
Start Stacker Run ........................................................................... 92
Restacking ...................................................................................... 93
Stacker Kinetics (available for Infinite F500 and M1000)............. 93
Index .................................................................................................. 95
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1. Introduction
1.
Introduction
1.1
Area of Application
i-control is an easy-to-use and flexible tool, which gives the user complete control
over Tecan readers.
i-control presents the raw data for further use in Excel, offering excellent features
for research purposes.
Note
Depending on the instrument connected and the modules equipped,
certain i-control features may be disabled or invisible.
1.1.1
i-control Intended Use
The i-control software is a general-purpose software accessory to a Tecan
Infinite Series reader, designed for professional use according to the software
specifications.
i-control is designed for use with Excel for data presentation.
1.2
Specifications
1.2.1
Hardware Requirements
The following hardware requirements and operating system requirements have to
be met to use the i-control software:
PC
Operating
System
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Recommended
Windows XP (32-bit):
Windows compatible PC with a
Pentium compatible processor
running at 1 GHz
2 GHz
(Dual Core)
Windows Vista (32 bit):
Windows compatible PC with a
Pentium compatible processor
running at 1 GHz
2 GHz
(Dual Core)
Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit):
Windows compatible PC with a
Pentium compatible processor
running at 1 GHz
2 GHz
(Dual Core)
Windows XP (32-bit) SP3
Windows Vista (32-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit)
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows XP
(32-bit) SP3
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Memory
Minimum
Recommended
Windows XP:
512 MB RAM
1 GB RAM
Windows Vista (32-bit):
1 GB RAM
2 GB RAM
Windows 7 (32-bit):
1 GB RAM
Windows 7 (64-bit):
2 GB RAM
Space
Requirements
700 MB
Monitor
Super VGA Graphics
Resolution
1024 x 768
Color Depth
256
Mouse
Microsoft mouse or compatible
pointing device
Communication
1 x USB 2.0
Devices
1 x CD-ROM drive
2 GB RAM
3 GB RAM
1 GB
1280 x 1024
2 x USB 2.0
1 x RS232
(Serial)
Windows Vista:
DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of
graphics memory (for Home Basic);
128 MB of graphics memory plus
WDDM support for all other
versions
Windows 7:
DirectX 9 graphics device with
WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
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.NET
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
If this version is not present, the
install/upgrade program will install it
side-by-side with any existing
installation of the .NET Framework.
Windows
Installer
3.1
If this version is not present, the
install/upgrade program will install it.
Microsoft Excel
2002
2003
2007
2010 (32-bit) – Starter edition NOT
supported!
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1.2.2
Reader Compatibility
The following Tecan readers can be used with i-control:
Instrument Types
Measurement Mode
Infinite M200
Infinite M200 Pro
Fluorescence / Absorbance / Luminescence
Infinite F200
Infinite F200 Pro
Fluorescence / Absorbance / Luminescence /
Fluorescence Polarization
Infinite F500
Fluorescence / Absorbance / Luminescence /
Fluorescence Polarization
Infinite M1000
Fluorescence / Absorbance / Luminescence /
Fluorescence Polarization
Infinite F50
Absorbance
Note
The Connect stacker can be used together with several instruments in
order to measure batches of plates. Please refer to the Connect
Instructions for Use for more information.
With the Infinite M1000 instrument, only the built-in stacker can be used.
1.2.3
CE Declaration for Europe
i-control is not a CE-marked product. Therefore no CE declaration for Europe is
available.
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1.3
Software Installation
CAUTION
YOU MUST HAVE ADMINISTRATIVE RIGHTS TO INSTALL THE
SOFTWARE.
CAUTION
INSTALL THE SOFTWARE BEFORE PLUGGING THE INSTRUMENT
INTO THE COMPUTER.
The i-control software is installed using the following procedure:
1.
2.
3.
Insert the installation CD into the appropriate disk drive or CD ROM drive.
Open the Windows Explorer and browse to folder Software on the
installation CD. Double-click i-Control <version>.exe to start the
installation procedure.
First of all Setup Prerequisites have to be installed:
Depending on your operating system different prerequisites have to be
installed. Click Next to continue.
4.
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A message box indicates that the prerequisites have been installed
successfully. Click OK to continue.
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6.
1.3.1
In the course of the installation a series of dialog boxes will appear. Read
each one, enter any necessary information and click Next to continue.
The files are installed and the program icon is created.
When the Installation Complete dialog box appears, click Finish and
the i-control program is ready to be used.
Software Installation under Windows Vista, Windows 7
When installing the software under Windows Vista, for security reasons, the user
has to decide whether to install the device driver software or not.
The following dialogs appear (example):
Click Install on both to continue.
In the right bottom screen corner, the operating system informs you on the
progress of installation:
Clicking Click here for status and the system displays in detail which driver has
been installed. The following window appears:
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If Click here for status is not clicked, several windows appear with information in
appearing and fading balloons about the current status of the installation (this
screenshot shows the last balloon, confirming successful installation of the
software):
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1.3.2
Hardware Wizard (only valid for WindowsXP)
If the instrument is plugged in after the software has been installed, the following
Hardware Wizard dialog boxes appear:
Depending on system configuration and installed drivers, this dialog box may
appear first:
Select No, not this time and click Next.
Select Install the software automatically and click Next.
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The Hardware Wizard searches for the device.
After the device has been found, click Next.
Depending on existing previous drivers, the following dialog box appears:
The wizard suggests the appropriate device.
Select Next to complete the New Hardware Wizard.
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Click Finish to complete installation. The software is ready for use.
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1.4
Starting i-control
i-control can be used either with a connected instrument or in simulation mode.
1.4.1
Connected Instrument
CAUTION
INSTALL THE SOFTWARE BEFORE CONNECTING THE INSTRUMENT
TO THE COMPUTER.
Connect the instrument to your computer and switch the instrument on. Start the
program by selecting Programs/Tecan/i-control from the Windows Start menu.
Select Connect from the Instrument menu or click the connect button
the following dialog box appears:
Example for the Infinite 200 instrument:
and
In the Connect to: dialog box select the instrument name.
In the Additionally connect to: field, select Connect, if a Connect stacker is
connected (for batch processing).
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Example for the Infinite M1000 instrument:
In the Connect to: dialog box select the instrument name.
Connect built-in stacker:
With the Infinite M1000 instrument, only the built-in stacker can be used (see
screenshot).
Click OK to start i-control.
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1.4.2
Simulated Instrument
Start the program by selecting Programs/Tecan/i-control from the Windows
Start menu. In the Connect to Instrument dialog box, select Show simulated
instruments; from the Instrument Name list, select the demo instrument to
connect to.
After selecting the simulated instrument, a drop-down list appears offering several
options, depending on the instrument selected above.
For the Infinite 200, for example, these options are:
• Filter: F200 normal or F200 enhanced or F200 with FP Option
• Monochromator: M200 normal or M200 enhanced
For the Infinite 200 Pro, for example, these options are:
• F200PRO_(PMT=NORMAL)
• F200PRO_(PMT=ENHANCED)
• F200PRO_WITH_FP_OPTION_(PMT=NORMAL)
• M200PRO_(PMT=NORMAL)
• M200PRO_(PMT= ENHANCED)
For the Infinite F500, for example, these options are:
• GF500_(PMT=NORMAL)_384
• GF500_(PMT=ENHANCED)_1536/384
• FI.TOP/ABS/HEA/SHK_ONLY_(PMT=Normal)_1536/384
• GF500_WITH_FP_(PMT=NORMAL)_384
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For the Infinite M1000, for example, these options are:
• M1000_384/1536
• M1000_FP_INJ_STACKER
• M1000_384/1536 LCE
• M1000_FP_INJ_STACKER LCE
For the Infinite F50, for example, these options are:
• F50PRO_4_FILTERS
• F50PRO_8_FILTERS
Connect built-in stacker:
With the Infinite M1000, the built-in stacker can be simulated. See selections as
shown in the screenshot above.
For a more detailed description on defining parameters for the respective
instrument, please refer to the instructions for use for the connected or simulated
instruments.
Select Reconnect to the selected instrument at next start up in case the
same instrument remains attached to one and the same computer.
Click OK to start i-control.
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2. Measurement Parameter Editor
2.
Measurement Parameter
Editor
2.1
Introduction
The main window of the i-control software is the Measurement Parameter
Editor, which is used to set up workflows. Each workflow is easily created by
dragging and dropping the process steps into a sequence according to the
application. The application workflow is then visible to the user in the workflow
pane and can be saved for future use. Each process step, that is each program
element, can be copied and pasted (menu Edit – Copy – Paste or using the
Windows standard shortcuts Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V) and moved to the desired position in
the workflow.
Data can be exported easily to Windows compatible formats (Excel).
Start the software and connect an instrument as described in the previous
chapter or select the simulation mode. The i-control main window appears
displaying the Measurement Parameter Editor:
Menu bar
Tool bar
Control
bar
Status
bar
Workflow pane
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2. Measurement Parameter Editor
The Measurement Parameter Editor consists of the following items which are
described in detail in the subsequent chapters:
• Menu bar
• Status bar
• Tool bar
• Workflow pane
• Control bar
• Info pane
In the left bottom corner of the main window, two tabs appear:
Standard: is displayed for standard applications
Application: is displayed for applications with NanoQuant plates which are
currently only available with the Infinite 200, Infinite 200 Pro, Infinite F 500
(DNA quantification only) and Infinite M 1000 available for FW 2.0 and higher
(Ref 30061442).
Please consult the Quick Guide for NanoQuant Plates and the respective
Instructions for Use of the instrument connected.
2.2
Control Bar
The Control bar is divided into five sections. Each section contains program
elements used to create an individual workflow. Depending on the instrument
connected and the modules installed, these available program elements may
vary; e.g. if the instrument is not equipped with an FP module, the FP element is
not visible in the measurement section.
Create a workflow either by double-clicking the selected program element or by
dragging and dropping it into the workflow pane.
The following program elements are available:
Lab Ware
Plate
Part of Plate
Well
Cuvette (M200 and M200 Pro)
Measurements
Absorbance
Absorbance Scan (M200, M200 Pro and M1000)
Fluorescence Intensity
Fluorescence Intensity Scan (M200, M200 Pro and
M1000)
Fluorescence Polarization (F200, F200 Pro, F500 and
M1000)
Luminescence
Luminescence Dual Color
Luminescence Scan (M1000 – available for FW 2.0
and higher - Ref 30061442)
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Actions
Temperature
Shaking
Injection
Dispense
Move Plate
Move Cuvette (M200, M200 Pro)
Kinetic
Kinetic Cycle
Kinetic Condition
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2. Measurement Parameter Editor
Miscellaneous
2.2.1
Comment
User Request
Wait for Temperature
Wait (Time)
Incubation
Lab Ware
Plate
The Plate program element is used to select a plate format from the Plate
definition drop-down list. Click Details... to see further information on the
selected plate.
If a plate with cover is used, select the Plate with cover checkbox.
The measurement will automatically measure all selected wells of the plate. If you
want to measure a specific well or a range of wells, click the link Use a part of the
plate in the lower right corner. See Part of Plate below.
Under Details… it is possible to apply a filter so that only certain plate definition
files are shown.
The Infinite F500 and M1000 may optionally be equipped with a barcode
scanner. Select the checkbox Read Barcode to have the barcode read.
The Read Barcode checkbox appears only if the instrument has a barcode
reader or if a stacker is connected and has a barcode reader. For further details
on the Barcode Scanner option refer to the Instructions for Use of the respective
instrument manual.
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2. Measurement Parameter Editor
Part of Plate
The Part of Plate program element is displayed according to the selected plate
format (number of wells). To measure individual wells, click the desired well or to
measure a range of wells drag a frame around the desired range.
Independent Parts of Plate
Clicking on Details…, the plate preview can be zoomed and independent parts of
the plate can be selected:
A second range of wells can be selected by pressing the Control key on the
keyboard and dragging a frame over the wells to be selected.
Well
Use the Well program element to perform measurements well by well. Without
this program element, all measurement steps are done plate-wise.
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Cuvette
The Cuvette program element allows performing absorbance measurement in
fixed wavelength and scan mode. This option is only available for the
Infinite M200 and M200 Pro.
2.2.2
Measurements
For detailed information on measurement methods, refer to the respective
Instructions for Use of the instrument connected.
Absorbance
The Absorbance program element is used to perform absorbance
measurements. Enter or select the respective parameters:
• Wavelength
• Reference
• Read/Flash
• Multiple Reads per Well
• Label
The Reference wavelength may be selected to correct for flash variations.
For filter instruments, two drop-down lists display the available measurement and
reference filter wavelengths, according to the inserted absorbance filter slide. If
the drop-down lists are empty, the absorbance filter either has not been inserted
into the reader or has not been defined.
Example for the Infinite 200
Example for the Infinite F50
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Absorbance Scan
The Absorbance Scan program element is available with the Infinite M200,
M200 Pro and M1000.
Enter or select the respective parameters:
Wavelength
From: The lower wavelength limit
To: The upper wavelength limit
Step: Enter a valid value.
Read
Number of flashes: Indicates the number of flashes (select a
number between 0 – 100).
Settle time: The time between movement of the plate and
starting of the read (selectable from 0 – 1000 ms).
Label
Name: Enter a label name.
Fluorescence Intensity
The Fluorescence Intensity program element contains fields for the selection of
excitation and emission wavelength, top or bottom reading mode, integration and
lag time, flash number and gain settings. A checkbox for multiple reads per well
gives access to additional function.
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Example when connected to an Infinite M200 Pro:
Example when connected to an Infinite F200 Pro:
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When connected to an Infinite F500, this program element looks different:
parameter fields for Mirror and Z-Position are added:
When connected to an Infinite M1000, this program element looks different:
parameter fields for Bandwidth, Show/Hide TRF settings and additional flash
modes are available.
The following are the Fluorescence Intensity parameters:
Wavelength
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Specify an Excitation and an Emission wavelength.
For filter instruments, two drop-down lists display the
available measurement filter wavelengths.
If the spin box of fixed values is empty, the excitation and
emission filters have not been inserted into the reader or
have not been defined.
In the Infinite M200, M200 Pro and M1000 both
wavelengths can be entered as fixed values or selected by
clicking the up or down buttons.
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Bandwidth
For the Infinite M1000 instrument, the bandwidth for
excitation and emission can be selected.
Read
Specify a certain Number of flashes and, if required, Settle
time before the next measurement. The number of flashes is
selectable from 1 – 100 (up to 200 for M1000 only).
Settle time: Enter a value to specify the time before the start
of the measurement.
Flashes
When connected to an Infinite M1000 instrument, select one
of the following options and, optionally, enter a Settle Time:
• On-the-fly
• Mode 1 (400 Hz)
• Mode 2 (100 Hz)
On-the-fly measurements with one flash per well are possible
with all plate types.
In order to obtain a good measurement precision it is
recommended to perform fluorescence measurements with
the number of flashes that is set as a default value for the
respective instrument.
Infinite M1000 allows switching between two flash
frequencies for the Fluorescence Intensity and Fluorescence
Intensity Scan mode: 100 or 400 Hz (corresponding to 100 or
400 flashes per second, respectively). The energy of one
flash is app. 0.1 Joule for the 400 Hz mode and app. 0.4
Joule for the 100 Hz mode. For standard fluorescence
measurements it is recommended to use the 400 Hz mode.
For TRF (time resolved fluorescence) measurements the 100
Hz mode is recommended to improve the results.
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Mode
Select Top or Bottom.
Label
Enter a label name.
Gain
The gain is an amplification factor for the photomultiplier tube
(PMT) and may be set by selecting one of the following
modes:
Manual gain: user-defined gain value (valid range: 1-255)
Optimal gain: calculated automatically by the instrument
according to the highest signal within the selected well range
in order to avoid OVER. Optimal gain determination is
performed in a pre-measurement. It is recommended to use
the optimal gain function for all applications that produce
results with unknown RFU values.
Calculated from well: determines the optimal gain for the
selected well. The resulting gain value is applied to all other
wells within the selected well range.
Extended dynamic range: (available for all Infinite readers)
The extended dynamic range option is an automatic gain
function that serves to optimally adjust the gain setting for
both very high and very low signals on a microplate within
one single measurement. By selecting “extended dynamic
range”, the measurement is done in two consecutive parts,
one with a high and one with a low gain. The results of both
measurements are automatically correlated and displayed
within one single data set.
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Hide/Show
TRF settings:
Integration/Lag
time
Integration time: duration of signal recording per well (valid
range: 20-2000 µs).
Lag time: time between flash and the start of signal
integration.
While lag time is an optional function, the integration time is
a mandatory parameter determining the duration of signal
recording. The default values for standard fluorescence
intensity measurements are 0 µs lag time and 20 µs
integration time. TRF measurements typically require a lag
time according to the respective application.
Mirror
Mirror (available for Infinite F200 Pro and F500)
The availability of mirrors depends on the selected plate
format and on the types of dichroic mirrors that are installed.
The mirror selection for Infinite F500 looks as follows:
The mirror selection for Infinite F200 Pro is limited to the
options 50% mirror, Automatic and Dichroic 510 (e.g.
fluorescein).
According to the selected filter wavelengths the appropriate
mirror may be set by the instrument (selection “automatic”) or
manually. Custom dichroic mirrors may be installed and
defined by the user (Infinite F500 only).
For further details on mirrors and mirror selection refer to the
Instructions for Use of the Infinite F200 Pro and F500
instrument, respectively.
Z-Position
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Z-Position (available for Infinite M200 Pro, F500 and
M1000)
The Z-position represents the height of the measurement
head above the microplate. It can be determined as follows:
Manual (default value: 20000 µm)
Calculated from well: the instrument automatically
calculates the optimal Z-position for one selected well and
applies this value to all other wells within the selected well
range.
Same as: may be used for measurements with more than
one measurement label. The Z-position is equal to that of the
previous label.
Instrument / Z-position control: may be used to determine
the appropriate Z-position using a graphical scheme. The
resulting value is applied to all further measurements until a
different Z-position is entered. The Z-position control in the
Infinite M200 Pro and Infinite M1000 also allows for defining
two wells as Blank and Signal, respectively, and setting the
Z-position to the value that gives the best Signal-to-Blank
(S/B) ratio.
For more detailed information on Z-positioning refer to the
Instructions for Use of the Infinite M200 Pro, F500 and
M1000 instrument, respectively.
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Fluorescence Intensity Scan
The Fluorescence Intensity Scan program element is available with the
Infinite M200, Infinite M 200Pro and the Infinite M1000.
Example Infinite M200
Example Infinite M200 Pro
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Example Infinite M1000
Enter or select the respective parameters:
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Scan Selection
Select either Excitation Scan or Emission Scan.
With the Infinite M1000 instrument, also the option
3D Scan can be selected.
Excitation Wavelength
Values can only be entered if Excitation Scan is
selected.
From: Specify the range of the excitation by entering
a value.
To: Specify the range of the excitation by entering a
value.
Step: Enter a valid value.
Emission Wavelength
Values can only be entered if Emission Scan is
selected.
From: Specify the range of emission by entering a
value.
To: Specify the range of emission by entering a
value.
Step: Enter a valid value.
Bandwidth
For the Infinite M1000 instrument, the bandwidth for
excitation and emission can be selected.
Mode
Select Top or Bottom.
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Hide/Show TRF
Settings:
Integration/Lag time
Integration time: duration of signal recording per
well (valid range: 20-2000 µs).
Lag time: time between flash and the start of signal
integration.
While lag time is an optional function, the integration
time is a mandatory parameter determining the
duration of signal recording. The default values for
standard fluorescence intensity measurements are
0 µs lag time and 20 µs integration time. TRF
measurements typically require a lag time according
to the respective application.
Gain
The gain is an amplification factor for the
photomultiplier tube (PMT) and may be set by
selecting one of the following modes:
Manual gain: user-defined gain value (valid range: 1255)
Calculated from well: determines the optimal gain
for the selected well. The resulting gain value is
applied to all other wells within the selected well
range.
Read
Specify a certain Number of flashes and, if required,
a Settle time before the measurement.
Flashes
When connected to an Infinite M1000 instrument,
select one of the following options and, optionally,
enter a Settle Time:
Mode 1 (400 Hz)
Mode 2 (100 Hz)
In order to obtain a good measurement precision it is
recommended to perform fluorescence
measurements with the number of flashes that is set
as a default value for the respective instrument.
Infinite M1000 allows switching between two flash
frequencies for the Fluorescence Intensity and
Fluorescence Intensity Scan mode: 100 or 400 Hz
(corresponding to 100 or 400 flashes per second,
respectively). The energy of one flash is app. 0.1
Joule for the 400 Hz mode and app. 0.4 Joule for the
100 Hz mode. For standard fluorescence
measurements it is recommended to use the 400 Hz
mode.
For TRF measurements the 100 Hz mode is
recommended to improve the results.
Label
Type in a label name.
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Fluorescence Polarization (available for F200, F200 Pro, F500 and M1000)
The Fluorescence Polarization (FP) program element is used to measure the
rotational mobility of a fluorescent compound. Fluorescence polarization
measurements are based on the detection of the extent of depolarization of
fluorescence emission light after excitation of a fluorescent molecule by polarized
light.
Example when connected to an Infinite F200 instrument:
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When connected to an Infinite F500, this program element looks different:
parameter fields for Mirror, Z-Position and Plate-wise are added:
Example when connected to an Infinite M1000 instrument:
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Enter or select the respective parameters:
Wavelength
Filter instruments configured for Fluorescence Polarization
(FP) measurements are delivered with a standard FP filter
slide. The filter slide is equipped with filters and polarizers for
excitation and emission, at 485 and 535 nm respectively, and
can be applied, for example, for fluorescein-based FP
applications.
Bandwidth
For the Infinite M1000 instrument, the emission bandwidth
can be entered.
Hide/Show
Details:
Integration
Integration time: duration of signal recording per well (valid
range: 20-2000 µs). For Infinite M1000 instruments the
integration time is defined by the number of flashes. 1 to
1000 flashes can be selected (1 flash is 10 ms integration
time).
Lag time: time between flash and the start of signal
integration.
While lag time is an optional function, the integration time is
a mandatory parameter determining the duration of signal
recording. The default values for standard fluorescence
intensity measurements are 0 µs lag time and 20 µs
integration time. TRF measurements typically require a lag
time according to the respective application.
Mirror
Mirror (available for Infinite F500)
The availability of mirrors depends on the selected plate
format and on the types of dichroic mirrors that are installed.
According to the selected filter wavelengths the appropriate
mirror may be set by the instrument (selection “automatic”) or
manually. Custom dichroic mirrors may be installed and
defined by the user.
For further details on mirrors and mirror selection refer to the
Instructions for Use of the Infinite F500 instrument.
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Z-position (available for Infinite F500 and M1000)
The Z-position represents the height of the measurement
head above the microplate. It can be determined as follows:
Manual (default value: 20000 µm)
Calculated from well: the instrument automatically
calculates the optimal Z-position for to one selected well and
applies this value to all other wells within the selected well
range.
Same as: may be used for measurements with more than
one measurement label. The Z-position is equal to that of the
previous label.
Instrument / Z-position control: may be used to determine
the appropriate Z-position from a graphical scheme. The
resulting value is applied to all further measurements until a
different Z-position is entered.
For more detailed information on Z-positioning refer to the
Instructions for Use of the Infinite F500 or M1000 instrument.
Measurement
If the Measurement Blank range should be defined, click
Change.
G-Factor
The G-Factor compensates for differences in optical
components between the parallel and perpendicular
measurement.
The G-Factor is the correction factor that can be determined
for the wavelengths of the fluorophore by measuring a
sample with a known polarization value.
Uncalibrated G-Factor: If no calibrated G-factor is available,
the default value of 1 will be displayed and marked as
Uncalibrated G-Factor. In order to enable the
measurement, confirm this value or select a new one by
either clicking the up and down arrows or by entering a value
manually.
Calibrate: When selecting Calibrate, the G-factor is
determined for the current measurement parameters and
used for the following FP measurement. In order to perform
the G-Factor calibration, please define:
Reference value: Select a polarization value that shall be
used for reference e.g. 20 mP.
Reference range: Click on Change and select the wells
filled with the reference fluid, e.g. 1 nM fluorescein.
Blank range: Click on Change and select the wells filled
with the reference blank. Select Same as measurement
blank if the reference blank is the same as the measurement
blank.
For further details see the respective Instructions for Use of
the instrument connected.
Read
Specify a certain Number of flashes and, if required a
Settle time before the measurement.
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Gain
The gain is an amplification factor for the photomultiplier tube
(PMT) and may be set by selecting one of the following
modes:
Manual gain: user-defined gain value (valid range: 1-255)
Optimal gain: calculated automatically by the instrument
according to the highest signal within the selected well range
in order to avoid OVER. Optimal gain determination is
performed in a pre-measurement. It is recommended to use
the optimal gain function for all applications that produce
results with unknown RFU values.
Calculated from well: determines the optimal gain for the
selected well. The resulting gain value is applied to all other
wells within the selected well range.
Extended dynamic range: (available for all Infinite readers)
The extended dynamic range option is an automatic gain
function that serves to optimally adjust the gain setting for
both very high and very low signals on a microplate within
one single measurement. By selecting “extended dynamic
range”, the measurement is done in two consecutive parts,
one with a high and one with a low gain. The results of both
measurements are automatically correlated and displayed
within one single data set.
Label
Enter a label name.
Plate-wise
If Plate-wise is selected, all selected wells will be measured
with the parallel emission filter and subsequently with the
perpendicular filter.
In contrast, of plate-wise is not selected, each well will be
measured with the parallel and perpendicular filter before
continuing to the next well.
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Multiple Reads per Well
The i-control software allows the user to define multiple reads per well (MRW) in
Absorbance, Fluorescence top and Fluorescence bottom mode.
The MRW feature is not available for well wise measurements.
The Reference wavelength on the absorbance program element is not
selectable in combination with multiple reads per well.
For Infinite M1000 instruments there is a minimum Settle time of 10 msec
required as soon as Multiple reads per well is selected.
The multiple reads per well function can be activated on an absorbance or
fluorescence intensity program element by selecting the Multiple reads per well
check box:
Note
The function Multiple reads per well is only available for the fixed
wavelength reading modes Absorbance, Fluorescence intensity top and
Fluorescence intensity bottom. The function is not available for scan
measurements.
More details on defining parameters for multiple reads per well, are available in
the respective Instructions for Use of the instrument connected.
The multiple reads per well function is available for plate formats with up to 384
wells. 1536 well plates are not supported.
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Optimal Read
Similar to the MRW read mode, the "Optimal Read" function is a measurement on
multiple, spatially separated spots inside the well. The spots are arrayed to cover
the whole well area in order to achieve maximal well illumination. The total
number of individual measurement spots per well is reflected by the size of the
Fluorescence Intensity Bottom fiber and is optimized for plate formats from 6 to
96 wells (see Table: “Optimal Read” spot patterns in different plate formats). 384well plates are optimally illuminated by a single-spot read.
Example for Infinite 200 Pro, Infinite F 500:
Plate
384-well
Pattern
Size
Spots
“Optimal Read” function not available
96-well
Circle
2x2
4
48-well
Circle (filled)
4x4
12
24-well
Circle (filled)
5x5
21
12-well
Circle (filled)
7x7
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6-well
Circle (filled)
10x10
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Table: “Optimal Read” spot patterns in different plate formats
Example for Infinite M1000:
Plate
384-well
Pattern
Size
Spots
“Optimal Read” function not available
96 wells
Circle (filled)
3x3
5
48 wells
Circle (filled)
5x5
21
24 wells
Circle (filled)
7x7
37
12 wells
Circle (filled)
9x9
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6-well
“Optimal Read” function not available
Changing the total number of flashes per well (1-100) will result in the automatic
adjustment of the number of flashes per spot, giving the user the possibility to
obtain representative results in each well.
The total number of flashes is automatically distributed over all measured spots.
A minor imprecision occurs if an entered flash number is not divisible without a
remainder by the default number of spots for the used plate format. In this case
the next possible flash distribution that is integrally divisible by the number of
spots per well is calculated, e.g. a measurement with a total of 25-28 flashes in a
96-well plate is performed with 7 flashes per spot, whereas a total flash number
of 29 results in 8 flashes per spot.
The standard MRW function for Fluorescence Intensity Bottom reads is disabled
when “Optimal Read” is activated and vice versa.
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Luminescence
The Luminescence program element is used to determine the activity of a
luminescent compound.
Example for the Infinite 200
Example for the Infinite200 Pro
Enter or select the respective parameters:
Attenuation
For strongly luminescent samples it may be necessary to apply
neutral density filters to reduce the luminescent signal.
Select the desired attenuation option. The options depend on
the instrument connected:
F/M200
F/M200
Pro
F500
M1000
M1000
FW 2.0
and
higher
(Ref
30061442)
None
OD1
Automatic
(OD1)
Automatic
(OD2)












By selecting Automatic, only those wells that require
attenuation are attenuated by a factor of 10 using an OD1 filter
or by a factor of 100 using an OD2 filter depending on the
instrument connected.
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Filters
Use of Color Filters for Single Luminescence:
(available for Infinite F500 and M1000)
All filters that are available for dual color luminescence may be
used in single luminescence measurements as well. Besides
the attenuation functions an additional dropdown list in the
attenuation field displays the filters for GREEN, GREEN1,
BLUE and MAGENTA to be selected individually for single
luminescence applications.
Integration
time
Enter a value to specify the duration of integration. All wells will
be measured with this fixed user-defined integration time.
Settle time
Enter a value to specify the time delay between a plate
transport movement and the start of integration.
Luminescence Dual Color
The Luminescence Dual Color program element is used to discriminate
different wavelengths within the luminescence signal (for assays that are based
on 2 distinct signals).
This dual filter system permits independent measurement by detecting two
different wavelengths within one well.
The following are the Fluorescence Dual Color parameters:
Parameter
Select the filters Green, Green1 and Blue1 or Magenta, and
enter the Integration time for each label.
If required, enter a Settle time before the measurement.
Label
Enter different Label Names.
Luminescence Scan
The Luminescence Scan program element is available with the Infinite M1000
with main firmware V 2.0 or higher (Ref 30061442 ).
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Wavelengths
From: Select the starting wavelength for the scan.
To: Select the endpoint wavelength for the scan.
Step: enter a valid value
Bandwidth: Select a value from the drop down list.
Mode
Select Top or Bottom.
Gain
Default: this value is instrument specific (see also
30036266_IFU_InfiniteM1000)
Manual: User-defined gain value (valid range 1-255)
Integration
Integration time: enter a value to specify the
duration of integration.
Z-Position
Default: 22000 µm
Manual: The Z-position represents the height of the
measurement head above the microplate.
Label
Type in a label name.
Actions
Temperature
Select the Temperature program element to enter a certain target temperature.
Select On to enter a target temperature value. Click on the link Wait until
temperature is reached to define the Minimum and/or Maximum temperature
values. The heating of the instrument starts when clicking the Start button. For
pre-heating the instrument, select Heating… in the Instrument menu and click
the On button.
The measurement only starts if the current instrument temperature is within the
specified range. See 2.2.5 Miscellaneous/Wait for Temperature.
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Shaking
Select the Shaking program element if the plate is to be shaken, either before
the measurement or between kinetic cycles.
Enter the respective parameters:
Duration
Enter the duration of the shaking process.
Mode
Select between the options Linear, Orbital and Double
Orbital from the drop-down list. The Mode Double Orbital is
available for Infinite M1000 for FW 2.0 and higher (Ref
30061442.
Amplitude
Enter the required Amplitude value from the drop-down list.
Intensity
The Infinite F50 offers the possibility to use pre-defined
shaking modes by selecting a shaking Intensity from the
drop-down list. The corresponding shaking frequency and
amplitude are displayed automatically with the selected
Intensity mode.
Shaking Modes; Example for the Infinite F50
Shaking Modes; Example for the Infinite F50
Clicking the link Wait a couple of seconds inserts a new program element. See
2.2.5 Miscellaneous/Wait (Timer).
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Injection
The Injection program element is dependent on a precedent well strip to inject
liquid into one well after the other.
See also 3.3.2 The Difference between “Inject” and “Dispense”.
Example for the Infinite M200 Pro
The following are the Injection parameters:
Select Injector
Select either Injector A or B if the instrument is equipped with
two injectors.
Volume: Specifies the volume to inject into a single well.
Speed: Specifies the speed of liquid flow during injection.
Refill Speed equal to Injection Speed:
Clear the check box to enter the refill speed which may be
different than the injection speed. The syringe can be filled
faster, even if the injection speed is low.
Refill Mode
Select either Standard or Refill for every injection.
Standard: Injection occurs as long as the syringe contains
enough liquid. As soon as the liquid in the syringe is used up,
the syringe is refilled with the entered refill volume (200 Pro,
M1000 – for FW 2.0 and higher - Ref 30061442).
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Refill for every injection: Refilling of the syringe occurs for
each injection step.
Click the link Wait after injection to define the time for starting the next workflow.
See 2.2.5 Miscellaneous - Wait (Timer).
Dispense
The Dispense program element is always used plate-wise to fill the plate (or part
of plate) with liquid.
See 3.3.2 The Difference between “Inject” and “Dispense”.
Example for the Infinite 200 Pro
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The following are the Dispense parameters:
Select Injector
Select either Injector A or B if the instrument is equipped with
two injectors.
Volume: Specifies the volume to inject into a single well.
Speed: Specifies the speed of liquid flow while dispensing.
Refill Speed equal to Dispense Speed:
Clear the check box to enter the refill speed which may be
different than the injection speed. The syringe can be filled
faster, even if the dispensing speed is low.
Read time like dispense time:
By selecting this check box, the dispense function and the
timing of the measurement is linked. Usually, the
measurement is performed much faster than dispensing a
reagent. Therefore, the time interval differs considerably
between dispensing and measuring from the first to the last
wells.
The overall dispense time is divided by the number of wells to
be processed to calculate the measurement delay for every
well.
However, there is no delay in dispense if the dispense time is
shorter than the measurement time.
Refill Mode
Select either Standard or Refill for every injection.
Standard: Dispensing occurs as long as the syringe contains
enough liquid. As soon as the liquid in the syringe is used up,
the syringe is refilled with the entered refill volume (200 Pro
and M1000 – for FW 2.0 and higher - Ref 30061442).
Refill for every dispense: Refilling of the syringe occurs for
each dispense step.
Move Plate/Cuvette
Select the program element Move Plate/Cuvette to move the plate/cuvette out of
or into the instrument at a certain moment during the workflow.
If the plate/cuvette is moved out of the reader during a workflow (e.g. to pipet
some liquid into the wells of the microplate), it must be followed by a subsequent
Move in step, so that the measurement can be finished.
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2.2.4
Kinetic
Kinetic Cycle
Use the program element Kinetic Cycle to perform several consecutive
measurements, which may be executed in certain intervals.
Enter the respective parameters:
Cycles
Number of cycles: Enter a number or click the up or down
arrows for the number of actual measurement steps (2 – 1000
cycles)
Duration: Enter the duration, format hh:mm:ss.
Kinetic
Interval
Use kinetic interval: Enter the time interval (hh:mm:ss or
ms).
Plate-wise kinetic measurements
Each cycle of the kinetic measurement is performed on all selected wells. Platewise kinetic measurements may contain a maximum of ten independent
measurement stripes that do not need to be of the same measurement type.
Well-wise kinetic measurements
All cycles of the kinetic measurement are first performed in one well before
continuing to the next well. Well-wise kinetic measurements may be composed of
a maximum of four measurement stripes of the same type, e.g., four absorbance
stripes. The Infinite M1000 allows five measurement stripes of the same type
within well-wise kinetic measurements.
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After having started the measurement, it is possible to interrupt a plate-wise
kinetic measurement clicking the Pause button and to continue:
Kinetic Condition
Use the Kinetic Condition program element to define which actions should be
executed at a certain cycle.
If 3 is entered for Execute command at cycle within a kinetic measurement
containing, e.g. a Shake step, shaking is performed only at cycle 3.
Note
Kinetic conditions such as Shake, Inject and Dispense should be inserted
right after a Kinetic Cycle program element in order to ensure optimal
result reproducibility.
Users are advised to set up suitable scripts prior to the measurements
and to use the same script for all similar kinetic measurements in order
to obtain comparable results.
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2.2.5
Miscellaneous
Comment
Use the program element Comment to enter a remark or statement for the
current measurement in the text field. This text is shown together with the
measurement in the Excel output sheet.
User Request
The User Request program element informs the operator of the instrument to
execute a definite action during the workflow at a certain time.
If for example the Move Plate program element is used to move the plate out to
perform a certain action, then the entered text should inform the operator to
perform these actions. A dialog box shows the message and the measurement
process stops until OK is clicked.
If the plate should be moved in after pipetting for example, then the text Move
Plate In informs the operator to move the plate in after pipetting to continue the
workflow.
Wait for Temperature
Use the program element Wait for Temperature to define a valid temperature
range for the assay.
This is typically used after a Temperature program element.
Wait (Timer)
Use the Wait (Timer) program element to define a certain waiting period before
the next step within a workflow is executed.
In the Wait time field enter the required time.
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Enter the respective parameters:
Timer
Enter the Wait time (hh:mm:ss)
Options
Wait for injection: The time for injection is included in the
wait time.
Ignore wait at last kinetic cycle: When the program step
Wait (Timer) is the last action within a kinetic run, the wait
time will be ignored in the last cycle.
Incubation
Incubation is always done at the heating position to ensure inside the instrument
proper temperature distribution.
Incubation can consist of shaking and waiting steps (up to 2 shaking steps and up
to 2 waiting steps are allowed in any combination).
The Remaining Wait step waits until the overall incubation time is over (including
shaking and waiting times).
The incubation program element is typically used to perform shaking and waiting
at a certain temperature for a certain time.
The incubation stripe of the Infinite F50 contains only an input field for the
Incubation time.
Example for the Infinite F50
Enter the appropriate parameters for incubation:
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Incubation time
Enter the total time (min. 5 s)
Actions
Available actions: Shaking, Wait (Timer)
2 wait and 2 shaking actions are allowed.
Select actions by double-clicking or use the arrow keys.
Organize actions by using the up/down keys.
Remaining Wait (Timer): mandatory, cannot be deleted
or edited (duration 3 s)
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2.3
Workflow Pane
The main window in i-control is the Workflow pane, where the measurement
script is visible and where parameters are defined and edited.
There are two ways to insert a program element from the Control bar into the
Workflow pane:
• Select a program element from the Control bar; by double-clicking it, it is
inserted into the Workflow pane directly after the previous program element.
• Click the program element in the Control bar and drag it into the Workflow
pane to the respective position.
The program elements are numbered according to their sequence.
Once a program element has been inserted into the Workflow pane, settings
and parameters for this element can be entered or edited.
Single program elements inside the Workflow pane can be collapsed to display
the most important information or expanded to access all editable functions. Click
one of the triangles next to the title of the program element,
between the two view modes.
or
, to switch
By default, i-control starts with the Plate element and the Part of Plate element in
the Workflow pane. This can be modified in the Settings menu – User Settings
(see 4.1.5 Settings Menu - User Settings...).
Currently selected program elements within the Workflow pane are displayed
with a yellow line on the upper border.
If a program element contains errors or is invalid within the current workflow, the
element will be flagged with an error mark and the number of the element is
highlighted in red. In the Status bar, the number of Errors appears in red. If the
Info pane is active, detailed information on the error is displayed. If the workflow
contains errors, the measurement script can neither be saved nor started.
It is recommended to always save the workflow before starting a measurement.
You can define this feature as default in the Settings menu – User Settings… –
Options (Select Save the script before it is started).
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2.3.1
Hierarchy of Elements
The hierarchy of elements in the Workflow pane is as follows:
1.
Plate
2.
Part of Plate (Range)
3.
Well
Any desired measurement step can be inserted directly after a plate, range or
well element. Use the Release and Indent options in the Edit menu to modify
the sequence of execution of the single strip component. Select an element in the
Workflow pane, click the right mouse button and select Release or Indent.
Other elements from the Control bar can be inserted into the hierarchy of a
workflow as follows:
The first Range element is inserted directly after the Plate element; then all
subsequent Range elements can be inserted.
Well elements can only be inserted directly after a Range or a Plate element.
Only measurement steps of the same mode (e.g. absorbance only with different
wavelengths) are allowed within one well element.
Kinetic steps are possible within a Plate, Range or Well element.
Dispense steps are possible within a Plate or Range element.
Injections steps are possible within a Well element.
User Request, Comment, Wait and Wait until temperature is reached steps
are possible within a Plate, Range or Well element.
2.4
Info Pane
The Info pane on the right side of the screen displays information that is relevant
for the currently selected program element. Any warnings and errors are shown.
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3.
Defining Measurements
The following chapter describes some examples to illustrate the definition of
different measurements.
The Infinite M1000 instrument offers the Quick-Start-Script button in the front
right corner on the top cover of the instrument. It may be used to start favorite
measurement scripts directly from the instrument.
3.1
Defining End Point Measurements
The following example describes an Absorbance End Point Measurement in all
wells of a 96 well plate:
1. Select a 96 well plate (e.g. Greiner 96 Flat Transparent) from the Plate
definition drop-down list. If the Part of Plate program element is not
visible, click the link Use a part of the plate. It is recommended to use the
Part of Plate program element in every workflow, even if all wells are
measured.
2. Double-click the Absorbance program element from the Control bar,
and define the Workflow as follows:
3.
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Wavelength/Measurement: 492 nm
4.
Read/Number of reads/flashes: 25 (per well)
5.
Settle time (time between moving the plate and starting the
measurement): 0 ms:
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If the plate shall be moved out of the instrument after measurement, insert a
Move Plate program element and select the Out radio button.
If a Move Plate program element is not defined after the measurement, the plate
will stay inside the instrument until Move Plate Out is clicked.
After finishing the definition as described above start the measurement by clicking
button on the toolbar.
the
When clicking the Start button, Excel opens automatically and the results are
displayed in a worksheet.
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3.1.1
Plate Size – Part of the Plate
Use the Plate program element in the workflow pane to choose a plate format.
Select the desired plate format from the Plate definition drop-down list (e.g. a
black Greiner 96 well plate).
To measure a particular well or a range of wells on the plate click the link Use a
part of the plate. In the Part of Plate program element click the desired well or
drag a frame over the range of desired wells (e.g. A1 to F7). The selected wells
are displayed in yellow; unselected appear in blue.
Wells can be selected by dragging a frame over the plate. Further ranges can be
selected by holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and dragging another
frame around the wells to be selected.
By clicking on Details... the plate is zoomed in; well selection can be done also in
the zoomed window.
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3.2
Defining Multilabel Measurements
Multilabel measurements are measurements with multiple consecutive reading
modes, e.g. with multiple absorbance, fluorescence, luminescence labels or with
mixed measurements.
The following example describes the definition of a multilabel measurement in a
384 well plate:
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Label 1 – Absorbance Measurement in all wells
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1.
Select a 384 well plate (e.g. Greiner 384 Flat Transparent) from the Plate
definition drop-down list; select all wells in the Part of Plate.
2.
3.
Insert the Absorbance program element from the Control bar, and define
as follows:
Wavelength/Measurement: 492 nm
4.
Read/Number of reads: 25
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Label 2 - Fluorescence Intensity in all wells
1.
Insert the Fluorescence Intensity program element from the Control bar
and define as follows:
2.
Wavelength/Excitation: 483 nm
3.
Wavelength/Emission: 535 nm
4.
Read/Number of reads: 25
5.
Gain: Optimal
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Label 3 – Fluorescence Intensity in all wells
1.
Insert a second Fluorescence Intensity program element from the
Control bar and define as follows:
2.
Wavelength/Excitation: 612 nm
3.
Wavelength/Emission: 670 nm
4.
Read/Number of reads: 25
5.
Gain: Optimal
After finishing the definition as described above start the measurement by clicking
the
button on the toolbar.
When clicking the Start button, Excel opens automatically and the results are
displayed in a worksheet.
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3.3
Defining Kinetic Measurements
The following example describes a kinetic measurement of a 96 well plate:
1.
Select the 96 well plate (e.g. Greiner 96 Flat Transparent) from the Plate
definition drop-down list, and select all wells in the Part of Plate program
element.
2.
Double-click the Kinetic Cycle program element and define as follows:
3.
Cycles/Number of cycles: 50
4.
Kinetic Interval (intervals between measurements): select Use kinetic
interval and enter: 2 minutes 30 seconds.
5.
Double-click the Absorbance program element and define as follows
6.
Wavelength/Measurement: 492 nm
7.
Read/Number of reads: 25
After having finished the definition as described above start the measurement by
clicking the
button on the toolbar.
When clicking the Start button, Excel opens automatically and the results are
displayed in a worksheet.
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Use Gain Regulation (available for all Infinite readers)
The command Use gain regulation is only available for plate-wise kinetic
measurements in fluorescence top/bottom and fluorescence polarization mode.
Upon activating Use gain regulation, fluorescence kinetic measurements with
increasing signals are prevented from running into “OVER” once the samples
produce too high RFU values. Instead the initially set gain (manual/ optimal/
calculated from well) is automatically reduced in order to permit the measurement
of even very high signals.
Results that are obtained with different gain settings are highlighted accordingly.
All RFU values with different gain settings are automatically correlated, allowing
the evaluation of the entire kinetic data within one and the same graph.
Kinetics: x% of Gain (available for all Infinite readers)
The function “x% of … gain” is available for plate-wise kinetic measurements in
Fluorescence Top/Bottom and Fluorescence Polarization mode.
The following options are available:
• Start a kinetic measurement with x% of “optimal” gain (optimal gain is
calculated in a pre-measurement based on the highest signal within the
defined well range on the microplate and set as initial gain for the kinetic
measurement)
• Start a kinetic measurement with x% of “calculated from well” gain (the
optimal gain setting for one defined well is calculated in a pre-measurement
and set as initial gain for the kinetic measurement)
The percentage of the initial gain may be set individually from 20-100%, with
100% being set as default value.
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3.3.1
Defining Well Kinetic Measurements with Injections
A Kinetic Measurement means that the whole plate is measured in several
consecutive cycles with the same settings.
To define a Well Kinetic, select Well from the Control bar by double-clicking or
drag the Well program element from the Control bar into the Workflow pane
and drop it between Part of Plate and Kinetic Cycles. If necessary, a Kinetic
interval can be defined.
Injectors’ parameters can be defined using the Injection program element from
the Control bar. Double-click it or drag and drop it between Kinetic cycles and
Absorbance in the Workflow pane. Define volume and speed.
In the Kinetic Condition program element, define after which kinetic cycle the
injection should be performed. Drag it between Kinetic Cycle and Injection in
the Workflow pane and define at which kinetic cycle (e.g. after kinetic cycle 3)
the injection (=command) should be executed.
It is very important to Release the Absorbance program element to the same
indentation as the Kinetic Condition for kinetic measurements.
See also 3.4 Indenting and Releasing Program Elements and 3.4.1 Ways to
Indent or Release Program Elements.
The Workflow pane appears as shown in the screenshot:
After having finished the definition as described above start the measurement by
button on the toolbar.
clicking the
When clicking the Start button, Excel opens automatically and the results are
displayed in a worksheet.
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3.3.2
The Difference between “Inject” and “Dispense”
The action which is associated with inserting one of these program elements is
identical: a defined volume of a liquid is injected into each selected well. The only
difference is the workflow:
Injecting is done well-wise, which means that the liquid is injected into the first
well, and then this well is measured as defined, before the liquid is injected into
the second well and so on.
Dispensing is done plate-wise, which means the liquid is first dispensed into all
wells of the plate, and the whole plate is measured thereafter.
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3.4
Indenting and Releasing Program Elements
The decision to indent/ release a program element will modify the workflow of the
instrument during measurements.
The actions of all program elements with the same indentation are performed
sequentially. The only dependence between these program elements is that the
next action starts directly after the previous action is finished.
A program element that is indented more than the previous program element
shows dependence between the two program elements. This means the
parameters defined in the first program element are also active for the second
(indented) program element.
The following is an example of how to define a Multilabel kinetic with two
Absorbance labels. The example shows that the two Absorbance program
elements depend on the Kinetic Cycle program element, which depends on the
Part of Plate program element, which depends on the Plate program element.
Define the parameters for an example as follows:
1. Plate: 96 well plate, e.g. Greiner 96 Flat Transparent
2.
Kinetic Cycle/Number of cycles: 5
3.
Absorbance/ Wavelength: 260 nm
4.
Number of reads: 25
5.
Label Name: Label1
6.
Second Absorbance/Wavelength: 280 nm
7.
Number of reads: 25
8.
Label Name: Label2
The Workflow pane appears as shown in the screenshot:
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The above definition results in the following workflow:
The Absorbance of all wells of a 96 well plate is first measured at 260 nm and
then at 280 nm. Both Absorbance measurements are performed in 5 kinetic
cycles.
Indenting the second Absorbance program elements on a level with Kinetic
Cycle item changes the workflow. Select the second Absorbance program
element and click the right mouse button. Select Release Strip from the context
sensitive menu. The Parameter window appears as shown in the screenshot:
In this workflow, an Absorbance Kinetic measurement with 5 cycles is done first
at 260 nm; finished this loop, Absorbance Endpoint measurement at 280 nm is
performed.
3.4.1
Ways to Indent or Release Program Elements
Select a program element from the Workflow pane.
• Click Edit and Indent/Release.
• Use the
element.
/
buttons in the Tool bar to release or indent the selected
• Click the right mouse button and click Release or Indent.
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4. Menus
4.
Menus
4.1
Menu Bar
4.1.1
File Menu
New
This command opens a new measurement workflow. If an empty document is to
be opened, you will be asked to save the current workflow.
Click Yes to save the current workflow or click No to create a new workflow
without saving the previous one. Click Cancel to leave the dialog box.
Open
This command opens an existing i-control workflow (*.mdfx) from the selected
folder. If you want to open an existing workflow while another one is still open,
you will be asked if you want to save the workflow. Click Yes to save the current
workflow to a certain destination or click No to create a new workflow without
saving the previous one. Click Cancel to leave the dialog box.
Save
This command saves the current script.
Save As…
This command saves the current workflow under a different name.
Open from Template (available for all Infinite readers)
Templates are predefined scripts that are similar to common i-control scripts, but
contain some additional information, e.g. a short description of the measurement
parameters. Templates may be assigned to distinct groups and may be
annotated individually. By default, the Open from template dialog opens when icontrol is started. The User settings dialog contains a checkbox that can be
used to hide the Open from template dialog by default.
Note
All templates are designed as example scripts for common applications.
It is the responsibility of the user to validate all parameters for the
purpose of the particular application before using a template.
All templates are designed as example scripts for common applications.
It is the responsibility of the user to validate all parameters for the purpose of the
particular application before using a template.
List of most recently used script files
A list of the most recently saved workflow files is displayed. Define how many
files are to be included in this list in the Settings menu  User settings.
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Exit
This command exits and closes the program. If you are still connected to an
instrument, you will be asked if you want to disconnect and to close the program.
Click Yes if you want to exit or click No if you want to return to the program.
4.1.2
Edit Menu
Cut
This command cuts the selected program element, which can be pasted again.
Copy
This command copies the selected program element.
Paste
This command pastes the selected program element.
Delete
This command deletes the selected program element.
Release Strip
This command releases the selected program element.
Indent Strip
This command indents the selected program element.
Select All
This command selects all program elements in the workflow pane.
4.1.3
View Menu
Info Pane
This command shows or hides the info pane.
Toolbar
This command shows or hides the toolbar.
Status Bar
This command shows or hides the status bar (located at the bottom of the
window).
Collapse All
This command collapses all program elements in the workflow pane to view only
one line of text.
Expand All
This command expands all program elements in the workflow pane to extended
view and shows all visible parameters.
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4.1.4
Instrument Menu
Disconnect/Connect
This toggle command connects or disconnects an instrument to or from i-control.
To connect to an instrument select the instrument name from the list.
Start
This command starts the measurement process. If the measurement is started, a
small window informs that the measurement is in progress. Excel opens
automatically and the results are displayed in a worksheet.
Start Stacker Run
If the reader is connected to a Connect stacker, it is possible to perform batch
processing. Select Start Stacker Run and the defined i-control script is
performed on all available plates in the input stack.
Movements…
Choose this command to define plate, cuvette and filter movements.
Click Plate Out to move the plate carrier out or click Plate In to move the plate
carrier in. Click Filter Out to move the selected filter carrier out.
Click Cuvette In/ Out to move the cuvette correspondingly.
When a measurement is started, the plate is moved into the instrument
automatically.
Heating…
This command is used to set the target temperature of the instrument manually.
Select or enter the Target temperature and click Set and On to start instrument
heating. Click the Read button to display the current temperature inside the
instrument or click the Auto check box to have it read automatically. Click Off to
stop heating.
Click the down button,
, to display the heating graph and click the up button,
, to hide it. Click the close button,
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Z-Position
For a detailed description of optimizing the Z-position, refer to the Instructions for
Use of the Infinite F500, M1000 and M200 Pro.
Stacker Control
If the reader is connected to a Connect stacker, the Stacker Control option
appears in the Instrument menu.
• Select Restack to return the processed plates from the output stack to the
input stack in their original order. After Restack is selected, a dialog box
appears in which the plate type must be selected and confirmed with OK,
before the restacking procedure is performed.
• Select Park to move the gripper into the park position.
• Select Teaching to start the Positioning Wizard. For details, see the
Instructions for Use for Connect, chapter 5. Positioning Wizard in i-control
and magellan.
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With the Infinite M1000 instrument, only the built-in stacker can be used. If the
instrument is connected to a stacker, the Stacker Control option appears in the
Instrument menu:
• Select Restack to return the processed plates from the output stack to the
input stack in their original order. After Restack is selected, a dialog box
appears in which the plate type must be selected and confirmed with OK,
before the restacking procedure is performed.
Properties
Select Properties to set a new alias name for the instrument. Enter a new name
in the New Alias field and click Set Alias to confirm.
These settings take effect after restarting the software.
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4.1.5
Settings Menu
Injectors...
This command opens the injector maintenance dialog box containing the
following procedures:
Prime (Example for the Infinite F500)
Select injector A, B or both A and B. Depending on which injector is selected the
corresponding group box can be edited.
Select the Prime Volume and the Prime Speed depending on the instrument
connected.
Click Start prime to start the priming procedure.
Refer to the Instructions of Use of the connected instrument for further details and
examples.
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Backflush (Example for the Infinite F500)
Select injector A, B or both A and B. Depending on which injector is selected the
corresponding group box can be edited.
Select the Piston Strokes and the Backflush Speed depending on the
connected instrument.
One piston stroke corresponds to the total volume of the used injector syringe.
Click Start backflush to start the reagent backflush procedure.
Refer to the Instructions of Use of the instrument connected for further details and
examples.
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Wash (Example for the Infinite F500)
Select injector A, B or both A and B. Depending on which injector is selected the
corresponding group box can be edited.
Select the Piston Strokes and the Wash Speed depending on the connected
instrument.
Click Start wash to start the washing procedure.
Waste Tub
Click Empty Waste Tub only when the waste tub has been emptied manually.
The software will then alert the user if the waste tub needs to be emptied again.
Refer to the Instructions for Use of the connected instrument for further details
and examples.
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Filter Definitions (Infinite F200, F200 Pro, F500)
Select the appropriate filter position and enter the new wavelength, bandwidth,
and measurement mode for each new filter:
Measurement
Mode:
Choose from the dropdown list ‘FI’ for fluorescence
intensity, ‘ABS’ for absorbance measurements, FP for
fluorescence polarization and ‘Empty’ for filter-free
positions.
Wavelength:
Enter the filter wavelength. For fluorescence intensity and
fluorescence polarization measurements, set the filter
wavelength within the allowed range of the connected
instrument. Absorbance filters are definable between 230
and 1000 nm (Excitation only).
Bandwidth:
Enter the bandwidth (nm) of the filter.
Description:
This field can be used for individual user remarks about the
filter, e.g. filter name, application, etc.
Purchase Date:
This option enables the user to enter the purchase or
installation date of the filter.
Flash Counter:
The flash counter monitors the number of flashes through
a filter. The flash counter number provides the user only
with additional information about the filter in use.
For a new filter, set the counter to 0. For a previously used
filter, enter the last collected flash number if the number is
available. The flash counter number is saved together with
other information about the filter on the filter slide
microchip. If you replace a filter, this information will be lost
unless the last filter flash number is manually documented
by the user.
Confirm the new filter values by clicking Save. Close the Filter Definition dialog
and the system is ready to perform measurements with the new filters.
Refer to the Instructions of Use of the connected instrument for further details and
examples.
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Plate Definition...
This command allows you to choose a plate file from the drop-down list of
available plates. The plate definition files contain all relevant parameters of a
specific plate type, e.g. coordinates of measurement points, number of columns,
number of rows, well form, well diameter, plate height, plate height with cover…).
A graphic element at the bottom of the dialog visualizes the parameter which is
currently defined.
The available plate types are dependent on the instrument connected.
The following plate formats are already included in i-control:
Manufacturer / Pdfx-Name
Cat.-No.
Drawing-No.:
Greiner
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GRE6ft
657 160
657 185
AC-9909
GRE12ft
665 180
665 102
AC-9910
GRE24ft
662 160
662 102
AC-9911
GRE48ft
677 180
677 102
AC-9912
GRE96ft
655 101
655 161
AC-9701
GRE96fb_chimney
655 079
655 086
655 077
655 076
AC-65507x
GRE96fw_chimney
655 073
655 083
655 074
655 075
AC-65507x
GRE96ut
650 101
650 161
650 160
650 180
650 185
AC-6501xx
GRE96vt
651 101
651 161
651 160
651 180
AC-6511xx
GRE384fb
781 079
781 086
781 077
781 076
781 094
781 095
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Manufacturer / Pdfx-Name
Cat.-No.
Drawing-No.:
GRE384ft
781 061
781 101
781 162
781 185
781 186
781 165
781 182
AC-0205
GRE384fw
781 073
781 080
781 074
781 075
781 097
781 096
AC-0205
GRE384sb
784 209
AC-8808
GRE384st
784 201
AC-8808
GRE384sw
784 207
AC-8808
GRE1536fw
782 075
782 074
AC-782061/
AC-78207x/
AC-782101
GRE1536ft
782 101
782 061
AC-782061/
AC-78207x/
AC-782101
GRE1536fb
782 076
782 077
AC-782061/
AC-78207x/
AC-782101
GRE96ft_half area
675 161
675 101
675 801
AC-675801
GRE96fw_half area
675 074
675 075
675 094
675 095
AC-675801
GRE96fb_half area
675 077
675 076
675 097
675 096
AC-675801
COS6ft
3506
3516
DWG00673
COS12ft
3512
3513
DWG00674
COS24ft
3524
3526
3527
DWG01261
Corning
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Manufacturer / Pdfx-Name
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Cat.-No.
Drawing-No.:
COS48ft
3548
DWG00676
COS96fb
3916
3915
3925
DWG00120
COS96ft
3370
3628
DWG00120
COS96fw
3362
3912
3922
DWG00120
COS96rt
3360
3367
3788
3795
3358
DWG01123
COS96ft_half area
3690
3695
3697
DWG00122
COS384fb
3708
3709
3710
DWG00679
COS384ft
3680
3700
3701
3702
DWG00679
COS384fw
3703
3704
3705
DWG00679
COS384fb_low volume
3820
3821
3822
DWG02035
COS384fw_low volume
3824
3825
3826
DWG02035
COS384sb_round bottom
3677
3676
3678
DWG01378
COS384sw_round bottom
3673
3674
DWG01378
COR96fb clear bottom
3631
DWG00678
COR96fw clear bottom
3632
DWG00678
COR96fb half area
3694
DWG00123
COR96fw half area
3693
DWG00123
COR96fb half area clear
bottom
3880
DWG01471
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Manufacturer / Pdfx-Name
Cat.-No.
Drawing-No.:
COR96fw half area clear
bottom
3883
DWG01471
COR96fc UV transparent
3635
DWG00678
COR96fc half area UV
transparent
3679
DWG00678
COR384fb clear bottom
3711
DWG00682
COR384fw clear bottom
3706
DWG00682
COR384fc UV transparent
3675
DWG01479
COR1536fb
3724
DWG01840
COR1536fw
3725
DWG01840
COR1536fb clear bottom
3891
DWG01543
NUN96ft
439 454
442 404
475 094
269 620
269 787
MTP-0001
NUN384ft
242 765
242 757
164 688
464 718
265 196
MTP-0002
NUN384fb
264 556
164 564
460 518
MTP-0002
NUN384fw
264 572
164 610
460 372
MTP-0002
NUN96ut
143 761
163 320
262 170
262 162
475 434
449 824
MTP-0003
NUN96fb_LumiNunc
FluoroNunc
137 101
137 103
237 105
237 107
237 108
437 111
437 112
MTP-0004
NUN96fw_LumiNunc
FluoroNunc
136 101
136 102
MTP-0004
Nunclon
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Manufacturer / Pdfx-Name
Cat.-No.
Drawing-No.:
236 105
236 107
236 108
436 110
436 111
BD Falcon
BD24_FluoroBlok
351155
351156
351157
351158
PD801712
BD96_FluoroBlok
351161
351162
351163
351164
MTP-0006
-
MTP-0007
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NanoQuantPlate
To make a custom plate definition file, choose one from the list as a template.
After the appropriate settings have been defined, save it under a different name.
Click Save as to save the selected plate definition as a *.pdfx-file.
User Settings...
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Tab Start Up:
Behavior at start up can be set.
1.
Select a default plate.
2.
Determine if the workflow pane should start with an empty workflow, plate
only, or plate and part of plate.
3.
Select whether the last used instrument should be reconnected
4.
Select whether the ‘Open Template’ dialog at startup should be skipped.
Tab General:
General options can be set.
1.
Ask to save the workflow (when changed) before the measurement
starts.
2.
Determine if i-control window should be minimized while the
measurement is performed.
3.
Determine the length of the list of recently used plate files (combo box for
plate selection in the plate program element).
4.
Determine how many recently used workflow files are to be listed in the
file menu.
Tab Measurement:
Certain measurement settings can be saved as default settings.
1.
Absorbance: Select default number of flashes.
2.
Fluorescence: Select default number of flashes, default value for manual
z-position and default value for manual gain.
Tab Language:
1.
Select the language of the i-control software (English and German are
currently available).
Click OK to save your settings or click Cancel to leave the dialog box without
saving any changes.
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Result Presentation...
This command offers the following tabs to determine the output settings of the
measured results in Excel:
Depending on the connected instrument, different tabs are visible. The Infinite
F500 and M1000 have for example an additional tab for fluorescence
polarization.
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General
Presentation:
Destination: Select between New workbook, New worksheet,
Use previous worksheet or Use existing workbook.
If New workbook is selected, a new workbook is opened every
time a measurement script is performed.
If New worksheet is selected, a new worksheet of the existing
workbook is created. If no workbook is open a new one is
created.
If Use existing workbook is selected, a workbook and a
worksheet must be selected. First select the workbook (an Excel
file), and then select the sheet the results should be placed into.
View Mode: Select between Matrix and List. If Matrix is
selected, the data alignment corresponds to a microplate; times
per well cannot be displayed. Not relevant for kinetic result
presentation. If List is selected, choose between: Align,
Rotation, Display Times.
Note
The option Use previous worksheet must not be used with i-control
versions lower than version 1.5.
Show: Select between All and Measured. If All is selected, the
whole plate geometry, including all possible rows and columns,
is displayed. If Measured is selected, only the results of the
measured wells are displayed.
Align: Select between A1A2 or A1B1. If A1A2 is selected, the
results are arranged in rows (of the microplate). If A1B1 is
selected, the results are arranged in columns (of the microplate).
Rotation: Select between Columnwise or Rowwise. If
Columnwise is selected, the results are displayed in a column
(in the Excel sheet). If Rowwise is selected, the results are
displayed in a row (in the Excel sheet).
Display Times: Select between No time or Time per well. If No
Time is selected, only the values are displayed. If Time per well
is selected, a timespan for each value is displayed.
Polarization
Result:
Show polarization: Shows polarization data
Show anisotropy: Shows anisotropy data
Show total intensity: Shows total intensity data
Intermediates:
Show parallel intensity: Shows parallel intensity data
Show perpendicular intensity: Shows perpendicular intensity
data
Show parallel raw data: Shows parallel raw data
Show perpendicular raw data: Shows perpendicular raw data
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Kinetic
Result:
Rotation: Select between Columnwise or Rowwise. If
Columnwise is selected, the results are displayed in a column
(in the Excel sheet). If Rowwise is selected, the results are
displayed in a row (in the Excel sheet).
Align: Select between A1A2 and A1B1. If A1A2 is selected, the
results are arranged in rows (of the microplate). If A1B1 is
selected, the results are arranged in columns (of the microplate).
Display Times: Select between Time per cycle and Time per
well. If Time per cycle is selected, a timespan per cycle is
displayed. If Time per well is selected, a timespan for every well
is displayed.
Cycles:
Range: Select All to display all cycles. Specified range is
currently not available.
Wavelength
Scan
Result:
Show Wavelength Scan data
Wavelength:
Presentation: Select between Wavelength over well or Wells
over wavelength. If Wavelength over well is selected the
wells are displayed in a column (in Excel) and the appropriate
wavelength data in the row. If Wells over wavelength is
selected the wells are displayed in a row (in Excel) and the
appropriate wavelength data in the column below.
Align: select between A1A2 and A1B1. If A1A2 is selected the
results are arranged by rows. If A1B1 is selected the results
are arranged by columns.
Show Wavelength chart
This command appends an Excel chart per well to the
worksheet; in this chart, values over wavelength are displayed
(X-axis: wavelength, y-axis: values).
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Show Raw Data
Select the Show Raw Data box to display the raw
measurement values of Nucleic Acid Quantification and
Labeling efficiency measurements.
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Exception History…
The Exception History dialog box shows a list of exceptions (instrument errors,
software failures) with date and time.
Every time an exception occurs and an error box is displayed, all relevant
information is collected and saved in a zip-file. Each of these zip-files leads to an
entry in this list.
Relevant information is: The error message and number, communication log-files
and system information (like operating system version, free amount of disc
space).
Every entry (which corresponds with a zip-file) can be saved as a separate file to
a user-defined location using the floppy disc symbol at the lower left corner of the
dialog box.
This information is helpful to the customer support or help desk to track problems.
4.1.6
Help Menu
Contents
This command opens the online help file and allows you to browse through the
different topics.
Index
This command opens the online help file and allows you to enter the first letters of
your search query; a selection of help topics will appear.
Search
This command opens the online help file and allows you to enter your search
query.
Tecan Homepage
This command opens your favorite browser and navigates to the Tecan
homepage.
About…
This command lists the version numbers of the software and hardware
components of the currently installed i-control.
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4.2
Toolbar
The following commands are accessible via the toolbar:
Opens a new measurement workflow
Opens an existing file
Saves the current workflow
Releases the selected program
element
Indents the selected program element
Starts the measurement
Starts Stacker Run
(only available with stacker)
Connects or disconnects an instrument
Moves plate out
Moves plate in
Moves cuvette out (M200, M200 Pro)
Moves cuvette in (M200, M200 Pro)
Moves filter out (F200, F200 Pro)
Moves ExFilter out (F500)
Moves EmFilter out (F500)
Restacks (only available with stacker)
Parks gripper (only available with
stacker)
Shows or hides the info pane
For starting favorite measurement
scripts directly from the instrument
(M1000 only)
Opens the i-control help file
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Select Quickstart Script (M1000 only)
The currently visible workflow can be saved and started directly from the
instrument:
When the favorite script has been saved and is active in the text field, pressing
the Quick-Start-Script button on the instrument will start this script.
Saved favorite scripts can also be deleted.
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5. Batch Processing
5.
Batch Processing
5.1
Introduction
If the reader is connected to a Connect stacker, it is possible to perform batch
processing. The defined i-control script will be performed on each of the available
plates in the input stack.
CAUTION
DO NOT USE MICROPLATES WITH COVERS, WHEN USING THE
CONNECT STACKER TO PERFORM BATCH PROCESSING.
Note
The defined script will be performed on each of the available plates in the
input stack. It is not possible to run the entire stack through more than
once per script.
With the Infinite M1000 instrument, the built-in stacker can be used.
Please refer to the respective Instructions for Use.
5.2
Microplate Requirements for Batch Processing
The use of plate types is limited according to the specifications of the connected
instrument; see the corresponding Instructions for Use for details.
Any common microplate ranging from 6 to 1536 well formats conforming to the
ANSI/SBS standards (ANSI/SBS 1-2004; ANSI/SBS 2-2004, ANSI/SBS 3-2004
and ANSI/SBS 4-2004) may be used with the Connect or built-in stacker for
batch processing.
Microplates with covers cannot be used with the stacker.
PARAMETERS
CHARACTERISTICS
Overall plate height
From 7.3 mm to 20 mm
Infinite M1000: from 7.0 mm to 23 mm
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Length = 127.76 mm ± 0.5 mm
Width = 85.48 mm ± 0.5 mm
Minimum difference between
plate height and skirt height
≥ 6 mm
(only relevant if a Connect stacker is
installed)
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5.3
Start Stacker Run
Once a script has been defined, batch processing can be started by selecting
Start Stacker Run from the Instrument menu or by clicking the
button on the toolbar. The output stack of the Connect
stacker must be empty before starting a run.
The Stacker Operations dialog box appears:
• Select Skip topmost plate if the plate shall be neglected for measurement.
The topmost plate will not be processed and will be moved to the output stack.
• Select Restack after last plate to return all plates in their original order to the
input stack after all plates have been processed.
Click OK to confirm the settings and start batch processing.
Excel opens automatically and the measurement results of each plate
measurement will be saved in a separate worksheet. If Read barcode has been
selected in the Plate program element, the worksheets will be named according
to the corresponding barcode number; otherwise they will be named Plate 1,
Plate 2 etc.
CAUTION
IF THE READER IS OPERATED WHILE POSITIONED ON THE
CONNECT STACKER BUT WITHOUT USING THE CONNECT
STACKER, MAKE SURE THAT THE GRIPPER IS IN THE
PARK POSITION AND DOES NOT HINDER ANY OF THE READER’S
MOVEABLE PARTS (E.G. PLATE CARRIER, CUVETTE CARRIER,
FILTER SLIDE, ETC.).
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5.4
Restacking
The Infinite M1000 allows restacking of plates without a preceding
measurement. Restacking is also possible when the input stack contains plates.
5.5
Stacker Kinetics (available for Infinite F500 and
M1000)
In contrast to kinetic measurements on one plate, stacker kinetics allow for the
analysis of multiple plates in a time-dependent manner. After all plates in the
input stack have been measured (cycle 1), the plates are automatically restacked
in their original order and measured again until the user-defined number of cycles
is completed on all plates. A maximum of 300 cycles is possible. To facilitate data
evaluation, a separate results sheet is generated for each plate and named
according to the plate number or barcode (if installed). Results of subsequent
cycles are automatically added to the corresponding results sheet.
Stacker kinetics are operable with any plate-wise kinetic measurement script, and
combinable with all available kinetic conditions. Note that temperature settings
can only be maintained when the plate is located inside the instrument, not in the
input/output stack.
In order to perform a stacker kinetic measurement, the workflow / script can be
set up in the same way as a usual kinetic measurement and started using the
button Start Stacker Run. A Stacker Operations dialog opens to provide access
to additional functions specific for stacker measurements. By selecting the box
Run Kinetic as Stacker Kinetic, the script is automatically executed as a
stacker kinetic measurement.
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Index
Index
A
Alias ................................................................. 73
B
Batch Processing ............................................. 91
C
Changing Plate Size ........................................ 57
Comment ......................................................... 50
Connected Instrument ..................................... 16
Control Bar
Actions ......................................................... 43
Kinetic .......................................................... 48
Lab Ware...................................................... 23
Measurements ............................................. 25
Miscellaneous .............................................. 50
Cuvette ............................................................ 25
D
Disconnect/Connect ........................................ 71
Dispense .......................................................... 46
E
Exception History... .......................................... 87
F
Filter Definitions ............................................... 77
H
Hardware Requirements.................................... 7
Heating... ......................................................... 71
I
Incubation ........................................................ 51
Indenting and Releasing Program Elements ... 67
Info Pane ......................................................... 53
Injection ........................................................... 45
Injectors...
Backflush...................................................... 75
Prime ............................................................ 74
Wash ............................................................ 76
Waste Tube .................................................. 76
Installation........................................................ 10
under Windows Vista ................................... 11
Intended Use ..................................................... 7
K
Kinetic Condition .............................................. 49
Kinetic Cycle .................................................... 48
Kinetic Measurements ..................................... 62
M
Measurement Parameter Editor ...................... 21
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Absorbance .................................................. 25
Absorbance Scan ........................................ 26
Fluorescence Intensity ................................. 26
Fluorescence Intensity Scan ....................... 31
Fluorescence Polarization ........................... 34
Luminescence.............................................. 41
Luminescence Dual Color ........................... 42
Menu Bar
Edit Menu ..................................................... 70
File Menu ..................................................... 69
Help Menu ................................................... 87
Instrument Menu .......................................... 71
Settings Menu .............................................. 74
View Menu ................................................... 70
Microplate Requirements ................................ 91
Move Cuvette .................................................. 47
Move Plate ...................................................... 47
Move Plate/ Cuvette ........................................ 47
Movements... ................................................... 71
Multilabel Measurements ................................ 58
Multiple Reads per Well .................................. 39
N
NanoQuant ...................................................... 86
P
Park ................................................................. 72
Part of Plate ..................................................... 24
Plate ................................................................ 23
Plate Definition ................................................ 78
Properties ........................................................ 73
Q
Quickstart Script .............................................. 89
R
Reader Compatibility ..........................................9
Requirements
Suitable microplates for batch processing ... 91
Restack ..................................................... 72, 73
Restacking ....................................................... 93
Result Presentation... ...................................... 84
S
Shaking ........................................................... 44
Simulated Instrument ...................................... 18
Stacker Control ................................................ 72
Stacker Kinetics ............................................... 93
Stacker Movements......................................... 72
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Index
Start Stacker Run ............................................ 92
T
Teaching .......................................................... 72
Temperature .................................................... 43
Toolbar ............................................................. 88
U
User Request ................................................... 50
User Settings... ................................................ 82
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W
Wait (Timer) ..................................................... 50
Wait for Temperature....................................... 50
Well .................................................................. 24
Workflow pane ................................................. 52
hierarchy ...................................................... 53
Z
Z-Position ........................................................ 72
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