1536 well microplates be used on the ?
has the accuracy required to use 1536 well microplates. However,
the pumping technology available today will limit their practical
use due to the small well volumes. Stay tuned.
many microplates can the
A. This capacity is dependent upon what devices, racks, and
other accessories are located in the Universal Device Platform area.
If these units are configured only with microplates, the following
capacities are available to the user:
Number of Microplates
with Moving Tray Option
kind of devices and containers can be used?
A. There really are no limitations as long as the devices
and containers can fit within the physical dimensions (X Y Z usable
workspace dimensions) of the unit and an adapter plate is available
or can be fabricated. TVC will fabricate customized adapter plates.
Some devices will require communication and the
incorporates a variety of communication ports and protocols including
RS-232, RS-485, USB and TTL.
difficult is it to program the
for my specific application?
is a general-purpose robotic device. It can easily be programmed
by the user for application specific automation using Windows based
Software. No programming expertise is required. This software incorporates
a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to the firmware contained in the
unit's electronics. Setting up the Universal Device Platform and
defining activities for a specific application requires ordinary
mouse manipulation including "selection" and "drag-and-drop"
actions. Once a method has been developed and configured on the
unit it can be named and stored for future use.
information from a database be downloaded into the ?
A. Yes, as long as the imported information is formatted
correctly and the actions to be taken are among the capabilities
of the .
Contact TVC for additional details.
I need separate software packages for the
A. No, The Vista software can
operate both the
by simply selecting the appropriate Tab on the screen.
accurate are the syringe pumps used for dispensing and aspiration
and what is the minimum quantity that can be reliably dispensed?
A. TVC's syringe pump systems incorporate Kloehn's 50300
syringe drive modules.
These modules have the following specifications:
to 1 standard (48,000 to one can be specified on ordering)
range from 25 Ál to 50 ml and 3, 4, 5 & 6 way valves are also
available. The smallest quantity that can be reliably dispensed
with a 25 Ál syringe is 1 Ál.
kind of pipette tips are compatible with the standard probe systems
available from TVC?
A. TVC's modular probe systems are designed with taper specifications
suitable for Labsystem's Finntips. Other styles and sources can
be provided on ordering. Contact TVC for more information.
fast can I
A. The total time to complete an automated method is the
sum of all motion and timed events in the method, e.g. down to down
motion of the probe plus pump dispensing/aspiration times plus pipette
tip insertion, etc. Although estimates can be made by summing these
times, actual time trials should be conducted for verification.
Careful consideration should be given to the advisability of automating
lengthy timed events such as stirring, heating, and weighing since
these tasks are often rate limiting steps that could be more effectively
performed in parallel off-line. For example, the motion of the
arm may be so much faster than a step requiring stirring, heating
or other timed events it may become irrelevant.
arm meets an obstruction while unattended will damage occur?
A. No, if the movement of the arm is obstructed the power
applied to the affected servo motor(s) will be immediately reduced
to prevent damage. In addition, after a short period of time the
unit will automatically shut down.
I am not able to attend to the unit how will I know if an error
can notify the user, through Vista
software E-mail, if an error has occurred. In fact, a status (completion,
in-process etc.) notification can be sent to the user by E-mail
at any point in the method by simply inserting a request in the
activity list for the method.