Monday, November 1, 2010

First steps with the robot

Today we had our first training session with the Tecan robot. We learned how to create a script for doing various steps (e.g., pipetting, moving plate from one device to another and such). The concepts were relatively simple and intuitive, and by lunch we had our first working protocol. It takes a plate, seed it from another plate. Move the plate to the shaker for a minute and then measures optical density.

After lunch we moved to more complex protocols that used multiple plates (e.g., when you want to run something on a large number of plates). At the end of the day we felt that we can start making use of this device.

We also had a our down moments, including a crash when the robot arm that moves plates decided to go to the first available position, which was not available....

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