Tempest 2.0: Plate stackers, software redesign, and more

June 06, 2011 by Astri Leave a Comment

The 2.0 release of the Tempest includes a major overhaul to the control software and several hardware additions, including the option to add plate stackers and dual wash stations which speed up the washing process.


Software Improvements

Redesigned User Interface. The redesigned user interface makes it easier to start your experiment and operate the system. You can now quickly create, open, and modify a dispense list and run the dispensing process from the main screen, as all the important key commands are available through a dedicated panel. The following two main panels are found on the main screen:

  • Device Control Panel: Provides all controls to operate the Tempest device.
  • Dispense List Designer Panel: Provides all features needed to create, open, modify and save a dispense list file.

Each of these panels allows you to further organize your experiment through the options and buttons available.

Dispense Setting tab. The Dispense Setting tab allows you to see and modify dispense settings on the fly, such as, Plate Definition, Total Volume per well (µL), Use Plate Stacker, Dispense All Plates and Number of Dispense.

Plate Stackers (Tempest V2 only).The Plate Stackers (optional) are used to accommodate stacks of up to 25 (short) or 50 (tall) plates. The main function of the plate stackers’ latch is to lock plates firmly and make sure that they are well positioned in the stackers so they won’t shift.

Designer View. The Designer View located on the Dispense List Designer panel enables you to easily apply some settings to a reagent, such as Volume Options (gradient, constant, and backfill).

Sequence Editor. The Sequence Editor allows you to easily create, open, modify, save and run a sequence through the buttons and options available on the Sequence Editor panel.

Microplate Library. The Microplate Library located in the Microplate Editor File menu allows you to see and open the existing microplate type. The microplate view and its detailed information provided make it easier to select the microplate type that you need for your experiment.


Hardware Improvements

Dual Column Wash Stations. The Tempest now supports dual wash stations that speed up the washing process. The dual wash inputs enable you to wash the chips using water or some other wash solution for the maximum washing result.
Note: Some Tempest hardware V1 may not support the dual wash stations.

Modular Chip (Tempest V2 only). The Tempest now supports modular chips that can be applied to all 12 input channels. The chips are replaceable and attached with magnets and can be easily changed. This can be configured to match your application and budget needs.

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