This is a friendly reminder that the plate reader is a shared instrument, and many researchers rely on it being maintained in good condition. While it is free for everyone to use, it is not free to repair and maintain. Please be courteous to your colleagues and take good care of the plate reader.
Please close the drawer, turn off the instrument and the computer, and cover the instrument before leaving.
Regrettably, I am unable to clean after facility visitors and check the plate reader area; and I thank everyone who helps to keep the plate reader area in my laboratory clean and tidy.
Yesterday, the reader was left turned on and open: not a good thing given the amount of dust and sand coming out of the AC ducts in the lab. (It is a very old building.)
Plate reader left turned on and open on July 31
Restoring the equipment back to operating conditions.
Today, our doors are open to anyone who is interested in polymer analysis by MALDI-TOF MS.
James showing demo data to our first visitor
Please stop by our Facility to learn more about our equipment and have a cup of coffee!
Coffee and pastries
No engineer and no news from the engineer. I have contacted Thermo.
The engineer called this afternoon; he is planning the service visit for Wednesday next week.
Orbi is down for an unknown time. I have placed a service call this afternoon and will keep you posted. The instrument went down in the middle of Joana’s 4th sample.
All submitted up to this point gel bands have been cleaned-up and are incubating with trypsin. I will lyophilize the peptides and store them in the freezer until the instrument is in operating condition.
Shhhh! Orbi is working… for now. Don’t spook it…
My standards ran 2 hrs ago. Gaozhong’s and Josh’s samples are on right now.
Orbi is still down, but I think I know why it shuts down. If I am unable to fix it today, I will place a service call. Katsu, Huihun, and Nick – your samples ran last night, and I will send you the data tomorrow. Joana, only first set of your samples is done; second set is ready to go as soon as Orbi is working again. Everyone else – please be patient!
Orbi is not ready, it vented for an unknown reason some time last night. I turned it on again this morning, and now we wait and hope that the ghost in the machine is in a better mood today.