Category Archives: Instrument status

Plate reader in 3 Althouse

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



March 5, 2015

No engineer and no news from the engineer. I have contacted Thermo.


February 27, 2015

The engineer called this afternoon; he is planning the service visit for Wednesday next week.


February 25, 2015

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.


February 23, 2015

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.


February 19, 2015

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!


February 13, 2015

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.