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The goal of this website and email newsgroup is to promote compatibility between systems and to inform experimenters about current technologies. 

Chart of available robotic sample handling systems at synchrotrons -  as a service to the synchrotron user community, we have assembled a chart of the available robotic sample mounting systems at macromolecular crystallography stations and the compatible storage containers and sample pins.  Our thanks goes out to all who have contributed to this effort.  We encourage system developers to keep us up to date with information and links.  Please email content comments to acohen@slac.stanford.edu and srussi@slac.stanford.edu.

The robo-sync email newsgroup is a forum for developers and experimenters from various labs to share information, ideas, and experiences related to automated sample handling and high throughput crystallography.

The universal puck project is a collaboration to develop a standard sample pin storage and shipping container for use with the majority of automated sample mounting systems. 


Robotic Sample Handling Systems

Table of Contents

1.  Sample Pin Bases and Storage Containers
2.  Synchrotrons (Click the name of the synchrotron below for more information):

North America

Canada United States
CLS ALS APS CAMD
CHESS NSLS SSRL

South America

Brazil
LNLS

Europe

France Germany Italy Spain Sweden Switzerland UK
ESRF BESSY Elettra ALBA MAX IV SLS Diamond
Soleil DESY

Asia

China Taiwan Japan Korea
BSRF NSRRC Photon Factory PAL
Spring-8

Australia


Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
08B1 SAM SSRL cassette A, B, C, D
08ID-1 SAM SSRL cassette A, B, C, D

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
4.2.2 ACTOR ACTOR magazine, ALS puck  
5.0.1 ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C
5.0.2 ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C
5.0.3 ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C
8.2.1 ACTOR ACTOR magazine, ALS puck,     Uni-puck  
8.2.2 ACTOR ACTOR magazine, ALS puck,     Uni-puck C
8.3.1 Cool Hand Luke n/a Any Base
12.3.1 SAM SSRL cassette A,B,C,D

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
14-BM-C      
14-ID-B      
17-BM ACTOR ACTOR magazine A, B, C, D, E
17-ID ACTOR ACTOR magazine A, B, C, D, E
19-ID ACTOR ACTOR magazine, ALS puck,     Uni-puck A, B, C, E
21-ID-D CATS ACTOR magazine, Cryo-vial basket A, B, C, D, E
21-ID-E CATS

*beamline not operational at this time (4/15/10)

ACTOR magazine, Cryo-vial basket A, B, C, D, E
21-ID-F CATS ACTOR magazine, Cryo-vial basket A, B, C, D, E
21-ID-G CATS ACTOR magazine, Cryo-vial basket A, B, C, D, E
22-BM ALS modified (ALS puck, Uni-puck)

**Modified ALS puck and Uni-puck. Sample position 6 must be a #8 drill hole size (0.2")

C, E
22-ID ALS modified (ALS puck, Uni-puck)

**Modified ALS puck and Uni-puck. Sample position 6 must be a #8 drill hole size (0.2")

C, E
23-BM-B ALS ACTOR magazine, ALS puck,     Uni-puck C, E
23-ID-B ALS ACTOR magazine, ALS puck,     Uni-puck C, E
23-ID-D ALS ACTOR magazine, ALS puck,     Uni-puck C, E
24-ID-C ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C, E
24-ID-E ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C, E
31-ID CATS Cryo-vial basket E (Molecular Dimensions only)

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
GCPCC none Vials, preferably magnetic A, B, C, D, E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
A1 ALS (Second-generation) ACTOR magazine, ALS puck and Uni-puck C, D, E
F1 ALS ACTOR magazine, ALS puck and Uni-puck C, D, E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
X4C MARCSC None, load pins on carousel E
X6A ALS ALS puck C (old HR4-779, new HR4-779), E
X12B ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C, E
X12C ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C, E
X25 ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C, E
X29A ALS ALS puck, Uni-puck C, E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BL 7-1 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D
BL 9-2 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D
BL 11-1 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D
BL 12-2 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D
BL 14-1 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
MX1 G-Rob
MX2 G-Rob

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BM1A (Swiss-Norwegian beamline)      
BM14 (EMBL-India-ESRF beamline) SC3 and FlexHCD EMBL/ESRF cryo-vial basket and Uni-puck E
BM29 BioSAXS
BM30A CATS EMBL/ESRF Cryo-vial basket E
ID09B      
ID13      
ID23-1 SC3 EMBL/ESRF cryo-vial basket E
ID23-2 SC3 EMBL/ESRF cryo-vial basket E
ID29 SC3 EMBL/ESRF cryo-vial basket E
ID30A-1 (MASSIF-1) Robodiff EMBL/ESRF cryo-vial basket E
ID30A-3 (MASSIF-3) SC3 EMBL/ESRF cryo-vial basket E
ID30B FlexHCD EMBL/ESRF cryo-vial basket and Uni-puck E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
PROXIMA 1 ACTOR ACTOR magazine E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BL14.1 CATS Cryo-vial basket E
BL14.2      
BL14.3      

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

No Information Reported

 

No Information Reported

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BL 13 - XALOC CATS   E (Molecular Dimension only)

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BioMAX ISARA Cryo-vial basket, Uni-puck E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
PX CATS Cryo-vial basket E
PXI CATS Cryo-vial basket E
PXII CATS Cryo-vial basket E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
I02 BART Uni-puck E
I03 BART Uni-puck E
I04 BART Uni-puck E
I04.1 BART Uni-puck E
I24 BART Uni-puck E

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
3W1A MARCSC Cryo-vial basket A, B
1W2B MARCSC Cryo-vial basket A, B

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BL13B1 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D
BL13C1 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D
BL15A1 SAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C, D

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BL-1A PAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C
BL-5A PAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C
BL-17A PAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C
AR-NE3A PAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C
AR-NW12A PAM SSRL cassette, Uni-puck A, B, C

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
BL12B2 SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
BL26B1 SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
BL26B2 SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
BL32B2 SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
BL32XU SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
BL38B1 SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
BL41XU SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
BL44XU SPACE ACTOR magazine, ALS puck, Uni-puck, and SPACE tray A, B, C, D, E and SPACE pin
SP12B2 (NSRRC) SPACE SPACE tray SPACE pin

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 

No sample mounting systems installed

 

Beamline Name Sample Mounting System Containers Supported Sample Pins Supported
MX1 SAM SSRL cassette B
MX2 SAM SSRL cassette B

Sample Pins Supported: A: Hampton magnetic; B: Hampton copper magnetic; C: ALS-style; D: Mitegen B3S; E: Spine

 


Chart for visual identification of standard containers

These photos represent styles and shapes of sample pins and containers that may be sold by various vendors. Always consult your local beamline user support contact about specifics of container and sample pin compatibility.

Sample Containers:

            A:   SSRL cassette

 

 

 B:  ACTOR magazine

 

 C:   Cryo-vial basket or EMBL/ESRF sample changer basket

 

 D:   ALS puck

 E:   Uni-puck

Sample Pin Bases:

      A:   Hampton magnetic

 

      B:   Hampton copper magnetic

 

      C:   ALS-style

 

      D:   Mitegen B3S

      E:   SPINE

 

We encourage system developers to keep us up to date with information and links.  Please email content comments to Aina Cohen (acohen@slac.stanford.edu) and Silvia Russi (srussi@slac.stanford.edu).

 
Last modified:  Monday, 15-August-2016 12:47:00 PDT.