The Sorting tab shown in Fig. 1 provides an interface for selecting
samples to automatically sort between cassettes and/or unipucks.
Sorting can be useful, for example, after a screening experiment, to
store good samples in a different container in preparation for a future
data collection experiment, or for separating fresh samples from
crystals exposed during the experiment. Policies for the use of this facility are documented in the
[Fig 1] Sorting tab
The Sorting Tab interface displays an interactive map of an origin
container (left panel) and a destination container (right panel) for
selecting samples to move between the two containers (cassettes and/or
unipucks). The origin and destination containers are selected by
clicking on the Left, Middle and Right Tabs. The origin and destination
container can also be the same container.
Samples are selected by clicking on the sample port. The left
side of the GUI is used to select the samples to be moved (origin
ports). The destination ports for the samples are selected on
the right side of the GUI.
- Origin ports
containing a sample (green) or with unknown status (gray) can be
selected. Selected origin ports will be surrounded with a black circle.
- Destination ports that are empty (black) can also be
selected. These destination ports will be surrounded by a green circle.
- Empty ports (black) in the origin container or
occupied ports (green) in the destination container can not be selected.
- The origin and destination ports are also displayed in
the Sample Move List. Each port is added to the Sample Move List in the order
selected. For example, pairs can be added to the list by
clicking between the origin and destination containers or all the origin
ports can be added first and then the destination ports can be added.
- The origin and destination container can be the same one (ie, the
interface can be used to change the position of the samples in the
same cassette). Also, the destination ports can be distributed amongst
- A line can be removed from the Sample Move List by clicking on it and
subsequently clicking on the Remove button. The entire list can be
removed by clicking on the Clear List button.
Once all the samples and their destinations have been selected, the
sorting takes place by pressing the Start button. It takes
about 20 - 25 minutes to move all the samples in one cassette.
- Sorting can not be initiated if a
sample is currently mounted on the goniometer.
- You must be the owner of the containers specified in the Sample Move list.
- Once the robot starts the sample sorting process, it will not be
possible to make any further changes to the Sample Move List.
- If the robot encounters a problem during sorting (e.g. an empty
origin port, a port jam, an occupied destination port) the sorting
operation will be aborted.