Deck set up and calibration
The deck layout is defined in
equipment.py in the PlasmoTron folder.
Let’s have a look at one of those lines:
The bit on the left-hand-side defines that this is a new piece of equipment called
"TubMedia". That name is hardcoded into other parts of the programme so you don’t want to change it. There are two parts you can safely change. One is the second argument of the load function, currently
"D1" which specifies where on the deck the container is to be found. Feel free to change these values as you wish.
The other part we could change is
"epmotion30". This defines the type of container that is being used which determines its geometry.
containers.create("24corning", grid=(4,6), spacing=(19.304,19.304), diameter=16.26,depth=18) #24-well plate
It is important that the deck layout section defines these key components:
- Tipbox Where the pipette goes to collect a new tip
- Trash This is defined as a point in space, which should be over your trash container (the bigger the better)
- CulturePlate This is the primary position where you will put a culture plate to be fed, or split.
- AliquotPlate This is where a 96-well measurement plate will be placed to collect aliquots of the culture for measurement.
- CulturePlate2 Sometimes we want to split from one plate into another. This is the location we will put the second plate at. It can be the same position in the deck as the AliquotPlate
- TubMedia,TubBlood, TubSybr These are tubs where we will get the media, blood and SYBR-green respectively. We use EpMotion 30ml reservoirs for these, but you can customise as you want. (TubSybr actually isn’t important if you are happy to pre-load your Sybr-Green plates without using the robot.)
This file can be left as it is or edited to suit your preferences.
Small culture hoods
[To add section on transposed tip rack here]
Now we are ready to calibrate.
Close the PlasmoTron server and in a new terminal run:
source PlasmoTronPyEnv/bin/activate cd PlasmoTron python calibrate.py
If you have already practiced calibrating with the GUI app you will know what to do. First calibrate the plunger positions for each pipette. Then with a tip loaded go through each piece of labware, placing the pipette at the bottom of the bottom left well/tip of each container.
Next up you can get to grips with PlasmoTron itself in the tutorial.