Mastering Work Tables in Tecan: A Step-by-Step Guide (2023) 📚
Today, we're going to dive into the world of work tables in Tecan. Work tables are graphical representations of your lab setup, and understanding them is key to efficient lab automation. Let's get started!
Step 1: Understanding Work Tables 🧐
Work tables represent your lab setup within the Tecan software. They show carriers (the immovable parts of your setup) and labware (the items you can move around, like tips or deep well plates).
Step 2: Accessing Work Tables 🖥️
To find the work table:
- Open a method in the Tecan software.
- Click the small arrow under 'Script Name'.
- Here, you'll find the work table.
You can change the work table from this menu and save your changes.
Step 3: Navigating the Work Table 🗺️
The work table is a 3D representation of your lab setup. Here's what the buttons do:
- The first button gives you a top-down view of the work table.
- The second button gives you an angled view, which can help you select carriers and labware.
- The 'Rotate' button lets you rotate the view up, down, left, and right.
- The 'Pan' button lets you move the view left, right, up, and down without rotating.
- The 'Zoom' buttons let you zoom in and out.
Step 4: Understanding Grid Positions 📏
Carriers and labware are arranged by grid positions. The grid starts with 'A' and goes all the way to 'Z'. The leftmost position is where your carrier sits. For example, a carrier covering positions 19 to 24 is considered to be in position 19.
'Sites' are the positions from top to bottom of the carrier. For example, 'Site 1' is the top position, and 'Site 6' is the bottom position.
Step 5: Adding and Editing Labware 🧪
To add labware to a carrier:
- Click on the carrier.
- Drag and drop the type of labware you want to add from the menu.
To edit labware:
- Right-click on the labware you want to edit.
- Click 'Edit'.
- Here, you can change the name of the labware and adjust its position.
And that's it! You're now a master of work tables in Tecan. Remember, the more you explore and learn about the software, the more efficiently you can use it. Happy labbing! 🥼