Category Archives: I robot: My Tecan SLT Mega

Scientists are lazy people. They invent crazy stuff to make their complicated life easier.

Do you like pipetting? Nor do I. I had the chance to get this 4 channel pipetting robot in unknown condition. Watch its resuscitation progress!

Serial Communication

The MEGA has a male 25pin serial connector. To connect it to a PC, you will need a cable with a 25pin female and a (most probably) 9pin female connector. TxD and RxD need to be crossed. The cable of … Continue reading

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Episode 2: MEGA, please talk to me!

The manual writes a few pages about the commands to control the arm, the syringes, the pumps, the valves. The control program allows to issue them one by one to the machine or to set up some sort of tests … Continue reading

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Episode 1: MEGA and me

This report is about my attempt of turning a – let’s say: piece of trash into a slave: A modern ‘Labordiener’ – or lab servant: A pipetting robot, almost 4 free! The story commences when last Monday, 55kg of technology … Continue reading

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