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BD FACSCanto Options Reference Manual

For In Vitro Diagnostic Use


http://www.bdbiosciences.com/ Part No. 338628 Rev. A September 2004

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History
Revision 336929 Rev. A 337949 Rev A 338628 Rev A Date 1/04 4/04 9/04 Change Made Initial release Updated for CE IVD release Updated for BD FACSDiva 4.1 release

Contents
BD FACS Loader Option Loader Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loader Software Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carousel Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lifter Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carousel Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using the Loader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starting Up the Instrument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting Up a Worklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Importing a Worklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assigning Carousels and Verifying Run Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Preparing the Loader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Running Samples with the Loader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Changing Operational Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maintaining the Loader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaning External Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Technical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supplies and Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Index 5 6 8 8 12 12 14 14 15 17 19 22 25 30 33 34 35 38 39 41

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BD FACS Loader Option


The BD FACS Loader introduces prepared samples automatically to the BD FACSCanto flow cytometer. The Loader consists of a drawer, a cover, two optical sensors, an electronics module, a tube lifter, and a 40-tube carousel. You can operate it with BD FACSDiva software or BD FACSCanto clinical software.

This guide contains the following information: Loader Components on page 6 Loader Software Controls on page 8 Using the Loader on page 14 Maintaining the Loader on page 33 Troubleshooting on page 35 Technical Specifications on page 38 Supplies and Replacement Parts on page 39 5

Loader Components
The Loader is mounted directly on the flow cytometer. The device consists of a drive system, tube lifter mechanism, spindle, and optical sensors, all of which are attached to a sliding drawer. A cover fits over this drawer to protect you from moving parts during operation. Table 1 provides a brief description of Loader components.

alignment guide pin optical sensors

center spindle

tube lifter drawer

Table 1 Loader components


optical sensors (2) reads the carousel ID scans the carousel to verify tube locations and match the associated worklist, and verifies a tube is in place before activating the tube lifter drawer center spindle alignment guide pin tube lifter holds the carousel; slides out for easy access the axis around which the carousel spins; insert the carousel onto the Loader here correctly lines up the carousel and keeps it in place a stainless steel rod that lifts the sample tube from the carousel to the sample injection tube (SIT) the motor that rotates the carousel (not visible from exterior)

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Carousel
The carousel accommodates up to forty 12 x 75-mm tubes. Each carousel has a unique ID printed on its top surface and on an optically read label on its interior surface.
Figure 1 Sample-Prep Ready carousel
spindle hole

alignment hole

Note that the Loader is compatible with both the green-tinted carousels labeled Sample-Prep Ready and the traditional gray Loader carousels (Figure 2).
Figure 2 Compatible carousels

Not all manufactured 12 x 75-mm test tubes have been checked for proper functionality on the Loader. BD Biosciences has validated only disposable, 12 x 75-mm BD Falcon polystyrene test tubes and BD Trucount tubes.

Loader Components

Loader Software Controls


The following Loader controls are available in BD FACSDiva software. For a description of Loader software controls in BD FACSCanto clinical software, refer to the BD FACSCanto Clinical Software Users Guide. Carousel preferences can be accessed from the Edit > User Preferences menu. For a description, see the following section, Carousel Preferences. Carousel setup and run settings are located in the Carousel Setup dialog box, accessed by choosing Experiment > Carousel Setup. See Assigning Carousels and Verifying Run Settings on page 19. Loader acquisition controls can be found in the Carousel Controls frame. These controls are described in Running Samples with the Loader on page 25. Lifter settings are shown on the Lifter tab in the Instrument frame. See Lifter Settings on page 12.

A Carousel Report is generated when a run is complete or stopped in process. A report description can be found in Carousel Report on page 12.

Carousel Preferences
To access Preferences for the Loader, choose Edit > User Preferences, and click the Carousel tab. There are two tabs under the Carousel tab: General and Save Options. The General tab contains preferences for printing and reviewing worksheets. The Save Options tab contains preferences for saving statistics and the Carousel Report.

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General Preferences
Use General preferences to specify automatic printing preferences and how long to review a worksheet before proceeding with the next Tube.

During Loader acquisition, data is shown on a global worksheet. Select Automatic Printing Options for the following. To print a copy of the global worksheet after each Tube is processed, select the Worksheet checkbox, and then click Print after each tube. To print a copy of the global worksheet after each Specimen is processed, select the Worksheet checkbox, and then click Print after each specimen. Analysis objects for all Tubes in a Specimen are accumulated onto a worksheet, which prints when the last Tube in the Specimen is processed. To print a carousel report after a run, select the Carousel report checkbox. For more information about this report, see Carousel Report on page 12.

Printouts are sent to your default Windows printer, unless you print manually and use the Print Setup dialog box to choose a different printer.

! Tip

If your Specimen and Tube names combined have more than 80 characters, set the printer to landscape mode.

Loader Software Controls

Select an option to specify how long you want to review the global worksheet before the cytometer proceeds with acquisition of the next Tube. To pause after the first Tube in each panel (or Specimen), click Pause after first tube. Data is displayed on the global worksheet until you click Resume. To pause after each Tube, click Pause after each tube. Select Auto to have acquisition of the next Tube proceed automatically after a specified period of time (110 seconds), or Manual to pause until you click Resume. If you select Pause after each tube and set the amount of time to zero, you will not be able to review the worksheet between Tubes.

Save Options Preferences


Use Save Options preferences to set up automatic saving options for statistics and the Carousel Report. You can specify to save statistics results, a Carousel Report, or both, and use the Folder Location field to specify where each file will be saved.

! Tip

Select the Date folder checkbox to automatically create a dated folder in the specified directory for the corresponding exported reports. A Statistics Results file is formatted with a horizontal orientation. For each Specimen, statistics view(s) header information is written to the file for the first

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Tube. (When there is more than one statistics view for a Tube, an empty column is used to separate header information for each view.) Header information comprises the following: Experiment Name Specimen Name Tube Name Collection Date Selected keywords Statistics label

As each Tube in the Specimen is recorded, a new row of results is added to the file. For each population in a Tubes statistics view(s), the application adds parameter statistics in the order in which they appear in the statistics view. (Output is padded with commas so that the exported statistics views line up appropriately in the csv output.) A new header row is added only if statistics in the statistics view(s) differ from one Tube to the next within the Specimen. If you elect to skip a Tube before recording begins, no statistics are written to the file. If the Tube is skipped after recording begins but before recording is complete, statistics for the recorded data will be written. If the Specimen or Tube is rerun, the application adds a new row of results as each Tube is recorded. When there are duplicate results for a Tube or Specimen, check the date/ time stamp to see which are the most recent results. If you add or remove statistics from a statistics view for a Tube while the carousel is running, the application writes a new row of headers to the export file. The remaining Tubes (unless there is another statistics change) will display the new set of statistics.

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Lifter Settings
Lifter settings are used to adjust the tube lifter to ensure proper sealing with the SIT. You might be asked to communicate these settings to BD Biosciences personnel if you call for troubleshooting assistance. You can change or view Lifter settings only if you are logged into BD FACSDiva software as an Administrator.

Do not change Lifter settings unless directed to do so by BD Biosciences.

Carousel Report
When a run is complete or stopped, a report is generated with information about the Tubes in the carousels. The Carousel Report is displayed in a separate window with a menu bar above the report header. The report is automatically saved or printed or both if the corresponding preference is selected. The following information is included: Experiment name, and the Specimen and Tube name for each tube on the carousel current date and time User ID (login name)

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instrument name and serial number carousel number and position of each tube FCS file names and location statistics file name and location (if generated) Tube collection date/time status of each Tube

To print the report, choose File > Print Report within the Carousel Report window. You can preview the report or set up the page for printing by choosing the corresponding selections from the File menu.

! Tip

If your Specimen and Tube names combined have more than 80 characters, set the printer to use landscape mode. If you did not select the automatic export preference, you can export a report by choosing File > Export within the Carousel Report window. A dialog box appears where you can specify the file storage location. Exported reports are

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saved as an XML file that can be opened and printed using Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Using the Loader


The Loader operates through software commands only. Commands can be accessed through BD FACSDiva software or BD FACSCanto clinical software. For instructions on running samples with BD FACSCanto clinical software, refer to the BD FACSCanto Clinical Software Users Guide. This section explains how to acquire samples with the Loader using BD FACSDiva software commands. You should have a working knowledge of BD FACSDiva software before you run the following procedures: Starting Up the Instrument on this page Setting Up a Worklist on page 15 Assigning Carousels and Verifying Run Settings on page 19 Preparing the Loader on page 22 Running Samples with the Loader on page 25

Starting Up the Instrument


Use the following steps as a guideline to get ready for acquisition. For more details, refer to the BD FACSCanto Flow Cytometer Reference Manual.

1 Start up the cytometer, the workstation, and the software as described in


your instrument manual.

2 Perform instrument quality control and sample optimization for the


samples you will be running.

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3 (Optional) Open a new Experiment, and copy your optimized instrument


settings from step 2 to the new Experiment. Alternatively, you can add Specimens to the Experiment that was used during sample optimization. You must use a global worksheet for data display when you are acquiring samples with the Loader. To prevent data loss, do not create Experiments that contain more than 50 Tubes.

Setting Up a Worklist
To run samples on the Loader, you must first add Specimens and Tubes to your Experiment. Alternatively, you can import Specimen and Tube information from a worklist created using BD FACS Sample Prep Assistant (SPA) software. See Importing a Worklist on page 17 for instructions. The Carousel view of your Experiment becomes your worklist.

worklist

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1 Add the required number of Specimens and Tubes to your Experiment.

! Tip

To fit the combined Specimen and Tube names on the Carousel Setup Report, keep them less than 80 characters long. Also, make the first 40 characters of each name unique. To import a predefined panel, do the following: Select any Browser item within the open Experiment, and choose Experiment > New Specimen. Click a tab in the Panel Templates dialog box, and select a panel by name. Specify the number of copies (each copy creates a new Specimen in the Browser), and click OK.

For more details about panel templates, refer to the BD FACSDiva Software Reference Manual.

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2 If you imported panels, inspect the instrument settings for each panel type
to make sure the settings are appropriate.

Importing a Worklist
Use the following steps to import Specimen and Tube information from a Worklist created in BD FACS SPA software.

1 Choose File > Import > Worklist.


Note that sample information can be imported only into a new Experiment. If you try to import a worklist into an existing Experiment, the software automatically closes the current Experiment and creates a new one during the import.

2 Locate and select a file to import in the dialog that appears; click Import
(Figure 3 on page 17).
Figure 3 Selecting a file to import

Note that only valid SPA worklists can be imported. Panels in the imported worklist must match the panels available in BD FACSDiva software, and each imported panel must have the same number of Tubes as those in the

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predefined panels. If any of these criteria are not met, an error message appears. After a successful import, a new Experiment is created with the SPA worklist name as the Experiment name. Note that periods or commas in the SPA worklist name are changed to an underscore (_) in the Browser. If <SampleIDs> are used in the SPA worklist, Specimens are named according to the <SampleID> information for each panel.

3 Review the imported information in the Browser; edit missing or incorrect


entries, if needed. Inspect the instrument settings for each panel type to make sure the settings are appropriate.

4 Continue to the next task, Assigning Carousels and Verifying Run Settings
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Assigning Carousels and Verifying Run Settings


Once you set up an Experiment with required Specimens and Tubes, you must assign Specimens to a carousel using the Carousel Setup dialog box.

1 Choose Experiment > Carousel Setup.


The Carousel Setup dialog box appears listing all Specimens in the Experiment that do not contain recorded data. Carousel locations are automatically assigned according to the number of Tubes per Specimen.

2 (Optional) Insert or delete carousel breaks.


A carousel break is represented by a thick horizontal line, and indicates the start of a new carousel. Breaks are inserted automatically when a carousel cannot contain the next Specimens Tubes. (You cannot split a Specimen between two carousels.) If you want to group Tubes differently from how they are assigned to the carousels, you can insert and delete breaks. You can insert or delete breaks only on an unassigned carousel. To insert a break, select an unassigned Specimen and click Insert Break.

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To delete a break, select an unassigned Specimen under a break and click Delete Break. Note that you can delete a break only if the preceding carousel has room for all the Tubes assigned to the current carousel.

3 Assign a carousel to each Specimen.


BD carousels are pre-labeled with carousel IDs, from 1 to 16, both on top and on an optically read label inside. Click in the Carousel field next to the Specimen name and choose a carousel ID from the drop-down menu that appears. All Specimens assigned to the same carousel are automatically given the same carousel ID.

If you imported sample information from a SPA worklist, carousel and Tube positions are read from the imported worklist and cannot be changed. If <CarouselID> was not defined in the imported worklist, the carousel column is set to None and you must assign carousels before you can run.

4 Click the Print button on the Carousel Assignment tab to print a record of
Tube and carousel assignments. For accurate results, match the tubes to those listed on the Carousel Assignment tab. Print out a copy of tube assignments and use the printout as a guide when filling each carousel.

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5 Click the Run Settings tab in the Carousel Setup dialog box, and verify the
settings. Use the Run Settings tab to specify the amount of time to acquire samples before recording begins (Acquisition time), and to enter mix settings.

Choose an Acquisition time, from 315 seconds. The acquisition time allows acquisition to stabilize before recording begins. Select the Start of carousel mix checkbox if you want to perform a 10-second mix before the start of each carousel. Select the Interim mix checkbox if you want to perform a 3-second mix between a specified number of tubes. After you select the checkbox, the drop-down menu is activated where you can choose how often you want mixing to occur, from 120 tubes.

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Preparing the Loader


Once you have prepared a worklist, follow these steps to set up the cytometer for acquisition with the Loader.

1 Verify that the cytometer is set up for automatic loading.


The adapter lever should be in the lowest position, the tube guide should be forward, and the aspirator arm bar should be horizontal (Figure 4).
Figure 4 Automatic loading setup
adapter lever

tube guide

aspirator arm bar

For detailed setup instructions, see Changing to Automatic Loading on page 32.

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2 Remove the carousel from the instrument, if needed.


Slide the Loader cover forward and pull out the Loader drawer. Place your thumb on the center spindle, and press down with your thumb while gently pulling up on the carousel handle with two fingers, as shown.

3 Vortex the sample tubes and place them uncapped in the carousel(s)
according to the worklist. For accurate results, match the tubes to those listed on the Carousel Assignment tab. Print out a copy of tube assignments and use the printout as a guide when filling each carousel.

4 Install the first carousel to be acquired on the Loader.


Position the spindle hole in the handle over the center spindle of the Loader drawer. Rotate the carousel until the alignment guide pin fits into the small alignment hole at the top of the carousel. Press down firmly to seat the carousel. See Figure 5 on page 24.

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Figure 5 Seating the carousel in the Loader


spindle handle

alignment pin

5 Close the Loader drawer completely, and install the Loader cover.
The Loader scans and positions the carousel at tube 1. To run the Loader, the cover must be in place on the drawer. Tubes will not be loaded if the cover is off, and currently running tubes will be unloaded if the cover is removed during a run.

Loader cover

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Running Samples with the Loader


1 In the Acquisition Controls frame, verify that you are using an appropriate
Flow Rate.

2 In the Carousel Controls frame, enter a stopping Time (seconds).

If the Time is 0, the software uses a default stopping gate based on number of events. When you enter a Time, the software stops either when it reaches the total number of events, or when it reaches the Time limit, whichever comes first. Setting a Time limit ensures that the carousel doesnt stall on one tube if that tube should contain a dilute sample or rare events.

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3 In the Carousel Controls frame, click Run.


To display the frame, click the Carousel Controls button in the Workspace toolbar ( ).

The Loader performs the following initialization steps: a start-of-carousel mix, if one was specified in Run Settings carousel ID check tube location check against the Carousel Assignment tab

4 View data for the first Tube on the global worksheet.


The Carousel Controls frame displays a Pause button and a countdown message showing the time remaining until recording.

If needed, click the Pause button, make necessary instrument settings adjustments, and then click Resume. Data is recorded for the first Tube. Recording continues until the stopping rule is met. The Carousel Controls frame shows the ID of the currently running carousel along with the Tubes position and name.
carousel ID tube name

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During recording, you can skip the Tube or Specimen, rerun the Tube or Specimen, or stop the run. For more information, see Skipping or ReRunning Samples on page 28 or Stopping a Run on page 29.

5 Make adjustments to the analysis, if needed.


Data for the current Tube remains on display in the global worksheet view for the amount of time specified in General Carousel preferences. During this time, you can adjust the analysis, manually print the worksheet, skip the Tube or Specimen, rerun the Tube or Specimen, stop the run, or pause. A Pause button appears if you chose a manual pause after each tube (Figure 6). In the example shown in Figure 6, no Pause button will appear in the Carousel Controls.
Figure 6 Selections that affect pausing

If you selected the Print after each tube preference, the worksheet prints automatically.

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6 Click Resume (if necessary) to proceed with acquisition of the next Tube, or
let the timer count down to zero. Note that any changes to the global worksheet remain in effect for the rest of the Tubes that use the same worksheet. Tube processing continues until the carousel is complete. Depending on how you set Carousel preferences, review the global worksheet after the first Tube in each panel (or Specimen), or after each Tube. Repeat step 6 for the remaining Tubes on the carousel. If specified in run settings, mixing occurs on an interim basis.

7 Load the next carousel, if applicable.


If multiple carousels have been assigned, the software prompts you to load the next carousel.

8 Click Continue. 9 When all carousels have been processed, review the Carousel Report.
The report prints automatically, if specified in General Carousel preferences. If you selected automatic saving in the Save Options preferences, the report is saved to the designated directory. For more information, see Carousel Report on page 12.

Skipping or Re-Running Samples


You can skip or re-run Tubes or Specimens in the following situations: during acquisition, when the recording countdown is paused during recording when processing of the current Tube is finished and the global worksheet view is paused

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To skip or re-run a sample, click the corresponding button in the Carousel Controls frame. A drop-down menu appears where you can choose to Skip Tube/ Skip Specimen or Rerun Tube/Rerun Specimen.

When you skip a Tube, the carousel starts processing the next Tube in the worklist; when you skip a Specimen, the carousel starts the first Tube under the next Specimen. If there are no more Tubes to process, the Carousel Report appears. When you rerun a sample, existing data is not overwritten. If the Export FCS after recording preference is enabled, a new FCS file is saved as: <Specimen Name>_<Tube Name>_<DDMMYYYYHHMMSS>.fcs, where DDMMYYYY represents the date and HHMMSS represents the time the new file was saved. If the Automatic Saving preference is enabled for statistics results, a new row is written to the statistics results file. See Save Options Preferences on page 10 for more information.

Stopping a Run
To stop processing a carousel, click Stop in the Carousel Controls frame. The carousel stops running and the Carousel Report appears. If a Tube is being processed when you click Stop, the tube is unloaded from the cytometer.

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Changing Operational Modes


Performing a few simple steps allows you to change from automatic loading to manual loading. See the following sections for instructions. Changing to Manual Loading Changing to Automatic Loading on page 32

Changing to Manual Loading


To change to manual mode, follow these steps. Handle all biological specimens and materials as if capable of transmitting infection. Dispose of waste using proper precautions and in accordance with local regulations. Wear suitable protective clothing, eyewear, and gloves.

Materials
personal protective equipment

Procedure

1 Remove the Loader cover. 2 Pull out the drawer. 3 Remove any carousel in the Loader. 4 Move the tube guide arm all the way back and away from you.

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When in manual mode, you do not need the tube guide arm.

automatic mode

manual mode

5 Lift the adapter lever and rotate it into the highest position, as shown in the
following figure.

adapter lever, manual mode adapter lever, automatic mode

6 Rotate the aspirator arm bar vertically.

automatic mode

manual mode

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You are ready to load tubes manually.

Changing to Automatic Loading


To change from manual loading to automatic loading, follow these steps. Handle all biological specimens and materials as if capable of transmitting infection. Dispose of waste using proper precautions and in accordance with local regulations. Wear suitable protective clothing, eyewear, and gloves.

Materials
personal protective equipment

Procedure

1 Lift the adapter lever and rotate it into the automatic mode position, as
shown in the following figure.

adapter lever, manual mode adapter lever, automatic mode

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2 Rotate the aspirator arm bar to the horizontal position until it reaches the
stop pin.

manual mode

automatic mode

3 Move the tube guide arm all the way forward.


The tube guide arm is needed only when using the Loader.

manual mode

automatic mode

4 Pull out the drawer.


You are ready to load tubes automatically.

Maintaining the Loader


This section explains the cleaning procedure you should follow to keep your Loader in good condition.

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Cleaning External Surfaces


To keep the Loader free from salt buildup, wipe down all external surfaces that have been exposed to sheath fluid. All instrument surfaces that come in contact with biological specimens can transmit potentially fatal disease. Use universal precautions when cleaning instrument surfaces. Wear suitable protective clothing and gloves. To prevent damage, do not use isopropyl alcohol or ethanol on any Loader surfaces.

Materials
BD FACS cleaning solution DI water clean, lint-free cloths or disposable wipes

Procedure
To avoid potential shock, always switch off the power and unplug the AC power cord before you begin cleaning.

1 Switch off the cytometer power and unplug the AC power cord from the
wall socket.

2 Wipe all accessible surfaces with BD FACS cleaning solution.


Make sure that you clean the optical sensors, as well. Salts can build up on the sensors, causing tubes in the carousel to be missed.

3 Wet a fresh cloth with DI water and wipe all exposed surfaces to prevent
corrosion.

4 Wipe all exposed surfaces with a clean, dry cloth.

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Troubleshooting
The tips in this section are designed to help you troubleshoot Loader problems. If additional assistance is required, contact your local BD Biosciences technical support representative. Refer to our website, http://www.bdbiosciences.com, for up-to-date contact information. For software problems, refer to the BD FACSDiva Software Reference Manual or to the BD FACSCanto Clinical Software Users Guide.
Observation Carousel not rotating correctly Possible Causes Carousel not engaged with alignment pin on drawer Recommended Solutions Rotate the carousel on the spindle until the alignment guide pin engages with the alignment hole in the carousel, and press down. See step 4 on page 23. If the problem persists, contact BD Biosciences for assistance. Toggle the bar until it is horizontal. See Changing to Automatic Loading on page 32.

Aspirator arm bar vertical

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Observation Test tube not loading

Possible Causes Wrong tubes used

Recommended Solutions Use only uncapped 12 x 75mm BD Trucount tubes or polystyrene BD Falcon tubes. Reinstall according to the instructions given in Replacing the Bal Seal in the BD FACSCanto Flow Cytometer Reference Manual. Replace the Bal seal. Refer to Replacing the Bal Seal in the BD FACSCanto Flow Cytometer Reference Manual. Modify the Loader according to Changing to Automatic Loading on page 32. Make sure the Loader drawer is completely shut. Make sure the test tube is free of unnecessary labels or tape.

Bal seal not properly installed

Bal seal worn

Loader not prepared for automatic loading Test tube not completely raised

Tube lifter hitting carousel during ascent

Make sure the carousel is properly engaged with the alignment guide pin. If the problem persists, contact BD Biosciences for assistance. Contact BD Biosciences. Clean the optical sensors, as described in Cleaning External Surfaces on page 34. Set a stopping Time. See step 2 on page 25.

Tube lifter failure Test tube missed, or missing tube messages in software Test tube runs dry, Loader not advancing to next sample Salt crystal buildup on optical sensors Dilute sample or rare events

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Observation Test tube stuck on SIT, software not responding

Possible Causes Software problem

Recommended Solutions Manually remove the tube from the SIT.

1 Hold the tube while you


move the aspirator arm to the side.

2 Gently pull the tube off the


SIT.

3 Release the aspirator arm. 4 Restart the software.


Test tube stuck on SIT Not configured for automated loading Manually remove the tube from the SIT.

1 Hold the tube while you


move the aspirator arm to the side.

2 Gently pull the tube off the


SIT.

3 Release the aspirator arm. 4 Configure the instrument for


automatic loading. See Changing to Automatic Loading on page 32.

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Technical Specifications
Carousel compatibility Tube compatibility Carousel Accommodates up to 40 uncapped 12 x 75-mm tubes BD Falcon polystyrene test tubes BD Trucount tubes BD FACS 7-color setup bead tubes Thickness of accumulated labels 5 mils (127 m) thick Tube sample volume <1 mL Loader carousels, numbers 116

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Supplies and Replacement Parts


This section provides a list of supplies and options that are available for the BD FACSCanto instrument. To order spare parts and consumables from BD Biosciences from within the US, call: (877) 232-8995 or go to www.bdbiosciences.com. In other countries, contact your local BD Biosciences representative. To order instrument options, contact your sales representative.

This information is correct at the time of publication; for up-to-date information refer to our website (http://www.bdbiosciences.com).
Item Carousel kit, carousels 14 Carousel kit, carousels 58 Carousel kit, carousels 912 Carousel kit, carousels 1316 BD Falcon 12 x 75-mm tubes (bag of 125) Loader cover replacement Part No. 332727 332728 332729 332730 343675 335981

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Index
A
acquiring with Loader 25 acquisition, stopping manual stop, carousel 29 administrator screens 12 alignment guide pin 6 automatic loading setup 22, 32

D
decontamination 34 drawer 6 dry tube 36

F
frames Carousel Controls Instrument 12 25, 26

C
Carousel Controls frame 25, 26 carousel rack compatible racks 7 described 7 installing 23 mixing preferences 21 problems with 35 removing 23 software setup 19 tubes, compatible 7, 38 carousel report 10, 12 cleaning 34 components 6 cover 6, 24, 39 cytometer automatic (Loader) mode 22, 32 manual mode 30 startup 14

G
guide pin 6

I
installing carousel rack 23

L
label thickness 38 lifter, tube 6, 12 Loader maintenance 34

M
maintenance Loader 34 manual loading mode

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mixing preferences 21 modifying cytometer 22, 30, 32

N
names, number of characters 13

O
optical sensors 6 ordering spare parts 39

P
parts, ordering 39 pause preferences 27 pin, alignment 6 preferences global worksheet 10 length of review time 10 mixing 21 overview 8 pausing 27 printing 8, 9 saving 10 tube lifter settings 12 worksheet 8 printing preferences 8, 9

save preferences 10 skipping samples 28 specifications 38 Specimen names 13 spindle 6 statistics report 10 Statistics Results file 10 stopping acquisition manual stop, carousel 29 supplies, ordering 39 switching modes automatic (Loader) to manual manual to automatic (Loader)

30 32

T
technical specifications 38 troubleshooting 35 Tube names 13 tubes compatible 7 lifter 6, 12 sample volume 38

U
user preferences for Loader 8

R
rack, carousel 38 removing carousel rack 23 re-running samples 28 running samples 25

W
windows Carousel Controls 25, 26 Instrument 12 worklist importing 17 setting up 15 worksheet preferences 8, 10

S
Sample Prep Assistant (SPA) panels, valid 17 worklists 15, 17

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