Rock Imager 2.14: Automatic plate definition backup; Automatic SONICC laser health monitoring; Event Log updates

November 21, 2014 by Astri Leave a Comment

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Automatic plate definition file backup. In the interest of protecting and preserving your plate definition files -- which contain vital information about how to image each plate type -- plate definition files are now automatically backed up on a weekly basis.

Recover plate definition

New columns in Imager Event Log. The Imager Event Log now includes columns for “Inspection ID” and “Imaging Setting”.

Imager event log

Excessive time in manual mode alerts. If Rock Imager is left in manual mode for more than six hours, Rock Imager will email Formulatrix support to check on the imager. If the imager was accidentally left in manual imaging, a support technician will return the imager to its automatic imaging schedule, so as not to create a large imaging backlog in the system.

Improved automated image queue management. Previously, if someone initiated an "image now" command from Rock Maker when Rock Imager is in manual mode, Rock Imager would immediately switch to automatic mode in order to start imaging the plate. Now, the plate will be queued until Rock Imager is switched back into automatic mode, so as not to interrupt manual imaging.

Individual drop zoom settings for multi-drop plates. By adding a new control to the Plate Type Editor's Advanced dialog box, we have made it easier to image plates that have multiple drops of different volumes, such as the Intelli-Plate. You can now assign individual zoom settings to each drop at a well.

Set drop zoom on a per-drop basis

'Blob Size’ now in µm. For ease of interpretation when troubleshooting and tuning drop location, blob sizes are now measured in µm instead of pixels. This change also makes the blob size value independent of image resolution/binning and pixel size.

More precise brightness controls. In order to increase brightness control precision, the brightness control buttons have been made less sensitive. Now, a single click in the positive or negative direction equals one increment change. Previously, the control was more sensitive, and it was possible to accidentally adjust the control more than desired with a single click.

Rock Imager software disabled during system diagnostics. The Rock Imager software is now disabled during system diagnostics to avoid appearing non-responsive. Additionally, a progress bar appears to indicate system status.

Rock Imager 1000, 182 and 54
Automatic laser health monitoring (SONICC dual imagers only). Rock Imager product managers will now keep a close eye on the health of the lasers within SONICC systems by reviewing photographs taken of the reference plate under SHG and UV-TPEF light paths in your system on a bi-weekly basis. Images will be emailed to the product manager automatically.
Load Port scan behavior changes (Rock Imager 1000 only). Plates are now left in the load port until further command after initial barcode scanning, allowing you to decide whether to manually image a plate or send it to storage. Previously, all plates were scanned and then picked up for automatic imaging, which created unnecessary delay if you wanted to manually image the plate.
Visual map of expired plates (Rock Imager 182 and 54). Quickly identify the physical location of expired plates in a large visual display. Expired plates are indicated with red text and an EXPIRED label. To view the map, go to the Load Port menu and select View Expired Plates.
Expired plates
Monthly expired plate notifications. Rock Imager can now send monthly notification emails to you reminding you of any expired plates still residing in the imager's storage facilities.
Rock Maker imaging schedule status change (dual imagers only). Previously, imaging sessions were reported as "completed" in Rock Maker when a plate had been imaged with one light path but was scheduled to be imaged under multiple light paths. Now, plates that have been imaged under one light path and are waiting to be imaged under the second light path will be reported as "imaging" until the plate has been imaged under both light paths.
UV and SONICC
Improved UV to Visible and SONICC to Visible image alignment. Due to lens distortion, you may have noticed the cursor was only aligned perfectly at the center of a drop when examining image results of different light paths in Compare Mode in Rock Maker. This is due to image curvature from lens distortion. In software we now "flatten" the image removing the lens distortion curvature resulting in improved cursor alignment when comparing images from different light paths. The distortion characteristics are unique to each system requiring a simple calibration to be performed to improve image alignment. To take advantage of this improvement, contact support to set up a tuning session.
ellen-compare
Initial Live Image view fixed (SONICC only). Previously, SONICC users would have to turn Live Image on, and then off, and then on a second time in order to see drops correctly. This issue has been fixed, and SONICC users will now see drops displayed correctly the first time Live Image is turned on.
Laser timeout now resets if stage movement is detected (SONICC only). The automatic laser timeout, designed to protect both your samples and laser life, now resets when Rock Imager detects stage movement during manual imaging.
Rock Imager 2, FRAP Benchtop and SONICC Benchtop
Smarter manual mode. Previously, if you canceled an imaging command made accidentally while in manual mode such as "image plate", you would have to re-scan the plate barcodes to continue imaging. Now, Rock Imager will remember the barcodes and allow you to continue without further interruption.
FRAP
Default imaging setting values displayed in Rock Maker. For greater insight into how images are captured, the default FRAP imaging settings are now displayed in Rock Maker. These settings are accessible through the Imaging Settings node of the Explorer.
FRAP in RM
"Top Light" now called "Fluoro Light". To make FRAP imaging terms more familiar for new users, the term Top Light has been changed to Fluoro Light.
FRAP optics controls changes
Outfitting a new lab or expanding a current one?
For those of you in the process of outfitting a new or future lab, a new hardware option is available with visible light imagers. FACIT -- Formulatrix Advanced Contrast Imaging Technology -- allows you to control the illumination pattern on a drop in order to see more crystal facets. Any light pattern can be projected onto a drop, including top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right, darkfield, and brightfield illumination.
Illumination control

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