The broken master PC on the OMX V4 system has been replaced and the OMX is fully functional again.
One of the PCs of the OMX-V4 system has a corrupted hard drive and does not boot. The system is not usable and will be repaired as soon as possible. The PC does not seem to be in stock in Europe, so it has been ordered in the US. As a result the system will not be operative for at least a week and likely for the rest if this month. We will do our best to speed up the process and will keep you posted in this blog.
The OMX V4 system is now updated with a DIC option to monitor ‘cell fitness’ or provide overviews of the cells that are imaged. So far, the quality is mediocre but we are trying to improve this.
The storage for gas tanks (CO2, N2) in the CCI corridor has been replaced and moved to make space for the flow cabinet that will be positionned in the recess behind it. Beware that the corridor has become more shallow because of the move.
A StorSimple backup system has been implemented by ITS. We have tested it for a couple of months and it seems to perform well. The extra network drive is available on all imaging machines (except for the Zeiss NLO system, that will be connected to the net in the coming weeks) and can be found at O:\Research\CCI\#equipment\##user##. Writing on the drive can only be done on our machines, users will be able to read only from these drives so data will be available but secured. We are implementing a secure logon system for users to read data from this drive.
Next week, we will be trained by GE healthcare again, now to improve alignment and calibration procedures as well as the DLM module to perform dSTORM type of measurements (alike the NIKON system). Unfortunately, only one of the 4 cameras can be used to perform DLM, Furthermore the system will be upgraded with DIC and the live cell option will be improved and tested.
A webcam has been installed to make finding regions on sample holders more easily.
The OMXv4 system is being installed this and next week. The 1st crates have been unpacked and we wait for the last crate that seems to be lost in transport from Göteborg to Utrecht. GE Healthcare service engineers will be around this week to setup and validate the imaging system.