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  • How do I set the Speed and Time for a spin?

Press the Speed button and rotate the knob to select the speed. Time is adjusted in the same way.

  • What does Short Spin do?

The Short/Spin button starts the centrifuge running and it will continue to run as long the button is held down. A short spin is usually used to collect the liquid in the tube. The short spin speed can be set in the system.

  • How is the Short/Spin speed adjusted?

The Short/Spin speed is set via System. Press the System button and select the speed on the Main Screen. Turn the knob to the required speed and press enter. The ON/OFF icon will flash. Select On to confirm.

  • What does RCF mean? How do I convert RPM to RCF?

RCF (Relative Centrifuge Force) is a measure of the centripetal force exerted by the centrifuge. It can be calculated using the formula shown below: RCF or G-force = 1.12  x  Radius  x  (RPM/1000)²

  • What does the “System” key on the front panel do?

Pressing the SYSTEM key gives access to five system settings, AUTO LID, ALM, SLOW, C UP and SPIN.

  • AUTO LID: When auto lid is selected the centrifuge lid will open automatically at the end of a run.
  • ALM: ALM is a toggle to switch the alarm on or off.
  • SLOW: This function activates slow (soft) acceleration and deceleration of the motor. This is useful for experiments with sensitive reagents or samples.
  • C UP: The count up function. When CP is on the system will count up the time after a run has been completed.
  • SPIN: This allows the maximum speed reached during a Short/Spin to be set.
  • What is the function of Auto-lid (AUTO LID)?

When Auto-lid is on, the lid of the centrifuge will open automatically at the end of a run. 

  • What is the function of count up (C UP)?

This will tell you how long your sample stays in chamber after a run has been completed.

  • Why is it necessary to hold the lid for half a second for the latch to close?

 This is a safety feature to ensure that the lid has been closed intentionally.

  • I feel air flow underneath the lid during centrifugation. Is that normal?

Yes, it is normal. There is a cooling fan in the lid and the chamber is sealed when the lid is locked.

  • I can hear the fan running when the centrifuge is in idle mode, is that normal?

Yes, it is normal. The fan in the centrifuge cools the chamber to prevent heat accumulation. The fan continues to run at low speed when the rotor is not running.

  • What is the purpose of ventilation slits on the top of centrifuge lid?

These slits allow excessive heat to escape when the centrifuge is running at high speed and this keeps the heat in the chamber to a minimum.

  • Can I change the speed and time during centrifugation?

Yes, you can change the speed and time during centrifugation. 

  • Can I do a slow (soft) ramp in this centrifuge?

Yes. You can set the centrifuge to slow ramp. The acceleration and deceleration times can be extended to 90 second.

  • Will the temperature of the sample inside the chamber at maximum speed increase over time?

The sample temperature (equivalent to the chamber temperature) will increase by no more than 10ºC above ambient temperature after 1 hour of centrifugation at maximum speed.

  • Does centrifuge need calibration?

No. The rotor is driven by a brushless DC motor that does not need calibration.

  • Does the centrifuge need regular maintenance?

Yes, it does. Regular maintenance includes checks on possible chemical damage and can extend the maximum operating life of the centrifuge.

  • What kind of maintenance is necessary?

The rotor and chamber should be cleaned with a moist cloth and neutral detergents after use and on a weekly basis. In the event of a spill, or contamination of the rotor and chamber by aggressive liquids, it should be cleaned immediately. The rotor and lid can be autoclaved. But never autoclave the rotor with the lid attached.