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Tecan/IAPS power cycle instructions and frequency recommendations

Why Is it Important to Power Cycle the Tecan/Infinium Automated Pipetting System (IAPS)?
Illumina recommends power cycling the Tecan/IAPS once per day at a minimum.
  • This helps alleviate pressure on the computer’s RAM, which can get full from running scripts all day.
  • Power cycles allow the memory to unload and reduce the likelihood of the computer freezing, which can cause the instrument to stop in the middle of runs.
  • In order to properly power cycle the Tecan/IAPS, the computer must be completely turned off and allowed to sit, not just restarted.
  • Power cycle the water circulator with the computer each time to reduce communication issues.
Step by Step Instructions for Tecan/IAPS Power Cycle
  1. 1.
    Turn off the water circulator using the switch on the back of the circulator control panel.
  2. 2.
    Turn off the Tecan/IAPS instrument.
  3. 3.
    Shut down the computer using the Windows Start menu and wait for at least 2 minutes.
  4. 4.
    Restart the computer and allow it to fully boot into the desktop.
  5. 5.
    Turn on the water circulator using the switch. The water circulator will display an hourglass while it is booting.
  6. 6.
    After the "Standby" message appears on the water circulator control panel, turn on the Tecan/IAPS instrument and launch the Illumina Automation Control (IAC) software.
  7. 7.
    Select Yes to initialize the robot.
  8. 8.
    Activate the water circulator through the IAC software to verify a connection to the computer.
    1. 1.
      Select Robot QC Tasks*.*
    2. 2.
      Select Circulator Manager.
    3. 3.
      Use the drop-down menu to select Activate.
    4. 4.
      Select Execute.
  9. 9.
    Confirm the circulator is connected to the computer. Use the drop-down menu to select Standby, then select Execute when ready to use.
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