Are You Struggling With A Clogged Sequencer?

14 July 2017
 

 

I am not a morning person. I don’t function well at o-dark-thirty. But thankfully, we have a wonderful invention called coffee. Each morning, I drag myself to the Keurig, place the cup under the spout and push start. One morning, I followed the same process and got nothing – barely any of the liquid cheer streamed out to fill my cup. Without proper care, the same thing could happen with your sequencer equipment. Instead of simply cleaning the outside of my Keurig and the cup holder, I needed to dig deeper and maintain the inside of the machine to keep my morning joy flowing steadily. 

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Don't Forget To Flush — Your Water Trap, That Is

28 June 2017

It’s summertime, and for me, that means yard workOr rather, my attempt at yard work. Last year was a scorcher, complete with water rations all over the country. But this year, I made a commitment to my yard to not let it die too much. To revive my brown paradise, I gave the task of watering to my five-year-old, who loves to soak everything and everyone in the process.

But when I went to turn off the hose, I was greeted by a massive pool of water, mud, mulch, and grass clippings just under the faucet. Clearly, water had been pushed in and out of the hose. However, I could tell a large amount had also leaked from the outdoor water faucet and started to build up. This gotme thinking — the same thing could happen with sequencer equipment.  


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4 Easy Tips To Help Prolong Your Laser's Lifespan

14 June 2017

We have all seen those ridiculous internet images of chocolate chip cookies cooking on the dashboard of a car. But how ridiculous is that really? We all know that feeling when we climb into our hot summer car – seats scorching our legs, steering wheel unbearable to the touch, hot air blowing from the A/C unit. Now imagine how constant exposure to high temperatures and humidity could affect your laser performance.

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Still Running Windows XP?

31 May 2017

SeqGen is dedicated to our customers and your machines. Your concerns become our concerns. We have been receiving many emails and phone calls from our customers asking if they have to upgrade their sequencing and fragment analysis software to work on the Windows 7 operating system. Like many major updates with these machines, this can run you a pretty penny, and you’ll want to make sure you actually need the update before you blow your budget.

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Did You Leave the Stove On?

25 May 2017

3730 Connection Check

11 May 2017

Your sequencer is stuck at yellow-light status. This means that the machine has not established a connection with the computer.

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The Forgotten Truth

04 May 2017

The famous line “If I only knew then what I know now” can mean a measure of savings down the road when it comes to your instruments.  In our busy lives there is a simple but forgotten cost-saving step, if you’re willing to do some regular maintenance. It may even end up saving you thousands in laser replacement costs or machine down time.

Your machine is manufactured with many interdependent parts that allow it to function properly. The laser is one of the sequencer’s most critical parts enabling you to complete runs, and the air filter could be the key to extending the life of the laser. 

The ABI 3130 and 3730 models have an air filter that helps remove contaminants before they reach the laser.  Between the routine laser maintenance and realignments performed, you can do one simple thing to help your machine: clean the air filter regularly. All you need is a $3 can of air from your local hardware store and the ability to follow these three simple steps.

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The Big, Ugly Green Monster Attacked Again. (Sequencer Producing a Green/Blue Background During Runs? Here’s How to Troubleshoot It)

27 April 2017

A SeqGen customer recently contacted us saying that they had noticed a green/blue background during sample runs and water plate runs. They had done a good job of trying to troubleshoot the issue themselves. After many failed attempts and lost time on their project, they threw in the towel and contacted SeqGen for a solution. We thought these troubleshooting efforts would be helpful if ever you experience the same issue.

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Continuing Your 7900HT and 3130/xl Maintenance

22 March 2017

 

As new technology is developed and introduced to the marketplace, you may have heard a nasty rumor that the manufacturer will no longer be offering support or maintenance on older machines like the ABI 3130/xl Genetic Analyzer, or 7900HT qPCR.  You might have even gotten a notice that effectively says that you’ll have to upgrade to a newer model if you want to keep your lab operational.  Sure, these machines have improved functionality and can make a lab more efficient, but the bottom line is this unnecessary upgrade is costly and just doesn’t make sense for a lot of labs.

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4 Ways to Extend Your Lab's Budget Instantly

02 March 2017

No matter what industry you’re in, budgets are tight. Costs for reagents, coverage plans, unexpected breakdowns, and plenty of other issues--the funds dry up quickly.

However, over the years we’ve picked up plenty of tips and tricks that can save your lab money and extend the life of your machine and its parts. So without further ado, here are 4 ways you can squeeze more out of your lab’s budget now.

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