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MANTIS is a low-maintenance liquid dispenser. For optimal operations, proper care and preventative maintenance should involve the following procedures:
You may want to sterilize the chips if:
After a certain period of inactivity, typically around two weeks or more, MANTIS may need to be exercised prior to use for maximum dispense performance. Follow this guide when running your MANTIS after long periods of inactivity.
To ensure the dispense volume accuracy of the MANTIS chips, you can perform the dispense accuracy test at any time as needed before the chip lifetime expires. This gravimetric test is a quick way to verify that your chips and MANTIS instrument are performing as intended.
Tuning the wash station is necessarily performed mostly by the support team on rare occasions, such as wash issues on all chips.
PFE chips require special care prior to long-term storage to prevent the thin PFE diaphragm material from sticking or stiffening during storage. After a period of inactive use, exercising the chip diaphragm before the next experiment can help you to ensure accurate dispense volumes.
To sterilize MANTIS chips to a molecular grade standard, read Molecular Grade (MG) Chip Cleaning Procedure.