Plate Types Setup

In Plate Types setup (found in the Setup node on the Explorer), you can manage information about the various microplate formats used in your experiments. By default, one experiment plate and one screen lot plate are already defined on this screen. These Plate Types, along with any that you define yourself, are available for use when you are creating screens and designing experiments.

Plate Types Table

Plate Types Table

Plate Types Table

The table below describes the columns found in the Plate Types table:

Column Name



The name of the plate. This is the name that is used throughout ROCK MAKER.


The number of rows on the plate.


The number of columns on the plate.

Max Well Volume (μL)

The maximum number of microliters that can be dispensed into each well on the plate.

Default Well Volume (μL)

The default well volume assigned when an experiment is created. You may modify this setting for each experiment.

Default Additive Volume (μL)

The default additive volume assigned when an experiment is created.

Max # Drops

The maximum number of drops allowed in each well.

Max Drop Volume (μL)

The maximum volume allowed for a drop dispensed into the container.

Default Drop Volume (μL)

The default drop volume to be used when an experiment is created. You may modify this setting for each experiment.

Default Seed Volume (μL)

The default seed volume is assigned when an experiment is created. You can modify this setting for each experiment.


The Plate Types type will be either Experiment Plate, Screen Lot Plate, or Microfluidics Device. Experiment plates are plates in which crystallization experiments are performed, while screen lot plates contain pre-mixed well solutions used to dispense the plates used in the experiments. Experiment plates can be selected on the Experiment tab, and screen lot plates can be selected when you are defining screen lots. The Microfluidics Device plate type is for AutoInspex plates.


The Enabled column is where you can enable and disable the different plate types. A disabled plate type will not be listed in the Plate Type section of the Experiment Info panel when creating an experiment.

Plate Drops

ROCK MAKER supports Plate Types that allow for multiple drops per well. The Plate Drops area lists all drops available in the Plate Types that is currently selected from the Plate Types table. The Enabled check box allows you to enable and disable the drops. When a drop is disabled, it will not be used in any experiments created using the selected plate.

Plate Drops

Plate Drops


Once a plate types has been used in an experiment, you can no longer enable or disable its drops.

About AutoInspex Plates

  • To use AutoInspex plates in your experiments, you must create a plate types of the type Microfluidics Device in the Plate Types setup. This Plate Types should be 96 rows by 1 column.

  • Creating and designing layers on an AutoInspex plate involves the same steps as other plate types.

  • Channel, score, and rank information from the AutoInspex system are displayed on the All Wells tab of the Plate Info tab.

  • The Images view is especially useful for inspecting data imported from the AutoInspex system.

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