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ACL Elite

ACL Elite Pro Service Manual


P/N 181121-14 (CD version) Revision 02 October 2010

Manufacturer
Instrumentation Laboratory Company
180 Hartwell Road
Bedford, MA 01730-2443 U.S.A.
Telephone: (781) 861-0710

EU Authorized Representative
Instrumentation Laboratory SpA
Viale Monza 338 - 20128 Milan, Italy
Telephone: 39-2-25221
ACL Elite / ElitePro Service Manual

ACL Elite
ACL Elite Pro Service Manual
Part Number 00018112113 Printed Version Revision 02 October 2010
Part Number 00018112114 CD Version Revision 02 October 2010

Manufacturer EU Authorized Representative


Instrumentation Laboratory Company Instrumentation Laboratory SpA
180 Hartwell Road Viale Monza 338 - 20128 Milan, Italy
Bedford, MA 01730 U.S.A. Telephone: 39-2-25221
Telephone: (781) 861-0710

Instrumentation Laboratory Co.


180 Hartwell Road, Bedford Ma. 01730
ACL Elite / ElitePro Service Manual

ACL Elite / ElitePro Service Manual


P/N 00018112113 Elite / ElitePro Service Manual (paper version) Revision 02 October 2010
P/N 00018112114 Elite / ElitePro Service Manual (CD version) Revision 02 October 2010

Foreword
This Service Manual contains information necessary to install, service, maintain and troubleshoot the
Instrumentation Laboratory ACL Elite / ElitePro system.

This Service Manual is intended for IL field engineers, or service engineers from organizations duly
recognized and authorized by Instrumentation Laboratory, who have been previously trained on how to
use, maintain and troubleshoot the IL ACL Elite / ElitePro model.
For detailed information on Operator’s interface and other user related topics, reference the ACL Elite /
ElitePro Operator’s Manual.

The ACL Elite / ElitePro system is compatible with the diverse requirements for supply voltage and
frequency encountered throughout the world.
The ACL Elite / ElitePro system conforms to the directives and standards of the Community European
89/336/EEC + 92/31EEC + 93/68EEC and certified by CE marking. This system is approved to CE
standards EN55011:1991 (CISPR 11), Group 1, Class A; EN50082-1:1997 and EN61010-1993 + A2:1995
(IEC 1010-1).

The ACL Elite / ElitePro system also conforms to the directives and standards of the CSA and certified by
CSA marking. This system is approved to CSA standards with licence number LR24215 and produced
under CSA certification number 161648/1121145.
All instruments bear the CE and CSA monograms.

This publication and any and all materials (including software) concerning the products of IL ACL Elite / Elite Pro Systems are of
proprietary nature and are communicated on a strictly confidential basis; they may not be reproduced, recorded, stored in a retrieval
system, transmitted or disclosed in any way and by any means whatsoever, whether electronic, mechanical through photocopying or
otherwise, without IL’s prior written consent.
Information contained herein is believed by IL to be accurate: in any event, no responsibility, whether express or implied, is assumed
hereby by IL for or in connection with the use thereof, or for infringement of any third party rights which might arise therefrom, or
from any representation or omissions contained therein.
Information is subject to change and/or updating without notice.

Manufacturer EU Authorized Representative


Instrumentation Laboratory Company Instrumentation Laboratory SpA
180 Hartwell Road Viale Monza 338 - 20128 Milan, Italy
Bedford, MA 01730 U.S.A. Telephone: 39-2-25221
Telephone: (781) 861-0710

Foreword
ACL Elite / ElitePro Service Manual

ACL Elite / ElitePro Service Manual Index

Foreword

ACL Elite / ElitePro Service Manual Index

Chapter 1
General Information

1.1 Product Use


1.2 Measured Parameters
1.3 Presentation of Results
1.4 Instrument Description and Operation
1.4.1 Main hardware components
1.4.2 Sample Tray
1.4.3 Reagent Area
1.4.4 Rinse/Waste Area
1.4.5 Rotor loading and Analysis Area
1.4.6 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
1.4.7 Keyboard
1.4.8 Interface Connectors
1.4.9 Internal Cooling System
1.4.10 On-board Barcode Reader
1.4.11 External Barcode Scanner
1.4.12 External printer
1.4.13 Floppy disk drive
1.5 Additional Features
1.5.1 Standby Status
1.5.2 End of the Cycle
1.5.3 Power loss
1.5.4 Setup and Utility Programs
1.5.5 Fault Detection
1.6 Procedural Limitations

Chapter 2
Operator Interface Description

2.1 Screen areas and main commands description


2.2 Available input devices
2.3 Instrument status
2.4 Password
2.5 Analysis and Service programs menu description

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Chapter 3
General Description

3.1 Main Fluidic System Description


3.2 Main Optic System Description
3.2.1 Coagulimetric Optic Channel
3.2.2 Chromogenic Optic Channel
3.3 Electronic Description
3.3.1 Interconnection schematic
3.3.2 Quick reference board function table
3.3.3 Quick reference board function diagram
3.3.4 CPU Master Board #1 & PC104 Board
3.3.5 Slave Board #2
3.3.6 Acquisition & Sensors Board #3
3.3.7 Rotor Exchange Module Board #4
3.3.8 Motors Board #5
3.3.9 Photometric & Temperatures Control Board #6
3.3.10 Switching Power Supply Board
3.3.11 Instrument Ground Circuit
3.4 Main Hardware Components Description
3.5 Software Description

Chapter 4
Parts Replacement

4.1 Parts Replacement


4.1.1 Autosampler Assy Replacement
4.1.2 Peltier 1 Assy, Peltier 2 Assy Replacement
4.1.3 Sample Arm Assy Replacement
4.1.4 Rotor Holder Assy Replacement
4.1.5 Rotor Exchange Module Replacement (excluded on ACL Elite)
4.1.6 Rotor Holder Cover Assy Replacement
4.1.7 Halogen Lamp Assy Replacement
4.1.8 Dilutors Replacement
4.1.9 Display Replacement
4.1.10 Hard Disk Drive Replacement
4.1.11 Rotor Preheater Replacement (ACL Elite only)
4.2 Instrument Covers Removing
4.3 Instrument Boards Replacement

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Chapter 5
Installation & Maintenance

5.1 Installation
5.1.1 Site requirements
5.1.2 Unpacking and inspection
5.1.3 Mounting Instrument parts
5.1.4 First turn on cycle
5.1.5 Instrument set-up
5.1.6 Performance tests
5.1.7 Installation Procedure & Checklist
5.2 Maintenance
5.2.1 Daily Maintenance
5.2.2 Weekly Maintenance
5.2.3 Bi-Weekly Maintenance
5.2.4 Monthly Maintenance
5.2.5 Yearly Maintenance
5.2.6 As needed Maintenance
5.2.7 Maintenance schedule
5.3 Shut down & Shipment precautions
5.3.1 Long term shut down
5.3.2 Shipment

Chapter 6
Troubleshooting

6.1 Error Messages & Troubleshooting


6.1.1 System errors
6.1.2 Temperature errors
6.1.3 Mechanical errors
6.1.4 R.E.M. errors
6.1.5 Optic errors
6.1.6 Acquisition errors
6.1.7 Liquid sensors errors
6.1.8 Operative errors
6.1.9 Database errors
6.1.10 Sample identification errors
6.1.11 DMS errors
6.1.12 Analytical errors
6.2 Service Tools
6.3 Standard Tools

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Chapter 7
Check Out & Adjustment

7.1 Quick Reference Guide to Electronic Adjustment


7.2 Coagulimetric Channel
7.3 Chromogenic Channel
7.4 Liquid Sensor
7.4.1 Wash-Reference Emulsion Volume test
7.4.2 Needles Sensor test
7.5 Optic Sensor
7.5.1 Rotor Stack.
7.5.2 Rotor Waste container.
7.5.3 Autosampler housing.
7.6 Motors Adjust
7.6.1 Rotor motor
7.6.2 Rotor Holder Cover motor
7.6.3 Sample Arm Horizontal motor
7.6.4 Sample Arm Vertical motor
7.6.5 Autosampler motor
7.6.6 Sample / Reagent Dilutor motors
7.6.7 Transport motor
7.6.8 Rotor Arm Horizontal motor
7.6.9 Rotor Arm Vertical motor
7.7 Modules Positioning
7.7.1 Sample Arm Assy.
7.7.2 Autosampler Assy.
7.7.3 Rotor Holder Assy.
7.7.4 Needles Block Assy
7.7.5 Rotor Stack Assy.
7.7.6 Rotor Arm Assy.
7.7.7 R.E.M. Centering
7.7.8 Rotor Arm Tilt Adjustment
7.7.9 R.E.M. selftest
7.8 Dilutors Module
7.8.1 Dilutors Test
7.8.2 Volume Test
7.9 Magnetic Sensor
7.9.1 Rotor Cover Sensor
7.9.2 Rotor Stack Cover Sensor
7.10 Rotor Waste Presence Switch
7.11 Switching Power Supply check out & Adjustment
7.12 Touch Screen Calibration
7.13 Interface Test
7.14 Temperature Control
7.15 Floppy Disk Drive Test

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7.16 Software checking & loading


7.16.1 Software Identification
7.16.2 Databases Check
7.16.3 Backup / Restore of the system configuration
7.16.4 Upgrade IL Library
7.16.5 Complete Software Re-Install
7.16.6 Hard Disk Drive Formatting
7.16.7.a Main CPU Board BIOS Setup
7.16.7.b ATOM 945 SBC BIOS Setup
7.16.8 PC 104 Board Expansion Module Settings
7.16.9 ATOM 945 SBC Cable Connection Diagram

Chapter 8
System Interfacing

8.1 Keyboard
8.2 External Parallel Printer
8.3 Network
8.4 Modem
8.5 Mouse
8.6 Host Computer
8.7 External Bar Code Reader

Chapter 9
Parts List

9.1 Start Up Kit


9.2 Expendable
9.3 Service Parts list

Chapter 10
Drawings

Chapter 11
Service Notes

Chapter 12
Appendix

A Host Communication Protocol


B Barcodes Label specifications

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Chapter 1
General Information
This chapter of the manual contains general information about the ACL Elite/ElitePro
system(s), including its use, measured parameters, presentation of results, hardware
description and operation, additional features and procedural limitations.
Description and use of the ACL Elite/ElitePro Operator’s Interface is addressed in a
separate chapter of this manual. Following are the specific sections.

1.1 Product Use


1.2 Measured Parameters
1.3 Presentation of Results
1.4 Instrument Description and Operation
1.5 Additional Features
1.6 Procedural Limitations
1.7 Symbols Chart

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1.1 Product Use


The IL ACL Elite/ElitePro systems are fully automated, high productivity analyzers
designed specifically for clinical use in the hemostasis laboratory, for coagulation
and/or fibrinolysis testing.
The systems provide results for both direct hemostasis measurements and calculated
parameters.

1.2 Measured Parameters


The ACL Elite/ElitePro systems are used to perform the following tests:

Coagulometric Tests

• PT-FIB (Prothrombin Time and PT-Based Fibrinogen concentration)


• APTT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time)
• TT (Thrombin Time)
• Single Factors (VII, X, V, II, XII, XI, IX, VIII)

Absorbance Tests

• Antithrombin
• Heparin Xa
• Protein C
• Plasmin Inhibitor (alpha-2-antiplasmin)
• Plasminogen
• Fibrinogen-C (Clauss method)

Immunological Tests

• D-Dimer
• von Willebrand Factor

Special Tests

• ProClot (clotting Protein C)


• Protein S
• APCR-V
• Pro-IL-Complex *
• Hepatocomplex *

Note: An (*) indicates that the test is not available in the United States.

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Profiles

The user may program Profiles on patient samples to be performed on a random


access basis. Refer to the Operator’s Manual for additional information on this
subject.

Tests Groups

Some tests can be run together as a group, thus saving time when the number of
samples to be analyzed is relatively small. Following are some examples:

PT-FIB/APTT
PT-FIB/APTT/TT

Double Tests

The ACL Elite/ElitePro offers the user the capability to set up double tests. Refer to
the Operator’s Manual for additional information on this subject.

1.3 Presentation of Results


The ACL Elite/ElitePro offers the following choices to display and print results of
testing:

• s (seconds)
• R (Ratio)
• NR (Normalized Ratio)
• INR (International Normalized Ratio)
• % (Percent activity)
• U/mL (units/mL)
• mg/dL (for example for Fibrinogen)
• g/L (for example for Fibrinogen)
• ng/mL (for example for D-Dimer)
• microg/L (for example for D-Dimer)
• micromol/L
• IU/mL (International Unit)
• User configurable unit

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1.4 Instrument Description and Operation


The ACL is a family of fully automated computer-controlled, microcentrifugal
analyzers.

The ACL Elite/ElitePro systems incorporate a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) unit that
displays the status of the instrument, permits the user to select desired procedures and,
through the use of menus and options, guides the operator through these procedures.

Information and instructions are entered into the system either via a Touch Screen
device, through a standard PC keyboard or through a serial or USB mouse.

When sample testing is initiated, the samples and reagents are sequentially pipetted
into a 20-cuvette polystyrene rotor (loading process). Sample and reagents are then
mixed by centrifugation process. The mixing is carried out by a combination of rapid
acceleration and braking actions that are effective in thoroughly mixing the liquids.
Reaction measurements (data acquisition) via the photometer are made while the rotor
is spinning.

The ACL measures the parameters at 37 oC ± 1 oC (98.6 oF ± 1.8 oF), at an ambient


temperature from 15 oC to 32 oC (59 oF to 89 oF). However, if the ACL is in a
temperature controlled environment where the ambient temperature is held constant,
the measurements are made within a narrower temperature range: 37 oC ± 0.25 oC.
The results are displayed on the LCD and printed by the (optional) external printer,
and/or sent to a host computer. The ACL performs automatic calibration, offers a
series of utility programs for the operator and manages a complete quality control
program.

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1.4.1 Main hardware components

The ACL Elite/ElitePro analyzers include several hardware components and modules,
which interact with each other to carry out the analytical process.
This section contains descriptions of those components and their functions as well as
the operations that take place during the analytical process.
The figure below highlights some of the main components of the ACL Elite/ElitePro,
as viewed from the front of the system.

1
9

3
10

11

5
14
12
13
4

1 Wash-R Emulsion 8 Rotor Stack Area


2 Dilutors 9 Rotor Holder Cover
3 Sample Tray 10 Rotor Transport & Rotor Arm (excluded on ACL Elite)
4 Reagent Area 11 Rotor Waste Area
5 Sampling Arm 12 Keyboard
6 Floppy Disk Drive 13 Adaptors (shown in storage area)
7 LCD 14 Liquid Waste Outlet

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More information about the other components on the instrument is given in Chapter 3
“General Description”.
Following are the specific sub-sections with the item descriptions.

1.4.2 Sample Tray


1.4.3 Reagent Area
1.4.4 Rinse/Waste Area
1.4.5 Rotor loading and Analysis Area
1.4.6 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
1.4.7 Keyboard
1.4.8 Interface Connectors
1.4.9 Internal Cooling System
1.4.10 On-board Barcode Reader
1.4.11 External Barcode Scanner
1.4.12 External printer
1.4.13 Floppy disk drive

1.4.2 Sample Tray

The ACL Autosampler system includes a rotating sample tray that contains:
40 x 14.2 mm diameter positions for cups and primary tubes and
10 x 23 mm diameter positions to hold accessory materials such as calibrators,
diluents, reagent vials, etc.

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Optical sensors located around the tray verify that the tray is correctly positioned, and
also detect the presence of cups, tubes and vials.

Three different sample trays can be used with the ACL system, each one appropriate
for different size primary tubes: 3 mL, 5 mL and S11.5; all of them can be used for
0.5, 2 or 4 mL cups.

3 mL Primary tube, 3 or 3.5 mL total volume (13x75 mm) 181108-99


5 mL Primary tube, 5 mL total volume (13x75 mm and/or 13x100 mL) 181108-98
S 11. Sarstedt type primary tube, 3 mL volume (11.5x66 mm) and/or
5 mL volume (11.5x92 mm) 181812-85

Note: The dimensions and volumes mentioned above are all nominal values.

Warning: Do not access sample or reagent area while probe arm is operating.

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Additional Reagents positions

The ten internal positions of the sample tray - A1 to A10 - are used for placing
materials such as calibrators, diluents or reagents in a choice of containers such as 23
mm vials (10 mL filling volume), 18 mm vials (4 mL filling volume) or cups.
Adapters are needed for the 4 mL vials and cups as seen in the picture below.

Normally, position A1 is usually reserved for a cup containing calibration plasma


(normal pool) and position A10 is reserved for a cup containing IL Factor Diluent, for
use in the calibration procedure.

1.4.3 Reagent Area

The ACL Elite reagent area consists of 8 reservoirs labelled R1 to R8, and the ACL
ElitePro reagent area consists of 12 reservoirs labelled R1 to R12,
designed to hold reagent containers. An area alongside the vial holes is designed to
hold the vial caps while the vials are in use.
Positions R1 to R4 are cooled by a Peltier-effect temperature regulator and are
equipped with a stirring mechanism, (magnetic stirbar).
Positions R5 to R8 are used for reagents at room temperature; these positions do not
have a stirring mechanism.
Positions R9 to R12 (ACL ElitePro), are cooled by a Peltier-effect temperature
regulator however are not equipped with a stirring mechanism, (magnetic stirbar).

The reagents in positions R1 to R6, and R9 to R12 (ACL ElitePro) are aspirated with
the internal needle (reagent needle) while the reagents placed in positions R7 and R8
are aspirated with the external needle (sample needle).

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Warning: Do not access sample or reagent area while probe arm is operating.

All twelve reagent positions can hold 28 mm vials (16 mL filling volume). Smaller
diameter vials require the use of color coded adapters.

Grey: for 10 mL vials


requiring magnetic stirrer

Purple: for 8 mL vials


not requiring magnetic stirrer

Green: for 4 mL vials


not requiring magnetic stirrer

Dark Blue: for sample tray 4ml


Vials and cups

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1.4.4 Rinse/Waste Area

The rinse / waste system of the ACL Elite/ElitePro consists of a removable Rinse /
Waste Reservoir positioned between reagent positions R4 and R5. A plastic tube is
connected to the reservoir that drains the waste from the reservoir to a waste container
outside the analyzer (left hand side) where the waste is collected.
The Rinse / Waste Reservoir which is always filled with Wash-R emulsion, is used as
a washing basin for the dispensing needles in-between cycles; the liquid waste is then
drained and collected in the waste container on the outside of the analyzer for proper
disposal.

WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

1.4.5 Rotor Loading and Analysis Area

The area of the analyzer where the reaction cuvettes are loaded and the analysis takes
place is located under the rotor holder cover in the center of the instrument, on the
right side of the reagent area. This area includes:

• The reaction cuvettes (rotors) storage system and mechanisms involved in the
transport of the rotors, (excluded on ACL Elite).
• The plate where the rotor is placed during loading and analysis (Rotor Holder).
• The hardware components responsible for ensuring proper mixing of reagents and
samples in the cuvettes.
• The optical system used to make the analytical measurements.

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Rotor (reaction cuvettes)

The disposable precision reaction cuvettes, made of UV-transparent acrylic, are


radially arranged in groups of 20. The 20-cuvette unit is called a rotor.
Each wedge-shaped cuvette contains two compartments, a small one near the center to
hold the sample and/or reagent and a larger one that holds reagents only. A partial
dam between both compartments maintains their contents separate during the loading
process; as centrifugal action starts, the sample/reagent in the inside compartment
flows over the dam to mix with the contents in the large compartment. The reaction
and analysis take place within the large, outside compartment, while the rotor is
spinning.

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Rotor Exchange Module (R.E.M.)

The Rotor Stack, the Rotor Transport and the Rotor Arm compose this assembly.
(excluded on ACL Elite)

• Rotor stack

Before their use, rotors are stored in the rotor stack that holds up to 12 rotors (240
cuvettes). The rotor stack compartment, which may be accessed from the top of the
analyser on the right side, can be filled at any time (continuous rotor loading) either
manually (one rotor at a time) or using a special rotor refill tool (up to 10 rotors at a
time).
The rotor stack area is thermostatically controlled in order to keep the rotors in a
temperature range between 36°C and 39oC and the rotor stack is insulated to help
thermal-regulation.
The ACL Elite has a smaller rotor storage area thermostatically controlled between
36°C and 39oC. Rotors are manually placed into the storage area.

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• Rotor Transport
(excluded on ACL Elite)

Below the rotor stack, a rotor transport mechanism moves the bottom rotor out to
make it available to the rotor arm mechanism.

• Rotor Arm
(excluded on ACL Elite)

The robotic arm takes the rotor and inserts it into the rotor holder. This is the area
where the rotor will remain during the loading and analysis process. Once analysis is
completed, if the rotor is fully utilized (or if requested by the user), the rotor arm takes
the rotor and discards it into the rotor waste container.

The ACL Elite does not contain the robotic mechanism to place rotors onto the Rotor
Holder. With the ACL Elite rotors are manually placed onto the Rotor Holder prior to
sample loading and analysis, and manually removed when the analysis cycle is
completed.

Rotor Holder and Rotor Loading

The Rotor Holder is an aluminium disk that holds the rotor in place during loading
and analysis. The rotor holder is thermostatically controlled to a temperature of 38.5 ±
0.5o C to insure 37 oC inside the cuvette.

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The loading of samples and reagents into the reaction cuvettes involves the action of
the sampling / dispensing arm and needles. When starting with a new rotor, cuvette 20
is generally filled with a normal pool of calibration plasma. Cuvette 19 is usually
filled with the Wash-Reference Emulsion aspirated from the one-litre bottle housed
against the back wall of the analyzer. The remaining 18 rotor cuvettes (1-18) are filled
with samples and reagents as required by the programmed request.

Rotor Waste Area

The used rotors are dropped inside the Rotor Waste Container. This container is
accessed from a door in the right front area of the analyzer for removal and disposal of
the used rotors, as seen in the figure below. With the ACL Elite rotors are manually
removed from the rotor holder after analysis is complete and may be disposed of in the
Rotor Waste container or other suitable method.

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WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

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1.4.6 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

This module consists of a Liquid Crystal Display, 12-inch active matrix (LCD), which
has Touch Screen capability, allowing all operations to be carried out using the LCD.
The LCD guides the operator during the analytical process and displays calibrator data
and patient results. It is also used to display calibration curves, and to perform several
utility programs that are easily accessible through this input device.
The LCD screen system reproduces 256 colors, and shows numeric and alphanumeric
characters. The interaction with the operator is also made user friendly by the
availability of graphics and icons. The screen is divided into three areas:

• The upper section displays “Status area and main menu’”.


• The central section displays “Working area”.
• The lower section displays “Toolbar area”.

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1.4.7 Keyboard

The ACL Elite/ElitePro has a standard computer keyboard with mechanical keys that
allow the user to access the various operating modes of the instrument.
Although the instrument is equipped with and supports the USA keyboard layout, the
ACL software itself also supports the layout for the following languages: German,
French, Spanish, Italian and English (UK).

1.4.8 Interface Connectors

• USB connectors (4) to interface USB mouse, USB External Barcode Scanner,
and/or USB Printer.

The ACL Elite/ElitePro includes an interface for a USB external barcode scanner that
allows reading reagent barcodes. The external barcode scanner is a standard accessory
for the ACL ElitePro system and an optional feature for the ACL Elite system.

• RS-232 C Interface for Host

The ACL Elite/ElitePro contains an RS-232C interface (DTE Standard) for the output
of data to a central computer (Host) or a personal computer. Communication to a host
computer is via ASTM protocol.

• RS-232 C Interface for an optional serial mouse


(mouse must be serial mouse, PS-2 mouse with adaptor is not supported)

• Ethernet not supported in this software release

• External Printer Output (parallel port)

The ACL Elite/ElitePro has an output for an optional external printer. Two emulation
protocols are available for printers: ESC/P2 (Epson like printers) and HP-PCL 5 (for
HP like Laser Printers).

• Standard PC keyboard

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Parallel Keyboard
USB Ports (4) Ethernet
Host Serial Printer
Mouse

1.4.9 Internal Cooling System

The cooling of the system is insured by the presence of fans mounted on the internal
right and left sides of the analyzer. An air filter prevents dust from entering the
system.
A two-level alarm warns the user when the internal temperature of the instrument rises
above damaging levels. The first level alerts the operator of the temperature rise and
displays a warning. The second level switches off the instrument.

1.4.10 On-board Barcode Reader

The on-board barcode reader, a standard feature of the ACL Elite/ElitePro, is located
in the sampling area as indicated in the figure below. A small window indicates its
position.
Following are the numerical and alphanumerical readable codes.

• Codabar
• Code 39
• Code 128
• Interleave 2 of 5

When using barcoded sample tubes, it is important to position them in the sample tray
such that the labels are facing towards the outside of the sample tray. This will allow a
correct reading of the labels by the on-board barcode reader.

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1.4.11 External Barcode Scanner

The external barcode scanner for the ACL Elite/ElitePro is able to read numerical and
alphanumerical IL Reagent bottle labels. The maximum barcode label length readable
is 6 cm with a resolution of 0.2 mm.
Following are the numerical and alphanumerical readable codes.

• Code 128

1.4.12 External Printer (optional)

An external 80-column printer can be interfaced to the ACL Elite/ElitePro.


Two emulation protocols can be used: ESC P2 or HP-PCL 5.
The ESC P2 is a typical Epson like protocol while the HP-PCL 5 is a typical Hewlett
Packard like protocol for Laser and /or Inkjet printers.

1.4.13 Floppy Disk Drive

A floppy disk drive is mounted in the upper right part of the ACL Elite/ElitePro. This
device is used for some of the utility programs.

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The floppy disk drive is accessible by pushing both sides of the small door to open it.

1.5 Additional Features


This section provides information on any additional features improved in the ACL
Elite/ElitePro.

1.5.1 Standby Status

If the ACL Elite/ElitePro is left ON for a period longer than 30 minutes without any
operator action, the system moves into the Standby status. The LCD screen goes
blank. Pressing the Touch Screen reactivates the display and allows the system to
resume normal operation.
When the system enters the Standby status, all motors are deactivated to reduce power
consumption and the LED source is switched off. While the instrument is in the
Standby status, an automatic priming cycle of Wash Reference Emulsion solution is
performed every 30 minutes. The Database is saved when the instrument goes into
the Standby status.

1.5.2 End of the Cycle

At the end of each analytical cycle, an audible signal notifies the operator that the
cycle has been completed.

1.5.3 Power loss

The ACL contains a Hard Disk Drive to store the database in the event of a power
interruption. The instrument performs an automatic save of the database to retain the

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data every entry into standby or when exiting from the main program to power the
system off.
The instrument has an internal clock that keeps track of the date and time.

1.5.4 Setup and Utility Programs

The instrument incorporates several utility programs that allow certain functions to be
changed or set according to the user’s needs. These programs also help in
troubleshooting.
For additional information, refer to Chapter 2 “Operator Interface Description” in this
manual.

1.5.5 Fault Detection

The system automatically monitors faults to ensure accuracy of sample data and
proper system performance. Fault monitoring includes display of alarms and
warnings.
For additional information, refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting” in this manual.

1.6 Procedural Limitations


The operating range of the ACL Elite/ElitePro is 15 to 32 oC ( 59 to 89 oF) and at up
to 85% Relative Humidity (not condensing).
The ACL Elite/ElitePro has been tested per EN61010-1 to insure there are no safety
hazards within the temperature range 5 to 40ºC (41 to 104 oF) and functional
performance characteristics are resumed when the instrument re-enters the range of 15
to 32 oC ( 59 to 89 oF).

1.7 Symbols Chart


The following chart displays the various symbols that may be associated with the
ACL Elite/Elite Pro system.

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CE Mark Temperature Use By Manufacturer Batch Code


Limitation

Biological Risk ATTENTION: CAUTION: NOTE: ATTENTION:


See Instructions Risk of electric Important user Consult
For use Shock Information Documents

Catalog Number In Vitro Authorized Contains


Serial Number Diagnostic Representative sufficient for <n>
Device tests

Protective Earth Off (supply) On (supply) End of Life


Conductor Disposal (WEEE)
terminal -Earth

Do Not Actuate

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Chapter 2
Operator Interface Description
This chapter is designed to familiarize the service engineer with the Operator Interface
(OI) items used during the process of requesting and performing analytical and service
operations, such as the data input devices, elements within menus, buttons and icons.
Following are the specific sections.

2.1 Screen areas and main commands description.


2.2 Available input devices.
2.3 Instrument status.
2.4 Passwords.
2.5 Analysis and Service program menu description.

2.1 Screen areas and main commands description.


This section provides information about the Operator Interface displayed on screen.
The basic interaction with the ACL Elite/ElitePro is done through menus which allow
access to sets of related functions (analysis, calibration, QC, set-up, diagnostics, etc.)
and through the use of windows, dialogue or message boxes to input or retrieve
information.
The screen is divided in the following 3 main areas.

2.1.1 Status area and main menu.


2.1.2 Working area.
2.1.3 Toolbar area.

Note: On the screen, any disabled object (menu, check-box, and button) is displayed
dimmed and it cannot be selected.

2.1.1 Status area and main menu

This is the upper part of the screen that contains the following items.

• IL Logo
• Indication of current instrument status (see section 2.3)
• Date and Time
• Windows like Menu bar (see section 2.5)

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2.1.2 Working area

This is the central area of the screen, which display windows containing data,
commands or messages.
Within the ACL Elite/ElitePro screens these items are grouped or contained in three
different types of defined windows that are following.

• Standard window

In the analysis menu, this is a larger area that contains sets of related data, which can
be edited by the user by means of command buttons.
In the service menu, or in any common menu, this is an area that contains
configuration and setting options with command buttons.

• Dialogue box

This is a small area used to prompt the user to choose one of several options (OK,
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Cancel, Yes, No).

• Message box

This is an area used only to provide information.

Command buttons allow the user to select options, cause actions and get from one part
of the software to another.
The buttons are positioned in different areas depending on the screen.
Some are identified with text that is self-explanatory of the action.

Some are shown with an icon inside that illustrates an action as defined in the
following table.

Command Command / Action


Buttons Icons

Confirm

Cancel
(Dimmed if Edit action not allowed)

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Print

Host

Delete

Add
Add an item to the list.

Remove
Remove an item from the list.

Transfer
Transfer an item from one list to another.

Details

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Information
Provide information in different languages.

New Sample

Extract Sample Data

Note

Patient Name

Patient Details

Save
Save information to floppy disk.

Inside the standard windows, “Check boxes” may be present which allow the user to
“mark” an item. If a check box or button is in mutual exclusion with another check
box or button, there is a frame wrapping the two, along with “graphic” information.

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In the dialogue and in the message boxes icons may be present.


Following is the table with all possible icons and their corresponding meanings.

Icon Meaning

ERROR
To call attention to high priority failures and fault messages.

WARNING !
To deliver different kinds of messages. For example to warn
the user of a “not allowed/wrong” operation, or of
“problems/errors” detected by the instrument during or after
an operation.
QUESTION
To request confirmation by the user before starting an
operation or before cancelling an action.

INFORMATION
To offer general information. In some boxes, but not always,
the message is followed by a request for confirmation.

2.1.3 Toolbar area

This is the bottom part of the screen, which contains a series of command buttons for
immediate and easy access to particular functions.
The status of the buttons (Active or Dimmed) is dependent on the instrument status,
but independent from the type of information displayed in the working area.

The buttons are shown with an icon inside that illustrates an action as defined in the
following table.

Toolbar Command Command / Action


Buttons Icons

Short Turn Around Time (STAT)


Urgent sample. Pressing this button opens a window that guides
the operator. Confirmation is required.

Instrument Status
Informs the operator about the status of the operation in progress.

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Close/Open Cover
This operation is disabled if there is a possible interference with
the instrument operation.

STOP
Confirmation is required.

Resume
Starts the operations paused due to a STAT request.

Data Base View


The system goes back to the database view or “Main” screen.

Host Status
This icon appears only during communication with the Host to
inform the operator about the status of this action.

Printer Status
This icon appears only during printing to inform the operator
about the status of this action.

Warning !
This icon appears when there is at least one warning. Press to
open “Warning List”.

Exit
Allows the operator to exit the Service menu.

Log Out
Allows the operator to exit the Analysis menu.
Confirmation is required. It is mandatory to follow the proper
Log Out sequence (pressing the Log Out Icon), before powering
off the instrument.

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Reagent Status
Indicates status of reagents by color change

QC Status
By pressing icon, a screen is displayed indicating the last 100 QC
results. A red ! in the icon indicates a QC error.

2.2 Available input devices


This section provides information about the available input devices and their use in
different screens.
Following are the specific sub-sections for each device.

2.2.1 Touch Screen


2.2.2 Standard PC Keyboard
2.2.3 Mouse
2.2.4 External Bar Code Reader

2.2.1 Touch Screen

The main information input device for the user is the touch screen.
To start an “enter command” or “edit value” action the operator touches the area to be
edited, which results in the immediate display of the numerical keypad (if enabled).
If the information to be entered is strictly numerical, the editing is done directly on the
keypad.

If the information requires alphanumeric characters, the input is done through the
external keyboard.
The editing action may be closed by pressing the "Confirm" or the "Cancel" buttons or
in some cases by touching a different area of the screen (implicit confirmation).
Once the confirmation is done, the system performs an automatic check on the entered
value. If an error situation is detected the user is notified by means of dialogue boxes
and the editing action is reactivated.
The touch screen supports auto-repeat functions in order to make lists easier to scroll.

2.2.2 Standard PC Keyboard

The main function of the PC keyboard is to enter and edit data in the alphanumeric
fields.

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To start the editing action, select the field to be edited. Move the cursor from the
current object (it may be the default object if the window was just opened) to the
desired object by pressing [TAB] or [Shift] [TAB].
To close the editing action press [Enter] or select another active object or move the
cursor by pressing the [TAB] or [Shift] [TAB] keys. In all cases, closing the editing
action causes the system to activate checks on the entered data and the user is notified
of any error conditions by means of a dialogue box. If the editing action has been
implicitly closed (touching a different area of the screen) the fault condition of the
entered value will be changed to the pre-existing one.
Pressing the [ESC] key without activating any control may also close the editing
action; in this case the value returns to the pre-existing one.
Main and secondary menus may be selected using the keyboard. Pressing [ALT]
+Character opens the menus; selections within the secondary menus are done using
the Character key.
The keyboard may also be used to activate the Toolbar functions ( [F 1] to [F 10] ).
Pressing [ALT]-[TAB] allows shifting from an activated window to another visible
window. Pressing [CTRL + F4] will activate the Log Out function.

2.2.3 Mouse

The serial mouse or USB mouse is a device that may be used as a selecting device in
place of touching the screen. If at the instrument turn on the mouse is connected to the
proper port of the Interface Board then the Mouse arrow pointer is displayed.

2.2.4 External Barcode Reader

The external barcode reader is a device used to “read” the information encoded in IL
reagent barcode labels.

2.3 Instrument Status


Located in the upper part of the screen, within the “Status Area”, this item identifies
the current state of the instrument as one of the following.

• SYSTEM INIT (BOOT/START-UP)


This indicates that the instrument, after the turn on, is performing start-up operations
(Initializing).

• LOG-IN
This indicates that the instrument is inoperative and is waiting for the inputting of the
User Identification and the Password of the operator (see section 2.4).

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• READY
This indicates that there have been no blocking errors detected, there are no analytical
operations in progress and the instrument is ready to start.

• OPERATING
This indicates that either an analytical function is in progress (Calibration or Sample
Analysis) or a diagnostic function is being performed.

• HOLD
This identifies a system "pause" reached during an analytical session (STAT request,
no rotors, etc.). In order to continue the current session, select “Resume” (green flag
icon in the Toolbar).

• FAILURE
This indicates that the system has detected a blocking malfunction for a software
problem or mechanical assembly (devices, temperature control, etc.).

• STAND-BY
This is the status into which the instrument moves automatically after 30 minutes of
inactivity. The LCD lamp in the video module is turned off and its status led becomes
green. Both the coagulimetric LED and Halogen Lamp are off and the system
performs a Database check then becomes inoperative.
To exit from the stand by status enter any command (Touch the screen, press any key
etc.).

• SERVICE
This is the status assumed when the instrument is in the Service program or in its
menus.
To gain access to the Service program it is necessary to insert the proper identification
password at the LOG-IN prompt, (User: Service, Password: System Fix) and then
select on the windows like menu bar “Diagnostic” and then “Service”.
The Service program contains all the software tools and utilities to allow the Service
Engineer to perform a complete check out and adjustment of the whole instrument.
In the Service program the coagulimetric LED and Halogen Lamp are turned on for
default.
To exit from the Service program select the “Exit” button on the Toolbar.

Note: When the “Exit” button is touched, the system performs an initialization of the
instrument.
During this initialization all the motors are moved to the home position and the
instrument attempts to recover from any errors before access to the Analysis program
is allowed.

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2.4 Passwords
This section contains the available passwords implemented in the instrument software
together with the description of the allowable functions.

Following are the Log-In passwords:

User Password Gained functions description

Lab level 3 Gain access only to the Analysis program.


Manager

Service System Fix Gain access to all Service and Analysis programs

Note: User name and password are case sensitive. In the User as in the Password
fields pay attention to type correctly the “Upper/Lower Case letters” and the “spaces”.
Otherwise the system shows an “Error” message box.

Following is a Service program password:

Password Function description

ACL8 Allows the service engineer to Reset the Test Counter.


Note: The password is required only if in the Test Counter Menu, the
Reset button is touched.

2.5 Analysis and Service program menu description


This section contains an overview of the configuration of the Windows like Menu
bars contained in the two main programs.
Each of the two programs is basically composed by specific menus (in the Analysis
program: Analysis, QC and Calibration, while for the Service program: Service) and
by common menus (Diagnostic, Setup and Utility).
Specific information about the Analysis menus is provided in the Operator Manual.
A quick description of the menus that are common in the two programs is also
provided. Following are the specific sub-sections.

2.5.1 Analysis program Windows like Menu bar.


2.5.2 Service program Windows like Menu bar.
2.5.3 Common Menu description.

2.5.1 Analysis program Windows like Menu bar

This sub-section is designed to provide information about the location of the menu in
the Analysis program.

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A menu may be opened by selecting the appropriate area of the screen (touch or click
with the mouse) or using the keyboard: [ALT] + Character.
The selection of menus to be opened may be done in all directions: up and down or
right and left.
The displayed items, which have a secondary menu, are identified with a marker ().
Selecting a menu item, touching an external area, or pressing [ESC] from the standard
keyboard closes a menu.

The “Analysis Windows Like Menu Expanded Diagrams” is available in the figure
2.5.1 Drawing 1 of the Chapter 10 “Drawings”.

2.5.2 Service program Windows like Menu bar

This sub-section is designed to provide information about the location of the menu in
the Service program.
A menu may be opened by selecting the appropriate area of the screen (touch or click
with the mouse) or using the keyboard: [ALT] + Character.
The selection of menus to be opened may be done in all directions: up and down or
right and left.
The displayed items, which have a secondary menu, are identified with a marker ().
Selecting a menu item, touching an external area, or pressing [ESC] from the standard
keyboard closes a menu.

The “Service Windows Like Menu Expanded Diagrams” is available in the figure
2.5.2 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”.

2.5.3 Common Menu description

This sub-section is designed to provide information on the menus that are common
and present in both the Analysis and the Service program. More information about
these 3 menus is provided in the Operator’s Manual.
Following are the specific sub-section for these 3 menus.

2.5.3.a Diagnostic
2.5.3.b Setup
2.5.5.c Utility

2.5.3.a Diagnostic

Following is the table with the description of the functionality of each option in the
“Diagnostic” menu.

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Option Description

Priming This performs a priming cycle of the fluidic system with


Wash-Reference Emulsion by means of the Dilutors.
Cleaning This performs a configurable cleaning cycle of the Needles
Block with Cleaning Solution by means of the Dilutors.
Maintenance This is a schedule that reminds the operator of dates and/or
notes about the instrument maintenance actions.
Temperature Control This screen allows monitoring of the temperatures of the
heating and cooling systems.
Needles Position This is a test that allows the operator to verify/adjust the
Needles Block position.
Session Error History It’s a table where are traced by the system the errors that
occurred during the last session.
Logbook It’s a table where the system saves a trace of the last 100
actions of the operations on the system configuration.
Service This option allows the Service Engineer to access the
Service program (proper password required to activate).

2.5.3.b Setup

Following is the table with the description of the functionality of each option in the
“Setup” menu.

Option Description

Tests This is a second level menu with options that allow the
operator to configure the analytical tests.
Profiles This is a second level menu with options that allow the
operator to configure the analytical profile tests.
Liquids This is an option that allows the operator to configure the
liquids used by the instrument.
Interfaces This is a second level menu, with options that allow the
operator to configure the interface with the internal /
external device.
System Configuration This is an option that allows to the operator to configure the
system.
Date / Time This is an option that allows the operator to set the date and
the internal clock time.
Units This is an option that allows at the operator to select the
measuring units for the data.

2.5.3.c Utility

Following is the table with the description of the functionality of each option in the
“Utility” menu.

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Option Description

Upgrade IL Library This option allows the operator to upgrade the IL library
present in the system with new liquids, tests and profiles.
Backup / Restore This option allows the operator to backup or restore the
current system configuration (for Hardware, QC, AR, and
Patients).
Archive This option allows the operator to store the data (QC, AR,
Patients database and Calibration) on floppy disks using the
“.TXT” format. If required these floppy disks are then
readable from a PC.
Software This option allows the operator to check the software ID,
and/or upload and upgrade the instrument software.
Save Last Rotor Map This option allows the operator to save on floppy disk the
raw data of all the rotors analyzed in the last session using
the “.TXT” or “.DAT” formats. If required these raw data
disks can be viewed on a PC.
Save Trace This option allows the operator to save on floppy disk the
file where the instrument stores any operation performed
and any command received. If required, this file may be
delivered to IL for troubleshooting purposes.
Decapper This option is dimmed (the Decapper unit is a feature not
available at this time).
Debug This option is always dimmed (only for R&D purposes).
Testing This option is always dimmed (only for R&D purposes).

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Chapter 3
General Description
This chapter of the manual contains general descriptions about the ACL Elite/ElitePro
system, including the use and functionality. Following are the specific sections.

3.1 Main Fluidic System Description


3.2 Main Optic System Description
3.3 Electronic Description
3.4 Main Hardware Components Description
3.5 Software Description

Note: Refer to section 7.0 of this manual for specific adjustment


procedures and locations.

3.1 Main Fluidic System Description


This section provides information about the fluidic system functionality during the
analysis and on its components.

The fluidic functions are sampling, dispensing and flushing the system.
The ACL Elite/ElitePro fluidic system includes the components described in the
following sub-sections.

3.1.1 Wash-Reference Emulsion bottle.


3.1.2 Dilutors Chamber and Electro-Valves.
3.1.3 Sample Arm Assembly.

3.1.1 Wash-Reference Emulsion bottle

This is a plastic bottle containing 1 L of silicon emulsion that is used as a wash


solution for the Needles Block and for the optical reference of the Coagulimetric
Channel.
A capacitive sensor located inside the bottle detects the Wash-Reference Emulsion
level.

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3.1.2 Dilutors Chamber and Electro-Valves

The Dilutor Chamber is an acrylic block with two cylinders which contain a stainless
steel piston and an O ring / Teflon seal.
A stepping motor and lead screw on which the fork actuator for the piston is mounted
drives each piston.
Volumes up to 140 µl can be aspirated or dispensed. Since the pistons do not touch
the walls of the chambers in which they move, the volume of the liquid dispensed
depends entirely upon the accuracy of the piston and the travel.
The travel is determined by the stepping motor and driving lead screw.

Note: Due to the critical adjustment and burn-in procedure required after the O ring
replacement, no service action must be attempted at sub assy level in the field.

In order to keep different liquids separate in the same fluidic line (ex: The in line
Wash-Reference Emulsion and sample or reagent) the instrument loads a small air
bubble between the two liquids.

The two Electro-Valves are mounted within the Dilutors Chamber, each one
connected to one of the pistons. Two Electro-Valves are electronically controlled and
connect the pistons to the Wash-Reference Emulsion bottle as well as to the two
needles of the Needles Block mounted on the Sample Arm.
The “Instrument Fluidic System Diagram” is provided in figure 3.1.2 Drawing 1 of the
Chapter 10 “Drawings”.

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3.1.3 Sample Arm Assembly

Two stainless steel needles (External for Sample, Auxiliary Material and Reagent and
the Internal for Reagent only) are mounted on the end of the Sample Arm that is
moved by the Sample Arm Movement Assy.
The Sample Arm allows the Needles Block to move in the proper positions and to
perform with the dilutors the following operations.

- Aspiration of sample, reagent and auxiliary material from their respective


locations.
- Dispensing into the internal and external compartments of the reaction
cuvettes within the rotor.
- Washing of the needles with Wash-Reference Emulsion in the Rinse/Waste
Reservoir.

Two specific capacitive sensors connected to the Needle Block are used to detect the
level of the liquid around the sample (External) and reagent (Internal) needle.
These liquid sensors are integrated into the ACL analytical cycles in such a way that
their operation does not affect the throughput of the system.
For all analytical cycles the verification by the sensors is done “in-line” during the
loading phase. The sampling arm stops when the needle is just below the liquid
surface to allow proper aspiration of the programmed amount of liquid.
Following is the sequence of the sensor operations during a cycle.

- self-check
- liquid test
- washing
- final sensor self-check

Operators are warned of sensor failures. Results for a sample for which the system
detected insufficient volume will appear with a warning. In the case that all sample
containers in the sample tray are empty the cycle will be aborted after the final self-
check. No other warnings appear on the video or on the printer.

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3.2 Main Optic System Description


This section provides information about the optic system onboard used by the
instrument to perform the analysis on the samples / reagent reaction during the
acquisition cycle as well as on its main components.

The ACL uses two different optic principles to measure the hemostasis parameters:

- The light scattering (nephelometry) used for the Coagulimetric Channel.


- The light absorption used for the Chromogenic Channel.

Emerging Chromogenic
Light Channel

Scattered
Light
Rotor Sample
Cuvette Coagulimetric
Channel

Incident
Light

The rotor cuvette loading and analysis area also houses two optical systems for
analysis: Coagulimetric (nephelometric method) and Chromogenic (absorbance
method). Following are the specific sub-section.

3.2.1 Coagulimetric Channel


3.2.2 Chromogenic Channel

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3.2.1 Coagulimetric channel

The ACL coagulimetric channel uses the light scattering method.


The system measures the rise in turbidity caused by the formation of the clot, within
the rotor cuvettes.
When a ray of light passes through a medium containing finely dispersed matter in
suspension, the ray is diffused by the particles (light scattering) due to the reflection
and refraction phenomena.
The diffused light is measured at 90° with respect to the incident light (see next
figure). This system is known as nephelometric measurement.
Nephelometric analysis is particularly suited for the determination of the very finely
dispersed matter. Figure below shows the ACL optic system.

The coagulimetric channel uses a high efficiency light emitter diode (LED) as light
source (wavelength is 660 nm approx.).
The light radiation coming from the LED is transferred to the Rotor Holder using an
optic fibre system.
Due to the narrow bending radius required connecting the LED output to the rotor
mounting assy, the use of a very flexible optic fibre is required.
For this reason a multiple fibres system, composed by a large number of single fibres
(about 1000), is used.
The optic fibre is locked to both the emitter side and the rotor side, using 2 set screws.

Note: When the optic fibre is locked on the diode side, the applied torque cannot
exceed 90° degrees CW or CCW at the rotor holder side.

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A specific circuit, powered by the Switching Mode Power Supply Board with the +12
Vdc, provides a constant current to the diode.
The light emitter is also equipped with a “LED OFF” line, coming from the Motor
Board (Board #5), which de-activates the LED when the instrument enters the Stand-
by status.
The light generated by the light emitter diode is transmitted through the optic fibre and
is scattered by the reaction mixture present in the rotor cuvette. This scattered light is
read by using a solid state optical detector, which is installed below the Rotor Holder
and is directly connected to the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board #3) through a
coaxial cable.

3.2.2 Chromogenic channel

The Chromogenic Channel is based on the light absorption principle.


A polychromatic source of light hits the cuvette content.
The radiation passes through the solution contained in the cuvette and the unabsorbed
portion of light reaches the photocell that transforms the light energy of the ray
striking it into an electrical signal. Figure below shows the ACL optic system.

The Chromogenic Channel uses a Halogen lamp with an effective life of 1000 hours.
The main characteristics of the lamp are the following:

• Voltage: 6 V
• Wattage: 10 W

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The lamp is installed into an appropriate socket that allows an easy installation into
the Source Lamp assy. The Halogen Lamp Socket can be replaced by accessing the
area through a removable cover inside the rotor waste area, in the center of the
instrument. In case of replacement of the halogen lamp, attention must be paid to
avoid that fingerprints are left on the lamp bulb.

The Chromogenic Lamp is powered at a regulated voltage, generated by a particular


electronic circuit located onto the Switch Mode Power Supply. The circuit is provided
with protections against open circuit and short circuit.
The lamp is activated only during the chromogenic cycles, and when the instrument is
in the Service programs.
The lamp beam passes through an optical filter that “removes” the infrared radiation
(named antiheat filter) in order to avoid damage to the fibre, caused by the high
temperature present near the lamp. The filter is mounted in the Halogen Lamp
Assembly. The beam passes through a quartz optic fibre, and then is fed to the rotor
through a focusing system, composed by an optic condenser (the two lenses).
The assembly composed by the focusing system plus the optic fibre is called Optical
Collimator Assembly.

One end of the optic fibre is secured to the source lamp assembly by means of a
setscrew, while the other end, is secured below the rotor mounting assembly.
The quantity of radiation unabsorbed by the cuvette contents, passes through a 405 nm
interference filter and than is detected by an optical sensor (solid state photodiode).
Both the optical detector and the filter are mounted in the Rotor Holder Cover.
The photodetector is directly connected to the Acquisition & Sensor Board #3 through
a coaxial cable.

Note: The optical path width for the Chromogenic Channel is 0.5 cm (cuvette height).
The absorbance values provided by the analyzer are normalized to 1 cm. These values
are generally double the ones obtained on other ACL models, for which the
absorbance values are strictly the ones obtained for the 0.5 cm cuvette path.

3.3 Electronic Description


This section describes the electronic system of the instrument.
Electronic drawings and explanation of the logical functionality are also included.
Following are the specific sub-sections.

3.3.1 Interconnection schematic


3.3.2 Quick reference board function table
3.3.3 Quick reference board function diagram
3.3.4 CPU Master Board #1
3.3.5 Slave Board #2
3.3.6 Acquisition & Sensors Board #3
3.3.7 Rotor Exchange Module Board #4 (Excluded in ACL Elite)

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3.3.8 Motors Board #5


3.3.9 Photometric & Temperatures Control Board #6
3.3.10 Switching Power Supply Board
3.3.11 Instrument Ground Circuit
3.3.12 Interface Board

3.3.1 Interconnection Schematic

The purpose of this drawing is to clarify the starting point and the route of each major
signal present in the Instrument.

The major modules are logically grouped. An exception is made for the big Module
Interconnection Board which is split for better identification of each single module
driven.

The “Mother Board and Interconnections General Block Diagrams” is available in


figure 3.3.1 Drawing 1 of the Chapter 10 “drawings”.

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3.3.2 Quick Reference Board Functions Table

This sub-section is designed to describe the circuits on the main boards and the main
modules and parts driven. Following is the board function table.

BOARDS MAIN COMPONENTS / MODULES / PARTS


CIRCUITS CONTROLLED / DRIVEN

• Main Microprocessor • Hard Disk and Floppy Disk


CPU Master • IDE Hard Disk, Floppy Disk • LCD Board (LCD)
Board # 1 controller • Speaker
• Serial/Parallel/USB Port • Interface Board (Mouse,
controller Printer, Keyboard, Ethernet
• Ethernet controller and USB ports)
• RAM Memory stick

• Arcnet controller • Communication with Slave


• Serial Port controller Board # 2
PC104 Board • Interface Board (Host port)
• Touch Screen Board (Touch
Screen)

SBC • Main Microprocessor • Hard Disk and Floppy Disk


(replaces • IDE Hard Disk, Floppy Disk • LCD Board (LCD)
CPU Master controller • Speaker
Board #1 and • Serial/Parallel/USB Port • Interface Board (Mouse,
PC 104 controller Printer, Keyboard, Ethernet
Board) • Ethernet controller and USB ports)
• Arcnet controller • Communication with Slave
• Serial Port controller Board # 2
• RAM Memory • Interface Board (Host port)
• Touch Screen Board (Touch
Screen)

• Slave Microprocessor • Communication with PC104


Slave • Arcnet controller Board
Board # 2 • Serial controller • Control of Boards #3, #4, #5
and #6
• Internal Bar Code Reader

• A/D Converter • Coagulimetric &


• Coagulimetric & Chromogenic Optical
Chromogenic optic channels channels
Acquisition

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& Sensors amplification circuit • Sample Tray Optical Sensors


Board # 3 • Samples Tray detectors • Liquid Level Detection Board
circuit (Needles Block)
• Needles Sensors drive circuit • Reference Emulsion Sensor
• Reference Emulsion • Analysis Compartment Cover
presence circuit Hall sensor
• Analysis Compartment
Cover Hall Sensor circuit

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• REM Slave Microprocessor • Rotor Arm Horizontal Motor


• Power switching step-up 24Vdc
12v-24v • Rotor Arm Vertical Motor
• Rotor Arm Horizontal Motor 24Vdc
drive circuit • Transport Motor 24Vdc
• Rotor Arm Vertical Motor • REM Motors Dual Channel
Rotor drive circuit Optical Switch
Exchange • Transport Motor drive circuit • Rotor Stack & Rotors Waste
Module • REM Motors Dual Channel Full Infra Red Sensors
Board # 4 Optical Switch reading • Rotor Arm & Rotor Stack
circuit Electromagnets
(excluded in • Infra Red sensors drive • Rotor Stack Cover Sensor
ACL Elite) circuit • Rotors Waste Presence
• Electromagnets drive circuit Detector
• Rotors Feed Stack Cover
Hall sensor circuit
• Rotors Waste presence
detector circuit

• Power switching step-up • Autosampler Motor 12Vdc


12v-26v • Sample Arm Horizontal
• Autosampler drive circuit Motor 12Vdc
• Sample Arm Horizontal • Sample Arm Vertical Motor
Motor drive circuit 26Vdc
• Sample Arm Vertical Motor • Reagent Dilutor Motor 12Vdc
drive circuit • Sample Dilutor Motor 12Vdc
• Reagent Dilutor Motor drive • Magnetic Stirrer Motors
Motors circuit 26Vac
Board # 5 • Sample Dilutor Motor drive • Dilutor Electro-valves 12Vdc
circuit • Coagulimetric Channel LED
• Magnetic Stirrer Motors 12Vdc
drive circuit • Motors Dual Channel Optical
• Dilutor Electro-valves drive Switch (W/O REM Motors)
circuit
• Coagulimetric Channel LED
drive circuit
• Motors Dual Channel
Optical Switch reading
circuit (W/O REM Motors)

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• +5VREF generator circuit • Rotor Motor 70Vdc


• Rotor Motor drive circuit • Analysis Compartment Cover
• Rotor Cover Motor drive Motor 12Vdc
Photometric circuit • Thermoregulation Rotor
& • Rotor Holder Holder
Temperature Thermoregulation • Thermoregulation Peltier 1
s Control • Peltiers Thermoregulation • Thermoregulation Peltier 2
Board # 6 • Rotor Transport (ACL ElitePro)
Thermoregulation • Thermoregulation Transport
• Rotors Stack Plate
Thermoregulation • Thermoregulation Rotors
Feed Stack

• Power line filter • All modules


• Voltages generators
Switching • Main current protection
Power circuit
Supply • Voltages protection circuit
Board • Chromogenic Lamp
Protection circuit

Interface • USB 1.1 Hub takes single • USB ports on Interface Board
Board USB port and generates 4
USB ports
• Overcurrent protection for • If USB port is shut down the
each individual USB port unit must be rebooted to re-
(USB port will be disabled enable the USB port to active
if overcurrent detected) state

3.3.3 Quick Reference Board Functions Diagram

This sub-section provides a graphical representation of the hardware components


correlation. The “Quick Reference Board Function Diagram” is available in figure
3.3.3 Drawing 1 of the Chapter 10 “Drawings”.

3.3.4 CPU Master Board (Board # 1) & PC104 Board

The CPU Master Board and the PC104 Board, located between the system Card
Housing and the Dilutor Assembly, are powered through the Switching Power Supply,
which provides a +5Vdc (DGT) and +12Vdc (DGT).
The CPU Master Board (Board #1) has a Personal Computer architecture design.

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The “CPU Master Board General Block Diagram” is available in figure 3.3.4 Drawing
1, while the “PC104 Board General Block Diagram” is available in figure 3.3.4
Drawing 2 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”.
The main functions reported in the following outline are further expanded and
presented on specific paragraphs.

CPU Master Board General Block Diagram (see paragraph 3.3.4.a)

• Software runtime.
• Internal devices control.
• External devices control.
• Communication with PC104 Board.

PC104 Board General Block Diagram (see paragraph 3.3.4.b)

• Communication with the Slave Board (Board # 2).


• External devices control.
• Touch Screen control.

3.3.4.a CPU Master Board General Block Diagram (See figure 3.3.4 Drawing 1)

• Software runtime.

At the instrument power on the CPU Master downloads from the Hard Disk Drive
both the Operating System and the Application software. A local MEMORY BANK is
used during the software runtime. After downloading, the Board #1 starts system
initialization testing the instrument hardware through the Slave Board (Board # 2).
The control of the MEMORY BANK is achieved through the SYSTEM & DRAM
CONTROLLER and the MEMORY CONTROLLER. The Hard Disk Drive control is
performed through the SYSTEM & DRAM CONTROLLER and the PERIPHERALS
STANDARD CONTROLLER.
In addition to the Operating System and Application software the Hard Disk Drive
also allows Patient and Analytical Database storage.
The CPU Master Board reads the internal device configuration, through the SYSTEM
& DRAM CONTROLLER from the BIOS MEMORY.

• Internal device control.

The internal devices of the instrument controlled from the Board # 1 are:

The active matrix LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) controlled by the VGA
CONTROLLER and the VIDEO MEMORY (through the LCD ACTIVE

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MATRIX CONNECTOR CN6). The VGA CONTROLLER can also support


standard PC monitor (through PC MONITOR CONNECTOR P1), and/or
passive matrix LCD (through the LCD PASSIVE MATRIX CONNECTOR
CN11).
The Floppy Disk Drive controlled by the PERIPHERAL STANDARD
CONTROLLER (through the FLOPPY DISK DRIVE CONNECTOR CN22).
The Hard Disk Drive (located under the CPU Master Board) controlled by the
PERIPHERAL STANDARD CONTROLLER (through the HARD DISK
DRIVE CONNECTOR CN23).
The SPEAKER (located on the rear of the system Card Housing) controlled by the
SYSTEM & DRAM CONTROLLER (through the UTILITY CONNECTOR
CN21).

• External devices control.

The external devices controlled by Board # 1 (through the Interface Board) are:

The standard PC Keyboard controlled from the SYSTEM & DRAM CONTROLLER
(through the UTILITY CONNECTOR CN21).
An external Ethernet interface controlled from the ETHERNET CONTROLLER
(through the ETHERNET CONNECTOR CN4).
An external Parallel Printer controlled from the PERIPHERAL STANDARD
CONTROLLER (through the PARALLEL PORT CONNECTOR CN26).
A PC serial Mouse controlled from the PERIPHERAL STANDARD CONTROLLER
(through the MOUSE SERIAL PORT CONNECTOR CN30).
Four USB ports (version 1.1) are connected to a integrated USB standard controller
thru connector CN24.

• Communication with PC104 Board.

The CPU Master Board communicates with the PC104 Board through the SYSTEM
& DRAM CONTROLLER and the PC104 CONNECTOR CN13 – CN14 – CN29.
The CPU Master Board receives the signal RESET from the Mother Board through
the UTILITY CONNECTOR CN21. This signal is generated from the Slave Board
(Board # 2) and is sent also to the PC104 Board.
The Board # 1 provides to the PC104 Board a +5Vdc (DGT).

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3.3.4.b PC104 Board General Block Diagram (See figure 3.3.4 Drawing 2)

• Communication with the Slave Board (Board # 2).

The CPU Master Board communicates to the PC104 Board through the connector
CN13 – CN14.
The PC104 Board interfaces with the Slave Board (Board # 2) through the ARCNET
CONTROLLER, which is connected with the ARCNET CONNECTOR CN5 (CN4
could also be used as it replicates CN5 pinout, being parallel connected).
The controller is electrically de-coupled by means of the ISOLATION &
TRANSCEIVER CIRCUIT.

• External device control.

The CPU Master Board communicates to the PC104 Board through the connector
CN13 – CN14.
The PC104 Board, through the SERIAL CONTROLLER, controls the MODEM –
HOST – BAR CODE SERIAL PORT CONNECTOR CN7 – CN8 – CN9. These
serial ports though the Interface Board allow the instrument to communicate with the
external devices.

• Touch Screen control.

The CPU Master Board communicates to the PC104 Board through the connector
CN13 – CN14.
The PC104 Board through the TOUCH SCREEN CONTROL BOARD SERIAL
LINE CN6 and the TOUCH SCREEN CONTROL BOARD POWER CN3, controls
the Touch Screen Board located inside the Display assembly.

3.3.5 Slave Board (Board # 2)

The Slave board (Board #2) is located on the system card housing and powered
through the Switching Power Supply, which provides a +5Vdc (DGT).
The Slave Board is equipped with a microprocessor (MCU U1), a resident memory
bank and a circuitry handling various interrupt signals that are sent to the board.

Multiple data and address busses are employed: (D0 - D15 and A0 - A23) are used to
connect the MCU U1 to the internal bus (DB0 - DB15 and AB0 - AB23). The internal
busses are then buffered to external data and address bus (SLD0 - SLD15 and SLA0 -
SLA23) through which the Slave board communicates with the Boards # 3, # 5 and
# 6.

The “Slave Board General Block Diagram” is available in figure 3.3.5 Drawing 1 of
the Chapter 10 “Drawings”.

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The main functions reported in the following outline are further expanded and
presented on specific paragraphs.

Slave Board General Block Diagram (see paragraph 3.3.5.a)

• Main Reset circuits.


• Power supply presence circuit.
• Communication Section (see paragraph 3.3.5.b).
• Memory Section (see paragraph 3.3.5.c).
• Glue Logic Section (see paragraph 3.3.5.d).

Communication Section (see paragraph 3.3.5.b)

• Receives commands forwarded from the CPU Master Board (Board # 1).
• Controls the REM Board (Board #4) and the internal Bar Code Reader.

Memory Section (see paragraph 3.3.5.c)

• Programs run time and data storage.

Main Logic Section (see paragraph 3.3.5.d)

• Interfaces the Slave board with the external data and address bus.
• Interrupt controller.

3.3.5.a Slave Board General Block Diagram (See figure 3.3.5 Drawing 1)

• Main reset circuit

The RESET CIRCUIT U3 generates the signal RESET used to initialize the whole
system. The RESET CIRCUIT can be triggered by any of the following
devices/signals:

- The MAIN LOGIC EPLD U12 (Main Logic Section).


- The signal INIT generated on the Switching Power Supply.
- The local microswitch RESET SWITCH SW1 (used only for manufacturing
testing purposes).

The LED LD1 is illuminated only when the signal RESET is present.

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• Power supply presence circuit

The LED LD4 is illuminated always while the Board # 2 is powered with +5Vdc
(DGT).

3.3.5.b Communication Section (See figure 3.3.5 Drawing 2)

• Receives commands forwarded from the CPU Master Board (Board # 1).

The Slave board communicates with the CPU Master Board by means of an Arcnet
connection, using a dedicated cable and connector P6 (P7 could also be used as it
replicates P6 pinout, being parallel connected). The data transmission is handled by
the ARCNET CONTROLLER CIRCUIT U27.

The controller is electrically de-coupled by means of the ISOLATION CIRCUIT ISO1


– ISO2. A DC/DC CONVERTER REG1, connected to the LED LD2, provides a
dedicated power supply to the TRANCEIVER CIRCUIT U29. A further circuit
controlled by the CANBUS CONTROLLER U28 is present but not used on the Slave
board.

• Controls the REM Board (Board #4) and the internal Bar Code Reader.

A serial communication is achieved by the SERIAL CONTROLLER CIRCUIT U31 –


U32. The serial controller is electrically de-coupled by means of the ISOLATION
CIRCUIT ISO3 – ISO10. A DC/DC CONVERTER REG2, connected to the LED
LD3, provides a dedicated power supply to the DRIVER CIRCUIT U33 – U34 – U35.
The serial communication line TX0 – RX0 coming from MCU U1, is also linked to
the DRIVER CIRCUIT U33 – U34 – U35, which handles the serial communication
line TXD4 – RXD4 to the REM board (board # 4).
Signals TRIGBARC, TX1 – RX1 are respectively utilized for both enabling
(TRIGBARC) and communicate (TX1 - RX1) with the internal Bar Code reader.

The serial ports P8 - P9 - P10 are not used during the normal operations. Use of these
ports is limited to the manufacturing process when the board is connected to external
devices, which program the resident logic.

3.3.5.c Memory Section (See figure 3.3.5 Drawing 3)

• Programs run time and data storage.

A few memory devices are employed to support the MCU U1 on the Slave Board,
these are:

The SERIAL EPROM U2 is directly linked to a serial port of the MCU U1.

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The RAM STATIC MEMORY BANK U22-25 linked to MCU U1 through the data
bus DB0 - DB15 and the address bus AB0 - AB19.
The FLASH EPROM MEMORY U14 - U21 linked to MCU U1 through the data bus
DB0 - DB15 and the address bus AB0 - AB19.

The MCU U1 is also connected to the BOOT LOADER EPROM U26 from, which
downloads the boot program by sending the command CSBOOT while initializing.

3.3.5.d Main Logic Section (See figure 3.3.5 Drawing 4)

• Interfaces the Slave board with the external data and address bus.

The MCU U1 is connected through the data bus D0 - D15 to the INTERNAL DATA
BUS TRANSCEIVER U4, which outputs DB0 - DB15 as local data bus connecting to
other devices resident on the Slave board.

The local data bus BD0 - DB15, is then linked to the EXTERNAL DATA BUS
TRANSCEIVER U7 – U36. These devices output SLD0 - SLD15 (slave data bus),
which allows MCU U1 to communicate with the Board # 3, # 5 and # 6, located on
the system card housing.

The address bus A0 - A23 links MCU U1 to the INTERNAL ADDRESS BUS
BUFFER U5 – U6 which outputs AB0 - AB23 as local address bus connecting to
other devices resident on the Slave board.

The local address bus AD0 - AD23, is then linked to the EXTERNAL ADDRESS
BUS BUFFER U8 – U9. These devices output SLA0 - SLA23 (slave address bus),
which allows MCU U1 to communicate with the Board # 3, # 5 and # 6, located on
the system card housing.

The control signal R/W is fed to the INTERNAL ADDRESS BUS BUFFER U5 –U6
which outputs a signal BR/W connected to the MAIN LOGIC EPLD U12. The EPLD
generates the individual control signals RD and WR which are routed to the
INTERNAL ADDRESS BUS BUFFER U5 –U6 where they get converted into BRD
and BWR. The EXTERNAL INTERRUPT BUS BUFFER U10 – U11 buffer the
commands and output the commands SLRD and SLWR which become control signals
of the external data and address bus.

The MAIN LOGIC EPLD U12 also handles the chip select signals for the local
devices as well as the board select commands. The board select commands (BS0 -
BS3) are fed to the EXTERNAL INTERRUPT BUS BUFFER U10 – U11 which
provide outputs SLBS0 - SLBS3 to the Board # 3, # 5 & # 6 located on the system
Card Housing.

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• Interrupt controller.

Possible interrupts generated outside the Slave board are input via the EXTERNAL
INTERRUPT BUS BUFFER U10 – U11 and then routed to the INTERRUPT
CONTROLLER EPLD U13. The EPDL U13 handles the interrupts following a
scheme of priority and sends signals IRQ1 - IRQ7 to the MCU U1.
The interrupts, which can be generated and logged into the Slave board are as follows:

- INIT (Initial Reset)


This signal is raised from the Switching Power Supply and has the purpose of keeping
the system reset for a pre-defined period of time thus allowing the power supply
voltages to reach stability.

- POWERFAIL
This signal is raised from the Switching Power Supply, which can detect a lack of
supply voltage, and may lead to a decrease of the dc voltages thus impairing proper
functioning of the logic.

- STS
This can be raised by the Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board # 3) when the A/D
conversion has been accomplished and the data is available on the bus.

- ELETFAIL
This can be raised by the Rotor Exchange Module Board (Board # 4) in case of
malfunction of an electromagnet thus impairing proper rotor displacement.

- ROTCUV and ROTCUVZ


These can be raised by the Motor Board (Board # 5) and are utilized to highlight a
possible malfunction of either the rotor motor or associated device, such as the Dual
Channel Optical Switch.

- ROTFAIL
This can be raised by the Photometric & Temperature Control Board (Board # 6) in
case of a malfunction of the Rotor Motor.

3.3.6 Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board # 3)

The Acquisition & Sensor Board, is located in the system Card Housing, and powered
through the Switching Power Supply, which provides the +5Vdc (DGT), +15Vdc
(ANA), -15Vdc (ANA) and +12Vdc (PW).
The Acquisition & Sensors Board communicates with the Slave Board (Board # 2)
through the signals SLD0 - SLD15 “slave data bus”, and the signals SLA0 - SLA7
“slave address bus”. This communication is supported by the control signals SLRD,
SLWR, RESET as well as the Board enabling signal SLBS0.

The “Acquisition & Sensors Board General Block Diagram” is available in figure
3.3.6 Drawing 1 of the Chapter 10 “Drawings”.

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The main functions reported in the following outline are further expanded and
presented on specific paragraphs.

Acquisition & Sensors Board General Block Diagram (see paragraph 3.3.6.a)

• Reading Warning signals from Switching Power Supply.


• Control signals for Switching Power Supply.
• Multiplexer & Acquisition Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.b).
• Channel Amplifier Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.c).
• Sample Tray Detectors Emitter & Receiver Sections (see paragraph 3.3.6.d).
• Needles Sensor Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.e).
• Reference Emulsion Presence Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.f).
• Analysis Compartment Cover Sensor Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.g).

Multiplexer & Acquisition Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.b)

• A/D Conversion for most important signals.


• Sends the interrupt signal STS to the Slave Board (Board # 2).
• Frequency generation for Magnetic Stirrer Motors.

Channel Amplifier Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.c)

• Optical channel amplification.

Sample Tray Detectors Emitter & Receiver Sections (see paragraph 3.3.6.d)

• Container on Sample Tray detection.

Needles Sensor Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.e)

• Liquid presence detection during the analysis loading cycle.

Reference Emulsion Presence Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.f)

• Reference Emulsion presence level in the bottle.

Analysis Compartment Cover Hall Sensor Section (see paragraph 3.3.6.g)

• Analysis Compartment Cover position detection.

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3.3.6.a Acquisition & Sensors Board General Block Diagram (See figure 3.3.6
Drawing 1)

• Reading Warning signals from Switching Power Supply.

The Switching Power Supply, in case of malfunction, sends two warning signals to the
Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board # 3). The signal THERFAIL is raised by the
Switching Power Supply in case the temperature of the environment reaches a level
(about 60 C°), which is dangerous for the Switching Power Supply. If overheating is
detected (about 75 C°) the Switching Power Supply enters the Protection Mode
shutting down the power to the instrument.
The second signal MISSLAMP is raised by the Switching Power Supply when the
current for the Halogen Lamp gets too low.
Both signals enter in the PARALLEL I/O U5 and are read by the Slave Board.

• Control signals for Switching Power Supply.

The Slave Board (Board # 2) sends to the PARALLEL I/O U5 two control signals for
the Switching Power Supply. The first is the signal LAMPWR that controls the
Halogen Lamp status.
The second is the signal PWROFF that controls the +9Vdc, +12Vdc and +70Vdc
power voltage status.

3.3.6.b Multiplexer & Acquisition Section (See figure 3.3.6 Drawing 2)

• A/D Conversion for most important signals.

Following are the most important signals converted:

COAG – CHROM for the Analysis Compartment Optical Channels reading.


TPELT1 for the Peltier temperature detection.
TPELT2 for the second Peltier temperature detection (ACL ElitePro).
TROT for the Rotor Holder temperature detection.
TFSLITTA for the Transport Plate temperature detection.
TFSILOS for the Rotors Feed Stack temperature detection.
+5VREF for the 5V Reference voltage detection.
SCUVINT for the Sample Tray internal ring container detection.
SCUVEXT for the Sample Tray middle and external rings container detection.
SLIQ for the liquid presence detection.
SFLUSH for the Reference Emulsion level detection.
SHALL for the Analysis Compartment Cover closed detection.

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The Board # 3 uses the multiplexer MPLX CIRCUIT U1 to select that signal will
convert the A/D CONVERTER CIRCUIT U11. This selection is driven by the
PARALLEL I/O U5 that sends the control signals MUX0 - MUX3 to the multiplexer.
The EPLD U6 controls with the start signal ADRC and the end signal ADSTAT the
conversion process of the A/D CONVERTER CIRCUIT U11. The EPLD U6 controls
the timer programmable TIMER PROG. U9 that allows the EPLD of work with the
Rotor Motor’s speed during acquisition at 600 or 1200 Rpm, and introduces a delay in
the acquisition time pre-selected in the Curve Adjustment Service menu (see section
7.2 for Coag. and section 7.3 for Chrom.). The EPLD U6 receives from the
PARALLEL I/O U5 the control signals AACQ to select the static or the dynamic
acquisition and the signals SCALF to select the delay for Coag. Ch. or Chrom. Ch.
The EPLD U6 receives the signals ROTCUV – ROTCUVZ from the Motors Board
(Board # 5) and they are very important signals to synchronise the data acquisition.

• Sends the interrupt signal STS to the Slave Board (Board # 2).

When the new data is ready the EPLD U6 receives the signal ADSTAT from the A/D
CONVERTER CIRCUIT U11, then enables the BUFFER 3-STATE U12 – U13 with
the signal RDADC and sends the interrupt signal STS to the Slave Board (Board # 2).

• Frequency generation for Magnetic Stirrer Motors.

The timer programmable TIMER PROG. U10 is used to produce the frequency
FREQST for the work of the Magnetic Stirrer Motors drivers on the Motors Board
(Board # 5).

3.3.6.c Channels Amplifier Section (See figure 3.3.6 Drawing 3)

• Optical channel amplification.

The Optical sensor of the Coagulimetric Channel is located under the Rotor Holder.
This sensor is connected to the Acquisition & Sensors Board through a coaxial cable
that enters in the specific amplifier’s box. The sensor’s signal enters in the
AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT U17 – U21, and the output COAG is one of the most
important signals converted in the Multiplexer & Acquisition Section. This circuit is
composed also by the trimmers RV1 used to adjust the Offset and RV2 used to adjust
the Gain during the instrument testing (see section 7.2).
The Optical sensor of the Chromogenic Channel is located under the Analysis
Compartment Cover. This sensor is connected to the Acquisition & Sensors Board
through a coaxial cable that enters in the specific amplifier’s box. The sensor’s signal
enters in the AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT U20 – U22, and the output CHROM is one of the
most important signals converted in the Multiplexer & Acquisition Section. This
circuit is composed also by the trimmers RV4 used to adjust the Offset and RV3 used
to adjust the Gain during the instrument testing (see section 7.3).

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3.3.6.d Samples Tray Detectors Emitter & Receiver Sections


(See figures 3.6.6 Drawing 4 and Drawing 5)

• Container on Sample Tray detection.

The Autosampler is designed to accept patient samples, as well as calibrants on the


same tray (Sample Tray).
Forty positions are available to load patient samples. Two rings (outermost and middle
ring) can accept twenty cup/tubes each. A third ring (innermost) is available on the
Sample Tray and up to ten positions can be loaded with calibrants, controls and/or
reagents.

Two optical sensors are located in the Autosampler housing with the purpose of
detecting the presence of the containers in the Sample Tray. The internal sensor is
placed in the internal wall while the external sensor is placed in the external wall of
the Autosampler housing. Both the sensors detect the presence of the containers using
the refraction principle.

The power section for the infra red light emitter of the sensors is controlled by the
PARALLEL I/O U5 that sends the enabling signals ESCUV – ESCUVINT –
ESCUVEXT to the EPLD U6.
The Sample cup/tubes can be placed in the Sample Tray on two different rings. As the
sample cup/tubes can be placed on both the outermost and the middle ring, two
different levels of current are needed to drive the external sensor which shall detect
the presence of sample containers located either close (outermost ring) or far (middle
ring).
To select the most appropriate current level, the EPLD U6 sends the AUTOC signal to
the SWITCH CIRCUIT U26 which through the signals SCUVL1 – SCUVL2 set the
current level output at the CURRENT GENERATOR U43A – U46A.
The trimmer RV6 allows the adjustment of the current in the emitter during the
instrument testing (see sub-section 7.5.3). The outputs of the power circuit for the
external sensor are ANLED1 – KD1.
The auxiliary materials containers are placed in the innermost ring of the Sample Tray
and are detected by the internal sensor. The trimmer RV7 allows the adjustment of the
current in the emitter during the instrument testing (see sub-section 7.5.3).
The outputs of the power circuit for the internal sensor are ANLED2 – KD2.

The external sensor receives the refracted light and sends to the receiver circuit the
signal ET1 which is filtered and amplifier to produce the signal SCUVEXT. This
signal is then converted in the Multiplexer & Acquisition Section.
To select the right work’s level, the EPLD U6 sends the controls signal AUTOC to the
SWITCH CIRCUIT U26 that can link the trimmer RV10 to control the gain of the
AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT U27A.
The trimmer RV10 allows, for the outermost ring, the adjustment of the amplifier gain
for the receiver signal during the instrument testing (see sub-section 7.5.3).
Another control signal is BLIVSCUV which is sent to the COMPARATOR CIRCUIT
U48A to select the right work level and produce the logical signal PCUVEXT, then
this signal is read from the PARALLEL I/O U5. The DRIVER CIRCUIT U28 controls

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the LED DL1 that is lighted when the sample containers are detected during the
Autosampler / BCR Test (see sub-section 7.5.3).
The internal sensor receives the refracted light and sends to the receiver circuit the
signal ET2 witch is filtered and amplified to produce the signal SCUVINT, one of the
most important signals converted in the Multiplexer & Acquisition Section.
The circuit produces also the logical signal PCUVINT which is read from the
PARALLEL I/O U5. The DRIVER CIRCUIT U28 controls the LED DL2 that is
lighted when the auxiliary materials containers are detected during the Autosampler
Test (see sub-section 7.5.3).

3.3.6.e Needles Sensor Section (See figure 3.3.6 Drawing 6)

• Liquid presence detection during the analysis loading cycle.

The Liquid Level Detector Board, connected to the needles block assembly, sends the
signals AGOSS for the sample needle and AGOSR for the reagent needle to the
Acquisition & Sensors Board. The EPLD U36 selects with the enabling signals
EAGOS - EAGOR the sample/reagent needle sensor signal. The EPLD U36 also
controls with the signals EAUTOZEROS – RAUTOZEROS the reading or the reset of
the auto-zero circuit. The selected signals enter in the specific circuit and produce the
output signal SLIQ, which is then converted in the Multiplexer & Acquisition Section.
The EPLD U36 sends the control signals GXL1 – GXL2 to the SWITCH CIRCUIT
U51 which, according with the cycle in progress, sets the gain of the AMPLIFIER
CIRCUIT U39B by connecting either the trimmer RV11 (for the Reagent) or RV12
(for the Sample) as appropriate.

The trimmer RV11 and RV12 allow the adjustments of the amplifier gain for the
output SLIQ during the instrument testing (see section 6.3.1). The signal SLIQ is also
compared with one of the three threshold signals SG1 – SG2 – SG3, this selection is
controlled by EPLD U36 to produce the logical signal PSAGO, then this signal is read
from the PARALLEL I/O U5. The DRIVER CIRCUIT U28 controls the LED DL4
that is lit when the liquids are detected during the Needles Sensor Test (see sub-
section 7.4.1). The PARALLEL I/O U5 sends to the EPLD U36 the signal EAGHITIP
aimed at enabling the entire liquid detectors circuit and the signal LGT2 to enables the
timer programmable TIMER PROG. U9.

3.3.6.f Reference Emulsion Presence Section (See figure 3.3.6 Drawing 7)

• Reference Emulsion presence level in the bottle.

The sensor located inside the cap of the Reference Emulsion bottle detects the volume
of the liquid in the bottle. The PARALLEL I/O U5 enables with the signal ECLKLIQ
the timer programmable TIMER PROG. U10, which outputs the clock signal
CLKSENSE, amplified and used with the name of CLKSINE as a reference. This
signal CLKSINE is sent to the sensor and returns to the board attenuated with the
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Reference Emulsion, so the signal MFLUSH is the amplified reading of the sensor.
The EPLD U6 – U36 controls through the signal SFLH the SWITCH CIRCUIT U26.
This circuit then selects between the inputs MFLUSH and CLKSINE the output signal
MSENSE. The signal MSENSE is then amplified and output as SFLUSH from the
AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT U24. The signal SFLUSH is then converted in the Multiplexer
& Acquisition Section.
The trimmer RV9 allows the adjustments of the amplifier gain for the output signal
SFLUSH during the instrument testing (see sub-section 7.4.1). The trimmer RV8
allows the factory adjustment of the amplifier gain for the reference signal CLKSINE.

3.3.6.g Analysis Compartment Cover Sensor Section (See figure 3.3.6 Drawing 8)

• Analysis Compartment Cover position detection.

The magnetic sensor, located under the Fluidic Plate on the left side of the Analysis
Compartment, detects the presence of the magnet placed in the Analysis Compartment
Cover and outputs the signals COVDET1 – COVDET2 for the Acquisition & Sensor
Board. The circuit output, signal SHALL, is one of the most important signals
converted in the Multiplexer & Acquisition Section. The trimmer RV5 allows the
adjustments of the amplifier for the output signal SHALL during the instrument
testing (see sub-section 7.9.1). The signal SHALL is also used to generate the signal
PHALL which enters in the DRIVER CIRCUIT U28 to control the LED DL3 which is
illuminated when the cover is closed.

3.3.7 Rotor Exchange Module Board (Board # 4) (excluded from ACL Elite)

The Rotor Exchange Module Board, is located in the system Card Housing, and
powered through the Switching Power Supply, which provides the +5Vdc (DGT),
+15Vdc (ANA), -15Vdc (ANA) and +12Vdc (PW).
The R.E.M. Board is equipped with a microprocessor (CPU U1) and a resident
memory bank. The R.E.M. Board communicates with the Slave Board (Board # 2)
through the serial communications line TXD4 – RXD4.

The “Rotor Exchange Module Board General Block Diagram” is available in figure
3.3.7 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”.
The main functions reported in the following summary are further expanded and
presented on specific paragraphs.

Rotor Exchange Module General Block Diagram (see paragraph 3.3.7.a)

• Reading of the Motor Dual Channel Optical Switch.


• Rotors Waste container presence detection.
• Rotors Feed Stack cover position detection.
• CPU ready condition circuit.
• Transport Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.b).

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• Rotor Arm Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.c).


• Memory & Communication Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.d).
• Infra Red Sensors Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.e).
• Electro Magnets Control Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.f).

Transport Motor Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.b)

• Transport Motor drives circuit.

Rotor Arm Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.c)

• Rotor Arm Horizontal Motor drives circuit.


• Rotor Arm Vertical Motor drives circuit.

Memory & Communication Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.d)

• Resident Memory Bank and communication with the Slave Board (Board # 2).

Infra Red Sensors Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.e)

• New and used Rotors presence detection.

Electro Magnets Control Section (see paragraph 3.3.7.f)

• Rotors loading from Caliper and Rotors Feed Stack.


• Sends the interrupt signal ELETFAIL to the Slave Board (Board # 2).

3.3.7.a Rotor Exchange Module General Block Diagram (See figure 3.3.7
Drawing 1)

• Reading of the Motor Dual Channel Optical Switch.

Three Dual Channel Optical Switches are mounted on the Transport and on the Rotor
Arm assembly to detect the positions of the motors. The motor position is coded by an
Encoder disk or flag located on the movement assy. The Dual Channel Optical Switch
sends to the Board # 4 the signals read on the Encoders. These signals enter in the
BUFFER CIRCUIT U27 – U28 – U29, which output the signals: SLOT_CAS –
EDGE_CAS for the Transport Motor, SLOT_ROT – EDGE_ROT for the Rotor Arm
Horizontal Motor and SLOT_HIG – EDGE_HIG for the Rotor Arm Vertical Motor.

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These signals are routed directly or through the multiplexer MPLX CIRCUIT U6 into
the CPU U1.
The motor rotation, sensed by the Dual Channel Optical Switch, allows the CPU U1
to detect possible “motor failures”.

• Rotors Waste container presence detection.

The status of the mechanical switch, located inside the Rotors Waste container
compartment, is read through the BUFFER CIRCUIT U27, which outputs the signal
DOOR_WST to the CPU U1.

• Rotors Feed Stack cover position detection.

The magnetic sensor, located over the Rotors Feed Stack, is activated by a magnet
embedded inside the Feed Stack cover. The magnet sensor status is read through the
BUFFER CIRCUIT U30, which outputs the signal COP_SILOS to the CPU U1.

• CPU ready condition circuit.

The CPU U1 through the EPLD U2 controls the LED DL1, which is lit when the CPU
U1 is ready.

3.3.7.b Transport Motor Section (See figure 3.3.7 Drawing 2)

• Transport Motor drive circuit.

The Slave Board sends to the CPU U1 the command relative to the Transport Motor
movement. The CPU U1 controls the TRANSPORT MOTOR DRIVER U14 – DX1,
whose output signals are the motor phases M1A – M1BB. The CPU U1 uses the
demultiplexer DEMPL U29 to send the enable signal M1_PWR_ENA to the driver
circuit, and the multiplexer MPLX U6 to check the presence of the signal MO_CAS
generated by the driver only if there is a malfunction. The TRANSPORT MOTOR
DRIVER U14 – DX1 is powered by the LOCAL GENERATOR +24VPW U10.
The jumpers in M1 are factory pre-set to obtain full or half steps as required.

3.3.7.c Rotor Arm Motors Section (See figure 3.3.7 Drawing 3)

• Rotor Arm Horizontal Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board sends to the CPU U1 the command relative to the Rotor Arm
Horizontal Motor movement. The CPU U1 controls the ROTOR ARM
HORIZONTAL MOTOR DRIVER U16 – DX2, whose output signals are the motor
phases M2A – M2BB. The CPU U1 uses the demultiplexer DEMPL U29 to send the

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enable signal M2_PWR_ENA to the driver circuit, and the multiplexer MPLX U6 to
check the presence of the signal MO_ROT generated by the driver only if there is a
malfunction. The ROTOR ARM HORIZONTAL MOTOR DRIVER U16 – DX2 is
powered by the LOCAL GENERATOR +24VPW U10. The jumpers in M2 are
factory pre-set to obtain full or half steps as required.

• Rotor Arm Vertical Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board sends to the CPU U1 the command relative to the Rotor Arm
Vertical Motor movement. The CPU U1 controls the ROTOR ARM VERTICAL
MOTOR DRIVER U18 – DX3, whose output signals are the motor phases M3A –
M3BB. The CPU U1 uses the demultiplexer DEMPL U29 to send the enable signal
M3_PWR_ENA to the driver circuit, and the multiplexer MPLX U6 to check the
presence of the signal MO_HIG generated by the driver only if there is a malfunction.
The ROTOR ARM VERTICAL MOTOR DRIVER U18 – DX3 is powered by the
LOCAL GENERATOR +24VPW U10. The jumpers in M3 are factory pre-set to
obtain the full or half steps as required.

3.3.7.d Memory & Communication Section (See figure 3.3.7 Drawing 4)

• Resident Memory Bank and communication with the Slave Board (Board # 2).

The CPU U1 controls through the data bus D0 – D7, the address bus A8 – A15, and
the BUFFER 3-STATE CIRCUIT U3, the RAM MEMORY U4 and the ROM
FLASH MEMORY U5, used for the program’s run-time and data storage.
The CPU U1 through the EPLD U2 sends the enable signals to the memories.

The serial communication line of the CPU U1 is linked with the SERIAL I/O
CIRCUIT U8, which handles the serial communication line TXD4 – RXD4 to the
Slave Board (Board # 2).

3.3.7.e Infra Red Sensors Section (See figure 3.3.7 Drawing 5)

• New and Waste Rotors presence detection.

Three optical sensors are located on the Rotor Exchange Module assy, with the
purpose of detecting the presence of the rotors along the route. This route begins in the
Rotors Feed Stack and ends in the Rotors Waste container. Two optical sensors are
located in the Rotors Feed Stack and one above the Rotors Waste container.
These three sensors detect the presence of the rotors using the refraction principle.

The upper sensor located inside the Rotors Feed Stack allows the system to detect for
presence of new rotors in the storage area of the Rotor Stack (over the mechanical
movements).

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This sensor is powered by the POWER CIRCUIT Q7, which provides the signals
AFCS and CFC.
The sensor receives the refracted light and sends to the receiver circuit the signals
FCS, which is handled by the circuit to produce the signal FC_STR. This signal is
read by the CPU U1 through the multiplexer MPLX CIRCUIT U7. This circuit is
composed also by the trimmer PT1 used to adjust the signal during the instrument
testing (see sub-section 7.5.1).

The lower sensor located inside the Rotors Feed Stack allows the system to detect for
presence of a new rotor on the Rotor Transport plate.
This sensor is powered by the POWER CIRCUIT Q7, which provides the signals
AFCC and CFC.
The sensor receives the refracted light and sends to the receiver circuit the signals
FCC, which is handled by the circuit to produce the signal FC_CAS. This signal is
read by the CPU U1 through the multiplexer MPLX CIRCUIT U7. This circuit is
composed also by the trimmer PT2 used to adjust the signal during the instrument
testing (see sub-section 7.5.1).

The sensor located above the Rotors Waste container allows the system to detect the
conditions of “Waste container full”.
This sensor is powered by the POWER CIRCUIT Q7, which provides the signals
AFCW and CFC.
The sensor receives the refracted light and sends to the receiver circuit the signals
FCW, which is handled by the circuit to produce the signal FC_WST. This signal is
read by the CPU U1 through the multiplexer MPLX CIRCUIT U7. This circuit is
composed also by the trimmers PT3 used to adjust the reading of the signal during the
instrument testing (see sub-section 7.5.2).

The CPU U1 through the EPLD U2 sends the signal CK_LED, which is used to
enable the circuit.

3.3.7.f Electro Magnets Control Section (See figure 3.3.7 Drawing 6)

• Rotor loading from Caliper and Rotors Feed Stack.

Three similar mechanisms achieve the rotors loading on the Rotor Exchange Module
assembly. One of them is the Caliper, located over the Rotor Arm, used to load and
unload the Analysis Compartment and to move the used rotors to waste. Two of them
are located inside the Rotors Feed Stack to allow the correct rotors loading. These
mechanisms use three identical electromagnets. The CPU U1 through the EPLD U2
controls the POWER CIRCUIT Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – D7 – D8, which outputs the signals
used to power the electromagnets.
These signals are EMCL for the Caliper, EMS1 for the upper movement inside the
Rotors Feed Stack and EMS2 for the lower one. The signal EM_SUPPLY is used as
common to recover the high current produced during the electromagnet opening.

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• Sends the interrupt signal ELETFAIL to the Slave Board (Board # 2).

The RESISTIVE CIRCUIT controls the signals for the electromagnets and sends the
warning TEM_CLM for the Caliper, TEM_ST1 for the upper movement, TEM_ST2
for the lower movement, and the signal 24V_MOT for the LOCAL GENERATOR
+24VPW. These signals are read by the CPU U1 through the multiplexer MPLX
CIRCUIT U7. If a warning signal is active the CPU U1 commands the EPLD U2 to
disable the electromagnet with the failure and sends the interrupt signal ELETFAIL to
the Slave Board (Board # 2).

3.3.8 Motors Board (Board # 5)

The Motors Board, is located in the system Card Housing, and powered through the
Switching Power Supply, which provides the +5Vdc (DGT), and +12Vdc (PW).
The Motors Board communicates with the Slave Board (Board # 2) through the
signals SLD0 - SLD7 “slave data bus”, and the signals SLA0 - SLA7 “slave address
bus”. This communication is supported by the control signals SLRD, SLWR, RESET
as well as the Board enabling signal SLBS2.

The “Motors Board General Block Diagram” is available in figure 3.3.8 Drawing 1 of
the chapter 10 “Drawings”.
The main functions reported in the following summary are further expanded and
presented on specific paragraphs.

Motors Board General Block Diagram (see paragraph 3.3.8.a)

• Reading of the signals originated by the Dual Channel Optical Switch mounted on
the Autosampler Motor, the Sample Arm Motors, the Dilutors Motors, the Rotor
Motor and the Analysis Compartment Cover Motor.
• Sends the interrupt signals ROTCUV – ROTCUVZ to the Slave Board (Board # 2)
and to the Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board #3).
• Dilutor Electro Valves control.
• Coagulimetric Channel LED status control.
• Autosampler Motor Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.b).
• Sample Arm Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.c).
• Dilutors Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.d).
• Magnetic Stirrer Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.e).

Autosampler Motor Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.b)

• Autosampler Motor drives circuit.

Sample Arm Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.c)

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• Sample Arm Horizontal Motor drives circuit.


• Sample Arm Vertical Motor drives circuit.

Dilutors Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.d)

• Reagent Dilutor Motor drives circuit.


• Sample Dilutor Motor drives circuit.

Magnetic Stirrer Motors Section (see paragraph 3.3.8.e)

• Magnetic Stirrer Motors drives circuit.

3.3.8.a Motors Board General Block Diagram (See figure 3.3.8 Drawing 1)

• Reading of the signals originated by the Dual Channel Optical Switch mounted on
the Autosampler Motor, the Sample Arm Motors, the Dilutors Motors, the Rotor
Motor and the Analysis Compartment Cover Motor.

The positions of the motors are coded by Encoder disks or flags located on the
movement assy. The Dual Channel Optical Switch sends to the Board # 5 the signals
read on the Encoders associated. These signals are:
SMALOW – SMAHIGH for the Autosampler Motor
SMOLOW – SMOHIGH for the Sample Arm Horizontal Motor
SMVLOW – SMVHIGH for the Sample Arm Vertical Motor
SMDREAG for the Reagent Dilutor Motor (uses a Single Channel Optical Switch)
SMDSAMP for the Sample Dilutor Motor (uses a Single Channel Optical Switch)
SMRTLOW – SMRTHIG for the Analysis Compartment Cover Motor
SMRLOW – SMRHIGH for the Rotor Motor.

These signals enter in the BUFFER CIRCUIT U7 – U8 then in the PARALLEL I/O
U1, which is controlled through the “slave data and address bus” from the Slave
Board (board # 2).
The motor rotation, sensed by the Dual Channel Optical Switch, allows the Slave
Board to detect possible “motor failures”.

• Sends the interrupt signals ROTCUV – ROTCUVZ to the Slave Board (Board # 2)
and to the Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board #3).

The Dual Channel Optical Switch mounted on the Rotor Motor is very important to
achieve a proper reading during the Analysis Acquisition. Its signals SMRLOW –
SMRHIGH through the BUFFER CIRCUIT U7 – U8 enter the EPLD U41, which

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sends the signals ROTCUV – ROTCUVZ to the Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board #
3) and to the Slave Board (Board # 2).

• Dilutor Electro Valves control.

The Slave Board controls through the “slave data and address bus” the PARALLEL
I/O U1, which communicates the request status for the Electro Valves to the DRIVER
CIRCUIT U5. This driver energize/de-energize the Electro Valves through the power
signals EV1 – EV2.

• Coagulimetric Channel LED status control.

The Slave Board controls through the “slave data and address bus” the PARALLEL
I/O U1, which output enables the power circuit Q1 to send the signal LEDOFF to the
Coagulimetric Channel LED.

3.3.8.b Autosampler Motor Section (See figure 3.3.8 Drawing 2)

• Autosampler Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board sends to the EPLD U43 the command relative to the Autosampler
Motor movement. The EPLD U43 through the demultiplexer DEMPLX CIRCUIT
U24 controls the AUTOSAMPLER MOTOR DRIVER U21 – U22, which output
signals are the motor phases MFA1 – MFA4.
The Autosampler Motor drives circuit is powered from the LOCAL GENERATOR
+5VPW U40, factory adjusted by means of the trimmer RV6.
The trimmer RV3 is factory adjusted to set the reference voltage to the demultiplexer
DEMPLX CIRCUIT U24.

3.3.8.c Sample Arm Motors Section (See figure 3.3.8 Drawing 3)

• Sample Arm Horizontal Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board sends to the EPLD U42 the command relative to the Sample Arm
Horizontal Motor movement. The EPLD U42 through the demultiplexer DEMPLX
CIRCUIT U34 controls the SAMPLE ARM HORIZONTAL MOTOR DRIVER U31
– U32, which output signals are the motor phases MFO1 – MFO4.
The Sample Arm Horizontal Motor drive circuit is powered from the LOCAL
GENERATOR +5VPW U40.
The trimmer RV4 is factory adjusted to set the reference voltage to the demultiplexer
DEMPLX CIRCUIT U34.

• Sample Arm Vertical Motor drives circuit.

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The Slave Board sends to the EPLD U43 the command relative to the Sample Arm
Vertical Motor movement. The EPLD U43 through the demultiplexer DEMPLX
CIRCUIT U38 controls the SAMPLE ARM VERTICAL MOTOR DRIVER U35 –
U36, which output signals are the motor phases MFV1 – MFV4.
The Sample Arm Vertical Motor drive circuit is powered from the LOCAL
SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY +26VPW U7. This circuit is also powered from the
LOCAL GENERATOR +5VPW U40. The trimmer RV5 is factory adjusted to set the
reference voltage to the demultiplexer DEMPLX CIRCUIT U38.

3.3.8.d Dilutors Motors Section (See figure 3.3.8 Drawing 4)

• Reagent Dilutor Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board sends to the EPLD U42 the command relative to the Reagent Dilutor
Motor movement. The EPLD U42 through the demultiplexer DEMPLX CIRCUIT
U16 controls the REAGENT DILUTOR MOTOR DRIVER U13 – U14, which output
signals are the motor phases MFR1 – MFR4.
The Reagent Dilutor Motor drives circuit is powered from the LOCAL GENERATOR
+5VPW U40. The trimmer RV1 is factory adjusted to sets the reference voltage to the
demultiplexer DEMPLX CIRCUIT U16.

• Sample Dilutor Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board sends to the EPLD U42 the command relative to the Sample Dilutor
Motor movement. The EPLD U42 through the demultiplexer DEMPLX CIRCUIT
U20 controls the SAMPLE DILUTOR MOTOR DRIVER U17 – U18, which output
signals are the motor phases MFS1 – MFS4.
The Sample Dilutor Motor drives circuit is powered from the LOCAL GENERATOR
+5VPW U40. The trimmer RV2 is factory adjusted to set the reference voltage to the
demultiplexer DEMPLX CIRCUIT U20.

3.3.8.e Magnetic Stirrer Motors Section (See figure 3.3.8 Drawing 5)

• Magnetic Stirrer Motors drives stage.

The Slave Board sends to the EPLD U43 the command relative to the Magnetic Stirrer
Motors movement. The EPLD U43 controls the MAGNETIC STIRRER MOTOR
DRIVER U25 – U26 – U27 – U28, which outputs signals are the motor phases
AGTR1A – AGTR4B. The driver circuit is powered from the LOCAL SWITCHING
POWER SUPPLY +26VPW U7. These driver circuits work with AC motors, so they
need the frequency signal STFREQ (50 Hz) from the Acquisition & Sensors Board.
The REFERENCE VOLTAGE GENERATOR U39 and the THRESHOLD CIRCUIT
U11 allow to the COMPARATOR CIRCUIT U6 – U12 to detect a possible
malfunction of the magnetic stirrers. In case a malfunction is detected the

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COMPARATOR CIRCUIT U6 – U12 outputs the warning signals ALAGTR1 -


ALAGTR4. These warning signals are read through the PARALLEL I/O U1 by the
Slave Board, and by the EPLD U43 that turns off the magnetic stirrer motor raising a
fail warning.

3.3.9 Photometric & Temperatures Control (Board # 6)

The Photometric & Temperatures Control Board, is located in the system Card
Housing, and powered through the Switching Power Supply, which provides the
+5Vdc (DGT), +15Vdc (ANA), -15Vdc (ANA), +9Vdc (PW), +12Vdc (PW) and
+70Vdc (PW).
The Motors Board communicates with the Slave Board (Board # 2) through the
signals SLD0 - SLD7 “slave data bus”, and the signals SLA0 - SLA7 “slave address
bus”. This communication is supported by the control signals SLRD, SLWR, RESET
as well as the Board enabling signal SLBS3.

The “Photometric & Temperatures Control Board General Block Diagram” is


available in figure 3.3.9 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”. The main functions
reported in the following outline are further expanded and presented on specific
paragraphs.

Photometric & Temperatures Control General Block Diagram

• Rotor Motor Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.a).


• Analysis Compartment Cover Motor Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.b).
• Rotor Thermoregulation Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.c).
• Peltiers Thermoregulation Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.d).
• Transport & Rotors Feed Stack Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.e).

Rotor Motor Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.a)

• Rotor Motor drives circuit.


• Sends the interrupt signal ROTFAIL to the Slave Board (Board # 2).

Analysis Compartment Cover Motor Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.b)

• Analysis Compartment Cover Motor drives circuit.

Rotor Thermoregulation Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.c)

• Rotor Holder temperature detection and control.

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Peltier Thermoregulation Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.d)

• Peltier temperature detection and control.


• +5VREF generator circuit.

Transport & Rotors Feed Stack Section (see paragraph 3.3.9.e)

• Transport plate temperature detection and control.


• Rotors Feed Stack temperature detection and control.

3.3.9.a Rotor Motor Section (See figure 3.3.9 Drawing 2)

• Rotor Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board through the PARALLEL I/O U4 sends to the EPLD U5 the
command relative to the Rotor Motor movement. The EPLD U5 controls the ROTOR
MOTOR DRIVER U7 – U8 – U10 – U14, which output signals are the motor phases
RF1 – RF4.
The Rotor Motor drive circuits are powered from the LOCAL GENERATOR +5VPW
U13.

• Sends the interrupt signal ROTFAIL to the Slave Board (Board # 2).

The circuits ROTOR MOTOR DRIVER U7 – U8 – U10 – U14 send the signals
VSENSE1 – VSENSE2 to the COMPARATOR CIRCUIT U12, which is aimed to
detect possible motor failure. If a failure is present this circuit outputs the signal
IRFAIL, which enters the BUFFER CIRCUIT U2. The buffer sends the interrupt
signal ROTFAIL to the Slave Board (Board # 2).
The Slave Board disables the interrupt ROTFAIL through the PARALLEL I/O U4,
which sends the signal ROTCLR to the EPLD U5. The EPLD U5 controls with the
signal NROTCLR the SWITCH CIRCUIT U18, which sends the signal CLFAIL to
reset the COMPARATOR CIRCUIT U12.
If there is a warning for high current, the driver circuits output the signals AACHOP –
BBCHOP, which are used to disable the EPLD U5

3.3.9.b Analysis Compartment Cover Motor Section (See figure 3.3.9 Drawing 3)

• Analysis Compartment Cover Motor drives circuit.

The Slave Board through the PARALLEL I/O U4 sends to the EPLD U5 the
command relative to the Analysis Compartment Cover Motor movement. The EPLD

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U5 through the demultiplexer DEMPLX CIRCUIT U37 controls the COVER


MOTOR DRIVER U15 – U16, which outputs signals are the motor phases MFT1 –
MFT4.
The Analysis Compartment Cover Motor drives circuit is powered from the LOCAL
GENERATOR +5VPW U13.
The trimmer RV6 is factory adjusted to set the reference voltage to the demultiplexer
DEMPLX CIRCUIT U37.

3.3.9.c Rotor Thermoregulation Section (See figure 3.3.9 Drawing 4)

• Rotor Holder temperature detection and control.

The thermistor located inside the Rotor Holder sends the signal SROT1 – SROT2 to
the Photometric & Temperatures Control Board.
This signal is connected to the jumper JR1, the reference resistance R59 and to the
trimmer RV1. When the jumper JR1 is on the check position the trimmer RV1 allows
the factory adjustment of the circuit. When the jumper JR1 is in the reading position
the signal SROT1 – SROT2 is amplified and outputs as TROT, which is sent to the
Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board # 3).
The Slave Board through the Acquisition & Sensors Board acquires the temperature of
the Rotor Holder, and controls the PARALLEL I/O U4 that sends the enable signal
INCOIL to the EPLD U6. The EPLD U6 controls the thermoregulation circuit, which
provides the signal Z1 – FOTGND to the heating coil of the Rotor Holder. The circuit
that provides the power is also composed of:
The PACKET DELAY CIRCUIT U26A – U21 output signal TASTD, which controls
the timing of the sinusoidal wave signals packet.
The PHASE DISPLACEMENT CIRCUIT U22 output the signal COMROT that, with
the SWITCH CIRCUIT U19, controls the phase of the sinusoidal wave signal
generated by the OSCILLATOR CIRCUIT U23.
The IMPULSE GENERATOR U24 generate the signal that triggers the POWER
CIRCUIT Q11 that activates the LC oscillator circuit providing heating to the rotor
holder. The trimmer RV2 is factory set to obtain the most suitable time shift to the
power signal and avoid overcurrent which may damage the POWER CIRCUIT Q11.

3.3.9.d Peltiers Thermoregulation Section (See figure 3.3.9 Drawing 5)

• Peltier temperature detection and control.

The thermistor located inside the Peltier sends the signal SPELT1 to the Photometric
& Temperatures Control Board.
This signal is connected to the jumper JR2, with the reference resistance R86 and to
the trimmer RV3. When the jumper JR2 is on the check position the trimmer RV3
allows the factory adjustment of the circuit. When the jumper JR2 is in the reading
position the signals SPELT1 is amplified and outputs as TPELT1, which is sent to the
Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board # 3).

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The Slave Board through the Acquisition & Sensors Board acquires the temperature of
the Peltier, and controls the PARALLEL I/O U4 that sends the enable signal INPELT1
to the SWITCH CIRCUIT U19. This circuit outputs the signal ONPELT1 to active the
CURRENT GENERATOR CIUCUIT U32A, which provide the current signal +VP1
to the Peltier cell used to cool the Peltier assembly.
Another identical circuit, as reported in fig. 3.3.9 Drawing 5, is present on the Board #
6 for the ACL 1000, but not used in the ACL Elite.

• +5VREF generator circuit.

The Board # 6 has a dedicated voltage generator circuit, called REFERENCE


VOLTAGE GENERATOR +5VREF U29, which provides the signal +5VREF.
This reference signal is used in the temperature control sections and is also sent for the
conversion to the Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board # 3).
The reference value is factory pre-set through the trimmer RV4.

3.3.9.e Transport & Rotors Feed Stack Section (See figure 3.3.9 Drawing 6)

• Transport Plate temperature detection and control.

The thermistor located inside the Transport Plate sends the signal SSLITTA to the
Photometric & Temperatures Control Board.
This signal is amplified and outputs as TFSLITTA to the Acquisition & Sensor Board
(Board # 3).
The Slave Board through the Acquisition & Sensors Board acquires the temperature of
the Transport Plate, and controls the PARALLEL I/O U4 that sends the enable signal
INPREH to the SWITCH CIRCUIT U18. This circuit outputs the signal ONSLITTA
to activate the POWER CIRCUIT Q10, which provides the current signal PSLITTA to
the heating pad used to heat the transport plate.
The Transport Plate temperature detection and control is not used on the ACL Elite.
On the ACL Elite a jumper resistor pack is installed to simulate Transport Plate
temperature.

• Rotors Feed Stack temperature detection and control.

The thermistor located inside the Rotors Feed Stack sends the signal SSILOS to the
Photometric & Temperatures Control Board.
This signal is amplified and outputs as TFSILOS to the Acquisition & Sensor Board
(Board # 3).
The Slave Board through the Acquisition & Sensors Board acquires the temperature of
the Feed Stack, and controls the PARALLEL I/O U4 that sends the enable signal
INPREH to the SWITCH CIRCUIT U19. This circuit outputs the signal ONSILOS to
active the POWER CIRCUIT Q14, which provide the current signal PSILOS to the
heating pad used to heat the Rotors Feed Stack.
For the ACL Elite this circuit controls the rotor storage area pre heating.

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3.3.10 Switching Power Supply Board

The Switching Power Supply Board, located under the dilutor assembly, provides to
the instrument +5VDGT, +12VDGT, +15VANA, -15VANA, +9VPW, +12VPW,
+70VPW and +6VLAMP.
The Power Entry provides the signal LINE-IN that allows the operation of the
Switching Power Supply. This signal must be in the range from 100-120Vac to 220-
240Vac (50-60 Hz).

The “Switching Power Supply Board General Block Diagram” is available in figure
3.3.10 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”. The main functions reported in the
following outline are further expanded and presented on specific paragraphs.

Switching Power Supply Board General Block Diagram (see paragraph 3.3.10.a)

• Line filter.
• Automatic identification of the line voltage.
• Control & Protection stage for all the generators.
• Sends the ready signal to the system.
• Control the turn off of the power voltages.
• Chromogenic Lamp drives circuit.
• Communicate warning status to the system.

3.3.10.a Switching Power Supply Board General Block Diagram (See figure
3.3.10 Drawing 1)

• Line filter.

The Switching Power Supply Board has a LINE FILTER integrated on board.

• Automatic identification of the line voltage.

The Board through the POWER FACTOR CORRECTION BOARD PCB1 identifies
the line voltage connected to the instrument, and sets the Switching Power Supply
Board as appropriate. The line voltage acceptable for the Switching Power Supply
Board are100-120Vac to 220-240Vac (50-60 Hz).

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• Control & Protection stage for all the generators.

The POWER CONTROL BOARD PCB2 controls all the voltage generators, and
protects them from short circuit or high voltage. If one of these problems is present on
the voltage GENERATOR +5VDGT, +15VANA and -15VANA, the POWER
CONTROL BOARD PCB2 sets to “Protection Mode”, turns off all the dc voltage and
lights the LED DL1. To recover proper working conditions it is necessary to switch
the system OFF for at least 20 seconds prior switching it back ON.
The TRIMMER RV2 – RV3 – RV4 – RV5 – RV6 are used to adjust the digital and
analog voltage outputs. The Test Points TP1 – TP9 are used for factory testing of the
Switching Power Supply Board.

• Sends the ready signal to the system.

At the instrument turn on, the POWER CONTROL BOARD PCB2 controls all the dc
voltage outputs, when all of them are stabilized, sends the signal INIT to the Slave
Board (Board # 2).

• Control the turn off of the power voltages.

When the POWER CONTROL BOARD PCB2 receives the signal POWEROFF from
the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board # 3), it disables the power voltages
GENERATOR +9VPW, +12VPW and +70VPW.

• Chromogenic Lamp drives circuit.

When the POWER CONTROL BOARD PCB2 receive the signal LAMPWR from the
Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board # 3), enables the GENERATOR +6VLAMP that
turns on the Chromogenic Lamp.

• Communicate warning status to the system.

The POWER CONTROL BOARD PCB2 sends three warning signals to the system in
case of malfunction, which are detected as follows:

The signal POWERFAIL is sent to the Slave Board (Board # 2) if the output voltages
are lower than the 80% of the normal value, or in any case before that the Switching
Power Supply is turned off.
The signal THERFAIL is sent to the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board # 3) if the
environment temperature is over 60 C°. If this temperature rises up to read 75 C°, the
Board sets to “Protection Mode” and turns off the instrument.
The signal MISSLAMP is sent to the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board # 3) if a
Short Circuit or a no load is detected on the GENERATOR +6VLAMP.

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3.3.11 Instrument Ground Circuit

This sub-section provides information about the Instrument Ground System, in order
to help the service engineer in the assembling of the circuit placed in whole the
Instrument.
The diagram of the “Instrument Ground Circuit” is available in figure 3.3.11 Drawing
1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”.

3.3.12 Interface Board

The interface board provides serial and USB connections to peripheral devices such as
printer, mouse, keyboard and barcode scanner as well as communication to a host
system. A parallel printer port is also supported. The Interface Board connects to the
Pentium CPU.
NOTE: If the USB ports detect an overload the USB Hub disables that port or. To re-
enable the USB ports the instrument must be re-booted. The interface board is also
protected by 2 onboard fuses.

3.4 Main Hardware Components Description


This section contains a list of the main hardware components and modules, which
interact with each other to carry out the analytical process.

The figure below highlights some of the main hardware components of the ACL
Elite/Elitepro as viewed from the front of the instrument, while the main electronic
boards and system interconnection ports are located on the rear of the system.

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1. Wash-Reference Emulsion Bottle with liquid level sensor.


2. Dilutors Assy.
3. Autosampler Housing with internal BCR and presence sensors for cups/tubes on
Sample Tray.
4. Reagent Tray Area with Peltier Assy for Reagents cooling & stirring. (positions R9-
R12 ACL ElitePro only).
5. Sample Arm with liquid level sensors in the Rinse / Waste position.
6. Floppy Disk Drive (covered).
7. LCD display with Touch Screen.
8. Rotor Stack Assy. (rotor pre-heating area for ACL Elite).
9. Rotor Holder automatic Cover.
10. Rotor Transport and Rotor Arm Assy. (excluded on ACL Elite).
11. Rotor Waste Container compartment with presence and status sensors.
12. Alphanumeric Keyboard.
13. Adapters Area.
14. Liquid Waste Outlet.

3.5 Software Description


This section contains a general description of the main software and its physical
location in the system.

At the turn on the instrument shows the CPU Master Board (Board #1) BIOS boot
screen with the CPU Master initialization.
Then the system loads the operating system and the application program from the
Hard Disk Drive and performs the initialization of both the electronic boards and the
modules.

The Hard Disk Drive stores all the software of the instrument, both the application
program (Analytical and Service programs) and backup files of the software working
on the Slave Board (Board #2) and R.E.M. Board (Board #4).

These two specific softwares are stored in the memories located onboard the Slave
Board and the R.E.M. Board where are located two slave microprocessors.
The two microprocessors load the software directly from the memories (Flash Eprom)
at the instrument turn on.

In order to load a new software revison in the instrument or download the software
from the Hard Disk Drive to the boards memories, the software upgrade procedure has
to be performed as described in the sub-section 7.16.

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Chapter 4
Parts Replacement
This chapter of the manual contains general descriptions about the operations required
to replace the main assemblies as well as the electronic boards and the covers present
on the ACL Elite/ElitePro system.
Following are the specific sections.

4.1 Parts Replacement.


4.2 Instrument Covers Removal.
4.3 Instrument Boards Replacement.

Caution: Prior to any part replacement insure that the unit is turned off and
power cord disconnected.

4.1 Parts Replacement


This section is designed to guide the Service Engineer through the replacement of the
major assemblies contained in the Instrument.
Following are the specific sub-sections for each module.

4.1.1 Autosampler Assy Replacement.


4.1.2 Peltier 1 Assy, Peltier 2 Assy Replacement.
4.1.3 Sample Arm Assy Replacement.
4.1.4 Rotor Holder Assy Replacement.
4.1.5 Rotor Exchange Module Replacement. (excluded on ACL Elite)
4.1.6 Rotor Holder Cover Assy Replacement
4.1.7 Halogen Lamp Assy Replacement
4.1.8 Dilutors Replacement.
4.1.9 Display Replacement.
4.1.10 Hard Disk Drive Replacement.
4.1.11 Rotor Preheater Assy replacement (ACL Elite only)

4.1.1 Autosampler Assembly Replacement

The Autosampler Assembly is composed of a grey upper support called Flange


Adjustable that is moved by the mechanical assembly, located under the Fluidic Plate,
called Autosampler Movement Assy. The whole assembly is connected to the system
through the Module Interconnection Board.

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• Procedure to Remove the Autosampler Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the 2 screws that secure the Flange Adjustable.


2 Remove the Flange Adjustable.
3 Remove the 2 screws that secure the Internal Ring Sensor to the Fluidic Plate.
4 Remove from the Module Interconnection Board the connectors P72, P73, P74
and the 2 ground cables (see “Instrument Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11
Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
5 Remove the 4 column screws that mount the Autosampler Movement Assy to
the Fluidic Plate.
6 Remove the Autosampler Movement Assy.

The Autosampler Movement Assy P/N 181108-30 includes the following spare parts:

- 1 Dual Channel Optical Switch flat (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 182356-80
- 1 Autosampler Internal Ring Sensor (fixed with 1 strap) P/N 84869-38

• Procedure to Replace the Autosampler Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

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1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Autosampler


Assy” paying attention to the position of the Internal Ring Sensor cable with
respect to the encoder disk.
2 Perform the Motor Adjustment test for the Autosampler Motor as described in
the sub-section 7.6.5.
3 Follow the procedure for the Autosampler Assy module centering as described
in the sub-section 7.7.2.
4 Perform the check out & adjustment for the Internal/External Rings Sensors as
described in the sub-section 7.5.3.
5 Perform the verification/adjustment of the Needles Sensors as described in the
sub-section 7.4.

- Peltier 1 Assy, Peltier 2 Assy Replacement

The Peltier 1 Assembly is located under the Fluidic Plate and is connected to the
system through the Module Interconnection Board.

• Procedure to Remove the Peltier 1 Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the connectors P121, P122, P123, P124, P126 and the 2 ground
cables (see “Instrument Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the
chapter 10 “Drawings”).
2 Remove the 3 screws that secure the Peltier 1 Assembly.
3 Remove the Peltier 1 Assembly.

The Peltier 1 Assy P/N 181108-34 includes the following spare parts:

- 1 Peltier Temperature Sensor (fixed with 2 screws and 1 strap) P/N 181021-28
- 4 Stirrer Motors (removable after removed the black dissipater, which is fixed
with 3 screws located under the black dissipater) P/N 82433-10

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• Procedure to Replace the Peltier 1 Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Peltier 1 Assy”
paying attention to the location of the cables on the rear of the assembly.
2 Verify with a Magnetic Stirrer Bar the functionality of the 4 Stirrer Motors.
3 Verify that the Peltier 1 thermoregulation system works correctly as described
in the sub-section 7.14.

• Procedure to Remove Peltier 2 Assembly (ACL ElitePro)

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Peltier 2 Assembly part number 181106-34


Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

NOTE: It is necessary to remove the Sample Arm Movement Assembly to gain access
to the Peltier 2 Assembly for removal. To remove the Sample Arm Movement
Assembly refer to Section 4.1.3.

1. Remove the sample Arm Movement Assembly (refer to section 4.1.3.)


2. Remove the connectors P131 and P132 and the 2 ground cables (see “Instrument
Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
3. Remove the 3 screws that secure the Peltier 2 Assembly.
4. Remove the Peltier 2 Assembly.

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• Procedure to Replace the Peltier 2 Assy (ACL ElitePro)

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1. Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Peltier 2 Assy”
paying attention to the location of the cables on the rear of the assembly.
2. Replace the Sample Arm Movement Assembly. (Refer to section 4.1.3).
3. Perform all Sample Arm Movement and Sample Arm Assembly alignments as
described in sections 7.6.3, 7.6.4, 7.7.1, and 7.7.4.
4. Verify that the Peltier 1 thermoregulation system works correctly as described in
the sub-section 7.14.

4.1.3 Sample Arm Assembly Replacement

The Sample Arm Assembly is composed of an upper support called Sample Arm and
a lower assembly, located under the Fluidic Plate, called the Sample Arm Movement
Assy. The whole assembly is connected to the system through the Module
Interconnection Board.

• Procedure to Remove the Sample Arm

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Loosen the knob, located on the rear of the Sample Arm, which fixes the
Needles Block.
2 Remove the Needles Block and then remove its connector for the liquid
sensor.
3 Remove the upper cover of the Sample Arm fixed with a screw.
4 Remove the Liquid Level Detection Cable from the Needles & Wash-R
Interconnection Board.
5 Loosen the 3 setscrews located at 120° on the aluminium support.
6 Remove the Sample Arm.

The Sample Arm P/N 181108-95 includes the following spare parts:

- 1 Needles Block P/N 181108-43


- 1 Liquid Level Detection Board P/N 182356-40

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- 1 Liquid Level Detection Cable P/N 190675-75

• Procedure to Remove the Sample Arm Movement Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the Sample Arm as described in the above procedure.


2 Remove the connectors P91, P92, P93, P94 and the 2 ground cables (see
“Instrument Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10
“Drawings”).
3 Remove the 3 black columns that fix the Sample Arm Movement Assy.
4 Remove the Sample Arm Movement Assy.

The Sample Arm Movement Assy P/N 190856-06 includes the following spare parts:

- 2 Dual Channel Optical Switch flat (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 182356-80

• Procedure to Replace the Sample Arm Movement Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.


- Sample Arm Centring Tool
P/N 190513-00

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

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1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Sample


Arm Movement Assy”.
2 Center the shaft of the assembly in the hole of the Fluidic Plate using the
Sample Arm Centering Tool P/N 190513-00.
3 Perform the Motor Adjustment tests for the Sample Arm Horizontal and
Vertical Motor as described in the sub-section 7.6.3 and 7.6.4.

• Procedure to Replace the Sample Arm

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Sample Arm”.
2 Follow the procedure for the module centering of this assembly as described in
the sub-section 7.7.1. and also the procedure to fine adjust the Needles Block
Assy position as described in the sub-section 7.7.4.
3 Perform the Liquid Level Sensor test as described in the sub-section 7.4.

4.1.4 Rotor Holder Movement Assy Replacement

The Rotor Holder Movement Assy is located under the Fluidic Plate. The Rotor
Holder Movement Assy is connected to the system through the Photometer Interface
Board.

• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Holder Movement Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

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Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the Halogen Lamp Assy as described in the sub-section 4.1.7.


2 Remove the connectors P140, P141, P143, P144, P145, the Coag. Coaxial
Cable from the Board #3 and the 3 ground cables (see “Instrument Ground
Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
3 Remove the 3 black columns that fix the Rotor Holder Movement Assy.
4 Remove the Rotor Holder Movement Assy.

The Rotor Holder Movement Assy P/N 181108-50 includes the following spare parts:

- 1 Dual Channel Optical Switch (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 70908-00


- 1 Rotor Holder Snap (fixed with 1 side screw) P/N 181108-51
- 1 Coagulimetric Sensor w/cable (fixed with 1 setscrew and 1 screw for the
ground cable) P/N 84869-46
- 1 Optical Collimator Assy (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 181021-95
- 1 Brushes Assembly (fixed with 2 screws and soldered at 2 wires) P/N
181024-43
- 1 Photometer Interface Board (fixed with 3 screws) P/N 182356-30
- 1 Coagulimetric Channel LED (fixed with 2 screws and 1 set screw) P/N
181025-15
- 1 Optic Fiber Assy for Coagulimetric LED P/N 067218-05

Following are notices about particular Spare Parts replacements.

- Coagulimetric Sensor w/cable must be located in the bottom of the sensor


housing and insure the Black Spacer is located between the Coagulimetric
Sensor and its glass windows under the Rotor Holder.
- Optical Collimator Assy must be placed in the bottom of its housing and the 2
screws must be properly tightened. The other side of the Optical Collimator
must be placed in the bottom of its Halogen Lamp Assy housing paying
attention not to damage the fibre when tightening the setscrew.
- Brushes Assembly must be aligned so that the four brushes completely touch
the two rings under the Rotor Holder.
- Coagulimetric Channel LED and Fibre must be located with the Optic fibre in
the bottom of the Rotor Holder housing (see Coagulimetric Channel in section
7.2).

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Procedure to Replace the Rotor Holder Movement Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Rotor Holder
Movement Assy”.
2 Perform the Motor Adjustment test for the Rotor Motor as described in the
sub-section 7.6.1.
3 Follow the procedure for the module centering of the Rotor Holder as
described in the sub-section 7.7.3.
4 Verify that the thermoregulation system for the Rotor Holder works correctly
as described in the sub-section 7.14.
5 Perform the tests for both the Coagulimetric and the Chromogenic Channels as
described in sections 7.2 and 7.3.

4.1.5 Rotor Exchange Module Assembly Replacement (excluded on ACL Elite)

Note: Section 4.1.5 is not applicable to the ACL Elite.

The Rotor Exchange Module (REM) Assembly is composed of several mechanical


assemblies assembled on a common support, located under the Fluidic Plate, called
Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic).
The R.E.M. Assembly is located to the right of the Rotor Holder Cover and is covered
by the R.E.M. Cover. This includes the Rotor Stack module cover that allows the
insertion of new rotors in the Rotor Stack.
On the Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic) are located: the Rotor Arm, the Rotor
Transport and the Rotor Stack. Under the Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic) is
located the Rotor Arm Movement Assy. The Rotor Transport mechanical movement
is not removable as it is incorporated in the Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic).

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The whole R.E.M. is connected to the system through the Upper and the Lower
R.E.M. Interconnection Boards. Following are the specific paragraph for the R.E.M.
sub-modules replacement.

4.1.5.a Rotor Arm Assembly Replacement


4.1.5.b Rotor Transport Assembly Replacement
4.1.5.c Rotor Stack Assembly Replacement
4.1.5.d Rotor Exchange Module (Basic) Replacement

4.1.5.a Rotor Arm Assembly Replacement

The Rotor Arm Assembly is composed of an upper support called Rotor Arm and by a
lower assembly, located under the R.E.M. and a common support under the Fluidic
Plate, called Rotor Arm Movement Assy. The whole assembly is connected to the
system through the R.E.M. Upper and Lower Interconnection Board.

• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Arm

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the connector P112 of the Electro-Magnet.


2 Loosen the 3 setscrews located at 120° on the aluminium support securing the
arm to the shaft.
3 Remove the Rotor Arm.

The Rotor Arm P/N 181108-55 includes the following spare parts:

- 1 Spring for Rotor Arm P/N 181103-06


- 1 Electro-Magnet (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 181108-60

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• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Arm Movement Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the connectors P104, P105, P107, P108 and the ground cable (see
“Instrument Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10
“Drawings”).
2 Remove the Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic) as described in this sub-
section at the paragraph 4.1.5.d.
3 Remove the 3 nuts that fix the Rotor Arm Movement Assy.
4 Remove the Rotor Arm Movement Assy.

The Rotor Arm Movement Assy P/N 181108-54 includes the following spare parts:

- 2 Dual Channel Optical Switch flat (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 182356-80

• Procedure to Replace the Rotor Arm Movement Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to remove the Rotor Arm
Movement Assy”.
2 Perform the Motor Adjustment tests for the Rotor Arm Horizontal and Vertical
Motor as described in the sub-sections 7.6.8 and 7.6.9.

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• Procedure to Replace the Rotor Arm

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Rotor Arm”.
2 Follow the module centering procedure to align the Rotor Arm at the Rotor
Transport as described in the sub-section 7.7.6.
3 Follow the module centering procedure to align the R.E.M. at the Rotor Holder
as described in the sub-section 7.7.7.

4.1.5.b Rotor Transport Assembly Replacement

The Rotor Transport Assembly is composed of a black upper support (like a Rotor
Holder) called Rotor Transport and by a mechanical movement (moved by the
Transport Motor) incorporated in the R.E.M. Assy (Basic) located under the Fluidic
Plate. The whole assembly is connected to the system through the R.E.M. Lower
Interconnection Board.

• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Transport

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the connector P111 of the thermoregulation.


2 Loose the 3 screws that fix the Rotor Transport.
3 Remove the Rotor Transport.

The Rotor Transport P/N 181108-57 doesn’t include spare part.

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• Procedure to Replace the Rotor Transport

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Rotor


Transport”.
2 Verify that the thermoregulation system for the Rotor Transport works
correctly as described in the section 7.14.

4.1.5.c Rotor Stack Assy Replacement

The Rotor Stack Assy is located on the right side of the R.E.M. The whole assembly is
connected to the system through the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board.

• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Stack Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

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1 Remove the connectors P113, P114, P116, P117, P118, P119 and the ground
cable (see “Instrument Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter
10 “Drawings”).
2 Remove the 3 screws, located under the common support, which fix the Rotor
Stack Assembly (see “Rotor Exchange Module Replacement” figure 4.1.5
Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
3 Remove the Rotor Stack Assy.

The Rotor Stack Assy P/N 181108-94 includes the following spare parts:

- 2 Electro-Magnet (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 181108-60


- 2 Spring for Rotor Stack P/N 181103-22
- 1 Rotor Stack Cover Sensor (fixed with a screw) P/N 182356-70
- 1 Optical Sensor Rotor Stack Upper P/N 84869-36
- 1 Optical Sensor Rotor Stack Lower P/N 84869-37

• Procedure to Replace the Rotor Stack Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.


- Silos Alignment tool
Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Rotor Stack
Assy”.
2 Verify that the thermoregulation system for the Rotor Stack works correctly as
described in the section 7.14.
3 Follow the module centering procedure to align the Rotor Stack and the Rotor
Transport as described in the sub-section 7.7.5.
4 Perform the Optic Sensor test for the Rotor Stack as described in the sub-
section 7.5.1.
5 Verify that the Rotor Stack Cover Sensor works correctly as described in the
sub-section 7.9.2.

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6 Perform the RA – SL – RH test as described in the sub-section 7.7.9 to verify


the proper rotors movements inside the Rotor Stack.

4.1.5.d Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic) Replacement

The Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic) is an assembly that incorporates the black
R.E.M. Common Support plate, the Rotor Transport mechanical movement and the
Transport Motor.

• Procedure to Remove the R.E.M. Assy (Basic)

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the Halogen Lamp as described in the sub-section 4.1.7.


2 Remove the 2 screws, which fix the Coag. Channel LED without removing the
Optic Fiber.
3 Remove the Rotor Arm as described in the paragraph 4.1.5.a.
4 Remove the Rotor Transport as described in the paragraph 4.1.5.b.
5 Remove the Rotor Stack as described in the paragraph 4.1.5.c.
6 Remove the connectors P103, P104, P105, P106, P107, P108, P109, P110 and
the 2 ground (see “Instrument Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the
chapter 10 “Drawings”).
7 Raise the Instrument on the 2 Main Support legs.
8 Remove the 5 fixing screws, located on the Fluidic Plate, which fix the whole
assembly (See the “REM Common Support Position 3” in the drawing
“R.E.M. Replacement” available in the figure 4.1.5 drawing 1 of the chapter
10 “Drawings”).
9 Hold with one hand the right side, then slowly push down the left side of the
REM Common Support (See the “REM Common Support Position 2” in the
drawing “R.E.M. Replacement” available in the figure 4.1.5 drawing 1 of the
chapter 10 “Drawings”).
10 Remove the whole REM Common Support following the arrows (See the
“REM Common Support Position 1” in the drawing “R.E.M. Replacement”
available in the figure 4.1.5 drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
11 Remove the Rotor Arm Movement Assy fixed with 3 nuts.
12 The assembly that includes the black R.E.M. Common support plate, the Rotor
Transport mechanical movement and the Transport Motor is called Rotor
Exchange Module Assy (Basic).

The Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic) P/N 181108-53 includes the following
spare parts:

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- 1 Dual Channel Optical Switch flat (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 182356-80
- 1 Rotor Transport Motor (fixed with 4 screws) P/N 82433-00
- 1 Optical Sensor Rotor Waste Full (fixed with 4 screws) P/N 84869-47

• Procedure to Replace the R.E.M. Assy (Basic)

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Secure with the 3 nuts the Rotor Arm Movement Assy in place.
2 Put the whole REM Common Support under the tilted Instrument (See the
“REM Common Support Position 1” in the drawing “R.E.M. Replacement”
available in the figure 4.1.5 drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
3 Following the arrows lift the right side of the REM Common Support, paying
attention to center the 3 Rotor Stack fixing point holes in the Fluidic Plate (See
the “REM Common Support Position 2” in the drawing “R.E.M.
Replacement” available in the figure 4.1.5 drawing 1 of the chapter 10
“Drawings”).
4 Hold with one hand the right side, then slowly lift the left side of the REM
Common Support (See the “REM Common Support Position 3” in the
drawing “R.E.M. Replacement” available in the figure 4.1.5 drawing 1 of the
chapter 10 “Drawings”).
5 Secure the 5 screws, located on the Fluidic Plate, which fix the whole
assembly (See the “5 REM fixing points”).
6 Now follow in the opposite direction from the point 7 to the point 1 the
procedure for removing the R.E.M. Assy (Basic).
7 Perform the Motor Adjustment tests for the Transport Motor as described in
the sub-section 7.6.7.

Note: It’s required to perform the relevant check out procedures for all the other
assemblies that had been removed.

4.1.6 Rotor Cover Assembly Replacement

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The Rotor Cover Assembly is composed of an upper cover called Rotor Cover, by a
mechanical support called Arm with Pulley and by an assembly, located under the
Fluidic Plate, called Rotor Cover Movement Assy. The whole assembly is connected
to the system through the Photometer Interface Board.

Rotor Cover Assy

Arm with Pulley

Rotor Cover Belt

Rotor Cover
Movement Assy

• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Cover Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the 3 screws, located on the lower black side, which fix the upper
white support.

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2 Remove the 2 screws, located on the metallic mechanical arm, which fix the
black lower support.
3 Remove the Chromogenic Coaxial Cable.

The Rotor Cover P/N 181108-46 includes the following spare parts:

- 1 Chromogenic Coaxial Cable (connected to the Board #3) P/N 84869-44.


- 1 Filter Optical 405 nm (located in the black “Filter & Sensor Housing”, fixed
with 5 screws, and held in the bottom with a white spacer) P/N 89721-00.
- 1 Chromogenic Sensor Board (located in the Filter & Sensor Housing color
black and fixed with 6 screws) P/N 82627-00.

• Procedure to Replace the Rotor Cover Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Rotor Cover”
paying attention to the clearance of the optic parts.
2 Perform the tests for the Chromogenic Channel as described in the sub section
7.3.

• Procedure to Remove the Arm with Pulley

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the Rotor Holder as described in the sub-sections 4.1.4.


2 Remove the Rotor Cover and the Rotor Cover Movement Assy as described in
this sub-section 4.1.6.
3 Remove the Chromogenic Coaxial Cable.
4 Remove the Arm with Pulley (fixed with 4 screws).

The Arm with Pulley includes the following spare part.

- 1 Rotor Cover Belt P/N 66675-60

• Procedure to Replace the Arm with Pulley

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

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Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Arm with
Pulley”, paying attention to secure the Chromogenic Coaxial Cable in a proper
position to prevent damage during the Arm with Pulley movement.

• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Cover Movement Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the Halogen Lamp as described in the sub-section 4.1.7.


2 Remove the connectors P143, P144 and the ground cable (see “Instrument
Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
3 Remove Rotor Holder Movement Assy as described in the sub-section 4.1.4.
4 Remove all the 5 Boards in the Card Housing.
5 Remove the bulkhead and the 2 fixing knobs located inside the Card Housing.
6 Loosen the 3 screws that fix the Cover Movement Assy.
7 Loosen the tension of the Rotor Cover Belt lifting the Cover Movement Assy
and free the belt from the pulley holding the motor encoder at the top.
8 Remove the 3 loosen screws and the Cover Movement Assy.

The Rotor Cover Movement Assy P/N 181108-47 (Elite) and P/N 181106-48
(ElitePro)-includes the following spare part:

- 1 Dual Channel Optical Switch (fixed with 2 screws) P/N 70908-00

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• Procedure to Replace the Rotor Cover Movement Assy

- Rotor Cover Motor Centring Tool


P/N 190510-00
- Rotor Cover Encoder Centring Tool
P/N 190575-00

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Assemble the Rotor Cover Movement Assy (without tightening the 3 screws).
2 Lift the Rotor Cover Movement Assy and, with the Encoder at the top, insert
the Rotor Cover Belt on the Rotor Cover Motor pulley.
3 Using the Rotor Cover Centering Tool in the niche between the support and
the assembly, push down the Rotor Cover Movement Assy until the Rotor
Cover Belt reaches the proper tension (take as example the tension of the other
belts on the assemblies in the instrument). In this condition tighten the 3
screws paying attention to the horizontal positioning of the assembly.
4 Loosen the 2 setscrews that fix the Encoder to the motor shaft, rotate the
Encoder until it is in the middle of the Dual Channel Optical Switch sensor.
5 Lower the Encoder until its upper side is horizontal and about 1 mm above the
upper side of the Dual Channel Optical Switch sensor then tighten the 2
setscrews.

Dual Channel
Optical Switch

Note: If available use the Rotor Cover Encoder Centering Tool P/N 190575-00.

6 Assemble and fix with 2 knobs the bulkhead located inside the rear of the Card
Housing.
7 Insert and connect the 5 Boards in the Card Housing.
8 Assemble the Rotor Holder Movement Assy as described in the sub-section
4.1.4.
9 Connect P143, P144 and the ground (see “Instrument Ground Circuit” figure
3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
10 Assemble the Halogen Lamp Assy as described in the sub-section 4.1.7.
11 Perform the Motor Adjustment test for the Rotor Cover Motor as described in
the sub-section 7.6.2.

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4.1.7 Halogen Lamp Assy Replacement

The Halogen Lamp Assy is located under the Fluidic Plate. The Halogen Lamp Socket
is powered directly through the Switching Power Supply Board.
It is possible, without removing the Front Cover, to change the Halogen Lamp Socket
Assy through the Rotor Waste compartment.

• Procedure to Remove the Halogen Lamp Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the connector of the Halogen Lamp Socket Assy.


2 Remove the power connector from the Switching Power Supply Board (fixed
with 2 screws) and the 2 ground cables (see “Instrument Ground Circuit”
figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”).
3 Remove the R.E.M. Cover.
4 Remove the 2 screws, located on the Fluidic Plate that fixes the Halogen Lamp
Assy.
5 Remove the Halogen Lamp Assy paying attention not to damage the Optical
Collimator Assy.
6 Remove the Optical Collimator Assy loosening the setscrew.

The Halogen Lamp Assy includes the following spare part:

- 1 Halogen Lamp Socket (fixed with 1 knob and 1 screw) P/N 181021-81

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• Procedure to Replace the Halogen Lamp Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Halogen Lamp
Assy” paying attention not to damage the Optical Collimator Assy when
tightening the setscrew.
2 Perform the “Chromogenic Channel check out & adjustment” test as described
in the sub-section 7.3.1.

4.1.8 Dilutor Assy Replacement

The Dilutor Assy is located under the rectangular Transparent Cover behind the
Sample Tray. The Dilutor Assy is connected to the system through the Module
Interconnection Board.

• Procedure to Remove the Dilutor Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the connectors P81, P82, P83, P84, P85, P86 and the ground cable
(see “Instrument Ground Circuit” figure 3.3.11 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10
“Drawings”).
2 Remove the fluidic tube that connects the Wash-R Emulsion Bottle to the T
Connector.
3 Remove the 2 fluidic tubes that connect the 2 Dilutor Electro-Valves to the
Needles Block.
4 Remove the 3 screws that fix the Dilutor Assy.
5 Remove the Dilutor Assy.

The Dilutor Assy P/N 181108-58 includes the following spare part:

- 2 Single Channel Optical Switch (fixed with 2 screw) P/N 70907-00


- 1 Dilutor Chamber (fixed with 2 screw) P/N 181108-56
- 2 Dilutor Electro-Valve 3 Way (fixed with 2 screw) P/N 181108-38
- 1 T Connector P/N 74068-00

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• Procedure to Replace the Dilutor Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Dilutor Assy”.
2 Perform the Motor Adjustment tests for the Sample/Reagent Motors as
described in the sub-section 7.6.6.
3 Perform the Volume Check and the Dilutor Test as described in “Dilutor
Module” test in the section 7.8.

4.1.9 Display Assembly Replacement

The Display Assembly is located on a tower support on the right side of the
Instrument. The Display Assembly is connected to the CPU Master Board and to the
PC104 Board through the Display Cable.

• Procedure to Remove the Display Assembly

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1. Disconnect the VGA, Power and Serial Cables from the rear of the monitor.
2. While holding the monitor loosen and remove the black knob. Remove the white
and grey washers.
3. Remove the monitor from the support pole. Remove the metallic washer that sits
between the monitor bracket and the support pole.

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clamp

Bracket attached
to monitor

Serial cable

Knob with
washers
underneath Power cable

VGA cable

• Procedure to Replace the Display Assembly

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1. Mount flat metallic washer onto support pole.


2. Mount bracket attached with monitor onto support pole.
3. Mount gray washer so that the outer diameter is touching the surface of the
bracket and the inner diameter raised, then the white washer.
4. Mount black clamping knob onto support pole. Tighten securely.
5. Insert power connector into receptacle at the base of the monitor. Make sure
the orientation of the power cable is similar to what is shown in the picture
above.
6. Connect the serial and VGA cables to the monitor.
7. Perform the Touch Screen Calibration procedure as described in section 7.12.

4.1.10 Hard Disk Drive Replacement

The Hard Disk Drive is located under the CPU Master Board #1 and PC104 Board
support in the middle of the rear side of the Instrument. The Hard Disk Drive is
connected to the CPU Master Board through the HDD data flat cable.

• Procedure to Remove the Hard Disk Drive

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

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Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove all the cables connected to the CPU Master Board #1 and PC104
Board.
2 Remove the Needles & Wash-R Sensor Interconnection Board support that is
fixed with 2 screws, and remove Video Cable connector bracket.
3 Remove the HDD with the CPU Master Board and the PC104 Board removing
the 2 external screws and loosening the 1 internal screw.
4 Remove the HDD power and data cables connectors.
5 Remove the HDD that is fixed with 4 screws.

• Procedure to Replace the Hard Disk Drive

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Hard Disk
Drive”.
2 Perform the procedures described in the section 7.16 “Software Checking and
Loading”.

Note: In order to completely restore the system status on the new Hard Disk Drive as
before the replacement of the damaged one, it is necessary to perform the following
operations.

- Format and partition the new hard disk drive as described in sub-section
7.16.6.
- Perform Software Installation procedure as described in section 7.16.5
- Perform the Upgrade procedure for the IL Library described in the sub-section
7.16.4.
- Perform the Restore procedure of the last Backup of the system configuration
available described in the sub-section 7.16.3.

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4.1.11 Rotor Preheater Assembly (ACL Elite only)

The ACL Elite Rotor Preheater Assy is located on the right side of the instrument. The
assembly is connected to the system through the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board
by connector P117 and the REM Lower Interconnection Board by connector P111.
Three screws mount the Rotor Preheater assembly to the instrument.

• Procedure to Remove the Rotor Preheater Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Precaution
Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Remove the connectors P111 (Lower Interconnection board) and P117 (Upper
Interconnection Board)
2 Remove the 3 screws, located under the common support, which fix the Rotor
Preheater Assembly.
3 Remove the Rotor Preheater Assy.

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• Procedure to Replace the Rotor Preheater Assy

Materials / tools necessary: - Standard tools.

Make sure that the Instrument has been switched OFF prior to going through the
following procedure.

1 Follow in the opposite direction the “Procedure to Remove the Rotor


PreheaterAssy”.
2 Verify that the thermoregulation system for the Rotor Preheater works
correctly as described in the section 7.14.

4.2 Instrument Covers Removal


This section is designed to clarify the Instrument Covers names and positions as well
as the removing / assembling sequence and fixing points.

Following is the Covers lists with the relevant fixing points.

Cover Name Fixing point Note


1 Left Side Cover 3 Screws
2 Right Side Cover 3 Screws
3 Upper Cover 4 Screws Must remove the Left &
(2 for each side) Right Side Covers first.
4 Rear Cover 2 Screws Must remove the Left & the
(1 for each side + 2 hook Right Side Covers first.
shape on the bottom)
5 Front Cover 6 Screws Must remove the Left &
(2 for each side + 2 under Right Side Covers first.
the Front Lower Plate)
6 Front Lower Plate 2 Knob Must remove the Left &
Right Side Covers and the
Front Cover first.
7 R.E.M. Cover No screws. Remove with caution the 3
fixing points at pressure.
8 Reagent 3 screws.
Transparent Cover
9 Dilutors No screws. Press with cautions the 2
Transparent Cover fixing points at pressure.
10 Keyboard Support 4 Screws
(2 for each slider)

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The table is according with the drawing “Instrument Covers” reported in the figure 4.2
Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”.

4.3 Instrument Boards Replacement


This section provides information on the electronic boards located in several places
inside the instrument that compose the electronic system.
Following is a board list with the proper Check Out & Adjustment required after
board replacement for troubleshooting purposes.

Board Name P/N Check Out & Adjustment Section

CPU Master Board #1 181120-23 Check Software revision 7.16.1


Test for functionality. 3.3.4
Verify BIOS settings. 7.16.7
No Adjustment Required.
PC104 Board 182355-20 Verify Expansion Module settings. 7.16.8
No Adjustment Required.
Slave Board #2 182355-30 Check Software revision. 7.16.1
Upgrade SW if required 7.16.5
Test for functionality. 3.3.5
No Adjustment Required.
Acquisition & Sensors 182355-40 Test for functionality. 3.3.6
Board #3 Coagulimetric Channel Check Out 7.2
Chromogenic Channel Check Out 7.3
Liquid Sensors Check Out 7.4.2
Autosampler Optic Sensors Check 7.5.3
Out
Rotor Cover Sensor Check Out 7.9.1
Rotor Exchange Module 182356-00 Check Software revision. 7.16.1
Board #4 Upgrade SW if required (REM 7.16.5
(excluded in ACL Elite) upgrade)
Test for functionality.
REM Optic Sensors Check Out 7.5

Motors Board #5 182355-50 Test for functionality. 3.3.8


No Adjustment Required.
Photometric & 182355-61 Test for functionality. 3.3.9
Temperature Control Temperatures Check Out. 7.14
Board #6 No Adjustment Required.
Switching Power Supply 182356-60 Test for functionality. 3.3.10
Board No Adjustment Required.
Interface Board 181120-70 Test for functionality. 7.13
No Adjustment Required.
Fan control Board 182356-90 Test for functionality. 7.14
No Adjustment Required.
Liquid Level Detection 182356-40 Test for functionality. 7.4.2
Board No Adjustment Required.

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Chapter 5
Installation & Maintenance
This section provides information related to the instrument installation, as
recommendation for the unpacking and the various set-up procedures necessary to put
the system in working condition, as well as operator maintenance procedures.
Sub-sections detailing instrument cleaning and decontamination procedures, plus shut
down and shipment precautions complete this section.

Following are the specific sub-sections with the relevant procedures.

5.1 Installation
5.2 Maintenance
5.3 Shut down & Shipment precautions

WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

Warning: Do not access the sample or reagent area while the probe arm is
operating.

As a reminder for the technical personnel, the above warning is also directly shown in
those sub-sections describing the maintenance / cleaning actions on the fluidic lines of
the instrument.

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5.1 Installation
This sub-section contains all the information necessary to install, set-up and place in
working condition the ACL Elite/ElitePro system.
Before attempting the installation of the ACL Elite/ElitePro system in the laboratory,
inspect the site with laboratory personnel to identify the desired location for the
system and to insure that the environment meets all the requirements for its successful
installation.
In addition ensure that the Coagulimetric Optic Test Kit P/N 97580-50 and the
Chromogenic Optic Test Kit P/N 97579-50 together with the Temperature Probe P/N
70954-00 are available.
Following are the specific sub-sections.

5.1.1 Site requirements


5.1.2 Unpacking and inspection
5.1.3 Mounting Instrument parts
5.1.4 First turn on cycle
5.1.5 Instrument set-up
5.1.6 Performance tests
5.1.7 Installation Procedure and Checklist

Note: The ACL Elite/ElitePro system must only be installed either by


IL personnel or IL authorized personnel.

5.1.1 Site requirement

Following are the specific paragraphs with the required condition to install the ACL
Elite/ElitePro system.

• Ambient condition
• Space requirements
• Electrical requirements

• Ambient Condition

The instrument will function correctly in an ambient temperature of 15-32 °C (59 °F


to 89 °F) with a relative humidity of up to 85% (non-condensing).
In accordance with the IEC regulations no instrument failures will occur in presence
of short-term ambient temperature as low as 5 °C or as high as 40 °C.
The instrument should be positioned in an area free from dust, fumes, vibrations and
excessive variations of temperature.

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• Space requirements

Following are the external dimensions and the weight of the ACL Elite/ElitePro
analyzer.

Height at display level 60 cm 23.6inches


Height of analysis surface 27 cm 10.6 inches
Width (including LCD) 100 cm 39.4 inches
Depth 60 cm 23.6 inches
Weight 63 Kg 139 lbs.

The heat generated by the instrument during normal operation is exhausted from the
bottom, in the front-right and left side of the unit.
Sufficient space must be allowed around the instrument to permit circulation of air for
cooling.
The instrument must be positioned so that a waste tube can be easily connected on its
left side.
If the operator wishes to work from a sitting position in front of the system, leg-space
should be provided under the front of the instrument.

• Electrical requirements

Voltage
The instrument has been designed to operate correctly with variations of ± 10% on the
nominal line voltage and with line frequencies between 50-60 Hz.
The instrument has a power supply that can operate from 100 to 240 VAC and it
automatically switches to the line voltage required.

Warning:
Check that the nominal line voltage in the laboratory is compatible with the label on
the rear of the instrument as shown in the table below.

Value as shown on the label Values of line voltage for


Normal function
100 – 240 VAC 100, 110, 115, 120, 125 Vac ±10%
220, 230, 240 Vac ±10%

Power Consumption
Check that the line is capable of supplying 350 VA.

Note: The average power consumption is about 350 VA, but peak loads or current
surges may exceed this value when turning the instrument on and during the
temperature warm-up.

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Line Frequency
The instrument will function at any frequency between 50-60 Hz.
The power cord provided with the system is specifically designed for it and should not
be substituted.
The cord plugs into the Power Entry socket as shown in the figure below.
The Power Entry module includes the ON/OFF switch.

Fuse
The fuses are enclosed in the compartment to the right of the Power Entry socket.
Fuses have to meet the specification 6.3 A – 250 V. Instruments at 100 – 240vac
utilize 2 fuses rated at 6.3 amps.

Caution: Prior to accessing the fuse holder to install / replace fuses insure the
unit is powered off and the power cord disconnected. Only use fuses rated for
the specified current and voltage.

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Interface ports
The instrument is provided with several connectors, located on the rear, which are
associated with relevant devices.
NOTE: If the USB ports detect an overload situation the USB ports are disabled. To
re-enable the USB ports the Elite/ElitePro instrument must be powered off and re-
booted.
Following are the connectors and the relevant devices.

Parallel Keyboard
USB Ports (4) Ethernet
Host Serial Printer
Mouse

Connectors names Devices

Host Host Computer


Serial Mouse Standard PC Serial Mouse
USB External BCR, USB Mouse, USB Printer
Ethernet Ethernet (Future)
Parallel Printer Parallel Printer
Keyboard Standard PC Keyboard

5.1.2 Unpacking and inspection

Before unpacking the boxes containing the ACL Elite/ElitePro and accessories,
visually inspect them to verify that there has been no damage done during shipping
and handling.
In case of damage notify the carrier and your IL Representative immediately.
Remove the box containing the rotors and the Start-up kit. Using the Start-up kit list
included in the box, confirm that all the components are present.
Remove the instrument and place it on the working surface.
Remove the adhesive tape used for transport from the various parts.

Note: Two people should lift the instrument using the space below the
unit at the front and at the back as shown on the figure below.

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In the figure below are highlighted the instrument carrying points

5.1.3 Mounting Instrument parts

This sub-section provides information about the parts that have to be mounted on the
Instrument before switching it on.

BARCODE READER BRACKET (ACL ElitePro)

Mount the Barcode Reader bracket onto the rear of the LCD Monitor as follows:

1. Remove the monitor mounting bracket (may be white or black) from the rear
of the monitor (4 screws).
2. Place the barcode reader bracket p/n 282104-00 onto the back of the monitor
followed by the original monitor mounting bracket. Secure both brackets to the
monitor using the 4 screws previously removed.
Monitor bracket (may be black or white)
Bracket Bracket mounting
mounting screws 4 places
screws 4 places

Barcode reader bracket p/n 282104-00 mounted


under monitor mounting bracket

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LCD Monitor
The ACL Elite/ElitePro LCD Monitor must be installed on the instrument during the
installation process. Mount the LCD Monitor as follows.

clamp

Bracket attached
to monitor

Serial cable

Knob with
washers
underneath Power cable

VGA cable

1. Remove cables from plastic bag on support pole and monitor from packaging.
2. Remove clamping knob, white washer, gray washer, and metallic washer from
the monitor support pole.
3. Mount flat metallic washer onto support pole.
4. Mount bracket attached with monitor onto support pole.
5. Mount gray washer so that the outer diameter is touching the surface of the
bracket and the inner diameter raised, then the white washer.
6. Mount clamping knob onto support pole. Tighten securely.
7. Remove clamp from the back of the monitor by loosening screw.
8. Insert the power cable into the clamp. The distance between the clamp and the
end of the power cable connector should be 6 inches. Insert power connector
into receptacle at the base of the monitor. Make sure the orientation of the
power cable is similar to what is shown in the picture above.
9. Mount the clamp to the back of the monitor using screw, split washer, and flat
washer provided. See picture above for location.
10. Connect the serial and VGA cables to the monitor.

Waste tube
Connect the waste tube to the fitting on the bottom left hand side of the Instrument.
Cut the tube to suitable length to fit into the waste container which must be situated
below the instrument waste outlet port, as shown in the figures below.

Note: The horizontal section of the tube should be kept as short as possible and the
free end should not be immersed in the liquid waste container.

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CAUTION !

The liquid waste from the instrument is to be considered contaminated and


should be disposed of according to the waste management procedures of the
laboratory and in compliance with local regulations (see also NCCLS GP25-A,
Vol. 13 No. 22: Clinical Laboratory Waste Management, Dec. 1993).

In the figure below are reported the Waste tube connection and waste container proper
position.

Rinse, Sample and Reagent Accessories


Verify that the Needles Waste-Rinse reservoir is placed in its appropriate position.
Fit the appropriate Sample Tray on its corresponding support.
Fit the reagent adapters in their appropriate positions, as shown in the figure below.
Following are the 3 color coded reagent adaptors available for the reagent positions
R1 to R12.

Adaptor Color Reagent Vials


Grey 10 mL vials requiring magnetic stirrer
Purple 10 mL vials not requiring magnetic stirrer
Green 4 mL vials not requiring magnetic stirrer

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Place 4 magnetic stirrers inside the reagent vials in reagent positions R1 to R4.

Reagent Adaptors for the R1-R12 positions

Different vial adaptors are used for the additional positions on the Sample Tray.

In the figure below are reported the Reagent Adaptors for the Sample Tray A1-A10
positions.

Wash-Reference Emulsion Bottle


Place a capped 1 litre bottle of Wash-Reference Emulsion in the appropriate position
at the back of the dilutors.

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Remove the bottle cap and insert the sensor and siphon cap into the bottle. Insure the
sensor and siphon cap is fully seated into the bottle.
Make sure that the connectors of the Reference Emulsion Sensor and for the Liquid
Level Detection Cable are properly connected on the Needles & Wash-R Sensor
Interconnection Board.

Positioning of the Wash-Reference Emulsion Bottle

Electro-Valve / Needle Block connection

Verify that the two fluidic tubes from the Electro-Valve in the Dilutor Assy to the
Needles Block are tightly connected.

Note: The tube from the left hand Electro-Valve fits into the lower position on the
Needles Block (internal Needle, Reagent). The tube from the right hand Electro-Valve
fits into the upper position on the Needles Block (external needle, Sample).

Mouse
Connect the Serial Mouse or USB Mouse to the appropriate port on the rear panel.

External Bar-Code Reader


Connect the External Bar-Code Reader to the USB port in the rear panel. (ElitePro
only)

External Printer (Optional Feature)


Connect the External Printer to its port (Parallel Printer port) in the rear panel.

Fill Rotor Stack with new rotors (ACL ELitePro).

5.1.4 First turn on cycle

Before turning the Instrument on, check that the line voltage setting of the laboratory
is in accordance with the Instrument label.

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Switch the instrument on using the Power Switch on the Power Entry.
The system initializes the instrument with a series of electronics and mechanics self-
checks. During this initialization check that the Sample Arm, the Rotor Arm and the
Rotor Cover may be free to move without obstruction.
Following are some of the messages displayed during the System Init phase.

ACL Starting. Please wait…

Checking Database……Check Ok. Continuing Init.

The Init System phase continues with a progress bar in a window where the following
is displayed.

Init System in Progress. Please Wait.

When the progress bar is full and all the sequence of self-checks is ended, then the
Login window appears.

- Touching the USER window it goes in reverse mode.


- Press “Del” (Delete Key) on the main Keyboard, the window becomes empty.
- Type the word “Service”.
- Touching the PASSWORD window it goes in reverse mode.
- Type the word “System Fix” then confirm touching “√”.

The system shows the main Analytical Menu.

Touch Utility on the Main Menu Bar then the Software and the Software
Identification option. Check that in the SW Identification screen all the software is at
the lastest revision. The last software revision is also present in the Instrument Start
Up Kit.

Check for Magnetic Stirrer bar rotation in the R1 – R4 reagents positions.

Note: Any temperature and liquid level sensors warning may be present. In this case
the yellow Warning button on the Tool Bar is active.

Touch Setup on the Main Menu Bar then the Date/Time option. Choose the date
format and set the current date and time. Press “√” to accept.

Mounting (if needed) the Needles Block and then perform/verify the Needle Position
procedure as described in the sub-section 7.7.4.

Select Diagnostic from the Main Menu Bar and click the Priming option.
The following Priming screen is displayed during the priming cycle:

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During the Priming cycle insure that the air bubbles in the dilutor chambers are
removed. If necessary, pinch the chamber outlet tubes while the piston is descending
and release them before the piston reaches bottom dead point. Repeat the Priming
cycle several times if necessary.
If in the end of the Priming the message “SENSOR FAIL” in the Warning area is
displayed, the priming cycle must be repeated.
Check that there are no blockages or leaks in the fluid path and that the liquid is
flowing smoothly from the bottle to the dilutors and from the dilutors to the needles.
Check that the discharge of liquid from the Wash/Rinse Reservoir to the instrument
outlet and then to the liquid waste container is not impaired.

Check the Air Cooling System. Verify that the 2 Instrument Fans in the right hand
side of the instrument are operating properly as also the 2 Secondary Fans on the left
hand side. Locate the ventilation filter slider on the right side of the instrument and
verify also that the filter is clean.

Before checking the Temperatures wait until all the start up temperature warnings
have disappeared, then enter Diagnostic on the Main Menu Bar and select the
Temperature Control option, which will open the Temperature Control screen.

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As the temperature is continuously checked the screen is constantly refreshed showing


a blink effect. The temperature should be within the following ranges for each area (as
described in the section 7.14).

Rotor Holder 38 to 39 °C
Peltier 10 to 16 °C
Rotor Transport (ACL ElitePro) 34 to 40 °C
Rotor Stack (ACL ElitePro) 34 to 40 °C
Rotor Preheater (ACL Elite) 34 to 40 °C

5.1.5 Instrument Setup

The purpose of this sub-section is to verify that all the main Setup options have been
already set or otherwise to help the customer to make setup selections.

Select Setup from the Main Menu Bar then set the following options.

System Configuration
Patient Database listing
QC Database listing
Reflex Status
Current Language
Sample Tray type
Sensor Enable
HW Enable
Date / Time
Unit

5.1.6 Performance tests

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The following test, which we recommend be carried out at the installation, check the
precision and the linearity of the two Optic Channels as well as the precision and the
accuracy of the dilutors.

Perform a Priming cycle then check the Optic Channel precision and accuracy as
described in the sub-sections 7.2.2 (for Coagulimetric) and 7.3.2 (for Chromogenic).

Perform a Priming cycle then check the Dilutors precision as described in the sub-
section 7.8.1 (for Coagulimetric and Chromogenic Channel).

Perform a Priming cycle then carry out the PT-FIB calibration cycle as described in
the Operator’s Manual.

5.1.7 Installation Procedure & Checklist

The following Installation Checklist should be used as a guide when installing the
ACL Elite/ElitePro instrument.

A reference to detailed procedures contained in the ACL Elite/ElitePro Service


Manual are indicated on the Installation Checklist.

5.1.7.1 Initialization

Plug instrument into suitable power source, 100 - 115V or 220V.


Turn power on and wait for instrument to initialize.
With login displayed, touch USER on the LCD and type Service.
Touch PASSWORD on LCD display and type (including 1 space between
words): System Fix.

NOTE: This procedure is designed to check that adjustments have


been performed. If any step fails the check criteria adjustment
is required.

5.1.7.2 Procedure

1. ROTOR HOLDER COVER FUNCTION


Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJUST→ROTOR HOLDER COVER.
The rotor holder cover sets to its intermediate position (automatic loading
position).
Touch the HOME POSITION icon and the rotor cover will position itself and
open.
Touch icon that shows ROTOR COVER OPEN with arrow upward
repeatedly and observe the rotor cover moves upward until it reaches the full
open position. Verify on the LCD display that there is a minimum of two (2)
and a maximum of five (5) minus signs to the right of the home sensor arrow.

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Touch HOME POSITION.


Touch NEXT CW POSITION two (2) times and observe that the rotor cover
closes properly.
Touch the check (√) to exit.


+ + + + + + -- -- --
Home Sensor

2. MAGNETIC STIRRER BARS ROTATION CHECK

Materials / tools necessary Magnetic Stirrer Bars P/N 97466-06 (4)


8.0 mL Bottles (4)

Place a magnetic stirrer bar in bottle and place the bottle into each reagent
position R1, R2, R3 and R4.
Check that the bar rotates in each position.
Remove bottles from reagent positions.
3. SYSTEM CONFIGURATION CHECK

Touch SETUP→SYSTEM CONFIGURATION.

Sensor Liquid, Wash R Emulsion and HW Enable – “REM” and “Additional


Reagents” should be enabled for ACL ElitePro, and disabled for ACL Elite.
Visually check that there is an “X” to the left of these parameters to “Enable”
and no “X” to disable. Touch check (√) to exit.

4. SOFTWARE REVISION CHECK

Touch UTILITY→SOFTWARE→SOFTWARE IDENTIFICATION.


Check that the software identifications are at the latest versions.

Master SW Identification X.X


Slave SW Identification X.X
REM SW Identification XX.XX
IL Test Library X
Touch check (√) to exit.
5. FLOPPY DISK CHECK

Material / tools necessary for this check: 1.44 MB Floppy Disk (formatted)

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Touch SERVICE→FLOPPY DISK DRIVE TEST. Remove disk from


drive if present.
Touch CONTINUE. If a message DISK PRESENT IN DRIVE appears, the
drive has failed this check.
Insert a write-protected floppy disk in the floppy disk drive. Touch
CONTINUE. A message should appear INSERT DISK… Remove disk
from drive and change the switch on the disk to enable it to read and write,
reinsert disk.
Touch CONTINUE.
Check that a message OPERATION IN PROGRESS and a test progress bar
is displayed.
It is not necessary to wait for the disk drive to complete this task.
Touch ABORT to exit.
Touch YES.
Touch CANCEL.

6. INTERFACE CHECK
Materials / tools necessary: RS 232 Test Connector P/N 199992-01

Touch SERVICE→INTERFACE TEST.


Touch the down arrow on the side of the test name.
Touch the bottom down arrow to select RS 232 #2 HW loop.
Touch CONTINUE and install RS 232 connector into the mouse serial port.
Touch START. The next window must state TEST PASSED.
Touch OK.
Touch “X” to exit.

Touch SERVICE→INTERFACE TEST.


Touch the down arrow on the side of the test name.
Touch the bottom down arrow to select RS 232 #3 HW loop.
Touch CONTINUE and install RS 232 connector into the host serial port.
Touch START. The next window must state TEST PASSED.
Touch OK.
Touch “X” to exit.

Verify USB ports functionality by connecting a USB device (ie. mouse,


scanner, etc) to the USB port. Reboot system to allow ACL Elite/ElitePro to
recognize USB device connection and verify USB device functions properly.

7. AUTOSAMPLER MOTOR STEP LOSS CHECK

Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJUST→AUTOSAMPLER.


Touch HOME POSITION. The system moves the autosampler motor until
the home position is achieved.
Check that the HOME SENSOR and the POSITION SENSOR are both in
the ON condition.

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With the step increment set to one (1), repeatedly touch curved CW arrow (or
the curved CCW arrow) until the status changes from plus to minus in the
window to the right of the “Home Sensor” icon. Then reverse the motion by
touching the opposite key until the status changes from plus to minus again.
Check that there are a maximum of three (3) missed steps by counting the
minus signs to the left (or to the right) of the reference arrow.

8. SAMPLE ARM MODULE CHECK

Material / tools necessary: Sample Tray


Needle Adjustment Tool P/N 181039-41
0.5 mL Sample Cups P/N 067992-00
Cup Adapters
2.0 mm Allen Wrench

Lift clear reagent cover.


Check the centering of the sample arm base to the cavity in the system cover.
Gently lift sample arm up to its upper limit and rotate it to check that the three
(3) set screws are tightened properly.

Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJ→SAMPLE ARM


MOTOR→HORIZONTAL ARM MOTOR.
Touch HOME POSITION.
The sample arm should position itself over the sample tray position for Elite or
reagent position R12 for ElitePro.
Touch NEXT COUNTERCLOCKWISE POSITION seven (7) times for
Elite or eleven (11) times for ElitePro.
The sample arm should position itself over the wash station.
Gently push sample arm down into the wash station and check that the needles
enter straight into the center of the wash station bath.
Gently lift sampler arm up to its upper limit.
Touch check (√) to exit. Touch NO.

Make sure the rotor cover is open (touch ROTOR COVER OPEN icon).
Install the needle adjustment tool into the rotor position.
Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJUST→SAMPLE ARM
MOTOR→HORIZONTAL ARM MOTOR.
Touch NEXT COUNTERCLOCKWISE POSITION several times to move
the sample arm over the rotor position.
Touch check (√) to exit. Touch NO.
Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJUST→ROTOR MOTOR.
Touch HOME POSITION to set rotor. Touch check (√) to exit. Touch NO.

Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJUST→SAMPLE ARM


MOTORS→VERTICAL ARM MOTOR.
Touch HOME POSITION.

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Touch NEXT DOWN POSITION. The sample arm should go down.


Check that the needles align over the reference dots. The needles should be set
so they brush the surface of the reference dots.
Touch NEXT UP POSITION. Touch check (√) to exit. Touch YES.

Place cup adaptor and 0.5 mL cup in the A1 position of the sample tray.
Place 0.5mL cups in position 1 and 2 of the sample tray.
Place sample tray in instrument.

Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJUST→AUTOSAMPLER. Touch HOME


POSITION. Touch check (√) to exit. Touch NO.

Touch SERVICE→MOTOR ADJUST→SAMPLER ARM


MOTORS→HORIZONTAL ARM MOTOR.
Touch HOME POSITION and the sample arm will move to the sample tray
position.
Remove the alignment tool from the rotor position and touch ROTOR
COVER (Icon) to close the rotor cover.
Gently push the sample arm down into the A1 position.
Check that the needle aligns in the center of the 0.5 mL cup without touching
the inside diameter of the cup. Gently lift sample arm to the upper limit.

Touch NEXT COUNTERCLOCKWISE POSITION. The sample arm will


go to position 2 on the sample tray. Gently push the sample arm down into the
position 2.
Check that the needle aligns in the center of the 0.5 mL cup without touching
the inside diameter of the cup. Gently lift sample arm to the upper limit.
Touch NEXT COUNTERCLOCKWISE POSITION. The sample arm will
go to position 1 on the sample tray. Gently push the sample arm down into the
position 1.
Check that the needle aligns in the center of the 0.5 mL cup without touching
the inside diameter of the cup. Gently lift sample arm to the upper limit.

9. ROTOR EXCHANGE MODULE CHECK (exclude for ACL Elite)

Material / tools necessary: Disposable Rotors P/N 068000-00


Magnetic Disk
2.0 mm Allen Wrench

Touch ROTOR COVER and remove the stack cover to gain access. Check
that the three (3) set screws on the Rotor Arm are tightened properly.

Place the magnet disk over the sensor board on the stack and secure with a
piece of tape.

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Load a stack of fifteen (15) rotors in the rotor stack. Align the notches in the
top five (5) rotors that are above the stack. Empty the rotor waste container
and place it back in the housing.
Touch SERVICE→MODULE POSITIONING→RA-SL-RH TEST.
The instrument initializes the motors of the R.E.M., the rotor holder and the
rotor cover.
Once initialization is completed, the system starts loading / unloading until the
stack of rotors is exhausted.
Check visually that all the rotors in the stack are loaded and removed from the
rotor position. The pliers should secure the rotor around the top of the rotor
when the rotors are being transferred. A message should appear that the waste
container is full. Open the door and remove rotors from container. Reinstall
the waste container and the system should start to load and unload rotors.

Touch check (√) to exit.


10. AUTOSAMPLER / BCR CHECK

Material / tools necessary: Sample Tray


0.5 mL Sample Cups (new, unused)
2.0 mL Sample Cups (new, unused)
4.0 mL Bottle
10.0 mL Glass Vials
Bar Code Labels
Take a sample tray and prepare an assortment of cups, sample tubes (including
some with bar code labels) and some empty positions. NOTE: Make sure the
cups are indeed clean and free from any scratches.
Touch SERVICE→AUTOSAMPLER→BCR TEST.
Touch START WITH BCR.
Check for presence: when a cup is present there should be a one (1) in that
position. A zero (0) is reported when there is no cup present.

Check the bar codes by moving the horizontal scroll bar to the right. Check
that each bar code reported is the same as the bar code in that sample tray
position.

Touch check (√) to exit.


11. LIQUID LEVEL SENSORS CHECK

Materials / tools necessary: 1000 Microliter Pipette w/tips


0.50 mL Sample Cup
4.0 mL Sample Cup
Reference Bottle w/500 mL Ref. Sol.
Sample Tray

Remove reference bottle from instrument and place the bottle with 500 mL of
reference solution in its place.

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Touch SERVICE→SENSOR TEST→WASH-R EMULSION VOL.


Check that the R-Emulsion value is 500 mL +/- 150 mL.
( adjust RV9, Acquisition & Sensors Board if necessary)
Dispense 150 microliters of reference solution in a 0.5 mL sample cup and
place the cup in position 1 of the Sample Tray.
Dispense 1500 microliters of reference solution in a 4.0 mL bottle and place
the bottle in the R1 position.
Touch SERVICE→SENSOR→NEEDLES SENSOR TEST.
Touch START.
Check expected values: Position 1 liquid value must be ≥ 3.9 volts. ( adj
RV12, Acq & Sen Bd if necessary). Position R1 liquid value must be ≥ 3.5
volts. ( adj RV11, Acq & Sen Bd if necessary)

Touch (X) to exit.


12. TEMPERATURE CHECK: PERFORM D-DIMER CYCLE USING
DEIONIZED WATER

Materials / tools necessary for this check: Green Bottle Adapter


4.0 mL bottle (1)
8.0 mL Bottles (5)
Deionized Water

Place 4 mL bottle with deionized water in reagent position R4.


Place 8 mL bottles with deionized water in sample tray positions A1, A2, A3,
A4 & A5.

Touch SETUP→TEST→VIEW / DEFINE.


Enable D-Dimer only, disable everything else.
Touch check (√).

Touch DOOR EXIT (located in lower right corner, shown with door open and
arrow going out).
Touch CALIBRATION→CALIBRATE.
Touch START. Wait for cycle to complete (arm will stop).
Touch DIAGNOSTIC→TEMPERATURE CONTROL.
Check that the four (4) temperature values are within specification shown on
the LCD Display.

Remove bottles from reagent position and sample tray.


13. ROTOR HOLDER COVER SENSOR CHECK

Touch SERVICE→A / D CONVERTER TEST.


Check Cover Sensor (Hall) voltage value. The value must be ≥ 2.7 volts.
(adjust RV5, Acquisition & Sensors Board if necessary)
Touch ROTOR COVER (icon) to open rotor cover.

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Check Cover Sensor (Hall) voltage value. The value must be between 1.4 to
1.9 volts.
Touch ROTOR COVER (icon) to close rotor cover.
Touch check (√) to exit.
14. OPTIC CHANNELS CHECK
Materials / tools necessary: Rotors
1000 Microliter Pipette w/tips
Deionized Water
Reference Solution
NOTE: Instrument must be on for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes.

Offset Check

Touch ROTOR COVER (icon that shows cover open) to open the chamber.
Rotate the rotor holder in the analysis compartment to block the LED light’s
optic pathway. Touch ROTOR COVER (icon that shows cover open) to close
rotor cover.
Touch SERVICE→A / D CONVERTER TESTS.
Check that the coagulimetric and the chromogenic channels’ average voltages
are within the specification range of 0.002 to 0.015 volts. (NOTE: Occasional
spikes above this value are allowed.)
Coagulimetric channel: ( Adjust RV 1 Acquisition & Sensors Board if
necessary).
Chromogenic channel: ( Adjust RV 4 Acquisition & Sensors Board if
necessary)

NOTE: It is important to watch the voltage reading for one (1) minute and
observe that the voltage occasionally fluctuates slightly above 0.000.

Touch check (√) to exit.


Gains Check

Touch SERVICE→OPTICAL MODULE TEST→ACQUISITION


ADJUSTMENT.
Touch ROTOR COVER (icon) to open cover. Insure no rotor is in the
chamber.
Touch ROTOR COVER (icon) to close cover.
Touch START.
Check that the chromogenic (V) value is within the specification: 8.700 +/-
0.050 volts.
(Adjust RV3 Acquisition & Sensors Board if necessary)
Touch ROTOR COVER (icon that shows cover open) to open the chamber.

Place 200 microliters of the instrument’s reference solution in position 20 of a


new rotor. Insert rotor into chamber. Touch ROTOR COVER (icon that
shows cover open) to close rotor cover. Wait three (3) minutes for
temperature to stabilize.

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Touch START.
Check that the coagulimetric (V) value is within the specification: 2.6 +/- 0.3
volts.
(Adjust RV2 Acquisition & Sensors Board if necessary)

Touch STOP. Touch OK.


Touch check (√) to exit.

Curves Check

NOTE: Dispensed volume, temperature, and time are critical to the results of
this test.
Touch SERVICE→OPTICAL MODULE TEST→CURVE ADJUST
(coagulimetric rotation speed set @ 1200 rpm).
Check that the SELECT DELAY (µs) is the same as the value on the
instrument label next to Coag. “1200 DELAY.” (The label is located on the
drawer under the top right hand corner of the keyboard.)

Note: If this delay value is incorrect, it will be necessary to change the


label when all of the related tests are completed. Keep records of new
values on Checklist.
Touch START.
Check the delay to the left of the 1000 value.

Check that the delay to left of the 1000 value is the same as the SELECT
DELAY value on the LCD display (and the label).
Touch the arrow below SELECT CHANNEL. Touch CHROMOGENIC.
Touch the arrow below SELECT CHANNEL again.
Touch START.
Check the delay to the left of the 1000 value.

Check that the delay to the left of the 1000 value is the same as the SELECT
DELAY value on the instrument label next to Chrom. “1200 DELAY.”

Check that the maximum delay delta (i.e., absolute value of the difference)
between coagulimetric and chromogenic values (@ 1200 rpm) on the
Checklist is ≤ 90.

Touch the arrow below select channel. Touch COAGULIMETRIC.


Touch the arrow below SELECT CHANNEL again.
Touch the arrow below ROTATION SPEED. Touch 600 (rpm)-.
Touch the arrow below ROTATION SPEED again.
Touch START.
Check and record on the Checklist the delay to the left of the 1000 value.

Touch the arrow below SELECT CHANNEL. Touch CHROMOGENIC.

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Touch the arrow below SELECT CHANNEL again.


Touch START.
Record on the Checklist the delay to the left of the 1000 value.
Check that the maximum delay delta between coagulimetric and chromogenic
values (@ 600 rpm) on the Checklist is ≤ 120.
Touch rotor cover icon to open motor cover. Remove rotor.
Touch rotor cover icon to close rotor cover.
Touch “X” to exit.

Fiber Adjustment Check

Remove rotor – this check is performed without a rotor.


Touch SERVICE→OPTICAL MODULE TEST→FIBER ADJUSTMENT
TEST.
Touch START.
Check that all the cuvette values are < 0.070.
Touch SET TO ENVELOPE MODE.
Check that all the max. / min. values are < 0.050.
Touch STOP. Touch OK.
Place clean rotor in chamber.
Touch START.
Check that the cuvette values are > 0.140.
Touch SET TO ENVELOPE MODE.
Check that all the max. / min. values are < 0.050.
Remove rotor.

15. DILUTOR CHECK

Materials / tools necessary: Graduated Capillary P/N 00082589-00


Blue Dye
Tubing Removal Tool
Green Bottle Adapters (3)
4.0 mL Bottles (3)
8.0 mL Bottle
Deionized Water
Instrument’s Reference Solution

Volume Check

Note: Use caution in removing the tubes not to disturb the needles adjustment

Touch SERVICE→DILUTOR TESTS→VOLUME CHECKS.


Touch SAMPLE DILUTOR.
Remove top tube from sample arm and connect capillary to the tube. Hold
tube over 8.0 mL empty bottle.
Touch START. The instrument will prime and then prompt you to place the
capillary in the blue dye.

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Touch OK.
Check that the dye is aspirated into the capillary and stops in between the top
two (2) lines on the capillary. After ten (10) seconds the dye will be dispensed
and should stop in between the bottom two (2) lines on the capillary. Perform
this check several times to ensure that the results are repeatable and that the
system has been primed properly.
If the liquid consistently sets above or below the two lines, a correction is
required. The correction can be entered in the window SELECT
CORRECTION VALUE. First attempt decrementing (or incrementing) the
correction value by 1 unit. The allowable range is –8 to +8. Repeat the test to
ensure that the entered value achieves proper volume dispensing. NOTE: If a
value has changed with respect to the original setting, it is necessary to change
the label when all related tests are completed.
Touch check (√) to replace value and exit.

Disconnect the capillary from the sample tube and reinstall the tube on the top
of the sample arm. Remove the bottom tube from the sample arm and connect
the capillary to the tube. Hold the tube over the empty 8.0 mL bottle.

Touch SERVICE→DILUTOR TESTS→VOLUME CHECKS.


Touch REAGENT.
Touch START. The instrument will prime and then prompt you to place the
capillary in the blue dye.
Touch OK.
Check that the dye is aspirated into the capillary and stops in between the top
two (2) lines on the capillary. After ten (10) seconds the dye will be dispensed
and should stop in between the bottom two (2) lines on the capillary. Perform
this check several times to ensure that the results are repeatable and that the
system has been primed properly.

If the liquid consistently sets above or below the two lines, a correction is
required. The correction can be entered in the window SELECT
CORRECTION VALUE. First attempt decrementing (or incrementing) the
correction value by 1 unit. The allowable range is –8 to +8. Repeat the test to
ensure that the entered value achieves proper volume dispensing. NOTE: If a
value has changed with respect to the original setting, it is necessary to change
the label when all related tests are completed.
Touch check (√) to replace value and exit.
Disconnect the capillary from the reagent tube and reinstall the tube on the
bottom of the sample arm.
Touch check (√) to exit.

Coagulimetric Check
Note: Use caution in removing the tubes not to disturb the needles
adjustment. Use tubing removal tool to invert the sample and reference

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tubes on the sample arm. (Sample tube onto reference and reference
tube onto sample.)
Place deionized water in 4.0 mL bottle and place bottle in position R4. Place
the instrument’s reference solution in a 4.0 mL bottle and place in position R1.
Touch ROTOR COVER icon to open rotor cover. Install a new rotor in
chamber.
Touch ROTOR COVER icon to close rotor cover.
Touch SERVICE→DILUTOR TESTS→DILUTOR TEST.
Touch START MANUAL ROTOR LOADING. Wait for instrument to
complete test.
Check that when the test is completed there are no red values displayed.

Coagulimetric specifications: CV% (cuvette 1 to 6) :<=4


CV% (cuvette 7 to 12) :<=5
CV% (cuvette 13 to 18) :<=5
CV% (Reference) :<=2.5
Mean Reference : 2.0V to 3.0 V
R2 : >=0.997

If there are red values, repeat the test with a new rotor. If instrument fails
again (red values at the end of the test), corrective action is required. Prime
the dilutors (insure air bubbles are removed from pistons and tubing), check
needle block alignment, repeat dilutor tests volume checks. Repeat the dilutor
test.

Chromogenic Check

Use tubing tool to reinvert sample and reagent tubes on the sample arm.
(Reagent tube on the bottom and sample tube on the top). Remove bottle with
reference solution from position R1 and replace it with PNA 160µmol/l in a
new bottle.
Touch rotor cover icon to open rotor cover.
Replace rotor with a new rotor.
Touch rotor cover icon to close rotor cover.

Touch arrow next to CHANNEL TYPE. Touch the down arrow to choose
CHROMOGENIC.
Touch arrow next to CHANNEL TYPE.
Touch arrow next to LOADING TYPE. Touch the down arrow to choose
REAGENT DILUTOR.
Touch arrow next to LOADING TYPE.
Touch “START IN MANUAL LOADING”
Check that when the test is completed there are no red values displayed, except
for the MEAN value which can be red with the specification of 7.2 to 8.8.

Chromogenic specifications: CV% (cuvette 1 to 6) :<=1.5

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CV% (cuvette 7 to 12) :<=3


CV% (cuvette 13 to 18) :<=5
CV% (Refeence) :<=0.4
Mean Reference : 7.2V to 8.8 V
R2 : >=0.997

If there are red values (except for the mean), repeat the test with a new rotor.
If instrument fails again (red values at the end of the test), corrective action is
required. Prime the dilutors (insure air bubbles are removed from pistons and
tubing), check needle block alignment, repeat dilutor tests volume checks.
Repeat the dilutor test.

Touch check (√) to exit.

16. TOUCH SCREEN CHECK

Exit the Service menu by touching the CLOSE DOOR icon, which should
bring you to the “Ready” screen.

Using a fingertip, touch the (vertical) down scroll arrow. The highlighted bar
should move down.
Using a fingertip, touch the (vertical) up scroll arrow. The highlighted bar
should move up.

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ACL Elite/ElitePro Installation Checklist

Service Rep:_____________________ Date:________________

Serial Number:___________________ Account:___________________________

Perform adjustments as necessary. Set configurations as necessary. Refer to ACL Elite/ElitePro Service Manual.
Check overall instrument appearance. Insure accessory kit is complete.

Test Action to Check / Perform Reference Pass/Adjust/


Number Paragraph Check
1 Check Air Filter 5.2.4
2 Check Display Locking Mechanism 5.1.3
3 Check Software Revision 7.16.1
4 Check System Configuration 5.1.5
5 Check System Interfaces Configuration (keyboard, barcodes, printer, host) 8.0
6 Check Magnetic Stirrer Bar Rotation 5.1.4
7 Check Floppy Disk 7.15
8 Check Mouse / Host / Parallel Printer Ports 7.13
9 Check Waste Line Efficiency 5.2.1
10 Verify Sample Arm Module Positioning / Alignment 7.7.1
11 Verify Needles Block Alignment 7.7.4
12 Check Temperatures (Verify good rotor brush contact) 7.14
13 Insure Sample Arm and Rotor Caliper Arm mounting set screws are tight N/A
14 Verify Rotor Motor Cover Stored Step setting 7.6.2
15 Verify Rotor Exchange Module Functionality
R.E.M. -- SA-SL-RH Test 7.7.9
Rotor Waste Container Sensor 7.5.1
Rotor Stack Sensor 7.5.2
16 Verify Autosampler / BCR Test
Container Presence and Offset 7.5.3
Bar Code Labels Identification and Offset 7.5.3
17 Verify Liquid Level Detection Sensors
Wash-Reference Emulsion Sensor 7.4.1
Needles Block Sensors 7.4.2
18 Verify Optic Channels (Coag & Chrom)
Offsets 7.2.1 / 7.3.1
Gains 7.2.1 / 7.3.1
Curves 7.2.1 / 7.3.1
405 Filter Test 7.3.1
Fiber Adjustment Test 7.2.4
Light Source Verification
7.2.3 / 7.3.3
19 Perform Dilutor Test
Coagulimetric 7.8.1
Chromogenic 7.8.1
Volume Check 7.8.2
20 Coagulation Performance Tests
Coagulimetric Precision Test 7.2.2
Coagulimetric Linearity Test 7.2.2
21 Chromogenic Performance Tests
Chromogenic Precision Test 7.3.2
Chromogenic Linearity Test (level 80) 7.3.2
Chromogenic Linearity Test (level 160) 7.3.2

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5.2 Maintenance
In order to keep the ACL Elite/ElitePro analyzer in optimal operating condition it is
recommend that the following procedures be carried out by a trained operator at the
frequency specified.
The Maintenance subsection of the Diagnostic menu allows the user to access and
record dates and notes related to the performance of specific maintenance operations.
If any maintenance action is not performed within the recommended period then the
relevant line will appear in red.

Following are the specific sub-sections.

5.2.1 Daily Maintenance


5.2.2 Weekly Maintenance
5.2.3 Bi-Weekly Maintenance
5.2.4 Monthly Maintenance
5.2.5 Yearly Maintenance
5.2.6 As needed Maintenance
5.2.7 Maintenance schedule

WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

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5.2.1 Daily Maintenance

At the beginning and at the end of each working day perform a Priming cycle to
ensure the complete removal of all sample or reagent residual along the fluidic paths.
While the priming cycle is in progress, the operator should visually inspect three
items:

• That number of bubbles in the Dilutor Chamber reduces to minimum. If bubbles


are still present, pinch the chamber outlet tubes while the piston is descending and
releases them before the piston reaches the bottom dead center. Repeat the priming
cycle as needed until all bubbles are gone.
• That there are no blockages or leaks in the liquid flow path and the liquid is
flowing smoothly from reservoir to dilutors and from dilutors to needles.
• That there is free flow of the liquid waste from the washing chamber to the
instrument outlet tube and then to the waste container (check the liquid level in the
waste container).

Note: The instrument has sensors to detect the availability of Wash Reference
Emulsion as well as new and waste rotors. In order to start the working day with the
maximum instrument autonomy it’s advisable to empty the Rotor Waste Container
from used rotors, fill the Rotor Stack with brand new rotors and check the level of the
Wash Reference Emulsion in the bottle.

5.2.2 Weekly Maintenance

The weekly preventive maintenance for the ACL Elite/ElitePro consists in cleaning all
the key instrument areas which normally come in contact with sample and reagents
and therefore accumulate residues that will, if allowed to build up, impair the
instrument functionality and affect the tests results. The parts / areas to be cleaned are:

• Instrument exposed surfaces.


• The Needle Block.
• The Rinse / Waste reservoir.

WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

• Instrument exposed surfaces

Wipe down all exposed surfaces of the analyzer body, the inside of the Autosampler
compartment and the Rotor compartment (excluding the rotor holder) using a cloth

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soaked in a 0.1 N Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) solution (IL Cleaning Solution P/N 98317-
00). Rinse using a cloth soaked in distilled water. Wipe dry.

• The Needle Block

Place 2 glass vials with 4 mL of 0.1 N HCl solution in reagent positions R6 and R7
Click the Diagnostic button on the Main menu bar and select the Cleaning option of
the Diagnostic submenu to display the Cleaning screen.
In this screen the operator defines the configuration of the cleaning operation,
according to the needs of the instrument.
Clicking the Start button starts the cleaning cycle and opens a window displaying a
bar that moves to show the elapsed time of the procedure.

• The Rinse / Waste reservoir

Remove the Rinse / Waste reservoir, wash it thoroughly with 0.1N HCl solution (IL
Cleaning Solution P/N 98317-00) and rinse it with distilled water.

5.2.3 Bi-Weekly Maintenance

The rotor holder and the optical path components located in the analysis area must be
cleaned every two weeks under normal instrument use.

WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

Press the “Open/Close Cover” icon to open the Rotor Holder Cover.

Proceed as follows using the figure below as a reference:

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Using a cotton tip applicator moistened with distilled water, clean all 20 holes in the
Rotor Holder and the surfaces of the Channels sensors and fibers. Use a clean, dry
cotton tip applicator to remove all moisture from these areas.

5.2.4 Monthly Maintenance

• Check and clean the Air Filter


In order to check and clean the analyzer air filter, it must first be removed from its
location on the right side of the instrument. The filter slides out when pulled after
inserting a finger in the holder slot (see figure below).

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Check the filter: if it is dirty or blocked, clean it with compressed air or by washing it
in water and blowing it dry. Do not place a wet filter into its position.
If the filter appears damaged, it should be replaced. Insert the clean or new Air Filter
back in its holder.

5.2.5 Yearly Maintenance

The yearly preventive maintenance for the ACL consists of replacing the following
expandable parts.

• Replace the Air Filter


• Replace the sample and reagent tubes
• Replace the Needle Block (see sub-section 5.2.6)
• Replace the waste tube
• Replace the waste reservoir

WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

5.2.6 As needed Maintenance

WARNING !

BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.
ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action
on this area.

• Waste Line Cleaning Procedure

The waste line cleaning procedure is performed to prevent formation of clots or to


clean any possible blockages (due to clotting) in the waste line. The frequency with
which this procedure should be done depends on the daily workload.

Materials / Tools needed: - 20 mL plastic syringe


- 20 cm of PVC tube, 4 mm ID, 6 mm OD.
- 20 mL of distilled water or 10% bleach.

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1 Remove the needle from the plastic syringe (if necessary), and fit the PVC
tube on the end on the syringe (the tube’s dimensions must be such that it will
fit onto the syringe on one end and into the waste line at the other end).
2 Fill the syringe with distilled water or 10% bleach.
3 Remove the Rinse / Waste Reservoir and clean it if necessary (refer to Section
5.2.2).
4 Insert the free end of the PVC tube into the waste line, carefully inject the
distilled water or 10% bleach into the waste line and check that the liquid
flows out from the external waste line of the instrument to the waste container.
5 Repeat the procedure several times to ensure removal of any potential
blockage then replace the Rinse / Waste reservoir.

• Cleaning of Sample Spillage

In case of sample / reagent spillage wipe using a clean cloth or cotton tip applicator
soaked in a 0.1N HCl solution (IL Cleaning Solution P/N 98317-00). Follow with
distilled water and dry with a clean cloth or cotton tip applicator.
In case of sample / reagent spillage in the Autosampler or in the Rotor Holder
compartment, it may be required to clean also the 2 sensors in the Autosampler and
the two optical paths in the analysis area (see sub-section 5.2.3).

• Needles Block replacing

Press the “Open/Close Cover” icon to open the Rotor Cover.


Click “Diagnostic” on the Main menu bar and select “Needles Position”. The Sample
Arm moves over the Rotor Holder.
Loosen the white knob on the back of the Sample Arm, disconnect the tubing (label
tubings for proper reconnection) and the Liquid Sensor Cable and remove the Needle
Block.
Insert the new Needle Block, connect the sensor cable and the two tubings (connect
tubing to proper needle) and position the block higher than the arm’s top surface.
Follow the needle positioning procedure as described in the sub-section 7.7.4.

• Needle Positioning procedure

The procedure to reposition or adjust the Needles Block is necessary after having
dismantled for cleaning, decontamination or changes of the Needles Block.
The procedure is described in sub-section 7.7.4.

• Needles Block decontamination procedure

This sub-section describes the procedure to decontaminate the ACL Needles Block.
It’s recommended after using the system to test a highly infectious sample and as a
general precaution to prevent and eliminate potential bacterial contamination.

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The use of the ACL system for the analysis of known or suspected highly infectious
samples, should be followed by careful disinfecting of the instrument surfaces and
parts which have been in contact with the samples. The disinfecting agent used to
perform the procedure indicated below is a 1:8 dilution of IL Cleaning Agent P/N
98327-00, which is a solution of sodium hypochlorite with a concentration of less than
0.625% of available chlorine. The 1:8 diluted solution is prepared by mixing 1 part
Cleaning Agent with 7 parts of distilled water.

Note!

Use only IL Cleaning Agent (P/N 98327-00) diluted 1:8 with distilled water.
The use of undiluted IL Cleaning Agent may cause corrosion of metal parts.

Materials / Tools needed: - 2 glass 10 mL vials


- IL Cleaning Agent
P/N 98327-00
- Distilled water

Prepare approximately 16 mL of diluted Cleaning Agent solution (mix 2 part of IL


Cleaning Agent and 14 parts distilled water).
Load the ACL reagent position R6 and R7 with the 2 glass vials filled with 8 mL of
the prepared diluted Cleaning Agent solution
Press “Diagnostic” on the Main menu bar, select “Cleaning” and then press “Start”.
At the end of the cleaning cycle remove the vials in position R6 and R7 and perform a
Priming cycle.
Replace the external waste tube and the waste container.

CAUTION !

The discarded items must be placed in an appropriate container for further


incineration, according to proper local regulations.
In the case of suspected severe contamination, replace the tubing and discard the
old one in an appropriate container for further incineration, according to proper
local regulations

• Hard Drive Maintenaance

Using the Hard Drive Maintenance Diskette part number 000190357-70, perform the
hard drive maintenance as needed. Refer to procedure 000190357-70 included with
the Hard Drive Maintenance Diskette.

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5.2.7 Maintenance schedule

Frequency Maintenance procedure

Daily At the beginning and at the end of each working day or once per shift,
carry out a priming cycle.
Empty the liquid waste container when needed.
Empty the rotors waste container when needed.
Fill the Rotor Stack with new rotors when needed.
Load a new bottle of Wash – Reference Emulsion when needed.
Weekly Clean the exposed instrument surfaces, inside the Autosampler and
the analysis compartments (with the exception of the Rotor Holder).
Clean the Needles Block carrying out the dedicated cleaning cycle
Clean the Rinse / Waste reservoir
Bi-Weekly Clean the analysis compartment optical parts with a cotton tip
applicator moistened with distilled water:
Clean the LED sensor surface
Clean the LED optic fibre surface
Clean the Halogen Lamp sensor surface
Clean the Halogen Lamp fibre optic surface
Clean the 20 holes of the Rotor Holder
Monthly Check the Air Filter
Yearly Replace the Air Filter
Replace the sample and reagent tubes
Replace the Needles Block
Replace the waste tube
Replace the waste reservoir
As needed Clean the Waste line
Clean the sample spillage
Replace the Needles Block
Position the Needles Block
Decontaminate the Needles Block
Hard Drive Maintenance

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5.3 Shut down & Shipment precautions


This section gives some suggestions in case of long term shut down or shipment of the
instrument. The following procedures describe how to prepare the ACL before a shut
down or a shipment.

5.3.1 Long term shut down


5.3.2 Shipment

5.3.1 Long term shut down

For long period of inactivity, more than one week, the following actions should be
carried out.

1 Perform a Priming cycle by selecting “Priming” in the “Diagnostic” menu.


2 Remove any container on board the instrument.
3 Empty the Rotor Waste Container.
4 Remove and close the Wash – Reference Emulsion bottle.
5 Empty the fluidic tubes by performing another Priming cycle.
6 Close the Wash – Reference Emulsion aspiration tube with adhesive tape.
7 Log-out and switch the instrument Off.
8 Empty and remove the waste tube and the waste container.
9 Disconnect the ACL system electrically from the main power, removing the
Power Cord from the rear of the instrument and from the main line.
10 Cover the instrument with a dust cover.

5.3.2 Shipment

In case of shipment, carry out the following actions.

1 Perform the actions suggested in the sub-section 5.3.1.


2 Remove the Needles Block, wash it with IL Cleaning Solution P/N 98317-00
and rinse with distilled water. Pack it separately. Wipe instrument external
surfaces with 10% bleach and rinse surfaces with a cloth, paper towels, etc.
dampened with DH2O.
3 Remove and pack separately also all the other accessories (Sample Tray,
Adapters, Keyboard etc…).
4 Fix with adhesive tape all the parts that could be moving during the transport
(Sample Arm, Rotor Cover, Rotor Stack Cover, Rotor Waste Compartment
Panel etc…).
5 Close with adhesive tape the waste outlet tube on the left side of the
instrument.
6 If the original packing is not available is recommended that a suitable box to
isolate the instrument from any external impact to be used (paying particular
attention to the Display Assembly). In this case pack all the accessories in
another box, separately.

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Chapter 6
Troubleshooting
This Chapter is designed to provide the Service Engineer information about the error
messages displayed by the instrument as well as suggestions and tools to fix the problem
during the Instrument Troubleshooting.

Following are the specific sections.

6.1 Error Messages & Troubleshooting


6.2 Service Tools
6.3 Standard Tools

6.1 Error Messages and Troubleshooting


This section provides information about instrument error conditions and specific errors
displayed by the instrument.

Following are the specific sub-section for each category of problem.

6.1.1 System errors


6.1.2 Temperature errors
6.1.3 Mechanical errors
6.1.4 R.E.M. error
6.1.5 Optic errors
6.1.6 Acquisition errors
6.1.7 Liquid sensors errors
6.1.8 Operative error
6.1.9 Database errors
6.1.10 Sample identification errors
6.1.11 DMS errors
6.1.12 Analytical errors

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6.1.1 System Errors

The following paragraphs provide information about problems related to the PC like
system present inside the instrument.

• Unexpected Shut Down and Turn On problems.


• Problems detected by the CPU Master Board’s BIOS.
• Problems detected by the Main Program

• Unexpected Shut Down and Turn On problems.

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Instrument At Turn On the Check that the SPS is not in Protection Mode (DL1
Turn On with Instrument LCD On).
Black Screen (video display) is Check the presence of all the output voltages on the
Black. SPS’s Test Point TP1 – TP9 (w/o TP6 for voltage
+6VLAMP).
If the SPS is in protection Mode or output voltages
are less go to the error message “Instrument Shut
Down for Voltage” problem.
Replace the Display Cable.
Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
Replace the Video Display Assembly.
Instrument The Instrument Turn Off the Instrument and verify the proper
Turn On with performs the Turn Display Cable connection on CN3 and CN6 in the
Touch Screen On cycle but the PC104 Board.
problem Touch Screen is Replace the Display Cable.
inoperative. Replace the PC104 Board.
Replace the Display Assembly.
Instrument Unexpected Shut Turn Off the Instrument for at least 20 seconds.
Shut Down for Down for a Short Check the Main fuses into the Power Entry.
Voltage Circuit or for a Unplug the 5 Boards located in the Card Housing,
problem lowering of the CN12 on the CPU Master Board and then Turn On:
voltages on the Check for the presence of the output voltages on the
Switching Power SPS’s Test Point TP1 – TP9 (w/o TP6 for the voltage
Supply. +6VLAMP).
The SPS is in If now the voltages are present then investigate for
Protection Mode which load or Board in Card Housing is the problem.
(DL1 On). Turn Off the Instrument, unplug the 3 connectors on
the Power (K1, K2 & K3) and Turn On.
Now Check for the presence of the output voltages
on the SPS’s Test Point TP1 – TP9 (w/o TP6 for the
voltage +6VLAMP).
If the voltages are present, then investigate for which
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Circuit.
Replace the SPS Board.
Instrument Unexpected Shut Verify that the environment temperature doesn’t
Shut Down for Down for high exceed 40°C.
Temperature temperature on the Verify that there is enough space around the
problem Switching Power Instrument for the fan’s cooling.
Supply’s thermistor Turn OFF the Main Switch and allow the Instrument
(over 75 °C). to cool (about 15 minutes).
The SPS is in In the meanwhile check the Air Filter, clean or
Protection Mode replace if necessary.
(DL1 On). Now Turn On the Instrument and check that the Fans
work correctly.
Check the presence of all the output voltages on the
SPS’s Test Point TP1 – TP9 (w/o TP6 for voltage
+6VLAMP); pay attention to the +12VPW for the
Fans.
Replace the SPS Board.
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board #3)

• Problems detected by the CPU Master Board’s BIOS.

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Hard Disk During the Boot Verify that the HDD parameters are present in the
Drive Failure phase the CPU BIOS configuration (No changes are required, only
Master Board’s to check for possible parameters lost).
BIOS detects a Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
problem on the Replace the Hard Disk Drive.
HDD.
Floppy Disk During the Boot Verify that the FDD parameters are present in the
Drive Failure phase the CPU BIOS configuration (No changes are required, only
Master Board’s to check for possible parameters lost).
BIOS detects a Replace the Floppy Disk Drive.
problem on the Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
FDD.

RAM Memory During the Boot Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
Failure phase the CPU
Master Board’s
BIOS detects a
problem on the
RAM Memory.
Keyboard During the Boot Replace the Keyboard.
Failure phase the CPU Replace the Interface Board.
Master Board’s Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
BIOS detects a Replace the Mother Board.
problem on the
Keyboard.

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• Problems detected by the Main Program

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Error opening detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
file during opening file. Software.
Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
Warning: The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Error reading detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
file during reading file. Software.
Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
Warning: The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Error writing detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
to file during writing to Software.
file. Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
Warning: The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Session loading detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
Error during the loading and of the Slave Software.
of the current Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
session.
Warning: During the Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Master – Slave communications make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
communicatio from the CPU and of the Slave Software.
n timeout Master to the Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1). Replace
Error Slave, the timeout the Slave Board (Board #2).
is expired.
Warning:
Timeout
Expired

Warning:
Error parsing
loading
parameters
Warning: Invalid parameters Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Invalid are detected during make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
parameters the sending from and of the Slave Software.
the CPU Master to Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1). Replace
the Slave. the Slave Board (Board #2).
Warning: Zip /
Unzip Error
Warning: The Main program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
REM detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the REM
download during the Software.

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Error Download of the Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).


R.E.M Software. Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Alarm: Slave The CPU Master Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Absent doesn’t find the make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Slave
Slave. Software.
Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Alarm: Slave The CPU Master Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
program not doesn’t find the make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Slave
loaded software onboard Software.
of the Slave Bd Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Alarm: Flash The CPU Master Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Memory Error detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Slave
on the Flash Software.
Memory on the Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Slave Board.
Alarm: Arcnet The Main program Verify the Arcnet interconnection cable.
Connection detects a problem Try also to use the connector CN4 (on the PC104
Error in the Board) and P7 (on the Slave Board).
communications Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
with the Slave Replace the PC104 Board.
through Arcnet.
Alarm: A/D
Converter
Error
Alarm: OI
Error

Alarm: Error The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Creating detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
Window during the creating Software.
of a window for the Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
Operator Interface
graphic program.
Alarm:
Timeout
Expired
Alarm:
Unknown
message
Alarm: Error
sending
message
Alarm: Error The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
creating timer detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
during the creating Software.
of a timer. Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
Alarm: Master The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
– Slave detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
message has in the length of a Software.

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incorrect message sent from Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
length the CPU Master to
the Slave.
Alarm: Master The Main Program Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
– Slave detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
message has in the code of a Software.
incorrect code message sent from Replace the CPU Master Board (Board #1).
the CPU Master to
the Slave.

6.1.2 Temperatures Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: The Instrument is Wait for the the Rotor Holder warm up.
Incubation powered On less If after 30 minutes the Rotor Holder hasn’t achieved
temperature then 30 minutes the right temperature (38-39 °C) the error message
out of range in and the Rotor becomes: “Warning: Incubation temperature out of
startup Holder is warming range”.
up.
Warning: The Instrument is Verify the Rotor Holder movement assy:
Incubation powered On more Verify, with a DVM that on the connector P148 is
temperature then 30 minutes present the resistance of the thermistor (If it’s a Short
out of range and the Rotor Circuit or an Open Circuit verify the Brushes assy. If
Holder temperature the Brushes Assy is correct then read the thermistor’s
is out of range 38- resistance directly on the 2 rings. If the thermistor is
39 C°. defective replace the whole Rotor Holder movement
Assy).
Verify on the connector P148 that the Heater Coil
isn’t interrupted or the capacitor unsoldered.
Verify the Photometric and Temperature Control
Board (Board #6) functionality as described in the
sub-section 3.3.9.
Verify the Photometer Interface Board.
Warning: The Instrument is Waiting for the Peltier 1 to cool.
Peltier 1 powered On less If after 30 minutes the Peltier 1 hasn’t achieves the
temperature then 30 minutes right temperature (10-16 °C) the error message
out of range in and the Peltier 1 is becomes: “Warning: Peltier 1 temperature out of
startup cooling. range”.
Warning: The Instrument is powered On more then 30 minutes
Peltier 1 and the Peltier 1 temperature is out of range 10-16
temperature C°.
out of range
Warning: The Instrument is powered On less then 30 minutes
Peltier 2 and the Peltier 2 is cooling.
temperature
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Warning: The Instrument is Verify the Peltier 2 assy:


Peltier 2 powered On more Verify, with a DVM, which on the connector P131 is
temperature then 30 minutes present the resistance of the thermistor (If it’s a Short
out of range and the Peltier 2 Circuit or an Open Circuit replaces the thermistor).
temperature is out Verify, with a DVM, which on the connector P131 is
of range 10-16 C°. present also the resistance of the Peltier Cell (If it’s a
Short Circuit or an Open Circuit replaces the whole
Peltier 2 Assy).
Verify the Photometric and Temperature Control
Board (Board #6) functionality as described in the
sub-section 3.3.9.
Verify the Modules Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument is Wait for the Rotor Transport warm up.
Rotor powered On less If after 30 minutes the Rotor Transport hasn’t
Transport then 30 minutes achieves the right temperature (34-40 °C) the error
temperature and the Rotor message becomes: “Warning: Rotor Transport
out of range in Transport is temperature out of range”.
startup warming up.
Warning: The Instrument is Verify the Rotor Transport assy:
Rotor powered On more Verify, with a DVM, which on the connector P111 is
Transport then 30 minutes present the resistance of the thermistor (If it’s a Short
temperature and the Rotor Circuit or an Open Circuit replaces the Rotor
out of range Transport Transport).
temperature is out Verify, with a DVM, which on the connector P111 is
of range 34-40 C°. present also the resistance of the Heating Pad (If it’s
a Short Circuit or an Open Circuit replaces the Rotor
Transport).
Verify the Photometric and Temperature Control
Board (Board #6) functionality as described in the
sub-section 3.3.9.
Verify the REM Lower Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument is Wait for the Rotor Stack warm up.
Rotor Stack powered On less If after 30 minutes the Rotor Stack has not achieved
temperature then 30 minutes the right temperature (34-40 °C) the error message
out of range in and the Rotor Stack becomes: “Warning: Rotor Stack temperature out of
startup is warming up. range”.

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Warning: The Instrument is Verify the Rotor Stack assy:


Rotor Stack powered On more Verify, with a DVM, which on the connector P117 is
temperature then 30 minutes present the resistance of the thermistor (If it’s a Short
out of range and the Rotor Stack Circuit or an Open Circuit replaces the Rotor Stack).
temperature is out Verify, with a DVM, which on the connector P117 is
of range 34-40 C°. present also the resistance of the Heating Pad (If it’s
a Short Circuit or an Open Circuit replaces the Rotor
Stack).
Verify the Photometric and Temperature Control
Board (Board #6) functionality as described in the
sub-section 3.3.9.
Verify the REM Lower Interconnection Board.
Warning: The internal Verify that the environment temperature doesn’t
Instrument temperature of the exceed 40°C.
Temperature Instrument, Verify that there is enough space around the
Error detected by the Instrument for the fan’s cooling.
Switching Power Turn OFF the Main Switch and wait for Instrument
Supply’s cooling (about 15 minutes).
thermistor, reaches In the meanwhile check the Air Filter for cleaning or
the critical replacement.
temperature of 60 Now Turn On the Instrument and check that the Fans
C°. work correctly.
If it reaches 75 C° Check the presence of all the output voltages on the
then the SPS Board SPS’s Test Point TP1 – TP9 (w/o TP6 for voltage
will enter in +6VLAMP); pay attention to the +12VPW for the
Protection Mode Fans.
and the whole Replace the SPS Board.
Instrument Shut Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
Down (see #3).
Instrument Shut
Down for
temperature).
Alarm: One of the Is possible remove the Alarm’s message and restore
Temperature Assembly’s the normal situation only with a Log-Out, a Turn Off
Power off temperatures and after few seconds a Turn On.
reached a critical Now is possible investigate about the assembly with
value or is OUT OF the problem and perform the troubleshooting with
RANGE since the help of the Temperature Warning’s message
more then 15 associated in this section.
minutes. If the problem is extended at all the temperatures
The Instrument for then go in the A/D Converter test, check if all the
protection purposes values on the screen are ***** or -----, in this case
Turns Off the replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board #3).
thermoregulation
system for the
Rotor Holder,
Peltier and/or
REM’s Modules.

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6.1.3 Mechanical Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Autosampler detects a problem movement.
Motor Error during the Check Motor Phase setting.
Autosampler Motor Check for the plug in of the connectors P74 (for the
movement. motor) and P73 (for DCOS).
Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.5.
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Replace the Magnetic Stirrer Motor 1.
Stirrer R1 detects a problem Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Error on the Magnetic Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Stirrer Motor 1
(Reagent Position
R1).
Warning: The Instrument Replace the Magnetic Stirrer Motor 2.
Stirrer R2 detects a problem Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Error on the Magnetic Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Stirrer Motor 2
(Reagent Position
R2).
Warning: The Instrument Replace the Magnetic Stirrer Motor 3.
Stirrer R3 detects a problem Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Error on the Magnetic Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Stirrer Motor 3
(Reagent Position
R3).
Warning: The Instrument Replace the Magnetic Stirrer Motor 4.
Stirrer R4 detects a problem Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Error on the Magnetic Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Stirrer Motor 4
(Reagent Position
R4).
Warning: The Instrument Check for the plug in of the connectors P83 (for the
Sample line detects a problem motor) and P81 (for SCOS).
Dilutor Motor during the Sample Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
Error Dilutor Motor SCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.6.
movement. Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for the plug in of the connectors P84 (for the
Reagent line detects a problem motor) and P82 (for SCOS).
Dilutor Motor during the Reagent Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
Error Dilutor Motor SCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.6.

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movement. Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).


Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Sample Arm detects a problem movement.
Horizontal during the Sample Check Motor Phase setting.
Motor Error Arm Horizontal Check for the plug in of the connectors P93 (for the
Motor movement. motor) and P92 (for DCOS).
Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.3.
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Sample Arm detects a problem movement.
Vertical Motor during the Sample Check for the plug in of the connectors P94 (for the
Error Arm Vertical motor) and P91 (for DCOS).
Motor movement. Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.4.
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Rotor Holder detects a problem movement.
Motor Error during the Rotor Check Motor Phase setting.
Holder Motor Check for the plug in of the connectors P147 (for the
movement. motor) and P142 (for DCOS).
Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.1.
Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
Board (Board #6).
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Rotor Cover detects a problem movement.
Motor Error during the Rotor Check for the plug in of the connectors P144 (for the
Cover Motor motor) and P143 (for DCOS).
movement. Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.2; pay
attention to tension of the Cover movement Belt.
Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
Board (Board #6).
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.
Warning:
Home Position
not found
Alarm: Motor
Phase and
Delay Error
Alarm: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Autosampler detects a problem movement.

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Motor Error during the Check Motor Phase setting.


Autosampler Motor Check for the plug in of the connectors P74 (for the
movement. motor) and P73 (for DCOS).
Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.5.
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Alarm: Sample The Instrument Check for the plug in of the connectors P83 (for the
line Dilutor detects a problem motor) and P81 (for SCOS).
Motor Error during the Sample Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
Dilutor Motor SCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.6.
movement. Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Alarm: The Instrument Check for the plug in of the connectors P84 (for the
Reagent line detects a problem motor) and P82 (for SCOS).
Dilutor Motor during the Reagent Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
Error Dilutor Motor SCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.6.
movement. Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Alarm: Sample The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Arm detects a problem movement.
Horizontal during the Sample Check Motor Phase setting.
Motor Error Arm Horizontal Check for the plug in of the connectors P93 (for the
Motor movement. motor) and P92 (for DCOS).
Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.3.
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Alarm: Sample The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Arm Vertical detects a problem movement.
Motor Error during the Sample Check for the plug in of the connectors P94 (for the
Arm Vertical motor) and P91 (for DCOS).
Motor movement. Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.4.
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Modules Interconnection Board.
Alarm: Rotor The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Holder Motor detects a problem movement.
Error during the Rotor Check Motor Phase setting.
Holder Motor Check for the plug in of the connectors P147 (for the
movement. motor) and P142 (for DCOS).
Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.1.
Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
Board (Board #6).
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.
Alarm: Rotor The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Cover Motor detects a problem movement.

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Error during the Rotor Check for the plug in of the connectors P144 (for the
Cover Motor motor) and P143 (for DCOS).
movement. Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.2; pay
attention to tension of the Cover movement’ Belt.
Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
Board (Board #6).
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.

6.1.4 R.E.M. (Rotor Exchange Module) Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Rotor Arm detects a problem movement.
Horizontal during the Rotor Check Motor Phase setting.
Motor Error Arm Horizontal Check for the plug in of the connectors P104 (for the
Motor movement. motor) and P107 (for DCOS).
Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.8.
Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Replace the R.E.M. Lower Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Rotor Arm detects a problem movement.
Vertical Motor during the Rotor Check for the plug in of the connectors P105 (for the
Error Arm Vertical motor) and P108 (for DCOS).
Motor movement. Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.9.
Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Replace the R.E.M. Lower Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for mechanical obstruction during the
Rotor detects a problem movement.
Transport during the Rotor Check for the plug in of the connectors P103 (for the
Motor Error Transport Motor motor) and P106 (for DCOS).
movement. Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.7.
Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Replace the R.E.M. Lower Interconnection Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check the Electro-Magnet on the Rotor Arm.
Rotor Arm detects a problem Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Electromagnet in the Electro- Replace the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board.
Error Magnet located on
the Rotor Arm.
Warning: The Instrument Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Rotor Arm detects a problem Replace the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board.
Electromagnet in the driver circuit Check the Electro-Magnet on the Rotor Arm.
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Magnet located on
the Rotor Arm.
Warning: The Instrument Check the Upper Electro-Magnet of the Rotor Stack.
Rotor Stack detects a problem Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Upper in the Upper Replace the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board.
Electromagnet Electro-Magnet of
Error the Rotor Stack.
Warning: The Instrument Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Rotor Stack detects a problem Replace the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board.
Upper in the driver circuit Check the Upper Electro-Magnet of the Rotor Stack.
Electromagnet for the Upper
Circuit Error Electro-Magnet of
the Rotor Stack.
Warning: The Instrument Check the Lower Electro-Magnet of the Rotor Stack.
Rotor Stack detects a problem Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Lower in the Lower Replace the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board.
Electromagnet Electro-Magnet of
Error the Rotor Stack.
Warning: The Instrument Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Rotor Stack detects a problem Replace the R.E.M. Upper Interconnection Board.
Lower in the driver circuit Check the Lower Electro-Magnet of the Rotor Stack.
Electromagnet for the Lower
Circuit Error Electro-Magnet of
the Rotor Stack.
Warning: The Instrument Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
REM CPU detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the REM
Error in the CPU on the Software.
R.E.M. Board. Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Warning: The Instrument Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
REM detects a problem make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the REM
communicatio during the Software.
n Error communications Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
from the CPU on Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
the R.E.M. Board
to the CPU on the
Slave Board.
Warning: The Instrument It’s a generic message, typically it’s associated to
REM detects a generic another error (see the Warning List and the File Error
execution problem during the History); after the resolution of other problems if this
Error movements of the error message doesn’t disappear then Log-Out, Turn
REM’s assembles Off and On the Instrument.
and/or Electro- Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Magnet. make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the REM
Software.
Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Replace the R.E.M. Upper or Lower Interconnection
Board.

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Alarm: REM The REM’s CPU Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
electric Error detects a Short make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the REM
Circuit on one, or Software.
more then one, Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
driver circuit on Check in the File Error History for the presence of
Board. other alarm message associated.
So, for protection Replace the R.E.M. Upper or Lower Interconnection
purposes, the Board.
REM’s CPU Turns
Off the +12VPW,
which power the
Board.
Alarm: REM The REM’s CPU Check the presence of the +12VPWR on the TP2 of
voltage out of detects a problem the Switching Power Supply Board.
range on the +24VPW Replace the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
generated on the
REM Board.

6.1.5 Optic Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: Analysis aborted Check the Halogen Lamp.
Halogen Lamp for an unexpected Assess Service Program and check the +6VLAMP
Error Halogen Lamp voltage on the TP6 of the SPS; if required adjust this
Turn Off or a voltage through RV2.
lowering of the Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
+6VLAMP voltage #3).
on the Switching
Power Supply.
Warning: No The Instrument Check the presence of Wash-R Emulsion or Distilled
Wash-R detects a problem Water in the Rotor’s cuvettes.
Emulsion / on the Optical
Optical Reference or the Cleans the Rotor Holder holes and all the optic parts
Channel Error Optical Channels in the analysis compartment (for both Optic
during the Channels), using cotton tips with Distilled Water.
Analysis.
Following are the Check Out and Adjust the Optic Channels value:
checks performed: Coagulimetric Channel
OFFSET: 0 – 15 mV.
1) During the rotor GAIN: with Wash-R Emulsion in cuv. #20
verification: 2.6 V.
- OFFSET
Coagulimetric Ch Chromogenic Channel
<70mV. (without OFFSET: 0 – 15 mV.
rotor) GAIN: with no cuvette in rotor holder 8.7 V.
- OFFSET Check also that the Chromogenic Channel value
Chromogenic Ch reading with the Wash-R Emulsion in the cuv. #6 is

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<70 mV. (without <3.5 V. If failed, replace the Optical Filter at 405
rotor) nm, located over the Chromogenic Sensor inside the
Rotor Cover.
2) During the
Acquisition: Check the light sources efficiency.
- Coagulimetric
Channel’s values,
read on the Wash-R
Emulsion, within
range 1.5 – 4.0 V.
- Chromogenic
Channel’s values,
read on the distilled
water, within range
5.0 - 9.5 V.
- Chromogenic
Channel’s values,
read on the Wash-R
Emulsion <3.5V.

6.1.6 Acquisition Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: Analysis aborted Check for the plug in of the connectors P147 (for the
Rotor Holder for an unexpected motor) and P142 (for DCOS).
Motor blocked failure of the Rotor Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
during Holder Motor DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.1.
acquisition during the Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
acquisition. Board (Board #6).
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.
Warning: Analysis aborted Check for the plug in of the connectors P147 (for the
Home Position for an unexpected motor) and P142 (for DCOS).
not found failure during the Check Motor Phase setting.
during acquisition, of the Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
acquisition DCOS associated DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.1.
to the Rotor Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Holder. Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
Board (Board #6).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.
Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
#3).
Warning: Analysis aborted Check for the plug in of the connectors P147 (for the
Unexpected for an unexpected motor) and P142 (for DCOS).
cuvette failure during the Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
interruption acquisition, of the DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.1.

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DCOS associated Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).


to the Rotor Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
Holder. Board (Board #6).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.
Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
#3).
Warning: Analysis aborted Check Coag and Chrom Acquisition Voltage.
Unexpected for an unexpected Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
ADC interrupt A/D Converter #3).
Interrupt, during Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
the acquisition.
Warning: Null Acquisition signal Check Coag and Chrom Acquisition Voltage and
optical goes to zero during “Offset” Voltage.
reference ADC analysis cycle Check “Curve Adjustment” setting.
error in Check LED, optical fibre, coaxial cable connection.
acquisition Replace Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board #3)
Warning: Data Analysis aborted Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
transmission for an unexpected #3).
error during error of the data Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
acquisition transmission,
during the
acquisition.
Warning: Analysis aborted Check Motor Phase setting.
Rotor Holder for an unexpected Check for the plug in of the connectors P147 (for the
Motor error failure of the Rotor motor) and P142 (for DCOS).
during Holder Motor Check for the functionality of the Motor and of the
acquisition during the DCOS as described in the sub-section 7.6.1.
acquisition. Replace the Photometric and Temperatures Control
Board (Board #6).
Replace the Motors Board (Board #5).
Replace the Photometer Interface Board.
Warning:
Acquisition
stopped
Warning: Analysis aborted Check for the functionality of the Rotor Cover
Rotor Cover for an unexpected Sensor as described in the sub-section 7.9.1; pay
opened during opening of the attention to the correct positioning of the sensor.
acquisition Rotor Cover during Replace the Rotor Cover Sensor.
the acquisition. Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
#3).
Replace the Photometric Interface Board.

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6.1.7 Liquid Sensors Error

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: The Instrument Check the presence and the level of the Liquid in the
Sample Low detects, during the Position xxx.
Level in loading, a Low Perform any Priming cycles and then check for air
Position xxx Level on the bubbles along the fluidic path.
Sample located in Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4.2,
the position xxx. checks for the functionality of the Needles Sensor;
pay attention to the correct positioning of the
Needles Block.
Replace the Needles Block.
Replace the LLD Board.
Replace the LLD Cable.
Warning: The Instrument Check the presence and the level of the Liquid “Id”
Liquid “Id” detects, during the in the Position xxx.
Low Level in loading, a Low Perform any Priming cycles and then check for air
Position xxx Level on the Liquid bubbles along the fluidic path.
for test yyy “Id” located in the Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4.2,
position xxx and checks for the functionality of the Needles Sensor;
used for the test pays attention to the correct positioning of the
yyy. Needles Block.
Replace the Needles Block.
Replace the LLD Board.
Replace the LLD Cable.
Warning: The Instrument Check the presence and the level of the Mandatory
Mandatory detects, during the Liquid “Id” in the Position xxx.
Liquid “Id” loading, a Low Perform any Priming cycles and then check for air
Low Level in Level on the bubbles along the fluidic path.
Position xxx Mandatory Liquid Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4,
for test yyy “Id” located in the checks for the functionality of the Needles Sensor;
position xxx and pays attention to the correct positioning of the
used for the test Needles Block.
yyy. Replace the Needles Block.
Replace the LLD Board.
Replace the LLD Cable.
Warning: The Instrument Check the presence and the level of the Wash-R
Wash-R detects a Low Emulsion (at least over 100 mL).
Emulsion Low Level on the Wash- Check also the horizontally of the Wash-R
Level R Emulsion. Emulsion’s bottle and for the correct insertion of the
cap sensor.
Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4.1,
checks for the functionality of the Wash-R Emulsion
Sensor.
Warning: The Instrument Check the presence and the level of the Wash-R
Wash-R detects, during a Emulsion (at least over 100 mL).
Emulsion not analytical Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4.1,
absent cycle, that the checks for the functionality of the Wash-R Emulsion

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Wash-R Emulsion Sensor.


is absent. Replace the Reference Emulsion Sensor.
Replace the Needles & Wash-R Sensor
Interconnection Board.
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (board #3).
Replace the Mother Board
Warning: The Instrument Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4.2,
Sample sensor detects a problem checks for the functionality of the Needles Sensor.
Error on the Sample Replace the Needles Block.
line’s Liquid Replace the LLD Board.
Sensor. Replace the LLD Cable.
Replace the Needles & Wash-R Sensor
Interconnection Board.
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (board #3).
Replace the Mother Board
Warning: The Instrument Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4.2,
Reagent sensor detects a problem checks for the functionality of the Needles Sensor.
Error on the Reagent Replace the Needles Block.
line’s Liquid Replace the LLD Board.
Sensor. Replace the LLD Cable.
Replace the Needles & Wash-R Sensor
Interconnection Board.
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (board #3).
Replace the Mother Board
Warning: The Wash-R Solves the problem associated to the Wash-R Sensor,
Wash-R sensor Emulsion Sensor is then enable the sensor in the System Configuration
Off disabled in the menu to restore the normal condition.
System
Configuration
menu’.
Warning: The Sample line’s Solves the problem associated to the Sample Sensor,
Sample sensor Sensor is disabled then enable the sensor in the System Configuration
Off in the System menu to restore the normal condition.
Configuration
menu’.
Warning: The Reagent line’s Solves the problem associated to the Reagent Sensor,
Reagent sensor Sensor is disabled then enable the sensor in the System Configuration
Off in the System menu to restore the normal condition.
Configuration
menu’.
Alarm: Wash- The Instrument Check the presence and the level of the Wash-R
R Emulsion detects, during an Emulsion (at least over 100 mL).
absent analysis, that the Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.4.1,
Wash-R Emulsion checks for the functionality of the Wash-R Emulsion
is absent. Sensor.
The analysis aborts. Replace the Reference Emulsion Sensor.
Replace the Needles & Wash-R Sensor
Interconnection Board.
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (board #3).

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Replace the Mother Board

6.1.8 Operative Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: The Instrument Check in the Optic Sensor test the functionality and
Rotor Waste detects, before the the mechanical assemble of the Rotor Waste
Door open Rotor unloading, Presence Switch.
and/or Rotor that the Rotor Replace the REM Lower Interconnection.
Waste Waste door is open Replace the REM Board (Board #4).
Container and/or the Rotor
absent Waste is missing.
Warning: The Instrument Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.5.2,
Rotor Waste detects, before the checks for the functionality of the Waste Full Sensor.
Full Rotor unloading, Replace the REM Lower Interconnection.
that the Rotor Replace the REM Board (Board #4).
Waste is full.
Warning: The Instrument Check that the External Printer is connected and On-
Printer failure detects, before the Line.
document printing, Check in the Interface Setup that the transmission
that the External protocol selected is consistent (ex. ESC/P2).
Printer fails or is Following the procedure in the section 7.13.5, checks
not ready to print. for the functionality of the External Printer.
Replace the Interface Board.
Replace the CPU Master Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for the presence of the liquids required in the
Cleaning not detects, during the positions R6 and R7.
performed cleaning cycle, that Following the procedure in the sub-section
the cleaning’s 7.4,checks for the functionality of the Needles
liquid is missing in Sensor.
the positions R6 Replace the Needles Block.
and/or R7. Replace the LLD Board.
Replace the LLD Cable.
Replace the Needles & Wash-R Sensor
Interconnection Board.
Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (board #3).
Replace the Mother Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for the functionality of the Rotor Cover
Forced open detects, during Sensor as described in the sub-section 7.9.1; pay
Rotor Cover loading or attention to the correct positioning of the sensor.
incubation, that the Replace the Rotor Cover Sensor.
Rotor Cover is Replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board
open. #3).
Replace the Photometric Interface Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check for the functionality of the Rotor Stack Cover
Rotor Stack detects that the Sensor in the Optic Sensor test.
Cover open Rotor Stack Cover Check for the presence of the Magnet.
is open. Replace the Rotor Stack Cover Sensor.

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Replace the REM Upper Interface Board.


Replace the REM Board (Board #4).
Warning: The Instrument Check for the presence of the Floppy Disk in the
Floppy Not detects that the Floppy Disk Drive.
Present Floppy Disk is Replace the Floppy Disk Drive.
missing. Replace the Cable of the Floppy Disk Drive.
Replace the CPU Master Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check that the Floppy Disk in the Floppy Disk Drive
Floppy disk detects, during a is not write protect.
write protected writing operation, Replace the Floppy Disk.
that the Floppy Replace the Floppy Disk Drive.
Disk is write Replace the Cable of the Floppy Disk Drive.
protected. Replace the CPU Master Board.
Warning: The Instrument Check that the Floppy Disk in the Floppy Disk Drive
Floppy disk detects, during a is not full.
full writing operation, Replace the Floppy Disk.
that the Floppy Replace the Floppy Disk Drive.
Disk is full. Replace the Cable of the Floppy Disk Drive.
Replace the CPU Master Board.
Warning: During the loading Following the procedure in the sub-section 7.16.2,
Timeout of the analytical make the Upload and then the Upgrade of the Master
expired during cycle the timeout is and of the Slave Software.
loading expired. Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).

6.1.9 Database Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: The Instrument Restore normal conditions performing a Backup
Database full detects that the (Recommended) and a Delete of the Patient data.
Database is full.
Warning:
Error
restoring
Database
Warning:
Error backing
up Database
Alarm: Error
opening
Database
Alarm:
Check
Database error
Alarm:
Database
Error

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6.1.10 Samples Identification Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: No There is not Check for the consistency between Samples ID on
Test to consistency the Sample Tray and the programmed Loadlists.
Perform between Samples
ID and
programmed
Loadlists.
Warning: The Barcode Check for the presence of a good label on the
Error in Reader can’t Samples and the correct position.
Samples recognize one or Check that the Labels are as specification required
Identification more Sample ID (see Appendix B).
Labels. Check for the correct assemble and alignment of the
Internal Barcode Reader.
Check for the cleaning and the transparency of the
plastic slide in front to the BCR.
Warning: The Instrument Replace the Internal Barcode Reader.
Internal Bar detects the Internal Replace the Slave Board (Board #2).
Code Reader Bar Code Reader Replace the Module Interconnection Board.
Error fail.

6.1.11 DMS Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: ASTM Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Error passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Bad Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Test Code passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Too Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Many Test passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Unknown Test passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Code Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Host Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW

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Not passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host


Responding Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Host Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Required Stop passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Format Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Error passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Test Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Order without passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Sample ID Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Sample Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
ID without passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Test Order Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Invalid Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Sample ID passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Used Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Sample ID passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Database Full passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Sent Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Different passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Sample ID Communication Protocol”.
Warning: Host Informative Verify the functionality of the Host communication
Com.: Invalid Message. serial line as described in the section 7.13. If the HW
Instrument ID passes the test then consult the Appendix A “Host
Communication Protocol”.

6.1.12 Analytical Errors

ERROR MEANING AND POSSIBLE CAUSES, PARTS TO BE


MESSAGES EFFECTS CHECKED OR REPLACED

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This sub-section is not available in this Service Manual release 2. For reference on the
analytical errors consult the proper section of the Operator’s Manual.

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6.2 Service Tools


In this section are described the Service Tools that have been designed to aid in servicing
of the ACL Elite/ElitePro.
All tools listed below are applicable to the ACL 8/9/10K and Elite/ElitePro. A kit
containing most of the service tools is available under P/N 190653-00, and except for the
Coagulimetric Optic Test kit p/n 00097580-50 and the Chromogenic Optic Test kit p/n
00097579-50. Tools not included in the kit must be ordered separately.

Following is the table with the main information about the Service Tools.

Name Part Used for Already used in


Number ACL family
Temperature Probe 70954-00 Rotor Holder temperature test YES
Coagulimetric Optic 97580-50 Coagulimetric Channel YES
Test Kit performance checks
Chromogenic Optic Test 97579-50 Chromogenic Channel YES
Kit performance checks
Graduated Capillary 82589-00 Sample / Reagent Dilutor line YES
Kit dispensation test
RS 232 C Interface 99211-01 Serial lines test (Require the YES
Check Connector Adapter below to work)
RS 232 C Interface 71467-70 Serial lines test NO
Check Connector
Adapter
Needles Position Tool 181039-41 Needles Position test YES
Sample Arm Centering 190513-00 Sample Arm Movement Assy NO
Tool positioning
Rotor Arm Centering 190503-00 Rotor Arm positioning NO
Tool
Needles Waste 190515-00 Sample Arm positioning NO
Centering Tool
Peltier Centering Tool 190507-00 Peltier positioning NO
Touch Screen 190574-00 Touch Screen Calibration test NO
Calibration Tool
Rotor Cover Motor 190510-00 Rotor Cover Movement Assy NO
Centering Tool positioning
Rotor Cover Encoder 190575-00 Rotor Cover Movement Assy NO
Centering Tool Encoder positioning
Rotor Stack Centering 190833-38 Rotor Stack positioning NO
Tool
Rotor Snap Alignment 190800-00 Alignment of rotor snap NO
tool mounting pins
Rotor Temperature 190675-48 Simulates resistance value of NO
Simulation tool rotor holder thermistor

Following is a detailed description of each Service Tool above listed.

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• Temperature Probe (P/N 70954-00)

Purpose:
This Tool allows the checking of the actual temperature within the rotor analysis area.

Description:
It consists of a precise thermistor fit into a cuvette of an analysis rotor.
The leads of the thermistor are brought to the upper tool surface in order to allow the
measuring of the thermistor resistance (with a DVM) through the two dispensing holes on
the Rotor Cover. The read resistance value allows through a mathematical calculation
written on the label stuck on the tool upper surface, to know the temperature in °C present
inside the analysis rotor. The value must be between 36 –38 °C.

The procedure to use this tool is very easy but it’s important to pay attention to follow all

Xxxx - Read value


°C=
Xxx
Rv 37 °C=xxxxx

TEMPERATURE PROBE
P/N 70954-00
the steps.

1 Turn On the Instrument and wait at least 20 minutes.


2 Check in the Temperature Control menu that the Rotor Holder Temperature is
within range 38 – 39 °C.
3 Place the Temperature Probe on the Rotor Holder as a normal analysis rotor.
4 Wait at least 15 minutes then using your DVM read the resistance of the
thermistor on the upper surface of the tool and calculate the corresponding
temperature.

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Coagulimetric Optic Test Kit (P/N 97580-50)

Purpose:
This kit allows the checking of the performance of the Coagulimetric Channel (see sub-
section 7.2.2).

Description:
The kit contains four different concentration levels of Wash-Reference Emulsion for a
total of 50 ampoules distributed as follows:

13 ampoules of 2
19 ampoules of 1
12 ampoules of 0.5
6 ampoules of 0.25

• Chromogenic Optic Test Kit (P/N 97579-50)

Purpose:
This kit allows the checking of the performance of the Chromogenic Channel (see sub-
section 7.3.2).

Description:
The kit contains four different concentration levels of a yellow solution
(ParaNitroAniline, PNA) for a total of 50 ampoules distributed as follows:

13 ampoules of 160
19 ampoules of 80
12 ampoules of 40
6 ampoules of 20

• Graduated Capillary Kit (P/N 82589-00)

Purpose:
This tool allows the checking of the Sample and Reagent Dilutor lines aspiration and
dispensing (see sub-section 7.8.2).

Description:
The kit contains 3 capillaries.

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Upper Reference lines

Lower Reference lines

GRADUATED CAPILLARY

• RS 232 C Interface Check Connector (P/N 99211-01) and


RS 232 C Interface Check Connector (P/N 199992-01)

Purpose:
These tools can be plugged together on serial line ports (Modem, Mouse and Host
communication ports) present on the rear Instrument Interface Board to allow ports to be
tested through the relevant Service program (see section 7.13).

Description:
Following is the RS 232 C Interface Check Connector drawing in order to make it if it’s
not available.

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13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14

RS 232 C INTERFACE CHECK CONNECTOR


P/N 99211-01
The RS 232 C Interface Check Connector Adapter is a standard PC adapter 25/9 Pin
Female/Female.

Following is the drawing of a serial customized 9 Pin Check Connector Male (for the Bar
Code Port) or Female (for Host, Mouse and Modem Port) in order to make it if the RS
232 C Interface Check Connector and its Adapter are not available.

TX RX

5 4 3 2 1

9 8 7 6

DTR DSR

C T S RT S

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• Needles Position Tool (P/N 181039-41)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used to carry out the alignment of the Needles Block in respect to the
analysis rotor position (see sub-section 7.7.4).

Description:
The tool is a plastic block that has to be properly snapped on the Rotor Holder with the
“A” face up. The side “A” of the tool has two Reference Points in order to allow the
proper alignment of the Needles Block tips.

Reference Dots

4.3 mm

NEEDLES POSITION TOOL


P/N 181039-41

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• Sample Arm Centering Tool (P/N 190513-00)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used to center the Sample Arm Movement Assy in respect to the
Fluidic Plate (see sub-section 7.7.1).

Description:
The tool has a simple cylindrical shape that fits between the Sample Arm Movement
Assy shaft and its Fluidic Plate hole.

13,6 mm 19,6 mm

66 mm

SAMPLE ARM CENTRING TOOL


P/N 190513-00

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• Rotor Arm Centring Tool (P/N 190503-00)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used to center the Rotor Arm in respect to the Rotor Transport (see
sub-section 7.7.6).

Description:
The tool has a simple cylindrical shape that fits between the Rotor Arm central finger and
the Rotor Transport central hole.

9 mm 12 mm

ROTOR ARM CENTRING TOOL


P/N 190503-00

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• Needles Waste Centering Tool (P/N 190515-00)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used to center the Needles Block (and the Sample Arm) in respect to
the Needles Waste/Rinse position on the Fluidic Plate (see sub-section 7.7.1).

Description:
The tool has a shape very similar at the normal Waste Adapter with the addition of 2
tubes that fits in the 2 holes for the Needles.

9 mm 12 mm

NEEDLES WASTE CENTRING TOOL


P/N 190515-00

• Peltier Centering Tool (P/N 190507-00)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used to center the Peltier Assy in respect to its holes in the Fluidic
Plate (see sub-section 4.1.2).

Description:
The tools have a simple cylindrical shape that fits into the reagents adaptor holes of the
Peltier.

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28,3 mm 29,8 mm

32 mm

PELTIER CENTRING TOOL


P/N 190507-00

• Touch Screen Calibration Tool (P/N 190574-00)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used during the Touch Screen Calibration test (see section 7.12).

Description:
The tools have a simple pencil shape with a rounded tip.

TOUCH SCREEN CALIBRATION TOOL


P/N 190574-00
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• Rotor Cover Motor Centering Tool (P/N 190510-00)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used when is needed to put in tension the Belt of the Rotor Cover
Movement Assy before the final fixing with the 3 screws (see sub-section 7.6.2).

Description:
The tool has a simple flat shape that fits into the niche between the Rotor Cover
Movement Assy and the support. This tool assures the horizontal alignment of the Rotor
Cover Movement Assy.

ROTOR COVER MOTOR CENTRING TOOL


P/N 190510-00

• Rotor Cover Encoder Centering Tool (P/N 190575-00)

Purpose:
This tool has to be used to center the Encoder Disk position when the Rotor Cover
Movement Assy is replaced (see sub-section 7.6.2).

Description:
The tool has a simple pencil shape with a thread (M3) at the tip that fits into the setscrew
hole.

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M3

ROTOR COVER ENCODER CENTRING TOOL


P/N 190575-00

• Rotor Stack Centering Tool (190833-38 or 190501-00)

Purpose:
Rotor Stack Centering Tool is used to align the Rotor Silo to the Transport Plate (Slider).

Description:
Tool has a handle to allow user to place tool into rotor stack. Tool also has notches to
allow tool to pass by calliper arms in rotor stack. The tool has access holes to access
screws on transport (slider) plate.

Rotor Stack Centering Tool P/N 190833-38

• Sample Tray Alignment Tools (P/N 190520-00)

Purpose:
Tools are placed into sample and reagent positions on the tray and tray alignment to the
sample arm is verified.

Description:
Tools are sized to fit into sample or reagent positions on the tray. Each tool has an
alignment hole to check position with needle block in arm.

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Sample Tray Alignment Tools P/N 190520-00

• Rotor Snap Alignment Tool (P/N 190800-00)

Purpose:
After rotor snap is removed from the rotor holder the Rotor Snap Alignment Tool is used
to insure the 2 pins on the rotor holder are straight vertically. Tool is placed over the pins
on the rotor holder to straighten the pins.

Description:
Rotor Snap Alignment Tool is cylinder shaped with two (2) small holes in the bottom of
the lower end. Align small holes with pins on rotor holder where snap mounts and gently
press down on tool to straighten pins.

• Rotor Holder Temperature Simulation Tool (p/n190675-48)

Purpose:
Simulates rotor holder thermistor resistance if at approximately 37.5C . A defective
heater coil will cause power supply to shut down due to no load or overcurrent condition.
Using this tool the ACL unit can be powered on to allow further troubleshooting.

Description:
If power supply is in shutdown condition, unplug the rotor holder heater cable and install
the rotor holder temperature simulator tool by plugging it into the heater cable connector.
This will simulate a rotor temperature of approximately 37.5 C possibly allowing the
power supply to power up normally and allow the service personel to further troubleshoot
the unit.

6.3 Standard Tools


This section provides suggestions about the standard tools equipment of the Service
Engineer required to perform a replacement or an adjustment on the ACL Elite/ElitePro.

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Following is the list of the standard tools.

• Set of metric hexagonal Allen Screw Driver


In particular: 1.5 mm
2 mm
2.5 mm *
3 mm *
5 mm

• Set of metric Socket Wrench Driver


In particular: 5 mm
5.5 mm
6 mm
7 mm
• Flat Srew Driver
• Phillips Screw Driver

* Note: A special flexible version of these two screwdrivers are both available in
the kit “2.5/3 mm Flex Allen Screw Driver” P/N 99208-10

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Chapter 7
Checkout & Adjustment
This chapter is designed to allow the Service Engineer to perform a thorough check
out of the whole Instrument.
The Service software incorporates proper utilities for the entire checkout and
adjustment needed.
Following are the specific sections with the check out procedures.

Warning: Do not access sample or reagent area while probe arm is operating.

Note: For Software version 3.0 and above, to access the Service Menu log on with
Username: Service and Password: System Fix
User names and passwords are case sensitive.

7.1 Quick Reference Guide to Electronic Adjustment


7.2 Coagulimetric Channel
7.3 Chromogenic Channel
7.4 Liquid Sensor
7.5 Optic Sensor
7.6 Motors Adjust
7.7 Modules Positioning
7.8 Dilutors Module
7.9 Magnetic Sensor
7.10 Rotor Waste Presence Switch
7.11 Switching Power Supply check out & Adjustment
7.12 Touch Screen Calibration
7.13 Interface Test
7.14 Temperature Control
7.15 Floppy Disk Drive Test
7.16 Software checking & loading

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7.1 Quick Reference Guide for Electronic Adjustment


This section is designed to help the service engineer to remember the set value and the
conditions to perform the main electronic adjustment.

• Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board #3)

Coag. Ch. Chrom. Ch.

Trimmer Function Condition Reading Point Set Value (V)


RV1 Off-Set Coag. Ch. Light blocked LCD 0-15 mv
RV2 Gain Coag: Ch. 200ul ref sol LCD 2.6 +/- 0.300V
position 20
RV3 Gain Chrom. Ch. No Rotor LCD 8.7 +/- 0.050V
RV4 Off-Set Chrom. Ch. Light blocked LCD 0-15 mv
RV5 Rotor Cover Sensor Cover closed LCD >2.7 V
RV6 Autosamp. Middle Ring 2ml Cup LCD Refer to procedure
Optic Sensor in section 7.5.3
RV7 Autosamp. Inner Ring 4ml Bottle LCD >3.2 V
Optic Sensor without label,
filled w/ water
RV9 Wash-R Level Sens. Flush volume LCD Flush volume 500ml
500ml
RV10 Autosamp. Outer Ring 2ml Cup LCD >3.0 V
Optic Sensor
RV11 Reagent Level Sens. 1500ul ref sol. LCD 4.0 to 4.4 V
4 ml bottle
RV12 Sample Level Sens. 150ul ref sol. LCD 3.9 to 4.3 V
0.5 ml cup

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• Rotor Exchange Module Board (Board #4)

Trimmer Function Condition Reading Point Set Value (V)


PT1 Rotor Stack Optic Rotor in TP 0 & TP 1 ≥8.0 V
Sensor position
PT2 Rotor Transport Optic Rotor in TP 0 & TP 2 ≥8.0 V
Sensor position
PT3 Rotor Waste Optic Ten rotors in TP 0 & TP 3 ≥4.00 V
Sensor waste bin

7.2 Coagulimetric channel


Several tests are available to troubleshoot or verify the Coagulimetric Channel.
These tests allow verification of electronic circuits (PCB) and optical components
(light source and optic fiber). The tests used to verify the Coagulimetric Optical
Channel are:

Test Name Purpose See section


Coagulimetric Channel Sets the reading value and the peak of 7.2.1
check out and adjustment the bell shaped signal of data acquisition.
Performance check out Verifies that precision and linearity are 7.2.2
within specs.
Light source (LED) Performs match of electronic signals to 7.2.3
verification actual performance of the light source.
Optic fiber check out and Optimizes optic performance. 7.2.4
adjustment procedure

7.2.1 Coagulimetric Channel check out and adjustment

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors.


- Wash-Reference Emulsion.
- 200µl micropipette.

Precaution

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Make sure that the instrument has been switched ON for at least 20 minutes (warm-up
of light source and thermoregulation) prior to performing the following procedure.

1 Enter the service program menu.


2 Thoroughly clean the twenty optical path (holes) of the Rotor Holder with distilled
water and a cotton swab. Clean also the optical sensor window and the optic fiber
of the Coagulimetric Channel. Do not use metal forceps with gauze as this may
scratch the rotor holder generating possible stray light affecting the proper system
performance.
3 On the windows like menu enter Service then A/D Converter Test. The instrument
displays the screen below.

4 Using the Icon on the screen turn off the LED. Lower the analysis compartment
cover then locate the trimmer RV1 (on Board # 3) see figure below.

5 Adjust RV1 to read between 0 and 15 mV on screen. Then touch “√” to exit.
Note: Turn RV1 CCW to increase offset mV or CW to decrease offset mV.

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On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module Test and Curve
Adjustment. The instrument shows the screen below:

6 Load 200µl of Wash-Reference Emulsion in cuvette number 20 of a new rotor.


7 Place the prepared rotor on the Rotor Holder.
8 Select Coagulimetric Channel, set rotational speed to 1200 rpm and touch Start.
The instrument performs an acquisition cycle. Upon completion of the acquisition
cycle, scroll the table of values and delays until you find the delay corresponding
to the value of 1000.
9 Update, if necessary the current delay, keying in the new value on the window
“Select Delay”.
10 Change the rotational speed from 1200 to 600 rpm, and touch Start. The
instrument performs an acquisition cycle. Upon completion of the acquisition
cycle scroll the table of values and delays until you find the delay corresponding to
the value of 1000.
11 Update the delay by keying it on the window “Select Delay” only if necessary.
Touch “√” to exit, so the new settings will be saved.
12 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module and Acquisition
Adjustment.
13 Leave the rotor previously loaded in place and touch Start (if the rotor loaded was
in place for more than 3 minutes load a new one).
14 Adjust RV2 (on board # 3, see figure on previous page) to read 2.6 Vdc on the
Coagulimetric Channel line (accept any value from 2.3 to 2.9Vdc). Once adjusted
touch Stop, then “√” to exit.
15 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module and Fiber
Adjustment. Wait for the motor initialization, then remove the rotor from the
analysis compartment. Touch Start and verify that (without a rotor in place) no
“cuvette” reads higher than 70 mV. Should this test fail, perform the fiber
adjustment as described in sub-section 7.2.4. If the test passes then touch Stop and
insert a new rotor into the analysis compartment. Touch Start and verify that
cuvette readings are above 130 mV and do not exceed 1500 mV. Touch “Set to
Envelope Mode” and verify that all the min/max values are < 50mV. Touch Stop
and then “X” to exit.

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7.2.2 Performance checkout

These two tests are designed to verify the overall performance of the Coagulimetric
Channel:

• Coagulimetric Precision Test


• Coagulimetric Linearity Test

The Coagulimetric Optic Test Kit (P/N 97580-50) is necessary to perform both tests.
The kit consists of 50 vials (2 mL each):

13 vials 2
19 vials 1
12 vials 0.5
6 vials 0.25

Warning: If one of the tests fail then it is necessary to perform all the other check out
tests of this section 7.2.

Note: The procedure identifies the Coagulometric Precision test and Coagulometeric
Linearity test for the “Reagent” fluidic path. To run the Coagulometric Precision test
and Coagulometric Linearity test for the “Sample” fluidic path select “Loading Type”
as “Sample Dilutor” and in addition the sample and reagent tubing connections at the
probe block must be swapped. At the completion of the test(s) swap the sample and
reagent tubing connections at the probe block back to the original positions.

• Coagulimetric Precision Test

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors.


- Coagulimetric Optic Test Kit
- P/N 97580-50
- Clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial or other
suitable container

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module Test and Channel
Optic Test.
2 The instrument shows the screen below. Select in sequence Channel type:
Coagulimetric; Test Type: Precision Loading Type: Reagent.

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3 Put the content of two vials (4ml) labelled 1 (taken from the kit P/N 97580-50)
into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial with a Green adapter.

Note: For this test it is possible to use the Wash-Reference Emulsion in substitution of
the Silicon Emulsion labelled 1.

4 Position the 4 mL reagent vial with the adapter onto the reagent position R1.
5 Load 200µl of Wash-Reference Emulsion in cuvette number 20 of a new rotor
before placing the rotor onto the Rotor Holder in the analysis compartment.
6 Touch “Start in Manual Rotor Loading”. The instrument will load the rotor
cuvettes picking the Silicon Emulsion from the reagent vial using the reagent
probe.
7 Wait for the acquisition cycle then verify the following parameters :

CV% (cuvette # 1 to # 18) :<=5


CV% (Reference) :<=3
Mean Reference : 2.2 V to 3.0 V

Note: Acquisition cycle only can be repeated selecting Skip Loading from the
“Loading Type” window.

8 Touch “√” twice to exit.

• Coagulimetric Linearity Test

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors.


- Coagulimetric Optic Test Kit
P/N 97580-50.
- Clean, empty reagent vial or other
suitable container.

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module Test and Channel
Optic Test.

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2 The instrument shows the screen below. Select in sequence Channel type:
Coagulimetric; Test Type: Linearity Loading Type: Reagent.

3 Put the content of two vials (4ml), of each level (1, 0.5 and 0.25 from the kit P/N
97580-50) into three clean, empty 4 mL reagent vials with their Green adapters.
4 Position the 4 mL reagent vials with the adapters on the reagent tray as follows:

Rgt position Level Volume


R1 1 4 ml
R2 0.5 4 ml
R3 0.25 4 ml

5 Load 200µl of Wash-Reference Emulsion in cuvette number 20 of a new rotor


before placing the rotor onto the Rotor Holder in the analysis compartment.
6 Touch “Start in Manual Rotor Loading”. The instrument will load the rotor
cuvettes aspirating silicon emulsions from the reagent vials using the reagent
probe.
7 Wait for the acquisition cycle then verify the following parameters:

CV% (cuvette # 1 to # 6) :<=4


CV% (cuvette # 7 to # 12) :<=5
CV% (cuvette # 13 to # 18) :<=5
CV% (Reference) : < = 2.5
Mean Reference : 2.0 V to 3.0 V
R2 : >= 0.997

Note: Acquisition cycle only can be repeated selecting “Skip Loading” from the
“Loading Type” window.

8 Touch “√” twice to exit.

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7.2.3 Light source (LED) verification

These two tests are designed to verify the overall performance of the Coagulimetric
Channel LED with fiber:

• Coagulimetric Channel LED efficiency Test


• Coagulimetric Channel LED with Fiber replacement

• Coagulimetric Channel LED efficiency Test

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors


- Wash-Reference Emulsion
- 200 µl micropipette

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module and Acquisition
Adjustment. The instrument shows the screen below.

2 Load 200µl of Wash-Reference Emulsion in cuvette number 20 of a new rotor.


3 Place the loaded rotor onto the Rotor Holder in the analysis compartment.
4 Locate the trimmer RV2 (on Board # 3) see figure below.

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5 Touch Start and then turn RV2 fully clockwise until to read as low as possible on
the Coagulimetric Channel line.
6 Check that in the above conditions the value displayed on the screen is higher than
250 mV. If test fails replace the “Coagulimetric Channel LED with fiber” assy (see
next sub-section). If test passes then adjust RV2 to read 2.6 V ± 0.3V on the
screen.
7 Touch Stop and “√” to exit.

• Coagulimetric Channel LED with Fibre replacement

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors


- Wash-Reference Emulsion
- 200 µl micropipette

If the LED is replaced follow the procedure here below to adjust the amplifier circuit
and the optic fibre.

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module and Acquisition
Adjustment. The instrument shows the screen below.

2 Load 200 µl of Wash-Reference Emulsion inside cuvette number 20 of a new


rotor.
3 Place the loaded rotor onto the Rotor Holder in the analysis compartment, and
then touch Start.

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4 Locate the trimmer RV2 (on Board # 3) see figure below.

5 Adjust RV2 to read 2.600 ± 0.3 V on the screen.


6 Loosen the setscrew, which locks the sleeve with the optic fibre into the socket.

Optic fibre
Loose this
set screw
Sleeve

7 Move the optic fibre upward to obtain the maximum voltage reading on the
Coagulimetric Channel line. After reaching maximum value, move fibre in
opposite direction until the value decreases by 100mV, then tighten the setscrew.
8 Adjust by means of RV2 the reading to 2.600 ± 0.3 V.
9 Touch Stop then “√” to exit.

7.2.4 Optic fibre check out and adjustment procedure

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module and Fibre
Adjustment.
2 Wait for the initialization of the motors then empty the analysis compartment from
any rotor.

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3 Touch Start and verify that (without any rotor in place) no “cuvette” reads a value
higher than 70 mV. See screen below:

Warning: If this test fails then follow these few points:

• Loose the setscrew that holds the Optic Fibre in place on the Rotor Holder side.
• Rotate the Optic Fibre CW or CCW (max. 90°) until a reading lower than 70 mV
is obtained.
• Tighten the setscrew to lock the Optic Fibre back in place (the Optic Fibre must be
placed in the bottom).

4 Touch “Set envelope mode”.


5 Wait for about 30 seconds and verify that for no cuvette the MIN-MAX reading
value is higher than 50 mV. If not then perform the test in the sub-section 7.2.3
paying attention to the reading oscillations on Coagulimetric Channel (higher then
50 mV). Then perform the procedure in the sub-section 7.2.1.
6 If OK touch “Stop”. Raise the Rotor Holder Cover and load a new rotor on the
Rotor Holder.
7 Touch Start and check that all cuvettes values read higher than 130 mV and don’t
exceed 1500 mV. If exceed 1500 mV then check for rotor integrity. Touch “Set
envelope mode” and verify that the MIN-MAX for each cuvette is 50mV or less.
8 Touch Stop and then “X” to exit.

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7.3 Chromogenic channel


Several tests are available either to troubleshoot or verify the Chromogenic Channel.
These tests allow verification of electronic circuits (PCB) as well as optical
components (light source and optic fiber).

The tests that achieve verification of the Chromogenic Optical Channel are:

Test Name Purpose See section


Chromogenic Channel Sets the read value and the peak of the bell 7.3.1
check out and adjustment shaped signal of data acquisition.
Channel performance Verifies that precision and linearity are 7.3.2
check out within specs
Light Source (Halogen Performs match of electronic signals to 7.3.3
Lamp) verification actual performance of light source

7.3.1 Chromogenic Channel check out and adjustment

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors


- Wash-Reference Emulsion
- 200 µl micropipette

Precaution
Make sure that the instrument has been switched on for at least 20 minutes (warm-up
of light source and thermoregulation) prior to going through the following procedure:

1 Enter to the service program menu.


2 Thoroughly clean the twenty optical path (holes) of the Rotor Holder with distilled
water and a cotton swab. Clean also the optical sensor and the Optic Fiber
windows of the Chromogenic Channel. Do not use metal forceps with gauze as
this may scratch the rotor holder generating possible stray light affecting the
proper system performance.

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3 On the windows like menu enter Service then A/D Converter Test. The instrument
displays the screen below.

4 Using the Icon turn off the Halogen Lamp. Lower the analysis compartment cover,
then locate the trimmer RV4 (on Board # 3), see figure below:

5 Adjust RV4 to read between 0 and 15 mV on screen. Then touch “√” to exit.
Note: Turn RV4 CCW to decrease offset mV and CW to increase offset mV.
6 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module Test and Curve
Adjustment.
7 Load 200 µl of Wash-Reference Emulsion inside cuvette number 20 of a new
rotor. Place rotor onto rotor holder.
8 Select Chromogenic Channels, set rotational speed at 1200 rpm and touch “Start”.
The instrument performs an acquisition cycle. Upon completion of the acquisition
cycle scroll the table of values and delays until you find the delay corresponding to
the value of 1000.

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9 Check that the delay is within 90 µsec. from the “current” delay displayed on the
window “Select Delay”. The Chromogenic channel delay cannot be updated, only
viewed and compared to the current Coagulametric channel delay.
10 Change the rotational speed from 1200 to 600 rpm and touch “Start”. The
instrument performs an acquisition cycle. Upon completion of the acquisition
cycle scroll the table of values and delays until you find the delay corresponding to
the value of 1000.
11 Check that the delay is within 120 µsec. from the “current” delay displayed on the
window “Select Delay”.
12 Remove the rotor. On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module
Test and Acquisition Adjustment. Touch Start, then adjust RV3 (on board # 3, see
figure on previous page) to read 8.7 ± 0.05 Vdc on the Chromogenic Channel line.
Once adjusted touch “Stop”.
13 Load a new rotor with 200 µl of Wash-Reference Emulsion on cuvette # 6. Place
the loaded rotor in the analysis compartment.
14 Touch “Start” and verify that the reading on Chromogenic Channel line does not
exceed 3.5 Vdc. Otherwise replace the 405 nm Optical Filter and repeat the test.
15 Touch “√” to exit

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7.3.2 Performance checkout

These three tests allow you to verify the overall performance of the Chromogenic
Channel:

• Chromogenic Precision test


• Chromogenic Linearity Test level 80
• Chromogenic Linearity Test level 160

The Chromogenic Optic Test Kit (P/N 97579-50) is necessary to perform both tests.
The kit incorporates 50 vials (2 mL each), having the following concentration of PNA
(ParaNitroAnyline):

13 vials 160 µmol/L


19 vials 80 µmol/L
12 vials 40 µmol/L
6 vials 20 µmol/L

Note: The procedure identifies the Chromogenic Precision test and


Chromogenic Linearity test for the “Reagent” fluidic path. To run the
Chromogenic Precision test and Chromogenic Linearity test for the “Sample”
fluidic path select “Loading Type” as “Sample Dilutor” and in addition the
sample and reagent tubing connections at the probe block must be swapped.
At the completion of the test(s) swap the sample and reagent tubing
connections at the probe block back to the original positions.

• Chromogenic Precision Test

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors


- Chromogenic Optic Test Kit
P/N 97579-50
- Clean, empty reagent vial, or other
suitable container.

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module Test and Channel
Optic Test.
2 Select in sequence Channel type: Chromogenic; Test Type: Precision Loading
Type: Reagent. The instrument shows the screen below:

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3 Put the content of two vials (4ml) of PNA (ParaNitroAnyline) concentration 80


µmol/L (taken from the kit P/N 97579-50) into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial
with its Green adapter or other suitable container.
4 Position the 4 mL reagent vial with the adapter onto the reagent position R1.
5 Pour at least 4 mL of distilled water onto a clean, empty reagent vial or other
suitable container.
6 Position the reagent vial with the distilled water onto reagent position R4.
7 Take a new rotor and place it in the analysis compartment.
8 Touch “Start in Manual Rotor Loading”. The instrument will load the rotor
cuvettes aspirating the PNA from the reagent vials using the reagent probe.
9 Wait for the acquisition cycle, then verify the following parameters:

CV% (cuvette # 1 to # 18) :<=2


CV% (Reference) : < = 0.5
Mean Reference : 7.7 V to 8.3 V

Note: Acquisition cycle only can be repeated selecting Skip Loading from the
“Loading Type” window.

10. Touch “√” twice to exit.

• Chromogenic Linearity Test level 80

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors


- Chromogenic Optic Test Kit
P/N 97579-50
- Clean, empty reagent vial, or other
suitable container.

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1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module Test and Channel
Optic Test.

2 The instrument shows the screen below. Select in sequence Channel type:
Chromogenic, Test Type: Linearity and Loading Type: Reagent.

3 Put the content of two PNA vials (4mL), of each level (80, 40 and 20 from the kit
P/N 97579-50) into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial with their Green adapters, or
other suitable container.
4 Position the reagent vials on the reagent tray as follows:

Rgt position Material Volume


R1 80 µmol/L 4 ml
R2 40 µmol/L 4 ml
R3 20 µmol/L 4 ml

5 Place a new rotor in the analysis compartment.


6 Touch “Start in Manual Rotor Loading”. The instrument will load the rotor
cuvettes aspirating the PNA from the reagent vials using the reagent probe.
7 Wait for the acquisition cycle then verify that the following results are obtained:

CV% (cuvette # 1 to # 6) : < = 1.5


CV% (cuvette # 7 to # 12) :<=3
CV% (cuvette # 13 to # 18) :<=5
CV% (Reference) : < = 0.4
Mean Reference : 7.2 V to 8.8 V
R2 : >= 0.997

Note: Acquisition cycle only can be repeated selecting Skip Loading from the
“Loading Type” window.

8 Touch “√” twice to exit.

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• Chromogenic Linearity Test level 160

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors


- Chromogenic Optic Test Kit
P/N 97579-50
- Clean, empty reagent vial, or other
suitable container.

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module Test and Channel
Optic Test.
2 The instrument shows the screen below. Select in sequence Channel type:
Chromogenic, Test Type: Linearity and Loading Type: Reagent.

3 Put the content of two PNA vials (4 mL), of each level (160, 80 and 40 from the
kit P/N 97580-50) into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial with theirs adapters or
other suitable container.
4 Position the reagent vials onto reagent tray according to the following scheme:

Rgt position Material Volume


R1 160 µmol/L 4 ml
R2 80 µmol/L 4 ml
R3 40 µmol/L 4 ml
R4 Distilled Water 4 ml

5 Place a brand new rotor into the analysis compartment.


6 Touch “Start in Manual Rotor Loading”. The instrument will load the rotor
cuvettes aspirating the PNA from the reagent vial using the reagent probe.

7 Wait for the acquisition cycle, then verify that the following results are obtained:

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CV% (cuvette # 1 to # 6) : < = 1.5


CV% (cuvette # 7 to # 12) :<=3
CV% (cuvette # 13 to # 18) :<=5
CV% (Reference) : < = 0.4
Mean Reference : 7.2 V to 8.8 V
R2 : >= 0.997

Note: Acquisition cycle only can be repeated selecting Skip Loading from the
“Loading Type” window.

8 Touch “√” twice to exit.

7.3.3 Light source (Halogen Lamp) verification

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Distilled Water


- Brand new rotors

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Optical Module and Acquisition
Adjustment. Wait for motors initialization then the instrument shows the screen
below.

2 Load 200 µl of distilled water inside cuvette number 6 of a new rotor.


3 Place the loaded rotor onto the Rotor Holder in the analysis compartment.
4 Touch Start then locate RV3 on the Acquisition board (board # 3), see figure
below.

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5 Turn RV3 fully clockwise to read as low as possible.


6 Check that in the above condition the value displayed on the screen is in the range
890 to 4150 mV. If test fails replace the Halogen Lamp Socket Assy and perform
the Chromogenic Channel check out & adjustment as described in the sub-section
7.3.1. If test passes, remove the rotor and then repeat the Acquisition test and re-
adjust RV3 to read 8.7 +/- 0.050 V on the Chromogenic Channel line.
7 Touch Stop and “√” to exit.

7.4 Liquid sensors


These two tests are designed to troubleshoot and verify the liquid sensors. They are
available via Service then Sensors Test.

7.4.1 Wash-Reference Emulsion Volume Test


7.4.2 Needle sensor Test

7.4.1 Wash-Reference Emulsion Volume test

This procedure allows the adjustment of the reference solution sensor circuit that shall
determine the volume of the solution left in the bottle.

1 Prepare a Wash-R Solution bottle with 500 ml of fluid. If a graduated container is


not available then use the marks on the side of the bottle paying attention to the
horizontal position of the bottle.
2 Install the bottle on board and cork it completely with the Reference Emulsion
Sensor.
3 On the windows like menu enter Service then Sensors Test and Flush Volume test.
The system displays the screen below:

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4 Verify that Flush Volume displayed is 500 mL.


5 Adjust if necessary RV9 located on the Acquisition & Sensor Board (Board # 3),
see figure below, to obtain a Flush Volume of 500ml displayed.

6 Fill the Wash-R bottle with 1000ml of solution. Install the bottle on board and
cork it completely with the Reference Emulsion Sensor. On the windows like
menu enter Service then Sensors Test and Flush Volume test. The Flush Volume
displayed should be 1000 ± 20% (800 – 1200 ml).

7 Fill the Wash-R bottle with 100ml of solution. Install the bottle on board and cork
it completely with the Reference Emulsion Sensor. On the windows like menu
enter Service then Sensors Test and Flush Volume test. The Flush Volume
displayed should be 100 ± 30% (70 – 130 ml).

8 Press “√” to exit.

7.4.2 Needles sensor test

This test allows functional verification of the circuitry that fulfils the task of liquid
detection through both the sample and reagent probes.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Distilled water

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- Micropipette 100 – 1000 µl


- Clean, empty 4 ml reagent vial.

Warning:
Prior starting procedures execute one or more priming cycles following the route
Diagnostic then Priming. Perform these operations until confident that the fluidic path
is completely filled and without air bubbles.
Verify also that the fluidic lines are smooth and without crimps, etc.

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Sensors Test and Needle Sensor
Test.
2 Press Start. The Sample Arm moves across the default test positions (1, 2 and A1
on the Sample Tray positions then R1, R5 and R7 on the Reagent Tray) and stops
on the waste position. The system displays the screen below:

3 Verify on the current screen that the value presented on the window “Reference
value” is in the range 4.000 - 6.000 V.

Note: If it’s out of range then perform the procedure “Wash-Reference Emulsion
Volume Test” to adjust the Flush Volume value at 500 mL. If the problem persists
then replace the Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board #3).

4 Prepare and position the suitable containers with distilled water or Wash-R
Solution as for the table below then press Start. The Sample Arm will scan the
positions and system will refresh screen with updated values.

5 Verify that the windows “SENSOR RESULT” display LIQUID. In addition check
that the windows “LIQUID” displays values according to table below. Adjust RV
11 and RV 12 if necessary and repeat the test as many times as needed.

Position Container Volume Probe LSLIQ Sensor Trimmer


Result to Adjust

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Sample tray 500 µL 150 µL SPL 4.1 V Liquid RV 12


#1 Disposable (± 200 mV)
cup
Reagent tray 4 mL 1.5 mL RGT 4.2 V Liquid RV 11
R1 Reagent vial (± 200 mV)
+ Adapter

6 Locate trimmer position on Acquisition & Sensors Board (Board # 3) as per figure
below.

7 Repeat the test with the containers positioned and filled as indicated in the table
below then check the results.

Position Container Volume Probe LSLIQ Sensor


Result
Sample tray #1 500 µL Disposable cup 150 µL SPL 3.9 – 4.3 V Liquid
Sample tray # 2 500 µL Disposable cup 150 µL SPL 2.8 – 3.8 V Liquid
Sample tray A1 500 µL Disposable cup 150 µL SPL 3.4 – 4.4 V Liquid
+ Adapter
Reagent tray R1 4 mL 1.5 mL RGT > 3.5 V Liquid
Reagent vial + Adapter
Reagent tray R5 4 mL 1.5 mL RGT > 3.0 V Liquid
Reagent vial + Adapter
Reagent tray R7 4 mL 1.5 mL SPL > 3.0 V Liquid
Reagent vial + Adapter

Note: If the “LIQUID” value is correct but the “Sensor Result” is “Air” the meaning is
that the liquid level in this position is low. This may indicate a problem with the
Sample Arm and/or the Needles Block.
This happens when the Needles have touched the liquid (LIQUID value in range) but
the mechanical stop has blocked the Sample Arm before the Needles enter 2mm into
the liquid for confidence (Sensor Result “Air”).
To solve the problem correct the Sample Arm assembly then repeat this procedure.

This condition of liquid low level may be present also during the analysis. In this case
perform this test (using the specific test quantity of liquid) to clarify if the liquid is
really insufficient and if the sensor is working properly.

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8 Repeat the test with the containers empty and positioned as indicated in the table
below then press “Start” and check the results.

Position Container Volume LSLIQ Sensor Offset


Result
Sample tray # 1 500 µL disposable cup None < 2.4V Air < 300 mV

Sample tray # 2 500 µL disposable cup None < 2.4 V Air < 300 mV
Sample tray A1 500 µL disposable cup None < 2.4 V Air < 300 mV
+ Adapter
Reagent tray R1 4 mL Reagent vial + None < 0.8 V Air < 300 mV
Adapter
Reagent tray R5 4 mL Reagent vial + None < 1.5 V Air < 300 mV
Adapter
Reagent tray R7 4 mL Reagent vial + None < 1.5 V Air < 300 mV
Adapter

9 Verify that all windows “SENSOR RESULT” now display AIR.


10 Check also that on each of the six small windows the value for offset is below
300mV. The offset is a reading taken on the sensor once the Sample Arm reaches
each given position prior to lowering into the liquid (circuit autozero).

Note: If the Offset is too high (over 700 mV) we have Sensor Fail. To solve Offset
problem it’s advisable to check for liquid on the Needles, dirt and/or insulating lost in
the Needles Block.

11 Press “X” to exit.

7.5 Optic sensor test


Specific optical sensors are located in the Autosampler with the purpose to detect the
presence of cups, primary tubes and auxiliary materials on the Sample Tray.
Other optical sensors are located in the R.E.M. (Rotor Exchange Module) with the
purpose to detect for rotor presence. The sensors check for rotors present at different
locations along the route followed by the rotors during normal operations.
Following are the specific sub-sections for optical sensors location.

7.5.1 Rotor Stack.


7.5.2 Rotor Waste container.
7.5.3 Autosampler housing.

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7.5.1 Rotor Stack

The Rotor Stack is actually equipped with two optical sensors that have the purpose of
detecting the presence of:

- Lowest rotor in the Rotor Stack.


- Rotor on the Rotor Transport ready to be displaced on the Rotor Holder.

The two sensors are identified in the system as follows.

• Rotor Stack (Storage)


• Rotor Transport (Slider)

• Rotor Stack (Storage)

1 Empty the rotor feed stack from any rotor.


2 Locate inside the Rotor Stack the window of the “Optical Sensor Rotor Stack
Upper”. The sensor is located just above the mechanism that holds the stack of
rotors when loaded.
3 Check that the sensor is properly faced to its slot. This is to prevent mechanical
jam (if too close) or detection problem (if too far).
4 Access the Service menu then follow the route: Service, Sensor Test and Optic
Sensor Test. The instrument will initialize motors then the screen below is
presented.

5 Manually load one new rotor and leave it seated at the lower position of the Rotor
Stack lined up to the Optical Sensor Rotor Stack Upper.

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6 Check that the voltage being displayed with the rotor in place is 5.00 V (higher
than 5 Vdc on the DVM). Last check that the flag on the screen shall indicate the
presence of the rotor. Should above reading be less than 5.00 V adjust, proceeding
as follows.
7 Locate in the system Card Housing the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
8 Connect a DVM between TP0 (GND) and TP1 (signal) as shown in the figure
below.

9 Adjust PT1 until the DVM reads ≥8.000 Vdc.


10 Manually remove the rotor and observe voltage value reported on the screen to
drop to ≤1V. The flag that indicates the presence of the rotor shall also disappear.
In case the value read is higher than 1.00 V check for sensor position and
cleanness.
11 Manually move the rotor in and out a few times and assess for proper rotor
detection. Check also that the flag toggles on the screen as rotor is being moved in
and out.

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• Rotor Transport (Slider)

1 Empty the Rotor Stack.


2 Locate the “Optical Sensor Rotor Stack Lower” at the bottom of the Rotor Stack
lined up with the Rotor Transport.
3 Check that the sensor is properly faced to its slot. This is to prevent mechanical
jam (if too close) or detection problem (if too far).
4 Manually load a new rotor on the Rotor Transport.
5 Access the Service software then follow the route: Service, Sensor Test and Optic
Sensor Test. The screen shown below is presented.

6 Check that the voltage being displayed, with the rotor in place is 5.00 V (higher
than 5 Vdc on the DVM). In the meanwhile a flag on the screen shall indicate the
presence of the rotor. Should above reading be less than 5.00 V adjust, proceeding
as follows.
7 Locate in the system Card Housing the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).
8 Connect a DVM between TP0 (GND) and TP2 (signal) as shown in figure below.

9 Adjust PT2 until the DVM reads ≥8.000 Vdc.


10 Manually remove the rotor and observe the voltage value reported on the screen to
drop to ≤1V. The flag that indicates the presence of the rotor shall also disappear.
In case the reading remains above 1.00 V then check for sensor position and
cleanliness.

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11 Manually move the rotor in and out a few times and assess for proper rotor
detection. Check also that the flag toggles on the screen as rotor is being moved in
and out.

7.5.2 Rotor Waste container

The Rotor Waste container can accommodate up to eleven used rotors (240 tests).
Following are the two conditions detected by the “Optical Sensor Rotor Waste Full”:

- Rotor Waste container available (until ten rotors pile-up in the Rotor Waste
container).
- Rotor Waste container full (when eleven rotors pile-up in the Rotor Waste
container).

The system provides appropriate warning messages to the User any time that the full
condition is met.

1 Access the Service environment, then follow the route: Service, Sensor Test and
Optic Sensor Test. The instrument will initialize the motors then the screen shown
below is presented.

2 Gain access to the Rotor Waste compartment by lowering the door in bottom front
of the instrument (this test needs to be performed with the Front Cover and the
Lower Support Plate assembled).
3 Remove the Rotor Waste Container from its housing.
4 Fill the waste rotor bag with ten rotors.
5 Place the Rotor Waste Container back into its compartment.
6 Check that, in this condition, the voltage being displayed is ≥4.00V. Should above
reading be out of the specified range then adjust, proceeding as follows.
7 Locate in the system Card Housing the R.E.M. Board (Board #4).

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8 Connect a DVM between TP0 (GND) and TP3 (signal), as shown in figure below.

9 Turn PT3 until the DVM reads ≥4.00 Vdc with ten rotors in the waste container.
10 Manually insert another rotor in the pile. Now 11 rotors are the waste container.
11 The System shall detect the “Rotor Waste full” condition and flag it on the screen
as appropriate.
12 Check that the voltage being displayed, with the 11 rotors in place is 5.00 V on the
screen (≥8.00Vdc on the DVM).
13 Manually remove two rotors from the pile and leave 9 rotors in the waste
container.
14 Check that, in this condition, the voltage being displayed drops to ≤1.00V. Accept
any value below 1.00 V, the flag that indicates the presence of the rotor shall also
disappear. In case reading remains above 1.000 V check for sensor position and
cleanness.
15 Manually move the rotors in and out a few times and assess for proper rotor
detection. Check also that the flag toggles on the screen as the rotors are being
moved in and out.
16 If any of the above voltages cannot be obtained adjust the position of the optical
sensors and repeat the procedure.

7.5.3 Autosampler Housing

The Autosampler Housing is equipped with two optical sensors used to detect the
presence on the Sample Tray of primary tubes, cups, reagents or calibrator vials. It’s
also equipped with the internal Barcode Assy, used to read the “Patient ID” labels
present on the primary tubes. The two following procedures are required to completely
Check out & Adjust the Autosampler Housing sensors.

• Autosampler Sensors Check out & Adjustment.


• Autosampler / BCR Test.

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• Autosampler Sensors Check out & Adjustment

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust the sensitivity of the optical sensors
located on the Sample Tray compartment, which detect the presence of cups / primary
tubes or other containers.
The positions on the Sample Tray covered by each sensor are as follows.

Position Name on LCD screen Function


Located on the external Cups (1st and 2nd ring) Checks for presence on the outer
wall of the sample tray (1st) and mid (2nd) rings for cups
housing or tubes on the Sample Tray.
Located below the Cups (3rd ring) Checks for presence of any
Sample Tray grey Flange container on the innermost (3rd)
Adjustable. ring on the Sample Tray.

Note: Prior to performing this procedure verify that the Autosampler Movement Assy
with its grey Flange Adjustable is properly aligned (see sub-section 7.6.5 and 7.7.1).

1 Take a Sample Tray with all the positions free and place:

- In position 33 (1st , outer ring) a new 2 mL cup


- In position 34 (2nd , middle ring) a new 2 mL cup
- In aux. ring position A9 (3rd, innermost ring) a 4ml bottle with label and
adaptor

Note: Make sure that the cups are new and free from any scratches.

2 Access the Service environment, place the prepared Sample Tray in its
compartment then enter Service, Sensor Test and Optical Sensor test. The
system displays the screen below:

3 On the window “SELECT RING TO TEST” set the appropriate ring.

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Note: Adjust the 2nd ring first because the adjustment made on the
trimmer RV6 will affect the voltage reading on the 1st ring. The
Acquisition & Sensors Board, through RV6 sets the maximum current
in the Outer Sensor, which is used for both the rings, and RV10 sets the
gain of the reading circuit for the 1st ring.

4 With the 2nd ring selected from the onscreen menu verify that a new 2 mL cup
is placed into the autosampler at position 34.
5 Manually move the autosampler tray to place position 34 in front of the sensor.
Keep moving (in either direction) until the highest voltage reading is found on
the LCD for the 2nd ring.
6 When at the highest voltage, adjust RV6 (bd. #3) in order to obtain the
minimum voltage required on the screen to cause cup detection (check mark
icon (√) on LCD screen turns on). Typically this will be below 3 volts.
7 Rotate cup in position 34 to check for any positions that cause loss of
detection (check mark icon (√) turns off on screen) when the cup is not
moving (check mark may momentarily turn off while cup is rotating so
detection should be checked when operator stops rotating cup).
8 At any position where detection is lost, adjust RV6 up until cup is detected
again.
9 Repeat steps 7 and 8 until rotating the cup to any new positions does not result
in loss of detection when cup is sitting still (while rotating the check mark icon
(√) may momentarily blink off, but will stay on when the cup stops rotating).
10 Check the voltage displayed on the screen and then adjust RV6 so that this
voltage is increased another +0.2 volts. For example, if the value on the
screen is 2.16V, then adjust RV6 to get 2.36V (2.16V + 0.2V).
Note: Operator may round up to the nearest tenth volt and ignore the
second decimal place. Using the example above, if the screen shows
2.16V, add +0.2V (2.36V) and round up (2.4V) and adjust RV6 until
screen shows 2.4x volts where "x" can be any number.
11 Remove the cup and check that the displayed voltage on screen is less than 1V
and the check mark icon (√) turns off.
12 On the LCD screen select the 1st ring and place a 2ml cup into the
Autosampler at position 33.
13 Manually move the autosampler tray to place position 33 in front of the sensor.
Keep moving (in either direction) until the highest voltage reading is found on
the LCD for the 1st ring. Verify that the voltage is >3.0V. If not, adjust RV10
(bd #3) to obtain a voltage reading >3.0V.
Note: If the voltage is too high, such as 10.0V trim it down with RV10.
14 Remove the cup and check that the displayed voltage on screen is less than 1V
and the check mark icon (√) turns off.

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Sample tray ring Sample tray pos. Container Value Adjust


2nd – middle ring Position 34 Cup 2 mL Refer to RV 6
no-scratches procedure
1st – outer ring Position 33 Cup 2 mL > 3.00 V RV 10
no-scratches

Sample tray ring Sample tray pos. Container Value


2nd – middle ring Position 34 No container < 1.00 V
1st – outer ring Position 33 No container < 1.00 V

15 Insert a 4mL bottle adaptor (p/n 190763-00) into AUX position A9. Place a
4ml bottle with a label into the adaptor making sure that the glass is facing the
adaptor handle and the label is facing away from the handle.

16 Observe the status line for the Inner Ring. Turn RV7 on the Acquisition &
Sensors Bd, (bd #3) to the maximum value. Manually rotate the autosampler
around the internal ring sensor position and look for the maximum obtainable
value. This has to be ≥ 6V.

Note: If obtaining ≥ 6V is not possible, remove the autosampler tray and


flange. Use sensor alignment tool p/n 190782-03 to check the position of
the internal ring sensor. Place the alignment tool over the Autosampler
hub and sensor. The front of the sensor should be against the tool. If
not, loosen the sensor and adjust the sensor so it is touching the tool.
Install the Adaptor Plate (p/n 190782-01) on top of the sensor). Tighten
the sensor. Repeat steps 10 and 11.
Note: If sensor alignment tool p/n 190782-03 is not available loosen the
sensor and adjust the sensor out toward the front of the unit. Adjust
sensor so the tip of the sensor is flush with the white sample area inner
wall. The tip of the sensor should not protrude out from the hole
beyond the white wall.

If the positioning of the internal ring sensor (sensor touching the tool),
seems to be fine, install a spacer, p/n 190782-02 underneath the sensor.
Install the Adaptor Plate (p/n 190781-02) on top of the sensor (see
diagram). Recheck sensor alignment. Repeat steps 10 and 11.

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18. Insert a 4ml bottle with a label filled with DI water into the adaptor in position A9.
Manually move the sample tray around the sensor to get the maximum voltage
displayed on the 3rd ring status line.

19. Adjust RV7 on the Acquisition & Sensor Bd, (bd #3), for an output value on the
LCD between 3.2 to 3.5V.

20. Remove the bottle and verify that the output value is < 2.2V. (See note below).

21. Remove the empty 2mL adaptor (p/n 190764-00) and observe that the output value
is < 2.2V. (See note below).

Note: If obtaining < 2.2V is not possible, remove the autosampler and
flange. Use sensor alignment tool p/n 190782-03 to check the position of
the internal sensor. The front of the sensor should be against the tool. If
the positioning seems to be fine, install spacer p/n 190782-02
underneath the sensor and repeat steps 10 - 15.

*** A maximum of two spacers (p/n 190782-02) are allowed underneath


the sensor. If there are still problems, ***
replace the sensor

22. Place an empty 2mL cup into the adaptor and observe that the output value is ≥
3.6V.

Sample tray ring Sample tray pos. Container Value Adjust


3rd – inner ring Position A9 New 4ml Bottle > 3.2 to 3.5 V RV 7
With label filled with
DI water

Sample tray ring Sample tray pos. Container Value


3rd – inner ring Position A9 4ml adaptor with < 2.2 V
no bottle
3rd – inner ring Position A9 No adaptor, no < 2.2 V
bottle

To thoroughly assess the proper functioning of sensors through all available positions
of the Sample Tray, it is advisable to perform the “Autosampler / BCR test”. This is
the next test described in this sub-section.

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• Autosampler / BCR test

The Autosampler / BCR (Bar Code Reader) test is designed to verify the proper
reading of Autosampler Optical Sensors and BCR under dynamic conditions.
These conditions replicate the real use during the analysis cycles. Specific Offset can
be entered to trigger an early/late reading on the optical sensors. This will compensate
for some mechanical play that may produce a small shift of the Sample Tray during
rotation.

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Autosampler / BCR test. The system
shows the screen below and positions at home the Sample Tray.

2 Prepare a Sample Tray with all the even positions (2nd, middle ring) loaded with
new empty 2 mL cups. Make sure that the cups are new, free from any scratches.
Place the prepared Sample Tray onboard.
3 Touch key “START WITHOUT BCR”. The system will perform a complete turn of
the Autosampler reporting on the screen cups presence (1 present; 0 not present)
and position.

Note: There are 3 other columns in the result area of the screen.
The first is the “Offset” column.
The second is the “ADC Value” column, read on each position during the test. The
last is the “Bar Code Values” column where is reported the value read by the BCR on
the Patient ID Barcode Label. This column is compiled only when the test starting by
touching the button “START WITH BCR”.

4 Assess that all the even positions on the screen report “1” for presence.
5 If any positions fail then check that the relevant cup is in good condition, replace
the cup and repeat test. Checks also in the “ADC Value” column that the highest
value read for this position is close to the set point of the sensor (see the test

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“Autosampler Sensors Check out & Adjustment” described above in this sub-
section).
6 If the problem persist then enter on the window “CENTRAL RING OFFSET” a
new value close to zero (the value suggested are –5 to +5) and repeat the test a few
times until confident that the proper value is found.

Once achieved, unload cups from mid ring, place them on outer ring and perform this
test for the outer ring. Set “OUTER RING OFFSET” if necessary and enter an offset
value close to zero (the value suggested are –5 to +5) and repeat the test a few times
until confident that the proper offset value is found. Also, install bottles without labels
on the Auxiliary Ring (inner ring) and perform the test again. Set “INNER RING
OFFSET” if necessary and enter an offset value close to zero (the value suggested are
–5 to +5) and repeat the test a few times until confident that the proper offset value is
found.

Test functionality of the internal Bar Code Reader performing the following
procedure. Make sure internal BCR is enabled and appropriate symbologies selected.

1 On the windows like menu enter Service then Autosampler / BCR test. The system
shows the screen below and positions at home the Sample Tray.

2 Prepare a Sample Tray with primary tubes equipped with Bar Code Labels. Place
tubes in both the middle and outer rings. (It is not necessary to place tubes in every
position, but make sure tubes are in both the middle and outer ring). Make sure
that the labels are valid, in good condition (see also Appendix B Bar Code Label
specification) and positioned toward the Bar Code Reader.
3 Place the prepared Sample Tray onboard.
4 Touch key “START WITH BCR”. The system will perform a complete turn of the
Autosampler reporting on the “Bar Code Values” column the value read by the
BCR on the Patient ID Barcode Label.
5 Confirm that all positions containing tubes indicate a “1” for presence.

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6 If any position fails check that the relevant primary tube label is in good condition,
replace the primary tube and repeat the test. If any position continues to fail repeat
the Autosampler Sensor Adjustment procedure and cup Offset Procedure.
7 Confirm that the barcode value read matches the barcode label and that the bar
code value is displayed in the correct tray position.
8 If the barcode values are not in the correct tray positions, then enter on the window
“BCR OFFSET” a new value and repeat the test (move the Offset value + or – 1
at any repetition). Repeat several times until confident that the BCR reads
correctly all primary tube labels.

Note: The value reported in the “Offset” column is approximately the cup presence
Optic Sensors output.

7.6 Motor adjust


This service program sub-menu includes the utilities designed to allow stepping
motors phase adjustments and/or check out of the Optical Sensors (Dual/Single
Channel Optical Switch) functionality.
Following are the stepper motors check out procedures:

7.6.1 Rotor Motor


7.6.2 Rotor Holder Cover Motor
7.6.3 Sample Arm Horizontal Motor
7.6.4 Sample Arm Vertical Motor
7.6.5 Autosampler Motor
7.6.6 Sample / Reagent Dilutor Motors
7.6.7 Transport (Slider) Motor
7.6.8 Rotor Arm Horizontal Motor
7.6.9 Rotor Arm Vertical Motor

Operator interface for each motor adjustment screen is very similar. Some exceptions
exist for the Rotor Holder Cover Motor. The functionality of the commands available
and the most common dynamic labels are described in the following sub- section.

Most common commands


The following section provides a description of the commands whose functionality is
replicated in each of the motor adjust screens.

Rotation C.W. Arrow/Rotation C.C.W. Arrow


Allows the clockwise/counterclockwise stepping of the motor. The number of steps
executed for each command is in accordance with the current STEP INCREMENT
value present in the windows.

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Next C.W. Position / Next C.C.W. Position


Steps the motor to the next “meaningful position” in the clockwise/counterclockwise
direction that can be reached from the current motor position. At each touch the
system will update values on the following labels on the screen:

PRESENT PHASE
COVER SENSOR
HOME SENSOR
POSITION SENSOR
STEP DONE

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The following “meaningful positions” can be achieved:

Motor Meaningful position


Rotor Motor 20 Rotor cuvette positions (Home Position is with cuvette #20
in front of the Optical Fiber).
Rotor Holder Cover 3 Positions:
• Closed.
• Intermediate. Utilized only for automatic rotor exchange.
• Opened (Home Position).
Sample Arm Motor 13 Positions: (17 for ACL ElitePro):
Horizontal • 3 Over the Sample Tray (Elite Home Position is over A1)
• 4 Over the Peltier reagent tray. (R1-R4)
• 1 Over the waste/wash reservoir.
• 4 Over the room temperature reagent tray. (R5-R8)
• 1 Over the Rotor Holder position.
• 4 Over the 2nd Peltier reagent tray. (R9-R12) (ElitePro
only) (ElitePro Home Position is over R12)
Sample Arm Motor 3 Positions:
Vertical • Rotation (Home Position).
• Reagent picking / (Sample/Reagent) delivery.
• Sample picking.
Autosampler Motor 20 Positions (Home Position is with A1 in the direction of the
Sample Arm. Access to 50 positions is achieved through the
outer, middle and inner ring.
Dilutor Motors 2 Positions:
• Fully upward (Home Position).
• Fully downward.
Slider Motor 2 Positions:
(Transport Motor) • Under the Rotor Stack (Home Position).
• Rotor Arm picking.
Rotor Arm Horizontal 2 Positions:
• On the Rotor waste / picking (Home Position).
• On the Rotor Holder.
Rotor Arm Vertical 2 Positions:
• Up for Rotation (Home Position).
• Down for Rotor picking/delivery.

Home position
Brings the stepper motor to the Encoder Home Position.

Motor Off
De-energizes the motor. The motor status reported on the relevant window “MOTOR
STATUS” changes from “Energized” to “De-energized”.

Store phase / Store step


This command allows saving of a “new” stepper motor phase (or step) that best fits
the Optical Sensor with the “optical window” on the encoder.

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Cautions !

Operating within the Service environment no verifications are made concerning


illegal operations (e.g. conflicts with other modules), safe movements have to be
verified prior to activating any key.

Most common dynamic labels

Listed are descriptions of the dynamic labels that are available inside each of the
Motors Adjustment screens.

Motor Name Range Meaning


of the label
All Present phase 0 - 15 Shows the motor phase currently in
use.
Stored phase 0 - 15 Shows the motor phase stored at
Home Position.
All Motor status Energized / De- Energized: Stepping motor windings
energized powered (motor tensioned).
De-energized: Stepping motor
windings not powered (motor de-
tensioned).
All Cover sensor On / Off Indicates status of the magnetic
sensor that detects the Rotor Cover
position.
All Home sensor On / Off Indicates status of the optical sensor
that detects the home position of the
current motor.
Position sensor On / Off Indicates status of the optical sensor
that detects the position of the current
motor (e.g. 20 cuvettes position on
the rotor holder).
All Steps Done xxxx Number of steps performed when the
motor is being operated in the service
program. The steps increment (or
decrement) from the Home Position
(considered step 0)

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7.6.1 Rotor motor

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor
reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible to use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.

1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust and Rotor Motor. The
system displays the screen below.

3 On the tool bar touch the small icon of the analysis compartment cover to raise the
cover (the icon acts as a toggle switch to raise/lower the Rotor Cover).
4 Home the Rotor Motor by touching the Home Position button on the screen. The
system moves to the Home Position the Rotor Motor. The Rotor Holder cuvette
#20 is in front of the Coagulimetric Channel Optic Fibre.
5 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
both ON.
6 With the Step Increment set to 1, repeatedly press cw arrow (or ccw arrow) button
on the screen. The status bars of both the home and position sensors show the
actual condition of optical switch (+: light; -: dark).
7 Continue to press cw (or ccw) arrow until both the status changes from light to
dark then reverse motion by touching the opposite key until the status of optical
sensors becomes dark again after the light window.
8 It is now possible to determine the width of the optical window (notch on the
encoder disk).
9 Pressing on the cw (or ccw) arrow keys move to the middle of the window
(- - - - + + + + + - - - -).
10 Check that the present phase matches the stored phase on the dynamic labels. If
phases are equal then the Rotor Motor is centered on the encoder and the test is
over. Press “√” to exit.

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11 Or, press “STORE PHASE” if active. Unavailability of the “STORE PHASE” key
indicates an illegal condition of the Rotor Motor phase exist. Touch the cw (or
ccw) arrow key to restore a legal motor phase condition.
12 Visually inspect the Rotor Holder and confirm that the middle of the cuvette
position #20 is in front of the coagulation optic fibre.
13 If yes and if the present and stored phase are still in disagreement, touch “STORE
PHASE”.
14 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.

7.6.2 Rotor Holder Cover Motor

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if necessary), the alignment of the
Rotor Cover Encoder Disk and the Optical Sensor. It is also possible to use it to
verify the functionality of the stepper motor and the optical sensor. The encoder disk
identifies three rotor cover positions which are closed, intermediate and home (fully
open).

1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 If the Rotor Cover Movement Assy was replaced or in any case removed and then
assembled, verify that when the Cover is closed the Encoder is in the position
indicated in the following drawing (the top edge of the encoder disk should be
approximately 1mm above the top edge of the dual channel optical sensor). If the
Encoder is not in the correct position then adjust it by loosening the two setscrews
that fix the Encoder to the motor shaft and adjust the encoder up or down as
necessary. Tighten the encoder set screws after adjustment.

Note: On a properly adjusted encoder the upper side of the encoder has to be about 1
mm above the upper side of the Dual Channel Optical Switch Sensor when the Rotor
Holder Cover is in the closed position. If available use the Rotor Cover Encoder
Centering Tool P/N 190575-00.

Encoder Disk

Top edge of encoder disk is


Encoder Disk
approximately 1mm above top
Closed position
of optical sensor
Intermediate position
Fully open position

Dual Channel
Optical Sensor

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3 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust and Rotor Holder
Cover. The system displays the LCD screen below.

4 The Rotor Holder Cover sets to its intermediate position (automatic loading
position).
5 Touch the ”HOME POSITION” key, and the Cover Motor opens the cover until
the –36 Step (ACL Elite) or –51 Step (ACL ElitePro) is reached. Cover is fully
open.
6 The Home and the Position Sensors are ON.
7 Touch the ”STEP UP ARROW” key and verify that the Home and the Position
Sensors go to OFF (indicated by minus (--) signs on the relevant status bar) at least
2 to a maximum of 5 steps before the cover hits the mechanical stop.

| = Rotor cover has reached mechanical stop

Home |--+++++ Pass


Position | - + + + + + +

Home |-----+++ Pass


Position | - - - - + + + +

Home | - + + + + + + Fail (encoder requires adjustment)


Position | + + + + + + +

Home | - - - - - - - ++ Fail (encoder requires adjustment)


Position | - - - - - - + + +

Note: If there are too many minus signs (greater than 5) loosen the setscrews and
rotate the encoder downward. If there are too few minus signs (less than 2) loosen the
setscrews and rotate the encoder upward. Repeat steps 3 thru 7 above.

8 Touch the ”HOME POSITION” key and then the “NEXT CW POSITION” key.
Step count should be 0.

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9 Press “NEXT CW POSITION” key. The cover should close to form a hermetic
seal against the fluidic plate. Touch the “STEP UP” or “STEP DOWN” key as
necessary to insure a hermetic seal of the cover and fluidic plate.
10 Once closed verify that the position sensor is ON (+ on the relevant status bar). It
is not necessary to set in the middle of the optical window.
11 Touch the “STORE STEP” key, the system will update the value.
12 Touch once the “NEXT CCW POSITION” to raise the cover back to the
intermediate position.
13 Once the intermediate position is reached verify that the dynamic label “STEP
DONE” sets to a value of 0. The dynamic labels of cover, home and position
sensor should be set as specified (see table below).

Cover Cover Home Position Step Done Step Done


Position Sensor Sensor Sensor ACL Elite ACL
Status Status Status ElitePro
Fully Open OFF ON ON -36 -51
Intermediate OFF ON OFF 0 0
Closed ON OFF ON Stored Stored
Steps Steps

14 Touch any time the “NEXT CCW POSITION” and the “NEXT CW POSITION”
until confidant that the adjustment is acceptable.
15 Touch “√” to return at the Service main menu screen.

7.6.3 Sample Arm horizontal motor

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor
reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.

1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Sample Arm
Motors and Horiz. Sample Arm Motor. The system displays the screen below.

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3 Manually Raise the Sample Arm to the rotation height.


4 Touch the Home Position button on the screen. The system moves the Sample
Arm Horizontal Motor to place the Sample Arm over the Autosampler housing
(position A1 on the Sample Tray).
5 Verify that both the “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are ON.
6 With the step increment set to 1, repeatedly press cw arrow (or ccw arrow) button
on the screen. The status bars of both the home and position sensors show the
condition of optical switch (+: light; -: dark).
7 Continue to press cw (or ccw) arrow until status changes from light to dark, then
reverse motion by touching the opposite key until the status of optical sensors
becomes dark again after the light window.
8 It is now possible to determine the width of the optical window (notch on the
encoder disk).
9 Press the arrow keys cw (or ccw) to set the position in the middle of the window
(- - - - + + + + + - - - -).
10 Check that the present phase matches the stored phase on the dynamic labels. If
phases are equal then the Sample Arm Horizontal Motor is centred on the encoder
and the test is over. Press “√” to exit.
11 If not press “STORE PHASE” if active. Unavailability of the “STORE PHASE”
key indicates an illegal condition of the current motor phase exist. Touch cw (or
ccw) arrow key to restore legal motor phase condition, then touch “STORE
PHASE”.
12 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.

7.6.4 Sample Arm vertical motor

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor
reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.

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1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Sample Arm
Motors and Vert. Sample Arm Motor. The system displays the screen below.

3 Manually move the Sample Arm over the waste/wash position.


4 Touch the Home Position button on the screen. The system moves the Sample
Arm Vertical Motor to the rotation position height.
5 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
both in ON condition.
6 Touch the “NEXT DOWN POSITION” to lower the Sample Arm to the Reagent
picking / (Sample/Reagent) delivery position.
7 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
respectively in OFF and ON conditions.
8 Touch once the “NEXT DOWN POSITION” to lower the Sample Arm to the
Sample picking position.
9 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
respectively in ON and OFF condition.
10 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.

Note: The Sample Arm Vertical Motor doesn’t require phases to be stored.

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7.6.4.1 Vertical Sample Arm Step Position Adjustment Procedure

Sample Tray Area

1. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.


2. Press “Home Position” key.
3. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Horiz. Arm Motor.
4. Press “Home Position” key and then insert 4ml bottle and adapter in A1.
5. If the instrument is an ACL ElitePro Press “ Next CCW Position” key until
the arm is over A1. Press “√” then, NO to de-energize motor prompt, to
exit.
6. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.
7. Select “Sample Tray” from menu under “Horizontal Arm Logical Area” on
screen.
8. Press “Home Position” key. Then press “Next Down Position” key twice.
9. Increment the sample arm downwards by pressing the “down arrow” icon
until the needle hits the bottom of the glass bottle or the “Step Done” box
displays a value not greater than 991 steps.
10. Press “up arrow” icon 5 to 7 times to raise the probe away from the glass
bottom or to obtain a “Step Done” value of 991 or less.
11. Press “Store Position” key.
Note: The maximum “Step Done” value that can be stored is 991. If a
value greater than 991 is attempted to be stored the error message
“Invalid Input” is displayed.
Press “√” then YES to exit.

Reagent Area R1-R4

1. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.


2. Press “Home Position” key.
3. Insert 4ml bottle and adapter in positions R1 and R4.

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4. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Horiz. Arm Motor.


5. Press “Home Position” key
6. Press “ Next CCW Position” key until the arm is over R1 position. Press
“√” then NO to exit.
7. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.
8. Select “R1-R4” from the menu under “Horizontal Arm Logical Area” on
the screen.
9. Press “Home Position” key. Then “Next Down Position” key once.
10. Increment downwards by pressing the “down arrow” icon until the needle
hits the bottom of the glass bottle, or the +++ signs change to - - - signs on
the position sensor display line.
11. If the probe hits the glass bottle bottom press the “up arrow “ icon to raise
the probe 5 to 7 steps. If the +++ signs changed to - - - signs on the
position sensor display line, press the “up arrow” icon to display at least 3
+++ signs on the position sensor display line.
12. Make a note of the value displayed in the “Step Done” box.
13. Press “√” then YES to exit.
14. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor
15. Press “Home Position” key
16. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Horiz. Arm Motor.
17. Press “Home Position” key
18. Press “ Next CCW Position” key until the arm is over R4 position. Press
“√” then NO to exit.
19. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.
20. Select “R1-R4” from the menu under “Horizontal Arm Logical Area” on
the screen.
21. Press “Home Position” key. Then “Next Down Position” key once.
22. Increment downwards by pressing the “down arrow” icon until the needle
hits the bottom of the glass bottle, or the +++ signs change to - - - signs on
the position sensor display line.
23. If the probe hits the glass bottle bottom press the “up arrow “ icon to raise
the probe 5 to 7 steps. If the +++ signs changed to - - - signs on the
position sensor display line, press the “up arrow” icon to display at least 3
+++ signs on the position sensor display line.
24. Observe the value indicated in the “Step Done” box. If the value is the
same as the value noted for the R1 position press the “Store Position”
button on the screen. If the value in the “Step Done” box is larger for the
R4 position than the R1 position press the “up arrow” icon until the R4
value equals the R1 value and press the “Store Position” button on the
screen. If the value in the “Step Done” box is lower for R4 position than
the value for the R1 position press the “Store Position” button on the
screen.

Note: If plus signs are not present in the “position sensor” row when
attempting to store position, continue to press “up arrow” key until at
least 3 plus signs appear then store position.

Press “√” then YES to exit.

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Reagent Area R5-R8

1. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.


2. Press “Home Position” key.
3. Insert 4ml bottle and adapter in positions R5 and R8.
4. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Horiz. Arm Motor.
5. Press “Home Position” key
6. Press “ Next CCW Position” key until the arm is over R5 position. Press
“√” then NO to exit.
7. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.
8. Select “R5-R8” from the menu under “Horizontal Arm Logical Area” on
the screen.
9. Press “Home Position” key. Then “Next Down Position” key once.
10. Increment downwards by pressing the “down arrow” icon until the needle
hits the bottom of the glass bottle, or the +++ signs change to - - - signs on
the position sensor display line.
11. If the probe hits the glass bottle bottom press the “up arrow “ icon to raise
the probe 5 to 7 steps. If the +++ signs changed to - - - signs on the
position sensor display line, press the “up arrow” icon to display at least 3
+++ signs on the position sensor display line.
12. Make a note of the value displayed in the “Step Done” box.
13. Press “√” then YES to exit.
14. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor
15. Press “Home Position” key
16. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Horiz. Arm Motor.
17. Press “Home Position” key
18. Press “ Next CCW Position” key until the arm is over R8 position. Press
“√” then NO to exit.
19. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.
20. Select “R5-R8” from the menu under “Horizontal Arm Logical Area” on
the screen.
21. Press “Home Position” key. Then “Next Down Position” key once.
22. Increment downwards by pressing the “down arrow” icon until the needle
hits the bottom of the glass bottle, or the +++ signs change to - - - signs on
the position sensor display line.
23. If the probe hits the glass bottle bottom press the “up arrow “ icon to raise
the probe 5 to 7 steps. If the +++ signs changed to - - - signs on the
position sensor display line, press the “up arrow” icon to display at least 3
+++ signs on the position sensor display line.
24. Observe the value indicated in the “Step Done” box. If the value is the
same as the value noted for the R5 position press the “Store Position”
button on the screen. If the value in the “Step Done” box is larger for the
R8 position than the R5 position press the “up arrow” icon until the R8
value equals the R5 value and press the “Store Position” button on the
screen. If the value in the “Step Done” box is lower for R8 position than
the value for the R5 position press the “Store Position” button on the
screen.

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Note: If plus signs are not present in the “position sensor” row when
attempting to store position, continue to press “up arrow” key until at
least 3 plus signs appear then store position.

Press “√” then YES to exit.

Reagent Area R9-R12 (ACL ElitePro only)

1. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.


2. Press “Home Position” key.
1. Insert 4ml bottle and adapter in positions R9 and R12.
2. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Horiz. Arm Motor.
3. Press “Home Position” key
4. Press “ Next CCW Position” key until the arm is over R9 position. Press
“√” then NO to exit.
5. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.
6. Select “R9-R12” from the menu under “Horizontal Arm Logical Area” on
the screen.
7. Press “Home Position” key. Then “Next Down Position” key once.
8. Increment downwards by pressing the “down arrow” icon until the needle
hits the bottom of the glass bottle, or the +++ signs change to - - - signs on
the position sensor display line.
9. If the probe hits the glass bottle bottom press the “up arrow “ icon to raise
the probe 5 to 7 steps. If the +++ signs changed to - - - signs on the
position sensor display line, press the “up arrow” icon to display at least 3
+++ signs on the position sensor display line.
10. Make a note of the value displayed in the “Step Done” box.
11. Press “√” then YES to exit.
12. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor
13. Press “Home Position” key
14. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Horiz. Arm Motor.
15. Press “Home Position” key
16. Press “ Next CCW Position” key until the arm is over R8 position. Press
“√” then NO to exit.
17. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Sample Arm/Vert. Arm Motor.
18. Select “R9-R12” from the menu under “Horizontal Arm Logical Area” on
the screen.
19. Press “Home Position” key. Then “Next Down Position” key once.
20. Increment downwards by pressing the “down arrow” icon until the needle
hits the bottom of the glass bottle, or the +++ signs change to - - - signs on
the position sensor display line.
21. If the probe hits the glass bottle bottom press the “up arrow “ icon to raise
the probe 5 to 7 steps. If the +++ signs changed to - - - signs on the
position sensor display line, press the “up arrow” icon to display at least 3
+++ signs on the position sensor display line.

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22. Observe the value indicated in the “Step Done” box. If the value is the
same as the value noted for the R9 position press the “Store Position”
button on the screen. If the value in the “Step Done” box is larger for the
R12 position than the R9 position press the “up arrow” icon until the R12
value equals the R9 value and press the “Store Position” button on the
screen. If the value in the “Step Done” box is lower for R12 position than
the value for the R9 position press the “Store Position” button on the
screen.

Note: If plus signs are not present in the “position sensor” row when
attempting to store position, continue to press “up arrow” key until at
least 3 plus signs appear then store position.

Press “√” then YES to exit.

7.6.5 Autosampler motor

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor
reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible to use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.

1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Autosampler
Motor. The system displays the screen below.

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3 Touch the Home Position button on the screen. The system moves the
Autosampler motor until the Home Position is achieved.
4 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
both in ON condition.
5 With the step increment set to 1, repeatedly press cw (or ccw) arrow button on the
screen. The status bars of both the home and position sensors show the actual
condition of optical switch (+: light; -: dark).
6 Continue to press cw (or ccw) until status changes from light to dark, then reverse
motion by touching the opposite key until the status of the optical sensors becomes
dark again after the light window.
7 It is now possible to determine the width of the optical window (notch on the
encoder disk).
8 Press the arrow keys cw (or ccw) to set the middle of the optical window
(- - - - + + + + + - - - -).
9 Check that the present phase matches the stored phase on the dynamic labels. If
phases are equal then the Autosampler Motor is centered on the encoder and the
test is over. Press “√” to exit.
10 If not press “STORE PHASE” if active. Unavailability of the “STORE PHASE”
key indicates an illegal condition of the current motor phase exist. Touch once cw
(or ccw) arrow key to restore legal motor phase condition and then touch “STORE
PHASE”.
11 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.

NOTE: Check the Autosampler Movement Assembly “Backlash” (lag between the
belt, pulley and motor). Check the backlash as follows.

From the windows like menu, enter Service, then select Motors Adjust,
Autosampler. Touch the Home button on the screen to Home the
Autosampler. Press the cw or ccw arrow buttons until the “Home Position”
sensor status changes from “+” light, to “-“ dark. While observing the status
of the Home Sensor press the oppsite direction arrow and continue pressing
the arrow until the Home Sensor status changes from “-“ dark to “+” light.
There should be 5 or less minus signs “-“ prior to the status changing for the
Home Sensor. If there is greater than 5 minus signs the autosampler has
excessive play between the belt, pulley and motor and the autosampler should
be replaced.

- - - - + + + + acceptable backlash - - - - - - + + + + Unacceptable backlash

7.6.6 Sample / Reagent Dilutor motor

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor
reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.

1 Turn the Instriment On. Then access the Service program main menu.

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2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Dilutor Motors
and Sample / Reagent Dilutor Motor. The system displays the screen below.

3 Touch the Home Position button on the screen. The system moves the
Sample/Reagent Dilutor Motor fully upward.
4 Verify that the dynamic labels that the “HOME SENSOR” is in ON condition.
5 Touch the “NEXT DOWN POSITION” to lower the Sample/Reagent Dilutor
Motor to the full down position.
6 Verify that the dynamic labels that the “HOME SENSOR” is in OFF condition.
7 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.

Note: The Sample/Reagent Dilutor Motors don’t require phases to be stored.

7.6.7 Transport (Slider) motor (ACL ElitePro only)

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor
reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible to use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.

1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust and Slider Motor. The
system displays the screen below.

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3 Touch the Home Position button on the screen. The system moves the Rotor
Transport (slider) under the Rotor Stack.
4 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
both in the ON condition.
5 Touch the “NEXT CCW POSITION” to move the Rotor Transport (slider) to the
left (rotor picking position).
6 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
respectively in OFF and ON condition.
7 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.

Note: The Transport (Slider) Motor doesn’t require phases to be stored.

7.6.8 Rotor Arm Horizontal Motor (ACL ElitePro only)

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor
reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.

1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Rotor Arm
Motors and Horiz. Rotor Arm Motor. The system displays the screen below.

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3 Manually raise the Rotor Arm to the rotation height.


4 Touch on the tool bar the small icon of the analysis compartment cover to raise the
cover (the icon acts as toggles switch to raise/lower the cover).
5 Touch the Home Position button on the screen. System moves the Rotor Arm
Horizontal Motor over the rotor picking/waste position.
6 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
both in ON condition.
7 With the step increment set to 1, repeatedly press cw (or ccw) arrow button on the
screen. The status bars of both the home and position sensors show the actual
condition of optical switch (+: light; -: dark).
8 Continue to press cw (or ccw) arrow until status changes from light to dark (use
for reference only the home sensor windows), then reverse motion by touching the
opposite key until the status of the optical sensor becomes dark again after the
light window.
9 It is now possible to determine the width of the home sensor optical window
(notch on the encoder disk).
10 Press the arrow keys cw (or ccw) to set the middle of the optical window
(- - - - + + + + + - - - -).
11 Check that the present phase matches the stored phase on the dynamic labels. If
phases are equal then the Rotor Arm Horizontal Motor is centred on the encoder
and the test is over. Press “√” to exit.
12 If not press “STORE PHASE” if active. Unavailability of the “STORE PHASE”
key indicates an illegal condition of the current motor phase exist. Touch the cw
(or ccw) arrow key to restore legal motor phase condition and then touch “STORE
PHASE”.
13 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.

7.6.9 Rotor Arm vertical motor (ACL ElitePro only)

This procedure is designed to verify and adjust (if required) the central phase of the
Home Position of the motor. This is to match the motor phases with the optical sensor

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reading on the encoder disk. It’s also possible use it to verify the functionality of the
stepper motor and of the optical sensor.
1 Turn the Instument On. Then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Rotor Arm
Motors and Vert. Rotor Arm Motor. The system displays the screen below.

3 Touch the Home Position button on the screen. The system raises the Rotor Arm
to the rotation height.
4 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
respectively in OFF and ON condition.
5 Touch the “NEXT DOWN POSITION” to lower the rotor arm to the bottom
position.
6 Verify that the dynamic labels “HOME SENSOR” and “POSITION SENSOR” are
both in ON condition.
7 Press “√” to return to the Service main menu.
Note: The Rotor Arm Vertical Motor doesn’t require phases to be stored.

7.7 Module positioning


This service program sub-menu includes the utilities designed to allow matching of
the major system modules. Following are the relevant assemblies.

• Autosampler assy.
• Sample Arm assy.
• Rotor Holder assy.
• Rotor Arm assy.
• Rotor Transport assy.

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The Module Positioning Tests options are available under the service programs main
menu. On the windows like menu, the sequence Service - Module Positioning Test
gives access to the following operational tests:

• ST – SA – RH Test
• RA – SL Test
• RA – RH Test
• RA – SL – RH Test

To perform a complete alignment of all the modules in the instrument the following
sequence must be followed. Note that the Sample Arm is the “Reference Point”. The
sample arm drive assy vertical shaft must be centered in the fluidic plate opening and
the arm must be aligned to the rinse/waste reservoir prior to performing any other
alignments. All other alignments are referenced to the Sample Arm. Also, verify that
all motor phase settings are correct prior to performing module alignments. The
module alignment sequence is:
Sample Arm
Autosampler
Rotor Module
REM
NOTE: Sample Arm vertical shaft must be centered in the fluidic plate prior to
performing any further alignments. Use alignment tool to center shaft to fluidic plate.

All above modules have to properly match to each other to insure proper picking and
delivery of samples and reagents as well as rotors for the analysis. Should any module
loose its pre-set position (e.g. due to the fact it was dismantled and re-fitted for service
purposes) it must be re-adjusted. The following table provides a summary of tests to
be done based upon the module that was replaced/adjusted, to restore the proper
working conditions.

Module replaced Mechanical Adjustment / Verification Refer to


reference to Test section
point/assembly
Sample Arm assy Needles ST – SA – RH Test 7.7.1
Wash/Waste Pot
Autosampler Assy Sample Arm ST – SA – RH Test 7.7.2
Rotor Holder assy Sample Arm ST – SA – RH Test 7.7.3
Needles Block Rotor Holder Needles Position 7.7.4
Assy
Rotor Stack Assy Rotor Transport RA – SL – RH Test 7.7.5
Rotor Arm assy Rotor Transport RA – SL Test 7.7.6
R.E.M. (Rotor Rotor Holder Snap RA – RH Test 7.7.7
Exchange Module)
centring
Rotor Tilt Adjust. Fluidic Plate RA – RH Test 7.7.8
R.E.M. Self Test RA – SL – RH Test 7.7.9

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7.7.1 Sample Arm assy

The Sample Arm must be aligned with respect to the needles Wash/Waste Pot and
represents the mechanical reference to the other major assemblies. It is recommended
to verify the proper positioning of the Sample Arm prior to starting any position
adjustment on other modules.
In case the Sample Arm module was adjusted/replaced the following procedure needs
to be completely carried out, in other situations follow it only for verification.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Needles Waste Centring Tool
P/N 190515-00
- Sample Arm centring tool
P/N 190513-00
- Needles Position Tool
P/N 181039-41

1 Position the Sample Arm module in place from the bottom of the system and
secure it by using the 3 black column screws but without tightening completely.
2 Re-connect cables as required.
3 Insert the Sample Arm Centering Tool (P/N 190513-00) on the shaft of the Sample
Arm Movement assy, between the shaft and the Fluidic Plate hole.
4 Tighten the 3 black column screws making sure that the Sample Arm Movement
shaft is in the middle of the Fluidic Plate hole.
5 Remove the Sample Arm Centering Tool (P/N 190513-00).
6 Carefully tilt up the Instrument by holding the keyboard drawer guides and fold
back the two stands and then lower the instrument on the bench.
7 Replace the needles Wash/Waste Pot adapter with the Needles Waste Centring
Tool (P/N 190515-00).
8 Turn On the Instrument then access at the Service program main menu.
9 On the windows like menu enter Service then Module Positioning test and (ST –
SA – RH Test). Upon entry the system performs motors initialization and displays
the screen below.

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10 Put the Sample Arm on the Sample Arm Movement shaft (at the bottom) using
caution not to lose the current shaft position.
11 Manually move the Sample Arm (with the needle block assembled) over the
needles Waste/Rinse Reservoir.
12 Lower the Sample Arm Movement shaft to allow the Needles Block to enter the
Waste Centering tool.
13 Adjust the Sample Arm (rotational and horizontal adjustment) to match the 2
needles with the 2 reference points on the Waste Centering tool.

Note: Use the 2 screws located on the top of the aluminium support to set the depth of
the Needles Block assy (if required).

14 Tighten the 3 setscrews located at 120° on the aluminium support that holds the
Sample Arm in place. Tighten the 2 allen head screws that secure the horizontal
movement of the arm.
15 Place the Needles Position Centring Tool (P/N 181039-41) on the Rotor Holder.
16 Raise the Sample Arm Movement assy. Touch the key “NEXT POSITION”, the
Sample Arm moves over the Rotor Holder and lowers to dispensing position.
17 Adjust the Needles Block height by setting the needles tip on the 2 white points of
the Needles Centring tool surface.

Note: Loosen and secure the Needles Block by using the white knob located on the
rear of the Sample Arm. If during this check out it is necessary to move the Rotor
Holder module position then perform the R.E.M. module positioning as described in
the section 7.7.7.

18 Remove the Wash Centering tool from the Wash/Waste Pot and install the
Waste/Rinse Reservoir.
19 Raise the Sample Arm Movement assy. Touch the key “NEXT POSITION”, the
Sample Arm moves over the Autosampler to position #1of the Sample Tray.
20 Remove the Needles Position Tool P/N 181039-41 from the Rotor Holder.
21 Touching the key “NEXT POSITION” the Sample Arm raises, moves over the
Rinse Waste Pot and lowers on the Rinse Waste Reservoir.
22 Visually inspect that needless are centered with respect to the Rinse Waste
Reservoir.
23 Touch the icon “STOP” and then “Ok” to return at the Service main menu.

Note: Before resume normal operation it is advisable to perform a Needle Sensor Test
as detailed in section 7.4.1.

7.7.2 Autosampler assy

The Autosampler must be aligned with respect to the Sample Arm. It is recommended
to verify the proper positioning of the Sample Arm prior to starting any position
adjustment on other modules.
If the Autosampler module was repaired/replaced the following procedure needs to be
completely carried out, in other situations follow it only for verification.

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Materials / tools necessary for the test: - 0.5 mL disposable sample cups or
primary tubes

1 Position the Autosampler assy in place from the bottom of the system. Secure it by
using the 4 black column screws but without tightening completely.
2 Re-connect cables as required.
3 Tighten the 4 black column screws making sure that the Autosampler shaft is in
the middle of the fluidic plate hole.
4 Install the inner ring optical sensor and lock it in place.
5 Carefully tilt up the Instrument by holding the keyboard drawer guides folding
back the two stands and then lower the instrument on the bench.
6 Put the grey Flange Adjustable in place on the top of the Autosampler movement.
Secure it by the 2 screws but not completely tightened (it shall still be possible to
turn it by hand).
7 Turn On the Instrument then access the Service program main menu.
8 On the windows like menu enter Service then Module positioning test and (ST –
SA – RH Test). Upon entry the system performs modules initialization and
displays the screen below.

9 Touch the key “NEXT POSITION”, the Sample Arm moves over to the Rotor
Holder and lower to dispensing position.
10 Load a Sample Tray with a 0.5 mL cup in the position #1. Put it on the Flange
Adjustable.
11 Touch the key “NEXT POSITION” again, the Sample Arm raises, moves over to
the Autosampler housing and lowers on the position #1 of the Sample Tray.
12 Visually inspect that Sample Needle is centered in the cup. If off-center gently turn
the Sample Tray to achieve best fit.

Note: May be necessary to adjust the Autosampler assy if the Sample Needle is not in
the middle of the cup. In this case, to adjust the Autosampler Movement position
loosen the 4 black column screws, move the Autosampler to achieve best fit and then
tighten the 4 black column screws again.
Visually inspect that (with the Sample Tray inside) the distance between the Sample
Tray and the external wall of the Autosampler housing circumference is at least 2mm.

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It’s also advisable to test the middle and inner rings positions (#2 and A1) by using
together the Motor Adjust options for the Autosampler and for the Sample Arm
Horizontal Motor. During this test on #1, #2 and A1 it is not possible to align all 3
positions perfectly, so obtain a best fit alignment.

The following positions may also be tested.

Sample tray Outer Ring Mid Ring Inner Ring


rotation
0° - 360° (Home) 1 2 A1
90° 11 12 None
180° 21 22 A6
270° 31 32 None

13 Touch the toggle key “TO RAISE / LOWER ARM”, the Sample Arm moves up
and down. Repeat the operation to verify proper centering.
14 With the Sample Arm fully raised and paying attention that you are not moving
the Flange Adjustable from current position, remove the Sample Tray and tighten
the two fixing screws.
15 Refit the Sample Tray with the cup in position #1 and verify that the Sample
Needle is centered.
16 Once proper matching is achieved touch the icon “STOP” and then “OK” to
return at the Service main menu.

7.7.3 Rotor holder assy

The Rotor Holder must be aligned with respect to the Sample Arm. It is recommended
to verify the proper positioning of the Sample Arm prior starting any position
adjustment on other modules.
If the Rotor Holder module was repaired/replaced the following procedure needs to be
completely carried out, in other situations follow it only for verification.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Needles Position Tool P/N 181039-41
- Disposable rotor

1 Put the Rotor Holder assy in place from the bottom of the system. Secure it by
using the 3 black column screws but without tightening completely.
2 Re-connect cables and optic fibres as required.
3 Carefully tilt up the Instrument by holding the keyboard drawer guides and folding
back the two stands then lower the instrument on the bench.
4 Turn On the Instrument then access at the Service program main menu.
5 On the windows like menu enter Service then Module Positioning test and (ST –
SA – RH Test). Upon entry the system performs the modules initialization and
displays the screen below.

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6 Place the Needles Position Tool (P/N 181039-41) on the Rotor Holder.
7 Touch the key “NEXT POSITION”, the Sample Arm raise, moves over the Rotor
Holder and lower to dispensing position.
8 Adjust the Rotor Holder position to achieve best fit between the needles tip and
the 2 white points on the Needles Centering tool surface then tighten the 3 black
column screws.
9 Touch the toggle key “TO RAISE / LOWER ARM”, the Sample Arm will move up
and down. Repeat this operation to insure proper centering.
10 Once proper matching is achieved Touch the icon “STOP” and then “OK” to
return at the Service main menu.

Note: Once Rotor Holder has been centered with respect to the Sample Arm then
perform verification against the R.E.M. (see section 7.7.7. for the details).
Before normal operation is resumed it is advisable to perform a Needle Sensor Test as
detailed in the sub-section 7.4.1 and a Needles Position test available in the
Diagnostic menu using a plastic rotor.

7.7.4 Needles Block Assy

This test has the purpose to Adjust/Verify the Needles Block Position every time that
is needed (Replacement, Maintenance, accidental hit or for service action).

Materials / tools necessary: - Needles Position Tool P/N 181039-41


- Brand new rotor.

WARNING !
BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS EXIST. Avoid touching, with bare hands, any parts
of the system which may have come in contact with potentially infectious fluids.

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ALWAYS wear gloves when performing any type of Maintenance/Service action


on this area.

1 Turn the Instrument On. Then access the Analytical Main Program.
2 On the tool bar touch the small icon of the Analysis Compartment Cover to
raise the cover (the icon acts as a toggle switch to raise/lower the Rotor
Cover).
3 On the windows like menu enter Diagnostic then Needles Position. The system
initializes the Sample Arm, the Rotor Holder and displays the screen below.

4 Pushing the Rotor Holder Snap Button, properly insert the Needles Centering
Tool with the side “A” facing up.

Reference Dots
A

5 Press Raise/Lower Arm. The Sample Arm is lowered over the Rotor Holder.
6 Using the knob located on the rear of the Sample Arm adjust the height of the
Needles Block so that the needle tips come in contact with the upper surface of
the Needles Position Tool. During this operation pay attention to put them in a
vertical position.
7 Secure the Needles Block by tightening the relevant knob without losing the
current position.
8 Make sure that the needle tips match with the 2 reference dots of the tool. If
the needle tips don’t match then verify the Sample Arm and the Rotor Holder
positioning as described in the section 7.7.

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9 Once the Needles Block adjustment with the tool is achieved, press the
Raise/Lower Arm button. The arm is raised. Remove the Needles Centering
Tool.
10 Pushing the Rotor Holder Snap Button, properly insert a brand new plastic
rotor.
11 Press Raise/Lower Arm. The Sample Arm is lowered over the plastic rotor on
the Rotor Holder.
12 Visually inspect for the proper position of the needles in the center of the 2
holes of the cuvette.
13 Press Raise/Lower Arm. The Sample Arm is raised. By touching the Rotate
button (now active) the plastic rotor on the Rotor Holder is rotated 90°.
14 Repeat steps 11 thru 13 to be sure that in the 4 test positions the Needles Block
adjustment is acceptable.

Note: The needles alignment may not be identical in the 4 rotor cuvettes. However
insure that the needles enter the cuvette holes without touching the edges, etc. for each
test position.

A B C
Sample probe centred
or biased Left

15 When the needles adjustment is acceptable press the red “Stop” icon on the
tool bar and confirm the operation with OK to end the test.

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7.7.5 Rotor Stack assy (ACL ElitePro only)

The Rotor Stack must be aligned with the Rotor Transport (slider). Both the Rotors
Stack and the Rotor Transport (slider) are sub-assemblies of the R.E.M. (Rotor
Exchange Module). The R.E.M. itself is aligned with the Rotor Holder assy.

This procedure is designed to center the Rotor Stack (silos) to the Rotor Transport
(slider).

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Disposable rotor

1. Turn On the Instrument then access the Service program main menu.
2. Fill the Rotor Stack with new rotors.
3. On the windows like menu enter Service then Module Positioning Test. Select
RA-SL-RH test.
4. During the test visually inspect for the proper feeding of rotors from the Rotor
Stack to the Rotor Transport (slider). Rotors should drop freely and align on the
slider.
5. If the Rotor Transport (slider) is not aligned then loosen the 3 locking screws that
secure the Rotor Stack (located below the R.E.M. support Plate).
6. Gently move the Rotor Stack assembly to obtain best alignment. Also, the slider
“Home” sensor and/or flag may be adjusted left or right to set the stop position of
the slider under the rotor stack.
7. Secure the Rotors Stacks in place by tightening the 3 locking screws again.
8. Verify the proper position of the Rotor Stack repeating the RA-SL-RH test until
confident that adjustment is acceptable.

Note: The Rotor Stack Cover Sensor needs to detect the presence of the magnet in the
cover to perform the test correctly (use an external magnet).

7.7.6 Rotor Arm assy (ACL ElitePro only)

The Rotor Arm assy must be aligned with respect to the Rotor Transport assy. Both
the Rotor Arm assy and the Rotor Transport are sub-assemblies of the R.E.M. (Rotor
Exchange Module). The R.E.M. must be aligned to the Rotor Holder assy.
If the Rotor Arm was repaired/replaced the following procedure needs to be
completely carried out, in other case follow it only for verification.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Rotor Arm Centring Tool
P/N 190503-00
- Disposable rotor

1 Turn On the Instrument and access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust and Slider Motor.
Touch in sequence “Home Position” then “Next CCW Position”. Touch “√” to
return at Service main menu and touch “NO” on the dialog box “De-energize
motor?”
3 Put the Rotor Arm alignment bushing on Rotor Transport.

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4 On the windows like menu perform the sequence Service – Motor Adjust – Rotor
Arm Motors – Rotor Arm Horiz. Motor. Touch in sequence “Home Position”,
then touch “√” to return to service main menu and “NO” on the dialog box “De-
energise motor?”
5 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Rotor Arm
Motors and Rotor Arm Vert. Motor. The system displays the screen below.

6 Touch the key “Home Position”. Now both the Rotor Arm and the Transport
motors are initialized.
7 Install now the Rotor Arm on its shaft (do not tighten the 3 setscrews). Raise the
analysis compartment cover by touching the relevant icon on the screen tool bar.
8 Touch on the current value of the window “Chose Step Increment”. The value
goes in reverse video.
9 Press “Canc/Delete” on the main keyboard to delete the value. Key in 40 as new
value.
10 Press the cw arrow in the left bottom side of the screen. The Rotor Arm will lower
by 40 steps.
11 Repeat last operation as many times as necessary to lower the Rotor Arm to the
Rotor Arm alignment bushing (in the meantime visually inspect for best fit, if
necessary manually guide the Rotor Arm paying attention to don’t move the shaft
from the previously set position).
12 Once the Rotor Arm is lowered and matching achieved tighten the 2 screws on the
Rotor Arm aluminium support.
13 Gently tighten the 3 setscrews paying attention not to move the shaft from the
previously set position.
14 The adjustment is now complete, press “√” to return to service main menu. Touch
“YES” on the dialog box “De-energize motor?”
15 Remove the alignment bushing and place a new rotor on the Rotor Transport.
16 On the windows like menu enter Service then Module Positioning Test and RA –
SL – RH Test.
17 The instrument exercises the Rotor Arm and Rotor Transport in sequence. Let the
system operate for a suitable number of cycles and verify for proper matching,
touch “Abort” once confident that adjustment is acceptable.

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7.7.6.1 Rotor Arm Vertical Height Adjustment (ACL ElitePro only)

1. From service environment, press “cover open” icon.


2. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Rotor Arm Motor/Horiz. Arm Motor.
3. Press the “home position” key.
4. Push the “next CW position” key. The pliers will move on top of the rotor holder.
5. Remove tool p/n 190503-00 if necessary, from transport plate and place a rotor
onto the plate.
6. Push the “next CCW position” key. The pliers will move over the transport plate.
7. Press “√” then NO to exit.
8. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Rotor Arm Motor/Vert. Arm Motor.

9. Select “Waste Position” for horizontal arm logical area.


10. Press “Home Position”.
11. Open the pliers arms manually by pressing the pin inwards.
12. While holding the pliers open, press the “Next Down” position Key.
13. Release the pin and verify that the pliers arms do not lift the rotor from the plate
(pliers are too low) or sit on the edge of the rotor (pliers are too high). Use the “up
arrow” or “down arrow” buttons to make appropriate adjustment. Note: Over the
Waste Position the arm may be adjusted +/- 27 steps.
14. Press “store position” , then YES.
15. Press “Home Position”.
16. Press “√” then NO to exit.
17. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Rotor Arm Motor/Horiz. Arm Motor.
18. Manually place rotor in the pliers arms.
19. Push the “next CCW position” key.
20. Press “√” then NO to exit.
21. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Rotor Arm Motor/Vert. Arm Motor.
22. Select “Rotor Position” for horizontal arm logical area.
23. Press “Home Position”.
24. Press “Next Down Position”. Check for alignment between the the pliers and the
rotor holder. The rotor should drop perfectly over the snap assembly and onto the

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rotor holder. Switch between “next up position” and “next down position” buttons
as needed.

Note: To center the pliers onto the rotor, you may need to loosen the five set
screws located on top of the REM assembly and move the REM assembly left or
right, forwards or backwards to achieve perfect centering.

25. With a rotor seated on the rotor holder and the pliers in home position, open pliers
manually by pushing solenoid pin in.
26. Press “next down position”. Verify that the pliers arms do not lift the rotor from
the plate (pliers are too low) or sit on the edge of the rotor (pliers are too high).
Use the “up arrow” or “down arrow” buttons to make appropriate adjustment.
Note: Over the Rotor Position the arm may be adjusted +/- 7 steps.
27. Press “Store position” key, then YES.
28. Press “home position”.
29. Press “√” then NO to exit.
30. Select Service/Motor Adjust/Rotor Arm Motor/Horiz. Arm Motor.
31. Press “home position”. Verify that the pliers do not make contact with the fluidic
plate during movement. If contact is made, make the necessary adjustments and
verify the stored positions for the vertical motor.

Press “√” then YES to exit.

7.7.7 R.E.M. (Rotor Exchange Module) centering (ACL ElitePro only)

The Rotor Exchange Module is a major assembly that incorporates Rotor Stack, Rotor
Transport and Rotor Arm assy. The R.E.M. must be aligned with respect to the Rotor
Holder.

This procedure is designed to center the R.E.M. to the Rotor Holder.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Disposable rotor

1 Turn On the Instrument then access the Service program main menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Rotor Arm
Motors and Rotor Arm Vert. Motor. Touch “Home Position”, and then touch “√”
to return to service main menu. Touch “NO” on the dialog box “De-energize
motor?”
3 Raise the Rotor Cover by touching the relevant icon on the screen tool bar.
4 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Rotor Motor.
Touch “Home Position”, and then touch “√” to return to service main menu.
Touch “NO” on the dialog box “De-energize motor?”
5 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Rotor Arm
Motors and Rotor Arm Horiz. Motor. Touch in sequence “Home Position”, “Next
CCW Position”. Touch “√” to return to service main menu. Touch “NO” on the
dialog box “De-energize motor?”
6 On the windows like menu enter Service then Motor Adjust then Rotor Arm
Motors and Rotor Arm Vert. Motor. The system displays the screen below.

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7 Touch “Home Position” and then on the current value of the window “Chose Step
Increment”. The value goes in reverse video.
8 Press “Canc/Delete” on the main keyboard to delete the value. Key in 40 as new
value.
9 Press the cw arrow in the left bottom side of the screen. The Rotor Arm will lower
by 40 steps.
10 Repeat last operation as many times as necessary to lower the Rotor Arm down
until it actuates the Rotor Holder Snap mechanism located in the center of the
Rotor Holder. Visually inspect for best matching. Set “Step Incerment” back to 1.
11 If off center loosen the 5 R.E.M. locking screws located over the Fluidic Plate,
gently move the whole R.E.M. assembly to obtain the best matching then secure
the R.E.M. in place again.
12 The adjustment is now complete, press “√” to return to service main menu. Touch
“YES” on the dialog box “De-energize motor?”.
13 Manually load a new rotor on the Rotor Holder.
14 On the windows like menu enter Service then Module Positioning Test and RA –
RH Test.
15 The instrument exercises the Rotor Arm performing repeated picking/loading of
rotor from/to the Rotor Holder. Let the system operate for a suitable number of
cycles and verify for proper operation, touch “Abort” once confident that
adjustment is acceptable.

Note: While performing RA-RH test check that rotor is carried freely to/from the
Rotor Holder. Should the rotor touch the fluidic plate during the motion then follow
the “Rotor Arm Tilt Adjustment” procedure as detailed in section 7.7.8.

7.7.8 Rotor Arm tilt adjustment (ACL ElitePro only)

If during the Rotor Arm movement the rotor carried touches the Fluidic Plate, it is
necessary to repeat the Rotor Arm Centring procedure as described in the sub-section

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7.7.6 with an additional operation at point 13. Before tightening the 3 setscrews put
the aluminium support at the top of the shaft housing (about 2 mm over) to lift up the
Rotor Arm.

If the problem persists it can be solved also with the tilt up of the Rotor Arm through
the setscrew located below the electromagnet pin.
To tilt up the Rotor Arm proceed as follows:

1 Remove the Rotor Arm Electro-Magnet.


2 Locate the setscrew which allows tilt adjustment (see figure below).

Setscrew
located under
electromagnet shaft

3 Loosen a little the 2 cap screws that hold the Rotor Arm in place.
4 Turn cw the setscrew to raise the Rotor Arm and obtain best condition (inserting a
rotor in the Rotor Arm and then, with the vertical motor raised, inspecting the
distance from the bottom of the rotor and the Fluidic Plate).
5 Tighten the 2 cap screws that hold the Rotor Arm on the aluminium support.
6 Replace the Rotor Arm Electromagnet paying attention to the distance of the
magnet and the run of the pin (too close won’t open enough; too far jam and won’t
close).
7 Perform the R.E.M. self test as detailed in section 7.7.9. to insure proper fit.

NOTE: Also insure that the Hex Nut securing the two rotor arms is tightened
sufficiently to allow the arms to securely grasp the rotor edge in the arm slot. If the
Hex Nut is loose one arm may be lower or higher than the other and may ride above
the rotor edge preventing the rotor from being picked up.

7.7.9 R.E.M. (Rotor Exchange Module) self test (ACL ElitePro only)

The Rotor Exchange Module is a major assembly that incorporates the Rotor Stack,
Rotor Transport and Rotor Arm. The R.E.M. must be aligned to the Rotor Holder. The
procedure is detailed in section 7.7.7.

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This test is designed to verify the proper alignment of the major sub-assembles of the
Rotor Exchange Module and the Rotor Holder.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Disposable rotors

1. Turn On the Instrument then access the Service program main menu.
2. Load a stack of 10 new rotors in the Rotor Stack. Empty the Rotor Waste
container and place it back onto its housing.
3. On the windows like menu enter Service then Module positioning test and RA
– SL – RH test.
4. The instrument initializes the motors of the R.E.M., the Rotor Holder and the
Rotor Cover.
5. Once initialization is completed the system starts loading / unloading rotors
until the stack of rotors is exhausted.

Note: If the R.E.M. cover is open or is out of place then the Rotor Stack Cover Sensor
detects this condition and the system, for safety purposes, won’t allow opening of the
Rotor Stack Upper Electro-Magnet. To override this situation and achieve a good
visual inspection without the R.E.M. Cover, put a little magnet on the magnetic sensor
(try both the 2 sides of the magnet to find the proper polarization).

Visually inspect for proper movement of rotors. If any problem is present then
perform the relevant check out and adjustment procedure.

7.8 System Dilutors Test


This service program sub-menu includes two different options, these are available via
Service then Dilutors Test:

7.8.1 Dilutor Test


7.8.2 Volume Check

7.8.1 Dilutor Test

This test is designed to verify the overall system precision. The test is automatically
performed by the instrument and performs three series of six replicates with each
solution at three different concentrations (undiluted, diluted 1/2 and diluted 1/4).

CV % are then calculated for each series, and reported on the screen. The test can be
configured for one Channel (Coagulimetric / Chromogenic) and one dilutor (sample /
reagent) at a time. Any imprecision of the system could be generated either by the
fluidics system (Fluidic parts obstruction, Electro-Valves, air bubbles and/or dilutors
compensation value) or by the optical system (light sources and/or detectors).

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Note: Should this test fail, it would be advisable to perform the “Optical channel
check out and adjustment procedure” to verify the system optics. If the system optics
pass the tests then troubleshoot the fluidic system.

Following are described the procedures to test the Reagent Dilutor with both the
Coagulimetric and Chromogenic Channels.

• Reagent Dilutor Test with Coagulimetric Channel.


• Reagent Dilutor Test with Chromogenic Channel.

Note: To test the Sample Dilutor with both Channels, set the Loading Type with
“Sample Dilutor”. The only additional operation required is to temporarily exchange
(only for the duration of the test with the Sample Dilutor) the two fluidic tubes that are
connected to the Needles Block.

• Reagent Dilutor Test with Coagulimetric Channel

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors.


- Wash-Reference Emulsion.
- Clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial

Precaution
Make sure that the instrument has been turned On for at least 20 minutes (warm-up of
light source and thermoregulation) prior going through the following procedure:

1 Gain access to the service program menu.


2 Thoroughly clean, using distilled water and a cotton swab, the optical path (holes)
of the Rotor Holder, as well as the optical sensor window and optic fiber of the
Coagulimetric Channel.
3 On the windows like menu enter Service then Dilutors Test and Dilutor Test. The
system presents the screen below.

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4 Select on the screen “Coagulimetric” on the left window and “Reagent Dilutor” on
the right window.
5 Load 4 ml of Wash-Reference Emulsion into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial and
place it with its adapter in the reagent position R1.
6 Load 4 ml of distilled water into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial and place it with
its adapter in the reagent position R4.
7 Place a brand new rotor into the analysis compartment.
8 Press “Start in Manual Rotor Loading”. The instrument will load the rotor cuvettes
picking the Wash-Reference Emulsion and the distilled water from the reagent
vials by using the reagent needle and the Reagent Dilutor.
9 Wait for the completion of rotor loading and acquisition cycle then verify that the
following results are obtained.

CV% (cuvette # 1 to # 6) :<=4


CV% (cuvette # 7 to # 12) : < = 4.5
CV% (cuvette # 13 to # 18) :<=5
CV% (Reference) :<=3
Mean Reference : 2.2 V to 3.0 V
R2 : >= 0.996

10 Press “√” twice to exit.

• Reagent Dilutor Test with Chromogenic Channel

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Brand new rotors


- Chromogenic Optic Test Kit
P/N 97579-50
- Clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial

Precaution
Make sure that the instrument has been turned On for at least 20 minutes (warm-up of
light source and thermoregulation) prior going through the following procedure:

1 Gain access to the service program menu.


2 Thoroughly clean, use distilled water and a cotton swab, the optical path (holes) of
the Rotor Holder, as well as the optical sensor window and optic fiber of the
Chromogenic Channel.
3 On the windows like menu enter Service then Dilutors Test and Dilutor Test. The
system presents the screen below.

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4 Select on the screen “Chromogenic” on the left window and “Reagent Dilutor” on
the right window.
5 Take the content of two vials (4 mL) with PNA concentration 160 µmol/L (taken
from the kit P/N 97579-50) into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial with their Green
adapters and place it in reagent position R1.
6 Load 4 ml of distilled water into a clean, empty 4 mL reagent vial and place it with
its adapter in reagent position R4.
7 Place a new rotor into the analysis compartment.
8 Press “Start in Auto Rotor Loading. The instrument will load the rotor cuvettes
picking the PNA and the distilled water from the reagent vials, by using the
reagent needle and Reagent Dilutor.
9 Wait for the completion of rotor loading and acquisition cycle, then verify that the
following results are obtained:

CV% (cuvette # 1 to # 6) : < = 1.5


CV% (cuvette # 7 to # 12) :<=3
CV% (cuvette # 13 to # 18) :<=5
CV% (Reference) : < = 0.5
Mean Reference : 7.2 V to 8.8 V
R2 : >= 0.996

10. Press “√” twice to exit.

7.8.2 Volume Check

This test is designed to verify and/or adjust the overall accuracy of the dispensation of
the dilution system. The accuracy of the dispensation is verified by means of a special
tool called “Graduated Capillary”. It allows a visual verification of the volumes being
delivered.

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The test can be performed using distilled water, however as the results are based on
visual inspection of liquid being actually drawn into the capillary, a dye based aqueous
material works better. If an inaccuracy is found a correction can be made through the
system software introducing either a positive or a negative offset.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Graduated Capillary Kit P/N 8258900
- Small beaker (10 ml) or other suitable
container.
- Distilled water (or dye based aqueous
solution).

1 Prepare a small beaker with a few ml of either distilled water or a dye based
aqueous solution (if available).
2 Gain access to the service program menu.
3 On the windows like menu enter Diagnostic then Priming. The system performs a
fluidic priming cycle.
4 Once the priming is over go through the sequence Service then Dilutors Test then
Volume Check and Sample Dilutor/Reagent Dilutor. The system presents the
screen below.

5 Disconnect the Sample/Reagent needle tubing (the tubes on the Needles Block)
and connect it to a Graduated Capillary (connect the capillary to the upper tubing
to test the Sample Dilutor line or to the lower tubing to test the Reagent Dilutor
line).
6 While holding the capillary above a small beaker out of the liquid press “Start”.
The system will perform a short prime cycle (to fill the capillary) followed by a re-
aspiration. At this time an air bubble is withdrawn in the Graduated Capillary and
a dialogue box is presented on the screen
7 Immerse the Graduated Capillary into the distilled water, or a dye based aqueous
solution then press “OK“.

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8 The system aspirates about 10 μL of water or a dye based aqueous solution (if
available) into the capillary. Verify that the head of the liquid sets between the two
upper marks of the Graduated Capillary.
9 After 10 seconds the instrument will automatically deliver most of the content out
of the Graduated Capillary.
10 Check that the liquid that remains sets between the two lower marks of the
Graduated Capillary (more close to the middle as possible). In this condition
(dispensed volume within range) no adjustments are needed, but if the liquid sets
above or below the two lines then a correction is required. The correction can be
entered in the window “Select Correction Value”.
11 Increase value if too much water stays in the Graduated Capillary at the end of
step 9 (dispensed volume insufficient), while decrease value if the water is too
close or below the lowest mark on the Graduated Capillary (dispensed volume too
high).
12 Repeat test to assure that entered value achieves proper volume dispensing.
13 If value has changed with respect to the original setting, record the new value on
the paper label located on the right side of the instrument.
14 Press “√” to exit, remove the Graduated Capillary and refit tubing to the
Sample/Reagent needle.

Following are the Graduated Capillary conditions during the test:

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U p p e r R e fe re n c e lin e s

L o w e r R e f e r e n c e lin e s

A s p ira t io n L e v e l

D is p e n s e d D is p e n s e d D is p e n s e d .
V o lu m e V o lu m e V o lu m e
IN S U F F IC IE N T W IT H IN R A N G E TO O H IG H

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7.9 Magnetic Sensors


Specific Magnetic sensors are located under the Fluidic Plate and on the Rotor Stack
with the purpose to detect for Rotor Holder and Rotor Stack Covers positions.
Following are the two sensors check procedures.

7.9.1 Rotor Holder Cover Sensor


7.9.2 Rotor Stack Cover Sensor

7.9.1 Rotor Holder Cover Sensor

This procedure is designed to verify the functionality of the Rotor Holder Cover
Sensor.

1 Remove the side and rear covers to gain access to the cardcage.
2 Connect a DVM between TP21 on the Acquisition & Sensors board (bd#3), and
ANA GND, TP0 on board #4.
3 Push the “Cover” icon to open the rotor cover. With the rotor cover open adjust
VR5 on the Acquisition & Sensors board (bd#3) to read 2000mv ± 20mv on the
DVM. Also, check that LED DL3 is “OFF”.
4 From the Service menu select Optical Module Test, Acquisition Adjustment.
Push “Start”. The rotor cover will close. With the rotor cover closed check that
the voltage on the DVM is 2800mv or greater. Check that LED DL3 is “ON”.
5 If the values are not met check the position of the Hall Sensor (located
underneath the rotor module) with respect to the magnet (located in the rotor
cover). If necessary, loosen and move the Hall Sensor and repeat the procedure.
6 Press “√” to exit.

Note: To work properly, this sensor needs correct assembly and the presence of its
permanent magnet. This is placed inside the Rotor Cover Assembly and must be
correctly polarized.

7.9.2 Rotor Stack Cover Sensor

This procedure is designed to verify the functionality of the Rotor Stack Cover Sensor.

1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Sensor Tests and Optic Sensor Test.
The system presents the screen below:

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3 Open the Rotor Stack Cover.


4 Check that on the “Rotor Storage Sensor Open” line there is displayed a “√”.
5 Close the Rotor Stack Cover.
6 Check that on the “Rotor Storage Sensor Open” line the “√” disappears.
7 Press “√” to exit.

Note: To work properly, this sensor needs the presence of a permanent magnet. It’s
placed inside the Rotor Stack Cover and must be correctly polarized.
This sensor doesn’t need adjustment because it works with a digital output signal (On
or Off).

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7.10 Rotor Waste Presence Switch


This procedure is designed to verify the functionality of the Rotor Waste Presence
Switch.

1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Sensor Tests and Optic Sensor Test.
The system presents the screen below.

3 Open the Rotor Waste compartment door and verify the presence of the Rotor
Waste Container (if absent put it in place) then close the door.
4 Check that on the “Rotor Waste Presence Switch” line there is displayed a “√”.
5 Open the Rotor Waste compartment door and remove the Rotor Waste Container
then close the door.
6 Check that on the “Rotor Waste Presence Switch” line the “√” disappears.
7 Press “√” to exit.

Note: This sensor doesn’t need electronic adjustments because it works with a digital
output signal (On or Off).

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7.11 Switching Power Supply Check Out and Adjustment


This procedure is designed to verify the functionality of the Switching Power Supply
Board.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - DVM

Note: Prior to starting this procedure it’s advisable to remove the Metallic Drip Tray
located between the Dilutors Module and the Switching Power Supply.

1 Turn On the Instrument.


2 Gain access to the service program menu. This turn “On” the Halogen Lamp.
3 Set the DVM to read dc voltages.
4 Connect the ground cable of the DVM to the Test Point TP9 on the Switching
Power Supply.
5 Check that on the other Test Points the values read are in accordance with the
table below.

Test Point Names Voltages Output Acceptable Trimmers for


Set Values (V) Ranges (V) Adjustments
TP1 +70VPW 68.5 64 to 73 -
TP2 +12VPW 12 10.8 to 14.5 -
TP3 +9VPW 9 8.5 to 9.5 -
TP4 –15VANA -15 -14.25 to -15.75 RV5
TP5 +15VANA +15 14.25 to 15.75 RV4
TP6 +6VLAMP 6 5.94 to 6.06 RV2
TP7 +5VDGT 5.1 4.85 to 5.25 RV3
TP8 +12VDGT 12 11.4 to 12.6 RV6

Note: The trimmers are located on the Switching Power Supply in the zone under the
CPU Master Board. To gain access to them it is required that the Instrument is Turned
Off and is necessary to remove the entire CPU Master package (CPU Master, PC104
and HDD).

6 If there are voltages Out of Range, try to check the S.P.S. Board without loads. If
without loads the problem persists then replace the S.P.S. Board.

Note: The S.P.S. Board has many protection circuits on board (see sub-section
3.3.10). When one of them is activated the S.P.S. enters into “Protection Mode” (Turn
Off all the voltages and put the LED DL1 On).

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7.12 Touch Screen Calibration


This procedure is designed to calibrate the parameters in the Touch Screen Control
Board in respect to the physical dimension of the Touch Screen surface.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Touch Screen Calibration Tool
P/N190574-00

Note: If the Touch Screen Calibration Tool is not available then it’s advisable use an
object with the tip rounded. Don’t use any object that can damage the Touch Screen
surface.

1. For units equipped with the Pentium CPU and PC104 Board the serial
Connection COM1 must be disconnected from the PC104 Board (connector
CN-6) and reconnected to the CPU Mother Board connector CN-25. To gain
access to CN-25 on the Main CPU board it is also necessary to disconnect
COM2 (CN-7), COM3 (CN-8) and COM4 (CN-9) from the PC104 Board.
Leave COM 2, COM 3 and COM4 connectors disconnected for this procedure.

For units equipped with the ATOM 945 Single Board Computer disconnect
the cable labelled CN30 (connector J10 on SBC) and leave it disconnected.
Disconnect cable labelled CN6 (connector J11 on SBC) and connect cable
CN6 to SBC connector J10.

2. Insert the DOS 6.2 Boot Diskette into the floppy drive and power the
instrument ON.

3. At the C:\ prompt type cd touch (and press ENTER) to get to the Touch
directory. From the Touch directory type Smartset (and press ENTER) to
open the Series Setup Utility.

4. Check the following and change if necessary:


• Interface type: Serial (default) and press ENTER.
• Communications Port: COM1 (default) and press ENTER. Ignore error
messages displayed on the screen and press ENTER to continue.
NOTE: If unit is equipped with ATOM 945 Single Board Computer the
Communications Port must be changed to COM2.

5. The Touch Screen has to be configured as follows, (use the arrow keys to
move to items and ENTER to change options).
• Communication:
o Hardware Handshaking: select Disabled

• Touch Mode:
o Stream Touches: select Disabled
o Calibration: select Enabled
o Scaling: select Enabled

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• Touch Reporting:
o Report Delay (x 10ms): select 15

• Scaling:
o X high: select 800
o Y high: select 600

• ASCII Setup: press ENTER


o Type C2 (C must be upper case) and press ENTER

6. With the proper pointed tool (IL part number 190574-00), touch the following
corners of the display screen.
Upper Left Corner
Lower Right Corner
Several lines of touch screen communication data should be displayed
after each successful touch.

7. Save the calibration by typing: N$01$07 and press ENTER then press
ESCAPE (Esc) to save the calibration and exit.

8. To check the calibration select Touch Testing and press ENTER. The
following Touch Testing screen will appear.
Press ESCAPE to get back to main Menu.
Touch packet format: Smartset Binary
X Y Z Status: Touch Flag:

9. Touch the top left and then the bottom right corners of the display screen with
the pointed tool (IL part number 190574-00) and confirm that the displayed
coordinates for X and Y are approximate to the theoretical values 0 to 800 for
X, and 0 to 600 for Y. The maximum acceptable tolerance for these readings
is +/-2.

For example:

X Y Z Status: Touch Flag:


0 0 255 1 Initial
0 0 255 4 Un Touch
800 600 255 1 Initial
800 600 255 4 Un Touch

Note: If the touch screen cannot be set within the specified tolerance, return to
the Main Menu and repeat steps 5. thru 8.

10. Upon successful completion press ESCAPE to return to the Main Menu.

11. Check and if necessary select the following settings.


Touch Mode: Stream Touches Enabled
Load/Save Setup: Data Source Destination To NVRAM

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Load/Save Setup: Setup Press ENTER (to save


modifications)

12. After the configuration has been saved, select EXIT to exit the Smartset
program. Remove the boot disk and power off the ACL.

13. If the unit is equipped with the Pentium CPU and PC104 Board the serial
Connection COM1 must be reconnected to the PC104 Board. Disconnect the
COM1 cable from the CPU Mother Board connector CN-25 and connect it to
the PC104 Board connector CN-6. Reconnect COM2 (CN-7), COM3 (CN-8)
and COM4 (CN-9) to the PC104 Board.

If the unjit is equipped with the ATOM 945 Single Board Computer the touch
cable labelled CN6 must be removed from SBC connector J10 and
reconnected to SBC connector J11. Cable connector labelled CN30 must be
reconnected to SBC connector J10.

14. Reboot the ACL. Confirm touch screen operation using the ACL system
software by pressing the selection buttons and pull down menus on the screen.
Using your finger, confirm that pressing the center of the icon, button or pull
down menu tab, the function is activated.

An alternative method to check/calibrate the touch screen is as follows. This method


is not as accurate as the method described above.

1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Touch Calibration.
3 A window appears with inside the information that “The current Touch Screen
calibration will be lost. The operation cannot be reverted. It’s OK to proceed?”
4 Press “OK”.
5 A window appears with inside the instruction “Please touch into red rectangle 1”.
6 In the upper left corner of the screen a red rectangle has appeared. Touch it with
care using the Touch Screen Calibration Tool.
7 Repeat the same operation with the red rectangle 2 located on the lower right of
the screen.
8 In order to verify the calibration repeat the operation also the check red rectangle
3.
9 A window appears with inside the information that “Touch Screen successfully
calibrated. Save the calibration?”
10 Press “OK” to save the calibration and exit.

Note: During the calibration procedure any error may occur or the time out to touch
the proper red rectangle on the screen has expired (15 seconds). In this case a
windows appears with inside the information that the touch screen calibration is
aborted. In this condition the Touch Screen is “out of order” and is needed to use the
TAB key (or the mouse if available) to select the Retry button and then press the Enter
key. Repeat the entire procedure until the Touch Screen is successfully calibrated.

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7.13 Interfaces Test


This section provides information in order to verify through the Interfaces Test the
proper functionality of the interfaces relevant circuitry.
Following are the specific procedures to test the proper functionality of each circuit.

7.13.1 RS 232 Serial Mouse HW loop


7.13.2 RS 232 Host HW loop
7.13.3 USB Ports
7.13.4 Parallel Printer

7.13.1 RS 232 Serial Mouse HW loop

This test is designed to verify the functionality of the Mouse interface serial port.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - RS 232 C Interface Check Connector
P/N 99211-01
- RS 232 C Interface Check Connector
Adapter P/N 71467-70

Note: If the RS 232 C Interface Check Connector and its Adapter are not available
then it’s advisable use the customised 9 Pin Check Connector (Female) as reported in
the section 6.2 “Service Tools”.

1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Interfaces Test. The instrument
shows the screen below.

3 Touch the little arrow on the side of test name then select the “RS 232 Mouse HW
loop” option.

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4 Press “Continue”.
5 A window appears with inside the instruction “Please install RS 232 Check
Connector on Mouse serial port”.
6 Properly install the RS 232 C Check Connector with the RS 232 C Check
Connector Adapter on the Mouse serial port.
7 Press “Start”.
8 The next window with the results may be “Test Passed” or “Test Failed”. If the
test failed then it is necessary to troubleshoot the Mouse serial line.
9 Press “OK” to exit.

Note: In case of the result “Test Failed” then investigate the Interface Board, the Flat
Cable, and the CPU Master & PC104 Boards.

7.13.2 RS 232 Host HW loop

This test is designed to verify the functionality of the Host interface serial port.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - RS 232 C Interface Check Connector
P/N 99211-01
- RS 232 C Interface Check Connector
Adapter P/N 71467-70

Note: If the RS 232 C Interface Check Connector and its Adapter are not available
then it’s advisable use the customised 9 Pin Check Connector (Female) as reported in
the section 6.2 “Service Tools”.

1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Interfaces Test. The instrument
shows the screen below.

3 Touch the little arrow on the side of test name then select the “RS 232 Host HW
loop” option.

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4 Press “Continue”.
5 A window appears with inside the instruction “Please install RS 232 Check
Connector on Host serial port”.
6 Properly install the RS 232 C Check Connector with the RS 232 C Check
Connector Adapter on the Host serial port.
7 Press “Start”.
8 The next window with the results may be “Test Passed” or “Test Failed”. If the
test failed then it is necessary to troubleshoot the Host serial line.
9 Press “OK” to exit.

Note: In case of the result “Test Failed” then investigate the Interface Board, the Flat
Cable, and the CPU Master & PC104 Boards.

7.13.3 USB

There is no Diagnostic test available for the USB ports. To test a USB port connect a
USB device such as a USB mouse and verify system operation.

7.13.4 Parallel Printer

This test is designed to verify the functionality of the Parallel Printer interface parallel
port.

Materials / tools necessary for the test:


- External Printer Cable P/N
84864-50
- PC Standard Parallel Printer
(ESCP2 / PCL5 Protocols compatible)

Before turn on the Instrument connect through the External Printer Cable the PC
Standard Parallel Printer.

1 Turn on the Instrument then gain access to the Service program menu.
2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Interfaces Test. The instrument
shows the screen below.

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3 Touch the little arrow on the side of test name then select the “Parallel Printer”
option.
4 Press “Continue”.
5 A window appears with inside the instruction “Please connect an external printer
on the parallel printer port”.
6 Turn on the printer and verify the presence of the paper inside then put the printer
“On Line”.
7 Press “Continue”.
8 The next window with the results may be “Printer Test Passed” or “Printer Test
Failed”. If the test failed then it is necessary to troubleshoot the Parallel Printer
line.
9 Visually inspect the print out of the External Printer in order to detect data
transmission problem.
10 Press “OK” to exit.

Note: In case of the result “Test Failed” or “Wrong” print out then investigate the
Interface Board, the Flat Cable and the CPU Master & PC104 Boards.

7.14 Temperature Control


This section provides information in order to verify all the temperatures of the devices
onboard the Instrument as well as all the other temperature over heating protection
checks. More information on the instrument assemblies temperatures and the internal
cooling system are also provided in the drawing “Operating Temperature and Internal
Ventilation” reported in the figure 7.14 Drawing 1 of the chapter 10 “Drawings”.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Temperature Probe P/N 70954-00

Note: Before performing this check procedure make sure that the Instrument is turn on
at least for 30 minutes.

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1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Diagnostic then Temperature Control. The
instrument shows the screen below.

3 Verify that all the devices are in the proper range of Temperature.

Note: If the System detects a temperature out of range, after few seconds a warning is
displayed and the temperature is displayed in red color. If the instrument has been
turned on for only a few minutes or there is a problem on a specific device then the
temperature may be out of its range. In this case the temperature is displayed with “–
– –“ when the temperature is too low or with “* * *” when the temperature is too high
in respect to its working range.

4 In order to troubleshoot the device with a temperature problem, verify the


reading of the temperature sensor (thermistor) by touching with the hand the
device (Ex: Rotor Holder at room temperature and “ * * * ” on the display).

Important: For Rotor Holder temperature verification use the Temperature Probe P/N
70954-00 to measure temperature inside the analysis plastic rotor. The relevant test is
described with the tool in the section 6.2 “Service Tools”.

The Instrument is provided with an internal cooling system. This is composed of the
Instrument Fan Assy, located on the rear-right side of the instrument, that forces
airflow inside the instrument and cleans it from dust through the Air Filter.
A Secondary Fans system, located on the left side of the instrument, forces the heated
air outside.

A specific Fan Control Board with onboard a temperature detector is also present.
This board provides power to the Peltier Fan that is always working and turns on the
Auxiliary Fan when the temperature of the air around the board exceeds 36 °C (over
36 °C turn on the Auxiliary Fan, under the 34 °C turn off the Auxiliary Fan).

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The functionality of this board may be tested using a hair-drier.

The maintenance of the Air Filter is very important for the maximum efficiency of the
internal air cooling system.

Note: The inefficiency of the internal air cooling system may be critical for the
Switching Power Supply Board. The SPS is provided with a temperature control
circuit which displays a temperature warning (over 60 °C) and then shuts down the
instrument if the temperature exceeds 75 °C.

7.15 Floppy Disk Drive Test


This section provides information in order to verify through the Floppy Disk Drive
Test the proper functionality of the Floppy Disk Drive and its relevant circuitry.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - 1,44 MB Floppy Disk formatted

Note: If a 1,44 MB Floppy Disk formatted is not available it’s possible to format a
new one with a Personal Computer with standard operative system (DOS / Windows).

1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Service then Floppy Disk Drive Test. The
instrument shows the screen below.

3 At the beginning of the floppy presence test verify that there is no floppy disk
in the Floppy Disk Drive.
4 Press “Continue”.
5 A window appears with inside the message “Operation in progress. Please
wait”.

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6 In case of test failure, a window appears with inside the message “Disk present
in drive. Extract floppy before proceeding”.
7 At the beginning of the floppy write protected test insert a write protected
floppy disk in the Floppy Disk Drive.
8 Press “Continue”.
9 A window appears with inside the message “Operation in progress. Please
wait”.
10 In case of test failure, a window appears with inside the message “The inserted
Floppy disk is not write protected”.
11 At the beginning of the floppy usability test insert a formatted blank floppy
disk in the Floppy Disk Drive.
12 Press “Continue”.
13 A window appears with inside the message “Operation in progress. Please
wait” then another window with the test progress bar is displayed. At the end
another window appears with inside the message “Floppy disk drive test
successfully completed”.
14 In case of test failure, a window appears with inside the message “Usability
floppy disk test failed (on creating file)!”.
15 Press “OK” and then “Cancel” to exit.

Note: In any of the tests fail then investigate the Floppy Disk Drive, the Flat Cable and
the CPU Master Board.

7.16 Software checking & loading


This section provides information in order to completely explain the upgrade
procedure of the software in the system. The software is stored on the Hard Disk
Drive and in the Flash Memory Chips on the boards.
Following are the specific procedures.

7.16.1 Software Identification


7.16.2 Databases Check
7.16.3 Backup / Restore of the system configuration
7.16.4 Upgrade IL Library
7.16.5 Complete Software Re-install
7.16.6 Hard Disk Drive Formatting
7.16.7 Main CPU Board BIOS Setup
7.16.8 PC104 Board Expanaion Module Settings

7.16.1 Software Identification

1 Gain access to the Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Utility then Software and Software Identification.
The instrument shows the screen below.

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3 Verify that all the Software releases are in the latest versions available.
4 Press “√” to exit.

Note: The Master and the IL Library software version displayed are the software
version stored on the HDD, while the Slave and the REM software version displayed
are the software version stored in the boards Flash EPROMS memories (Boards #2
and #4).

If for troubleshooting purposes the current Slave Board #2 or REM Board #4 are
replaced it’s required to perform the Upgrade procedure. This will program the new
board memories with the last software revision that is Uploaded (stored) on the Hard
Disk Drive. Only after the Upgrade procedure will the last software revision be
written to the boards Flash EPROM memory.

The “Upgrade” program allows the software to be loaded from the Hard Disk Drive to
the specific board memory.

7.16.2 DataBases Check

This sub-section is designed to clarify the actions that are possible when a Database
Error is encountered.

If the Checking Database during the Init System phase (at Turn On) detects a problem
then the system shows the following menu.

Database check reported some errors. Please select one of these options.

1 – Restore last saved Database (on “Date” and “time”)

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If this option is selected then the system proceeds with the restore of the last valid
database saved.
Caution! That means that all the data and modifications stored from the last self-
backup (on “date” and “time”) to now will be lost!

2 – Power off and call service

If this option is selected then the system proceeds showing the message “System
halted. You can safely turn off ACL.”

NOTE: It is recommended to select option 1 Restore Last Saved Database if a


database error is encountered and this message is displayed. By selecting option 1
the chance of saving a possibly corrupted database is minimized.

Caution! It is possible that after the Init System the instrument is halted with a
database failure message. This may result in the instrument database being corrupted
and the access to the Operator Main Program is denied. In this case the only option is
to turn off and then on again the instrument, and choose 1 (Restore last saved
database) in the menu.

Caution! If, after the Init System, is possible gain access to the Service Program then
it’s advisable try to perform an “Archive” of all the data not saved yet (QC, AR,
Calibrations and Patient data) and also a Backup of the system configuration (if an
other one is not available) as described in the sub-section 7.16.3.

After this, on the windows like menu enter Service then DataBases Check.
The system shows a window where it is possible to select one of the four following
options.

- Restore whole Database


- Restore Setup and Calibration Database deleting other data
- Restore Setup Database deleting other data
- Ignore error

If also through this menu it’s impossible to recover Data and/or Setup configuration
then Log-Out, switch off and then On the Instrument and in the menu select the option
“1 – Restore last saved Database”.

7.16.3 Backup / Restore of the system configuration

This sub-section is designed to provide information about the Backup / Restore of the
system configuration.
The following procedure allows the service engineer to save on a floppy disk the
current configuration of the instrument with the purpose to create a backup copy that
may be restored in the future on the same but also on other instruments.

The databases that will be saved contain information about the setup of:

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• Liquids
• Tests
• Profile
• QC
• AR
• Interface configuration
• System configuration

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - Available Floppy Disk


1,44 MB formatted.

1 Gain access to the Analysis / Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Utility then Backup / Restore.
3 The instrument shows a window with inside 3 choice buttons.
4 Touch “Backup”. The system takes a few minutes to prepare the data for the
backup displaying the message “Backup of database in progress, please wait”.
5 When required insert the floppy disk in the Floppy Drive and press “OK”.
6 The system writes the data on the disk displaying a progress bar.
7 When finished extract the floppy disk and put an identification label on it.

Following is the procedure is to restore the backup data file on the instrument.

1 Gain access to the Analysis / Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Utility then Backup / Restore.
3 The instrument shows a window with inside 3 choice buttons.
4 Touch “Restore”. The system displays a choice box with the message “Restoring
the saved instrument configuration some results in the databases could be erased”
then press “Yes”.
5 When required insert the proper floppy disk in the Floppy Drive and press “OK”.
6 The system reads the data on the disk displaying a progress bar and then takes few
minutes to restore the data.
7 When finished extract the floppy disk.

Touching the button “View Backup Date” it is also possible to check the date of the
Backup file on the floppy disk without proceeding with the Restore.

7.16.4 Upgrade IL Library

This sub-section is designed to provide information about the Upgrade of the IL


Library.
The following procedure allows the service engineer to perform the IL Library
Upgrade.

The databases that will be updated contain information about:


• New Liquids
• New Profiles
• New Interference Table

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• New Tests

For all the tests updated in the databases with a new revision the calibration, AR, QC
and patients data will be lost. In the end of the operation the system provides to the
service engineer / customer the list of all the data erased.

Materials / tools necessary for the test: - IL Library Upgrade Disk

1 Gain access to the Analysis / Service program menu.


2 On the windows like menu enter Utility then Upgrade IL Library.
3 The instrument shows a window with the message “Load DB file from floppy
disk” then touch “continue”.
4 Insert the first disk as required and touch “OK”.
5 The system takes a few minutes to read the data and Upgrade the libraries.
6 When finished extract the floppy disk from the Floppy Drive and press “OK”.

7.16.5 Complete Software Install

Software Re-install

This installation procedure is suggested for the following circumstances:


• To re-install software on an instrument that is unable to successfully
complete start-up sequence.

7.16.5.1 Slave Code Upgrade and Software Installation

The Slave software upgrade must be selected before the application software
is installed. To select Slave Upgrade and install software perform the
following steps:

1. From ACL Main Menu, select the “UTILITY” menu


2. Select the “SOFTWARE” option
3. Select the “SOFTWARE UPGRADE” option
4. Select the “SW SLAVE” option
5. Select the “UPGRADE” option. The “Upgrade Slave Code” window
appears with the following text: “Upgrade Code Selected. Do you
confirm?”
6. Select the “Yes” button, the text will change briefly to state: “Upgrade
in progress. . .”
7. The text will automatically change to state: “The Device is ready to
receive the code, please Logout, Switch the system off, wait a few
seconds and switch it back On, to continue the Upgrade”. Select the
“OK” button.
8. Select the “Log Out” button from the toolbar (key on the far right).
When the “Logout” message appears that states: “Do you really want
to shutdown ACL?” appears select “Yes”.

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9. Wait for the “Login” window and power down the ACL.
10. Insert the floppy disk labeled “ACL Elite/ElitePro SW DISK 1” into
the floppy drive and power on the ACL.
11. The “Scandisk” program will start automatically. When completed it
will be followed by the “Defrag” program.
12. Wait until “Defrag” is completed.
13. You will be prompted to insert the last disk of the set, insert the disk
titled “ACL Elite/ElitePro SW DISK 4”, then the disks “ACL
Elite/ElitePro SW DISK 1”, “ACL Elite/ElitePro SW DISK 2”,
“ACL Elite/ElitePro SW DISK 3” and “ACL Elite/ElitePro SW
DISK 4” when prompted..
14. When the following prompt appears:
“Do you want to install a new database?” with the following options:
“Press “Y” if you want to install a new Data Base”
“Press “N” if you want to maintain the actual Database”
Press “N” to keep the database. (If upgrading existing software or
reloading software onto an existing Hard Drive).
Press “Y” if loading software onto a New or Re-Formatted Hard
Drive or if the Database is suspect of corruption).
Automatically the “Scandisk” program will start, when completed it
will be followed by the “Defrag” program.
15. Wait for the instrument to finish with the disks as indicated by the
C:\TEMP> prompt and remove “ACL Elite/ElitePro SW DISK 4”
from the floppy drive.
16. Power Off and then Power On the ACL to start the SLAVE
UPGRADE procedure.
17. Several screens appear before the ACL initialization. During the
machine initialization, the message “Erase Flash Memory in progress. .
.Please wait!” is displayed, followed by “Slave Code Upgrade in
progress. . .Please wait!”
18. At the end of the SLAVE UPGRADE procedure the ACL is upgraded
at new release of software for the Slave and the Master boards.
19. At the end of the start-up the “ACL Login” window should be
displayed. Log into the machine using the user “Service” and
password “System Fix”.

7.16.5.2 REM Code Upgrade

After installation of the application software it may be necessary to perform


the REM Upgrade. To upgrade the REM software use the following steps:

1. From ACL Main Menu, select the “UTILITY” menu


2. Select the “SOFTWARE” option
3. Select the “SOFTWARE UPGRADE” option
4. Select the “SW REM” option
5. Select the “UPGRADE” option. The “Upgrade REM Code” window
is displayed with “Upgrade code selected. Do you confirm?” as text.

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6. Select the “Yes” button, the text will change briefly to state: “Upgrade
in progress. . .”
7. The text will automatically change to state: “The Device is ready to
receive the code, please Logout, Switch the system of, wait few
seconds and switch it back On, to continue the Upgrade”. Select the
“OK” button.
8. Select the “Log Out” button from the toolbar (key on the far right).
When the “Logout” message appears that states: “Do you really want
to shutdown ACL?” appears select “Yes”.
9. Wait for the “Login” window and power down the ACL.
10. Wait for a few seconds and turn the ACL on.
11. Several screens appear before the ACL initialization. During the
machine initialization, the message “REM Code Upgrade in progress. .
.Please wait!”
12. At the end of the UPGRADE procedure the ACL is upgraded at the
new release software for the REM board.

7.16.5.3 Upgrade IL Library

The IL Library upgrade procedure must be used for re-installing the IL Library.

The IL Library upgrade is divided into the following steps:

1. From ACL Main Menu, select the UTILITY menu


2. Select the UPGRADE IL LIBRARY option
3. A message box pops up that reads “LOAD DATABASE FILE FROM
FLOPPY DISK” Select “Continue”
4. Insert into the floppy drive the floppy disk labeled “ACL Elite/ElitePro
IL LIBRARY UPGRADE DISK”, click ”OK” and then follow the
instructions that prompt the operator to UPGRADE the IL Library. (At
this time, the above steps for upgrading the library are executed) A
“Upgrade completed, please wait” message is displayed.

The IL Library upgrade is divided into the following steps:


Step Time
IL Liquids Upgrade 3 minutes
IL Tests Upgrade 10 minutes
IL Profile Upgrade (no IL Profile at 1 second
this moment)
IL Test Groups Upgrade 30 seconds
IL Interference Table upgrade 1 minute 30 seconds

5. At the end of this procedure the ACL is upgraded to the new IL


LIBRARY and displays the “Upgrade IL Library” window; select the
“Confirm” button to close the window.
6. Select Setup->Tests->Default Tests from the main menu. If a series of
beeps occurs when entering this window, record the tests present in the
list to the right of the window, and select Setup->Tests->View/Define

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from the main menu. Verify that all tests recorded are enabled, and if
they are not, enable them.

7.16.5.4 Configuring Instrument for Elite or ElitePro

Once logged onto the ACL, you must make sure that the machine knows if
it is an Elite or ElitePro. To do this, use the following steps:
• Select the “Utility” menu option and click “Software”, then
“Software Identification”
• Verify that the correct versions of software for the Master, Slave,
REM and IL Test Library are displayed: Select the confirm button
to exit the window.
• Select the “Diagnostic” menu option and click on the “Service”
option.
• If you did not log onto the machine as user name “Service” you will
be asked to now, the password is “System Fix” and is case
sensitive.
• Once you are logged in as “Service”, select “Service” menu option
and click on the “Hardware Configuration” option.
• If the instrument is an ACL Elite, the box labeled “Additional
Reagents” should be de-selected, and the box labeled “REM
Installed” should be de-selected.
• If the instrument is an ACL ElitePro, the box labeled “Additional
Reagents” should be selected, and the box labeled “REM
Installed” should be selected.
• The “Instrumentation Model” text box will display the type of
instrument that has been selected.
• Press the “Confirm” button to save this setting.

7.16.6 Hard Disk Drive Formatting

Note: Replacement Hard Disk Drives will not have the ACL Application
Software installed. Replacement Hard Disk Drives must be prepared to accept
the ACL Application Software. Preparation of the hard disk drive includes
partitioning and formatting the drive.

1 Insert the floppy disk labelled “Boot Disk & DOS 6.2 SW” into the floppy drive
and turn the instrument on to boot up in the DOS environment.
2 To partition the hard disk drive, at the A:\ prompt type the “fdisk” command and
press the Enter key.
3 A Menu is displayed indicating 4 options. Select option 1 “Create DOS Partition
or Logical DOS Drive”, and press “Enter”.
4 A new Menu is displayed with 3 options. Select option 1 “Create Primary DOS
Partition” and press “Enter”.

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5 The system will display “Do you want to use the maximum available size for a
Primary DOS Partition and make the Partition active?” Select “Y” and press
“Enter”.
6 The Partition routine will start. When finished the partition status will be
displayed as follows:

Partition Status Type Vol Label Mbytes System Usage


C: 1 A Pri DOS 2047 FAT16 26%

7 When the partition has been created press ESC to exit from the “fdisk” command.
8 With the Boot Disk & DOS 6.2 SW disk in the floppy drive power the instrument
off and on again to reboot.
9 At the A:\ prompt type “format c:” and press the Enter key. Confirm the message
“Warning: All data will be lost. Non-Removable Disk Drive C will be lost” by
pressing “Y” and press the Enter key. This will start the formatting routine.
10 After format completion the display will indicate “Volume Label (11 characters,
Enter for none)”. Press “Enter” for no volume label.
11 When the formatting is complete press the Enter or ESC key to finish.
12 Remove the Boot Disk & DOS 6.2 SW disk from the floppy drive and power the
instrument off.
13 To install the application software follow the procedure outlined in section 7.16.5.
14 After formatting harddrive and loading software the motor phases, instrument
configuration, (ie Interfaces, Barcodes, etc.) must be performed.

7.16.7 a. Main CPU BIOS Check (Pentium CPU Board)

If the Main CPU board is replaced the System BIOS Setup should be checked.
To check System BIOS Setup perform the following.

1 To enter the BIOS Setup environment turn the instrument power on and hold
down the [Del] or [Canc] key.
2 When you are in the BIOS Setup environment the following options will be
displayed:

SYSTEM BIOS SETUP -- UTILITY VERSION 2.05


Basic CMOS Configuration
Advanced CMOS Configuration
Chipset Configuration
Reset CMOS to Last Known Values
Reset CMOS to Factory Defaults
Write to CMOS and Exit
Exit Without Changing CMOS

To select an option, use “↑” or “↓” key followed by Enter key.

3 Confirm BIOS is configured as indicated below, and modify if necessary.


4 BASIC CMOS CONFIGURATION
Date: Insert date and correct hour
Floppy Drive A: not installed

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Floppy Drive B: 1.44MB, 3.5

5 ADVANCED CMOS CONFIGURATION


Swapping of A: and B: Enabled
Seek Hard Drive at Boot: Enabled
Seek Floppy at Boot: Enabled
Boot Sequence: A: → C:

6 CHIPSET CONFIGURATION
Internal VGA Boot On: CRT + FP
Internal COM 1: Enabled
Internal COM 2: Enabled
Internal COM 3: Disabled
Internal COM 4: Disabled
Internal COM 5: Disabled
Internal Audio: Disabled

7 After confirming or modifying BIOS Setup, select “Write to CMOS and Exit”
and press the Enter key.

7.16.7 b. ATOM 945 SBC BIOS Check / Setup

1 Power on the ACL Elite/ElitePro. Press the “delete” key until the following
message is displayed.

“Entering Setup: Please Wait”


“Please Digit Password”
<hit enter>

2 Follow the instructions provided in each screen to verify BIOS settings or make
changes as required. Refer to the following table for System BIOS Settings.

3 Upon completion scroll down to “Write to CMOS and Exit”. Press “Enter” key.

4 Reboot ACL Elite/ElitePro unit.

System BIOS Settings for ATOM 945 SBC

Basic Configuration

Data: <set to current>


Time: <set to current>
Floppy Drive A: 1.44MB 3.5"
Floppy Drive B: Not Installed
Hard Disk C: Automatic search
Hard Disk D: Not Installed
Keyboard: Standard PC/AT Keyboard

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Display Type: EGA/VGA/SVGA


Base Mem: 640
Extended Mem: 1039296

Advanced Configuration

Boot as fast as possible: Enabled


Display Setup message: Disabled
Wait to ease setup mem: Disabled
Display Test Behavior: Disabled
System Configuration Box: Disabled
Memory Test Tick: Enabled
Test Above 1MB: Enabled
Wait for F1 on Error: Enabled
Ignore Keyboard Error: Disabled
Internal video boot on: Default
Boot video first from: PEG
Show Graphic Logo: Disabled
USB Keyboard after boot: Disabled
Enhanced BIOS loading: Disabled
Ignore IDE 80 cable check: Disabled
No zero extended RAM: Enabled
Seek Hard Drive on Boot: Disabled
Sec. to wait for HD Reset: 2
1st Boot Device: USB Disk
2nd Boot Device: FLOPPY
3rd Boot Device: IDE1 Mst
4th Boot Device: IDE0 SLV
NumLock State on boot: Enabled
Typematic Programming: Disabled
Typematic rate Delay: 250ms
Typematic Rate: 30.0 cps
PowerFail Resume Type: Always on
Power Button Instant Off: Disabled
ACPT Tables: Enabled

Chipset Configuration

PCI slot 1: ON
PCI slot 3: ON
PCI Express slot 1: ON
PCI Express slot 3: ON
PCI Express slot 5: ON
PIC INTA/other device: IRQ 10
PCI INTC / USB 4-5: IRQ 7
Internal LAN: IRQ 5
Internal SMBUS PCI Device: ON
Internal UHCI USB ports: 8

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Maximum UDMA mode: 5(ATA100)


Thermal Management: TM2
Chipset Spread Spectrum: Enabled
Internal Video Mem Mb: 8
Internal Flat Panel Type: 640 x 480
POST port 80H decode: PCI
PCI slot 2: ON
PCI slot 4: ON
PCI Express slot 2: ON
PCI Express slot 4: ON
PCI Express slot 5: ON
PCI INTB/SMBUS/USB2-3 IRQ: 11
PCI INTD / USB 6-7 IRQ: 7
Internal LAN: ON
Internal Audio Type: AC97
Internal EHCI USB: E
Internal IDE/SATA mode: SATA+PATA
Maximum CPU Frequency MHz: 1600
LVDS Spread Spectrum %: none
Internal IDG function 1: ON
PEG Graphics Device: ON

Super IO Configuration

COMA base addr: 3F8(COM1)


COMB base addr: 2F8(COM2)
COMB interface: RS-232
LPT mode: STANDARD
FDC Controller: Enabled
Pointing Device (mouse): Enabled
COMA: IRQ 4
COMB: IRQ 3
COMB IrDA signal pin: IRRX/IRTX
LPT IRQ: NO
Parallel Connected to: FDC

7.16.8 PC104 Board Expansion Module Setting (not used with ATOM 945 SBC)

If the PC 104 Board is replaced the Module Settings should be checked. To


check settings perform the following.

1. Disconnect cables CN7, CN8 and CN9 form the PC 104 Board. Leave these
cables disconnected.
2. Disconnect the video cable, CN6 from the PC 104 Board and connect it to
CN25 on the Main CPU Board.
3. Insert the Boot Disk & DOS 6.2 SW disk into the floppy drive and boot the
instrument.

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4. From the C:\ prompt type “new_set4” command and press the Enter key.
Instructions to configure the system with the following options will be shown:
Check that the system is configured as indicated below.

Type = PRIMARY Com BaseAdd = 380H Alternative IRQ = 2


Net Node = 2 Net Base Add = 240H Net IRQ = 2
COM 1 = Enable Base Add = 380H* IRQ Line = 10
COM 2 = Enable Base Add = 388H* IRQ Line = NONE
COM 3 = Enable Base Add = 390H* IRQ Line = 11
COM 4 = Enable Base Add = 398H* IRQ Line = 5
* Note: The values identified with an (*) may not be changeable. Continue with the configuration.

5. To exit from the “new_set4” environment saving the configuration, press the
“End” or “Fine” key.
6. Remove the disk from the floppy drive and power off the instrument. Connect
all cables (CN6, CN7, CN8 and CN9) to their original positions.
7. Power on the instrument and confirm system boots. (Note: If the touch screen
is inoperative it may be necessary to perform the touch screen calibration
described in section 7.12).

7.16.9 ATOM 945 SBC Cable Connection Reference Diagram

TOUCH MOUSE
VGA
CN6 J11 CN30 J10
VGA CN30
ARCNET

HOST X CN1

CN8 J13 ETHERNET

X J17

POWER
Parallel Printer
CN10 J20
CN26 J5

Kbd, Mouse, Speaker NOT


USED
CN21 J15

USB FLOPPY
HDD POWER
P24 J13 CN22 J7
Or CN16 HDD2 xx

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Reference Legend for Cable connector designation


ATOM 945 SBC

Connector
Function

System
Cable MOUSE New ATOM 945 SBC
Connect Connector Number
Number CN30 J10

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Chapter 8
System Interfacing
This chapter provides the main information related to the configuration of the instrument
interface for the communication with external devices.
The devices that are possible connecting to the instrument are following.

8.1 Keyboard
8.2 External Parallel Printer
8.3 Network
8.4 Modem
8.5 Mouse
8.6 Host Computer
8.7 Internal Bar Code Reader
8.8 External Bar Code Reader

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8.1 Keyboard
On the windows like menu select “Setup” then “Interfaces” and “Keyboard”. The system
displays the screen below.

The window in this screen allows configuring the ACL Elite/ElitePro PC standard
keyboard for the language and layout used. Also the enabling of the on-screen keypad is
configurable by selecting:

KEYBOARD TYPE: English (United Kingdom)


French
German
Spanish
Italian
USA

NUMERICAL KEYPAD: Disabled


All numerical fields
All numerical fields and Sample ID

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8.2 External Parallel Printer


On the windows like menu select “Setup” then “Interfaces” and “Printer”. The system
displays the screen below.

The window in this screen allows configuring of an external printer selecting:

PRINTER PROTOCOL: ESC/P2 (for Epson-like printers)


HP-PCL (for HP-like printers)

PAPER DIMENSION: A4 (210 x 297 mm.)


Letter (8½ x 11 inch)

PAPER FORMAT: Single sheet


Continuous sheet

REPORT TYPE: Cumulative


Sample Report

PRINTED SAMPLES: Any (analyzed)


Completed

AUTOMATIC PRINT OUT: Checked (Enable)


Empty (Disable)

SAMPLE REPORT DATA: Instrument Name (Checked Enable)


Normal Ranges (Checked Enable)
Date/Time (Checked Enable)

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CUSTOMIZE HEADER: Enter in the “Custom Header” screen.

8.3 Network
Not supported in this Software Revision.

8.4 Modem
Not supported in this Software Revision.

8.5 Mouse
The mouse may be used as a selecting device in place of touching the screen.
At instrument turn on, during the “Init. System” phases, the instrument checks the proper
serial port or USB port for the presence of a mouse.
If the mouse is detected then the cursor arrow appears on the display.

If the mouse is connected after the “Init. System” phases then the instrument will not
detect it until the next time the instrument is powered off and on.

8.6 Host Computer


On the windows like menu select “Setup” then “Interfaces” and “Host”. The system
displays the screen below.

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The window in this screen allows configuring of Host Computer interface selecting:

BAUD RATE: 2400


4800
9600
19200
38400

AUTOMATIC DATA TX (TRANSMISSION): Not Required


Patient Samples Only
QC, AR and Patient Samples

HOST QUERY: Checked (Enable)


Empty (Disable)

DELETE AUTOMATICALLY AFTER TX Checked (Enable)


(TRANSMISSION): Empty (Disable)

UNIQUE INSTRUMENT ID: Checked (Enable, from 1 to 9)


Empty (Disable)

Information about the “Host Communication Protocol” is detailed in chapter 12


Appendix A of this manual.

The ACL to Host Computer Interconnect Cable is P/N 184202-38.

The following table provides information regarding the wiring of the interconnection
cable between the ACL and Host Computer.

ACL Side Host Computer Side

Interface Type: DTE Interface Type: DTE


9 Pin Female Delta Connector 9 Pin Female Delta Connector
PIN DESCRIPTION PIN DESCRIPTION
1 N.C. 1 N.C.
2 TXD 2 RXD
3 RXD 3 TXD
4 DTR 6 DSR
5 Signal GND 5 Signal GND
6 DSR 4 DTR
7 RTS 8 CTS
8 CTS 7 RTS
9 N.C. 9 N.C.
Shield to connector shell Shield to connector shell

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8.7 Internal Bar Code Reader


On the windows like menu select “Setup” then “Interfaces” and “Internal Barcode”. The
system displays the screen below.

The first step is enable (Checked) the Internal Barcode Reader.

The four fields visible on the screen correspond to the four families of barcodes that may
be activated on the ACL, along with their corresponding subtypes of barcodes. Choose
for each field one of the options below according to the laboratory’s needs.

CODABAR: Disabled
No Checksum
AIM Mod 16
NW7 Mod 11
NW7 Mod 16

CODE 39: Disabled


No Checksum
Mod 43

INTERLEAVED 2 OF 5: Disabled
No Checksum
USS Mod 10
OPCC Mod 10

CODE 128: Disabled


No Checksum

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8.8 External Bar Code Reader


On the windows like menu select “Setup” then “Interfaces” and “External Barcode”. The
system displays the screen below.

The External Bar Code Reader is used to Identify IL Reagent Bar Code labels. Enable the
external barcode reader by selecting the box labelled External BCR Enabled. Select
additional fields as appropriate.

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Chapter 9
Part List
This chapter contains information about the service parts as well as the expendable
materials that are available for use with the ACL Elite/ElitePro System. A large number
of the expendable materials are shipped in the “Startup Kit” included with the ACL
Elite/ElitePro system. These items may be ordered using their Part Numbers as shown in
the tables.
Following are the specific sections.

9.1 Startup Kit


9.2 Expendable Materials
9.3 Service Parts List (Includes ACL 8-9-10000 unique service parts)

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9.1 Startup Kit


The following expendable materials are contained in the Startup Kit that is shipped with
the ACL Elite/ElitePro System.

• Sample Trays

Three types of sample trays are available as shown below. The startup kit includes two of
them, chosen by the user according to the desired system configuration.

Tray type Used for


3 mL Primary tube, 3 or 3.5 mL total volume (13x75 mm)
5 mL Primary tube, 5 mL total volume (13x75 or 13x100 mm)
S 11.5 Sarstedt type tube, 3 mL (11.5x66 mm) or 5 mL (11.5x92 mm)

• Sample Tray Adapters for plastic cups - 4 pieces


for 4 mL glass vials - 6 pieces

• Reagent Vial Adapters for 10 mL vials, reagents requiring magnetic


stirring (grey) - 4 pieces
for 10 mL vials, reagents not requiring magnetic
stirring (purple) - 6 pieces
for 4 mL vials, reagents not requiring magnetic
stirring (green) - 4 pieces

• Magnetic Stirrers for reagent stirring - one package containing 6


pieces

• Small Sample Cups 0.5 mL sample cups - one package containing


1000 pieces

• Large Sample Cups 2.0 mL sample cups - one package containing


1000 pieces

• Diluent/Buffer/Reagent Cups 4.0 mL cups, with labels - one package


containing 100 pieces

• Diluent/Buffer/Reagent Glass 10 mL glass vials - one package


Vials containing 10 pieces

• Block and Probes Assembly an assembly consisting of an acrylic block with


the sample and reagent needles and their
associated liquid sensors

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• Sample and Reagent Tubing 1.5 meter piece of tubing to be cut and used as
needed

• Insertion Tool for Tubing a tool to be used when replacing sample and
reagent tubing

• Wash/Reference Emulsion a 1-liter bottle of Emulsion

• Waste/Rinse Reservoir a reservoir for needle wash and rinse

• Waste Bottle a 5-liter bottle to collect ACL waste

• Waste Tubing a 1.5 meter piece of tubing to be used for


collection of liquid waste

• Adjustment Tool for Needles a tool to be used for adjusting the position of the
needles in the arm

• Rotors 20-Cuvette Rotors - package containing 100


pieces

• Rotor Insertion Tool a tool used for inserting rotors into the system

• Rotor Waste Container a removable container used inside the system to


hold the used rotors

• Moulded Air Filter One air filter for the analyzer body

• Fuses 6.3 AT 2 fuses for the system

• Power Cord a power cord for the system: the cord included is
consistent with the voltage with which the
system will be used

• Host Computer Cable a cable to connect the optional host computer

• Software System Disk Kit kit containing the main system software

• Test Library Disk Kit kit containing the test library software

• Operator’s Manual the Operator’s Manual for use of the ACL system

• Mouse USB Optical mouse

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• Hand Held Barcode Scanner USB Hand held barcode scanner with mounting
hardware (ElitePro only)

• Compliance Certificate a specific system compliance certificate

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9.2 Expendables Materials


Following are the expendable materials available for the ACL Elite/ElitePro System.

Part Item Description # Pieces in


Number Package Unit
181108-99 Sample Tray for 13x75 mm, (3-3.5 mL) tubes 1
181108-98 Sample Tray for 13x75 & 13x100 mm, (5 mL) 1
tubes
181812-85 Sample Tray for Sarstedt 11.5x66 mm (3 mL) 1
& 11.5x92 mm (5 mL) tubes
190764-00 Sample Tray adapter for plastic cup 4
190763-00 Sample Tray adapter for 4 mL vials 4
181812-65 Adapter for 10 mL reagent vials with magnetic 4
stirring (grey)
190762-00 Adapter for 10 mL reagent vials without magnetic 6
stirring (purple)
190761-00 Adapter for 4 mL reagent vials without magnetic 4
stirring (green)
097466-06 Magnetic Stirrer 6
189241-00 Glass Vials, 10 mL 10
067992-00 Sample Cups, 0.5 mL 1000
055751-00 Sample Cups, 2 mL 1000
067994-00 Cups, 4 mL, plus Labels 100
068000-00 Rotors- 20 cuvettes 100
181812-77 Rotor Insertion Tool 1
181108-97 Rotor Waste Container 2
181108-43 Block Probe Assembly 1
181039-41 Needles Adjustment Tool 1
073289-01 Sample and Reagent Tubing, 1.5 m 1
181080-65 Sample and Reagent Tubing Extractor Tool 1
181812-72 Waste Reservoir, for needles wash 1
181057-69 Assy, Tank for Waste 1
099095-03 Waste Tube, 1.5 m 1
181812-71 Air Filter, molded 1
068931-02 Fuses 6.3 AT 2
197255-00 VDE Approved Power Cord 220V 1
148821-00 Cord Power, Shielded 110V 1
189462-00 External Printer Cable 1
184202-38 Host Computer Cable (9 pin – 9 pin) 1
200024-00 Wash/Reference Emulsion, 1 litre 1
xxxxxxxxx Software System Disk Kit (latest version supplied) 1

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074068-00 Connector, Tubing 3 Way “T” 1


189241-04 Bottle kit, 10 x 4 ml 1
190595-00 Compliance Certificate 1
181121-11 Operator’s Manual, ACL Elite 1
181121-12 Operator’s Manual, CD ACL Elite 1

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9.3 Service Parts List


The following Service Parts are available for the ACL Elite / ElitePro System.

Part Number Item Description Area

181120-23 Pentium 266MHz CPU Master Board #1 PCB


190699-91 ATOM 945 SBC w/ Hard drive preloaded sw PCB
3.01.04
182355-30 CPU Slave Board #2 PCB
182355-40 Acquisition & Sensors Board #3 PCB
182356-00 Rotor Exchange Module Board #4 PCB
182355-50 Motors Board #5 PCB
182355-61 Photometric & Temp. Control Board #6 PCB
182355-20 PC104 Board PCB
182356-60 Switching Power Supply Bd. PCB
182355-70 Mother Board PCB
181120-70 Interface Board, USB PCB
190856-92 Fuse, 1.0 Amp, 5/pack (for USB Interface Board) Miscellaneous
182355-80 Loading Area Interconnection Bd. PCB
182356-30 Photometer Interface Bd. PCB
182356-10 REM Upper Interconnection Bd. PCB
182356-20 REM Lower Interconnection Bd. PCB
070908-00 Dual Channel Optical Switch PCB
182356-80 Dual Channel Optical Switch (flat) PCB
182356-90 Fan control Bd. PCB
065011-10 Floppy Disk Drive Miscellaneous
190856-89 Hard Disk Drive (Elite/ElitePro software version Miscellaneous
3.0.5 preloaded)
082627-00 Chrom Sensor Bd. Optics Assy
089721-00 Filter Optical 405 nm Optics Assy
084869-44 Chrom Coaxial cable Optics Assy
084869-46 Coag. Sensor w/cable Optics Assy
181108-26 Instrument Fan Assy Miscellaneous
181108-27 Secondary Fan Assy Miscellaneous
181108-28 Peltier Fan Assy Miscellaneous
181108-29 Auxiliary Fan Assy Miscellaneous
181108-30 Autosampler Movement Assy Mech. Assy.
181103-96 Knurled Knob 50 mm (long thumbscrew holding Miscellaneous
autosampler)
084869-38 Autosampler Internal ring sensor Optics Assy
084869-39 Autosampler External rings sensor Optics Assy
190692-00 Barcode Assy (for sample tray area) Optics Assy

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190798-00 Belt Timing Autosampler rotation Mech. Assy.


181106-34 Peltier 2 Assy (ACL ElitePro only) Mech. Assy.
181108-34 Peltier 1 Assy Mech. Assy.
181021-28 Peltier Temperature Sensor Miscellaneous
181108-35 Stirrer motor Mech. Assy.
181108-58 Dilutor Drive Assy Mech. Assy.
190856-47 Dilutor Chamber with Electrovalves Miscellaneous
181108-38 Dilutor Electro-Valve 3 Way Miscellaneous
070907-00 Single Channel Optical Switch PCB
074068-00 Connector, Tubing 3 Way “T” Fluidic Assy
073289-01 Tubing URH .040ID x .100 OD Clear (mtr) Fluidic Assy
181108-40 Reference Emulsion Sensor Miscellaneous
190856-07 Tip Movement Assembly Universal Mech. Assy.
181108-95 Tip Assy (sample arm) Mech. Assy.
181108-43 Needles Block Mech. Assy.
181022-62 Knurled Knob 120 mm (long thumbscrew holding Miscellaneous
tip movement assy)
190804-55 Belt Timing Tip Movement vertical Mech. Assy.
190804-56 Belt Timing Tip Movement rotation Mech. Assy.
182356-40 Liquid Level Detection Board PCB
190675-75 Liquid Level Detection Cable Miscellaneous
181108-46 Rotor Cover Assy Mech. Assy.
181108-47 Rotor Cover Movement Assy Elite Mech. Assy.
181106-48 Rotor Cover Movement Assy ElitePro Mech. Assy.
066675-60 Rotor Cover Belt Mech. Assy.
181108-02 Rotor Cover Sensor PCB
181108-50 Rotor Holder Movement Assy Mech. Assy.
181103-97 Knurled Knob 90 mm (long thumbscrew holding Miscellaneous
rotor holder assy)
181024-43 Brushes Assy Miscellaneous
181108-51 Rotor Holder Snap Mech. Assy.
181025-15 Coagulimetric Channel LED Socket Assy Optics Assy
067218-05 Fiber Optic for LED Optics Assy
181021-95 Optical Collimator Assy Optics Assy
181021-81 Halogen Lamp Optics Assy
181108-53 Rotor Exchange Module Assy (Basic) Mech. Assy.
181108-54 Pliers Movement Assy Mech. Assy.
190804-57 Belt Timing Rotor Caliper Arm rotation Mech. Assy.
190804-58 Belt Timing Rotor Caliper Arm vertical Mech. Assy.
181108-96 Rotor Arm Mech. Assy.
181103-06 Spring for Rotor Arm Mech. Assy.
181108-57 Rotor Transport Mech. Assy.
082433-00 Rotor Transport motor Mech. Assy.

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181108-94 Rotor Stack Assy Mech. Assy.


181108-60 Electro-Magnet Miscellaneous
181103-22 Spring for Rotor Stack Mech. Assy.
182356-70 Silos Hall Sensor Bd PCB
084869-36 Optical Sensor Silos Upper Optics Assy
181104-55 REM and Silos Cover Assembly Miscellaneous
084869-37 Optical Sensor Silos Lower Optics Assy
084869-47 Optical Sensor Rotor Waste Full Optics Assy
084869-60 Rotor Waste Micro Switch Assy Miscellaneous
182353-50 Speaker Board Assy Miscellaneous
190856-02 Power Entry Module (does not include power line Miscellaneous
filter)
190355-50 Power Line Filter Miscellaneous
182356-50 Needles & Wash-R Sensor Interc. Board PCB
064252-45 O-Ring for Sample Tray Indexing Pin Miscellaneous
065456-10 Push-Push Latch Miscellaneous
099635-03 Set Screw M4x10 for Caliper Arm Leveling Miscellaneous
190693-00 PM Kit ACL 8-9-10K, Elite, ElitePro Miscellaneous
181121-05 Visor Elite Miscellaneous
181121-06 Visor ElitePro Miscellaneous
190653-00 Kit Service Tools Miscellaneous
181121-27 Door, Rotor Waste Area Miscellaneous
181121-79 Mouse USB, Optical 2 Button with Wheel Miscellaneous
065011-20 Keyboard Miscellaneous
181103-64 Protective Glass, Barcode scanner Miscellaneous
190850-20 Kit, Dilutor Gasket Miscellaneous
181109-31 LCD Monitor ACL Miscellaneous
181109-25 Cable VGA LCD Miscellaneous
181109-26 Cable RS232 LCD Miscellaneous
19085621 Cable Power LCD Miscellaneous
181109-06 Preheater, Rotor, Elite Miscellaneous
181103-85 Cover Interface Cable Ref-E Cable Connection Miscellaneous
181121-31 Barcode Scanner Linear Handheld Miscellaneous
181121-45 Kit, Upgrade, Barcode Scanner Linear Miscellaneous
181103-65 Flange Adjustable (Grey plastic flange to support Miscellaneous
sample tray
190751-00 Kit, Vibration Damper, 10/pk Miscellaneous

ACL 8-9-10000 unique service parts

182352-10 CPU Master Board #1 ACL 8-9-10000

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181121-30 Interface Board ACL 8-9-10000


190750-00 Visor ACL 9000 instrument s/n 0186 and below ACL 9000
181103-58 Visor ACL 8-9000 instrument s/n 0187 and above ACL 8-9000
181106-41 Visor ACL 10000 ACL 10000
181103-49 Door, Rotor Waste ACL 8-9-10000
190833-47 Mouse, Serial, 9-pin ACL 8-9-10000
181121-80 Pentium Hardware Upgrade Kit ACL 8-9-10000
190856-88 Hard Disk Drive (ACL 8-9-10K Software version ACL 8-9-10000
2.6 preloaded)

Note: The Hard Disk Drive, part number 190856-89 and 190856-88 contains software
preloaded.

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Chapter 10
Drawings
This chapter is designed to group all the main drawings related to the specific chapters
included in this service manual. The drawings are organized by section number (chapters
where referenced) and then for number of drawing used in the section (chapter).

Following is the index of the drawings.

2.5.1 Drawing 1 Analysis Windows Like Menu Bar Expanded Diagram


2.5.2 Drawing 1 Service Windows Like Menu Bar Expanded Diagram
3.1.2 Drawing 1 Instrument Fluidic System Cycles Diagram
3.3.1 Drawing 1 Mother Board & Interconnections General Block Diagram
3.3.3 Drawing 1 Quick Reference Board Functions Diagram
3.3.4 Drawing 1 CPU Master Board General Block Diagram
3.3.4 Drawing 2 PC104 Board General Block Diagram
3.3.5 Drawing 1 Slave Board General Block Diagram
3.3.5 Drawing 2 Slave Board Communication Section
3.3.5 Drawing 3 Slave Board Memory Section
3.3.5 Drawing 4 Slave Board Main Logic Section
3.3.6 Drawing 1 Acquisition & Sensors Board General Block Diagram
3.3.6 Drawing 2 Acquisition & Sensors Board Multiplexer &
Acquisition Section
3.3.6 Drawing 3 Acquisition & Sensors Board Channel Amplifier
Section
3.3.6 Drawing 4 Acquisition & Sensors Board Sample Tray Detectors
Emitter Section
3.3.6 Drawing 5 Acquisition & Sensors Board Sample Tray Detectors
Receiver Section
3.3.6 Drawing 6 Acquisition & Sensors Board Needles Sensors Section
3.3.6 Drawing 7 Acquisition & Sensors Board Reference Emulsion
Presence Sections
3.3.6 Drawing 8 Acquisition & Sensors Board Analysis Compartment
Cover Sensor Section
3.3.7 Drawing 1 Rotor Exchange Module Board General Block Diagram
3.3.7 Drawing 2 Rotor Exchange Module Board Transport Motor Section
3.3.7 Drawing 3 Rotor Exchange Module Board Rotor Arm Motors
Section
3.3.7 Drawing 4 Rotor Exchange Module Board Memory &
Communication Section
3.3.7 Drawing 5 Rotor Exchange Module Board Infra Red Sensors Section
3.3.7 Drawing 6 Rotor Exchange Module Board Electro Magnet Control
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3.3.8 Drawing 1 Motors Board General Block Diagram


3.3.8 Drawing 2 Motors Board Autosampler Motor
Section
3.3.8 Drawing 3 Motors Board Sample Arm Motors
Section
3.3.8 Drawing 4 Motors Board Dilutors Motors Section
3.3.8 Drawing 5 Motors Board Magnetic Stirrer Motors
Section
3.3.9 Drawing 1 Photom & Temp Control Board General Block Diagram
3.3.9 Drawing 2 Photom & Temp Control Board Rotor Motor Section
3.3.9 Drawing 3 Photom & Temp Control Board Analysis Compartment
Cover Motor Section
3.3.9 Drawing 4 Photom & Temp Control Board Rotor Thermoregulation
Section
3.3.9 Drawing 5 Photom & Temp Control Board Peltiers Thermoregulation
Section
3.3.9 Drawing 6 Photom & Temp Control Board Rotors Transport & Feed
Stack Section
3.3.10 Drawing 1 Switching Power Supply Board General Block Diagram
3.3.11 Drawing 1 Instrument Ground Circuit
4.1.5 Drawing 1 Rotor Exchange Module Replacement
4.2 Drawing 1 Instrument Covers
7.14 Drawing 1 Operating Temperatures & Internal Ventilation

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Chapter 11
Service Notes
This chapter is designed to allow the service engineer to add to the service manual any
service product information (service notes) that will be released in the future

This is to allow the service engineer to add all the notes in a specific place or
otherwise to move the service notes to the specific chapter where the notes need to be
added.

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Host Communication Protocol

Revision 2.3
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Revision Date Comments


December 07-2002 Added transmission examples
Specified ASTM field numbers
Add Notes for information
Total number of pages
Reviewed Test Codes
December 16-2002 Review some Notes

April 2004 Error code update

December 2005 Elite/Elite Pro update

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Index

1.0 Introduction 4
1.1 Purpose 4
2.0 General Description 5
2.1 Product Perspective 5
3.0 Specific Requirements
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3.1 Protocol Specification 6
3.2 Low Level Interface 6
3.3 Data Link and Logical Layer 6
3.4 Sessions 6
3.4.1 Message Header and Message Terminator Records 7
3.5 Test Order Downloading 8
3.5.1 Receive Session from DMS 8
3.5.1.1 Test Request Message 10
3.5.1.2 Test Order Message 11
3.5.1.2.1 Patient Information Record 10
3.5.1.2.2 Test Order Record 12
3.5.2 Host Query 15
3.5.3 Test Request Message 15
3.5.4 Test Order Message 16
3.6 Rejected Test Order 18
3.7 Download Session Volumes 19
4.0 Test Results Uploading 20
4.1 Test Result Message 21
4.1.1 Patient Information Record 20
4.1.2 Test Order Record 23
4.1.3 Result Record 24
4.1.4 Comment Record 23
4.1.5 Error Codes 24
4.2 Upload Session Volumes 26
5.0 Not Supported Records 27
6.0 Transmission Abort 27
7.0 Appendix - ACL Elite/Elite Pro Test Codes 28
8.0 Appendix - ACL Elite/Elite Pro Supported Characters 31
8.1 Supported Characters for Sample ID 31
8.2 Supported Characters for Patient name and Department 31
8.3 Supported Characters for delimiters 31
9.0 Appendix - ACL Elite/Elite Pro Supported Units 32

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1.0 Introduction

1.1 Purpose

This document is a guide to integrate a Laboratory Information Management system


with the Instrumentation Laboratory ELITE/ELITE PRO family instruments using the
ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) specification to transfer
information between clinical instruments and computer systems.

ASTM specification E-1394-91 Standard Specification for Transferring Information


between Clinical instruments and Computer Systems and E-1381-91 Standard
Specification for the Low Level Protocol to transfer Messages between Clinical
Laboratory Instruments and Computer Systems have been used as standard to develop
ELITE/ELITE PRO Host Communication Protocol.

Specification E-1394 defines the logical layer of ASTM standard; all significant
information for ELITE/ELITE PRO instruments application can be found in chapters
Specific Requirements and following.

Specification E-1381 refers to low level protocol; significant information for


ELITE/ELITE PRO family instruments application can be found later on in this
document.

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2.0 General Description

2.1 Product Perspective

Communication sessions with host computer can be started on ELITE/ELITE PRO


family instruments by operator request or automatically at session completion.
If the operator requires a manual download session, the instrument will open
communication with the host computer that will provide transmission of all test
orders.
If the operator requires an upload session, the instrument will transmit a subset of
sample results (identified by the user) stored in the instrument patient database or QC
database or Analytical Reference database.

If the instrument is properly configured, automatic downloading or uploading sessions


can be started by ELITE/ELITE PRO instrument.
Automatic downloading will occur at session start if host query is configured. In this
condition the instrument will request test orders for specific sample IDs recognized on
the sample tray.

The second condition will occur, if automatic uploading has been requested, at session
completion.

In case the communication session is not generated from the instrument, any host
computer message is ignored.

All information received by the host computer must be associated with a Sample ID
which is the primary key of the database. In addition to programmed tests a certain
amount of information can be associated with a Sample ID (patient data) and stored in
ELITE/ELITE PRO database. This information is optional.

The sample ID is the primary key to access information in the database.


If the checks fail, any downloading operations will be aborted. See Test Order
Downloading section.

At most 1000 samples can be stored in ELITE/ELITE PRO database; each sample can
have a maximum of 30 tests associated (double tests are considered as 3 tests).
The system behavior when these limits are exceeded is explained in the paragraph
Test Order Downloading.

If 1000 samples are present in the database, the FIFO (First In First Out) will not
accept additional samples during a Manual Downloading.

The test ordering operation, to identify the type of ordered test, by host computer must
refer to a computer code that is instrument specific. Refer to Test Order Downloading
for further details and to the Appendix at the end of this document for the test codes
table.

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Note: for the downloading the Host should send to the ELITE/ELITE PRO string
information in single frame (single line) during the transmission or up to 240 bytes
maximum during the transmission.
.

3.0 Specific Requirements

3.1 Protocol Specification

3.2 Low Level Interface

Low level interface conforms to ASTM specification E-1381-91. The following


characteristics are supported and are configurable by Operator Interface:

Baud Rate 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38600

Character Length 8 bit

Parity No parity

Stop Bits 1

3.3 Data Link and Logical Layer

For the Data Link and Logical Layer the ASTM specification E-1381-91 has been
maintained as a reference. Protocol limits and constraints are those declared by the
standard.
To mention some of them, the data part of the frames exchanged between the
instrument and the host computer should be done as single frame. As a consequence
during transmission sessions specific routines provide the ability to divide large
records into multiple frames and during a reception session they re-build partial
frames in a single record. The application level has no evidence of this mechanism.

According to ASTM standard the following characters cannot be part of data records:
<SOH>, <STX>, <ETX>, <EOT>, <ENQ>, <ACK>, <DLE>, <NAK>, <SYN>,
<ETB>, <LF>, <DC1>, <DC2>, <DC3>, <DC4>.

Timeout and retry logic are those specified by the standard; the Low Level Clinical
Message State Diagram representing the implemented automatic is the reference.
In interrupt request status the instrument accept remote EOT.

3.4 Sessions

There are two types of sessions that the instrument handles with the ASTM interface:
the test orders download and the test results upload. These sessions can be initiated by
the operator or automatically activated by the instrument.

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When the user/operator requests a download operation (Receive Command), the


instrument will send a request to the host for available test orders (all) or for test
orders requested for specific samples, and the host will answer with the test orders
available for the instrument.

Test results upload (Transmit Command) are initiated by the user or automatically by
the instrument at the same way. The host is not allowed to transmit unsolicited
messages, any type of inquiries or test orders not explicitly required by the instrument.

3.4.1 Message Header and Message Terminator Records

Following ASTM specification, each type of transaction between the instrument


(DTE) and the host computer (DCE) has two common records that are the Message
Header record and the Message Terminator record. These records open and close data
transmission between ELITE/ELITE PRO instruments and host computer.
Their fields are described in the following:

Message Header Record:

Record Type ID Always set to ‘H’


Delimiter Definition The 5 ASCII characters composing this field define the
type of delimiters that will be used in the following
records. See Appendix B for supported delimiters.
Message Control ID Not provided
Access Password Not provided
Sender Name or ID Set to ‘ACL9000’ when transmitting to host or
receiving. As an option, the ability to identify
univocally the instrument by means of an extension to
the instrument name is also supported: the name syntax
becomes ‘ACL9000-xx’ where xx is a two digit code in
the range 01-99.
The extension to the instrument name is user
configurable in the set-up environment.
The instrument ID is always ACL9000 independently
from the model; ELITE/ELITE PRO.
Sender Street Address Not provided
Reserved Fields Not provided
Sender Telephone Number Not provided
Characteristics of Sender Not provided
Receiver ID Must be set to ‘ACL9000’ when receiving from host.
Depending on the instrument set-up, the ability to
identify univocally the instrument by means of the
extension to the instrument name is also supported: the
name syntax becomes ‘ACL9000-xx’ where xx is a two
digit code in the range 01-99.
If the ID is different from the expected one, the session
is interrupted.
Comment or special Instructions Not provided
Processing ID Always set to ‘P’ meaning Production

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Version No. Set to the current ASTM standard version = ‘1’


Date and Time of Message Format is YYYYMMDDHHMMSS

Example of message sent from the ELITE/ELITE PRO :

H|\^&|||ACL9000|||||||P|1|20021205123956<CR>

Example of message sent from Host:

H|\^&||||||||ACL9000||P|1|20021205123956<CR>

Message Terminator Record:

Record Type ID always set to ‘L’


Sequence Number always set to ‘1’
Termination Code set to ‘N’ for normal termination and to ‘E’ for
abnormal termination while transmitting to host;
not considered for received data

Example of Terminator:

L|1|N<CR>

3.5 Test Order Downloading

Test order downloading is used to request test orders available on the host and to have
them on the instrument. This operation can be obtained in two ways: manually
opening a download session from the DMS environment or enabling on the
instrument the host query function.

In the first case the host will have to transmit to the instruments all pending test
requests; in the second case the instrument will automatically require specific
information for the samples placed on the sample tray and without any test requests.

Details for both modalities are explained in Receive Session from DMS and Host
Query paragraphs.

3.5.1 Receive Session from DMS

The operator manually initiates the test order download from the DMS environment.
The host will provide to the instrument all available test requests. The host can send
zero or more test orders in one or more messages, but all messages will be part of the
same transmission session.
During a transmission session more test orders can be required for the same sample.
The host sends usually all test orders for which it has not yet received results even if
they have been previously transmitted.

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ELITE/ELITE PRO instruments will process each received test order to validate fields
supported; some information will be extracted from the received record while other
information will be ignored.
Only test orders related to patient samples are considered, if the required sample ID
does not exist in the patient database and the required sample ID is not used in the QC
database, a new record is created. If the database is full, the transmission session will
be aborted.

If the test orders are for a sample already existing in the sample data base, the new
orders will be added to the existing tests but all tests already ordered or performed
will remain unchanged.

If a test order with more than the maximum number of programmable tests is sent, the
request is rejected. The limit is 30 single tests or 10 double tests.

If the test order is not recognized as one of those supported by ELITE/ELITE PRO
family instruments, it is rejected. The instrument will inform the host computer using
a record containing the list of rejected test orders.

During a downloading session the listed error conditions can be detected, the
associated instrument behavior and actions are listed as well:

Error Condition Action User Message

Sample ID used in the QC data base Abort communication Sample ID already


used in the QC data
base
Bad Sample ID (long, unsupported Abort communication Invalid Sample ID
characters)
Data Base full Abort communication Patient Data Base is
full
Patient record has no associated test Abort communication Not identified sample
order record ID for patient data
Test order has no associated patient Abort communication No patient record for
record ordered tests
Instrument Identifier different from Abort communication Invalid instrument
ACL9000 or extended name identifier
Too many test requests for the same Reject test order -
sample ID
Unknown test request Reject test order -
Bad Test Reject test orders -

Illegal record format Abort communication Incorrect record


format in host
messages

All abort conditions imply that ELITE/ELITE PRO family instruments will send to
the host computer a message with the reason for transmission interruption (see Reject
Test Order) while a message is presented to the user on the instrument. When

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transmission abort is not implied, at transmission completion one or more records will
follow (see Reject Test Order) with an indication of rejected test orders.

Information rejected is typically unknown test requests or test requests exceeding the
sample record size in ELITE/ELITE PRO Data Management System. It must be
observed that if any of this information is rejected, it does not imply that all sample
data have been rejected.
The set of legal test requests are normally stored while the illegal requests for the
same sample ID will be rejected.

It also must be underscored that ELITE/ELITE PRO limits the size of handled records
(independently from the record type supported by ASTM) to 1024 byte during
downloading session.

Note: for the downloading the Host should send to the ELITE/ELITE PRO string
information in single frame (single line) during the transmission or up to 240 bytes
maximum during the transmission.

3.5.1.1 Test Request Message

The Test Request Message is used by ELITE/ELITE PRO to start the test order
download session. It is composed from a Message Header record, a Request
Information record and a Message Terminator record.
The “Request Information record” requests from the host ALL test orders available
for the specific instrument.

Following the ASTM specification the fields composing the Request Information are
described in the following.

Request Information Record:

Record Type ID always set to ‘Q’


Sequence Number as defined by the standard set to ‘1’ when query is
sent
Starting Range ID Number set to the string ‘ALL’
Ending Range ID Number not provided
Universal Test ID not provided
Nature of Request Time Limit not provided
Beginning request Results Date and not provided
Time
Requesting Physician Name not provided
User Field #1 not provided
User Field #2 not provided
Request Information Status Code always set to ‘O’ (requesting test orders and
demographics only)

An example for the complete message (composed by header message, request


information record and message terminator record) is given by:

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H|\^&|||ACL9000|||||||P|1|19960210103227<CR>
Q|1|ALL||||||||O<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

3.5.1.2 Test Order Message

To answer the ELITE/ELITE PRO Test Request Message, the host computer sends the
Test Order Message. It contains the records specifying which tests are being requested
for each specified sample. The host computer may answer with one or more message;
each one contains one or more test order specifications. The test order specification
consists of a Patient Information record followed by one or more Test Order records.
The host can send for the same sample ID a Patient Information record followed by
many Test Order records or, for each test to be ordered, a pair composed by the
Patient Information record followed the Test Order record.
Comment Record messages during downloading operations are ignored by
ELITE/ELITE PRO.

3.5.1.2.1 Patient Information Record

The fields characterizing this record are specified in the following:

Patient Information Record:

Record Type ID Must be ‘P’


Sequence Number Must begin with ‘1’ and then must increment
by one for each new Patient Information
record
Practice Assigned Patient ID Ignored
Laboratory Assigned Patient ID Stored, if available, as a string in the Patient
ID field of the sample record.
No checks are performed for this field and the
string will be truncated to 15 characters.
Patient ID #3 Ignored
Patient Name Stored, if available, as a unique string in the
‘name’ field of sample record considering only
the first two sub fields in this data field
(second and first name). The string will be
truncated to 30 characters. If a character not
supported is found (see Appendix for
supported characters), the patient name and
all the other strings in the same patient record
will be ignored.
If the patient name is not available 4 separators
must be transmitted: ^^^^.
Mother’s maiden Name Ignored
Birth date Stored, if available. The data will be converted
and displayed in the following in according to
ELITE/ELITE PRO supported format.
Expected format, conforming to ASTM

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standard, is YYYYMMDD
Patient Sex Stored if available. Allowed characters are
‘M’, ‘m’, ‘F’, ‘f’, ‘U’, ‘u’; any other character
is interpreted as ‘U’.
Patient Race-Ethnic Origin Ignored
Patient Address Ignored
Reserved Field Ignored
Patient Telephone Number Ignored
Attending Physician ID Ignored
Special Field #1 Ignored
Special Field #2 Ignored
Patient Height Ignored
Patient Weight Ignored
Patient’s Known or Suspected Ignored
Diagnosis
Patient Active Medications Ignored
Patient’s Diet Ignored
Practice Field #1 Ignored
Practice Field #2 Ignored
Admission and Discharged Dates Ignored
Admission Status Ignored
Location Stored if available as a free string in the
‘department’ field of sample record. The string
will be truncated to 30 characters. See
Appendix B for supported characters.
Nature of Alternative Diagnostic Ignored
Code and Classifiers
Alternative Diagnostic Code and Ignored
Classifiers
Patient Religion Ignored
Marital Status Ignored
Isolation Status Ignored
Language Ignored
Hospital Service Ignored
Hospital Institution Ignored
Dosage Category Ignored

3.5.1.2.2 Test Order Record

The fields characterizing this record are specified in the following:

Test Order Record:

1. Record Type ID Must be ‘O’ (letter)


2. Sequence Number Must begin with ‘1’ and then must
increment by one for each new test order
record for the same patient
3. Specimen ID This is the ELITE/ELITE PRO sample ID;
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characters and must be consistent with


rules on sample ID (ID already in use for
QC database are not legal). Non
conforming sample IDs will cause an abort
of the download process.
See Appendix B for ELITE/ELITE PRO
supported characters.
4. Instrument Specimen ID Ignored
5. Universal Test ID The field is composed of 4 parts; only the
Manufacturer’s Code component is used as
a 4 character code (user configurable on
board); unknown test ID will be rejected.
6. Priority If the field contains in any of the sub fields
the S char the sample ID will be
considered a priority sample; any
additional flag will be ignored. If the field
does not contain the S char or it is empty,
the sample will be identified as a routine
sample.
7. Requested/Ordered Date and Time Ignored
8. Specimen Collection Date and Time Ignored
9. Collection End Time Ignored
10. Collection Volume Ignored
11. Collector ID Ignored
12. Action Code Ignored
13. Danger Code Ignored
14. Relevant Clinical Information Ignored
15. Date/Time Specimen Received Ignored
16. Specimen Descriptor Ignored both fields
17. Ordering Physician Stored if available as a free string in the
‘physician’ field of sample record. The
string will be truncated to 30 characters.
See Appendix for supported characters.
18. Physician’s Telephone Number Ignored
19. User Field No. 1 Ignored
20. User Field No. 2 Ignored
21. Laboratory Field No. 1 Ignored
22. Laboratory Field No. 2 Ignored
23. Date/Time Results Reported or Last Ignored
Modified
24. Instrument Charge to Computer System Ignored
25. Instrument Section ID Ignored
26. Report Types Set to O (letter); other codes will cause
records rejection
27. Reserved Field Ignored
28. Location of Ward of Specimen Ignored
Collection
29. Hospital Information Flag Ignored
30. Specimen Service Ignored
31. Specimen Institution Ignored

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An example for a complete test ordering is given by:

H|\^&||||||||ACL9000||P|1|19982110134700<CR>
P|1||PTNT1||ROSSI^MARIO^^^||19391127|M|||||||||||||||||DEP
1||||||||||<CR>
O|1|SMP01||^^^0001|S||||||||||^|DR. VERDI||||||||||O||||||<CR>

O|5|SMP02||^^^0001|||||||||||^|||||||||||O||||||<CR>
P|2||PTNT2||GIALLI^LUCA^^^||19551028|F||||||||||||||||||DEP
2||||||||||<CR>
O|1|SMP10||^^^0001|||||||||||^|||||||||||O||||||<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

Example of download without patient name:

H|\^&||||||||ACL9000||P|1|20021205123956<CR>
P|1||||^^^^|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||<CR>
O|1|LAURA01||^^^0001|||||||||||^|||||||||||O||||||<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

Note: Separators are always expected from Host and are always transmitted
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3.5.2 Host Query

Host query is automatically activated by the instrument each time the system is
properly configured. Beginning the pre-analysis phase of a single test or profile or test
group, one or more samples have no type of test requests associated.

The instrument will send, using the requested information record, the sample IDs
requiring test programming and will accept only test orders for those sample IDs.
The instrument will accept for the queried samples any test orders independently by the type
of test which will be executed in the starting session.

The mechanism supported by ASTM requires sending to the host a Request


Information record for each sample ID or sending to the host a range of queried
sample IDs. The mechanism supported by ELITE/ELITE PRO is the first option, so
will be independent of the sorting system used by instrument or host computer on the
samples.

As a consequence the instrument will send a query for the first sample, will wait for
the host information and will send later a new query for the next samples (if any). All
the host query sessions will be organized in this manner.

Because the instrument is asking for information regarding a specific sample ID, it
will reject any type of information associated with different sample IDs.

The host will provide to the instrument all available test requests. The host can send
zero or more test orders in one or more messages, but all messages will be part of the
same transmission session.
During a transmission session more test orders can be required for the same sample.

ELITE/ELITE PRO will process each received test order validating the fields that
ELITE/ELITE PRO supports; some information will be extracted from the received
record while other information will be ignored.

If the test order is not recognized as one of those supported by ELITE/ELITE PRO it
will be rejected. The instrument will inform the host computer using a record
containing the list of rejected test orders.

Host Query is only performed if the Sample ID is not located in the database for the
ACL system.

During a download session the listed error conditions can be detected, the associated
ELITE/ELITE PRO action is listed as well:

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Error Condition Action User Message

Sample ID used in the QC data base Abort communication Sample ID already


used in the QC data
base
Bad Sample ID (long, unsupported Abort communication Invalid Sample ID
characters)
Data Base full Abort communication Patient Data Base is
full
Patient record has no associated test Abort communication Not identified sample
order record ID for patient data
Test order has no associated patient Abort communication No patient record for
record ordered tests
Instrument Identifier different from Abort communication Invalid instrument
ACL9000 or extended name identifier
Too many test requests for the same Reject test order -
sample ID
Unknown test request Reject test order -
Bad Test Reject test orders -
Illegal record format Abort communication Incorrect record
format in host
messages

All abort conditions imply that ELITE/ELITE PRO family instruments will send to
the host computer a message with the reason of transmission interruption (see Reject
Test Order) while a message is presented to the user on the instrument. When
transmission abort is not implied, at transmission completion one or more records will
follow (see Reject Test Order) with an indication of rejected test orders.
Information rejected is typically unknown test requests or test requests exceeding the
sample record size in ELITE/ELITE PRO Data Management System. It must be
observed that if any of this information is rejected, it does not imply that all the
sample data have been rejected.
The set of legal test requests are normally stored while the illegal requests for the
same sample ID will be rejected.

It also must be underscored that ELITE/ELITE PRO limits the size of handled records
(independently from the record type supported by ASTM) to 1024 byte during
downloading session.

Note: If the Sample ID is not present at the Host level during the Host Query, the Host
will return only the Header and the terminator.

H|\^&||||||||ACL9000||P|1|20021205123956<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

Note: If the Host requests a test that is disabled on the ELITE/ELITE PRO, the test
will not be programmed on the ELITE/ELITE PRO and a reject message of this type
will be returned back to the Host.

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C|1|I|UKNOWN_T|PatientID^0080|I<CR>

3.5.3 Test Request Message

The Test Request Message is used by ELITE/ELITE PRO to require information for
each specific sample that has no test orders in the instrument database. It is composed
from a Message Header, a Request Information and a Message Terminator record.

The Request Information record requests in this case information for one specific ID
at time. The ASTM protocol limits the number of Request Information records to one.
As a consequence the instrument will wait for the host answer before sending a
second Request Information record for a second sample.

Following the ASTM specification the fields composing the Request Information are
described in the following.

Request Information Record:

Record Type ID always set to ‘Q’


Sequence Number as defined by the standard set to ‘1’ when query is
sent
Starting Range ID Number set to the specific sample ID to require
information on; the meaningful component is the
second one
Ending Range ID Number not provided
Universal Test ID not provided
Nature of Request Time Limit not provided
Beginning request Results Date and not provided
Time
Requesting Physician Name not provided
User Field #1 not provided
User Field #2 not provided
Request Information Status Code always set to ‘O’ (requesting test orders and
demographics only)

An example for the complete message (composed by header message, request


information record and message terminator record) is given by:

H|\^&|||ACL9000|||||||P|1|19960210103227<CR>
Q|1|^S001^||||||||O<CR>
L|1|N<CR>
Answer from Host:

H|\^&||||||||ACL9000||P|1|19960210103256<CR>
P|1||||ROSSI^MARIO^^^||19391127|M|||||||||||||||||DEP
1||||||||||<CR>
O|1|S001||^^^0001|||||||||||^| DR. VERDI ||||||||||O||||||<CR>
O|5|S001||^^^0002|||||||||||^|||||||||||O||||||<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

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3.5.4 Test Order Message

As an answer to the ELITE/ELITE PRO Test Request Message the host computer
sends the Test Order Message. It contains the records specifying which tests are being
requested for the queried Sample ID.

See Test Order Message for details.

3.6 Rejected Test Order

At completion of download operations, or at completion of the download operation


for a single sample in the host query mechanism, ELITE/ELITE PRO can transmit a
message to inform host computer about rejected test orders and samples or about the
reasons for transmission interrupt.

The Rejected Test Order Message consists of a Message Header record followed by
one or more Comment records and completed by the Message Terminator Record. A
comment record will be transmitted for each rejected information.

It must be observed that if no legal information has been received, the download
process is interrupted and the rejected test order message will signal the reason for the
interruption.
If the download process has been completed normally, the possible following rejected
test order message will report no legal test orders.

Comment Record structure is described in the following table:

Record Type ID Always set to ‘C’


Sequence Number Must begin with ‘1’ and then it will increment by one for each new
comment record
Comment Source Always set to ‘I’ (as ASTM: clinical instrument system)
Comment Text This field indicates the reason of the test order rejection. It is a
string with two components, each one can assume the reported
values:
Rejection Reason:
BAD_TEST: the transmitted test code is invalid
QC_MA_ID: the specified ID is already used as a material in the
QC
data base
BAD_S_ID: the specified ID is invalid
WRONG_ID: the host is sending information for a sample ID
different
from the expected one
PDB_FULL: patient data base is full
M_TEST_E: more tests than expected
UKNOWN_T: unknown test requested
INSTR_ID: invalid instrument identifier
NO_TESTS: no test ordered for patient record

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NO_PATIE: no patient record for ordered test


BAD_RECO: incorrect record format
Identification: This string contains the identification of the sample
causing the problem; if a test order caused the problem the sample
ID and test ID are transmitted sequentially. The character used to
separate the rejection reason, and the two strings used for the
identification field is ‘|‘.
Lacking information will be signaled as “UNKNOWN”.
If BAD_RECO is the reason of the rejection the field will contain
the record number and the field number caused the failure.
Comment Type Always set to ‘I’ (as ASTM: instrument flag comment)

To summarize the possible values for the rejection reason and identification fields are
reported in the following table:

Rejection Transmissio Identification: first sub_field Identification: second


Reason n sub_field
Interrupted
QC_MA_ID yes sample ID (causing the UNKNOWN
problem)
BAD_S_ID yes sample ID (causing the UNKNOWN
problem)
PDB_FULL yes sample ID (causing the test_ID
problem)
NO_TESTS yes UNKNOWN UNKNOWN
NO_PATIE yes sample ID (causing the test_ID
problem)
INSTR_ID yes UNKNOWN UNKNOWN
M_TEST_E no sample ID test ID (causing the problem)
UNKWOWN_T no sample ID test ID (causing the problem)
BAD_TEST no sample ID test ID (causing the problem)
BAD_RECO yes Record No. (debug purpose) Field No. (debug purpose)

An example for a complete rejection phase is given by:

H|\^&|||ACL9000|||||||P|1|19982110103227<CR>
C|1|I|M_TEST_E|SMP01 ^010|I<CR>
C|2|I|BAD_TEST|SMP01 ^000|I<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

3.7 Download Session Volumes

Approximate data volumes for download sessions is provided as a guide for


estimating the time required completing typical sessions. System latencies (both in
ELITE/ELITE PRO and host computer) are not considered.

The minimal session would occur if the host has no test orders available for
ELITE/ELITE PRO. In this condition ELITE/ELITE PRO sends the test request

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message, the host would respond with a message containing no test orders (only
message header and message terminator record).
In conditions in which the host has test orders for the instrument, the estimated data
volume is:

Test Request Message = Message Header (41) +17 + Message Terminator Record (6)
= 64

Test Order Message = Message Header (41) +


Number of patient records (82 + 55 *number of ordered test)
+ Message Terminator Record (6)

Test Order Rejected = Message Header (41) +


+ 41 * number of rejected records
+ Message Terminator Record (6)

So considering the following situation: the host has 50 sample IDs to be download,
each one with 4 tests, consider 10 rejected records the data volume can be estimated
in:

Test Request Message = 64


Test Order Message = 41+ 50 (82 + 55 *4) + 6 = 15147
Test Order Rejected = 41 + (41 * 10) + 6 = 457
Total = 15668 characters

At 9600 “baud rate” and with no system overhead it would take approximately 17
seconds and considering a system efficiency of 60% it becomes about 27 seconds.

All estimations have been done using the maximum expected length for string fields.

4.0 Test Results Uploading

Test Result Uploading allows transmission of results of the tests performed on


ELITE/ELITE PRO to the host computer. Results, related to patient, QC samples and
Analytical Reference materials, are transmitted on explicit user request or
automatically at session completion.
In the first case the user must require the transmission command in the DMS or in the
QC or in the AR environment, select the patient samples or QC samples or AR set of
data to be transmitted (in according with one of the supported selection criteria) and
start operation.
In the second case the transmission will happen automatically at session completion
and the instrument will provide to upload patient and/or QC samples data and/or AR
data.
The type of data to be transferred during an automatic upload session depends upon
the instrument set-up (the automatic data transmission can be set to “patient samples
only” or “QC and patient samples” or “QC and AR patient samples”).

If upload is manually requested, all data are transmitted independently from the
transmission flag.

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If transmission is performed automatically at session completion, the instrument will


upload for patient samples all the data available for the sample IDs just analyzed and
will upload, for QC data, the results just obtained.

From a general point of view the automatic data transmission of the patient samples is
equivalent to the manual data transmission, requested in DMS, of patient samples
belonging to a specific load-list. While the automatic data transmission of the QC data
or AR data is equivalent to the manual data transmission, requested in QC database or
AR database, or the data in a specified interval for the QC material present in the
load-list.

Considering that ELITE/ELITE PRO fills the strings used for Sample ID, department
and patient name with space characters (to align data), the host computer must ignore
space characters on the right of these fields.

If uploading is completed successfully for patient, QC samples and AR data, the


transmission flag associated to the single record will be updated from ‘L’ to ‘T’
(transmitted).

It must also to be underscored that on ELITE/ELITE PRO, modifications to sample


data already transmitted (such as adding of a new test result or modifications of
sample data) cause the transmission flag to change from ‘T’ to ‘L’.
It does not apply to QC or AR data because the only modification the user can request
on these data is to omit or to clear statistic. The effect of omit operation is to exclude
the data from the statistic but the data is not modified.
Modifications in the set-up values and note field do not modify the transmission status
of QC data and AR data.

While transmission is in progress the user will be updated on the number of the
sample being transmitted.

ELITE/ELITE PRO does not accept inquiries for test results.

4.1 Test Result Message

The Test Result Message is used by ELITE/ELITE PRO to transmit any available test
results for a sample. All available test results will be transmitted for patient samples
even if data have been already transmitted partially.
The message consist of a Message Header record, a Patient Information record, one
or more pair Test Order records followed by one or more Results records (depending
upon the number of available test results and the number of results for each specific
test).
The Result record can be completed with a Comment record containing flags
associated to the executed test.
Tests are uploaded using the same sorting used on board. The complete set of
available test results is globally uploaded to the host computer independently by the
set of results defined as to show in the sample list.
In some conditions, depending by the instrument status (i.e. calibrated, not calibrated,
AR used, etc.) only a subset of the results supported by the test will be transmitted to
the host computer.

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The Message Terminator record completes the transmitted data.

The same structure is used also to upload QC and AR data. In the following
paragraphs any differences in the way to treat patient, QC and AR data will be
underlined.

4.1.1 Patient Information Record

This information is transmitted to the host only if available on the instrument. The
Patient Information structure is:

Patient Information Record:

File Type Patient Sample QC Sample or AR

Record Type ID Must be ‘P’ must be ‘P’


Sequence Number Must begin with ‘1’ and then must begin with ‘1’ and
must increment by one for each then must increment by
new Patient Information record one for each new Patient
Information record
Practice Assigned Patient ID Not provided not provided
Laboratory Assigned Patient Provided if defined as a string not provided
ID containing up to 15 characters.
Patient ID #3 Not provided not provided
Patient Name Provided if known as a single not provided
string containing up to 30
characters
Mother’s Maiden Name Not provided not provided
Birth date Provided if known as a single not provided
string without any checks
Patient Sex Provided if known as a single not provided
character
Patient Race-Ethnic Origin Not provided not provided
Patient Address Not provided not provided
Reserved Field Not provided not provided
Patient Telephone Number Not provided not provided
Attending Physician ID Not provided not provided
Special Field #1 Not provided not provided
Special Field #2 Not provided not provided
Patient Height Not provided not provided
Patient Weight Not provided not provided
Patient’s Known or Suspected Not provided not provided
Diagnosis
Patient Active Medications Not provided not provided
Patient’s Diet Not provided not provided
Practice Field #1 Not provided not provided
Practice Field #2 Not provided not provided
Admission and Discharged Not provided not provided

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Dates
Admission Status Not provided not provided
Location Provided if known as a 30 not provided
characters free string

Nature of Alternative Not provided not provided


Diagnostic Code and
Classifiers
Alternative Diagnostic Code Not provided not provided
and Classifiers
Patient Religion Not provided not provided
Marital Status Not provided not provided
Isolation Status Not provided not provided
Language Not provided not provided
Hospital Service Not provided not provided
Hospital Institution Not provided not provided
Dosage Category Not provided not provided

4.1.2 Test Order Record

The fields characterizing this record are specified in the following:

Test Order Record:

File Type Patient Sample QC Sample or AR data

Record Type ID Must be ‘O’ Must be ‘O’


Sequence Number Must begin with ‘1’ and then Must begin with ‘1’ and
must increment by one for then must increment by one
each new test order record for for each new test order
the same patient record for the same patient
Specimen ID Provided, is the Provided, is the
ELITE/ELITE PRO sample ELITE/ELITE PRO QC
ID. material ID for QC data; or
See Appendix for is the ‘AR’ keyword for AR
ELITE/ELITE PRO data. See Appendix for
supported characters. ELITE/ELITE PRO
supported characters.
Instrument Specimen ID Not provided Not provided
Universal Test ID The field is composed of 4 The field is composed of 4
parts, only the parts; only the
Manufacturer’s Code Manufacturer’s Code
component is used as a 4 component is used as a 4
character code (host codes are character code (host codes
user configurable on board). are user configurable on
board).
Priority Provided if set as a ‘S’ char Not provided
for priority samples.
Requested/Ordered Not provided Not provided

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Date/Time
Specimen Collection Date Not provided Not provided
and Time
Collection End Time Not provided Not provided
Collection Volume Not provided Not provided
Collector ID Not provided Not provided
Action Code Not provided Set to ‘Q’
Danger Code Not provided Not provided
Relevant Clinical Not provided Not provided
Information
Date and Time Specimen Not provided Not provided
Received
Specimen Descriptor Not provided both fields Not provided both fields
Ordering Physician Provided, if available, as a Not provided
string containing up to 30
chars
Physician’s Telephone Not provided Not provided
Number
User Field #1 Not provided Not provided
User Field #2 Not provided Not provided
Laboratory Field #1 Not provided Not provided
Laboratory Field #2 Not provided Not provided
Date/time Results Reported Not provided Not provided
or Last Modified
Instrument Charge to Not provided Not provided
Computer System
Instrument Section Not provided Not provided
Report Type Set to F Set to F
Reserved Field Not provided Not provided
Location of Ward of Not provided Not provided
specimen Collection
Hospital Information Flag Not provided Not provided
Specimen Service Not provided Not provided
Specimen Institution Not provided Not provided

4.1.3 Result Record

The fields characterizing this record are specified in the following table.
A result record is send to the host computer for each available test result. For double
tests all available single values will be transmitted to the host computer (no mean
values). Each result record will contain one of available test results.

Result Record:

File Type Patient Sample QC Sample or AR data

Record Type ID Set to ‘R’ Set to ‘R’


Sequence Number Must begin with ‘1’ and Must begin with ‘1’ and

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then must increment by one then must increment by one


for each result record for the for each result record for the
same patient test record for same patient test record for
the same patient record the same patient record
Universal Test ID The field is composed of 4 The field is composed of 4
parts, only the parts, only the
Manufacturer’s Code Manufacturer’s Code
component is used as a 4 component is used as a 4
character code (host codes character code (host codes
are user configurable on are user configurable on
board). board).
Data or Measurement Value The field contains the The field contains the
obtained numeric value or obtained numeric value or
qualitative message (Error qualitative message (Error
xx). All numerical results xx). All numerical results
are sent. * are sent. *
Units Provided if the previous Provided if the previous
field is a numeric value; is a field is a numeric value; is a
free string (see Appendix C free string (see Appendix C
for standard units) for standard units)
maximum number of maximum number of
characters is 8). characters is 8).
Reference range Not provided Not provided
Result Abnormal Flag Not provided Not provided
Nature of Abnormality Flag Not provided Not provided
Result Status Set to ‘F’ Set to ‘F’
Data of Change in Instrument Not provided Not provided
Normative Values or Units
Operator Identification Not provided Not provided
Date/Time Test Started Not provided Not provided
Date/Time Test Completed Execution time, string of the Execution time, string of the
type type
YYYYMMDDHHMMSS YYYYMMDDHHMMSS
Instrument Identification Not provided Not provided

* Specific ranges must be set at the Host level.

4.1.4 Comment Record

The Comment record allows integration of the transmitted test results with possible
error messages.
One or more comment records can follow the result records. Fields characterizing this
record are specified in the following.

Comment Record:

Record Type ID set to ‘C’


Sequence Number must begin with ‘1’ and then must increment by one

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for each comment record


Comment Source set to ‘I’
Comment Text this field specifies the instrument errors (see table) as
a numeric code (2 characters) plus the associated
message
Comment Type set to ‘I’

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4.1.5 Error Codes


TEMPERATURE WARNING

ROTOR STACK TEMPERATURE Out of Range = 41,


SLIDER TEMPERATURE Out of Range = 43,
REAGENT TEMPERATURE Out of Range = 45,
INCUBATION TEMPERATURE Out of Range = 49,

MECHANICAL WARNING

AUTOSAMPLER WARNING = 50,


ROTOR MOTOR WARNING = 51,
HORIZONTAL MOTOR WARNING = 52,
VERTICAL MOTOR WARNING = 53,
REAGENT DILUTOR WARNING = 54,
SAMPLE DILUTOR WARNING = 55,
PHOTOMETRIC COVER WARNING = 56,
STIRRER1_FAIL = 57,
STIRRER2_FAIL = 58,
STIRRER3_FAIL = 59,
STIRRER4_FAIL = 60,

LIQUID WARNING

LIQUID_SENSOR OFF (SAMPLE) = 73,


LIQUID_SENSOR OFF (REAGENT) = 74,
LIQUID_SENSOR_FAIL (SAMPLE) = 75,
LIQUID_SENSOR_FAIL (REAGENT) = 76,
MATERIAL_SHORT = 77,
MANDATORY_MATERIAL_SHORT = 78,
FLUSH_PRE_WARNING = 79,
FLUSH WARNING = 80,
CLEANING_NOT_PERFORMED = 83,

MISCELLANEOUS WARNING

COVER_OPEN_DURING_LOADING_OR_INCUBATION = 86,
TIMEOUT_EXPIRED_DURING_LOADING = 87,

ERRORS ON RESPONSE

OUTSIDE SCALE RANGE LOW = 98


OUTSIDE SCALE RANGE HIGH = 99
SATURATION_ERROR = 205,
FIRST_THRESHOLD_ERROR = 206,
SECOND_THRESHOLD_ERROR = 207,
DELTA_ERROR = 208,
INITIAL_SLOPE_ERROR = 209,
FINAL_SLOPE_ERROR = 210,
FINAL_REACTION CURVE ERROR = 211,
FIRST_DERIVATIVE_ERROR = 212,
SECOND_DERIVATIVE_ERROR = 213,
FIRST_PART_REACTION CURVE ERROR = 214,

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ERRORS ON CALIBRATION CURVES

INSUFFICIENT_STANDARD POINTS IN ONE_SEGMENT = 215,


INVALID CURVE INSUFFICIENT DATA = 216,
NUMBER OF_STANDARD OUT OF RANGE = 217,
INVALID_TRANSLATION_OR_MANDATORY_STANDARD = 219,
INVALID_STD_INSUFFICIENT_REPLICATES = 220,
INSUFFICIENT_REPLICATES = 221,
INVALID_REPLICATES = 222,
CV_OUT_OF_RANGE = 223,
SLOPE OUT OF RANGE: INVALID CALIBRATION CURVE = 225,
R2_OUT_OF_RANGE = 226,
NOT MONOTONIC CURVE = 228,

ERRORS ON ANALYTICAL REFERENCE, QC, RATIO AND NORMALIZED RATIO

AR_INVALID = 229,
AR_OUT_OF_RANGE = 230,
AR_NOT_CHECKED = 233,
DUPLICATE OUT OF RANGE = 239,
QC_INVALID = 240,
QC_OUT_OF_RANGE = 242,
RATIO_CALCULATION_ERROR = 249,
RATIO_CALCULATION_ERROR: S/Sa out of range = 250,
NORMALIZED RATIO ERROR: AR/Ara out of range = 251,
NORMALIZED RATIO: CALCULATION ERROR = 252,
STD_NOT_FOUND = 253,
AR_NOT_FOUND = 254,
ACTIVATE SAMPLE NOT_FOUND = 255,
ARa_NOT_FOUND = 256,
RATIO_NOT_FOUND = 257,
AR_OUT_OF_RANGE = 258,
AR_NULL = 259,
STD_NULL = 260,
SAMPLE_NULL = 262,
REF_NULL = 263,
AR_RATIO_ NULL_ = 264,
ACTIVATED_AR NULL_ = 265,
NULL_DIFFERENCE = 266,

Out of range indications referring to normal or test ranges are not transmitted to the
host computer. The * symbol (outside Normal Range) is presented only on the
Cumulative and Sample Reports.

An example for a complete test uploading sequence is given by:

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Sample

H|\^&||||||||ACL9000||P|1|19982110134700<CR>
P|1||PTNT1||BLU^^^^||19391127|M|||||||||||||||||DEP
1||||||||||<CR>
O|1|SMP01||^^^0001|S||||||||||^|DR. VERDI||||||||||O||||||<CR>
R|1|^^^0001|12.8|||||F||||19960119114215|<CR>
C|1|I|31^ Invalid for QC |I<CR>
P|2||PTNT1||Gialli^^^^||19391127|M|||||||||||||||||DEP
1||||||||||<CR>
O|1|SMP10||^^^0001|S||||||||||^|DR. VERDI||||||||||O||||||<CR>
R|1|^^^0001|14.5|s||||F||||19960119114215|<CR>
C|1|I|31^ Invalid for QC |I<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

QC

H|\^&|||ACL9000|||||||P|1|20021205123956<CR>
P|1||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||<CR>
O|1|Normal C.||^^^0001|||||||Q||||^|||||||||||F||||||<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

AR
H|\^&|||ACL9000|||||||P|1|20021205123956<CR>
P|1||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||<CR>
O|1|AR||^^^0001|||||||Q||||^|||||||||||F||||||<CR>
L|1|N<CR>

4.2 Upload Session Volumes

Approximate data volumes for upload sessions is provided as a guide for estimating
the time required to complete typical sessions. Obviously, system latencies (both in
ELITE/ELITE PRO and host computer) are not considered.
The minimal session would occur if ELITE/ELITE PRO has no test results to be
transmitted; no data is sent and the data volume is zero.
In conditions in which the ELITE/ELITE PRO has results to be transmitted, the data
volume can be estimated on the Test Order and Test Result record size base.

Test Order Message = Message Header (41) +


Number of patient records (82 + Results) + Message Terminator
Record (6)

Results = number of ordered test (55 + 60*number of test result + 56* number of error
messages)

Consider the following situation: ELITE/ELITE PRO has 50 sample IDs to be


uploaded each with 4 tests, each test with 3 results and each test with 2 flags, the data
volume can be estimated in:

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Test Result Message = 41+ 50 (82 + 4(55 + 60*3 + 56*2)) + 6


Total = 69547 characters

At 9600 “baud rate” and with no system overhead it would take approximately 73
seconds and considering a system efficiency of 60% it becomes about 116 seconds.

5.0 Not Supported Records

The Scientific record and the Manufacturer Information record are not supported by
ELITE/ELITE PRO protocol.

As a consequence the instrument ignores any type of information they contain.

6.0 Transmission Abort

The download or upload transmission session can be interrupted for an explicit user
request detected on the instrument, because the host computer is not responding or
because the host computer required interruption of the transmission process.

Further, as reported above, the download process can be interrupted because an illegal
sample Identifier has been received. Instrument behavior in this particular condition
was defined in and Reject Test Orders.

ELITE/ELITE PRO family instruments behavior in each of the listed conditions is


described in the following:

Condition Action

ELITE/ELITE PRO’s ELITE/ELITE PRO will signal the end of transmission to the host
operator requested stop and will discard any following messages. The host must consider
download process the interrupt request.
It must be emphasized that ELITE/ELITE PRO will signal the
transmission interruption with a message that is a rejected test
order message if any information has been rejected or with a
message header plus a message terminator record if no
information has been rejected.
ELITE/ELITE PRO ’s ELITE/ELITE PRO will complete the message in progress with
operator requested stop the message terminator and will not transmit any further test
upload process results.
Host computer is not During download and upload transmission sessions, operation by
responding ELITE/ELITE PRO is stopped. If download was in progress, no
rejected test messages will be transmitted.

A message will inform the user that the transmission has been
interrupted: “Host Computer not responding”
Host computer required Both during download and upload sessions, operation by
EOT ELITE/ELITE PRO is stopped. If download was in progress, no

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rejected test messages will be transmitted.


It must be emphasized that the host computer must request the
transmission interruption with a message composed by a message
header plus a message terminator record.

A message will inform the user that the transmission has been
interrupted: “Host Computer required interrupt transmission”
Incorrect record format Transmission/reception is aborted and the user is informed:
“Incorrect format in host messages”

7.0 Appendix- ELITE/ELITE PRO Test Codes

Test codes are user definable. Codes from 1 to 500 are assigned to IL pre-defined
tests. Codes greater than 500 are assigned to the user definable tests. IL Library
proposes the default test codes reported in the following table.

Test Code Test Code Test ID Extended Test Name


for host (8 char. max) (15 char. max)
001 0001 PT PT
002 0002 PT e PT Extended
003 0003 PT d PT Double
004 0004 PT ed PT Ext. Db.
005 0005 PT HS PT HS
006 0006 PT HS e PT HS Extended
007 0007 PT HS d PT HS Double
008 0008 PT HS ed PT HS Ext. Db.
009 0009 PT HS + PT PLUS
010 0010 PT HS + e PTPLUS Extended
011 0011 PT HS + d PT PLUS Double
012 0012 PT HS + ed PT PLUS Ext. Db.
013 0013 R-PT Recombipl-PT
014 0014 R-PTe Recombipl-PTex
015 0015 PT R PT Rec.
016 0016 PT R e PT Rec Extended
017 0017 PT R d PT Rec. Double
018 0018 PT R ed PT Rec Ext. Db.
023 0023 R-PT d Rec-PT Double
024 0024 R-PT ed Rec-PT Ext Db

030 0030 FIB_ FIB (PT)


031 0031 FIB FIB (PT)
032 0032 FIB e_ FIB (PT e)
033 0033 FIB e FIB (PT e)
034 0034 FIB d_ FIB (PT d)
035 0035 FIB d FIB (PT d)
036 0036 FIB ed_ FIB (PT ed)
037 0037 FIB ed FIB (PT ed)
038 0038 FIB HS_ FIB (PT HS)
039 0039 FIB HS FIB (PT HS)
040 0040 FIB HSe_ FIB (PT HS e)
041 0041 FIB HSe FIB (PT HS e)
042 0042 FIB HSd_ FIB (PT HS d)
043 0043 FIB HS d FIB (PT HS d)
044 0044 FIBHSed_ FIB (PT HS ed)
045 0045 FIB HSed FIB (PT HS ed)
046 0046 FIB HS+_ FIB (PT PLUS)
047 0047 FIB HS+ FIB (PT PLUS)
048 0048 FIB HS+e_ FIB (PLUS e)
049 0049 FIB HS+e FIB (PLUS e)

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Test Code Test Code Test ID Extended Test Name


for host (8 char. max) (15 char. max)
050 0050 FIB HS+d_ FIB (PLUS db)
051 0051 FIB HS+d FIB (PLUS db)
052 0052 FIB+ed_ FIB (PLUS ed)
053 0053 FIB+ed FIB (PLUS ed)
054 0054 R-FIB_ Recombipl-FIB
055 0055 R-FIB Recombipl-FIB
056 0056 R-FIBe_ Recombipl-FIBex
057 0057 R-FIBe Recombipl-FIBex
058 0058 FIB R_ FIB (Rec)
059 0059 FIB R FIB (Rec)
060 0060 FIB Re_ FIB (Rec e)
061 0061 FIB Re FIB (Rec e)
062 0062 FIB Rd_ FIB (Rec d)
063 0063 FIB Rd FIB (Rec d)
064 0064 FIB Red_ FIB (Rec ed)
065 0065 FIB Red FIB (Rec ed)
074 0074 R-Fibd_ Recombipl-FIBd
075 0075 R-Fibd Recombipl-FIBd
076 0076 R-Fibed_ Recombipl-FIBed
077 0077 R-Fibed Recombipl-FIBed

080 0080 APTT Ly APTT Ly


081 0081 APTT Lye APTT Ly Ext.
082 0082 APTT Lyd APTT Ly Db.
083 0083 APTTLyed APTT Ly Ext.Db.
084 0084 APTT-SP APTT-SP
085 0085 APTT-SPe APTT-SP Ext.
086 0086 APTT-SPd APTT-SP Db.
087 0087 APTTSPed APTT-SP Ext.Db.
088 0088 APTT-C APTT-C
089 0089 APTT-C e APTT-C Ext.
090 0090 APTT-C d APTT-C Db.
091 0091 APTT-Ced APTT C-Ext.Db.
092 0092 APTTSYS APTT SynthASil
093 0093 APTTSYSe APTT SynthASile
094 0094 APTTSYSd APTT SynthASild
095 0095 APTTSSed APTTSynthASiled
096 0096 APTTSYF APTT SynthAFax
097 0097 APTTSYFe APTT SynthAFaxe
098 0098 APTTSYFd APTT SynthAFaxd
099 0099 APTTSFed APTT SynthAFaxed

102 0102 FVIII SF FVIII SynthAFax


107 0107 FIX SF FIX SynthAFax
112 0112 FXI SF FXI SynthAFax
117 0117 FXII SF FXII SynthAFax

120 0120 TT-5 TT - 5


121 0121 TT e-5 TT Ext. 5
122 0122 TT d-5 TT Dbl. 5
123 0123 TT ed-5 TT Ext. Dbl. 5
124 0124 TT-8 TT - 8
125 0125 TT e-8 TT Ext. 8
126 0126 TT d-8 TT Dbl. 8
127 0127 TT ed-8 TT Ext. Dbl. 8
128 0128 TT-2 TT - 2
129 0129 TT e-2 TT Ext. 2
130 0130 TT d-2 TT Dbl. 2
131 0131 TT ed-2 TT Ext. Dbl. 2

150 0150 PCX Pro-IL-Complex


151 0151 HPX Hepatocomplex
152 0152 P-ClotLy Pro-Clot Ly
153 0153 P-ClotSP Pro-Clot SP

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Test Code Test Code Test ID Extended Test Name


for host (8 char. max) (15 char. max)
154 0154 P-ClotC Pro-Clot C
159 0159 PS Protein S
160 0160 Free PS Free Protein S
161 0161 Pro S Protein S
199 0199 AT* Antithr. Liquid
200 0200 AT Antithr. In cup

201 0201 FIB-C_ Fib. Clauss


202 0202 FIB-C Fib. Clauss
203 0203 FIB-C l_ Fib. Clauss low
204 0204 FIB-C l Fib. Clauss low
205 0205 FIB-C h_ Fib Clauss high
206 0206 FIB-C h Fib. Clauss high

225 0225 APCR-V APCR V


208 0208 HEP LMW Heparin LMW
210 0210 HEP UHF Heparin UHF
212 0212 PLG Plasminogen
213 0213 PL-IN Plasmin Inhib.
214 0214 P-C Protein C
220 0220 F8 Chr H F8Chr High
221 0221 F8 Chr L F8Chr Low
225 0225 APCR V APCR V
250 0250 D-Dimer D-Dimer
251 0251 D-Dh D-Dimer high
275 0275 F8SP-P FVIII SP Par
276 0276 F9SP-P FIX SP Par

300 0300 FVIII Ly F VIII - Ly


302 0302 FVIII SP F VIII - SP
304 0304 FVIII C F VIII – C
305 0305 FVIII SS FVIII SynthASil

310 0310 FIX Lyo F IX - Ly


312 0312 FIX SP F IX - SP
314 0314 FIX C F IX - C
315 0315 FIX FIX SynthASil

320 0320 FXI Lyo F XI - Ly


322 0322 FXI SP F XI - SP
324 0324 FXI C F XI - C
325 0325 FXI SS FXI SynthASil

330 0330 FXII Lyo F XII - Ly


332 0332 FXII SP F XII - SP
334 0334 FXII C F XII - C
335 0335 FXII SS FXII SynthASil

336 0336 FVII PT F VII - PT


338 0338 FVII HS F VII - HS
340 0340 FVII HSP F VII - HS Plus
342 0342 FVII R F VII - R
343 0343 R FVII FVII RecombPT

350 0350 FX PT F X - PT
352 0352 FX HS F X - HS
354 0354 FX HSP F X - HS Plus
356 0356 FX R FX-R
357 0357 R FX FX RecombPT

360 0360 FV PT F V - PT
362 0362 FV HS F V - HS
364 0364 FV HSP F V - HS Plus
366 0366 FV R FV-R

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Test Code Test Code Test ID Extended Test Name


for host (8 char. max) (15 char. max)
367 0367 R FV FV RecombPT

370 0370 FII PT F II - PT


372 0372 FII HS F II – HS
374 0374 FII HSP F II - HS Plus
376 0376 FII R F II – R
377 0377 R FII FII RecombPT

155 155 SCT-S SCT Screen


156 156 SCT-C SCT Confirm
400 0400 VWF:Ag vWF Antigen
401 0401 vWF:AgH vWF Antigen Hig

410 0410 LAC_S LAC_S


411 0411 LAC_C LAC Confirm

Note: This table represents the situation for the IL Library 7.

8.0 Appendix – ELITE/ELITE PRO Supported Characters

8.1 Supported Characters for Sample ID

The ASCII set of characters considered is in the decimal range 32 to 126, because a
Sample ID can be accepted only if it contains at least one character different from a
space.

8.2 Supported Characters for Patient name, Department and


Units

Is the ASCII set of characters considered in the decimal range 32 to 255.

8.3 Supported Characters for delimiters

! “ # $ %
& ‘ ( ) *
+ / : ; =
@ [ \ ] ^
_ { | } ~

ASCII character 127 is not allowed as delimiter.

Note: Separators are always expected from Host and are always transmitted
independently from the information contained in the string.

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9.0 Appendix - ELITE/ELITE PRO Supported Units

Unit Abbreviation

Time s
Activity %
Ratio R
International Normalized Ratio INR
NR
Concentration mg/dL
g/L
ng/mL
U/mL
µg/L
µmol/L
IU/mL
mg/L
ug/mL

Delta Optical Absorbance ∆ Abs


Delta ∆ (∆ ASCII code is 7F)
Activated Sample S a S a (Hex code EC)
Curve behavior offset
min
max
Final

User defined free string containing up to 8


chars

Notes: For duplicate (d) and extended duplicate (ed) tests only the individual
replicate results are sent to the host system. The mean value is not sent from the
ACL8/9/10000 system. This applies to all sample types including patient, QC and
Analytical reference.

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Chapter 12
Appendix B

ACL Elite / ElitePro

Bar Code Label Specification

(REV 0.0)

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Index
1.0 Introduction
1.1 Purpose
1.2 Definitions, Acronyms and Abbreviations
1.3 References
2.0 General Description
2.1 Supported Codes and Checksum type
2.2 Barcode Symbol Specifications
2.3 Barcode Parameters
2.4 Barcode Label Positioning
2.5 Barcode Label Dimensions

1.0 Introduction

In the following sections the characteristics of the bar code labels that can be read
with the Welch Allyn SCANTEAM 3700 scanner installed on ACL 9000 family
instruments are described.

1.1 Purpose

Purpose of this document is to give indication of the scanner characteristics in terms


of readable codes, identify the requirements the barcode labels have to satisfy and
define constraints in terms of label positioning within ACL 9000 instrument.

1.2 Definitions, Acronyms and Abbreviations

WA Walch Allyn SCANTEAM 3700

Near Distance is the nearest distance that a scanner can accurately digitize a
given bar code.

Far Distance is the farthtest distance that a scanner can accurately digitize a
given bar code.

Scan Width is the length of the widest bar code that can be successfully
interpreted by the scanner.

Quiet Zone is the blank area located just before and just after the bar space
pattern.

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1.3 References

Ref. 1 SCANTEAM 3700 - Technical Manual - Walch Allyn

2.0 General Description

The WA is a fixed mount CCD bar code scanner with integrated decoder for easy
integration into host equipment (ACL 9000 family instruments in our case).

The 3700 features Walch Allyn’s time-proven decoding algorithms in a micro-


processor-controlled bar code scanner/decoder and offers configurable operating
parameters.

The following mean features are available with every WA:

• High scan rate per second (100 is the standard)


• Flexible scan trigger configurations
• Decoder configurable for high security
• Scan voting to ensure bar code data integrity
• Ease of configuration through RS-322 interface

2.1 Supported Codes and Checksum type

Code Type Checksum Type Data Digits


Code 128 No checksum up to 15
Code 39 Modulus 43 up to 15
No Checksum up to 15
Interleaved 2 of 5 USS - Modulus 10 up to 15
OPCC - Modulus 10 up to 15
No checksum up to 15
Codabar AIM - Modulus 16 with start/stop digits up to 15
NW7 - Modulus 11 up to 15
NW7 - Modulus 16 with start/stop digits up to 15
No Checksum up to 15

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2.2 Bar Code Symbol Specifications

All bar code symbols have to satisfy the appropriate AIM Uniform Symbology
Specification. In particular the following characteristics have to considered:

• Background substrate

The barcode symbol should be printed on a material type that is reflective and has a
matte (not glossy) finish. A background diffuse reflectance of at least 70% to 80% is
suggested for optimum contrast.

• Ink color and type

The ink type has to be compatible with 660 nm LEDs used in the scanner. The
barcode symbols inked bars should not exceed 10% reflectance at 660 nm that is
being used for reading, whether printed with black ink or colored ink.

• Voids and Specks

The code has to be printed clearly, free of voids, specks, blemishes and lines which
could “fool” the scanner.

• Definition

The bars in the barcode symbols should be well defined. Their edges should not be
rough or fuzzy, so that bar and spaces have the proper widths intended for the used
barcode symbology used. Definition should be sharp and consistent.

• Tolerance

The ratio of the widths and spaces in a barcode symbol must conform to the
appropriate AIM barcode specifications and can cause problems if not correct
throughout the barcode. Problems can occur if bar edges are smeared or rough, or
when they exhibit voids.

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2.3 Barcode Parameters

Parameters have to be considered in that context are:

• Density (bar code): refers to the number of cheracters in a linear inch of bar code.

• Ratio: refers to the ratio of the nominal wide element width to the nominal narrow
element width.

In order to ensure a good bar code reading (in addition to what indicated in the 2.2
section) the parameters above mentioned should be as follows:

• Density: not less 10 Mils

• Ratio: not less 2.5

These values are valid for all the above mentioned bar code types.

The relationship between reading distances, scan width and bar code density are
displayed in the following:

Near Far Distance Scan Width Scan Width Density


Distance (near (far (bar code)
distance) distance)
63.5 mm 114.5 mm 101.6 mm 152.4 mm 7.5 MIL
(161.29’’) (290.83’’) (258.064’’) (387.096’’)
34.3 mm 130.3 mm 82.3 mm 178.3 mm 13 MIL
(87.122’’) (330.962’’) (209.042’’) (452.882’’)

In Appendix Decoder Zone Map the attached drawing defines the “decoder zone map”
for the data above displayed. The displayed graph has been experimentally obtained
from Welch Allyn Laboratories because the WA equipped for the IL requirement has
not a standard optics.

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2.4 Barcode Label Positioning

In Appendix Barcode Label Dimension the attached drawing defines the barcode
labels dimensions and identifies constraints in positioning labels on vacutainers. The
13x75 vacutainers have been considered. The proposed barcode labels dimension and
positioning apply to all sample tray models. The following measurements are
reported:

Barcode label feature Dimension


Maximum label length (global label size) 52.6 mm (2.071”)
Maximum barcode length (printed area) 39.6 mm (1.559”)
Quite zone (white area before and after the printed area) 6.35 mm (0.256”)
Label position (it is identified as the label edge 58 mm (2.283”)
measured starting from the vacutainer lower part)

2.5 Barcode Label Dimensions

Label Length 52.6 mm max (2.071”)


Quite Zone Quite Zone
Barcode Length 39.6 mm max (1.559”)
6.5 mm (.256”) 6.5 mm (.256”)

Tube L standard - 13x75 mm Vacutainers

Label position 58 mm (2.283”)

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