Documentation:VWR MSE Scientific Super Minor Centrifuge

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The centrifuge is located in the teaching lab MCML 102.

VWR MSI Centrifuge Closed

Before Using:

1.   Obtain  training from the APBI teaching lab technician Lewis Fausak prior to using the VWR MSE Scientific Super Minor Centrifuge.

2.   Open up the centrifuge and inspect the chamber and the rotor. Make sure that there are no liquids in the chamber or in the rotor. Thoroughly inspect the rotor for any defects, cleanliness, or signs of wear. If you find anything out of the ordinary, review with the APBI teaching lab technician or contact a Beckman representative.

3.   This centrifuge is usually used for 50ml Falcon tubes

Running Up:

1.     Open chamber door, and ensure all sample lids are tightened  then placed in the rotor. An even number of samples is required and should be placed across from each other. Never parafilm samples and put in the centrifuge, the parafilm may get stuck during the spin and you will not be able to retrieve the tubes easily, which will cause damage to the centrifuge.

2.     To close the lid, pull the catch on the right side of the centrifuge which will allow for the door to fall.

3.     Set the manual/off/time switch to MANUAL.

4.     Turn on/off/brake switch to ON. The RED indicator lamp will light up.

5.     Turn the speed control know clockwise. The centrifuge will accelerate and the actual speed will be indicated on the RPM meter. The maximum speed of each head is obtained by turning the speed control knob to the maximum position.

Running Down:

1.     Turn on/off/brake to BREAK

VWR MSI Centrifuge Open with Rotor (16 wells)

2.     When the centrifuge has stopped (as indicated by the RPM meter), turn the manual/off/time switch to OFF. Turn the on/off/break switch to OFF.

3.     Turn speed control knob full anti-clockwise.

NOTE: The brake operates ONLY on a manually controlled centrifuging run.

4.     To change the speed during a centrifuging run, simply turn the speed control knob to the desired new setting.

5.     When the centrifuge has stopped:

(a)   Open the lid

(b)  Remove the tubes as necessary

(c)   Inspect for signs of wear or samples spilling