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Training Program Course Description


Hamilton Training Course Descriptions 2015

General Information:
Class start and duration (unless otherwise noted):
First day: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Subsequent days: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What to bring: If you are coming for a User Training class (as opposed to a Service Training class), we highly recommend you bring a laptop with the instrument software already loaded (or have administrative privileges, so you can load the software during class). Connect to an instrument to complete the USB Driver install. You may also want to bring any methods that you have already written but have questions about. For Service Training classes, you need not bring anything; however, if you have a laptop, you may wish to bring it to practice doing calibrations or adjustments with your own laptop.

What is included?

  • Electronic and often printed copies of the presentations
  • Certificate of completion
  • Electronic Service manuals (for Service classes) and Operators and Programmers manuals (for User classes)
  • Lunches are generally included

STAR Software Training

4.5 Days

Product No. TRAIN01


This training is for a STAR user or programmer who has very little or no Method development experience with the STAR. The focus is on running and programming the STAR using Venus software. At least half of the class is hands-on.

Topics covered: Microlab STAR System Overview, How to Create a Method, How to Run a Method, Error Handling, Troubleshooting, Configuration editor, Layout editor, Sequence editor, Labware editor, Easy and Single steps, Import/export, Disable/Enable, Loops, Variables, Arrays, User input/output, Teaching positions with channels and iSWAP, Operating the channels, the 96 head, CO-RE grippers, iSWAP, Autoload, Stacking Plates, Reading Work-lists and Writing Reports, and Libraries

What is not covered: liquid class development, security features, third party devices, wash stations, and less common STAR and general commands.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of computers and familiarity with Windows is required. Familiarity with operating the STAR is not required

Advanced STAR Software Training

3 Days

Product No. TRAIN03


This training is for the experienced STAR programmer. This class covers topics not addressed in the STAR SOFTWARE Training and is focused on more advanced software features and logic. This class assumes you have a working knowledge of the Venus Software, of sequences and their creation and manipulation, and of most of the steps listed in the class description above. For example, you should be familiar enough with User Inputs, Variables, Loops, and pipetting steps to develop a method from scratch that performs a serial dilution across a plate.

Topics covered: The majority of the class will be open discussion and assistance with your programming needs. BRING METHODS WITH YOU TO WORK ON AND RECEIVE HELP WITH

What is not covered: Introductory Venus programming, Dynamic Scheduling software, TADM

Prerequisites: STAR USER/SOFTWARE Training or working knowledge of the VENUS SOFTWARE. Class presentation and exercises assumes that you are able to use Venus software to create a working Method with some complexity.

STAR Service Training

4.5 Days

Product No. TRAIN06


This class is for the field service engineer who will be responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing the STAR. It is also applicable for technical support personnel who need to know how the instrument is installed, maintained and repaired. This class will not make you a STAR service expert, but it will provide the foundation for understanding the workings of the STAR hardware. Most of the class is hands-on.

Topics covered: Installation, Preventative Maintenance, Calibrations, Adjustments, Service Software, Troubleshooting, Volume Field Verification, interpreting trace files, firmware and software compatibility, part removal and replacement, and service documentation. If time allows, there may be a brief introduction to the STAR user software.

What is not covered: Engineering-level theory and data; in-depth troubleshooting; IVD software-related service topics; not all configuration options will be covered.

Prerequisites: Experience repairing mechanical equipment, basic knowledge of computers, good familiarity with Windows, experience with software installations, comfortable using hand tools, familiarity with electro-mechanical equipment.

STAR IVD Service Training

4 Days

Product No. TRAIN08


This class is for the field service engineer who will be responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing the IVD STAR. It is also applicable for technical support personnel who need to know how the instrument is installed, maintained and repaired. This class will not make you a STAR service expert, but it will provide the foundation for understanding the workings of the STAR hardware. Most of the class is hands-on.

Topics covered: Installation, Preventative Maintenance, Calibrations, Adjustments, Service Software, Troubleshooting, IVD Volume Field Verification, interpreting trace files, firmware and software compatibility, part removal and replacement, and service documentation.

What is not covered: Engineering-level theory; in-depth troubleshooting; application-specific hardware or software topics

Prerequisites: Experience repairing mechanical equipment, basic knowledge of computers, good familiarity with Windows and Windows Explorer, experience with software installations, comfortable using hand tools, familiarity with electro-mechanical equipment.

NIMBUS Service Training

5 Days

Product No. TRAIN18


This class is for the field service engineer who will be responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing the Nimbus CO-RE 96MPH. It is also applicable for technical support personnel who need to know how the instrument is installed, maintained and repaired. This class will not make you a Nimbus service expert, but it will provide the foundation for understanding the workings of the Nimbus hardware. Most of the class is hands-on.

Topics covered: Installation, Preventative Maintenance, Calibrations, Service Software, Troubleshooting, part removal and replacement, and service documentation.

What is not covered: Engineering-level theory and data; in-depth troubleshooting;

Prerequisites: Experience repairing mechanical equipment, basic knowledge of computers, good familiarity with Windows and Windows Explorer, experience with software installations, comfortable using hand tools, familiarity with electro-mechanical equipment. Minimum class size is 2 people.

NIMBUS User Training

4 Days

Product No. TRAIN16


This training is for a new Nimbus user who has very little or no experience with the Nimbus. The focus is on creating and running Methods on the Nimbus. A part of the class will be hands-on.

Topics covered: Microlab Nimbus System Overview, Introduction to the Nimbus and its Components, Key Technologies, Method Creation and Method Run Overview, Deck Layout Editor, Running a Method with Run Control , Configuration Editor (Shelf Adjustments) , Sequence Editor , Method Editor , Aspirate & Dispense , Error Settings, Tip Handling , Sequence Counting , Variables, Loops , User Input & Output , If/Else Branching , Transport Steps & Stacking, Tip Counter, Import/Export, Trace Files , Teaching Positions, Labware Editor, Error Handling , Introduction to Liquid Classes.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of computers and familiarity with Windows is required. Familiarity with operating the Nimbus is not required.