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Can I use my assay protocol as part of an automated process?

Document ID: DQ045
Relevant to following products:  Manta 2.0 WorkOut 2.0
Document description: How to: Automatically start measurements, perform analysis and export results as part of an automated process

Create an Assay Protocol:

  1. From the Organiser Welcome Screen select Create a new protocol.
  2. The Select New Assay Protocol Wizard screen will be displayed, select a Wizard which best describes the assay you are running (if you have further analysis requirements these can be added later).
  3. Press OK to start the Wizard.
  4. Press the Next button to step through the Wizard.
  5. On the Data Acquisition Method step press the Create... button to specify the measurements to perform in the instrument's own configuration window.
  6. On returning to the Wizard step press Next.
  7. On the Microplate Layouts step select an existing Microplate Layout or click Create... to specify the layout of your samples (you can change this later if required).
  8. Press Next to continue through the remaining steps of the Wizard specifying your assay parameters as you go.
  9. On the Post Analysis Wizard step, setup the options you require to output the data to other stages of your automated process.  For example, you may want to export the resulting data as a text file and then launch another application with this text file.  
  10. On the final Wizard step press the Finish button to launch the new Assay Protocol.

Auto-start the Assay Protocol:

  1. Within your automated process you can launch the Run and Results window, start the measurements automatically, analyse and export the results.  Use command line arguments, passing in the Assay Protocol filename and using the /run option.  Optionally use the /exit option to exit the Run and Results window after the Post Analysis options have been peformed, i.e.

MRunRes /run <ProtocolFile>


MRunRes /run <ProtocolFile> /exit

Related articles:
DQ050: Can I launch the software from the command line?
How To: Launch the software from the command line.

DQ014: What is an Assay Protocol?
Definition: Assay Protocol

DQ233: How To: Export Data to a text file
How To: Export Data to a text file

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