SOLOSoft is the software program included with Hudson‘s SOLO Automated Pipettor. It can be used as a direct control panel to operate the SOLO in standalone mode, or it can be run in the background by Hudson’s own SoftLinx, or other workcell control schedulers, as part of an automated workcell.
SOLOSoft makes it easy to develop SOLO pipetting methods. The user simply “Drags-and-Drops” method steps into a graphical flow chart. No programming expertise or specialized knowledge is required.
Pipetting methods developed using SOLOSoft can be saved to files that can be opened and used at a later time. They can also be used when SOLOSoft is being run from an external software program, like SoftLinx.
The menubar of SOLOSoft is shown below. Using the menu bar, the SOLO user can create new pipetting methods, load and run saved methods, select serial ports, calibrate and teach nest locations, add new plate definitions, and perform all the tasks needed to operate and maintain this versatile robotic pipettor:
The screen below shows a typical, simple pipetting method, whose steps are lined-up in a straight flow chart along the left side of the screen. On the right side are the details of the highlighted step in this example, an “Aspirate” step. The right side displays the parameters of this step, which the user selected when creating this method:
Creating this method requires only that the user arrange the desired steps in the proper order, then run the method. It can be saved and called up at a future time as well. SOLOSoft has a full set of steps and functions (such as Loops) that allow the user to design a very simple or very complex set of pipetting actions, however necessary to accomplish the liquid handling actions desired.