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Nova CCS™ Frequently Asked Questions
the compounds be transferred into special 'source' and
'destination' containers before collecting?"
there is no need to transfer the compounds into special
containers before you start to collect as the Nova CCSTM
can successfully collect compounds from any type of
container: large or small vials, tubes, flat surfaces such as
plates, bowls, spoons, etc.…all without loss of material.
long does the collection and dispensing take?"
actual collection takes only seconds. The entire process is
limited only by the time it requires to handle the containers. The
basic system with one robot can complete the
entire process in approximately 1-2 minutes. (For those who haven't
seen the video, the 'entire process' is selection of the
container, de-capping, weighing, level detecting, barcode reading,
collecting, dispensing, disposal of the used collecting pin,
change-out of the collecting pin, weighing, capping and
replacement of the containers) An articulating-arm robot will
decrease the process time to approximately 1 minute. An option is combining the
collector/dispenser with additional robots; dramatically
increasing the number of compounds that can be handled.
physical/chemical properties do compounds have to possess in order
to make the technique applicable?"
the latest information that we have gathered the only property restrictions are:
have conducted successful tests with many different compounds and
chemicals. In the event the Nova CCSTM encounters
a problem with a compound, the software system is programmed to
insert a ‘flag’ in the output file that will alert the
do you avoid cross-contamination as some powder may be left on the
rod after dispensing the powder?"
Nova CCSTM system uses a new
clean pin for each collection. The used pin is automatically
disposed in a ‘sharps’ container and a new, clean pin is
picked up by the collector, thereby eliminating the possibility of
is the min/max amount that can be transferred? If I
want to dispense more than the maximum amount that can be
transferred in one step, can multiple dispensing be made to the same
have collected quantities as small as 0.2 mg up to 20 mg. And yes,
as demonstrated in the video, the system’s software is
programmed to repeat the collection process until the desired
amount has been collected.
many source vials and destination vials can you load on the
system can have hotels, stackers or just a large deck area. This
design is very expandable and is ready to interface with even the
most complex compound management setup.
it necessary to determine/set any powder parameters before you can
The only physical properties that must be pre-determined are that
crystals should be no greater than approximately 2.0 mg in weight
and that the material is not a solid.
We are currently
in development to expand the system to include collecting and
dispensing of liquids and oils, using the same collector.
type of software does the system use?
software is primarily a C++ program.
about when there is only a very small amount of compound in the source
container, for example less than 5.0 mg?
every case, the Nova CCSTM
is capable of collecting
the requested amount of compound from a container as long as the
'requested amount' is present.
- Does static electricity adversely affect the collection process?
electricity has NO adverse affect to the operation of the Nova CCSTM.
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