The Advanced Photon Source
Argonne, IL
IRELEC Automounter

LRL-CAT is dedicated to mail-in Macromolecular Crystallography. Features of this beamline include high-throughput data collection, automatic centering based on loops, automatic evaluation of crystal quality, automatic data collection and processing and automated data transfer. This is a full service mail-in beamline where additional and thorough manual checks are performed by knowledgeable staff to ensure the best data are collected from each batch of crystals. For standard crystals we can collect up to 18 datasets per hour, which includes crystal mounting, centering and dataset collection. For well-diffracting crystals we can collect up to 30-40 datasets per hour. Data turnaround is very fast. Users usually get data within 24-32 hours of shipment.1


Jordi Benach

John Koss


We recommend the following tools for their compatibility and ease-of-use.

Recommended Accepted*
Puck Style SPINE
Mount/Loop Style  Nylon Loops
Rod Length 18mm/SPINE
Base Style B5-Reusable
 *Express Crystallography General User Program. Retrieved November 21, 2014.


Sample Preparation Kits

Convenient kits of compatible assemblies of MiTeGen recommended products

Beamline Sample Preparation Kits are available in 3 aperture size assortments based on your crystal sizes and include:

  • Assemblies of 100 Crystal Mounts, on 18 mm pins, available in the following assortment:
    • 20 x Dual-Thickness MicroLoops ™ LD  (5 each of 10, 20, 30 and 50 μm aperture sizes)
    • 40 x Dual-Thickness MicroMount ™ (10 each of 75, 100, 150 and 200 μm aperture sizes)
    • 20 x Dual-Thickness MicroLoops ™  (5 each of 300, 400, 500 and 600 μm aperture sizes)
    • 20 x MicroMeshes ™  (5 each of 10, 25, 50 and 25L μm aperture sizes)
  • Installed in 100 B5-R reusable bases or 100 regular bases
  • Packaged and stored in 5 MiTeGen base holders

Uni-puck Starter Kit 2 includes:

  • (7) Universal V-1 Pucks
  • (1) Double Puck Loading Dewar with Lid
  • (1) Puck Wand
  • (1) Puck Dewar Loading Tool
  • (1) Puck Separator Tools
  • (1) Shelved Puck Shipping Cane
  • (1) Bent Cryo-Tong
  • (1) Cryo Express Dry Shipper (CX100)
  • (1) Shipping case for CX100

*custom kits are available, contact MiTeGen with specific requests.

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