Pucks & Cassettes
The pucks and tools needed to enable data collection at nearly every synchrotron around the world. Uni-pucks, SPINE Baskets, ALS Pucks, SSRL Cassettes, & More!
Not sure which system is right for beamline you are using? See our Beamline Guide under the learn section.
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Universal Pucks (Uni-Pucks)
The Universal Puck System is a widely adopted platform for automated sample handling at synchrotron beamlines.
- Ready-to-use loops pre-loaded in Unitray
- Stay organized and harvest faster
A ready-to-use Unitray pre-loaded with MicroLoops LD (customer select loop size(s) – we will contact you). Enough loops for 11 Uni-pucks (176), pre-loaded into barcoded reusable SPINE (B5-R) bases. Identical to parts used at the XChem Facility at Diamond Light Source.
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ACTOR magazine (puck) x 5:
Holds up to 12 samples mounted using standard 18 mm MiTeGen pins. This gives an effective length of 21 mm from the top of the magnet.
Magnetized bottom for secure positioning in the ACTOR staging dewar and ACTOR storage racks
Constructed of aluminum for frost-free use and durability
Slotted for manipulation with the ACTOR magazine tongs
ACTOR magazine tongs:
Hemostat-style closure for secure handling of ACTOR magazines
Tips fit into ACTOR magazine slots to ensure secure manipulation
ACTOR storage rack:
Holds up to five ACTOR magazines
Fits into standard CX100 (or equivalent) shipping dewars
Individual slots for secure storage of ACTOR magazines
2 designs available for use with Taylor-Wharton HC20, HC34, HC35, and VHC35 storage dewars and/or Taylor-Wharton CX100 travel dewar
ACTOR pin tongs:
Used to transfer mounted crystal into an ACTOR magazine slot
Artery style clamp closure keeps sample secure during transfer from mounting dewar to magazine
Maintains crystal at cryo temperatures
For use with standard 18 mm MiTeGen Pins
ALS-style pucks and tools for remote data collection at select beamlines around the world.
See our beamline guide for help determining the best puck system for the beamline you are collecting data at.Full Description
The CombiPuck™ system enables crystallographers to send crystals that were cryocooled into SPINE standard magnetic cryovials to facilities that require Uni-pucks, without having risk sample loss or damage when transferring them out of the cryovials into Uni-pucks. Instead, users can simply place their samples in cryovials directly into the CombiPuck. By using lids that are identical to the Uni-puck, we ensure full compatibility with facilities requiring them.
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The CombiPuck systems was developed in a collaboration between Diamond Light Source, MRC, and MiTeGen.
Loading crystal mounted pins into a Rigaku Puck can be a time consuming process with great potential for error. Even for the most skilled technician, pins can often become mis-seated and cause the robot to crash, damaging the precious crystals.
The Quick Puck Loader, invented at Structural Genomics Consortium at Toronto, was designed to load crystal mounted pins into the Rigaku style puck quickly and easily while reducing the potential for mis-seating. This loader can be manipulated by existing Rigaku Puck Tongs, no additional tools needed.
The device is currently used in leading research labs and pharmaceutical companies
Colors available include red, blue and gold. Mixed colors are also available.
- Save time for more research
- Maximize loop lifespan
- Get your loops organized
Cleaning and storing crystal mounts should be quick and easy. Use the Uniwand™ to transfer your loops and bases from a puck to a cleaning solution then to the Unitray™ for storage in one simple process.
These tools were developed in collaboration with Frank von Delft at Diamond Light Source, where they form a critical component of the fragment screening facility at beamline I04-1.
To get you up–and–running to the beamline
All the components you needFull Description
Ease of ordering
Savings up to $1,000
Can be used for the transport of Universal V-1 Pucks, ALS Pucks & Cryo-EM Pucks in dryshippers, such as the CX100. This set includes a shelved shipping cane, locking rod and hooked handle (shown below). Seven pucks (Uni-pucks, ALS pucks or Cryo EM) may be shipped or stored in this cane.
Remember to always insert the locking rod when shipping pucks in dry-shipping dewars.