Temperature controllers (heaters and coolers)

Temperature controllers (heaters and coolers)#

PyLabRobot supports the following temperature controllers:

  • Opentrons Temperature Module V2

Temperature controllers are controlled by the TemperatureController class. This class takes a backend as an argument. The backend is responsible for communicating with the scale and is specific to the hardware being used.

The OpentronsTemperatureModuleV2 is a TemperatureController subclass initialized with a tube rack.

from pylabrobot.temperature_controlling import TemperatureController
from pylabrobot.temperature_controlling.opentrons import OpentronsTemperatureModuleV2
from pylabrobot.temperature_controlling.opentrons_backend import OpentronsTemperatureModuleBackend

Using the Opentrons temperature controller currently requires an Opentrons robot. The robot must be connected to the host computer and to the temperature module.

from pylabrobot.liquid_handling import LiquidHandler
from pylabrobot.liquid_handling.backends.opentrons_backend import OpentronsBackend
from pylabrobot.resources.opentrons import OTDeck
ot = OpentronsBackend(host="", port=31950) # Get the ip from the Opentrons app
lh = LiquidHandler(backend=ot, deck=OTDeck())
await lh.setup()

After setting up the robot, use the OpentronsBackend.list_connected_modules() to list the connected temperature modules. You are looking for the 'id' of the module you want to use.

await ot.list_connected_modules()
[{'id': 'fc409cc91770129af8eb0a01724c56cb052b306a',
  'serialNumber': 'TDV21P20201224B13',
  'firmwareVersion': 'v2.1.0',
  'hardwareRevision': 'temp_deck_v21',
  'hasAvailableUpdate': False,
  'moduleType': 'temperatureModuleType',
  'moduleModel': 'temperatureModuleV2',
  'data': {'status': 'idle', 'currentTemperature': 34.0},
  'usbPort': {'port': 1,
   'portGroup': 'main',
   'hub': False,
   'path': '1.0/tty/ttyACM0/dev'}}]

Initialize the OpentronsTemperatureModuleV2 with the id of the module you want to use.

tc = OpentronsTemperatureModuleV2(name="tc", opentrons_id="fc409cc91770129af8eb0a01724c56cb052b306a")
await tc.setup()

The OpentronsTemperatureModuleV2 is a subclass of TemperatureController.

isinstance(tc, TemperatureController)

Be sure to assign the temperature controller to the robot deck before you use it. This is done with the usual assign_child_at_slot() function.

lh.deck.assign_child_at_slot(tc, slot=3)

You can set the temperature in Celsius using set_temperature().

await tc.set_temperature(37)

Use wait_for_temperature() to wait for the temperature to stabilize at the target temperature.

await tc.wait_for_temperature()

The temperature can be read using get_temperature().

await tc.get_temperature()

If you are done with the temperature controller, you can use deactivate() to turn it off. The temperature controller will return to ambient temperature.

await tc.deactivate()

Pipetting from the OT-2 temperature module#

Assign some tips to the deck and pick one up so that we can aspirate:

from pylabrobot.resources.opentrons import opentrons_96_tiprack_300ul
tips300 = opentrons_96_tiprack_300ul(name="tips")
lh.deck.assign_child_at_slot(tips300, slot=11)
await lh.pick_up_tips(tips300["A5"])

Access the temperature controller’s tube rack with the tube_rack attribute.

await lh.aspirate(tc.tube_rack["A1"], vols=[20])
await lh.aspirate(tc.tube_rack["A6"], vols=[20])

Return the tips to the tip rack when you are done.

await lh.return_tips()