uMp micromanipulator support
Please review the operating manual carefully before installing and starting to use the uMp manipulators. We also recommend watching the installation videos that will guide you through the basic installation steps
Installation videos for 2021 and newer micromanipulator stands are below:
- uMp-ROT rotation stand
- uMp-FLP flip stand
- uMp-SLD slide stand
- Combining several stand modules
- Simple installation example on post
Installation video for uMp-micromanipulator revisions manufactured 2016-2020 below:
- 01 – Installation of uMp-EXM electrode exchange module testi
- 02 – Installation of uMp-3/4 micromanipulator
- 03 – Connecting of uMp-TSC touch screen unit / uMp-RW3/4 wheel control unit
- 04 – Installation of uMp-DVT dovetail adapter
- 05 – Installation of a headstage
- 06 – Installation of uMp-MPR multipurpose adapter with uMp-MEH15 microelectrode holder and uMp-IM intermediate cable
- 07 – Attaching rod like item (3-10 mm dimension) on uMp-MPR multipurpose adapter
- 08 – Position and load calibrations
- 09 – Load calibration
- 10 – Grounding of the uMp-micromanipulator system
Problem: Manipulator axis does not move over the whole range or moves slowly
- Most likely cause is excessive loading from the cable or tubing drag, which is also the most common source of the pipette tip drift. Always organize cables / tubing carefully to improve stability.
Problem: Movement of one axis causes correlated microelectrode tip movements in other axes or other movement artifacts are observed
- The microelectrode is colliding with an objective or chamber
- There are mechanically loose connection in the installation
- Cable/tubing movements or varying drag is causing the movement artifacts
Problem: Pipette tip is drifting
- ZERO DRIFT piezo technology is inherently drift free. The closed-loop control is measuring the current position of each axis in real-time, which is displayed at the uMp-TSC touch screen unit. Sub-micrometer fluctuations are normal in ambient laboratory conditions. In case pipette tip is drifting more than that but the readings don’t change accordingly, the drift originates from somewhere else in the setup than micromanipulators (as is the case over 99 % of the time).
- Most common sources of pipette tip drifts are: cable drag, unstable electrode holder, unstable temperature or air drafts around the setup and/or drift from xy-stage, microscope body and/or installation posts. We recommend installing the manipulator to same solid stage/platform as where sample is placed to eliminate often large drifts from having the micromanipulator and sample installed in different mechanical frameworks.
SMX brochures and operating manual
Please note that SMX products have been replaced by new uMp products in 2017. Full after-sales services are available for the SMX product customers.
- SMX compatibility sheet (277.1 KB)
- SMX HEKA intermediate cable brochure (191.2 KB)
- SMX operating manual (1.5 MB)
- SMX SDK brochure (60.1 KB)
- SMX single axis manipulator brochure (245.9 KB)
- SMX stereotaxic application brochure (833.0 KB)
- SMX triple axis manipulator brochure (531.7 KB)
SMX firmware updates
Please update your SMX micromanipulator and control unit firmware for optimal performance and latest features. Please make sure that you use the firmware files with the .hex extension when updating your micromanipulator.
- Control Unit firmware v3.816 (45.0 KB)
- Firmware upgrade instructions (443.5 KB)
- Firmware upgrade software for PC v1.0.9 (18.7 MB)
- Single axis Micromanipulator firmware v3.974 (99.4 KB)
- SMX manipulator firmware patch file (268.0 B)
- Triple axis Micromanipulator firmware v3.971 (109.4 KB)
Software Development Kit (SDK) for PC control
Please review the SDK online documentation as first step in developing your PC control application.
- 32 bit simplified Software Development Kit for Windows v0.551 (22.2 KB)
- 32 bit Software Development Kit for Windows v0.984 (37.2 KB)
- 64 bit simplified Software Development Kit for Windows v0.551 (21.2 KB)
- 64 bit Software Development Kit for Windows v0.984 (25.8 KB)
- Simple PC user interface v0.974 (17.9 MB)
Examples of using SMX SDK for PC control applications
These simple examples are shared to help developing custom applications for most commonly used software environments.
Python interface class is courtesy of Brendan Callahan and Alex Chubykin, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.