Archimedes System Set-Up Guide

This guide outlines the steps you need to take to set up your Archimedes Resonant Mass Measurement system.

Preparing Standard Solutions

• Ensure all vials to be attached to the Archimedes instrument are polymer-coated (Order RMM0005 from Malvern Panalytical Helpdesk for a box of 24 or contact your local Malvern Panalytical representative). These polymer-coated vials have a mottled polymer coating rather than a clear finish and provide enhanced user safety in the unlikely event of a latent defect in the vial causing a breakage. 

• Before use, clean all vials with glass cleaning detergent, ensuring to remove all residue with ultra-pure water. Leave vials upside-down to prevent dust settling inside the vials while drying.

• Ensure liquid-containing vials are only filled to three quarters of their capacity.

Solution RequiredPart NumberFunctionPreparation Procedure
Standard for Micro Sensors (Serial Number: A----H)RMM0003Size calibration of Micro sensorsSonicate and dilute ~1 µm polystyrene latex in ultra-pure water to approximately 107 particles/ml
Standard for Nano Sensors (Serial Number: D----E)RMM0004Size calibration of Nano sensorsSonicate and dilute ~500 nm polystyrene latex in ultra-pure water to approximately 108 particles/ml
100% D2ORMM0008Calculation of instrument bulk sensitivityEnsure vial is completely dry before adding D2O
Reference SolutionRMM0011Sneeze profile visualizationDilute 1ml of 100% D2O in 14ml of ultra-pure water

Waste vials should be empty

Setting up the Vials

Screw vials into the vial ports as indicated in Figure 1.

  RMM set up fig1.jpg Fig.1 Vial positions for Archimedes instrument setup


Customer Support

If assistance is required in the setup or use of the Archimedes, please contact your local Malvern Panalytical representative or contact the helpdesk.

Other Basic Guides for Archimedes systems for resonance mass measurements are available:

Archimedes sensor setup

Archimedes calibration

Making a resonance mass measurement

Cleaning the Archimedes system


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