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COVID-19 Research Ramp-Up Guidelines

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic certain changes to our iLab system are necessary to maintain a safe environment:

  • Walk-up sessions are no longer allowed. You must make a reservation to use an instrument.

  • New regulations limit the number of people in the lab at one time. To enter the lab, you must reserve some instrument or equipment (there is no charge for the fumehoods) – even if you are entering to retrieve a forgotten notebook, make a brief reservation.

  • New regulations limit the number of people in each lab area. To limit the number of users in each room – when reserving an instrument, you must reserve that specific room as well. The room reservation should extend +/- 1 hour beyond the instrument reservation. There is no charge for room reservations.

Instrument Scheduling

Schedules for instruments in the Microfab Lab are handled through the Agilent iLab system. Please review the information, below.

  • Once you have become a Microfab user, we will create an iLab account. Please follow these instructions:

  • iLab
    Use this link to schedule instruments ahead of time, check instrument availability, and review your instrument usage history.

  • iLab Kiosk
    Use this link to start or end a session on an instrument. Kiosk should be used when you are in the lab to start a session or end a session now. You can also use the Kiosk to start a "walk-up session", if you have not scheduled the instrument in advance, but it is available.


What if I didn't schedule equipment? Can I still use it?
Yes! As long as someone else has not reserved the equipment, you can start a "walk-up" session directly from Kiosk.

What if someone doesn't show up for their reserved time? Can I still use the equipment?
The equipment will be reserved for 15 minutes into the reserved time. If, after 15 minutes, the person who reserved the equipment does not start it, you can create a walk-up session from Kiosk and take over the equipment.

Do I need to create a username and password for the iLab system?
No, iLab is now integrated with Tufts servers, your Tufts credentials will access your iLab account.

Do I need to memorize account information for billing purposes?
No, when you become a micro/nanofab user we will preload your billing info and it will appear in a drop down menu. No need to memorize.

Can I logout of my iLab session while my process is still running?
No, you must be logged in for the entire process time. While you are running you prevent someone else from using the instrument, you must be logged in for all the time others are unable to access the instrument.

I'm running a little late, why won't iLab let me login to begin my reservation?
iLab gives you 15 minutes from the start of your reservation to login and officially begin. If you miss the 15 minute window you will have to start a walkup session or make a new reservation. Note that you can start a session up to 15 minutes early.

Why was I charged for additional time after I logged out?
Each instrument has a minimum usage time, about the time it takes to perform a single process run. Rushing through the process as quickly as possible will not reduce the charges, better to work carefully and methodically.

What should I do if the instrument I'm using breaks down in the middle of my run?
Let the lab director know right away so we can zero out the charges, put the instrument offline and start repair work.