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Chronos Plugins

CHRONOS Software Plugins

CHRONOS supports a comprehensive list of plugin interfaces which allows implementation of additional custom features.

A Chronos plugin is a .NET assembly containing classes which implements one or several of these interfaces. Currently you can use this plugin model to write:

  • A custom device driver module to communicate with an external device that is not supported by Chronos out of the box.
  • A toolbox control for manual or maintenance operations with such a driver module.
  • Tasks that work with or without a driver module and are integrated into the Chronos method editor and scheduled just like the built-in tasks.
  • Tasks that inspect properties of other tasks within the same job.
  • Modules that can manipulate and trigger the execution of sample lists.
  • Acquisition services for supporting additional Chromatography Data Systems.

Available Plugins

This is a growing - but never complete - list of available Chronos Plugins. If you like to use any of them, please contact us for further information.

Free Task Plugins

  • AdvancedToolkit
    Miscellaneous tasks for advanced special case methods:
    • Pinboard (custom list of properties which can be populated using complex expressions, then niceley referenced from other tasks)
    • CheckTrayOccupancy (check if all positions of a tray are considered free at the time of execution, to allow switching off an agitator like tray)
    • ReadFromDatabase/WriteToDatabase (use SQL databases)
  • AlphaVial
    Convert MTP index number to A1,B2 indexing style, we thank the Trajan company to make this public available
  • Assert
    Check for user defined preconditions during the sample list validation phase
  • CreateSchedule
    A Task that creates a new schedule from a sample list file. Useful to generate barcode and LIMS database controlled sample lists
  • DetectVial
    Checks if a single vial or which vial range is available
  • StandbyMethod
    Runs a given method at the end of a schedule
  • WaitForMultipleStartSignals
    Waits for occurance of one of multiple input signals with timeout.

Device Driver Plugins

Typically these plugins are commercially available

  • Abbemat
    Control of refractometers by Anton Paar
  • Bandelin Digitec RC
    Control plugin for an ultrasonic bath by Bandelin Electronic
  • CEM Microwave
    Control of a microwave device by CEM
  • Chronect HPLC
    Control of some Knauer HPLC pumps
  • Chronect LC/GC
    Control of the LC/GC interface by AS
  • Chronect Symbiosis
    Control of µSPE related Spark devices
  • Chronect VLP
    Controls a vial label printer (Scinomix brand)
  • GenericSerialDevice
    Simple serial I/O, for control of devices with a primitive protocol  
  • MTBalance & MTQuantos
    Controls Mettler Toledo balances inclusive Quantos powder dosage system
  • Prolab
    Controls Prolab centrifuges, shakers and heaters
  • ZLP Plugin
    Sends customizable barcode labels to a Zebra ZPL based label printer


Sample List Generators

Typically these plugins are commercially available

  • BatchSlave
    Checks a folder for incoming files specifying samples to process
  • EBIS
    Read analysis results from several data systems and react to them
  • Inject Schedule
    Append new samples to the running sample schedule
  • LC Mulitplex Sequence Generator
    Convenient Sequence generator for LC Multiplex injection solutions
  • MCDP Sequence Generator
    Generate MCPD calibration sequences based on stem solution concentrations and desired target concentration


Typically these plugins are commercially available


CHRONECT Bionic Powder Dosage


Link to CHRONOS video


CHRONECT Workstation FAMEs


Link to CHRONOS video