Rocker and Shaker Support

Overview

Support for the Next Advance rocker and shaker family of products.

Operators Manual

FAQs

Rocker and Shaker FAQs

Specifications

Will these rockers work with different voltages (in different countries)?

Yes. The rocker uses 24V DC (Next Rocker) or 12V DC (Infinity Rocker™) supplied by a small external power supply that plugs into a wall outlet. Next Advance will supply the appropriate power supply for the local power and wall outlet configuration.

What is the maximum load?

The rocker can handle 11 lbs. (5 kg).

What is the range for the tilt angle?

The amount that the rocker platform tilts back and forth can be adjusted from as little as +/- 1 degree to as much as +/- 18 degrees.

What is the difference between Infinity Rockers and Next Rockers?

Infinity Rockers and Next Rockers are both rugged, quiet, rockers with lots of power. Infinity Rockers have digital speed control and a digital display of the rocking rate in cycles per minute (cpm). Because Infinity Rocker motors are brushless, i.e. do not have brushes that can wear out, they will last for many years and can be used in a CO2 environment.

What is the rocking rate?

For Infinity Rockers, the rocking rate can be as slow as barely moving to a maximum speed of 80 cycles per minute (160 rocking motions per minute). Next Rockers are available in a regular (high) speed range (H; 4 to 80 cycles per minute) or super slow (SS; 1 to 20 cycles per minute).

What are the Super Slow versions?

The Next Rockers come in standard and super slow versions. For those applications that require slow, smooth rocking, we recommend the super slow (up to about 20 cycles per minute) versions. They provide finer speed control at the lower speeds. The motor in these versions is geared down for slower operation and greater power, just as gears on a bicycle allow for more power at lower speeds.

Can I use these rockers in incubators or cold rooms?

Our rockers can operate in incubators (up to 40°C for Infinity Rockers and up to 60°C for Next Rockers) or cold rooms (down to 4°C) if the temperature is kept constant and the humidity is not excessive. Temperature swings which cause condensation will damage the electronics and void the warranty. In fact, the electronic circuitry includes additional heat sinks to ensure reliable operation at elevated temperatures.

Operation

How do I adjust the tilt angle?

To adjust the angle, use a flat blade screwdriver to loosen the labeled screw on the rear of the instrument, slide the linkage to the desired position, then tighten the screw.

How do I adjust the rocking rate?

You can turn the knob on the front of the instrument to adjust the rocking speed.

Can I clean the rubber mat?

Yes. You can remove the rubber mat from the platform and clean it with soap and water. Let it dry before placing it back on the platform.

Specifications

Specifications

PlatformsStacking Tray
(sold separately)
Available Speeds
(cycles/minute)
Max Load
Next Rocker Pro
NR101 Pro
(H & SS models)
11 x 14 in.
(28 x 36 cm)
Tier-2 Stacking Tray Pro
ST201
H: 4 – 80
SS: 1 – 20
11 lb.
(5 kg)
Next Rocker Mini
NR102 Mini
(H & SS models)
8 x 9 in.
(20 x 23 cm)
Tier-2 Stacking Tray Mini
ST202
H: 4 – 80
SS: 1 – 20
11 lb.
(5 kg)
Infinity Rocker™ Pro
IR101 Pro
11 x 14 in.
(28 x 36 cm)
Tier-2 Stacking Tray Pro
ST201
0.1 – 80  &
special programs
11 lb.
(5 kg)
Infinity Rocker™ Mini
IR102 Mini
8 x 9 in.
(20 x 23 cm)
Tier-2 Stacking Tray Mini
ST202
0.1 – 80  &
special programs
11 lb.
(5 kg)
Infinity Rocker™ XL
IR103 XL
20 x 16 in.
(51 x 41 cm)
Tier-2 Stacking Tray XL
ST203
0.1 – 80  &
special programs
11 lb.
(5 kg)
Infinity Rocker™ Stack 3
IR301 Stack-3
3 levels
11 x 14 in.
(28 x 36 cm)
only 22 inches high
Tier-2 Stacking Tray Pro
ST201
0.1 – 80  &
special programs
11 lb.
(5 kg)
Infinity Rocker™ Stack 4
IR401 Stack-4
4 levels
11 x 14 in.
(28 x 36 cm)
only 22 inches high
Tier-2 Stacking Tray Pro
ST201
0.1 – 80  &
special programs
11 lb.
(5 kg)

 

Power: 24V DC (Next Rocker), 12V DC (Infinity Rocker™)
Tilt Angle: 1 to 18 degrees (all models are adjustable)
Temperature range 4°C to 40°C for Infinity Rocker, 4°C to 60°C for Next Rocker* (warning: rapid temperature changes may cause condensation and void the warranty). The Infinity Rocker may be used in a CO2 incubator.
Mats: Textured neoprene rubber
Do not use the Next Rocker in a CO2 incubator.

Rocker Troubleshooting

Rocker Troubleshooting

If the unit is not turning on…

Check that the rocker is plugged in and that the power switch on the front of the instrument is turned on.If the unit still doesn’t turn on, shut the system off for 15 minutes to allow the electronics to reset. If the rocker does not turn on after this period, contact customer service.

If rocking stops intermittently…

Check that the rocker is not overloaded with too much weight. If it is not, the brushes in the motor of the Next Rocker may be worn out. We can refurbish the rocker for you, or if you have someone with excellent mechanical skills, you can order a motor or brushes from us (call or email us for more information) and replace it yourself.

If rocking motion is uneven…

Check that the rocker is not overloaded with too much weight and that the weight is distributed evenly across the rocker tray. If weight distribution does not appear to be the issue, the angle adjustment screw may need to be tightened. Check the back of the instrument to find the screw located on the cam.

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