- The VMXi team on the beamline, from left to right: Juan Sanchez-Weatherby, James Sandy, Halina Mikolajek.
VMXi is the first beamline of its kind solely dedicated to data collection directly from crystallisation experiments in situ. The beamline has the facility to store thousands of user crystallisation experiments and features an automated transfer between sample storage and the beamline, as well as highly automated data collection and analysis. Through 2018, significant upgrades have been made that enable VMXi to progress to a full user programme, with the beamline being the test bed for the first 2nd generation Eiger2 X detector (4M), which is capable of collecting data at very fast rates with extremely high count rates. A new sample viewing system, and improved alignment configuration, now enable accurate automatic collection of data sets from many 10s, if not 100s of crystals per hour. Early experiments with serial crystallography delivery methods have been trialled and will add a further strength to the beamline capabilities in the coming years.