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For a list of synchrotrons please see Synchrotron beamlines

The following beamlines offer mail-in service or remote access: (compiled from the CCP4 BB July 2008)

1. The ALS BCSB beamlines have a mail-in type program name collaborative crystallography on beamlines 5.0.2 (MAD) and 5.0.1 (Se-SAD/ Fixed Wavelength). Remote access is currently available on the sector 5 stations (5.0.1 5.0.2 and 5.0.3) for PRT members only. ALS 4.2.2 beamline has remote capability

2. Beamline 3BM1 at the Australian Synchrotron has full remote access available for users. We use the same Blu-Ice gui as SSRL and use the SAM robot. When 3ID is available for general user program (2009) it will also have full remote access capabilities.

3. BNL / NSLS Mail-in program, where three scientists spend about one full-time equivalent of effort, employing about one full-time beamline among the six PXRR beamlines. Access to Beam Time Mail-in Program

4. The canadian light source has at least mail in protein crystallography.

5. MacCHESS does "remote" collection on MX beamline F1, monochromatic wavelength set near Se edge.

6. All the ESRF MX/PX beamlines (ID14-1, ID14-2, ID14-4, ID23-1, ID29), and the CRG beam-line BM14, have remote access. For industrial users there is also the MXpress mail in service:

7. SEC-CAT 22-ID and 22-BM at APS will do both mail-in (for CAT members) and remote

8. SPring8 in Japan has a mail-in system.

9. SSRL all PX beamlines have remote capability. About 75% of the users use fully remote data collection routinely

10. CAMD's PX beamline has a mail-in program for both consortium members and outside users.

11. BESSY BL14.1 and BL14.2, The BESSY-MX group is offering the "mail-in" service for industrial collaborators.

12. SLS ( For industrial users there is a Mail-In Service available since more than 3 years. For technical questions please contact Joachim Diez ( or Clemens Schulze-Briese (, for questions about contracts please contact Philipp Dietrich ( Remote operation is in preparation for all beamlines.

A useful link from PDB containing synchrotron info: e.g. to find info on number of solved structures, method, and so on: choose one of the structure galleries, for example Europe:

Then choose a beamline, say ID23-1:

Then, near the top of the page, see the line "Table of general information (software, resolution, R-factors, etc) in tab delimited text format"

You'll get a table where the solution method and software follows the PDB_ID. There's a RELEASE DATE at the end on which you may sort.


Synchrotron Beamline Mail-in/ Remote type of puck Fixed Wavelength/ Se-SAD/ MAD URL
ALS 4.2.2 Remote capabilities ACTOR magazine MAD
ALS 5.0.1 Mail & Remote (PRT members) ALS puck and Uni-puck Fixed Wavelength/ Se-SAD
ALS 5.0.2 Mail & Remote (PRT members) ALS puck and Uni-puck MAD
ALS 5.0.3 Remote (PRT members) ALS puck and Uni-puck Fixed Wavelength/ Se-SAD
ALS 8.2.1 ? ALS Puck, Uni-Puck and ACTOR magazines MAD and automonter notes
ALS 8.2.2 ? ALS Puck, Uni-Puck and ACTOR magazines MAD and automonter notes
Australian Synchrotron 3BM1 remote SSRL cassettes ? MAD ?
Australian Synchrotron 3ID (2009) remote SSRL cassettes ? MAD ?
BNL/NSLS six PXRR beamlines Mail-in  ?  ?
CLS  ? Mail-in ? ?
MacCHESS F1 Remote ALS puck, Uni-puck and ACTOR pucks Fixed Wavelength/ Se-SAD
ESRF ID14-1 Remote  ?  ?
ESRF ID14-2 Remote  ?  ?
ESRF ID14-4 Remote  ?  ?
ESRF ID23-1 Remote  ?  ?
ESRF ID29 Remote  ?  ?
ESRF BM14 Remote  ?  ?
ESRF MXpress Mail-in  ?  ?
APS SEC-CAT 22-ID Mail-in & Remote ALS Puck (14?) MAD
APS SEC-CAT 22-BM Mail-in & Remote ALS Puck (6) MAD
Spring8 ? Mail-in  ?  ?
SSRL all PX beamlines remote SSRL cassette and Uni-puck 4 MAD, 2 Se-SAD -- user guideautomounter and contents --
CAMD PX beamline Mail-in  ? MAD
BESSY BL14.1 Mail-in (industrial)  ?  ?
BESSY BL14.2 Mail-in (industrial)  ?  ?
SLS  ? Mail-in (industrial)  ?  ?
APS IMCA-CAT 17-ID Mail-in; Remote (industrial) ACTOR magazines MAD
APS IMCA-CAT 17-BM Mail-in; Remote (industrial) ACTOR magazines MAD

Please copy and paste the empty row for the next person to fill in

See also the robosync page on automounters at synchrotrons.