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A setup is presented for automated high-throughput measurements of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) from macromolecular solutions on the bending-magnet beamline X33 of EMBL at the storage ring DORIS-III (DESY, Hamburg). A new multi-cell compartment allows for rapid switching between in-vacuum and in-air operation, for digital camera assisted control of cell filling and for colour sample illumination. The beamline is equipped with a Pilatus 1 M-W pixel detector for SAXS and a Pilatus 300 k-W for wide-angle scattering (WAXS), and results from the use of the Pilatus detectors for scattering studies are reported. The setup provides a broad resolution range from 100 to 0.36 nm without the necessity of changing the sample-to-detector distance. A new optimized robotic sample changer is installed, permitting rapid and reliable automated sample loading and cell cleaning with a required sample volume of 40 µl. All the devices are fully integrated into the beamline control software system, ensuring fully automated and user-friendly operation (attended, unattended and remote) with a throughput of up to 15 measurements per hour.

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