Microplate readers are widely used today to measure complex, heterogeneous cell-based assays, in addition to their traditional role in the study of homogeneous absorbance, luminescence, or fluorescence-based experiments. Leading manufacturers offer devices that can screen a large number of microplates (high-throughput primary screening) as well as those that can process a large number of different types of assays. Regardless of the application, the key to their efficiency lies in their ability to process microplates quickly and accurately, automate repeatable tasks, and ensure reproducible results. Awareness Technology Microplate Readers meet these requirements quite admirably. Here are three of the company’s advanced products that have set new benchmarks in microplate reader technology:
- STAT FAX 2100 Microplate Reader: The 2100 comes with bichromatic optics and offers fully automatic reading. On board data reduction calculations include regressions, curve fitting and cutoff absorbance calculations with step-by-step user prompting. Its large, non-volatile memory stores 36 user tests. Pre-programmed modes come with step-by-step prompting, reducing error and streamlining operation.
- STAT FAX 4200 Multichannel Microplate Reader: This compact, standalone, 8-channel device has everything to meet the requirements of a modern laboratory. It offers fully automated reading of 96 wells in less than 10 seconds. Its streamlined design incorporates touch screen interface, rapid reading, superb bichromatic optics, on-board curve-fitting software, and built-in printer. On board data reduction calculations include regressions, curve fitting and cutoff absorbance calculations with step-by-step user prompting.
- Chromate Microplate Reader: ChroMate reads absorbances of 96 wells in about 12 seconds. Users can select plate layout options and customize layouts for individual tests or panels/screens. This compact and economical 8-channel microplate reader features excellent optics and fit any size lab bench. Teaming up with a laboratory PC, this device provides full access to high level software with critical QC tracking, reporting, curve fitting, and patient data storage with multiple reporting options to meet the requirements of modern laboratories. Its versatile and flexible software comes ready to ”plug and play” on a flash drive pen and includes the calculation modes such as absorbance, cutoff, cutoff control, cutoff calibrator, point-to-point curve fit, multipoint % absorbance, and linear, polynomial and sigmoidal regressions.
All of these Awareness Technology Microplate Readers use Ion Assisted Deposition (IAD) filters which are known for their stability and longevity and are vastly superior to sealed soft-coated interference filters.