Expanding The Boundaries of Microplate Reader Functionality - The Molecular Devices’ SpectraMax iD3
23 Feb 2017
The SpectraMax® iD3 Multi-Mode Microplate Reader from Molecular Devices is fully designed and configured to bring a new breadth and depth to a laboratory’s capabilities.
Microplate readers are now vital instruments for a plethora of different fields. Whether it is research, drug discovery, bioassay validation, or any number of other applications, the microplate reader has become indispensable. In order to produce a new level of performance on a fully personalised platform, Molecular Devices, a world leader in high performance bioanalytical measurement systems for protein and cell biology, has now introduced the SpectraMax iD3 Reader.
This is a feature-rich reader designed to provide everything a user needs to customise their workflow to perfectly match their individual requirements, including optimised reagents and the industry-leading SoftMax® Pro 7 Data Acquisition and Analysis Software.
The SpectraMax iD3 has a large, intuitive, high-resolution touchscreen (pictured left) and an embedded software package so users can quickly and easily set up custom protocols as well as take advantage of Molecular Devices preconfigured protocols. This means that experiments can be run without a dedicated computer workstation.
QuickSync technology automatically delivers data to a workstation, eliminating the need to physically retrieve data from the instrument and allowing scientists to walk away from the SpectraMax iD3 to focus on additional research. The SpectraMax iD3 also features a built-in near-field communication (NFC) reader (pictured below) that will personalise the touchscreen with a scientist’s own protocols and results with one-tap from their linked NFC tag, allowing the user to spend more time running experiments and less time searching for their files.
The innovative SpectraMax iD3 has a top-end optical system that features a xenon flash lamp and a photomultiplier tube cooled to -5°C that produces excellent luminescence sensitivity, with reduced background noise and a wide dynamic range. Alongside simple-to-use temperature control from ambient to 65°C, the SpectraMax iD3 easily permits temperature sensitive assays.
It includes orbital and infinity shaking, a four-monochromator optical pathway and high efficiency gratings, well scanning up to a 20x20 read matrix, spectral scanning, and detection of microplate formats from 6- to 384-wells.
The SpectraMax iD3 Injector System with SmartInject Technology also permits flash applications such as dual luciferase and ATP assays while ensuring equal mixing across the plate. The high-precision dual injector system can also be used with any read mode and includes safeguard features such as overflow protection to maximise performance and save precious reagents.
It is not surprising that Greg Milosevich, President of Molecular Devices, is so excited by their innovative new product, in anticipation of their global microplate reader installation base increasing beyond 40,000 units.
To gain a proper feel of just how functional the SpectraMax iD3 is, Molecular Devices has also produced an interactive simulation that can be viewed online. Simply go to their website to see how the SpectraMax iD3 Multi-Mode Microplate Reader can fulfil your microplate reader requirements.