CAMAG smartALERT - monitor TLC solvent front development.

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CAMAG smartALERT for dependable monitoring of TLC/HPTLC plate development in a glass development chamber.

The "classic" way of developing a chromatogram in TLC and HPTLC is to place the plate in a chamber containing the developing solvent. Driven by capillary action the developing solvent moves up the layer until the desired development distance is reached. With the aid of a stop watch or a timer the chromatographer estimates when the development process is about to finish.

But this may happen: Focusing on other work while the TLC development is in progress, the lab technician forgets to look at the watch. As a result chromatography is stopped too late; the solvent moved up too far, the analysis is ruined and needs to be repeated.

With smartALERT the chromatographer does not 'forget' the TLC plate in the developing chamber anymore:

  • The desired developing distance is set by the user
  • A light beam and a sensor monitors the selected distance
  • As soon as the front has reached this position, visual and acoustic signals alert the operator

Key features

  • Guarantees that the developing distance will always be accurate and according to the method
  • Gives acoustic and visual notice when the mobile phase has reached the desired developing distance
  • Replaces the timer or the stopwatch
  • Lets you concentrate on other lab work
  • Is an intelligent and dependable assistant; yet very easy to operate with just one button
  • Works with tanks and for glass plates; sizes 20 x 20 cm, 20 x 10 cm, and 10 x 10 cm
  • Saves costs because the development is always 'done right'; no waste because of 'over-developed' plates
  • Allows several developments with several smartALERTs at the same time; four different alarm sounds can be selected
  • Runs on batteries: up to 1000 developments
Omicron also supply a full range of spares and accessories for all products shown on this website. Please email us with your requirements.



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