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CAMAG TLC Visualizer 3

Professional imaging and documentation system for TLC/HPTLC chromatograms. Designed for the acquisition of premium-quality images, the TLC Visualizer 3 features a high-performance industrial camera of the newest generation equipped with a CMOS image sensor.

The visual presentation of the complete chromatogram showing all samples and standards side by side is one of the most convincing arguments for Thin-Layer Chromatography. No other chromatographic technique can directly express the result as a colour image and make it available for visual evaluation.

To reproducibly acquire and preserve best quality images of TLC/HPTLC chromatograms under different illuminations this high-end imaging and documentation system is now available. 

For electronic image acquisition the camera – like the human eye – captures polychromatic visible light. Under white light illumination it is the light reflected from the layer background. Under long-wavelength UV light (366 nm) it is the light emitted by fluorescent substances. When short-wavelength UV light (254 nm) is used, substances absorbing UV 254 appear as dark zones, provided the layer contains a fluorescence indicator (fluorescence quenching).

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Key features

  • Reproducible high-quality images acquired under homogeneous illumination with the selected light

  • Easy and intuitive operation with visionCATS

  • High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI)

  • Side by side comparison of tracks originating from the same or different plates and/or different illumination modes

  • Various image enhancement tools, e.g. Spot Amplification (“Spot Amp”), Clean Plate Correction and Exposure Normalization

  • Image-based profile generation from reference and sample tracks, and subsequent peak integration and calibration

  • High-performance industrial camera with CMOS image sensor

  • USB 3.0 for easy PC connection

  • Meets all requirements to be used in a cGMP/cGLP environment

  • IQ/OQ qualification and 21 CFR Part 11 ready

CAMAG TLC Visualiser 3 operated under visionCATS

visionCATS organizes the workflow of TLC/HPTLC, controls the involved CAMAG instruments, and manages data. Professional image acquisition and documentation of TLC/HPTLC chromatograms ensuring highest reproducibility is the major purpose of the CAMAG TLC Visualizer 3.

For the evaluation of acquired images sophisticated enhancement tools and also functions for annotation and determination of position (hRF) are required. This is where visionCATS comes into play and virtually unleashes the power of TLC/HPTLC. visionCATS features a powerful database at its heart, enabling an all new sample-based approach. The state-of-the-art software supports low-noise, high-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) and includes a comprehensive set of image enhancement tools. With the “Comparison Viewer”, tracks originating from the same or different plates and/or different illumination modes can be compared on the same screen side by side which allows the creation of „virtual plates“. Detailed on-screen instructions effectively guide the user through the image acquisition process.

Ordering Information, Accessories and Parts


CAMAG® HPTLC Software visionCATS Basic Version
Including access and control of all instruments - 1 server and 1 client, Instrument Diagnostics (xQ), Analytical reports - Access to method library. Needs to be bought separately and is not included in any Ultimate Package


CAMAG® HPTLC Software visionCATS: visionCATS Ultimate
Visualizer Ultimate Package (028.2000)
Scanner Ultimate Package (028.3000)

CAMAG HPTLC Software visionCATS Basic Version (028.0000) needs to be purchased separately.


CAMAG® HPTLC Software visionCATS: Visualizer Ultimate Package
combining all CAMAG Visualizer Packages, including:
Visualizer Qualitative Package (028.2010)
Visualizer Enhanced Evaluation Package (028.2020).

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