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At SLAS2015, the 4th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening, attendees got to check out a particularly versatile multimode microplate reader.

by Thermo Fisher Scientific
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Intelligent Software Makes Assays Easy in New Microplate Reader

Thermo Scientific Varioskan LUXThermo Fisher Scientific’s Varioskan LUX reader features the company’s new SkanIt Software that is designed to simplify data acquisition and analysis and accelerate consistency and reliability in assay results. It’s geared towards bioscience researchers performing a variety of microplate assays, offering automated functionality.

“The Varioskan LUX with SkanIt software builds upon our long history in pioneering microplate reader technology innovations,” said Hanna Grano-Fabritius, business director of sample preparation and analysis at Thermo Scientific. “With advancements including integrated smart control technology and automatic dynamic range selection, the Varioskan LUX is designed to simplify set-up while optimizing performance to deliver exceptional usability and data reliability.”

Smart safety controls on the system include automated plate check, built-in shaker speed control, and automatic prime check and position sensors for the built-in dispensers, which are designed to identify and notify the user of potential errors that could compromise research. In addition, the SkanIt software monitors and captures measurement data throughout the run to reduce the risk of wasting expensive reagents, samples, and time

Among a variety of other benefits, the Varioskan LUX also offers an automatic dynamic range selection feature that eases protocol set-up by eliminating the need for users to manually adjust sensitivity settings for each assay. The instrument automatically selects the optimal reading range based on signal intensity in the well, using settings to obtain maximum sensitivity and ensuring consistency of results.

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