It should be no surprise that instrument design can greatly impact instrument performance. At Azure Biosystems, we focus on using technological innovation to deliver instruments that really impact a scientist’s work. Our design choices simplify workflows and improve performance without significantly impacting price.
One way the design of Azure Imagers delivers better performance than FluorChem imagers is through our direct-mirror-free detection. We place our CCD sensor close to the sample to maximize light collection efficiency and, thus, sensitivity. In contrast, the FluorChem sensor is placed much farther away from the sample, reducing sensitivity.
In addition, FluorChem does not directly detect light from the sample, but rather the light is reflected onto the sensor using a mirror, which further reduces sensitivity.
The use of laser light sources for NIR illumination in Azure Imaging Systems further increases sensitivity. Lasers deliver an inherently narrower excitation band than LEDs—they emit a coherent, collimated beam of light. Lasers avoid the overlap in excitation and emission signals that can occur with LED light sources. This results in ultra-low background signal, enabling faster, more sensitive NIR fluorescence detection.
NIR lasers used in Azure Imagers keep signal high and background low. The robust excitation energy delivered by lasers maximizes emission strength for optimal detection sensitivity.
Modern, multimodal CCD camera that produces high-quality, publication-ready images through sensitive chemiluminescence detection
Smaller footprint than an average desktop printer. Leaves you more space to do what you do best. Azure Imager size: 42 x 56 x 33 cm (W x H x D)
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Upgrades available for chemiluminescence, NIR fluorescence and RGB fluorescence.
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Footprint of the 600® Imager (42 x 56 x 33 cm; W x H x D) vs. the FluorChem System (dotted line, 12.6 x 24.5 x 24.5 in)
"The Azure 600 Western blotting imaging system. Sensitive detection, intuitive software. Great for our NIR, fluorescence and chemiluminescent western blot detection. Multiplexing works great! Also a superior system to document our nucleic acid gels. The whole department appreciates them (we have two)."
"The Azure 300 is a wonderful gel imager and fits our needs perfectly. It's compact and sleek - looks great on the bench. We just received it and are getting ready to take the first images soon. With the camera upgrade from the Azure 200 the images should be crisp and publication worthy. A solid and well-built instrument."
"Before getting [the Azure 400], our group was using an older model without luminescence capability. We upgraded to this machine and it was very easy to use, has the capabilities that we were looking for, and has given crisp bright images of our gels."
“We’ve been very pleased with the Azure 600 Gel Imaging System. The quality and limit of detection for both the chemiluminescence and near-IR images is outstanding. Image acquisition is straightforward and user-friendly. The after-sales support is top notch – as there have been additional software upgrades and peripheral devices that were rolled-out post purchase. We’ve been happy with the new features. Our main contact at Azure (Vic Gagne) has been amazing. What sets this system apart from some of the bigger vendors is the ease-of-use and the personalized customer support. If your lab or core facility is looking for an imaging system, I highly recommend the Azure 600 Gel Imaging System.“
“The c600 has been an essential workhorse in the lab since the day we bought it. With countless westerns and more than a fair share of nucleotide gels being imaged and analyzed using it. I greatly appreciate being able to switch quickly between applications and methods, as well as not needing proprietary software to view my data. It’s been given 4/5 stars for ease of use only because you need to know how to ask the software what you want it to show you, which can be a bit of a learning curve. Once you understand the software though you can dial in your settings much more easily than with other machines I’ve used. It also offers a more push and capture option when you’re expecting a strong response and just want to capture an image. I’ve been very happy with how their program balances weak signals and stronger signals since I’m often using the same blot for 7-10 proteins. With aftercare, Azure has been fantastic! They check in to make sure everything is going well, and to see if they can help with anything more just enough that it’s not intrusive but often enough that you don’t worry that they forgot about you.“
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“We’ve been very pleased with the Azure 600 Gel Imaging System. The quality and limit of detection for both the chemiluminescence and near-IR images is outstanding. Image acquisition is straightforward and user-friendly. The after-sales support is top notch – as there have been additional software upgrades and peripheral devices that were rolled-out post purchase. We’ve been happy with the new features. Our main contact at Azure (Vic Gagne) has been amazing. What sets this system apart from some of the bigger vendors is the ease-of-use and the personalized customer support. If your lab or core facility is looking for an imaging system, I highly recommend the Azure 600 Gel Imaging System.”