We purchased the Azure imaging system to replace our previous digital imager (a Fluorchem Q) when it broke beyond repair. We chose the Azure system for several reasons. First, the machine itself was simple to use and had a small footprint, which is very important for our cramped bench space. Second, we were able to demo the machine. You cannot appreciate how easy-to-use a piece of equipment is until you have it in your hands without the field rep there to guide you. Third, Azure will send field reps to service the instrument. We chose Azure over Protein Simple because Protein Simple would not do this. Quality customer service is important for us because our lab is small and we are all very busy and unable to spend hours troubleshooting.
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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
More space to do what you do best!
42 x 56 x 33 cm (W x H x D)
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Upgrades available for chemiluminescence, NIR fluorescence and RGB fluorescence.
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)
“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.”