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October 20, 2006 | Customer News

Tecan's quad4 technology gives fast, sensitive and accurate microplate readings without the need for filter optimization

  Tecan's exclusive quad4 technology, featured in its Infinite™ M200 and Safire²™ microplate readers, blocks stray light by a factor of 106 more than typical dual monochromator configurations, improving sensitivity and quality of wavelength spectra without the need for filter optimization. Unwanted stray light and the resulting background noise are the most critical factors affecting performance and sensitivity of microplate readers. Monochromators typically reduce undesired wavelengths by a factor of 103, so using four monochromators instead of the usual two blocks significantly more stray light and reduces background noise while enabling full wavelength flexibility.

The quad4 technology consists of two monochromators for excitation and two monochromators for emission, connected in series. Using four monochromators gives a true spectral scan with none of the artificial peak shifts that can be caused by using cut-off filters combined with a monochromator, resulting in incorrect peak maximums. The unique design of the monochromator concept allows the microplate readers to perform fluorescence scans up to six times faster than comparable instruments that contain two monochromators combined with cut-off filters. The quad4 technology provides consistent performance over the whole wavelength spectrum and you can tune in any wavelength without having to optimize filters.

About Tecan

Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading global player in the Life Sciences supply industry specializing in the development, production, and distribution of advanced automation solutions enabling pharma and academic research, diagnostics, food and veterinary research as well as forensics. Through its REMP subsidiary (www.remp.com), Tecan is the leading supplier of compound and sample storage, management and logistics solutions. Tecan clients are pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments and diagnostic laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2005, Tecan achieved sales of CHF 344.9 million (USD 275.9 Mio.; EUR 222.5 Mio.). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (TK: TECN / Reuters: TECZn.S / Valor: 12100191).

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