Rock Imager is an automated imaging system for protein crystallization. This robust, easy-to-use solution incubates and captures superior quality images on a user-defined schedule. Just load your plates and go.
Rock Imager 54 and Rock Imager 182 are our mid-sized units that can store and image up to 54 or 182 microplates respectively. All Rock Imagers can photograph a 96-well plate in color with six slices per drop in under 4 minutes.
The Rock Imager product line is the most trusted imager in protein crystallization and is used by the top 10 pharmaceutical companies and many renowned academic centers. Rock Imager 54 and 182 models are the mid-sized models in the Rock Imager family, offering visible light and UV imaging as well as plate storage of up to 54 and 182 plates, respectively.
All Rock Imagers are compatible with SBS and Microbatch plates. Options for Linbro and Qiagen EasyXtal plate compatibility are available. Any Rock Imager model supports imaging LCP (or membrane crystallization) experiments including SBS format and thin glass plates. Drop location and high efficiency cross polarized imaging are utilized to aid in crystal detection.
Designed to fit your existing workflow, Rock Imager integrates with Rock Maker or your current crystallization software. Using Rock Imager´s sister software Rock Maker, you can design experiments and dispense with your dispensing robot. After Rock Imager images your drops, view the images in Rock Maker, score them, and then optimize around hits to develop new conditions.
Image quality is retained even with fans circulating, motors running and air flowing. Without our dedicated design towards minimizing vibration, image quality would be severely affected resulting in poor image quality despite good optics. Innovative mechanical design, advanced vibration damping materials, and special motor tuning ensure extremely low vibration to conserve image quality and minimize disturbance to the protein drops.
Rock Imager 54/182 supports imaging LCP (or membrane crystallization) experiments including SBS format and thin glass plates. Drop location and high efficiency cross polarized imaging are utilized to aid in crystal detection.
Rock Imagers 54 and 182 precisely monitor and regulate the temperature within the chassis. A network of sensors measures and records temperatures with a resolution of 0.1 °C, while an air recirculation system maintains even temperature distribution.
Both systems feature an array of sensors that work to protect your samples. If the sensors are triggered by an abnormal situation, the imager will stop the motion before any damage is done.
Recent advances in automation technology for drop setting, condition screening, and imaging have made LCP crystallization considerably more accessible. This application note will discuss the three major steps of LCP crystallization including UV imaging and how automation technology is accelerating the use of LCP crystallography.
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Rock Imager 182 - Peltier Cooled System: