Custom Optics for Protein Crystallization Imaging

By AZoNano

Table of Contents

Introduction
Formulatrix’ Rock Imager
Application of Navitar’s Optics
Conclusion
About Navitar

Introduction

Waltham, Massachusetts-based Formulatrix is a developer of hardware and software solutions for use in the life sciences industry. The company is a specialist in protein crystallization automation and has launched an innovative new technology for liquid handling applications. It supplies its software and robotic automation solutions to major academic research institutions and pharmaceutical companies all across the world.

Formulatrix’ Rock Imager

Formulatrix offers an automated imaging system named the Rock Imager for protein crystallization. The Rock Imager is a powerful, user-friendly solution that develops and records superior-quality images on a schedule defined by users. The largest model can hold as high as 1000 crystallographic microplate experiments and capture their images on a user-defined schedule with a minimal user involvement.

Application of Navitar’s Optics

A Navitar 12X Zoom motorized lens is the key component of the Rock Imager robot, enabling the Rock Imager to capture both narrow-field images for close inspection and wide-field images for gross identification. The 12x Zoom delivers consistent sharpness and wide zoom range, thus facilitating the Rock Imager to provide high quality images in an automation-friendly package to customers.

Formulatrix’ Jeremy Stevenson explained that the selection of the Navitar optics was based their ability to generate superior quality images at a lower cost. Navitar’s Chris Garnish played a key role in the customization of the 12X Zoom for the requirements of Formulatrix. Garnish customized the lens at a minimum of cost and hassle. The relationship between Navitar and Formulatrix was great and responsive. Navitar recognized old and new requirements of Formulatrix very well.

Rock Imager Images Using 12X Zoom Lens

Conclusion

Stevenson also commented that Formulatrix was happy with the effortless acquisition of Navitar's demonstration and research instrument for evaluation purposes. Formulatrix’ ongoing ultraviolet imaging developments will be benefited from the acquisition of Special Optics by Navitar.

About Navitar

Navitar is a global optical technology leader that enjoys developing new and innovative optical products that help you stay ahead of your competition.

For over thirty years, we have been making highly repeatable precision optics and optical subsystems to help our customers improve efficiencies and yields in a wide variety of automated processes and research. Our optics, opto-mechanical sub-assemblies and opto-electronic system solutions are used in a variety of markets ranging from Semiconductors and Electronics, Life and Analytical Sciences, Flat Panel Display Inspection, Metrology, Forensics, Telecommunications, Photonics and Biophotonics, Nanotechnology, Biometrics, R&D, Laboratory Automation, Homeland Security and Defense.

We are well known as the preferred manufacturer of sophisticated optics for machine vision and electronic imaging applications because we combine technological expertise with an intimate understanding of our customer needs. With unrivaled customer support and operational expertise, we deliver the most reliable optical solutions when promised, repeatedly, month after month.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Navitar.

For more information on this source, please visit Navitar.

Date Added: Mar 22, 2013 | Updated: Jun 11, 2013
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