CBS 122

In memoriam

This issue is dedicated to Dr. Dieter Jänchen, Founder of CAMAG and pioneer of Instrumental Thin-Layer Chromatography



CBS 121

Preservatives in food



CAMAGflash October 2018

The International Association for the Advancement of HPTLC

The HPTLC Association was founded in 2012 as a private, non-commercial and non-profit organization according to Swiss Law. The Association’s goal is to promote the use of HPTLC in plant analysis and other analytical fields.

In May 2018 the Association elected a new Board of Directors:

  • President: Eike Reich, Ph.D. (CH)
  • Chair Method Review Committee: Maged H.M. Sharaf, Ph.D. (US)
  • Chair Advisory Board: Prof. Salvador Cañigueral, Ph.D. (ES)
  • Chair HPTLC-Symposium: Mr. Pierre Bernard-Savary (FR)
  • Australian Chapter: Mr. Tom Sostaric (AU)
  • Treasurer: Mr. Marcel Hug (CH)
  • Honorary President: Prof. Beat Meier, Ph.D. (CH)


CAMAGflash August 2018

The Cumulative CAMAG Bibliography Service (CCBS)

The most comprehensive compilation of literature in the field of Planar Chromatography (TLC/HPTLC) is the Cumulative CAMAG Bibliography Service (CCBS). It covers more than 11’000 abstracts of TLC/HPTLC publications between 1982 and today. Providing reports was established by Dr. Dieter Jänchen in 1965. In the beginning, it only existed in printed form and since 2004 as an electronic database. The literature abstracts are collected by a qualified group of international referees and reviewed by Valeria Maire-Widmer (CAMAG) and our CBS-Editor Prof. Dr. Gerda Morlock. The database is updated twice a year and can be used free-of-charge. Just create your CAMAG account and test it!



CAMAGflash June 2018

CAMAG TLC Scanner 4 – the most advanced workstation for densitometric evaluation of TLC/HPTLC chromatograms

40 years ago, CAMAG brought out its first scanner specifically designed for the densitometric evaluation of TLC/HPTLC chromatograms. The scanner was featuring conventional electronics. Evaluation of data was effected via link to an integrator, mostly Spectra Physics. Around that time, the group of Prof. Siegfried Ebel had already fitted the Zeiss PMQ2 spectrometer with computer control and evaluation. He also computerized the CAMAG Scanner. Computer controlled analytical systems then where rather avant-garde and captured the market only slowly, particularly since several customers had various special requests, and Ebel’s group tried to meet such requests whenever possible. In 1986, CAMAG introduced its own software (Software 86, later CATS) and from that point on CAMAG Scanners were no longer available without computer control. Described on this page is the most advanced system for densitometry, the CAMAG TLC Scanner 4, operated with visionCATS.



CBS 120

HPTLC quantification of cocoa ingredients and their changes during different chocolate manufacturing steps



CAMAGflash February 2018

Automated Multiple Development with CAMAG AMD 2 – now controlled by visionCATS

Chromatographic separation of complex samples is a challenging task for every laboratory, particularly when the components span a wide polarity range. The AMD (Automated Multiple Development) offers a convenient and most efficient solution. It employs stepwise elution over increasing solvent migration distances with a gradient that can be designed according to the requirements of the sample.

Typical applications for AMD analysis are lipid analysis, routine analysis of drinking water, pigment formulations with a complex composition, and resins as well as heavy petroleum products, just to name a few.



CAMAGflash December 2017

The HPTLC Method Library: A visionCATS feature supporting your herbal drug and food analyses. Cannabis analysis is a new example.

As reported in the CAMAGflash August 2015, USP had published the latest version of the Dietary Supplement Compendium (DSC). For HPTLC users worldwide this was a milestone since heretofore unpublished information essential to many HPTLC users was outlined in two general chapters ‹203› and ‹1064›. These chapters clarified and sanctioned the technique and defined and explained the parameters required to run standardized HPTLC.

CAMAG’s software visionCATS provides a Method Library with procedures that are in full compliance with chapter ‹203›. All methods that have been added to the DSC are in the library. Other inclusions are methods of identification from the European Pharmacopoeia and the HPTLC Association. Methods developed by CAMAG are in the library as well. Further methods will be added as they become available.



CBS 119

Comparison of different derivatization techniques



CAMAGflash August 2017

visionCATS now comes with a fully configurable reporting system, automated System Suitability Testing, and many more useful features

Are you already customizing your own HPTLC software solution?

Having an HPTLC report fitting your own needs or bringing your corporate design into scientific reports, has always been a top customer request. With the release of visionCATS 2.4 we decided to give you the key to defining the content and the form of your HPTLC reports. With the help available in our tutorials, you only have to design and apply your own templates to give your reports a customized touch.

Additionally, this new visionCATS version contains several features, which increase the automation level in the data evaluation, aiding you in your HPTLC data analysis. Since the beginning of the visionCATS project, we at CAMAG have always worked toward the same objective: make HPTLC analyses easy!


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