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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 For HPTLC users worldwide this was a milestone since heretofore unpublished information essential to many HPTLC users was outlined in two general chapters ‹203› and ‹1064›.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.



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!



CAMAGflash June 2017

New application notes providing insight to the versatility of HPTLC

CAMAG has been supporting customers with high quality HPTLC applications for many years to demonstrate the versatility of HPTLC and ensure the acceptance of the method. To promote its use and to extend the knowledge exchange between laboratories, scientists from industry, universities and governmental bodies are invited to develop new methods in our laboratory. This will allow HPTLC to be used in new application fields, introducing methods to scientists from a greater variety of research areas.

Please join us in early July in Berlin for the International Symposium on High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography (, a perfect chance to learn more about recent developments in this analytical field! The symposium provides an ideal platform for knowledge exchange between scientists from academia, government and industry.



CAMAGflash April 2017

CAMAG Derivatizer – New spraying device for the automated derivatization of TLC/HPTLC plates

The possibility of convenient postchromatographic derivatization is an inherent strong point of TLC/HPTLC.

For the transfer of liquid reagents, one can choose between spraying or dipping. Spraying is simple and quick, but, on the other hand, generates substantial amounts of toxic fumes. Also, especially with manual spraying, it is very difficult to achieve a homogeneous reagent distribution across the plate. Particularly for quantitative evaluation, dipping is advantageous, but there is the expense of a significantly larger consumption of reagent.

With the new CAMAG Derivatizer reagent transfer by spraying is automated and therefore no longer user dependent. Results are reproducible, quantifiable, and user safety is no longer a concern due to trapping of the toxic fumes by the instrument.



CAMAGflash February 2017


CAMAG is one of several major sponsors of the 23rd International Symposium for High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography. The symposium provides an ideal platform for exchange between participating scientists from academia, government and industry.

All areas of HPTLC will be covered with experts holding presentations in fields like pharmaceuticals, herbals, food, environmental products and in the medical field. Papers are presented on e.g. theoretical aspects of the methodology, on method development, method validation, on hyphenated techniques, as well as quantitative and qualitative applications.

A number of world renowned experts in the field of HPTLC will participate and an amazing number of young researchers will present their latest work in this field. Meet you all there.



CAMAGflash December 2016

New: CAMAG TLC Visualizer 2 – Professional imaging and documentation system
for TLC/HPTLC chromatograms with USB 3.0 for easy PC connection and rapid data transfer

Unlike other techniques, with Planar Chromatography analytical work can be visualized directly as colored images for unquestioned verification of the final results. Since its launch in 2008, the CAMAG TLC Visualizer has become a major element of TLC/HPTLC instrumentation. Based on this successful experience, CAMAG launched the second generation of its professional imaging and documentation device. Combined with the powerful data processing algorithms implemented in visionCATS 2.3, the CAMAG TLC Visualizer 2 will offer the best results for all your documentation purposes, and even more for your complex qualitative analyses and image-based evaluations.



CAMAGflash October 2016

The new CAMAG Derivatizer – A unique spraying device for the automated
derivatization of TLC plates

CAMAG has devised an instrumental solution for the derivatization of TLC plates!
This patent pending technology offers a cost-efficient alternative to the dipping of TLC plates, as it uses much less reagent (2–4 mL per plate). It also significantly reduces the relative standard deviation of manual spraying from typically up to 12% to a maximum of 4.5%. Be among the first laboratories to integrate this instrument into your existing CAMAG portfolio and enjoy its ease of use and improved results!



CAMAGflash August 2016

visionCATS version 2.2  – visionCATS now supports automated multiple  development (AMD) and fully covers the functionalities of winCATS, and goes far beyond!

We are very pleased to introduce our new version of visionCATS. This version not only replaces winCATS, it even exceeds its functionalities.

All current CAMAG instruments for TLC/HPTLC can now be controlled with visionCATS, including the AMD 2 system. Automated multiple development offers unique opportunities for the  growing field of Lipidomics, as well as for the petrochemical industry, and for water monitoring. Furthermore, new evaluation options have been added to visionCATS, such as the profile comparison. In addition to spectrum and image comparison, users may now compare densitograms from different analysis files by overlay or stack view. Together with the modern software architecture, its intuitive and guided usability facilitates even beginners to immediately work with visionCATS.

For a 60-day free trial, visit



CAMAGflash April 2016

New Application Note: In-process control of ergoline psychedelics during chemical synthesis

CAMAG is your solution provider for Planar Chromatography. We constantly develop new methods for various analytical tasks, which are added to our visionCATS Method Library, freely available on our website.

We are always searching for new applications and appreciate all suggestions on interesting topics. Please send your suggestions to

If you want training in developing your own methods or if you just want to know more about the versatility of HPTLC, we highly recommend your participation in one of our HPTLC training courses. Our course program is available at


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