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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



CAMAGflash February 2016

New CAMAG UV Lamp 4 and CAMAG UV Cabinet 4

CAMAG has had a long experience with UV lamps for TLC ever since developing the first model in the 1960s. After several generations of successful models, we are now launching our new UV Lamp 4, combined with the UV Cabinet 4.

The two main objectives for the new UV Lamp 4 are: keeping the safety of the user as our highest priority and striving for a state-of the- art new product. As a result, the UV Lamp 4 has been newly equipped with tilt detection to protect the user from any direct UV exposure. Furthermore, the focus on quality, reliability and durability was set from the very beginning of the development process so as to increase your satisfaction.



CAMAGflash December 2015

New CAMAG TLC-MS Interface 2: Identification and confirmation of substances in research and routine analysis by hyphenation of HPTLC with MS

Since its introduction in 2009, our groundbreaking concept of hyphenating planar chromatography with mass spectrometry has been used worldwide by hundreds of analytical groups. With the versatile TLC-MS Interface mass spectra from eluted zones can be recorded in minute cycles with any MS-brand.

Prof. Dr. Goetz Schlotterbeck and his team from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) have performed intensive testing on the newly launched TLC-MS Interface 2 for several weeks and are thrilled by its performance. Other clients who have had the chance to extensively test the second instrument generation are also highly satisfied with the results achieved. Try and see how fast and easy you can elute substance zones from TLC/HPTLC plates for MS detection using the new TLC-MS Interface 2!



CAMAGflash October 2015

Use of standardized HPTLC

What is HPTLC? Most people differentiate TLC from HPTLC only by the use of different layers, but the distinctive feature of HPTLC is defined by the level of quality and reproducibility of results achieved through rigorous standardization of all parameters. Whereas TLC, by definition, is done manually or only with simple instruments, HPTLC utilizes high-end instrumentation, sophisticated software, a standardized methodology, and validated methods. HPTLC is a reliable analytical technique and meets all requirements for working in a cGMP-regulated environment.



CAMAGflash August 2015

The HPTLC Method Library

USP has just published the Dietary Supplement Compendium (DSC) 2015. For HPTLC users worldwide this is a milestone because two general chapters ‹203› and ‹1064› are included. These chapters define and explain parameters to run standardized HPTLC. Both chapters become official in August of this year.

CAMAG’s new generation software, visionCATS, provides a Method Library with methods that are in full compliance with ‹203›. All methods that have been added to this edition of DSC are in the library. Also included are methods of identification from the European Pharmacopoeia and methods published by the International Association for the Advancement of HPTLC. Other methods will be added continually.



CAMAGflash June 2015

New case study: Determination of monoacylglycerides in biodiesel

Last year CAMAG has started to develop case studies focusing on typical analytical tasks which can be performed in a faster, easier, cheaper and/or better way by HPTLC. In addition, application videos are provided for practical support. The first case studies dealt with typical applications from the herbal medicines and food application field. The latest two case studies deal with industrial applications. The here mentioned case study “Determination of monoacylglycerides in biodiesel” describes the use of a fast AMD gradient to separate a minor compound from the fatty-acid methyl esters in biodiesel. Please also have a look at the case study about “Cleaning validation at API production units” performed within less than one hour. We are continuously providing our customers with new HPTLC applications to be downloaded at our website. Using visionCATS allows you to access our constantly expanding HPTLC Method Library.


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