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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.



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.


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