CAMAG smartALERT Solvent Front Monitor

CAMAG smartALERT for dependable monitoring of TLC/HPTLC plate development in a horizontal development chamber.


The «classical» way to develop a TLC/ HPTLC plate is to place it in a chamber, which contains a sufficient amount of developing solvent. Driven by capillary forces the developing solvent moves up the layer until the desired developing distance is reached and development is stopped. With the aid of a watch the analyst estimates when the development process is about to finish.

But this may happen: Focusing on other work while the TLC/HPTLC development is in progress, the analyst forgets to look at the watch. As a result development is stopped too late; the solvent moved up too far, the analysis is ruined and needs to be repeated.

With smartALERT the analyst does not 'forget' the TLC/HPTLC plate in the developing chamber anymore:

  • The desired developing distance is set by the user.
  • A light beam and a sensor monitors the selected distance.
  • As soon as the front has reached the set position, visual and acoustic signals alert the operator.

Key features

  • guarantees that the developing distance will always be accurate and according to the method
  • gives acoustic and visual notice when the mobile phase has reached the desired developing distance
  • replaces the watch
  • lets you concentrate on other lab work
  • is an intelligent and dependable assistant; yet very easy to operate with just one button
  • works with tanks and for glass plates; sizes 20 x 20 cm, 20 x 10 cm, 10 x 10 cm
  • saves costs because the development is always 'done right'; no waste because of 'over-developed' plates
  • allows several developments with several smartALERTs at the same time; four different alarm sounds can be selected
  • runs on batteries: up to 1000 developments

Ordering information smartALERT


CAMAG® smartAlert solvent front monitor
(only suitable for glass plates)


Saturation pads, pack of 100 (20 x 20 cm)

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