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Biochrom - UV/Visible Spectrophotometry - WPA series

An established international brand, Biochrom WPA has innovative spectrophotometers and colorimeters designed to meet the varied needs of cutting-edge life science laboratories, general laboratories, science education in schools and colleges, and tropical medicine clinics.

Available models

The Biowave DNA uses novel optics that does not need a lid, for high energy xenon light source covers the range 190-900nm, has a long lamp lifetime.  Simple selection software and large graphical display provides for ease of use and data interpretation. This instrument has a 2 year warranty and the Xenon lamp has a 3 year warranty.

Key features

  • Split Beam (RBC) UV/Vis Spectrophotometer 190-900nm (5nm bandwidth)
  • Pre-programmed methods for DNA, RNA, proteins and cell density
  • Nucleic acid scans for purity checking (scan 220-330nm)
  • Low volume capability with 10µL min. quartz cells
  • Novel optics with a Xenon source for long lamp lifetime and low running costs
  • Flexible data export
  • Optional accessories include Export to PC software, built in printer or SD card Method/Data storage. 

Built in Life Science methods

The stored methods include DNA, RNA and oligonucleotide calculations, protein assays such as direct UV measurement, BCA, Biuret, Bradford and Lowry and cell density measurement. Unlike many dedicated life science instruments, the Biowave DNA can also measure Absorbance or concentration at any wavelength so there is complete flexibility for future applications. For added convenience it is possible to display a scan of the nucleic acid profile which is particularly useful for RNA samples where impurities may be present in the 230 nm region, yet not have an adverse effect on the 260/280 Absorbance ratio. The system is compatible with both Quartz and disposable low volume UV cuvettes.

Choice of data export options

The instrument can be used as a stand alone or results may be exported. Results can be printed directly using an (optional) integrated high quality graphical printer for a permanent record. Export options include via a USB connection to a suitable PC running Print Via Computer (PVC) software (optional) for advanced reporting and data storage. Alternatively the SD card accessory (optional) allows laboratories to export to standard SD or SDHC memory cards. This will be particularly useful to laboratories wishing to clone methods and folders between instruments. Only one optional accessory can be fitted to each instrument.

Key features

  • Split Beam (RBC) UV/Vis Spectrophotometer covering 190-1100nm (3/5nm bandwidth)
  • Compact, and excellent value for money compared to conventional systems.
  • Wavelength scanning, kinetics and concentration functionality with full graphics display
  • Flexible data export optional accessories include Export to PC (PVC) software,  integrated printer*, wireless Bluetooth® connectivity*, SD card accessory*, USB cable*

*Optional accessories

Compact and low maintainance

The Biochrom WPA Lightwave combines ease of use with flexibility, and the novel optics require no lid or moving parts  and use a Xenon source for high energy performance with longer lamp lifetime. Compact footprint saves valuable bench space. This instrument has a 2 year warranty and the Xenon lamp has a 3 year warranty. The Lightwave II+ is a higher resolution 3nm bandwidth version. 

Powerful and flexible

The instrument includes a large wide view display and in-built software providing flash scan, fixed wavelength measurements, kinetics and concentration with comprehensive graphics capability plus the ability to store up to 90 methods. On peak confirmation is also a feature of the flexible software. Concentration may be measured using either a factor, singlepoint calibration, multi-standard curves or alternatively there is a multi-wavelength mode where equations using absorbance values may be used for ratio calculations. Samples may be measured in 10, 20 or 40mm pathlength cells (glass, quartz or disposable).

Flexible data export options

Results may be printed to an optional integrated high quality graphical printer for a permanent record or exported via a USB connection to a suitable PC running Print Via Computer (PVC) software for advanced reporting and data storage or the optional wireless Bluetooth® accessory. Alternatively the optional SD card accessory allows laboratories to export to standard SD or SDHC memory cards. This will be particularly useful to laboratories wishing to clone methods and folders between instruments. Please note that only one optional accessory can be fitted to the instrument.

The Biochrom WPA Biowave II offers all the benefits of the Lightwave II with the addition of key life science applications. The Biowave II+ is a higher resolution 3nm bandwidth version. This instrument has a 2 year warranty and the Xenon lamp has a 3 year warranty.

Key features

  • Split Beam (RBC) UV/Vis Spectrophotometer 190-1100nm (3nm/5nm bandwidth)
  • Pre-programmed methods for DNA, RNA, Oligos, proteins and cell density
  • Nucleic acid scans for purity checking
  • Low volume capability with 10µL min. quartz cells
  • Novel optics with a Xenon source for long lamp lifetime and low running costs
  • Flexible data export optional accessories include Export to PC software, Wireless Bluetooth®, built in printer or SD card Method/Data storage.

Built in Life Science Methods

Pre-programmed methodologies for nucleic acid quantification (DNA, RNA and oligionucleotides), protein assays (BCA, Biuret, Bradford and Lowry) and for cell culture density measurements. The visualision of the nucleic acid scan is particularly useful, especially for RNA samples where impurities may be present in the 230 nm region, yet not have an adverse effect on the A260/A280 ratio. The system is compatible with disposable low volume UV cuvettes

In kinetics mode, the basic plot of absorbance against time may be supplemented with the result for äA/min plus the correlation coefficient is also calculated for the duration of the assay. This slope may be multiplied automatically by a factor to convert it directly to rate of reaction.

Flexible Data Export Options

Results may be printed to an optional integrated high quality graphical printer for a permanent record Alternatively results can be exported via a USB cable connection to a suitable PC running  Print Via Computer (PVC) software or wireless Bluetooth®accessory (optional). Alternatively the optional SD card accessory allows laboratories to export to standard SD or SDHC memory cards. This will be particularly useful to laboratories wishing to clone methods and folders between instruments. Please note only one optional accessory can be fitted to each instrument.

Biochrom's WPA S1200+ visible spectrophotometer has been designed to meet the routine spectroscopy needs of customers requiring a small, lightweight instruments that is easy to use.

Although compact, it offers powerful onboard software that is functional in viewing and analyzing data. Easy and simple set up is possible through the ease of the navigation process through the applications. The graphical display enables wavelength scans, kinetic assays and standard curves to be viewed. In addition to performing measurements in absorbance, % transmission, and concentration, it includes sorted methods for Bradford, BCA, Biuret and Lowry assays.

The S1200+ accepts standard 10 mm pathlength glass or disposable cuvettes. A test tube cell holder is available for test tubes that are 10 to 18 mm in diameter. This enables COD measurements to be made when using a standard 16 mm diameter test tube. A heated cell holder is also available for thermostatted measurements at 37°C.

Key features

  • Single beam visible spectrophotometer covering 325 – 1100 nm
  • Save data on a USB memory stick and analyze results later
  • Test tube and heated cell holder accessories are available
  • PVC (Print Via Computer) software included to allow data transfer to PC from the instrument

Low maintainance
The S1200+ instrument is designed to make life easier for technical staff and to be low maintenance under demanding conditions. With no lid or moving parts, this robust instrument is east to use, clean and store. This monochromator spectrophotometer has no filters to be changed or lost. The cell holder can be removed for easy cleaning and decontamination.

Data Output
PVC (Print Via Computer) software is included with the instrument providing the user with the option to transfer data directly to a PC. Data can be easily stored on a USB memory stick and analyzed at a later date.

A Powerful Tool for Science Education
Biochrom has helped to educate scientist in spectrophotometry for over 30 years. Our Biochrom WPA brand of spectrophotometers and colorimeters are used by schools, colleges and universities worldwide to educate the next generation of scientists.

Biochrom's WPA S800+ visible spectrophotometer is compact, lightweight and ergonomically designed. It is ideal for student use in busy teaching laboratories with a large display that is easy to read. The instrument is simple to set up and use giving rapid results. It measures absorbance, % transmission and concentration as well as simple kinetics. The large display allows the user to view results in numerical value as well as a graphical view. The user can view the peak, zoom in and out all on the unit.

Up to 72 methods can be stored providing the user a quick and easy way to recall frequently used methods. These methods can also be locked using a pin protected password, as well as unlocked and deleted.

The S800+ provides the ability to label your sample for easy identification. Your sample can be measured in a test tube using the optional test tube cell holder accommodating test tubes that are 10 to 18 mm in diameter. A heated cell holder is also available for thermostatted measurements at 37°C.

Key features

  • Single beam visible spectrophotometer covering 325 – 1100 nm
  • Save data on a USB memory stick and analyze results later
  • Test tube and heated cell holder accessories are available
  • PVC (Print Via Computer) software included to allow data transfer to PC from the instrument

The Biochrom WPA CO8000 is a robust, easy to use instrument dedicated to the measuring of the density of cells in suspension such as E.coli, yeast, cells and other cell cultures. This hand held instrument has an integral battery allowing it to be taken to where the cell cultures are growing e.g. in incubation cabinets, under anaerobic conditions or even in a fume hood or safety cabinets.

This robust instrument will accept a variety of cuvettes and tubes- including 10, 12, and 16mm diameter test tubes meaning it can be used with Erlenmeyer side arm flasks. With no warm up time, just switch it on and it’s ready to use giving you results that are comparable to larger, more expensive spectrophotometers. The cell density of the cultures can be measured and the results stored in the memory. The results are given in Absorbance Units (OD). Once all measurements are taken, the up to 99 sample results can be viewed on the easy to read screen or the instrument can be connected to a PC or printer and the results downloaded.

This low maintenance instrument uses an indefinite life LED with fibre optics and no filters. The rechargable battery automatically recharges when connected to the mains and allows up to 1 month's normal use (under normal conditions) on a single charge. It is easily cleaned with ethanol or sterilized with formaldehyde or ethylene oxide.

It is important to note that cell cultures are turbid samples , so the Absorbance (OD) measured is due to light scattering, and not due to molecular absorption. Clumping together of cells will also affect readings, so the medium they are suspended in will also make a difference. This means that the actual reading obtained is very dependent on the collecting area of the detector after the sample and the optical geometry of the system. These vary depending on the make and model of instrument, so differences in readings between types of instruments are to be expected.

Key features

  • Single beam LED cell density meter measures OD at 600nm
  • Small, portable with rechargeable battery
  • Long lifetime LED source with little maintenance needed
  • Easy to use, clean and sterilise
  • Stores up to 99 results to download later

Biochrom has helped to educate scientists in spectrophotometry for over 30 years. Our Biochrom WPA brand of spectrophotometers and colorimeters are used by schools, colleges and universities worldwide to educate the next generation of scientists.

Key features

  • Single beam filter based colorimeter covering 440-680nm
  • Rugged, portable and easy to use
  • Excellent value for money and ideal for educational applications.
  • Absorbance, %Transmission and simple kinetic measurements
  • Rechargeable battery version available

The Biochrom WPA CO7000 is a portable colorimeter designed for use by doctors and medical technologists in small and medium sized clinics.

Key features

  • Single beam filter based spectrophotometer/colorimeter covering 400 to 700 nm
  • Fully tropicalised and portable for field use.
  • Low cost instrument
  • Easy three button operation
  • Rechargeable battery
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BiochromBiochrom has a long history of making quality scientific instruments for a wide range of applications in the clinical, life-science and industrial markets.We are committed to remaining a world class company by the regular introduction of new, innovative and customer focused products as well as by being open to external partnerships which present exciting new commercial or technical opportunities.
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