Short product description
Microplate Spectrophotometer


With its monochromator-based optics, Epoch™ Microplate Spectrophotometer offers a filter-free, wide wavelength range for UV-Vis absorbance measurements in a variety of microplate formats, and in 2 µL samples when the available Take3 plate is used. Epoch is controlled with the Gen5 Software interface, with simple programming and powerful data analysis. This robust, low maintenance microplate spectrophotometer is the most cost-effective system available, ensuring even greater value over time.

  • Cost-effective monochromator-based absorbance
  • 200 nm to 999 nm for UV-Vis applications
  • Micro-volume detection with the Take3 plate
  • Wavelength scanning, endpoint, and kinetics
  • Walkaway processing: available BioStack compatible configurations
Detection modes Absorbance
Read methods Endpoint, kinetic, spectral scanning, well area scanning
Microplate types 6- to 384-well plates
Other labware supported Take 3 Micro-Volume Plates
Temperature control not available
Shaking not available
Software Gen5™ Data Analysis Software
Gen5 Secure for 21 CFR Part 11 compliance (option)
Automation BioStack™ and 3rd party automation compatible (‘R’ configuration)
Light source Xenon flash
Detector photodiode
Wavelength selection monochromator
Wavelength range 200 to 999 nm, in 1 nm increments
Monochromator bandwidth 5 nm
Dynamic range 0 – 4.0 OD
Resolution 0.0001 OD
Pathlength correction yes
Monochromator wavelength accuracy + 2 nm
Monochromator wavelength repeatability + 0.2 nm
OD accuracy 0 to 2 OD: +1% +0.010 OD
2 to 2.5 OD: +3% +0.010 OD
OD linearity 0 to 2 OD: +% +0.010 OD
2 to 2.5 OD: +3% +0.010 OD
OD repeatability 0 to 2 OD: +1% +0.005 OD
2 to 2.5 OD: +3% +0.005 OD
Reading speed (kinetic) 96 wells: 15 seconds
384 wells: 31 seconds
Power 100 – 240 Volts AC. 50/60 Hz.
Dimensions 12″ W x 12.5″ D x 7.7″ H
(30.5 cm x 31.8 cm x 19.6 cm)
Weight <15 lbs (6.8 kg)

Gen5 software controls all BioTek automated microplate readers, configuring system and data collection parameters, analysis and a variety of reporting and exporting features. One-click export to Excel® makes it fast and easy to export displayed data.
Gen5 Secure software is available for GxP compliant laboratories with features that support 21 CFR Part 11 rules.

Micro-volume quantification is fast and easy with the Take3™ and Take3 Trio Micro-Volume plates, used in your BioTek microplate reader. Measure multiple 2 µL samples at a time, without diluting and without needing specialized equipment. Pre-programmed nucleic acid and protein protocols in Gen5 make quantification fast and easy.

  • Low volume 2 µL nucleic acid and protein quantification
  • Pre-programmed protocols in Gen5 Software
  • Absorbance and fluorescence detection
  • Easy, wipe-off maintenance
  • Read 2 µL microspots, BioCells or standard cuvettes

BioTek’s robotic instruments can help automate workflows in your laboratory. Many life science workflows benefit from expanded automation, for increased throughput or process efficiency. BioTek offers unique automation solutions that integrate with our microplate washers, dispensers, readers and imagers. BioStack is a compact stacker that offers fast plate exchange options for 50 plates or more, and patented plate de-lidding and re-lidding with BioStack 4 . BioSpa 8 Automated Incubator links BioTek readers or imagers together with washers and dispensers for full workflow automation of up to 8 microplates. Temperature, CO2/O2 and humidity levels are controlled and monitored through the BioSpa software to maintain an ideal environment for cell cultures during all experimental stages.

Microplate Spectrophotometer
EpochR – Microplate Spectrophotometer, BioStack and 3rd party compatible.

Cost-effective monochromator-based absorbance
Epoch is a fantastic value, offering filter-free absorbance with high quality optics and robust hardware. It reads microplates in 6- to 384-well format, quickly, efficiently and with great performance.

200 to 999 nm for UV-Vis applications
Nucleic acid and protein quantification in microplates is fast and easy, with Epoch’s monochromator wavelength selection and Gen5 software’s automated pathlength correction. Qualitative and quantitative colorimetric assays are supported, and pre-programmed protocols in Gen5 make it super simple, from plate read to results output.

Micro-volume detection with the Take3 plate
The Take3 Micro-volume plates expand Epoch’s capabilities to very small, 2 µL sample volumes for direct DNA, RNA and protein quantification. Get rapid results for up to 48 samples at a time, without investing in additional instrumentation.

Wavelength scanning, endpoint, and kinetics
Epoch is affordable, but far from basic! Perform spectral scanning, endpoint and kinetic assays in this simple to operate, simple to program microplate reader spectrophotometer and Gen5 software

Walkaway processing: available BioStack compatible configurations
Epoch’s small footprint makes it ideal for robotic systems. The carrier is designed for easy robot gripper access. Epoch Model R is compatible with BioStack 3



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