Worst Mistake Scientists Make When Using a Reference Plate for a Microplate Reader and How to Fix Them

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Scientists around the globe use microplate readers on a daily basis. Recently, NSG Precision Cells has released a reference plate tool specifically designed for microplate readers that will help researchers perform their work more effectively.

reference plate for microplate readers

NSG Reference Plate for Microplate Readers

The worst feeling a researcher can ever have is that after a long day’s work, finding out their research was for nothing. How can something like this happen? The simple answer is that microplate reader equipment must be calibrated on a daily basis. When scientists look to save time, the most basic of protocols can be ignored resulting in a loss of time and money.

NSG Precision Cells has been building their spectrophotometer calibration line for over 8 years. Recently NSG has moved into making a reference plate for microplate readers. NSG has invested countless hours in R&D to see what people who use microplate readers need and want. NSG is proud to announce the first UV-VIS photometric reference plate.

Reference plates for microplate readers have been around for a number of years. The problem that scientist faced was that they only worked for VIS photometric accuracy. This limited the range that scientists were able to verify to 405-650nm.

The NSG reference plate adaptor allows researchers maximum flexibility. Researchers now have the ability to calibrate their microplate reader from 200-700nm for photometric accuracy. The reference plate is designed to go into a 96-well plate reader which accommodates 90% of the plate readers on the market.

Another option that is offered by NSG’s reference plate for microplate readers is that it allows wavelength calibration from 241-700nm. No other reference plate in the world offers a 241nm peak and this peak is essential for UV calibration. For researchers who work in the low UV range, the 241 nm is required by NIST.

The NSG reference plate adaptor is made from anodized black aluminum. The black design keeps away stray light that can interfere with proper calibration. Since the reference plate is made from metal, it is very durable and no special storage is required.

To operate the reference plate for a microplate reader, the user removes the screws from the back of the adaptor. Then they select which standard(s) to use for calibration. Then you align the standard with the well plate ports that need to be calibrated, place the top back on and run the calibration.

One of the best features of NSG’s products is that they come with a Lifetime Warranty and the reference calibration plate is no exception. The reference plate comes with a full warranty and is guaranteed to work in almost any standard 96-well microplate reader.

Scientists who have purchased NSG’s spectrophotometer calibration standards they can purchase the adaptor and have the ability to immediately calibrate their microplate readers. For people who are interested in finding more information on the NSG Precision Cells reference plate, they can visit http://www.precisioncells.com.

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Paul Woitovich
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