The innovative Hidex Sense filter wheel mechanism is designed to maintain the speed
and sensitivity that filters offer, whilst the wheel arrangement allows maximum flexibility and
ease of use to gain the best results at the highest efficiency. Read on and watch the video to find out more.
The extended filter set from Hidex provides 24 optical filters. This covers the majority of the wavelength spectrum and still leaves 8 spaces for custom filters. As the filters are common size you wouldn't even have to buy these from us, unlike other manufacturers who can charge these at a premium.
One of the main reasons people often choose a monochromator based instrument is for its ability to select any desired wavelength and bandwidth. However, all commonly used filters have been optimised for the commercial dyes on the market. This means there is no need to iteratively change these settings, especially when the hard work has already been done for you.
The filters are not used for measuring absorbance and instead a spectrograph is used which covers the entire spectrum. To see how the spectrum works please click here.
How The Filter Wheel Works
One of the major specifications to consider when purchasing a microplate reader is whether the instrument is monochromatic or filter based, both of which have their pros and cons.
However, the developers at Hidex have managed to overcome this problem by incorporating the best of both worlds into one machine.
By definition, the Sense is a filter based instrument which means it is not only faster but also more sensitive than a monochromator. The difference being, is that to ensure maximum flexibility the filters are uniquely integrated within a wheel system.
This wheel has the capacity for up to 32 common sized filters, which offers the highest level of flexibility, whilst maintaining speed and sensitivity.