Crystal Clear Imaging. Unparalleled Speed.

Rock Imager is an automated imaging system for protein crystallization. This robust, easy-to-use solution incubates and captures superior quality images on a user-defined schedule. Load your plates and go.

Rock Imager 1000 is our largest and most versatile system, and can handle up to 1,000 microplates for storage and scheduled imaging. It can be expanded to 1,500 plates for LCP glass plates. The Rock Imager 1000 can be set up as a dual imager with visible imaging in the top portion of the chassis and a SONICC or FRAP imaging system in the bottom part of the chassis.

Rock Imager 1000

 

A trusted and proven imager

A Trusted and Proven Imager

The Rock Imager product line is the most trusted imager in protein crystallization and is used by the top 10 pharmaceutical companies and many renowned academic centers. Rock Imager 1000 is the largest and most versitile model in the Rock Imager family, offering a variety of imaging options such as: visible light, UV, FRAP, and SONICC. It also allows for plate storage of up to 1000 microplates.


Superior optics and intelligent imaging provide industry-leading image quality.

Crystal Clear Imaging

  • High resolution images are acquired with continuous zoom optics which allow you to tighten the field of view perfectly to the edges of your drops.
  • Draw Regions of Interest using the Rock Maker software, and Rock Imager will zoom in precisely to the area defined to capture a high resolution image at the next imaging session.
  • Visible and UV imaging are implemented in separate light paths providing the best quality color and UV images (single light path also available).

A versatile option for any lab

A Versatile Option for Any Lab

All Rock Imagers are compatible with SBS and Microbatch plates. Options for Linbro and Qiagen EasyXtal plate compatibility are available. Any Rock Imager model supports imaging LCP (or membrane crystallization) experiments including SBS format and thin glass plates. Drop location and high efficiency cross polarized imaging are utilized to aid in crystal detection.


Seamless integration to the crystallography workflow

Seamless Crystallography Workflow Integration

Designed to fit your existing workflow, Rock Imager integrates with Rock Maker or your current crystallization software. Using Rock Imager´s sister software Rock Maker, you can design experiments and dispense with your dispensing robot. After Rock Imager images your drops, view the images in Rock Maker, score them, and then optimize around hits to develop new conditions.


All robotic microplate handling has been verified to cause fewer vibrations than a person carefully handling a plate.

Minimized Vibration Conserves Optical Resolution

Image quality is retained even with fans circulating, motors running and air flowing. Without our dedicated design towards minimizing vibration, image quality would be severely affected resulting in poor image quality despite good optics. Innovative mechanical design, advanced vibration damping materials, and special motor tuning ensure extremely low vibration to conserve image quality and minimize disturbance to the protein drops.


Lipidic Cubic Phase (LCP) compatible

LCP (Lipidic Cubic Phase) Compatible

Rock Imager 1000 can support LCP, a.k.a membrane crystallization, imaging with standard microplate heights. The Rock Imager 1000 can also support up to 1500 thin-based LCP plates by using an optional storage rack modification.


Peltier heat exchanger can regulate temperature to 5°C below ambient to 6°C above ambient with 0.5°C precision standard.

Regulated Temperature Controlled Environment

A Peltier heat exchanger can regulate temperature from 5° C below ambient to 6° C above ambient with 0.5° C precision standard. A redundant compressor cooling system regulates temperature from 4° C to 19° C with ambient temperature from 16° C to 30° C.


Rock Imager 1,000 has an array of sensors to provide fool proof operations.

Intelligent Sensors Solve Problems Before They Arise

Rock Imager 1000 has an array of sensors to provide fool-proof operation. For example, there are crash sensors on the robotic hand, and plate sensors to determine if a plate is present at a particular location. If the sensors are triggered by an abnormal situation, the imager stops the motion before any damage is done.


Rock Imager is the only imager available that sends nightly diagnostics to the Formulatrix support team.

Nightly Self-Diagnostics

Rock Imager is the only imager available that sends nightly diagnostics to the Formulatrix support team. This means that support technicians often solve problems before you're even aware they exist.


Automated Solutions Make LCP More Accessible to Protein Crystallographers

Automated solutions have made LCP more accessible to protein crystallographers

Recent advances in automation technology for drop setting, condition screening, and imaging have made LCP crystallization considerably more accessible. This application note will discuss the three major steps of LCP crystallization including UV imaging and how automation technology is accelerating the use of LCP crystallography.

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Rock Imager 1000 - Peltier Cooled System

Specifications:

Configurations:

  • Visible bright field only
  • Dual light path: Separate Visible and UV
  • Combined light path: visible and UV

Compatible Plate Types:

  • SBS standard microplate: 127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 14.4 mm
  • LCP thin glass plate: 127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 1 mm
  • Hampton Microbatch with adapter: 83.3 mm x 58.0 mm x 10.0 mm

Physical Dimensions:

  • Depth: 1145 mm (46 ")
  • Width: 932 mm (37 ")
  • Height: 2211 mm (88 ")
  • Weight: 387 kg (854 lbs)

Electrical Specifications:

  • Temperature Regulation: 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 750W max, 1 PH
  • Robotics: 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 240 W max, 1 PH
  • Computer: 525 W max, 1 PH
  • Recommended UPS: 1500 W UPS

Computer Requirements:

The standard Rock Imager controlling computer offered with the instrument supports imaging with continuous multiple focus level imaging (z-slicing) and processing of all images. Rock Imager software operates with 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows XP.

Rock Imager 1000 - Peltier Cooled System

Specifications:

Configurations:

  • Visible bright field only
  • Dual light path: Separate Visible and UV
  • Combined light path: visible and UV

Compatible Plate Types:

  • SBS standard microplate: 127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 14.4 mm
  • LCP thin glass plate: 127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 1 mm
  • Hampton Microbatch with adapter: 83.3 mm x 58.0 mm x 10.0 mm

Physical Dimensions:

  • Depth: 1147 mm (46 ")
  • Width: 1442 mm (57 ")
  • Height: 2102 mm (83 ")
  • Weight: 399 kg (880 lb)

Electrical Specifications:

  • Temperature Regulation : 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 400 W max, 1 PH
  • Robotics: 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 240 W max, 1 PH
  • Computer: 525 W max, 1 PH
  • Compressor Unit: 208-230 V, 50-60 Hz, 2000 W max,1 PH, 2 outlets
  • Recommended Emergency for Cooling: Peltier-Cooled (1500 W), Compressor-Cooled (5000 W)

Computer Requirements:

The standard Rock Imager controlling computer offered with the instrument supports imaging with continuous multiple focus level imaging (z-slicing) and processing of all images. Rock Imager software operates with 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows XP.

Rock Imager 1000 - Peltier Cooled System

Specifications:

Configurations:

  • Visible bright field only
  • Dual light path: Separate Visible and UV
  • Combined light path: visible and UV

Compatible Plate Types:

  • SBS standard microplate: 127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 14.4 mm
  • LCP thin glass plate: 127.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 1 mm
  • Hampton Microbatch with adapter: 83.3 mm x 58.0 mm x 10.0 mm

Physical Dimensions:

  • Depth: 1085 mm (43")
  • Width: 834 mm (33")
  • Height: 2197 mm (87")
  • Weight: 462 kg (1019 lb)

Electrical Specifications:

  • Temperature Regulation: 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 750W max, 1 PH
  • Robotics: 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 270 W max, 1 PH
  • Computer: 525 W max, 1 PH
  • UPS (uninterrupted power supply) requirement:
    RI1000 w/ FRAP: 3510 W
    RI1000 w/ SONCC: 4700 W

Computer Requirements:

The standard Rock Imager controlling computer offered with the instrument supports imaging with continuous multiple focus level imaging (z-slicing) and processing of all images. Rock Imager software operates with 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows XP.