May 1, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 9)

German-Engineered Microplate Readers Are Built to Endure for Decades

From the outset, BMG LABTECH’s mission was to develop microplate readers guaranteed to provide optimum performance for years. The company has continued this philosophy while continuing to remain at the forefront of microplate reading, always introducing innovative and unique technologies for life science applications and high-throughput screening. All microplate readers are built to be extremely reliable and robust over decades. Customers across the globe are still using some of the company’s very first products.

Reliable Products Easy to Use

Imperial College London, U.K. is working with one of BMG LABTECH’s first microplate readers, purchased 17 years ago. “We have used the machine for many different assays and have always got great results. It has primarily been used for cell-based assays, but we have also used it extensively for enzymes, kinetics, and chemical reactivity. The service the POLARstar® Galaxy has given has been outstanding and it truly has been multifunctional throughout its lifetime. We still have a range of assays that are routinely run on the instrument on a weekly basis, and the reproducibility and accuracy is always excellent,” explained Nigel Gooderham, professor of molecular toxicology at Imperial College.

First-Class Customer Support

All microplate readers are designed, assembled, and tested at the company’s headquarters in Germany. “Beside our high quality production standards, we attach great importance to maintaining close contact to customers and being at hand for technical, applications, and software support,” said Alexander Fischer, service manager at BMG LABTECH.

The company’s application specialists and technical service experts help customers to optimize the instrument for their research and support them with their comprehensive knowledge in microplate reading technology. “For many years our POLARstar was used as test equipment in our internal QC system and thus had to be validated frequently by the manufacturer. Over all the time, this was done by the same very competent BMG LABTECH specialist who additionally was always ready to answer all my questions. Nearly all I know about fluorescence I got to know from him,” said Katrin Undisz, Application Specialist at Analytik Jena, Germany, who is working with one of the very first POLARstar Galaxys, built and installed in 1998.

The University of Leicester, U.K. uses a NOVOstar® microplate reader that was installed 13 years ago. “The support that we have received from BMG LABTECH has been first-class. They have always strived to ensure that the machine is performing as it should and as we would like it to. There has always been somebody on the end of a phone ready to talk to me or, alternatively, to come in and help. This support has been extremely helpful over the years, and I really appreciate the fact that it was available even when we were perhaps not well-financed,” said Gary Willars from University of Leicester.


BMG LABTECH offers microplate readers for life science applications and high-throughput screening purposes. The instruments range from single-mode, absorbance detection readers to multidetection readers with up to eight detection modes.

Extensive Warranty

Every microplate reader is covered by an extensive warranty. “Following this warranty period we offer a range of services, designed to keep the instruments in optimum condition, maintain the alignment of the readers, check for potential problems and test all modes to ensure it is within specifications,” said Fischer.

BMG LABTECH also provides services such as preventive maintenance, service contracts, and on site servicing, and offers service, spare parts, and repair for ten years after instrument end of life. “The periodic servicing provided by BMG LABTECH has kept the machine in good working order, and BMG LABTECH have always been responsive and efficient when we wished to purchase replacement parts, e.g.: alternative filters to develop new assays.” said Prof. Gooderham.

Reliability and a long operating life have been keys in the development of BMG LABTECH’s microplate readers. Jason Heath from the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, U.K. uses a 16 year old POLARstar Galaxy to read a range of assays, such as protein quantification or detection of products labelled with fluorescein isothiocyanate.

“We do have a second reader from another manufacturer in the school that was purchased approximately eight years ago. Over the years, this second machine has been out of action several times with various faults and shows none of the longevity of our original BMG LABTECH POLARstar, which has only ever been visited for very occasional routine servicing,” said Heath.

BMG LABTECH’s long-lasting products deliver excellent and reproducible results over decades when routinely maintained. The company’s applications and technical support teams will be there for customers for the lifetime of their microplate reader.

BMG Labtech

Allmendgrün 8
77799 Ortenberg, Germany

Phone: +49 781 96968-0

Website: www.bmglabtech.com

Date Founded: 1989

Number of Employees: 130 (worldwide) — Subsidiaries in USA, U.K., Australia, Japan, and France