TruFocus Z-Drift compensation module by Olympus Life Science

Manufacturer Olympus Life Science  |   Model: IX3-ZDC2
The new, fully motorized Olympus Z drift compensation module (IX3-ZDC2) combats focal drift to keep the sample in sharp focus during long-term, time-lapse experiments.  The improved IX3-ZDC2 is faster, more flexible and supports a larger range of objectives and sample vessels.


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TruFocus Z-Drift compensation module
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The new, fully motorized Olympus Z drift compensation module (IX3-ZDC2) combats focal drift to keep the sample in sharp focus during long-term, time-lapse experiments.  The improved IX3-ZDC2 is faster, more flexible and supports a larger range of objectives and sample vessels.

Always in focus

The next level of the Olympus Z drift compensation module utilizes a near-infrared laser to locate the coverslip interface and corresponding focal position.  Now completely motorized, the IX3-ZDC2 boosts application capabilities by supporting a larger range of objective lenses and additional vessel types such as plastic bottom dishes. With a newly refined fast focus search procedure, the IX3-ZDC2 is designed to meet cutting-edge application requirements.

One-shot autofocus (AF) mode enables several focus positions to be set along the Z axis for thicker samples enabling efficient Z-stack acquisition in multi-position experiments. The enhanced continuous AF mode, now supporting dry objectives, keeps the desired plane of observation precisely in focus, even when adding reagents or during changes in room temperature.

Designed for ease-of-use

The IX83 microscope frame is designed with a specialized deck that allows the IX3-ZDC2 to be slipped easily into the infinite light path. The IX3-ZDC2 is connected directly to the microscope frame so it is easily controlled via the touch panel controller (TPC) and cellSens software*. Although the IX3-ZDC2 can be operated through the TPC alone, the cellSens software simplifies control and facilitates advanced operations such as time-lapse imaging.

Dedicated to live cell imaging

When combined with the Olympus ultrasonic stage, the IX3-ZDC2 is perfectly suited for capturing cellular dynamics through high-precision, multipoint time-lapse images that are never out of focus or misaligned. Additionally, the system employs near-infrared light to minimize cell damage during prolonged experimentation. 

High-precision, multi-area imaging with cellSens software

The Olympus cellSens software* improves the efficiency of multi-area time-lapse imaging. When used with the continuous autofocus mode of the IX3-ZDC2, 96-well plates are imaged quickly and easily using the cellSens well navigator solution. The IX3-ZDC2 is compatible with plastic vessels and dry objectives for increased cost-effectiveness. 

*cellSens is not to be used for clinical diagnostic use.