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GloMax® Explorer Multimode Microplate Reader


Multimode Plate Reader with Maximum Flexibility

  • Fully loaded model detects luminescence, fluorescence and absorbance
  • Integrated tablet PC provides quick and easy navigation
  • Developed and optimized with our cell and gene reporter assays

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Get Up and Running Quickly

The GloMax® Explorer is a high-performance multimode plate reader that allows you to get up and running quickly, generating the data you need from your experiments. Simply unpack it, plug it in, and begin your experiments. You can also interpret your results using integrated data analysis software. Developed with Promega reagents to provide a simple means of detecting advanced chemistries, the GloMax® Explorer measures luminescence, fluorescence intensity and visible absorbance. The GloMax® Explorer can be used as a standalone plate reading instrument or integrated into your high-throughput automated workflow.

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Preloaded Protocols for Faster, Easier Data Analysis 

GloMax® plate readers have high sensitivity and a wide dynamic range, so you can detect both high and low signals on the same plate and have confidence in the accuracy of the signal recorded from each well. These instruments provide a range of options for your throughput needs and are equipped with integrated software that makes data analysis easy. GloMax® instruments come preloaded with protocols designed to work seamlessly with a wide variety of Promega luminescent and fluorescence-based assays at the touch of a button.
Compatible Promega Assays

GloMax® Instruments Come with Dozens of Preloaded Protocols

glomax navigator has 40+ preloaded protocols
glomax explorer has 65+ preloaded protocols
glomax discover has 70+ preloaded protocols

Easy 24-Hour Kinetic Reads for Live-Cell Assays

Easy 24-Hour Kinetic Reads for Live-Cell Assays

Easy Multi-Day Reads for Real-Time Assays

Easy Multi-Day Reads for Real-Time Assays

GloMax® Application Notes

No need to reinvent the wheel—we’ve already used GloMax® instruments for everything from cell viability, toxicity and metabolism, kinase and cell signaling, reporter gene assays, nucleic acid quantitation for NGS sequencing, PROTACs and protein degradation, bioassays, BRET, ELISAs and even water quality testing. Search our Application Notes collection for examples using GloMax® instruments with a wide range of bioluminescence- and fluorescence-based assays.

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The GloMax® Explorer multimode plate reader delivers maximum flexibility with minimal user intervention and can be integrated into low- and medium-throughput automation workflows. This instrument provides researchers superior luminescence sensitivity and dynamic range for both strong and weak bioluminescence experimental samples, as well as a seamless integration with Promega’s bioluminescent cell and gene reporter assays.
GloMax Explorer Easy To Use Interface

  • Simple touch screen navigation with full PC capabilities
  • Choose from over 50 preloaded protocols and spend less time optimizing
  • Build custom protocols using the intuitive drag-and-drop interface
  • Export data to a network, cloud or any drive desired
GloMax Explorer Has Superior Sensitivity
Superior Performance

  • Highest instrument sensitivity to measure the lowest assay signals.
  • Low cross-talk between wells gives you better, more usable results.
  • Broad dynamic range of the instrument extends the linear range of your assay.
GloMax Microplate Reader integrates with robotics

  • IQ/OQ Service available
  • Provides the required technical elements of a part 11 compliant system when used with the appropriate laboratory workflow:
    • User Authentication and Authorization
    • Data Integrity and Protection
    • Electronic Signatures
    • Audit Trails
Upgrade as Needed

  • Choose the components you need for your current work.
  • Add detection modules later to gain functionality as your experimental needs grow.

Accurate Results from Every Well

There are three ways that microplate readers can affect how much useful information you get from each plate. Poor sensitivity may cause you to miss low-level samples that could be the “hit” you are looking for. Letting the signal from bright wells spill into adjacent wells allows crosstalk to occur and skews your experimental results. And a narrow detection range limits the accuracy and reproducibility that your work requires. With the GloMax® plate readers, you can rest easy and have confidence in your results.
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Superior sensitivity so you don’t miss hits

Glomax® microplate readers offer superior sensitivity and auto-gain adjustment letting you measure weak and strong signals on the same plate.

GloMax plate readers minimize crosstalk
Masking so crosstalk doesn’t mislead your results

The masking design of GloMax® microplate readers means you can be confident that the results from each well are not skewed by signal from neighboring wells.

GloMax plate readers detect a broad signal range
Broad detection range so you don’t limit your experiments

With the broad detection range of GloMax® microplate readers, you can measure signals ranging from high intensity to near physiological levels.

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Service and Support

One Call Supports It All

Promega supplies both the reagents and the instrument, so one call to Promega answers any questions you may have about assay chemistries or instrument performance.

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Ensure Minimal Instrument Downtime

  • Field Support and Loaner Programs
  • Service Packages
  • IQ and OQ Packages

Warranty and Service Agreements

  • Backed by a one-year warranty.
  • Additional warranty and service agreements are available.
  • For more information contact Promega Technical Services
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Design Features

Instrument Specifications
Detection Modes Luminescence, Fluorescence Intensity, Visible Absorbance
Sample Format 6, 12, 24, 48, 96 and 384-well plates
Tablet PC Windows® 8.1 or 10 Tablet PC with USB connection to instrument
Read Speed 96-well plate: less than 1 minute; 384-well plate: less than 3 minutes
Automation Compatibility Hardware and software accessible to 3rd party hardware/software control, including LIMS.
Dimensions 18.5in (46.9cm) width
19.5in (46.5cm) depth
10in (25.4cm) height without Tablet and PC mounted
16in (35.5cm) height with Tablet and PC mounted
Weight Approximately 60lbs. (27kg)
Power Requirements 120VA, 50/60 HZ
Warranty 1-year parts and labor warranty included
Regulatory Compliance For Research Use Only. Not for use in Diagnostic Procedures
Luminescence Module Specifications
Detector Top-reading, head-on photon counting photomultiplier tube (PMT)
Wavelength Range 350–700nm
Detection Limit 3 × 10-21 moles of luciferase
Linear Dynamic Range 9 logs
Cross-talk Less than 3 × 10-5 (white, 96-well plate, Corning 3912)
Fluorescence Module Specifications
Detector PIN-photodiode
Light Source Wavelength-matched LED
Read Position Top reading
Wavelengths selection Filter module with 5 standard excitation and emission filters. Empty filter positions are available for custom excitation and emission wavelengths.
Wavelengths included UV (Ex: 365nm, Em: 415–445nm) Blue (Ex: 475nm, Em: 500–550nm) Green (Ex: 520nm, Em: 580–640nm) Red (Ex: 627nm, Em: 660–720nm) AFC (Ex: 405nm, Em: 495–505nm)
Detection Limit 2fmol fluorescein/200µl
Linear Dynamic Range >6 logs (assay dependent)
Visible Absorbance Module Specifications (Cat.# GM3500 only)
Detector Top-reading, head-on photon counting photomultiplier tube (PMT)
Light Source Xenon flash lamp
Spectra Range 385–600nm
Filter Wheel 5 absorbance filters included
Wavelengths included 405, 450, 490, 560 and 600nm 10nm band pass
Detection Limit 0.1 O.D.
Dynamic Range 0–4.0 O.D.
Injector System Specifications
Number of injectors (optional) Two injectors
Dispense Volume Range 5–200µl in 1µl increments
Plate Compatibility 6, 12, 24, 48, and 96-well plates
Injection Speed 20–500µl per second
Waste Collection Tray Volume Approximately 50ml
Void Volume 500µl
Heating System Specifications
Temperature Range Ambient to 45°C
Shaker System Specifications
Shaking Pattern Linear or orbital patterns
Shaking Intensity 100–500 cycles/minute
PC Requirements
Operating System Windows® 8.1 or 10 Pro, 64 bit, with USB connection to instrument
Disk Space 64GB
Other Requirements Microsoft.NET 4.0 Framework (full version), Microsoft Excel 2013 Professional

Available Separately

Product Catalog #
Luminometer Light Plate E6531
GloMax® Discover Fluorescence Filter Paddle GM3012
GloMax® Discover 96 Half-Position Aperture Assembly GM1050
GloMax® Dual Injectors with Pumps GM3030
Inner and Outer Injector Tubing, Natural GM3014
GloMax® Explorer Visible Absorbance Module Upgrade GM3520
GloMax® Explorer UV-Visible Absorbance Module Upgrade GM3560
GloMax® Explorer BRET/FRET Upgrade GM3570
GloMax® Discover-Explorer Sales Rental E5301
GloMax® Discover or Explorer Installation Qualification SA1104
GloMax® Discover or Explorer Operational Qualification SA1105
GloMax® Discover or Explorer Installation and Operational Qualification SA1106
GloMax® Explorer Standard Service Agreement SA1107
GloMax® Discover or Explorer Preventive Maintenance SA4030


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Use Restrictions

For Research Use Only. Not for Use in Diagnostic Procedures.

Storage Conditions


Store at 4–50°C under noncondensing conditions and up to 75% humidity.

Patents and Disclaimers

Patent Pending.


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Use Restrictions

For Research Use Only. Not for Use in Diagnostic Procedures.

Storage Conditions


Store at 4–50°C under noncondensing conditions and up to 75% humidity.

Patents and Disclaimers

Patent Pending.

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