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qTOWER³ Product Family
Your way of qPCR
  • Powerful – ideal real-time PCR signals 
  • Comfortable – easier and universal operating concept
  • Unrivalled – fast and precise results
  • Ready for the future – maximum flexibility
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The top performer among real-time PCR thermal cyclers
Do you rely on low operating costs, fast analysis times, and obtaining the best results – all at a high sample volume? Our qTOWER³ product portfolio raises your real-time PCR workflow to the next level. Reduce your number of repeat analyses, increase your analysis speed, and significantly reduce your cost per sample in the process. The qTOWER³ thermal cycler also provides you with state-of-the-art heating technology and temperature homogeneity, which is immediately reflected in more accurate results.
Outstanding performance – qTOWER³
Patented fiber optic system for ideal real-time polymerase chain reaction signals
Innovative sample block technology for the best thermal conductivity
Expandable filter module system for maximum flexibility
qPCRsoft package for easy control and operation
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The qTOWER³ product family guarantees well-founded real-time results as it benefits from peerless temperature control precision in the sample block regardless of the number of samples used – the number of samples can range from 96 up to 384.The patented high-performance optics guarantee the outstanding homogeneous excitation and illumination of all individual samples. The qTOWER³ product family achieves unique flexibility with its proven filter module equipment, which can be freely configured and expanded at any time, and enables up to six-fold multiplexing.



Intuitive controls and automatic evaluation
qPCRsoft, our real-time PCR control and evaluation software, provides you with intuitive controls and automatic evaluation in a flexible and user-friendly system. The software works automatically, providing a multitude of operations, such as the threshold calculation for the determination of Ct values, standard curves, PCR efficiencies, and advanced evaluation methods. Your ease of use is our priority. An optional 21 CFR Part 11 software module for the qTOWER³ family is available, which supports compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 FDA guidelines for electronic data security.


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qTOWERG touch
qTOWER3 84/

Silver sample block with gold coating

Aluminum, special alloy

Block capacity

96 x 0.2 ml tubes/ 96 well microplates/ 12 x 8 well strips, 0.2 ml

384 wells

Sample volume

5 – 100 μl

2–30 μl (5–25 μl recommended)


8 °C/s

4 °C/s


6 °C/s

2 °C/s

Temperature setting range

4 – 99 °C

Temperature uniformity

55 °C ± 0.15 °C after 15 s

Temperature control precision

± 0.1 °C

Gradient 12 column: 4 °C – 99 °C, Linear Gradient Tool 24 column: 4 °C – 99 °C, Linear Gradient Tool

Max. / min. gradient

40 °C/ 0.1 °C

24 °C/ 0.1 °C

Lid temperature

30 °C – 110 °C

Contact pressure

30 kg, automated


Measuring principle

Fibre optic shuttle system with 8fold scanner and color modules for excitation and emission filters Fibre optic shuttle system with 12fold scanner and color modules for excitation and emission filters

Light source

4 longlife, high-power LEDs (RGBW)


High sensitive PMT (Photo Multiplier Tube)

Read-out time

6 s for 96 wells independent of the number of dyes

6 seconds for 384 wells regardless of the number of filters

Color modules

  • 12 color-, FRET-  and protein modules
  • 6 positions in the device
Configuration Free configuration


PC- or stand-alone (optional)


Language German, English, Chinese, Russian German, English, Chinese German, English, Chinese, Russian
Display - 10“ tablet, colored, touch
Operating system Windows 7 or higher
Minimum requirement of PC Intel Core 2 Duo, 2048 MB RAM, USB 2.0, Display resolution min. 1280 x 1024 pixel
Export function Excel, *.csv, LIMS, qBase+, GeneIO, GenEx
Memory capacity Not limited on PC or tablet


Approx.30 kg

Size (W x H x D)

275 mm x 585 mm x 275 mm

  • PC connection: USB
  • Tablet: USB for data transfer, barcode reader

Power supply

100 – 240 V

Power consumption

Max. 850 W

Noise emission

Max. 45 dB
Operation conditions 15 °C – 35 °C, 70% humidity, max. 2,000 m NN


2 years warranty on device system
10 years long-term warranty on high performance optics

qPCR Application



qTOWER³ G       
qTOWER³ touch / qTOWER³ G touch

qTOWER³ 84/

qTOWER³ 84 G 


Detects 1 copy of target sequence
Dynamic range 10 orders of magnitude
Passive reference  
  • Not necessary, due to single excitation/detection of each well
  • Optional available in software
Multiplex analysis Up to 6fold


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Food & Agriculture
  • Detection and Measurement of Mycoplasma bovis: Correlation of Results using ScanDrop² with CHIPCUVETTE and qTOWER³
  • Automated Extraction of DNA from Various Food Samples
  • Detection of Mastitis Pathogens in Raw Milk of Symptomatic Cows
  • Automated DNA Extraction and Species Analysis from Cheese
  • Precise and Robust Determination of Porcine DNA in Food Samples
Pharma & Life Sciences
  • Detection and Measurement of Mycoplasma bovis: Correlation of Results using ScanDrop² with CHIPCUVETTE and qTOWER³
  • Thermal Shift Assay using SYPRO Orange to Detect Protein Melting Temperatures
  • Detection of Mastitis Pathogens in Raw Milk of Symptomatic Cows
  • Highest precision with 1.5-fold discrimination for qPCR quantification applications
  • Comparison of Real-time Signals using White or Clear Microplates
  • Real-time PCR to Measure Minute Volumes in High Throughput
  • Automated DNA Extraction and Species Analysis from Cheese

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Basic unit

Order number

844-00553-x qTOWER³ (115V) incl. color module 1
844-00554-x qTOWER³G (115V) incl. color module 1
844-00555-x qTOWER³ touch (115V) incl. color module 1
844-00556-x qTOWER³ G touch (115V) incl. color module 1
844-00558-x qTOWER³ 84 (115V) incl. color module 1
844-00559-x qTOWER³ 84 G (115V) incl. color module 1

x = 2 for 230 V, 4 for 115 V, 5 for 100 V


Parameters color module

Description/Order number

Example fluorescent dyes*

Color module 1, Order number: 844-00520-0

FAMTM, SYBR® Green, Alexa488®

Color module 2, Order number: 844-00521-0

JOETM, HEXTM, VIC®, YakimaYellow®

Color module 3, Order number: 844-00522-0


Color module 4, Order number: 844-00523-0

ROXTM, TexasRed®, Cy3.5®

Color module 5, Order number: 844-00524-0

Cy5®, Alexa633®, Quasar670TM

Color module 6, Order number: 844-00525-0

Cy5.5®, LightCycler Red®

FRET module 1, Order number: 844-00526-0

FAMTM (donor) / TAMRATM (acceptor)

FRET module 2, Order number: 844-00527-0

FAMTM (donor) / Cy5® (Acceptor)

FRET module 3, Order number: 844-00528-0

FAMTM (donor) / Cy5.5® (Acceptor)

FRET module 4, Order number: 844-00529-0

JOETM (donor) / Cy5® (Acceptor)

FRET module 5, Order number: 844-00531-0

FAMTM (donor) / ROXTM (Acceptor)

Color modul Protein 1, Order number: 844-00530-0

SYPRO® Orange

* The Color or FRET modules can be ordered separately. The qTOWER3/84 can be equipped with up to 6 modules.

Yakima Yellow is registered trademark of Epoch Biosciences, Inc. Cy is a trademark of GE Healthcare. FAM, HEX, JOE, VIC, TAMRA, NED and ROX are trademarks of Applera Corporation or its subsidiaries in the US and/or certain other countries. SYBR, Alexa Fluor, SYPRO and Texas Red are registered trademarks of Molecular Probes, Inc. TaqMan and LightCycler are registered trademarks of Roche Group, Inc. Quasar Dyes are trademarks of Biosearch Technologies Inc. DFOTM is a trademark of Eurogentec S.A. Windows and Excel are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.


Corresponding Products

Order number Description
qPCR reagents




innuMIX qPCR SyGreen Sensitive - 100 reactions


innuDRY qPCR MasterMix Probe - 100 reactions


innuMIX qPCR SyGreen Sensitive - 200 reactions


innuDRY qPCR MasterMix Probe - 200 reactions


innuMIX qPCR SyGreen Sensitive - 500 reactions


innuDRY qPCR MasterMix Probe - 1000 reactions


innuMIX qPCR SyGreen Standard - 100 reactions


innuDRY qPCR MasterMix Probe - 100 reactions


innuMIX qPCR SyGreen Standard - 200 reactions


innuDRY qPCR MasterMix Probe - 200 reactions


innuMIX qPCR SyGreen Standard - 500 reactions 845-QT-0090100 qTOWER Probe Control & Verification Assay - 100 reactions
Plastics and Accessories


96 well PCR Plate (0.2 ml; HP), non-skirted, white - 100 pieces


96 well PCR Plate (0.2 ml; HP), half-skirted, white - 100 pieces


96 well PCR Plate (0.2 ml; LP), full-skirted, white- 100 pieces


Optical sealing foil (77 x 140 mm), transparent, peelable - 100 pieces


Optical sealing foil (77 x 140 mm), adhesive, transparent, peelable - 100 pieces


8 well strip (0.2 ml; HP), white without lid - 120 pieces


RoboStrip® 8 well strip low profile (0.1 ml) polypropylene white incl. sealing foil - 125 strips