EUGENE, Ore., Feb. 19, 2010 – Applied Scientific Instrumentation’s RAMM (rapid automated modular microscope) system’s modular design enables and facilitates development of a custom system. The microscope is configurable with infinity-corrected optics, dichroic filter cubes, multiwavelength excitation and emission filter wheels, shutters and detectors, including cameras and photomultipliers. A variety of automated features can be added, including automated high-speed X-Y stages, precision piezo and motorized Z-focusing, autofocus, focus stabilization, a tracker, a variety of scanning options and a robotic specimen loader. The system provides a solid platform for high-throughput screening, genetic sequencing and experimental research. It has been designed for flexible and cost-effective OEM development using high-quality and high mean-time-between-failures components to reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction.