The following includes some of the latest advances in laboratory instrumentation debuting at Pittcon® 2011. Please take the time to visit each company for more information.
The LCMS-8030 Triple Quad Mass Spectrometer (Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD) features the fastest MRM transition times available today, high-speed multianalyte detection with 500 MRM transitions in 1 sec, and unsurpassed polarity switching speed. “In our research, customers have been asking for faster speed, less cross-talk, easy operation and low cost. The LCMS-8030 addresses all these requirements.”—Scott Kuzdzal, Ph.D., Life Science Business Manager. Shimadzu will also be exhibiting the TOC-L Series Total Organic Carbon Analyzers and the Perfinity Workstation for Automated Protein Separation. Visit Booth #1134.
The Waters® Xevo® G2 Tof (time-of-flight) benchtop mass spectrometer (MS) (Waters Corp., Milford, MA) with UPLC®/MSE and QuanTof™ technology offers the most sensitive, exact mass quantitative and qualitative performance. “Other mass spectrometers compromise mass resolution at UPLC data acquisition rates and limit laboratory productivity with their inability to acquire exact-mass precursor and fragment ion information on every detectable component in the sample from a single analysis. With UPLC/MSE and QuanTof technology, Xevo G2 Tof has no such limitations, so our customers can perform the experiments they need to be successful without compromise.”—Gordon Kearney, Ph.D., Tof Mass Spectrometry Product Manager, Waters Division. Visit Booth #1635.
The SpiralTOF™ Mass Spectrometer (JEOL USA, Peabody, MA) features the highest resolving power of all commercially available MALDI-TOF-TOF systems with a staggered figure-8 ion trajectory and flight path of 17 m within a compact design. It acquires artifact-free high-energy CID product-ion spectra for monoisotopically selected precursor ions. Also featured is the new InTouch Scope™ portable analytical SEM featuring integrated Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). Visit Booth #2735.
The VHX-1000 Digital Microscope (KEYENCE Corp., Elmwood Park, NJ) is a fully integrated microscope system that integrates advanced imaging, measurement, and recording functions into an easy-to-use device. “Integrated microscopes now have the ability to provide even greater depth of field and information, expanding the capability of any lab. The VHX-1000 is the pinnacle of these types of digital imaging microscopes.”—Andrew Kominek, Sr. Market Development Specialist. Visit Booth #923.
The CS844 Carbon and Sulfur Determinator (LECO Corp., St. Joseph, MI) is designed for wide-range measurement of carbon and sulfur content of metals, ores, ceramics, and other inorganic materials using the combustion technique. “Both the CS844 and ONH836 are the result of long-term research that incorporated the best aspects of LECO’s current technology and logical improvements, such as the latest user interface advancements, with the single goal of creating the best elemental analyzers in the industry.”—Aaron Walczewski, Inorganic Product Manager. Also featured will be the Citius-HRT High Resolution TOFMS and the TruMac® Series Macro Determinator. Visit Booth #1335.
The UltraWAVE (Milestone Inc., Shelton, CT) with Single Reaction Chamber (SRC) technology offers higher sample throughput and reduced overall costs with the use of disposable glass vials instead of traditional digestion vessels. The Ultra- WAVE removes limitations, making SRC microwave digestion more effective than ever before for fast, efficient, and cost-saving digestion. “We believe the UltraWAVE will dramatically improve the sample prep workflow efficiency of practically every lab that is required to digest samples for metals analysis.”— Tim Michel, Applications Manager. Visit Booth #553.
The Hydra IIAFGoldmercury analyzer (Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH) satisfies all the most demanding quality control requirements of U.S. EPA Method 1631 and EN12338 while consuming less sample, creating less waste and faster run times. The Hydra IIAF is a simpler, more economical analyzer without gold amalgamation designed for laboratories that employ U.S. EPA Method 245.7 or EN13506. Visit Booth #735.
The HALO family of Trace Moisture Analyzers (Tiger Optics, Warrington, PA) allows users to measure moisture and other trace species in most inert, corrosive, and toxic gases with just one device. With exclusively patented Continuous Wave Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy technology, the HALO offers outstanding accuracy, reliability, speed of response, and ease of operation. Because of these attributes, it is widely used in industries including industrial gases, chemicals, and automotive, as well as in national labs, universities, and research facilities. Visit Booth #3758.
The Masterwave Benchtop Reactor (BTR) (Anton Paar USA Inc., Ashland, VA) for the first time transfers microwave synthesis to the kilo lab. A revolutionary technique allows for efficient microwave heating of a 1-L vessel, in a system that fits inside a standard laboratory fumehood. “Existing microwave methods can now be transferred effortlessly to the Masterwave BTR, enabling kilogram amount processing of products.”— Kristen Hangey, Marketing. Visit Booth #3781.
The Planetary Ball Mill PM 100 (Retsch Inc., Newtown, PA) is designed for laboratory scale, extremely fine grinding. Users can achieve more consistent, reproducible particles with short grinding times. “The PM 100 is a great asset for pharmaceutical and medical laboratories. Nanotechnology research has created a high demand for small-scale milling equipment, and Retsch can provide the product and expertise for grinding <100 nm.”—Jacqui Town, Product Manager. Visit Booth #4753.
The Dispensette TA (BrandTech Scientific Inc., Essex, CT) is suitable for precise-volume dispensing of high-purity acids, bases, and hydrogen peroxide. With a fluid path constructed of highest-purity materials, the Dispensette TA delivers trace metal contamination in the low ppb range or even low ppt range. “The use of high-purity materials in the Dispensette TA make it unique in the marketplace, and for the first time enable high-purity dispensing direct from reservoir bottles for Trace Analysis.”—Christian Petrilli, Director of Marketing. Visit Booth #3347.
The Eppendorf Xplorer electronic pipette (Eppendorf North America, Hauppauge, NY) was specially designed for high professional standards to provide optimal support for users, with a new intuitive operating concept, ergonomic handling, and proven Eppendorf quality. Visit Booth #2635.
The SampleManager 10 (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA) is a new LIMS solution for water and environmental applications. The solution is designed to help labs keep pace with the rapidly changing regulatory environment, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the U.S. EPA’s Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment. Visit Booth #2835.
The Chromeleon® 7.1 Chromatography Data System (CDS) software (Dionex Corp., Sunnyvale, CA) provides centralized data storage and license management, network failure protection, and efficient administration. Compliance tools now include System Suitability Testing and Electronic Signatures, facilitating compliance with GLP and 21 CFR Part 11. “With Chromeleon 7.1, enterprises can now take advantage of the innovative features we brought to individual workstation users in Chromeleon 7.0, and manage their operations more efficiently than ever before.”— James Schibler, Dionex Software Products Group Manager. Visit Booth #2861.
The VACUU•LAN® Mini-Network (VACUUBRAND Inc., Essex, CT) provides an instant upgrade to lab vacuum capacity. Users can connect to a lab vacuum pump with vacuum tubing, and get three high-performance vacuum ports with check valves that minimize interference among applications. “The VACUU•LAN® Mini-Network lets one vacuum pump serve three applications economically, providing vacuum at pressures as low as 1.1 Torr. Individual ports can even be upgraded with programmable electronic vacuum controls to get unique vacuum conditions at each port.”—Peter Coffey, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Visit Booth #3349.
The ARC sensor system (Hamilton Company, Reno, NV) for pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity measurements features a built-in microprocessor that can communicate with both analog (4–20 mA) and digital modbus interfaces. “The elimination of the transmitter is revolutionary and promises significant cost savings.”—Amber Ratcliff, Product Manager. Visit Booth #2953.
The Samplicity™ Filtration System (EMD Millipore, Danvers, MA) is an innovative technology that provides a convenient, high-throughput alternative to syringe filters when preparing samples for analytical analyses such as UHPLC and HPLC. It allows up to 8 samples—even those with high viscosity or particulates—to be simultaneously vacuum filtered in seconds. Visit Booth #4747.
The SMARTOP™ cylinder valve (Air Liquide America Specialty Gases, LLC, Plumsteadville, PA) features an ON/OFF valve lever that improves safety and saves wasted gas. A built-in pressure gauge provides a visual reading of cylinder contents without the need to attach a regulator and also prevents accidental cylinder return before gas is depleted. Visit Booth #2653.
Visit American Laboratory/Labcompare at Booth #1317/1417.
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