Pittcon 2010

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Willi Barger of Spectro describes their new ICP-MS

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Martijn Fransen, PANalytical

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Simon Nunn, Marketing Manager, Thermo Molecular Spectroscopy

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FVS-6000 VCD spectrometer and VFT-4000 VCD accessory

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JASCO have announced the stand-alone Model FVS-6000 VCD spectrometer as well an add-on Model VFT-4000 VCD accessory for the Jasco 4000 and 6000 line of FT-IR spectrometers. Features of the new systems include: digital signal processing to enhance sensitivity, thermally stabilised modulator system to eliminate baseline drift, extra large dewar to allow up to 15 hours of operation without refill, innovative auto-alignment system to eliminate linear anisotropy artifacts rather than correcting for them, high intensity ceramic light source for maximum energy and lifetime up to ten years, and an optional accessory for auto-sampling. Both systems are capable of measuring conventional IR absorption along with vibrational CD and are controlled from the same Spectra Manager II spectroscopy software suite.

   

NRS-5000/7000 Series Raman spectrometers

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Jasco’s NRS-5000/7000 series of Raman spectrometers can integrate as many as eight excitation lasers (nine wavelengths) from the UV to the NIR, with automated laser/Raman scattering path alignment, automated grating and laser selection and up to two detectors. The NRS-5100/5200 instruments feature a 300 mm spectrograph and three selectable gratings. The NRS-7100/7200 instruments include a 500 mm spectrograph and up to four selectable gratings. The NRS-5200 and NRS-7200 instruments offer a dual-grating, low wavenumber measurement unit for optimised Raleigh rejection and Raman spectra down to 10 cm–1. The NRS-5000/7000 instruments offer high-speed imaging capability using the Software Programmable Raman Integration System (SPRIntS) for rapid scanning and sample imaging capabilities. The Verti-Scan capability ensures a consistent confocal sample excitation capability to obtain undistorted 3D images, without the use of an automated X-Y-Z sample stage. The Dual Spatial Filtering capability reduces sample fluorescence while enhancing spatial resolution.

   

Craig Prater of Anasys describes their new NanoIR

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John Chalmers in discussion with Don Clark of Pfizer

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Jim Rydzak of GlaxoSmithKline talks to John Chalmers

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Shimadzu partners with Camo

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Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and Camo Software have announced a partnership that will enable Shimadzu in which Shimadzu will provide Camo’s multivariate data analysis software, The Unscrambler® to FT-IR customers requiring chemometric analysis.

   

Open access web-based software for HPLC/UFLC and LC/MS

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Shimadzu Scientific Instruments’ web-based Open Solution software permits viewing analysis results and outputting reports for liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry testing from any networked PC. Users can start and observe analysis in three easy steps. Log in to a secure network; set parameters for sample registration and analysis method; and hit start. Open Solution displays analysis progress in real time or through e-mail notification. Open Solution software enables control of the Shimadzu HPLC Prominence, UFLC Prominence and the LCMS-2020 mass spectrometer via open access without direct contact with the equipment.

   

Nanotrap Biomarker Discovery Platform

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Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has partnered with Ceres Nanosciences and Nonlinear Dynamics to develop the Nanotrap™ Biomarker Discovery Platform for enriching, preserving and screening low-level biomarkers directly from complex biological samples. Nanotraps are core shell hydrogel particles with porous interiors and size exclusion shells. By delivering affinity selection and size exclusion in one step, the Nanotrap amplifies low-level biomarkers directly from complex biological fluids. The Nanotraps are combined with AXIMA MALDI mass spectrometers for a complete screening and identification package.

   

Hapsite ER portable GC/MS for VOCs

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The Hapsite ER from Inficon is a person-portable GC/MS for on-site investigation and analysis of volatile organic compounds in air, water and doil at ppt levels for most analytes. New features include shorter run time and low consumables usage. Instant air analysis can be conducted using the mass spectrometer only. Various sample inlet options are are available for different sample matrices with pre-installed operating methods for each sampling device.
   

Handheld Raman spectrometers

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Ahura Scientific, now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, have introduced the FirstDefender RM and FirstDefender RMX, rugged handheld Raman spectrometers for use by first responders, homeland security, military, law enforcement and forensic chemistry personnel. The instruments allow users to quickly identify unknown chemicals from a vast sample library of more than 10,000 pure substances including: explosives, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), toxic industrial materials (TIMs), chemical warfare agents (CWAs), white powders, narcotics, precursors and more. Ahura Scientific’s chemometric algorithms enable automatic mixture analysis with every scan. Both instruments are certified to US military’s MIL-STD 810F specifications for ruggedness including drop, shock, vibration and operation in extreme temperatures.
   

Novawave microwave digestion system

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SCP Science has introduced the Novawave microwave digestion system, which employs 12 dynamically operating micro cavities to process 12 samples simultaneously. Other features include individual sample temperature control and monitoring; seamless microwave power control with no duty cycle; built-in EPA and DIN methods; and USB/Ethernet port connectivity for data processing and storage. With the Novawave Transporter attachment, up to 14 racks of 12 samples at a time can be prepared. The Transporter acts as a conveyor, automatically loading a new rack of samples into the microwave and removing the digested samples to the auto-cooling and auto-venting stations.
   

FST-600N series NIR transmission sampling systems

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Axiom Analytical, Inc. has announced its fibre-optic coupled FST-600N Series NIR transmission sampling systems. Available in both manual and auto-sampling versions, they provide the ability to analyse pharmaceutical and chemical samples over pathlengths ranging from zero to 5 mm. The operation of the FST-600 is based on the use of a moveable fibre-optic probe. This is mounted on a rack and pinion stage with an electronic pathlength readout. Samples are contained in cuvettes or plastic bags. Both heated and multisampling stages are available. The auto-sampling version of the FST-600 features computer control of path length and sample sequencing. This allows the system to be programmed to sequentially analyse multiple samples either at a fixed path length or a series of path lengths.
   

da vinci:Arm articulated FT-IR accessory

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The da vinci:Arm from Harrick Scientific is an articulated opto-mechanical FT-IR accessory designed for analysing samples that are too large to fit into the sample compartment of a spectrometer. The da Vinci Arm enables the analyses of samples by specular, diffuse and ATR reflection techniques. Since the da Vinci Arm is articulated, it simplifies analysis of samples in front of, below or above the spectrometer sample compartment. An integral camera provides for magnified viewing and image capture of the sampled spot.
   

Omni-Diff diffuse reflectance probe

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Harrick Scientific’s Omni-Diff is a diffuse reflectance probe designed to interface to virtually any spectrometer via fibre optics. This miniature accessory is equipped with input and output SMA connectors that can be readily attached to a fibre optic coupler, like the Harrick FiberMate2. Ideal for diffuse reflectance analysis of samples up to 1.5 m away from the spectrometer. A digital imaging system is also available for photographic documentation of the sample.
   

Video ATR

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The Video MVP from Harrick Scientific features a horizontal sampling surface with an active sampling area of less than 500 µm in diameter on its monolithic diamond. This makes it ideal for infrared spectroscopy measurements of extremely hard samples, abrasive powders, fibers, beads and even corrosive materials. The video imaging system provides a real-time magnified view of the sample through the ATR crystal. This image can be seen on the built-in display or digitally captured for a permanent record.
   

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