Andor Technology has launched their iDus InGaAs detector array system. This detector offers a choice of 512- or 1024- element linear photodiode arrays, ideal for near infrared spectroscopy, covering wavelengths from 800 nm to 2200 nm. The system comes with a guaranteed hermetic vacuum seal and maintenance free design with benefits which include peak QE of > 80% with low noise, thermo-electric cooling to 85°C and USB 2.0 connectivity. Coupled to one of the company's Shamrock spectrograph models, the detector array can be used for such diverse applications as Raman at longer wavelengths, photoluminescence, emissions, LIDAR, analysis of organic substances, optical coherence tomography of living tissue, on-line material identification or agricultural product inspections.
Scentinel, a tandem mass spectrometer, based on Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex's API 2000 system has been developed by Mass Spec Analytical for the detection of trace amounts of drugs of abuse and other substances including explosives. Simplification of the assays with the front-end ionisation sources and mass spectrometry system have reduced the risk of contamination, which is a major problem in the analysis of small amounts of substance. The sensitivity of the technology enables the detection of minute residual traces of drugs or explosives on bank notes, vehicles, packages, clothing and paperwork and, more recently, for analysing tickets and boarding passes at airports. The system is fast, simple to use and provides instant yes/no results which do not require special expertise or complicated analysis.
Following WPA's launch of their UV-vis spectrophotometers in 2006, they have now released two new models, the Biowave II+ and the Lightwave II+ with enhanced 3 nm bandwidth which employ the company's Gifford optics with no moving parts. Features include a xenon source which combines high energy throughput and longer lamp lifetime, a wide view graphical display and integral menu-driven software for ease of use and provide flash scan capability, fixed wavelength, kinetics and concentration measurement with flexible data manipulation options. Up to 90 methods can be stored in user-defined folders.
A new fully traceable UKAS accredited calibration product from Starna allows users of plate readers to validate their measurements in the UV region. The new range of liquid micro-plate reader CRMs has a patent pending well plate cell design which allows certification by Starna in a similar manner to conventional cuvettes, using one of the reference spectrophotometers in their UKAS accredited laboratory. The whole range of their liquid references will become available in this new format. The new micro-plate reader liquid references are covered by the same lifetime guarantee and under the same conditions as the current reference materials, providing they have been used and stored correctly and re-certified by Starna every two years.
Specs has entered the marked of hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy by launching its Phoibos 225, an ultra high resolution, high energy hemispherical analyser developed to study bulk properties of solids in an electron energy range up to 15 KeV. Due to low photoionisation cross-sections at higher excitation energies it is equipped with low dark-count detector units and the analyser works at high retarding ratios to provide high resolving power for electrons excited by hard X-ray radiation. 2D, CCD, 3D DLD, spin detectors and combinations of these are availble.
Waters has released control software which makes its Aquity Ultraperformance LC system compatible with Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex mass spectrometry products controlled by Analyst software. In conjunction with Applied Biosystems/MSD Sciex's release of their latest update to Analyst V1.4.2 LC/MS software, Waters will now supply and support additional software which provides full support for the Aquity UPLC systems including their nanoAquity UPLC system, on the Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex's mass spectrometry platform. This new software is designed to allow scientists to combine UPLC and MS technologies and operate them on a single data system. By combining liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry, scientists are capable of obtaining more information from a single analysis than by either technique alone.
Bruker Daltonics has released its new flexImaging 2.0 software solution for the acquisition and evaluation of MALDI-ToF and ToF/ToF imaging data. This software allows MALDI imaging of tissue samples to be a colour coded visualisation of the distribution of biomarkers or absorbed drugs and their major metabolites. Integrating multivariate statistical classifications, such as PCA or variance ranking, the software now provides “class imaging” as an extension to the established “mass imaging”, which allows the classification of tissue types such as mamma carcinoma and the determination of the class membership of comparable tissues/biopsies, for example, from other individuals or from animals used in drug development.
Ahura Scientific have announced the availability of Truescan, the latest in their line of hand-held chemical analysers. The system has been designed for material identity verification, offering ease of operation in a tough, lightweight form to meet the requirements of pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing operations, both in highly regulated environments and more flexible operations. Using Raman spectroscopy, Truescan determines if a material is chemically authentic and can be used for a variety of sample types including incoming raw materials, intermediates and finished product and can be used for non-contact use on double-bagged actives or excipients, materials in glass vials or bottles or final products in blister packages.
Headwall Photonics has announced the general availability of their Raman Explorer 532, a Raman spectrometer based on their retro-reflective concentric design. The availability of this spectrometer, utilising a 532 nm excitation laser, extends the capabilities of their Explorer platform which is currently being used for applications such as space exploration, deep ocean research and in-line process analysis of industrial operations. This system is the company's first multi-channel, multi-spectrum Raman spectrometer designed for high performance applications in harsh environments and offers advantages beyond industrial areas. It is currently being tested for such demanding applications as chemical and biological threat assessment.
Analytical Spectral Devices has introduced the ASD Smart Ethernet Adaptor for use with ASD Pro model Fieldspec, Labspec and Qualityspect parallel port spectrometers. The adapter is designed with a high-performance internal microprocessor that enables RJ45/ethernet connectivity. With the addition of the adapter, users of ASD parallel port instruments can now upgraded instrument controllers and software versions, enabling them to take advantage of features such as the ASD TCP software developer's kit for autonomous control of spectrometer systems and compatibility with Labview systems.
New CRMs for the near infrared region of the spectrum are now available from Starna. This new NIR reference provides 13 certified and traceable peak values using a new material developed by their Technical Division. This addition to the Starna catalogue of heat-sealed traceable CRMs comes in a new format. In one orientation it can be used as a 10 mm path length transmittance reference and, when rotated by 90°, becomes a 5 mm transflectance reference which, in this orientation, has a reflective coating on the rear cell window.
Applied Kilovolts' LS range of precision, high-voltage power supplies provides a low level of ripple which, at below one part per million, is below the target aimed for by the company's design engineers. Models in the LS range provide power outputs of up to 1 W and are intended for mass spectrometers and similar applications where an extremely low ripple and stable power supply are essential for achieving high resolution outputs. The LS family extends from < 1 kV to 50 kV with temperature coefficients of < 10 ppm °C1 and drift as low as 25 ppm. As well as powering mass spectrometers, modules are suitable for electron microscopes, photomultiplier tubes, micro-channel plates, nuclear instruments and other applications that require a high voltage supply.
Shimadzu had launched its new MALDI-ToF/ToF mass spectrometer, the Axima-TOF2, which has been designed for a variety of applications from high energy MS/MS of proteomics and other biological samples to analysis of high mass intact proteins. The system is not only suitable for proteins but is also equally capable of analysing and processing polymers, oligonucleotides, SNPs, lipids, carbohydrates and small molecules. Its versatility means that it can be used for a wide range of applications such as LC-MALDI-based experiments, the recognition of biomarker patterns and functional genomics applications. The system is supported by Shimadzu's Launchpad software package giving it the flexibility to adapt to any workflow requirement from single sample manual acquisition to fully automated data-dependent peptide mass fingerprinting and MS/MS for protein identification.
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