Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) has released a new triple quadrupole gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS) that achieves the world’s highest sensitivity down to femtogram – parts per quadrillion – level.
The GCMS-TQ8050 detector offers an instrument detection limit of approximately 10 times more sensitive than Shimadzu’s current system, enabling detection of trace components.
The system includes a new turbomolecular pump and a high-efficiency collision cell, as well as featuring higher amplification levels and reduced noise levels.
By integrating SSI’s proprietary UFsweeperTM technology, the machine helps to conduct multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) analysis speeds up to 800 transitions per second. In addition, a high-efficiency ion source creates maximum possible sensitivity by generating and transmitting ions directly to the detector.
The instrument has been designed to analyse extremely small quantities of dioxin in foods and the environment, endocrine disrupting chemicals and impurities in pharmaceuticals.
About the company
SSI is the US-based subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1875, Shimadzu is a $3bn multinational corporation that focuses on the medical diagnostics, aerospace/industrial and analytical instruments sectors.
In the US, SSI manufactures a broad range of analytical instruments used for research, development, and quality control in a variety of fields and provides sales, service and technical support from more than 50 locations.