Shimadzu expands Ultra Fast Mass Spectrometry product portfolio

Shimadzu Corporation(TOKYO:7701) today introduced the GCMS-TQ8030 ultra fast triple quadrupole gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, achieving the next step forward in Shimadzu's GC-MS history of innovation. Shimadzu also today released the LCMS-8040 and LCMS-8080 to expand its LC-MS/MS product portfolio. By launching all three products at ASMS 2012, Shimadzu expands its mass spectrometry product line, called UFMS (Ultra Fast Mass Spectrometry) series, featuring high sensitivity, high data quality and fast cycle times. Shimadzu will show all of these products at ASMS (the American Society for Mass Spectrometry) Conference, starting May 20, in Vancouver, Canada, and at ISCC 2012 (International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography) starting May 28, in Riva del Garda, Italy.    

"The newly-developed GCMS-TQ8030 features powerful capability in terms of both high sensitivity and ultrafast performance, enabling trace analysis at the ppt (parts per trillion) level," said Hiroto Itoi, General Manager of Mass Spectrometry Business Unit, Life Science Business Department of Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division. In such areas as food and water safety, regulatory bodies typically set the concentration level of residual pesticides at below 10 ppb unless there is any toxicology result. These analyses must be done in complex matrices and the number of target components has been increasing year by year. "The GCMS-TQ8030 is designed to fulfill these needs," said Hiroto Itoi.

With the LCMS-8040 and LCMS-8080 released today, Shimadzu's LC-MS/MS product portfolio now includes middle-range and high-end models. With novel technologies designed for trace quantitative works in complex matrices, the LCMS-8080 provides best-in-class sensitivity. This high-end model achieves a thirty-fold increase in sensitivity over the LCMS-8030 (released September 2010). Furthermore, the LCMS-8040 boosts the sensitivity five times higher than the LCMS-8030 while maintaining its ultrafast performance. With this combination of speed and sensitivity, the LCMS-8040 will help scientists to conduct "Qual/Quan" analysis and cover a wide range of applications such as food safety, environmental, pharmaceutical, forensic, clinical, etc.

Shimadzu workstation software for the new instruments: GCMSsolution Ver. 4.0, LabSolutions LCMS Ver. 5.53 (LCMS-8040) and LabSolutions LCMS Ver. 5.5 (LCMS-8080), provide intuitive and unified operation flow and new functionalities for more efficient data processing. For the analyses using both GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS for the same sample, such as multi-target quantitative analysis in food safety and forensic, the unified graphical user interface of software for the UFMS series minimizes time to learn the operation for both instruments.

"Shimadzu Corporation is dedicated to provide solutions for various analytical challenges in healthcare and environmental concerns," said Teruhisa Ueda, Director and General Manager of Shimadzu Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division. "With the launch of these three triple quadrupole mass spectrometers, Shimadzu will accelerate our contribution to cutting-edge researches in healthcare and environmental concerns".


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