Shimadzu Scientific Instruments have released the MALDI-8020 benchtop MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer. The MALDI-8020 has a newly designed load-lock system for rapid sample target introduction and a solid-state laser for fast data acquisition speeds. Using linear time-of-flight, it enables low-level detection of proteins, peptides and polymers, among other analytes. In addition, it accommodates standard laboratory workflows such as peptide mass finger printing for simple protein ID confirmation, in-source decay (ISD) and polymer distribution analysis. Design features of the MALDI-8020 improve routine workflows and facilitate routine maintenance in order to maximise instrument up-time. An integrated barcode scanner will allow a seamless workflow from loading samples to obtaining results. Additionally, TrueCleanTM automated UV laser source cleaning and a new ion optic design ensure robust instrument performance.