Shimadzu has introduced the MALDI-8030, a new MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer with dual-polarity ion source enabling analysis in both positive- and negative-ion modes. Similar to the top-of-the-line MALDI-8020, the new MALDI-8030 utilises the identical instrument design to produce a compact footprint while still achieving similar performance specifications as the larger MALDI-TOF systems. The MALDI-8030 is based on a user-centric concept. It operates at a pleasantly quiet noise level (<55 dB) and is remarkably easy to use. The intuitive, built-in MALDI Solutions software is suitable for both advanced and novice users. The multi-LED front panel keeps users accurately informed of the instrument status.
The Fast-MS design combines a solid-state laser (200 Hz) with a fast-moving sample stage, high-speed transient recorder for rapid data transfer and a load-lock system for sample target insertion without delay. These outstanding features enable faster results and improve laboratory productivity. The ion source, with patented WideBore ion optics and Near-On Axis laser focusing, provides high sensitivity and robustness as well as mass resolution. As a result, the MALDI-8030 enables low-level detection of proteins, peptides and polymers, as well as other analytes in both positive- and negative-ion mode.
The patented TrueClean function performs automatic UV laser self-cleaning of the ion optics. Elimination of desiccants and the use of an oil-free diaphragm pump reduce maintenance costs. In addition, the MALDI laser has a lifetime of 2 billion shots.