Agilent Technologies have announced a new ICP-MS instrument, the Agilent 7850 ICP-MS system, that provides new smart tools that bring advanced capabilities to the routine ICP-MS laboratory. If a lab fails to recognise or address common time traps, they may not just lose time and revenue. Unnecessary method setup steps, instrument checks, manual data reviews and the need for sample reanalysis also place more pressure on lab staff. This workload can impact sample turnaround time and the quality of the results. The 7850 uses a configuration that is optimised to handle the range of sample types measured in typical ICP-MS applications while ensuring data is free from common sources of error. Smart tools help customers through the initial setup of the instrument and required methods, and guides users through the typical ICP-MS workflow that is used to measure sample batches. Smart functions also assist with data review, eliminating the need for an ICP-MS expert to perform the important step of verifying data quality.