Over the (more than I wish to admit) years that I have been preparing reports on new product introductions at Pittcon for Spectroscopy Europe and its predecessors, we have tried various formats: both descriptive and tabular. For a change, this report combines the two. At the end your will find a table of new product introductions with links for more information. Before that, I have picked out some themes and instruments from the major spectroscopic techniques. As usual, this report does not cover instruments that may have been new at Pittcon but which we have already covered in previous issues. If I have missed anything, you are welcome to let me know and we will try and include it in a future issue.
New products in atomic spectroscopy covered a wide range of technologies, including ICP-OES, ICP-MS, LIBS and arc-spark instruments. Shimadzu’s ICPMS-2030 has been designed to meet the requirements of the ICH Q3D guidelines for elemental impurities in pharmaceutical products.
These specify allowable limits of daily intake of 24 elements of toxicological concern, which the ICPMS-2030 can detect with ppt sensitivity. This is achieved with a new collision cell and optimised internal structure, as well as new software and functionality. Thermo Scientific’s iCAP RQ ICP-MS has been designed for maximum uptime and ease of use, with “intelligent” workflows, universal interference removal and automated sample handling accessories. It can run samples unattended 24/7. Arc/spark instruments were introduced by Spectro and Thermo Scientific. Spectro introduced a hybrid SpectroLab metal analyser combining analogue PMT detectors with digital CCD technology for simultaneous measurements, and an all-CCD SpectroLab for fast, accurate and flexible analysis.
Thermo Scientific’s ARL easySpark analyser is aimed at small to medium sized secondary metal manufacturers; it uses multi-grating/CCD-based optics, and is designed to be easy to use for non-experts. Portable LIBS analysers came from StellarNet (the case-based StellarCase-LIBS) and B&W Tek (handheld NanoLIBS).
Gas analysis featured amongst mid-infrared instruments. The Gasera One from Gasera is a portable instrument for sensitive, multi-gas analysis. It uses Gasera’s cantilever-enhanced photoacoustic technology. The user interface has been carefully designed and can be worked via a single knob on the instrument or via your smart phone/tablet. Stability is another important point, with recalibration not needed for several months, even years. Bruker’s Matrix-MG offers real-time monitoring of gas compounds, with the target gases analysed inside a cell with different optional optical path lengths to cover a broad range of applications. The identification and quantification of compounds is performed automatically by OPUS GA software with quantification of more than 400 compounds without the need for calibrations. As always, there a number of new sampling accessories including those from Czitek (ATR and microspectroscopy), Harrick (diamond ATR), Pike (cylindrical ATR) and Specac’s Pearl liquid cell that we have already covered.
Many of the larger new mass spectrometry instruments are now launched at ASMS, so software and add-ons were much in evidence. However, Shimadzu were showing the Nexera MX-DST multiplexed LC-MS system which provides continuous data acquisition by incorporating a special flow line structure and instrument control system.
Instruments for gas analysis were introduced by JEOL (the InfiTOF which uses multi-turn ion optics) and Ionicon (PTR-TOF 1000 which increases sensitivity with Ion-Booster funnel technology. IonSense combined the DART ambient ionisation source with Waters’ Acquity QDa detector for a small and potentially mobile instrument.
NIR spectroscopy saw a number of introductions. “Small” instruments ranged from portable bench instruments to very small MEMS-based. Thermo Scientific’s iS5N is an NIR version of their FT-IR spectrometer, whilst Si-Ware Systems have started production of their NeoSpectra MEMS-based FT-NIR (Michelson interferometer including moving mirror fashioned from silicon).
Ocean Optics had the matchbox-sized Flame-NIR, and StellarNet the case-based StellarCase-NIR. Viavi Solutions were showing three new instruments based on their linear variable filter technology. Another MEMS device came from Hamamatsu which combined a Fabry–Perot interferometer and a single element detector. Functional NIR spectroscopy (fNIRS) seems to be in the news often these days and Shimadzu were demonstrating their new system, LIGHTNIRS, which is both portable (battery-powered) and offers multi-brain imaging with synchronisation of up to four instruments.
Like mass spectrometry, the larger NMR spectroscopy systems tend to be launched at other events such as ENC. Nevertheless, there were benchtop NMR developments from Magritek (new 60 MHz versions of their Spinsolve spectrometers) and Nanalysis (NMReady-Flow interfaces for their NMReady spectrometers).
Bruker introduced new modules for their NMR FoodScreener (honey and wine profiling), a toothpaste analyser based on the Minispec TD-NMR and InsightMR flow-tube online monitoring. Wiley Spectra Lab’s NMR Collection of over 833,000 NMR spectra is powered by Bio-Rad’s KnowItAll software.
Cobalt Light Systems caught the eye in Raman spectroscopy with their Resolve handheld SORS (spatially offset Raman spectroscopy) analyser for through-barrier Hazmat, explosives and narcotics identification. Analysis through containers and even boxes within courier packaging is possible, and the system’s matching algorithm identifies individual chemicals as well as mixtures. Renishaw were showing their latest Raman microscope, the inVia Qontor which uses focus tracking technology to analyse samples with uneven, curved or rough surfaces. Focus is maintained during data collection and white light video viewing.
Thermo Scientific had new versions of the DXR Raman microscope (DXR2 and DXR2xi). The former is a highly automated, push-button operated, dedicated macro-sampling Raman system. The latter is an improved version with new polarisation techniques and kinetic imaging.
Microvolume spectrophotometers were on offer from Thermo Scientific (NanoDrop One and OneC with cuvette option) and Pultton (P100 and P200). USP becomes mandatory in May and CRM kits to enable you to comply are on offer from Starna Scientific and Hellma. The SpectroClick Kit for use in classroom teaching is now available for <$100, and the new AAH-300a visible spectrophotometer will be available in the summer.
In X-ray spectrometry, the development of handheld instruments continued with new models from Thermo Scientific (Niton XL5) and Spectro (SpectroScout). There were also instruments aimed at specific markets: petroleum products (SLFA-6100/6800 from Horiba) and crude oil (Epsilon 3XLE from PANalytical).
Links for more information
To simplify your search for more information on products listed below, you can connect directly to the relevant product page for each product using the code number. If you are reading this in a printed copy, just put the number into your browser at the end of the URL string http://link.spectroscopyeurope.com/28-02-. If you are reading this in a digital version, just click the links! Where a page is not currently available, we have provided a link to the company’s home page or the most relevant page.
All-CCD Spectrolab arc/spark metal analyser (Spectro)
ARL easySpark OES instrument (Thermo Scientific)
DC (Direct Connection) nebuliser with UniFit sample connector (Glass Expansion)
DIP (differential interferometry profiling) for GD-OES (Horiba Scientific)
D-Torch for Agilent 5100 and Spectro Blue (Glass Expansion)
Elegra humidifier for ICP argon gas (Glass Expansion)
Hybrid (PMT and CCD) Spectrolab arc/spark metal analyser (Spectro)
iCAP RQ ICP-MS spectrometer (Thermo Scientific)
ICP Neo software for ICP spectrometers (Horiba Scientific)
ICPMS-2030 ICP-MS instrument (Shimadzu)
NanoLIBS handheld analyser for pharma (B&W Tek)
Prodigy Plus ICP spectrometer (Teledyne Leeman Labs)
Qtegra Intelligent Scientific Data Software trace elemental software (Thermo Scientific)
StellarCase-LIBS portable (plastic case) elemental analyser (StellarNet)
DiaMax ATR single-reflection diamond ATR (Harrick Scientific)
Gasera One photoacoustic multi-gas analyser (Gasera)
Jet Stream cylindrical ATR for static or flowing liquids (Pike Technologies)
LabSolutions IR thermal-damaged plastics library (Shimadzu)
MATRIX-MG gas analysers (Bruker)
microFTS rugged and shock resistant FT-IR for production environments (Keit Spectrometers)
MicromATR Vision diamond ATR and video microscope (Czitek)
SurveyIR FT-IR microspectroscopy accessory (Czitek)
TempLink software integrates temperature-controlled accessories with spectrometer data acquisition (Harrick Scientific)
ATHAP MALDI Matrix Kits (Shimadzu)
Best Scan sCLIPS feature for spectral accuracy in ultra-high resolution MS (Cerno Bioscience)
DART-QDa complete ambient ionisation system (IonSense)
EI/PI Source for AccuTOF-GCX TOF mass spectrometer (JEOL)
Fusion-SV 1.1 automated structure verification software (Bruker)
High Definition Imaging 1.4 MS imaging software (Waters)
Hydrocarbon group type analysis with GC×GC and high-resolution MS (JEOL)
ionRocket thermal desorption and pyrolysis system with AccuTOF-DART (JEOL)
New version of InfiTOF compact high-resolution mass spectrometer (JEOL)
Nexera MX multiplexed LC-MS system (Shimadzu)
ProteinWorks Digest Kits using surrogate peptide approach (Waters)
PTR-TOF 1000 ultra trace gas analyser (Ionicon)
SPE-it Kit SPME analysis interface for DART (IonSense)
30 mL single element standards for ICP and ICP-MS (Spex CertiPrep)
New version of FT-IR purge gas generators (Parker Balston)
60 MHz models of Spinsolve benchtop NMR spectrometers (Magritek)
Fusion-SV 1.1 automated structure verification software (Bruker)
Honey Profiling module of the NMR FoodScreener (Bruker)
InsightMR NMR flow-tube online monitoring of chemical reactions (Bruker)
Minispec TD-NMR toothpaste analyser (Bruker)
NMR Collection of over 833,000 NMR spectra with Bio-Rad KnowItAll (Wiley Spectra Lab)
NMReady-Flow interfaces benchtop NMReady spectrometers to flow systems (Nanalysis)
Wine Profiling module of the NMR FoodScreener (Bruker)
Dynamic sampling accessories (Ocean Optics)
Enhancements to NIRQuest including replaceable slits (Ocean Optics)
Excalibur 25 Hygienic 3-A immersion probe (Hellma Analytics)
Flame-NIR miniature NIR spectrometer (Ocean Optics)
iS5N FT-NIR spectrometer with iD1A heated transmission accessory (Thermo Scientific)
LIGHTNIRS portable fNIRS system (Shimadzu)
MEMS FPI C13272 Fabry–Perot interferometer on single element detector (Hamamatsu Photonics)
MicroNIR OnSite latest version of their miniature spectrometers (Viavi Solutions)
MicroNIR PAT-U IP67 rated process spectrometer (Viavi Solutions)
MicroNIR PAT-W process spectrometer for blending and other PAT applications (Viavi Solutions)
NeoSpectra FT-NIR MEMS sensor (Si-Ware Systems)
StellarCase-NIR portable NIR spectrometer in rugged case (StellarNet)
Vision Air software in user and manager versions (Metrohm)
DXR2 Raman microscope (Thermo Scientific)
DXR2xi Raman imaging microscope (Thermo Scientific)
inVia Qontor Raman microscope (Renishaw)
Raman bundles of spectrometer, laser and optics, and software (Avantes)
Resolve handheld SORS system (Cobalt Light Systems)
TruTools chemometrics package (Thermo Scientific)
G-Series gas fluxers with reliable temperature monitoring (Chemplex)
SPE-DEX 4790 for extraction of semi/non-volatiles in drinking water (Horizon Technology)
TheOx Advanced new version of electrical fusion instrument (Claisse)
X-300 Fluxer available with 1, 2 or 3 positions (Katanax)
Mixture analysis for ACD/ChemAnalytical Workbook and ACD/Spectrus (ACD/Labs)
Seahorse Web Edition cloud-based software for most analytical data (BSSN Software)
UV and visible
AAH-300a Visible spectrometer (SpectroClick)
Combined didymium or holmium with neutral density glass filter optically bonded (Starna Scientific)
Combined rare earth mixture (holmium and didymium) sealed liquid wavelength reference (Starna Scientific)
Deep UV for qualification down to 190 nm (Starna Scientific)
DMV-Bio cell can be fully validated using Starna DNACON/Green CRMs (Starna Scientific)
Full kit to comply with USP 857 (Starna Scientific)
Genesys 30 visible spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific)
NanoDrop One microvolume spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific)
NanoDrop OneC microvolume spectrophotometer with cuvette option (Thermo Scientific)
P100 micro-volume spectrophotometers (Pultton)
P200 micro-volume spectrophotometers (Pultton)
SpectroClick Kit for teaching use (SpectroClick)
Spectroquant Prove spectrophotometer for liquids analysis (Merck)
USP 857 compliant CRMs for UV/vis (Hellma)
Epsilon 3XLE version for Cl in crude oil (PANalytical)
EDX-7000/8000 ED XRF now 21 CFR Part 11 compliant (Shimadzu)
M4 Tornado micro-XRF spectrometer (Bruker)
NEX DE VS variable spot ED XRF spectrometer (Rigaku)
Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyser (Thermo Scientific)
SLFA-6100/6800 ED XRF for petroleum products (Horiba Scientific)
SpectroScout portable XRF spectrometer (Spectro)
Octane Elite silicon drift detectors (EDAX)
XRF Kit for education (Moxtek)