• New Environmentally Friendly GC-MS with Increased Sensitivity

Environmental Laboratory

New Environmentally Friendly GC-MS with Increased Sensitivity

Jul 27 2010

Shimadzu (Germany) has launched a new GCMS-QP2010 Ultra gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC/MS) offering the highest performance in its class. It provides fast data measurement speed with five times higher sensitivity than previous models. In addition to improving laboratory productivity for high-speed analysis, it also offers improved applicability for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC), which can achieve ultra high separation. It is also the first GC/MS system to have environmentally friendly features for saving power consumption and carrier gas.

A new technology in mass spectrometry has been developed increasing the scan speed of the GC-MS system. This patented technology, the Advanced Scanning Speed Protocol (ASSP),
increases sensitivity at high scan speeds by over five times. This brings significant benefits to researchers processing metabolic compounds in food or biological samples for trace level analysis of unknown compounds by using fast GC method.

The combination of a high-speed GC method and high-speed “double jet cooling system” of the GC-2010 Plus dramatically reduces the analysis cycle. For example, in the case of VOC (volatile organic compounds), analysis time can be reduced by more than half from 37 minutes to 17 minutes. 

The GCMS-QP2010 Ultra is capable of accepting simultaneous installation of two narrow-bore capillary columns into the MS. This allows users to switch applications without physically
modifying the column installation. For example, regulated compounds such as pesticide and formaldehyde in drinking water need to be analyzed separately using different columns. By
connecting two different columns to the MS system, it is possible to perform both analyses in a single instrument without changing the columns.

The GCMS-QP2010 Ultra offers eco-friendly features reducing the power consumed in analysis standby mode by 36%. Use of Ecology mode over one year of operation can reduce power
consumption by 26%. Furthermore, annual CO2 emissions are cut by 30% and helium consumption being reduced by over 300 cylinders per year.

The new GCMS-QP2010 Ultra fulfills laboratory demands for enhanced productivity through various technologies which improve throughput, and helps to reduce operating costs while minimizing environmental impact with its Ecology mode. With the introduction of this product, Shimadzu aims to increase its market share of gas chromatograph mass spectrometers worldwide.

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