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Space Saving Solution Compact, High Performance Mass Spectrometers

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Shimadzu has expanded its range of Maldi-TOF mass spectrometers with the introduction of Maldi-8030, a new versatile, compact and high-performance alternative.

The new Maldi-8030, Shimadzu's new compact, high performance, Maldi-TOF Mass Spectrometer – with dual-polarity ion source.
The new Maldi-8030, Shimadzu's new compact, high performance, Maldi-TOF Mass Spectrometer – with dual-polarity ion source.
(Source: Shimadzu)

Shimadzu has announced the release of the Maldi-8030. The new instrument offers a versatile, space-saving, easy-touse, high-performance alternative, and expands the range of solutions offered by Shimadzu's industry-standard family of benchtop matrix-assisted laser-desorption/ ionization time-of-flight (Maldi-TOF) mass spectrometers.

Similar to the top-of-class Maldi-8020, the new Maldi-8030 uses the same innovative and award-winning sleek instrument design to produce a compact footprint, while still achieving performance specifications similar to larger, more expensive Maldi-TOF models, shares the company. The added feature of a dual-polarity ion source provides further versatility to users who wish to analyze molecules in both positive and negative ion mode.

Based on a user-centric concept, the new solution is remarkably easy to use. Intuitive, built-in Maldi Solutions software caters to both advanced and novice users alike. The multi-LED front panel keeps users accurately informed of instrument status, and the instrument operates at a comfortably quiet level of sound (< 55 dB), adds the firm.

The Fast-MS design combines a lively solid-state laser (200 Hz) with quick sample stage movement, a high-speed transient recorder for rapid data transfer, and a load-lock system for swift sample target introduction. This impressive array of attributes accelerates time-to-results turnover and improves laboratory productivity, mentions the company.

The dual-polarity ion source and the patented Widebore ion optics provide top-level sensitivity and mass resolution, enabling low-level detection of proteins, peptides and polymers, among other analytes, in either positive or negative ion mode.

Designed as a true laboratory workhorse, the Maldi-8030 also facilitates routine maintenance and maximizes instrument up-time with the use of the patented Trueclean function, which performs automated UV laser self-cleaning of the ion optics. According to the firm, the absence of desiccant and use of an oil-free diaphragm pump reduce maintenance costs. In addition, the Maldi laser has an impressively class-leading lifetime of 2 billion shots.

With its outstanding functionality, routine workflows for academic, QC and regulatory laboratories are all executed smoothly on the new Maldi-8030. The integrated barcode scanner enables a seamless tracking process from loading samples to obtaining results. Additionally, the popular Maldi Solutions software offers high-level data security to help meet 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, including password-controlled user access.


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