Agilent announces new mass spectrometry products at ASMS 2020 Reboot

Mass spec systems address needs of the pharma, food, and life science markets

The 6470B Triple Quadrupole combined with 1290 Infinity II LC is a robust LC/MS/MS system for routine analysis. Photo - Agilent

Agilent Technologies announced two new mass spectrometry (MS) products – the Agilent 6470B Triple Quadrupole LC/MS (6470 LC/TQ) system, and the Agilent RapidFire 400 system. According to the company, both deliver even faster detection of target compounds providing customers increased sample throughput and reduced time to generate results. The instruments are being introduced at ASMS 2020 Reboot, the interactive, online version of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry annual conference, being held from 1 to 12 June 2020.

Fully controlled by a single PC, the RapidFire 400 can be combined with any Agilent LC/Q-TOF or LC/TQ, while integrating the Ultivo LC/TQ into the system dramatically reduces the footprint of the autosampler and mass spec combination.

“Agilent continues to strive to meet the evolving needs of our mass spec customers, and address the challenges they face daily,” said Monty Benefiel, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mass Spectrometry Division. “These new products offer customers workflow solutions that maximize sample throughput and stability, as well as greater reliability than ever before.”

The 6470B system includes enhancements that claim to boost system uptime and improve overall system performance for low-level detection in routine, high-throughput environments. Customers running a single chromatographic method for applications such as multi-residue screening will see greater data fidelity, reproducibility, and sensitivity. The system integrates seamlessly into existing analytical labs and customer workflows—and it offers quicker routine maintenance through the addition of VacShield technology, designed to remove ion injectors without venting easily.

The high-throughput RapidFire 400 integrated autosampler claims to provide fast results with cycle times as short as 2 sec each sample and adds optional sample cooling for sample stability. The system includes barcode reading capabilities for sample tracking, now supports 1,536 well plates, and allows unattended operation for the analysis of more than 98,000 samples. It is further designed to integrate with the Ultivo LC/TQ system, further reducing lab space requirements.


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