Shimadzu’s New GCMS-QP2020 Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer Offers Excellent Qualitative and Quantitative Performance for a Diverse Range of Applications

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Shimadzu Corporation announces the release of its GCMS-QP2020 high-end single quadrupole gas chromatograph mass spectrometer. With excellent performance and smart operability, the instrument satisfies a wide range of needs for single quadrupole GCMS systems. The GCMS-QP2020 achieves the highest sensitivity in its class and enables high-speed performance for an array of applications. In addition, it adopts a new turbomolecular pump with improved exhaust efficiency. This provides higher accuracy in analysis, even when hydrogen or nitrogen is used as the carrier gas instead of helium. The GCMS-QP2020 also features a function that enables switching ionization modes without stopping the mass spectrometer as well as ultra-fast scan performance, which allows the use of various analytical conditions. Using the GCMS-QP2020 with Shimadzu's various specialized databases and application software enables configurations tailored to various applications and purposes.

Background to the Development

GCMS systems are used for measurements of trace components contained in substances and qualitative analysis of compounds in a variety of fields, including the testing/inspection departments of food, pharmaceutical, and chemical manufacturers as well as the environmental regulation field. As high-sensitivity triple quadrupole systems are mainly used in quantitative analysis of trace components, there is a demand for more general-purpose, easier-to-use single quadrupole systems that can be used for multiple purposes. The GCMS-QP2020 not only provides high-sensitivity and high-speed performance, it can also be used for a wide range of applications with enhanced, specialized databases designed for specific purposes. In addition to the GCMS-QP2020, Shimadzu offers the entry model GCMS-QP2010 SE and the flagship GCMS-TQ8040 triple quadrupole model to satisfy all types of laboratory requirements.


1. High Performance Mass Spectrometer Supports Various Analytical Conditions

In addition to a high-performance ion source and high-accuracy MS filter, the system incorporates a newly developed large-capacity differential exhaust turbomolecular pump. With this new pump, hydrogen and nitrogen can be used as the carrier gas, in addition to helium. In addition, it allows users to switch the ionization modes without stopping the MS and achieves ultrafast scanning, which enables the use of a variety of analytical conditions.

2. GCMS Insight Package for More Efficient Multicomponent Simultaneous Analyses

The Smart SIM method creation function automatically creates programs to obtain data only during the elution time of the target component, thereby achieving high sensitivity. Even during multicomponent batch analyses, the system can perform measurement without lowering the sensitivity. It allows simultaneous analysis on more than twice as many components than previous models. In addition, measurements that used to be divided into multiple methods can now be integrated into one method. LabSolutions Insight software, which allows quantitative results for a complete set of data files to be displayed simultaneously, enables significantly improved multi-analyte data review.

3. Diversified Application Systems Using Retention Indices

Numerous configurations are available to suit the components targeted for analysis and the form of the samples, including gas, liquid, and solid samples. In addition, users may select from a variety of databases built to meet specific analyses, including environmental analysis, foods analysis, volatile compound analysis, biological sample analysis, and forensic analysis. All of the databases include retention indices to support more accurate qualitative analysis, convenient quantitative method development, and screening analysis. The product lineup includes systems specially developed to analyze the off-flavor components or phthalate ester to provide a total solution to perform complicated analyses reliably in simplified procedures.

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