ICP-OES helps labs test for more elements in one run - PerkinElmer

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PerkinElmer's Avio 200 ICP-OES
PerkinElmer's Avio 200 ICP-OES

Related tags: Spectroscopy, Analytical chemistry

PerkinElmer has launched an Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) to help laboratory professionals increase productivity.

The Avio 200 is designed for multi-elemental inorganic analysis and has an axial and radial view. 

It acquires all viewing modes in one sample run, one mode at a time. This allows for full wavelength coverage 165-900nm in every view, not affecting detection limits or linear range.

More samples and elements

The system helps laboratory professionals running inorganic analyses and facing an expanding range of sample types to test difficult, high-matrix samples without the need for dilution, said the firm.

It is for laboratory professionals running inorganic analyses that need to measure more than one element at a time.

The Avio 200 system has the matrix tolerance to test across applications such as nutrients analysis of fruit juices and milk for nutritional labeling and determination of trace elements in water. 

Suneet Chadha, senior director, inorganic product portfolio for PerkinElmer’s Environmental Health business, said the expanding range of sample types to test comes from several directions.

One is regulatory agencies continue to expand element lists and require lower detection limits to insure consumer safety and nutritional expectations, e.g. the new Chinese regulations on food contact materials," ​he said.

“The second is with a growing global food supply, countries are looking to import/export products, but must certify the safety and content; and third is consumers want to know more about what it is in their foods – this results in expanded nutritional labelling that requires expanded testing.”

Chadha said as customers are looking to expand capabilities, operational costs for increasing bench space or reconfiguring their lab with appropriate hoods and ventilation can be costly.

“Consequently Avio 200 provides the benefit of a smaller footprint of the instrument together with its performance and associated operational running cost,” ​he said.

“Argon consumption is the primary operational expense for our target customers. We have engineered how the plasma is generated such that it minimizes the need for the amount of Ar used.

“This product targets customers performing multi-element analysis using atomic absorption (AA) or current ICP users looking to benefit from lower operational costs (low Ar usage), fast start-up and improved performance.”

The system features a vertical plasma design for sample flexibility and low argon consumption (via patented Flat Plate plasma technology). 

Sample analysis time depends on the number of elements being run, but due to sensitivity and its auto-integration capability, time is minimized. The resolution specification is <0.009nm at 200nm.

Jon DiVincenzo, president of environmental health, said it is engineered to help customers run multi-elemental analyses reliably and efficiently across food safety.

“With industry regulations becoming more complex and driving testing for more elements, lab professionals find themselves challenged with managing the associated higher sample volume and time-consuming analyses.”

The firm said it is like using atomic absorption (AA) but without the flammable gases or the need to purchase lamps when running new elements. 

The system also uses the cross-platform Syngistix software for atomic spectroscopy for transition from AA to ICP software.  

PerkinElmer reported revenue of $2.3bn in 2015 and has about 8,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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