Waters Launches ACQUITY TQD Tandem Quadrupole UPLC/MS/MS System
Product News May 31, 2006
Waters Corporation has introduced a UPLC™/MS/MS system at the 54th Annual Conference of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, May 28 – June 1.
Waters® ACQUITY™ TQD puts the power of Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC/MS/MS) into the hands of chromatographers.
This UPLC/MS/MS system takes the inherent selectivity and robustness of tandem quadrupole MS/MS and combines it with the speed and sensitivity provided by UPLC technology to give chromatographers significant productivity advantages.
The ACQUITY TQD is a benchtop, ultra-compact, tandem-quadrupole, atmospheric pressure ionization (API) mass detector-based system designed for routine UPLC/MS/MS analyses.
With IntelliStart™ technology to integrate its internal calibration fluidics and advanced diagnostics software, the system automatically tunes and calibrates the ACQUITY TQ Detector and conducts full UPLC/MS/MS performance checks.
This allows chromatographers to acquire UPLC/MS/MS data in routine analytical and open access applications.
In particular, Waters ACQUITY TQ Detector has been optimized for such applications as: high throughput drug metabolism studies, food safety and quality testing, environmental monitoring, and clinical therapeutic drug monitoring.
The ACQUITY TQD utilizes T-Wave technology to enable rapid MS/MS acquisition speeds delivering higher productivity in UPLC and multi-residue applications.
The instrument design and its electronics are provided in a compact package that is 25% smaller than the Quattro micro™ mass spectrometer.
The MS/MS capability (5ms dwell times) and polarity switching of the ACQUITY TQD make it an ideal system for high speed quantification when coupled with the ACQUITY UPLC™ System on the front-end.
The patented ZSpray™ (dual orthogonal sampling) interface includes, as standard, multi-mode ESCi® ionization switching for atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) and electrospray (ESI) ionization in the same run for added productivity.
IonSABRE™ APCI and atmospheric pressure photo-ionization (APPI) probes are also available. System control and data acquisition can be performed with either Waters MassLynx™ 4.1 or Empower™ 2 Software.
Waters also offers two other tandem quadrupole MS/MS systems – the Quattro Premier™, which is designed for the ultra trace level UPLC and UPLC/MS/MS applications and the Quattro micro which is designed for HPLC/MS/MS assays.
In addition to tandem quadrupole mass spectrometers, Waters also offers a full range of mass spectrometry solutions including single, time-of-flight and quadrupole time-of-flight solutions for UPLC/MS and UPLC/MS/MS.