Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced the Equan Max, an automated, high-throughput chromatographic system for the analysis of contaminants in water and beverages.
The liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) system offers high resolution and accurate mass (HRAM) as well as screening and quantitative capabilities that provide enhanced system flexibility and productivity.
Equan Max combines with the Exactive LC-MS system, a high-resolution bench-top LC-MS system, powered by Orbitrap technology, designed for high-throughput screening of target and non-target compounds.
In addition, the Equan Max can also be used with the full range of Thermo Scientific TSQ series triple-stage quadrupole mass spectrometers.
Equan Max is described as a comprehensive solution for the analysis of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, endocrine disruptors and perfluorinated compounds in environmental water, drinking water beverage.
With Equan Max, samples are directly injected for LC/MS analysis, eliminating the need for off-line sample pre-concentration.
Its online sample preparation technique reduces analysis time from days to minutes, designed to increased lab productivity.
Its large injection volume (1-20mL) improves detection limits over conventional LC-MS analysis, according to Thermo Fisher Scientific.
In addition to large injection volumes, Equan Max now supports injection volumes as low as 1uL.
Switching between injection volumes can be automated for overnight operation and increased productivity, without the need to manually change plumbing configurations.
The Equan Max autosampler and plumbing provide out-of-the-box compatibility with Thermo Scientific Accela 600 high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) and Accela 1250 ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) systems.
This enables users to take advantage of Thermo Scientific HPLC technology to achieve fast and efficient chromatographic separations over a range of flow rates and pressures.
The autosampler is also more compact, reducing total system footprint from approximately 5ft2 to 2.5ft2.
Equan Max can be used with Thermo Scientific Tracefinder software, which provides an extensive menu of preconfigured methods and report formats that make screening for routine contaminants simple.
A point-and-click interface prompts the user through the steps needed to create methods.
The ability of Tracefinder to perform structural confirmation and library matching enables it to confirm and quantitate hundreds of compounds in a single experiment, increasing sample throughput.
To ensure that data is not compromised and that changes are clearly recorded, Tracefinder offers data security with a rights-based user log-in system that limits access to methods and data.