Electronic noses and tongues have been developed for taste and odour sensory analysis in both quality control and product development applications. They have particular application in the food, beverage, flavour, fragrance and packaging sectors. As with human assessment, the instruments use comparative analysis of odour or taste fingerprints. The instruments are ‘trained’ to learn tastes and odours by analysis of samples verified by human taste or odour sensory panels and once trained are able to identify presented samples routinely.
Integrating a Corona ultra UHPLC detector with a Waters Acquity UPLC or Alliance HPLC system is easy due to the Empower 2 - Corona detector instrument control software driver. ESA Biosciences has announced that the driver for Waters’ chromatography control and data-analysis platform is available free of charge to new and existing users. The software driver comes standard with all new Corona detectors. The driver can also be used with ESA’s Corona CAD and Corona Plus detectors. Existing users can download a copy by visiting: http://www.esainc.com/services/software_downloads/empower_driver.
Agilent Technologies has acquired Particle Sizing Systems, a privately held company that designs and manufactures instruments that measure the particle size and stability in materials ranging from soft drinks to ink jet inks to semiconductor polishing slurries.
The Agilent 1290 Infinity liquid chromatography system has been designed to deliver greater power, speed and sensitivity for enhanced performance in the high-end ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) market.
The SMS 100 mercury analyser has been designed to improve the detection and measurement of mercury in solids and liquids and help minimise the need for complex sample preparation. The SMS 100 helps accurately measure mercury at low levels in a variety of sample types, enabling environmental laboratories, municipalities, power utilities, waste producers and food companies to comply with regulations and protect consumers.
The Thermo Scientific Exactive benchtop LC-MS system is designed for high-throughput and high-performance screening and compound identification applications. The system leverages the company’s Orbitrap mass-analyser technology to provide precise data analysis. It is fast and easy to use with workflow-driven software, making it suitable for new users in routine analytical laboratories.
The Corona ultra UHPLC system is fully stackable with high sensitivity and flexibility. It is suitable for pharmaceutical development, QA/QC, life science and analytical chemistry applications. The system’s charged aerosol detection technology lets users see any non-volatile analyte, even those without a chromophore. It delivers high-speed analysis in a rugged and stackable frame that requires no additional bench space.
The Agilent 7000A GC/MS triple quadrupole system can be used for low-level analysis of environmental samples, including pesticides and endocrine disruptors in waters, sediments and treatment plant effluents.