Shimadzu's New Thermal Desorption Systems Provide Accurate Analysis of Volatile Compounds

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) announces the release of the TD-30 series of thermal desorption systems. These pretreatment, sample introduction units will be available for use with Shimadzu’s new Nexis GC-2030 Gas Chromatograph as well as its entire GCMS product line. With large sample capacities, an efficient workflow, and a robust design, they are ideally suited for the analysis of trace components in such industries as environmental, chemical, food, and automotive.

The TD-30 series consists of two models. The TD-30 series can be equipped with a 60 or 120 sample carousel, the largest capacity in the industry, making it well-suited to large-volume automated analysis. An overlap function dramatically improves processing functionality by starting pretreatment of a sample while the previous sample is still being analyzed. The ability to add an internal standard in the TD-30 series allows highly accurate, reliable quantitative analysis, even of trace components.

Both thermal desorption units have been designed for ease of use and simplified maintenance. The sample tray position has been lowered to make it easier to use, and consumables can be replaced easily without using tools. A software function maintains a record of consumables and maintenance parts usage, which helps to minimize downtime by ensuring appropriate parts are in stock. In addition, the TD-30 models feature a built-in tube protection sensor, which significantly reduces tube damage during cap removal. The TD-30 series also offers the option for a barcode reader, which enables reliable sample management and verification of tubing conditions during an analysis.

The Shimadzu TD-30 series systems can be used for a variety of applications. These include the analysis of toxic atmospheric pollutants, flavor components in food products, the air in clean rooms, and foul odors from products. Other applications include the analysis of toxic substances in the atmosphere and substances responsible for sick house syndrome, and analysis of automotive interior materials and electrical equipment materials, where the detection of compounds with a wide range of boiling points is required.

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