Keeping Up with Mass Spectrometry Innovation: A Buyer’s Guide

ChoiceInnovation is always the name of the game, isn’t it? The inventors of mass spectrometry would have a hard time recognizing today’s mass specs and the dedicated lab furniture that keeps these modern marvels running most efficiently. The types of MS units available are almost as varied as their uses.

Let’s cut through some of the clutter by focusing on some of the latest mass specs to hit the market and connect you with further information on the top manufacturers of these marvels of innovation.


This company’s Lipidyzer allows any lab to perform advanced lipidomics with ease. Its one-stop benchtop platform accurately and quickly quantifies over a thousand lipid species. Specifically designed software assists with species identification and biological interpretation. The platform also utilizes cloud-based data sharing with access to mass spectrometry specialists.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

For assistance in screening a broad range of complex compounds, the Q Exactive™ Hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap mass spectrometer is your choice. Eliminate isobaric interferences with a resolving power of up to 140,000 FWHM. Fast scan at 12hz for UHPLC applications. Detect singly charged small molecules with extended mass range of 6,000m/z. A variety of additional features make this MS suitable for multiple applications ranging from toxicology and food safety to drug discovery and proteomics.

Two New Mass Spectrometry Solutions from Shimadzu

Shimadzu’s GCMS-TQ8040 combines three proprietary processes in its triple quadrupole MS. Smart Productivity firmware assesses as many as 32,768 transitions in a single analysis. Smart Operation software automatically sets analytical conditions for painless method development. Smart Performance utilizes an extremely efficient ion source and collision cell for low detection limits, while the analysis mode provides both accurate low-level quantitative data and high-quality searchable fragmentation spectra within just one analysis.

And Shimadzu’s LCMS-8060 transforms tandem MS speed with a machine that is durable as well as extremely sensitive. This workhorse would be at home on any modern piece of dedicated lab furniture.

Three New Mass Specs from Waters

Our last group of new lab marvels comes from Waters. For the pharmaceutical research and development lab, choose the Biopharmaceutical Platform Solution with UNIFI. LC and MS characterization data can be comprehensively and routinely acquired, processed, and reported for every step in a biotherapeutic’s development lifecycle. Optical-detection UNIFI and UPLC bioseparations provide a foundation, while you can leverage MS to fully annotate your peptide map by using their patented technology to obtain exact mass precursor and fragment ion information.

To save time and money in your lab, Waters has now introduced mass spectrometry that needs no chromatography or sample preparation. The REIMS Research System with iKnife Sampling accurately generates a mass spec profile in just a few seconds. Detailed molecular information is generated by absorbing information-rich vapor directly from the sample’s surface with the hand-held iKnife sampling device. Like the once-ingenious computer mouse with its long tail, the iKnife utilizes a long, flexible connection between mass spec and sampler, allowing researchers freedom of movement around the lab.

If you want a complete package, go with the Waters Vion IMS QTof Mass Spectrometer, which integrates ion mobility with their innovative iKnife system. This benchtop platform—which can fit handily on one of our custom pieces of dedicated lab furniture—uses ion mobility to clarify every spectrum, simplifying data interpretation. This system allows for greater selectivity than a traditional tandem system.

Dedicated Lab Furniture for Every MS Need

In addition to the latest MS advances discussed above, there are of course a number of manufacturers:

There are so many MS suppliers today and a variety of different types, sizes, and shapes of mass specs on the market, each tailored to meet the needs of particular labs and their tasks. Because we customize our dedicated lab furniture, we can provide a suitable and safe lab bench for any mass spectrometry device your lab uses. To learn more, contact us today.