Thermo Electron Corp has presented a new range of instruments at the ACHEMA meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, including what it says is the world's first mass spectrometer to combine Ion Trap and Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance technologies into a single instrument. The new device, called the LTQ-FT, was developed by the US firm's German subsidiary Thermo Finnigan MAT GmbH.
"For the first time in the history of mass spectrometry, the LTQ FT combines the ruggedness, versatility and MSn capabilities of the most advanced ion trap mass spectrometer with the accurate mass measurement capability of a Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance analyser," said the company in a statement. And this has been achieved, claims the company, without compromising the analytical capabilities of either the ion trap or the FTICR-MS.
Among the other new products introduced at ACHEMA is the Thermo Haake Viscotester Plus series, which extends the firm's existing range of viscosity testers. The key features of the new line are that it is portable and battery powered, 'to help scientists measure viscosity anywhere and anytime,' according to the company.
Meantime, Thermo's chief executive Marijn Dekkers took the opportunity afforded by the ACHEMA meeting to review the company's progress since the conference was last held in 2000. The firm has undergone a significant internal reorganisation under the 'One Thermo' banner, intended to provide a uniform identity for its different brands and businesses. This switch in strategy has paid off in better customer relationships and improved leveraging of R&D investments, according to Dekkers.
He pointed to the collaboration between Thermo's Informatics and Scientific Instruments divisions in developing sample-prep solutions for a variety of customers as an example of these synergies. In addition, last year's acquisition of CRS Robotics has broadened the company's capabilities and allowed it to incorporate robotics into many of its products, he said.