2015 Mass Spectrometer Product Survey Results

Find out readers’ most common applications and more in our latest survey results.

By Trevor Henderson

Mass spectrometers, measuring the mass-to-charge ratio of charged particles to determine their molecular weight, have not quite become a routine acquisition for every lab that might benefit from them. Four parts are standard in all mass spectrometers: a sample inlet, an ionization source, a mass analyzer, and an ion detector.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Mass Spectrometer

  1. What factors come into play when determining the MS specifications you require in terms of throughput, sensitivity, robustness, software control, ease of use, and ease of maintenance?
  2. What differentiates the vendor’s MS from others offered, in terms of performance and how easy it would be to upgrade?
  3. How do you validate the specification claims presented by the vendor?
  4. Has the data processing software been designed for enhanced analytics, with lab workflow in mind and does it support critical compliance requirements?
  5. What are important price points to keep in mind when selecting a MS?
  6. Laboratories need fast and effective services, including an effective distribution of spare parts, instruments, service personnel, and education/ training. How does the company serve these needs globally?

Primary field of study for mass spectrometer usage as reported by survey respondents:

Environmental 42%
Forensic Analysis 12%
Clinical Testing 7%
Drug Discovery 6%
Food Safety and Testing Analysis 6%
Geology 5%
Proteomics 2%
Genomics 1%
Biomarker and Omics Research 1%
Other 17%

Number of samples processed per month as reported by survey respondents:

1-100 31%
101-500 36%
501-1000 19%
1001-5000 8%
>5000 5%

Nearly 60% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new mass spectrometer. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Upgrading older system
Increase capacity/volume
Require higher quality data
Setting up a new lab
Looking for more mass accuracy and resolution
Require shorter run times/increased lab throughput
Integrating MS from traditional HPLC to UHPLC
Trying to reduce operating costs
Looking to reduce the usage of solvent and waste
Require a smaller footprint for the instrument in the lab
Looking for a complete system that includes data handling and storage
We require more precise and accurate flow rates

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a mass spectrometer

High sensitivity 71%
Ease of maintenance 65%
Data output, storage, and retrieval 49%
Warranties 48%
High mass accuracy 44%
Training 41%
Availability of techniques 39%
Service contract 36%
Advances flow control 24%
Quickly exchangeable sources 21%

For more information on mass spectrometers, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/mass-spectrometers

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Published: October 9, 2015

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