Mass spectrometers determine the mass-to-charge ratio of ions in a sample, creating spectra that can be used to determine the mass and structure of the molecules within a sample. There are many different configurations of mass spectrometers available depending on the sample type being analyzed and the resolution and speed of analysis required. For a list of mass spectrometer manufacturers, see our online directory: LabManager.com/Mass-Spec-manufacturers
6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Mass Spectrometer:
- What type of ionization source, mass analyzer, and ion detection system do you require for your application?
- Can the manufacturer customize the configuration to suit your needs?
- How sensitive is the mass spectrometer?
- How long does the mass spectrometer take to analyze a sample?
- What are your data analysis and interpretation requirements, and what software is available?
- What service agreements are available from the manufacturer?
Sample Preparation Tips
Proper sample preparation is required to obtain the most accurate readings possible from your mass spec. Download this infographic for six of the best practices: LabManager.com/mass-spec-prep-tips
To keep your mass spectrometer in top shape, vent the unit and clean key components, such as the ion source, according to the manual. Regular visual inspections can also help curtail problems.