minispec Sample Automation System

The minispec mq and mq-one Series is an innovative, easy-to-use and cost-effective system that brings sample automation to routine minispec applications, such as complex Solid Fat Content (SFC) analysis.

Quick sample exchange times improve reliability and maximize throughput in minispec measurements, significantly boosting the productivity of the minispec series.

theminispec​ Sample Automation system is offered as a packaged system with a new minispec spectrometer, or as a standalone accessory to current minispec systems from the mq and mq-one Series.

Key Advantages

  • SFC Sample Automation system controls tempering times automatically and accurately in order to deliver results in accordance with SFC International Standard Methods.
  • Single supplier solution: Bruker BioSpin provides both Sample Automation and minispec systems
  • Brings sample automation to other Time Domain-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (TD-NMR) minispec applications, including the following preparation stages:
    • Barcode reader option
    • Sample pre-tempering (heating)
  • Support and service by Bruker BioSpin or local representative

TD-NMR minispec Solid Fat Content Automation (Food Analysis)

Technical Details

theminispec Sample Automation Offers a New Dimension in Options

Sample Automation Set-up

  • TÜV approved and conform to American, Canadian and European regulations (with and without safety housing)
  • An x-y-z sample changer mounted on a strong platform that holds minispec, racks, tempering devices (optional, depending on application)
  • Optional (but recommended) safety housing with sliding doors and locks. In addition, this option includes an emergency stop button.

Quick and Convenient Sample Insertion

  • Special versions of trays customized for the SFC application
  • Detection sensors on input and output racks clearly display tray status (software supported)
  • The software can control the two trays as separate or combined input/output blocks

Tempering Options/Further Assemblies

  • SFC tempering blocks: ±0.1 °C precision
  • Maximum temperature ranging from 0 to 100 °C
  • Peltier Technology-based heating and cooling devices
  • Heating only devices available
  • Tempering devices are also offered without sample changer
  • Handles with up to 6 measurement temperatures (optional)
  • Barcode reader (optional)

Increasing TD-NMR Efficiency with the New theminispec Sample Automation Software

theminispec Sample Automation software is a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution, and offers significant usability, performance, and flexibility to increase the users’ lab efficiency by automating their TD-NMR minispec applications.

theminispec Sample Automation’s practical software design and feature options include:

  • Different TD-NMR methods can run simultaneously
  • Existing customer TD-NMR methods can be easily added and implemented
  • Different rack combinations with in-position/out-of-position sensor
  • Error management adds colors to the results in order to highlight errors
  • Sample priorities can be allocated

theminispec Sample Automation Software

  • Accurate monitoring of temperatures and tempering times with out-of-limit warnings
  • Automatic mapping of bath temperatures
  • Graphical display of data with calculation options and error handling
  • Fully automatic Daily Check functionality guarantees consistent operation
  • PC controlled: Windows 7 / 32 or 64 bit Software
  • Supports all common International Standard Methods


Automating Solid Fat Content (SFC)

Maximized productivity from the world leader in SFC measurements

theminispec Sample Automation system automates tempering times in order to ensure highly accurate sample temperatures and deliver results in accordance with SFC International Standard Methods.

Automated SFC Measurements Include:

  • Visual display of the products’ melting curves
  • Quick SFC measurement option with automated data correction
  • Resulting parameters, such as slip melting point and dropping point, can be measured using TD-NMR SFC values
  • Crystallization kinetics and curve plotting (SFC versus time)
  • Automatically calculated averages

Sample Automation for SFC Features:

  • Waste position for simple disposal of post-analysis sample tubes
  • Six tempering blocks of 10 positions for heating and cooling
  • SFC calibration sample positions: 0%, ca. 30% and ca. 70% SFC integrated in the SFC automation system
  • Three tempering blocks of 60 positions for 0 °C, 60 °C, and 100 °C/80 °C
  • Two input racks for 10 mm tubes with 60 tube positions
  • Fully automated Daily Check functionality
  • Block cooling by advanced Peltier Technology, including purge option
  • New software package incorporates Bruker‘s innovative experience with SFC Automation knowledge of collaborator comicon GmbH, Hamburg, Germany

Automating Users’ TD-NMR Applications

theminispec Sample Automation system brings fast and efficient sample exchange for 10 mm diameter sample tubes to users’ lab.

Typical automatic applications include:


  • Contrast agent analysis in 10 mm sample tubes at different NMR field strengths


  • Density in polyethylene
  • Xylene solubles in polypropylene
  • Cross linking in elastomers
  • Rubber contact in ABS, polystyrene


  • Oil and moisture content in single/small amounts of seeds
  • Total oil / fat content in homogenous/small amounts of samples, like chocolate

A full range of theminispec Sample Automation solutions is offered based on different features and software options, for example:

Xylene Solubles in Polypropylene with theSample Automation

  • Input and output racks for both insertion and removal of 10 mm sample tubes
  • minispec mq-one or mq-series analyzer
  • theminispec sample automation software for non-SFC applications
  • Tempering device: heating only
  • Sample changer with safety housing and emergency stop (optional)
  • Barcode reader (optional)

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