ioniTOF X000: The Unique Entry-Level, Mid and High Resolution TOF

​Since 1998, IONICON has been recognized for PTR-MS mass spectrometry. In 2007, the first TOF based PTR-MS analyzer was launched and it soon became a major success, predominately in the high-end academic research market.

The company started its own TOF developments with the intention to construct an affordable and robust TOF platform for its own production as the world’s leading PTR-TOFMS producer but now the company also attempts to allow others benefit from its customizable, cost-effective ioniTOF platform.

  • Modular OEM Time-of-Flight system
  • Negative or positive configuration available
  • From low, to mid and high-resolution
  • Affordable TOF platform for academic research

The ioniTOF X000 is a modular set-up that is available in a wide range of flight-path lengths options, from extremely compact, over mid-market to high-resolution. The company now provides the analyzer for the development of OEM TOF systems or for experimental TOF set-ups because of its experience in constructing hundreds of PTR-MS instruments. All ioniTOF components, such as electronics and vacuum system, are integral parts of the IONICON PTR-TOFMS series, and are developed with superior quality besides being thoroughly field tested.

IONICON’s long-standing partnership with renowned vacuum parts manufacturers and other related suppliers enables the company to offer even auxiliary parts as a one-stop shop experience, incl. pressure gauges, lines, vacuum pumps, instrument racks etc. IONICON is thus a reliable TOF partner, from a single unit to OEM supplier.

ioniTOF X000 platform

Flight path lengths and mass resolving power

Based on the same the peripheral components, the ioniTOF platform is considered to be a unique modular system that offers entry-level, mid and high-resolution TOFs. One of the unique features of the ioniTOF X000 refers to the fact that it has been designed as a multi-stage TOF and therefore it is extremely flexible when it comes to selecting the desired mass resolving capability.

From the shortest flightpath with the ioniTOF 1000 where the company achieves a resolution of up to 2000, to the medium range instrument ioniTOF 4000 with a resolution of more than 4000 and finally the current flagship ioniTOF 6000 with a resolution of more than 6000, the company extends its support to all projects.

Customers can make a choice based on their requirements. IONICON is also willing to upgrade the ioniTOF if customers change their minds and require more resolution than what they anticipated.

Options, details and more possibilities...

Positive or negative ionization?

With more than 300 PTR-MS instruments sold that depend on positive chemical ionization processes, the company’s focus has been on the positive ionization mode. However, the company designed its product in a way that it can also provide customers with a set-up for negative ionization, highlighting the company’s experience in combination with engineering flexibility that will take projects to the next level.


IONICON’s extensive experience in ion chemistry and PTR-MS innovations leads to the development of several tools that allow for an enhanced ion transmission into the company’s TOFs such as multipole ion guides, transmissions optics, ion funnels etc.

One of them is the IONICON hexapole ion guide capable of transmitting a wide range of ions and also focusing them to a narrow beam, in order to obtain improved sensitivity.


The versatile and performant ioniTOF software offers the possibility to start working with the customers TOF right away. This software has been widely tested and is regularly improved as a part of the IONICON PTR-TOFMS series development.

IONICON provides its customers with driver libraries for extensive documentation and support in order to integrate OEM TOFs into their own software interfaces.

Summary and Contact

All these benefits are currently available for customers. Customers can build their own instrument or consult with the company concerning an OEM delivery to equip the project with the front-end, ion guides and time-of-flight mass spectrometers, incl. the vacuum and electronic components, software and all expertise. A pleasant and streamlined experience from just one supplier for a reasonable price that has been unheard of before.

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