Torion Technologies Inc. announces significant upgrades to TRIDION™-9 GC-TMS, which is still the world’s fastest and most portable capillary gas chromatograph – toroidal ion trap mass spectrometer (GC-TMS).
The TRIDION-9 GC-TMS features a low thermal mass capillary gas chromatograph (GC) with high speed temperature programming (>2 ºC/sec) and a miniature toroidal ion trap mass spectrometer (TMS) with a nominal unit mass resolution over a mass range of 50 to 500 Daltons. The system is totally self-contained, weighs ~ 32 pounds with all accessories, is battery operated (30 V Lithium Ion), has an on-board helium GC carrier gas supply cartridge (2500 psig, 90 cc), and is person portable. The world’s smallest self-contained GC-MS is packaged in a specially-designed, hardened enclosure with dimensions of 15.0” (wide) x 15.5” (deep) x9” (high). The new TRIDION-9 GC-TMS features electronic pressure control (EPC) of the helium GC carrier gas and an on-board rechargeable battery system for renewable power.
New additions to the TRIDION-9 include expanded on-board library search capabilities, calibration and performance validation routines, addition of the NIOSH database, quantitative results, and the addition of two new sampling accessories.
Enhancements to the on-board GUI software now enable the user to perform automated performance validation and calibration in the field. On-board libraries with over 1,000 compounds provide better library search capabilities for unknown compound identifications. Torion‘s PC-based operating CHROMION® software (newly release Version 1.1) enables the user to edit the GC-TMS method parameters, calibrate the instrument, and develop quantitative target analyte libraries for automated detection and identification of targeted chemical compounds based on their characteristic retention times and mass spectra. Quantitative results are reported in an easy-to-understand tabular format that is displayed on the TRIDION’s LCD touchscreen. CHROMION software also provides display, plot and view functions, as well as data processing capabilities for not only the TRIDION-9 GC-TMS, but also other MS data files.
In addition to CUSTODION® SPME syringe, the new CUSTODION®-NT (Needle Trap) is now available for sample collection and introduction into the TRIDION-9. The CUSTODION-NT provides active air sampling for quantitative determinations in the low parts per billion concentrations for VOCs in air. When detection limits in the parts per trillion are required the CUSTODION-NT can be coupled with a conventional thermal desorption trap for two-stage thermal desorption using the FUZION™-3 Sample Prep Station. Internal standard is easily added to the CUSTODION-NT using Torion’s FUZION-IS (Internal Standard) module, which uses Torion’s new solventless CALION™ standards.
The TRIDION-9 GC-TMS from Torion is not only portable, but also fast, reliable and easy to operate. The TRIDION-9 GC-TMS system is ideally suited for rapid sampling and identification (less than 5 min) of a wide variety of compounds including, explosives, toxic industrial chemicals, environmental pollutants, food constituents and contaminants, and a variety of other hazardous and nonhazardous substances. The TRIDION-9 provides Information when and where it is needed at the source, turning samples into data to make informed decisions in time critical applications.