Shimadzu launches chromatographs to support remote work


The Advanced i-Series is designed for analysing a large number of samples or quickly re-processing data even when working from home

Shimadzu has announced the release of its Advanced i-Series liquid chromatographs. The Prominence-i HPLC and Nexera-i UHPLC systems feature pressures of 50 MPa and 70 MPa respectively, and can be combined with a variety of detectors.

Retaining the basic functions of the i-Series instruments, the Advanced i-Series boasts increased pressure resistance and additional functions to support remote work. Both the system itself and the dedicated software enable data acquisition for all users, with automation to replicate the handling of expert operators.

The Advanced i-Series applies analytical intelligence automated features such as mobile phase monitoring for continuous analysis, a mobile phase flowrate control function, and i-PeakFinder for automatic peak integration. Analytical intelligence is designed to relieve operators from organisational, input and processing works as it allows systems to detect and resolve issues automatically, enabling users to easily review instrument status, optimize resource allocation and achieve higher throughput.

Since its release in 2014, the original i-Series liquid chromatograph has achieved sales of over 20,000 units. It combines superior basic functions and high-speed analysis in a compact table-top system, and its excellent usability significantly reduces the burden on the operators, Shimadzu says. The series has adopted for quality control, specification testing and R&D purposes in fields such as food and environmental science, chemistry and particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.

The integrated i-Series LC system keeps the performance of its predecessor, but also addresses the demands of a range of users, locations and approaches to analysis while always delivering highly reliable analytical results. Today, the company says, times also call for the possibility of an analytical environment that can deliver identical results regardless of whether the analyst is present in the laboratory, an expert user or new to the operating procedures. Use of the Advanced i-series is aimed to be intuitive and user-friendly, for reliable, reproducible data, independent of the analyst’s experience level.

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The Prominence-i HPLC instruments are available with UV and PDA detectors, or as detector-less version. The user can also choose between models with or without a sample cooling function. In addition to UV and PDA equipped versions, Nexera-i UHPLC is available as a method transfer (MT) system, featuring two flow paths for running UHPLC and HPLC methods on one instrument.

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