Product News: Agilent Technologies Announces Products and Highlights Newly Expanded Company

17 Mar 2011

At the first Pittcon since it acquired Varian, Agilent Technologies Inc. today talked about the synergies of the newly expanded company, and introduced the following products and resources:

• 240 and 220 Ion Trap GC/MS systems, combining multiple ionization and scan modes with rugged 7890A GC.
• Intelligent System Emulation Technology for the Agilent 1290 UHPLC, facilitating instrument-to-instrument method transfer.
• CrossLab supplies portfolio, providing high-quality supplies for major brands of GC instruments.
971 Flash Purification System, offering fast, easy, secure purification of new synthetic compounds.
• Second-generation Low Thermal Mass GC system, combining faster cycling with convenience of standard data system software.
• The 2011-12 Essential Chromatography and Spectroscopy Catalog, which is 50 percent larger than the previous edition.

Agilent also highlighted the addition of Fourier transform infrared technology to its spectroscopy portfolio with the recent acquisition of A2 Technologies. Spectroscopy was a key factor in the Varian acquisition, and the A2 instruments for petrochemical, environmental, aerospace, art conservation academia and geosciences analyses fit well into Agilent's spectroscopy portfolio.

"Strong demand for our newly expanded consumables portfolio, vacuum products and molecular spectroscopy systems in Q1 nicely complemented organic growth of Agilent's tradition product lines," said Mike McMullen, president, Agilent Chemical Analysis Group. "Momentum is building and we are well on the way of delivering on the promise of Varian."

Ion Traps Join Agilent GC/MS Lineup

Agilent introduced the 240 and 220 Ion Trap GC/MS systems, combining the flexibility (multiple ionization and scan modes) of ion trap mass spectrometers with the rugged performance of the Agilent 7890A gas chromatograph. The Agilent 240 Ion Trap MS offers a sub-picogram detection limit in full scan mode, providing reliable quantitation and identification over a wide range of concentrations.

Technology Emulates Any LC System

Agilent chose Pittcon 2011 to introduce Intelligent System Emulation Technology for the 1290 Infinity UHPLC. This harnesses the wide power range and the superior accuracy of the 1290 Infinity to emulate other systems for the seamless transfer of methods between LCs, regardless of brand.

Supplies Support Major GC Brands

Agilent also introduced the Agilent CrossLab supplies portfolio, providing high-quality supplies for major brands of gas chromatography systems. Benefits include boosting lab productivity and performance while consolidating purchasing to reduce administrative burdens.

System Rapidly Purifies New Synthetic Compounds

In addition, Agilent introduced the Agilent 971-FP Flash Purification System, a personal flash chromatography instrument for pharmaceutical chemists offering very fast, easy and secure purification of new synthetic compounds.

Next-Generation Low Thermal Mass for GC

Agilent also introduced the Agilent LTM Series II system for gas chromatography, the second generation of its proprietary low thermal mass technology that greatly increases sample throughput through faster column heating/cooling cycles.

Expanded Chromatography and Spectroscopy Catalog

The 2011-2012 Essential Chromatography and Spectroscopy Catalog totals 1,344 pages, 50 percent more than the previous edition. It is the first to include columns and other consumables from Agilent's acquisition of Varian Inc. 

Headspace Sampler

Agilent also exhibited its 7697A Headspace Sampler for GC, introduced in February. The new design allows users to introduce volatile compounds automatically from virtually any sample matrix, directly into a GC or GC/MS. Its architecture is similar to the market-leading 7890A GC and 7693A ALS product line, designed to deliver the best chromatographic results on the market. Vial capacity of 111 accommodates high-volume sequences.

Automated Sample Prep

In addition, Agilent displayed its recently introduced 7696 Sample Prep Workbench, a new instrument for automated preparation of analytical samples. In addition to increased productivity through automation, the 7696 can reduce cost per sample compared with manual methods by consuming smaller amounts of reagents, producing less waste and requiring no glassware beyond sample vials. The 7696 is compatible with liquid chromatography and gas chromatography workflows.