Product News: Waters Corporation Enhances Decision-Making with First UPLC-Based Analyzer for the Process Development Laboratory

15 Mar 2011

Waters Corporation today introduced the Waters® PATROL UPLC® Laboratory Analyzer designed to meet the needs of process development laboratories for real-time quality analytical data. Built on proven Waters UltraPerformance LC® (UPLC®) technology, this new system solution provides scientists with mission-critical analytical data to guide decision-making at the earliest stages of manufacturing process development.

With the introduction of the Waters PATROL UPLC Laboratory Analyzer, scientists can now deploy Real-TIME LC™ in an automated manner for process-related data acquisition and decision making on two new fronts: on the manufacturing floor with the PATROL UPLC Process Analyzer and, now, in the process development laboratory

“The path to better process management and lower cost manufacturing passes through the process development laboratory,” said Craig Dobbs, Program Manager, Process Analytics, Waters Division. “UPLC technology has proven itself over the past eight years in discovery, research, and development labs with its superior ability to detect and quantify components of complex reaction mixtures and fully characterize a candidate molecule by LC, LC/MS, and LC/MS/MS. For the first time, the process development lab enabled by the PATROL UPLC Laboratory Analyzer, can leverage this historical QbD characterization data for direct design space development, guiding decisions to optimize the chemical synthesis process by monitoring CQAs through scale-up and pilot production to full-scale manufacturing.”

Designed and engineered to perform lab to pilot-scale online and atline reaction monitoring in the process development laboratory, the PATROL UPLC Laboratory Analyzer System provides accurate, reproducible, and precise chemical reaction mapping across the entire time course of the process. With Real-TIME LC™ and LC/MS information, scientists are able to fully characterize reaction kinetics and determine which process produces the desired endpoint.

A hallmark of the system is its dilution accuracy, linearity, and range. The technology behind this performance is the instrument’s new Process Sample Manager (PSM) which automatically extracts an online sample from a reactor or slipstream, performs sample prep, and sample injection – a process that once required the time and full attention of an analytical technician. In addition to online samples, the PSM can also accept and store up to 32 barcode labeled vials, which can be a combination of different standards, controls, and at-line samples.

For more information about Waters Patrol UPLC Systems go to the company article page.