Editorial Article: Pittcon 2020: 14 tech highlights to provide advanced analytical research solutions

Top innovations and technology news from the laboratory science conference and expo in Chicago, U.S.A.

13 Mar 2020


As one of the mainstays in the annual laboratory science calendar, Pittcon has evolved from its roots in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy into an event that serves a range of scientific fields including cannabis testing, life sciences, forensics, and industrial manufacturing. Despite a slightly reduced attendance due to coronavirus, this year's show saw the launch of plenty of exciting new technologies such as particle imagers, tube furnaces, and confocal Raman imaging microscopes, all designed to supercharge research and analysis. Here, in no particular order, are 14 highlights from the exhibition floor.


SelectScience reports from Pittcon 2020 to cover the latest in new lab technologies, techniques and scientific research

1.    New water purification systems by MilliporeSigma

New water purification systems were exhibited by Millipore Sigma, the Milli-Q® IQ 7003/05/10/15 system and the  Milli-Q® IQ 7000 ultrapure water system. Both promising to make lab life easier and deliver consistently high-quality pure and ultrapure water directly from the tap. 

2.    LabRAM Soleil by HORIBA

The LabRAM Soleil confocal Raman imaging microscope, part of HORIBA’s renowned LabRAM spectroscopy series, comes complete with ultrafast imaging, advanced automation features, intuitive software and a robust design that promises to supercharge researchers’ analyses. The first multimodal Raman microscope designed for UV-Vis-NIR Raman imaging won the Bronze Pittcon Today Excellence Award.

3.    ICP-MS, TOC and Elemental Analysis innovations by Analytik Jena

At this year’s Pittcon, Analytik Jena presented a new line-up of high-performance instruments and game-winning support and service. Promising precise and accurate analytical instruments that offer an enhanced experience, whether in the QC, research, or routine testing fields.

4.    JEOL marks 70 years with launch of new MS system & more

JEOL USA marked its 70th anniversary of providing instrumentation and solutions for advanced scientific and industrial research and development by introducing the new JMS-TQ4000GCGC-triple quadrupole mass spectrometer system, designed for high speed and sensitivity. It also showcased the latest updates to its core product range in mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). 

5.    New series of UV-Vis spectrophotometers by Shimadzu 

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments' new series of UV-Vis and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometers includes a number of automated functions, including automatic pass/fail determination and a spectral evaluation function, that are designed to improve data analysis and management.

6.    New tube furnaces by Carbolite Gero 

The new TF, TS and TG tube furnaces aim to provide best-in-class performance with maximum temperatures, as well as ensuring minimal power consumption and low external case temperature. 

7.    LANEXO  Lab Inventory, Safety & Compliance Management System by MilliporeSigma 

This new digital system has been developed to create efficiencies, improve safety, and facilitate compliance in highly-regulated analytical and research laboratories. 

8.    LIMS solutions by Accelerated Technology Laboratories

Both TITAN® and Sample Master® were showcased at Pittcon 2020, along with an array of complementary products that aim to enhance the capabilities of both LIMS and further streamline laboratory workflows. 

9.    New sample preparation products by Markes International

Pittcon 2020 marked the launch of the latest version of Centri multi-mode sample automation and concentration platform for GC-MS alongside two new thermal desorption instruments, designed to offer high-sensitivity and increased efficiency. 

10.    X-ray and handheld analytical instrumentation by Rigaku

The company exhibited its latest products within benchtop X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), as well as handheld Raman and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) instrumentation.

11.    iSpect DIA-10 by Shimadzu

The iSpect DIA-10 has been developed to perform particle imaging, size analysis, and foreign object determination, as well as obtaining distributions and number concentration in as little as two minutes. 

12.    Multi-Sample Discovery X3 Differential Scanning Calorimeter by TA instruments

This revolutionary multi-sample X3 DSC incorporates patented Fusion Cell and Tzero technologies designed to deliver industry-leading performance for up to three samples simultaneously.

13. New technological leader in particle characterization

The companies RETSCH Technology GmbH, Microtrac Europe GmbH and BEL Europe GmbH have merged to become the new Microtrac Retsch GmbH. This new constellation hopes to allow users of particle characterization in the EMEA region to access the broadest product portfolio worldwide from one single source

14.    Scientists’ Choice Awards winners announced

The 2020 Scientists’ Choice Awards® for General Lab, Separations and Spectroscopy were presented to the world’s most innovative, exciting and effective new lab products. Other awards included Best Analytical Science Article of the Year, Best Analytical Science Webinar of the Year and Best Analytical Science Email of the Year. 

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