Automated, advanced and flexible: These are identifiers we want when considering equipment that will increase overall efficiencies and bottom-line profitability. These attributes, however, also remind us of the ever-changing nature of the industry.
There is an avoidable backdrop of regulatory protocols, nation-by-nation site requirements and technological advances to consider when making investments into new equipment. With change so rapid, leasing should be your primary strategy.
Lease agreements offer flexibility, cost savings and are available on a range of equipment including analytical instruments. Below, our experts review what to look for when leasing Mass Spectrometers and Chromatographs.
Mass spectrometers identify the molecular composition and molar masses within a sample by selecting and electrifying the distinct particles. Pharmaceutical labs can benefit from these features:
- Laser Desorption Ionization: Choosing a mass spectrometer starts by identifying the right ion source, the mechanism responsible for transmitting an electric field. This element will determine what samples your team can study. Life science experiments typically analyze particles with molar masses over 100,0000, such as polymers, proteins, and DNA fragments. Molecules of that size require matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) or similar technology, which amplify laser wavelengths via conductive compound.
- Flexibility: One of the easiest ways to reduce the operational complexity inherent to the research process is to work with customizable equipment. Your team may need to reconfigure the machine for unforeseen applications or upgrade the processing capabilities to streamline workflow.
- Advanced data processing with an extensive spectral library: Biological samples contain the greatest potential array of molecules. You want to choose a software system capable of managing the volume of information produced during life science studies as well as a sample library with maximum identification capacity.
- High-sensitivity detection: Due to its chemical complexity, organic specimens often contain trace elements that are challenging to distinguish. Make sure your mass spectrometer comes equipped with an exceedingly precise filtration system.
Chromatography systems remove elements from a complex mixture. Drug companies often use this machine to identify product contaminants, particularly toxic chiral compounds, which can be difficult to distinguish from their non-toxic counterparts. Research labs should seek the following:
- Temperature control: Adjustable internal temperatures allow the investigator to maintain the integrity of temperature-sensitive samples.
- Productivity enhancement: Today’s chromatography systems come with a range of automated features including robotic arms that move sample trays between compartments and self-monitoring processes for precise replicability. These features free up expensive labor while helping to eliminate the potential for human error.
- Adaptability: A chromatography system, such as the Agilent 1200 Series HPLC System, is only as useful as the applications its able to serve. Adjustable settings, such as detector sensitivity and spectral resolution, and customizable, PC-compatible analytics software, go a long way to ensure your equipment can fulfill any protocol.
Leasing with a well-resourced supplier, such as Axelerist, allows you access to the most technologically advanced solutions at a rate that can be integrated into your budget and financial projections. We provide same day quotes, servicing and maintenance, and access to leading instrument manufacturers to laboratories around the world.