WALTHAM, MA, Jan. 12, 2012 -- PerkinElmer has provided South West Water, a UK-based water utility, its NexION(R) 300 ICP-MS platform to help ensure and deliver safe water to 1.6 million people and businesses in the south west of England through advanced analytical monitoring.
The analytical platform will enable South West Water to test for 28 different elements in drinking water and sewage networks as part of a regional monitoring system. Key criteria for selecting the NexION platform included rapid, high sample throughput capability, reliability, and the flexibility to adapt to changing workflow and detection requirements.
South West Water's testing facilities can now handle changes in current and future sample matrices by choosing between the different testing modes available on the NexION. Analysts have been able to easily streamline their previous methods to cover the required analysis of 28 elements using only the NexION, without increasing sample times. Further reduction of cycle times has also been possible using NexION's FAST system, for optimizing automatic sample handling, stabilization, data acquisition, rinse and reporting for high throughput.
How it works
Providing exceptional signal stability, the NexION 300 ICP-MS system focuses an ion beam with its unique Triple Cone Interface (TCI), minimizing drift and eliminating the need for cell cleaning. In addition, a Quadrupole Ion Deflector (QID) ensures only ions are introduced into the cell, keeping signal responses stable day after day. Due to its patented Universal Cell Technology™ (UCT), which has three modes of operation -- standard, reaction and collision -- analysts can choose the most appropriate technique for a particular application. This results in faster method development, higher capacity and sensitive, reproducible results every time.