Food Safety Magazine

Solutions On Demand | August/September 2013

Powering Productivity in Pesticide Analysis

By Thermo

Powering Productivity in Pesticide Analysis

Setting up a triple-stage quadrupole GC/MS for pesticide analysis can be challenging. Whether you are new to this type of analysis, want to expand your target list or want to combine multiple single quadrupole runs into one MRM analysis, the Thermo Scientific™ TSQ™ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer offers you a complete workflow solution. Utilizing an optimal combination of components from our portfolio, we’ve built an integrated system that provides unparalleled pesticide analysis capabilities.

High-capacity pesticide methods are very easily implemented with the system through the use of timed-Selected Reaction Monitoring (t-SRM). This is complemented by the fast-scanning capability of the TSQ 8000 triple quadrupole GC-MS, making the analysis of hundreds of target compounds with a total of over one thousand transitions not only possible, but easy.

The TSQ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer also has the ability to analyze full scan data at the same time as your targeted MRM analysis. This allows you to harness the power of existing EI full scan libraries to find potential high-level contaminants that targeted analysis would otherwise miss, or to monitor the matrix background for possible interference.

For more information, click on the Pesticide Analyzer link at www.thermoscientific.com/foodsafetyinsider.
 


Thermo Scientific TSQ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer Components


Configured TSQ 8000 Triple Quadrupole GC-MS/MS System
The TSQ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer is equipped with a TSQ 8000 mass spectrometer and Thermo Scientific™ TRACE™ 1310 GC, configured with both PTV with backflush and split/splitless injectors. Choose either a Thermo Scientific™ AS 1310 autosampler or TriPlus™ RSH autosampler to complete your analyzer.

TraceFinder Software Optimized for Environmental and Food Safety
Designed specifically for environmental and food safety testing, TraceFinder EFS software makes daily GC/MS pesticide quantitation and confirmation easy and efficient.

Pesticide Compound Database
A collection of over 600 pesticides, each with multiple transitions for quantitation and confirmation. Integrated with TraceFinder EFS software and the TSQ 8000 instrument method, the Pesticide Compound Database makes creating your target list as easy as clicking on your pesticides of interest. Automatically expand your database with new compounds and transitions using the integrated AutoSRM capability.

Optimized Instrument Method
Included with the analyzer is a TSQ 8000 instrument method optimized for pesticide analysis. Compound retention times stored in the Pesticide Compound Database were determined using this instrument method and the included GC column, minimizing the need for retention time determination when installing your analyzer—eliminating days, if not weeks, of method development.

Tailored GC Consumables
Both the GC column and a package of the injector liners used in the development of the TSQ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer are included with the system. These consumables have been determined by applications experts to give the best performance for comprehensive pesticide analysis.

AutoSRM Software Capability
AutoSRM software is designed to make the addition of unknowns to your targeted compound list fast and easy by automating many of the tedious steps in developing SRM transitions.

TSQ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer Installation Guide
The TSQ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer Installation Guide brings it all together in a step-by-step instruction booklet detailing the installation of the TSQ 8000 Pesticide Analyzer.