COLUMBIA, Md.—Shimadzu Corp. debuted its Nexera Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph, which incorporates artificial intelligence as "analytical intelligence."
The AI allows systems to detect and resolve issues automatically, and integrates Internet of Things and device networking, according to a company news release. This enables users to review instrument status, optimize resource allocation and achieve higher throughput.
Shimadzu said the Nexera UHPLC series maximizes reliability and uptime with unattended workflows that span from startup to shutdown. Operators can set the Nexera to start up at a specified time, so that it can complete auto-purge, equilibration, baseline checks and system suitability in advance, and be ready for analysis before the operators arrive at the lab. FlowPilot ramps up the flow rate gradually, reducing the possibility of damage to columns, and the Nexera also has auto-diagnostics and auto-recovery capabilities that allow it to monitor pressure fluctuations to check for anomalies.
Shimadzu said the system's remote mobile phase monitoring and integrated consumables management maximizes uptime and reliability, and real-time monitoring of mobile phase levels allows personnel to efficiently run batches. Nexera tracks consumable usage and sends alerts when parts need to be replaced, and allows analysts to confirm parameters and monitor chromatograms in real time from a web browser on their smart device.
It increases efficiency by automating workflows and maximizing throughput analysis, Shimadzu said. The SIL-40 autosampler can process the entire injection cycle time within seven seconds, and continuous analysis can be carried out on up to 44 MTPs (using three plate changers). The SIL-40's plate changers enable nonstop temperature-controlled analysis of thousands of samples. The Nexera automatically blends mobile phases at any set ratio, which speeds up the buffer solutions and the dilution of solvents.
The compact design saves bench space, and because it uses more than 80 percent less electricity on standby, it reduces running costs and supports an environmentally friendly lab, said Shimadzu.
Key components include: mobile phase monitor MPM-40; system controller SCL-40, CBM-40; absorbance detector SPD-40/SPD-40V and photodiode detector SPD-M40; solvent delivery unit LC-40 series; autosampler SIL-40 series/plate changer; and column oven CTO-40 series.
More information can be found at shimadzu.com.
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