New instrument for method-compliant environmental monitoring of air sampled using canisters
Thursday, 24 August 2017 at 9:34:AM
Markes International (Llantrisant, UK) has announced the launch of its CIA Advantage-xr instrument for the automated analysis of trace-level ‘air toxics’ and other pollutants in accordance with popular protocols such as US EPA Method TO-15 and Chinese EPA Method HJ 759.
Thanks to the ground-breaking Dry-Focus3™
technology, every CIA Advantage-xr
system offers robust, high-throughput analysis of high- and low-concentration
compounds sampled using canisters and bags, as well as whole-air samples.
Compliance with standard methods is assured by the system’s outstanding
linearity, sub-part-per-trillion method detection limits, reproducibilities
well within mandated limits, and built-in internal standard capability.
Dry-Focus3 is a unique,
three-stage focusing and water-management mechanism that operates entirely
without liquid cryogen. Incorporating the Kori-xr module, it allows air streams
with up to 100% relative humidity to be monitored without loss of
ultra-volatiles, polar species or oxygenated compounds, for an extended target
CIA Advantage-xr systems have particular advantages for busy
laboratories. Features include efficient electrically-cooled trapping that
avoids the costs and inconvenience of liquid cryogen, quantitative sample
splitting and re-collection for repeat analysis and easier method validation,
and up to 27 channels for unattended, automated operation.
Like the other instruments in the ‘xr’ series, the CIA Advantage-xr
also offers quantitative recovery of C2 to C44 compounds,
including reactive species, and an improved user experience through a more
modern and robust design and a new software platform.
Dr Massimo Santoro, Technical
Marketing Director of Markes International, says “CIA Advantage-xr systems and the new Dry-Focus3 technology are a major
breakthrough for laboratories wanting to carry out reliable, automated analysis
of air in compliance with key standard methods.”
“Not only do they represent the
state-of-the-art for canister analysis of air in accordance with TO-15 and HJ
759, but through their tube analysis capability they provide the flexibility to
monitor high-boiling semi-volatiles, with options for full automation of sample
splitting and re-collection.”
Dr Santoro highlights how recent
developments in environmental air monitoring have driven development of the new
system: “Although canister sampling remains popular, the ever-greater range of
analytes and concentrations of interest is challenging traditional canister
pre-concentration technologies. As an instrument manufacturer with a strong
customer and application focus, helping our customers extend their capabilities
has always been of prime importance to us.”
“With the launch of the CIA Advantage-xr, analysts
now have in their hands a system that will allow effortless handling of routine
air samples with up to 100% relative humidity, while also being fully
capable of tackling tougher challenges in air monitoring, both now and in the
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