Next-generation Sample Extraction and Enrichment Platform Unveiled
Mar 20 2020
Markes International Ltd unveiled a new version of its award-winning sample extraction and enrichment platform at Pittcon 2020.
When launched at analytica in 2018, Centri marked a breakthrough in versatility and performance for the automated sampling and preconcentration of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs and VOCs) from solid, liquid and gaseous samples, prior to GC–MS analysis.
“Firstly, we have improved functionality by allowing users to increase or decrease the level of automation, which ultimately allows Centri’s unique trap-enabled preconcentration, extraction and enrichment to be available to a wider range of laboratories, said Gareth Ellis, Markes’ Supplies and Extraction and Enrichment Manager.
“Plus we have added sample stacking (enrichment from multiple samples, including mixed modes), intelligent diagnostics (flow-path leak check and locator), smart technology for capturing data from the headspace and SPME sampling accessories, liquid handling (e.g. the addition of derivatisation reagent or internal standard), chilled trays and support for trap-enabled SPME-Arrow – making the platform even more powerful.”
For the ultimate in performance and flexibility, the Centri is now also available with a 160 cm rail, increasing extraction and enrichment possibilities even further – with a longer rail come the additional benefits of greater capacity and configuration combinations. Additional capabilities are available such as the ability to automate injection directly to the GC column and the use of custom automation scripts alongside Centri’s automated trap-enabled headspace, SPME, SPME-Arrow, HiSorb and thermal desorption workflows.
For laboratories that require different levels of automation - ranging from a manual to a fully automated platform - Centri can be tailored to suit every need, each delivering the same high performance. The platform can also be upgraded when required to include further automation using Markes or select third-party robotics, thus the future-proofing of Centri is ensured.
Andy Hardwick, Commercial Director of Markes’ parent company, Schauenburg Analytics Ltd, said: “We believe that building on the already successful Centri enables a wider range of scientists to access its unique power. Centri has proved itself in a wide range of applications, being at the forefront of research and at the heart of many high-throughput laboratories’ workflows. The new additions add to its flexibility and power. When combined with SepSolve Analytics’ INSIGHT® GC×GC, BenchTOF™ and ChromSpace® data processing technologies, we believe that Centri can offer the ultimate in discovery platforms.”
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