• Digital Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer Receives Red Dot: Best of the Best Award 2021
    Shimadzu’s MALDImini-1 has been awarded a ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best Award 2021’ - the highest prize reserved for the best products in a category.

Mass Spectrometry & Spectroscopy

Digital Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer Receives Red Dot: Best of the Best Award 2021

Apr 19 2021

Shimadzu, one of the world leaders in analytical instrumentation, has been awarded a 'Red Dot: Best of the Best Award 2021' in the product design category for its MALDImini-1. The prize is the highest award in this competition and is reserved for the best products in a category of ground-breaking design. Already in 2019, Red Dot Awards were dedicated to Shimadzu’s Nexera UHPLC series LC-40 and the UV-1900 UV-Vis spectrophotometer.

With a history of more than 60 years, the Red Dot Design Award appraises the best products created every year. Alongside the German iF Award and the US IDEA Award, it is one of the major 3 design awards in the world. In 2021 under the motto ‘In search of good design and innovation’, around 50 jurors evaluated products based on innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics and durability. The Red Dot Award: Best of the Best honours products with unique design and competency that set standards for the future.

“The winners of the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best’ have demonstrated unique design competency. Their objects set trends in product design and give a glimpse of future developments. Only a fraction of our participants achieve this perfect symbiosis of aesthetics and functionality. It’s important to recognise this wonderful accomplishment,” said Professor Dr Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot.

Entering the digital age in MS with MALDImini-1
Shimadzu’s first-of-its-kind MALDImini-1 digital ion trap mass spectrometer marks a revolution in the MALDI market: it combines smallest footprint, minimum time and micro-quantity sample volume for high-sensitivity MSn measurements. The instrument fits on a space the size of a DIN A3 sheet, allowing installation in places where mass spectrometers could not previously fit. It enables ion trapping up to 70,000 Da and the MS/MS and MS3 functionality of the digital ion trap allows researchers to carry out comprehensive structural analyses with ease. MALDImini-1 can also be of great use for researchers working on glycans-related substances in the context of the COVID-19 disease.

MALDImini-1 displayed in ‘Milestones in Contemporary Design’
The system is included in the online exhibition of the Red Dot Design Week beginning 21 June 2021. As a product awarded the ‘Red Dot Award: Best of the Best’, the MALDImini-1 is also integrated in the exhibition ‘Milestones in Contemporary Design’ in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen.

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