New integrated module brings the power of mass detection to the lab bench

Microsaic Systems is pleased to announce the launch of the MiDas™ interface module which allows simple connectivity of its miniaturised mass detector, the 4000 MiD®, for on line and off line analysis. The MiDas compact integrated interface unit offers automated sampling, dilution and injection for direct mass spectrometry (MS) analysis at the lab bench or fume hood, representing a unique integrated solution for delivering main-stream MS analysis to the lab bench.

Colin Jump, CEO Microsaic Systems commented, “The MiDas module adds to the flexibility of our successful 4000 MiD by allowing the simple deployment of mass detection in a large variety of real-time applications. The MiDas interface unit integrates with the 4000 MiD, offering a compact unit which gives the bench chemist the benefits of analytical chemistry where it’s needed.”

Applications range from analysing the compositions of unknown liquids in a beaker to reaction monitoring from a batch, flow reactor to semi-prep LC. MiDas allows sample analysis by direct injection and reaction mixtures from both flow and batch reactors. Masscape software on the 4000 MiD controls the dilution and port in the MiDas for flow and direct injection monitoring. The separate sampling pumps used for batch reaction monitoring are also fully controlled by the software. Automated sample sequences include flushing to ensure no carry-over. Easy-to-use software allows data analysis in real-time. Remote desktop control via LAN is available for remote control of both the MiD and MiDas.

Microsaic Systems is the first and only company to have commercialised mass spectrometry technology on a chip based on MEMS technology. The Microsaic 4000 MiD’s low operating cost and small footprint make the instrument deployable in a wide range of applications where mass spectrometry has not been able to reach. The 4000 MiD fits comfortably into a standard lab fume hood, opening up further opportunities in the field of on-line reaction monitoring. Users are able to increase the use of mass spectrometry in the laboratory, while benefiting from significant cost savings, owing to fewer necessary structural components such as gas generators and air conditioning. There are also sizeable savings with the use of ‘Plug and Play’ components which enable users to maintain the system themselves, resulting in less downtime and greater flexibility within the laboratory.

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