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Agilent Technologies’ New Semi-Volatile Organic Compound Analyzer Designed for Easy Startup, Higher Throughput of Environmental Samples


SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the Semi-Volatile Organic Compound (SVoC) Analyzer, a complete, preconfigured tool for detecting and measuring SVoC in water and soil samples.

“Several new technologies are dramatically improving throughput for analyzing semi-volatiles in streams, lakes, wastewater and soil,” said Denise Ibens, Agilent solutions business development manager. “We’ve developed this new SVoC Analyzer to help labs access this new technology easily and quickly. The concept is to help labs reduce the cost of implementing new technologies, increase confidence in initial results, and reduce time to technical mastery.”

The core of the Agilent SVoC Analyzer is the rugged Agilent 5975C gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS). It is configured with the latest technology for speeding the workflow and improving results. This includes Agilent Capillary Flow Technology configured for backflushing of heavy matrix, thereby improving analysis time and reducing maintenance needs.

Also part of the analyzer package is Deconvolution Reporting Software (DRS) and a Semivolatiles DRS database/library. The latter includes the 338 single component analytes from EPA methods 525 and 8270, allowing for fast, high-confidence screening of target compounds, particularly effective for analyzing dirty matrices.

The analyzer is configured and pretested in the factory so that it is ready to use for the analysis of semi-volatiles. With the analyzer, Agilent provides a method of analysis and complete documentation, including a quick-start guide. Application-focused training materials include several video tutorials and a user’s guide, all designed to enable out-of-the-box system operation. A representative checkout standard is provided to help users verify the application.

“During the last four decades, Agi`lent has developed a large number of methods that have evolved into industry standards,” Ibens observed. “Now there are more than 60 application kits and complete analyzers available to bring this knowledge into labs with minimal disruption to daily laboratory operation.”


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