Detection equipment

Novel sample introduction units

MSA design and build bespoke sample introduction devices for variety of customers with different sampling requirements. Using expertise in trace vapour and particulate detection; MSA’s research scientists and engineers have successfully developed systems, suitable for the direct and fast analysis of samples, without any sample preparation or damage.

MSA’s current range of units relies on thermal desorption to liberate substances from swabs, surfaces, or items of interest, followed by ionisation through an APCI (Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionisation) source. The flexibility of the design and orientation of the thermal sampler, enables large surface areas of a wide variety of materials to be analysed.

Simple modification of the interface allows each unit to be integrated with a range of detectors, including the Sciex API series of tandem mass spectrometers. Coupled with the specificity afforded by a tandem mass spectrometer, the units can provide simultaneous detection of a several compounds of interest and real time results.

Engaged by both private companies and government bodies, MSA has developed advanced sampling units for use in different scenarios such as;

  • Train/Metro Tickets
  • Boarding Passes
  • Clothing
  • Swabs
  • Baggage
  • Banknotes
  • Tenax Tubes
  • Teflon Filters
  • Air Samples
  • Fabrics
  • Cargo
  • Vehicles

Do you require a fast, reliable, efficient sampling system? Please contact us to discuss our range of units in more detail.

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