TraceFinder, GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS, Thermo Scientific

OK here is a situation for you… You are working in the chromatography laboratory and you have a large project coming in that requires analyses on both gas chromatography and liquid chromatography. There are some samples that require mass spectrometer detection with ECD and NPD for gas chromatography; UV and fluorescence for liquid chromatography. There are a lot of samples coming and not enough people in either the GC lab or LC lab to analyze and report them all individually. TraceFinder software allows the chromatography laboratory to easily balance resources to get the work done. The analysts that in the past have had to specialize in either gas chromatography or liquid chromatography can now expand their own capabilities by moving easily between these techniques. The software does not just look similar, it is the same.

There are many issues that must be dealt with in the laboratory but a significant one that can be easily overlooked is the need to balance resources to meet project deadlines. Laboratories can fall behind on some projects and have excess resources on others due to training on other analytical techniques; software is a big part of that problem. In the past different analytical techniques have required different software, even in the same section of the laboratory. TraceFinder 2.1 provides cross-platform support, uniting your gas and liquid chromatography techniques. This allows the routine laboratory much more flexibility to meet project requirements by making it easy for chemists to move between gas and liquid chromatography without the need to learn new software.

The TraceFinder software is designed to make routine GC, GC-MS, LC, and LC-MS quantitation and targeted analysis simple, fast and productive. The software offers a simplified workflow-driven method setup and fully automated data acquisition, data processing and reporting. Methods that are developed with TraceFinder can be easily shared from one instrument to the next and from one laboratory to another, even shared from Thermo Fisher Scientific Laboratories. Because of this there are methods readily available to quickly make your new instrument productive in your lab. Specifically for GC and LC Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometers the Compound Data Store (CDS) provides an extensive list of selected reaction monitoring (SRM) experiments in environmental testing, food safety residue analysis, clinical research and forensic toxicology applications. Data review is easy, customizable and assigns multiple flags for quick identification of problem areas within a data set that require further attention. To protect the integrity of analytical data, the software includes a rights-based secure user login system.

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