Market profile: triple quadrupole GC/MS.Triple quadrupole A quadrupole is one of a sequence of configurations of electric charge or gravitational mass that can exist in ideal form, but it is usually just part of a multipole expansion of a more complex structure reflecting various orders of complexity. gas chromatography gas chromatography (GC)
Type of chromatography with a gas mixture as the mobile phase. In a packed column, the packing or solid support (held in a tube) serves as the stationary phase (vapour-phase chromatography, or VPC) or is coated with a liquid stationary phase mass spectrometry mass spectrometry
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Analytic technique by which chemical substances are identified by sorting gaseous ions by mass using electric and magnetic fields. (GC/MS GC/MS Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer
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One of the first commercialized triple quadrupole GC/MS systems was introduced by Waters in 2002 and was based on the company's Quattro micro benchtop triple quadrupole LC/MS LC/MS Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry system. Varian also entered the triple quadrupole GC/MS market in 2002 with its 1200L GC/MS, which could be configured either as a single or triple quadrupole MS and used as either an LC/MS or GC/MS. Within the past two years, Thermo Fisher Scientific has entered the market, adapting its TSQ TSQ Times Square
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As one can notice, the common pattern among these vendors has been the adaptation of an existing triple quadrupole LC/MS system for GC/MS. However, one of the issues that has limited the introduction of such models is price. Triple quadrupole LC/MS systems are generally priced well over $300,000, which is easily twice the price to which most end-users of GC/MS systems are accustomed.
Recently, major vendors have been able to leverage their manufacturing expertise to introduce triple quadrupole LC/MS systems closer to $200,000. Even with the elimination of electrospray ionization sources, triple quadrupole MS systems are costly to manufacture. So it is not surprising that all three triple quadrupole GC/ MS vendors have based their instruments on well-established platforms.
Triple quadrupole GC/MS is in demand for applications in several end-user markets, including environmental testing, agriculture and food, and forensics See computer forensics. and toxicology. More complex samples, including fruits, vegetables, animal products, urine and plasma, require MS/MS capabilities. However, such capabilities are not useful across the wider range of applications in the environmental, agriculture and food markets. Therefore, the potential demand is limited to a niche market within the GC/MS market. Contract testing labs that aggregate testing needs from these industries, and which are more likely to test difficult samples, will be the strongest area of end-user demand.
In 2007, the total market for triple quadruple GC/MS was less than $15 million. Annual growth should approach the double digits over the next few years and will be a force in the growth of the more than $300 million quadrupole GC/MS market. As manufacturers continue to lower manufacturing costs and, in turn, lower system prices, the size of the potential market will broaden significantly.
Triple Quad GC/MS at a Glance
* Thermo Fisher Scientific
* Environmental Testing
* Agriculture and Food