The latest news from academia, regulators
research labs and other things of interest
Posted: Feb 07, 2011
Oxford Instruments Adds More Features to MQC Benchtop NMR Analyzer
(Nanowerk News) Oxford Instruments America, Inc.'s Magnetic Resonance Group, a leading supplier of low-field benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology based in Concord, Massachusetts, announces the release of a second generation of its popular MQC analyzers.
Oxford Instruments' MQC has proven to be ideal for determining the oil content of seeds, food, wax, and rubber. Widely used in energy production and for the manufacturing of textiles, the MQC is also used to check the quality of construction materials and personal care products.
A compact size minimizes the footprint on critical laboratory benchtop workspace. It also includes a space-saving internal computer with operator interface, so no external PC is required. With the recent change to a 17-inch LCD flat screen monitor mounted on the magnet, the user is provided with a clear view of data and operational instructions. New test and diagnostic software makes remote servicing of the instrument a cost-saving convenience.
The MQC incorporates a permanent magnet that is smaller than those in any comparable instrument and has a very high homogeneity. Despite its small size, the magnet has the largest sample space in its class. It also has the highest field strength for maximum sensitivity and is available in several operating frequencies from 2 to 23 Megahertz.
Interchangeable probes permit different sample sizes to be used for different materials, optimizing the instrument for each application. A liquid variable temperature probe is now available for the MQC, which allows operators to run experiments at higher or lower temperatures. The bottom of the probe is now equipped with a plug that keeps the magnet clean in the event of spills or broken sample tubes.
The MQC's magnet, computer, and electronics, including the power supply, are now contained in two separate housings making it possible to place the electronics on the floor, under the bench, or even on a shelf to save benchtop space. The MQC line is available in a number of models with probes ranging from 5 millimeter (mm) to 60 mm in diameter. Each instrument is shipped with all required software, hardware, and sampling accessories, including set-up standards tailored to the user's application.
The Magnetic Resonance business group is committed to the development and manufacture of cost-effective instrumentation for industrial quality control, research, and life sciences. The group's expertise is based on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology. Today Oxford Instruments is exploring more innovative ways to use benchtop NMR for faster, easier, and safer measurements. Visit www.oxford-instruments.com for more information on the company and its products.
About Oxford Instruments
Oxford Instruments aims to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of our world through science and technology. We provide high technology tools and systems for industrial and research markets based on our ability to analyze and manipulate matter at the smallest scale. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success ever since the business spun out from Oxford University over 50 years ago, and its strategy is still to effect the successful commercialization of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion. Oxford Instruments is now a global company with over 1,300 staff worldwide and a listing on the London Stock Exchange (OXIG).
Our objective is to be a leading supplier of next generation tools and systems for research and industry. This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature and high magnetic field environments, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray electron and optical based metrology, and advanced growth, deposition, and etching. Our products, expertise, and ideas address global issues such as energy, environment, terrorism, and health, and are part of the next generation of telecommunications, energy products, environmental measures, security devices, drug discovery, and medical advances.