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Torion T-9 Portable GC/MS

We now offer portable GC/MS instrumentation for analyses in the field. This is ideal for rapid screening of chemicals, including environmental volatiles and semivolatiles (VOCs/SVOCs), explosives, chemical warfare agents, hazardous substances, and for use in food safety and industrial applications.

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The Torion® T-9 GC/MS is the world's smallest portable GC/MS, and is fast, reliable, and easy to use. The integrated system features a low thermal mass capillary gas chromatograph with high-speed temperature programming and a miniaturized toroidal ion trap mass spectrometer (TMS) with a mass range from 41 to 500 Daltons. Samples are injected using a novel CUSTODION® solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber syringe or a needle trap (CUSTODION-NT).

Our entire Torion T-9 GC/MS system is totally self-contained, weighs 32 pounds, and is rechargeable battery operated. It is easy to operate, with a color touch screen user interface or a simple three button navigation. The system's speed and portability makes it ideal for analysis outside your lab.

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Application Note

Method Development for Identification of Adulterated Spirits using Field Portable GC/MS

Learn how to detect whisky and spirits adulteration using a field-portable GC/MS through this note.

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On-Site Screening of Explosive Materials by Portal SPME-GC/MS and CME-GC/MS

Explosive materials are composed of energy-rich substances that release stored energy through a series of violent chemical processes upon ignition. The chemicals responsible for these explosive reactions are typically unstable without the presence of secondary compounds that act as stabilizers for the reactive materials. The inclusion of stabilizers along with other chemical components used in the formulation like propellants, solvents, and tagging agents can be used to aid in the identification of explosive materials.

In this study, we demonstrate the capability of Custodion Coiled Microextraction (CME) and Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) field collection and injection devices to detect explosive related materials using the Torion T-9 Portable GC/MS for the separation, detection, and identification of explosive materials and secondary identifiers.

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On-site Analysis of VOCs Emitted from Plants Using Headspace SPME and Portable GC/MS

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemically diverse and abundant in nature. Biogenic VOCs are present in and emitted by most plant parts and play an essential role in plant communication, pollinator/predator attraction, plant-bacterial interactions, defense, and ecology. Analysis of the VOCs emitted by plants allows for the identification of stressors as a response to disease, predation, and environmental factors.

VOC analysis can be carried out effectively by gas chromatography (GC) for the separation of complex mixture components in close-to-real-time, with subsequent detection achieved with mass spectrometry. Person-portable GC/MS systems, such as the PerkinElmer Torion® T-9, enable fast on-site identification of VOCs. In this application note, a method for the identification of VOCs in plant material utilizing a headspace technique is presented.

Rapid Fingerprinting of Volatile Components in Coffee Varieties Using Torion T-9 Portable GC/MS

Coffee is widely consumed as a beverage because of the stimulating effect it produces in humans. The aroma of coffee contributes to the flavor and taste of the beverage and has consequently led to extensive research on coffee. Hundreds of volatile/semi-volatile aroma and flavor compounds have been identified in coffee using traditional laboratory based headspace GC/MS systems1. We present a study for rapid fingerprinting of coffee volatile/semi-volatile compounds using solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) coupled to a portable GC/MS system for separation and detection.

The on-site analysis of coffee using portable technology can be used for quick quality control check of raw and finished products, comparison of competitor products, analysis of storage conditions or for process development.

Rapid Identification of Illicit Drug Substances

This study describes the injection, separation, and identification of 16 drug compounds in less than 10 minutes using portable gas chromatograph-toroidal ion trap mass spectrometry (PerkinElmer, Torion T-9 Portable GC/MS) combined with a coiled microextraction (CME) sampling injector to provide an effective tool for onsite analysis of illicit drugs substances.

Rapid In-Field Screening for Fentanyl Analogs

In recent years there has been an increase in fatalities related to the use and consumption of opioids, a class of synthetically manufactured pain-relieving drugs similar to naturally derived opiates like morphine, opium, codeine, and heroin. This application demonstrates the use of the novel Custodion® Coiled Microextraction (CME) syringes and the Torion T-9 Portable GC/MS as a fast and easy to use screening tool for drugs of abuse and new psychoactive substances (NPS) in the field.

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Volatile Organic Compound Screening in Soil Using SPME-GC/MS

The ability to screen soil samples in the field by identifying volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a valuable tool where sampling decisions are required in near real-time. Results of the screening procedure may be used to guide sample collection activities, and can help identify which sampling and/or extraction methods are most effective.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Screening Method 3815 provides limited VOC concentration information by only reporting an estimate of the total VOC concentration in a sample. This method uses a photoionization detector (PID) without any separation technique, thus individual VOCs and their relative concentrations are not identified and reported.1 Sampling using the Custodion® SPME syringe, with separation and analysis using the Torion®T-9 portable GC/MS, was used to positively identify 37 VOCs and their relative concentrations in the field in under three minutes.

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Chromatography Solutions for Soft Drink Analysis

Monitoring the consistency and quality in soft drinks is essential to ensure a positive brand image and a loyal customer base. Our full portfolio of chromatography solutions, including LC, GC and GC/MS, enables you to meet – and even exceed – your quality control goals with rapid, intuitive, and accurate testing solutions.

Custodion Sampling Devices for Portable GC-MS Interactive Brochure

Crime scenes, chemical spills, environmental contaminants – our Custodion family of sampling devices enable you to accurately analyze and get the results you need, quickly and efficiently.

Whether you’re testing gaseous compounds, liquid phases, or solid materials, there’s a Custodion solution specially designed for you and your science. Unlike ordinary syringes, ours are easy to handle – even while wearing bulky protective gear – so you can analyze samples with perfect precision every time.

Our one-handed Custodion syringes feature a hard-plastic design and retractable ballpoint pen-style handle, making it versatile and easy for you to operate in the field. The click-button actuator at the top of the handle enables the syringe to function as both a collection device and gas chromatography (GC) injector simply by extending or retracting the SPME fiber/CME wire from the protective, blunt 19-gauge needle.

What’s more, the Custodion design allows the Torion® T-9 to be the only portable GC/MS on the market that can easily transition from one Custodion sampling device to another without changing the instrument interface. So you can remain focused on the task at hand.


Case Study

Fast, On-site Fuel Scrutineering for Real-time Results and Winning Decisions

In motorsports, tampering with fuel gives racers an unfair advantage. To keep the race teams on an equal footing so races are fair, close, and exciting, the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) sets strict requirements for Superbikes, such as those for engines, tires, and fuel. On site fuel testing is an important factor in confirming race results and finalizing the ranking. This study reveals how the TOTAL Group applies portable GC/MS technology for on-the-spot fuel testing.

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Volatile Organic Compound Identification in Water by Portable SPME-GC/MS

Groundwater water sources are routinely tested for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of environmental concern. The samples are collected and transported to laboratories that can be far from the sample site which can cause loss of volatile target analytes during sample storage and transport.

PerkinElmer's Torion T-9 portable GC/MS technology provides the capability to perform on-site, near real-time chemical analysis for accurate and positive detection of analytes subject to degradation in complex samples.

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Product Note

Calion Solventless Standards for GC and GC/MS Instruments

Calion Standards are used to calibrate and validate the performance of GC and GC/MS instruments.

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Clairion Hand-held Battery-powered Air Pump for Air Sampling

Clairion includes a handheld battery-powered air pump with needle-trapping devices for air sampling.

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Torion T-9 GC MS

Although it was built for portability and speed, the low thermal mass (LTM) capillary GC provides equivalent chromatographic resolution and performance to a benchtop system. The miniature size is achieved by replacing a conventional convectively-heated column oven with a low thermal mass (LTM) column bundle with direct-contact electrical resistive heating. LTM GC uses a small diameter, metal capillary GC column, which is bundled with resistive heating and temperature-sensing wires that are braided Superior technology • Small diameter LTM capillary GC for high speed, high resolution separation of chemical analytes • Rapid temperature programming delivers analysis times of under three min. • Sensitive and selective mass-based detection of a wide range of chemicals • Easy to operate with a color touch-screen display and simple navigation buttons Figure 1. The Torion T-9 Low Thermal Mass Capillary GC is fast and operates reliably. Injection Port with Removable Liner LTM Capillary Column Bundle Cooling Fan Electronic Pressure Control GC Electronic Board together with insulator strands. This design provides for greater heating and cooling speeds and very low power consumption


Regulatory Compliance Certification

Product Certificate - Torion T-9 Portable GC/MS

Product Certificate for the Torion T-9 Portable GC/MS


Technical Note

The Benefit of Field-Portable Mass Spectrometry GC/MS for the Rapid Sampling and Measurement of Geosmin in Drinking Water

Over the years, many types of analytical instruments have been reduced to a portable or hand-held format to be used in the field, including XRF, LIBS, Raman, FT-IR and NIR analyzers. However, shrinking a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) to a field-portable configuration, whilst maintaining laboratory analytical performance, is a much greater challenge. Most of the previous attempts have utilized “point-and-shoot” approaches, which have not required any type of sample preparation or sample introduction accessories. For that reason, the practical value of a field-portable instrument is reduced significantly if it necessitates complex sample preparation or delicate procedures are required to introduce the sample into the gas chromatograph. In this technical note, we describe results from a novel, field-portable GC/MS system (Torion® T-9, PerkinElmer Inc., Shelton, CT) for the rapid identification and measurement of geosmin in drinking water, samples with a typical analysis time of less than 10 minutes.

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