TIME-OF-FLIGHT MASS SPECTROMETRY

Mass spectrometry is the ultimate analytical technique for the characterization of chemical composition in gaseous, liquid, and solid samples. Several types of mass spectrometers exist, but time-of-flight mass spectrometers have gained traction in recent years for laboratory applications thanks to their high performance and mechanical robustness.

In the past, in-line and field applications could not leverage the superior performance of time-of-flight mass spectrometers because these instruments used to be large and could not be made smaller without making unacceptable performance compromises. Spacetek’s technology overcomes these limits, and for the first time makes small and yet high-performance time-of-flight mass spectrometers available on the market.

INSTRUMENT ARCHITECTURE
DIGITAL SOLUTION

Spacetek’s instruments are designed to be 100% remotely operated, as it is required for Industry 4.0 and field applications.

This capability is based on knowhow and technologies developed for space exploration, where remote control, supervision, and diagnostic is a must, as no possibility for physical interaction exists.

That is why live results in real-time, monitoring and control of the instrument from anywhere, anytime is just the norm for any instrument we build.

Depending on customers’ needs, access to Spacetek’s instruments and its configuration may be fully open or closed with restricted access features.

ADVANTAGES

A compact time-of-flight mass spectrometer can be mounted in-line of industrial manufacturing equipment and infrastructure, providing constant monitoring of products and production processes.

State-of-the-art electronics and software solutions allow to remotely control the system and access measurement results in real-time, without the need for physical access to the instrument.

In time-of-flight mass spectrometry intrinsically all species are detected simultaneously. No scanning of the mass scale is required as for other analyzer technologies, providing crucial advantage for process monitoring and controlling.

The noise level over the full mass range is constant. This allows to detect small quantities of heavy chemical compounds.

A time-of-flight mass spectrometer is mechanically simple and very robust. Hence, it is well suited for high-reliability applications in industry and in field applications in harsh environments.