August 23, 2013 | News & Notices Shimadzu's New IRTracer-100 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer Provides High-speed, High-sensitivity Analysis for an Expanded Range of Markets and Applications

the IRTracer-100 Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrophotometer

Shimadzu Corporation announces the launch of the IRTracer-100 Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrophotometer. Combining high speed, sensitivity, and resolution with enhanced expandability and easy-to-use software, the IRTracer-100 quickly and easily obtains high-quality data for samples in such fields as pharmaceuticals, foods, chemicals and electronics.


Analysis of contaminants in or on products is very important for both safety and quality purposes. The size of the contaminants of interest has decreased significantly to 10 µm or less. Analyzing such ultra-small samples requires high-sensitivity FTIR spectrophotometers. In addition to sensitivity, customers require easy-to-use software packages that provide rapid results. Lastly, FTIR systems need to offer rapid scan modes in order to monitor ultra-fast reactions.

Shimadzu developed the IRTracer-100 with these requirements in mind. Featuring improvements in interferometer and detector design, the IRTracer-100 offers high sensitivity with a 60,000:1 SN ratio. This sensitivity combined with the LabSolutions IR Contaminant Analysis Macro enables easier, quicker and more accurate analysis of small samples.


1. Best-in-Class 60,000:1 SN Ratio Enables Quick and Easy Contaminant Analysis

Featuring an optimized design and an advanced interferometer, which incorporates an automatic dehumidifier, the IRTracer-100 achieves the industry's highest SN ratio of 60,000:1. With this high SN ratio, the IRTracer-100 can quickly and easily obtain high-quality data of ultra-small contaminants down to 10 µm. In addition, the LabSolutions IR Contaminant Analysis Program dramatically reduces analysis time, providing results in seconds. The IRTracer-100 also acquires high-quality spectra of ppm-order additives, enabling quick and easy identification.

2. Rapid Scan Function Obtains Up to 20 Spectra/Second

High-speed reaction monitoring software allows a maximum of 20 spectra/second to be obtained. This makes the IRTracer-100 suitable for ultrafast reactions that occur within a few seconds, and for kinetics studies occurring in less than one second.

3. High-Performance LabSolutions IR Software Offers Network Capabilities, Spectra-Rich Libraries, a Powerful Search Function, and Labor-saving Easy Macro Programs

Optimized for network applications, LabSolutions IR CS enables connection to a laboratory's network of analytical instruments, including LC and GC. This unifies data management and provides for more secure, more efficient user administration. In addition, LabSolutions IR features libraries containing nearly 12,000 spectra, allowing for easier identification of unknown samples. A unique function allows easy creation and printing of custom reports. Lastly, the unique "Easy Macro" program allows users to create macros for routine work by simply selecting and aligning operations from a list. This improves productivity and allows even novice FTIR users to easily operate the IRTracer-100.

Shimadzu will demonstrate IRTracer-100 at Euroanalysis in Warsaw, Poland on 25-29 August and JASIS in Chiba, Japan on 4-6 September 2013.

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Shimadzu IRTracer-100 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer