During the last days of September 2016 we finished the construction of PTR-MS instrument No. 300. It’s a PTR-TOF 1000 that we built for an overseas customer who will use it for analyzing chemical pollutants in industrial areas. Our team took some pride and special care when loading it into its flightcase packaging. Then it was ready for being shipped to one of the many spots all over the world where 299 IONICON instruments got to before and are by now the industry’s benchmark for ultra-sensitive real-time trace VOC analysis.
We’ve come a long way
In 1998, when the first commercial instrument was delivered to its future users in the Netherlands, not many but a handful of visionary founders of a company called IONICON, expected success of a new technology with an acronym unheard of before: PTR-MS. It allowed to analyze tiny concentrations of VOCs in real-time, without sample preparation. Time-consuming and thus expensive traditional chemical analysis methods became obsolete for many of IONICON’s PTR-MS users.
Since then we built more than 300 analyzers based on PTR-MS or SRI-MS, coupled to either a quadrupole mass filter or a time-of-flight mass spectrometer.
Celebrating a historic landmark
The 300th sold instrument is a major milestone for us and we are grateful to those who went a part of the way together with us.
Therefore, I speak for everybody at IONICON when I say: “thank you!”
Of course we celebrated this achievement at our office in Innsbruck and I can assure you, it was worth the 18 years of pleasant but hard work. Now, we would like to share some impressions of this memorable occasion with you:
If you have a couple of minutes, join us on a journey through time and have a look at our company history:
I promise that we will continue to surprise you with products that are ahead of its time, for top-notch research and hassle-free routine VOC analysis.