Perkinelmer Introduces Clarus 600 Gas Chromatograph for Best-in-Class Performance and Maximum Productivity


Source: PerkinElmer, Inc.

Redesigned GC Oven Delivers Fastest Injection-to-Injection Time in Conventional Gas Chromatography

BOSTON – August, 30, 2006 – PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader in Health Sciences and Photonics, has introduced the Clarus® 600 Gas Chromatograph (GC), which delivers the fastest combined heat-up and cool-down rates for a conventional gas chromatograph on the market. Powered by a patent-pending oven design, this latest innovation in gas chromatography enables laboratories to reduce analytical cycle times, improve sample throughput, and ultimately increase their return on investment. The Clarus 600 GC addresses the needs of the full spectrum of GC users, including environmental users requiring productivity for pesticide analysis as well as volatile and semivolatile analyses by GC/MS.

“While the GC market spans a variety of industries and applications, all share the need for faster analytical cycle times,” said Robert F. Friel, president of PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences. “The redesigned oven in the Clarus 600 GC minimizes injection-to-injection time, enabling any lab to shorten its cycle times without modifying methods or compromising results.”

The new oven can cool from 450 to 50 degrees C in approximately two minutes, compared with other conventional GC ovens that require four to six minutes. By significantly accelerating the cool-down time, customers can increase the number of samples analyzed per day in their labs by 25 percent or more depending on the application. This improved cooling capability also enables the chromatographic separation of very volatile compounds at temperatures lower than those practical on other commercially available systems today, providing broader analytical capability.

“In today’s economy, improving efficiency and maximizing productivity are keys to success,” Friel said. “We recognize that our customers face these same challenges to be successful. Our ability to combine this fast, new oven performance with additional benefits such as Programmable Pneumatic Control (PPC), which automates labor-intensive and complex steps, allows us to provide an innovative solution to meet these challenges. This is consistent with our overall strategy of providing ‘best-in-class’ product offerings to meet customer needs for both GC and GC/MS.”

The Clarus 600 GC features a redesign of the conventional GC oven and, when coupled to four other products in the PerkinElmer GC product line – the TurboMatrix™ Headspace/Headspace Trap Samplers, the TurboMatrix Thermal Desorbers, the Clarus 600 Mass Spectrometer and TotalChrom® 6.3.1 data handling – ensures a complete, integrated and tested system that is supported and serviced from one trusted vendor.

Featured at Upcoming Trade Shows

The Clarus 600 GC will be among the PerkinElmer products on display at upcoming trade shows including: National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC), Aug. 28-31, 2006, Washington D.C.; JAIMA, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2006, Chiba, Japan; AnalyticaChina, Sept. 19-21, 2006, Shanghai, China; ScanLab 2006, Sept. 26-28, 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark; HET Instrument, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2006, Utrecht, Netherlands; and Analytica-Anacon, Nov. 16-18, 2006, Bangalore, India.

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Health Sciences end markets include genetic screening, environmental, service, biopharma, and medical imaging. Photonics markets include sensors and specialty lighting.

PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global technology leader driving growth and innovation in Health Sciences and Photonics markets to improve the quality of life. The Company reported revenues of $1.5 billion in 2005, has 8,000 employees serving customers in more than 125 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through or 1-877-PKI-NYSE.

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