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QUANTUM
Smart Miniature Mass Spectrometer

Leakage into a lyophiliser may originate from various sources. The leak rate should be monitored periodically to maintain the integrity of the system and, should the rate exceed specified limits, to determine the actual leak site for repair purposes.

Leakage into a lyophiliser may originate from various sources. The leak rate should be monitored periodically to maintain the integrity of the system and, should the rate exceed specified limits, to determine the actual leak site for repair purposes.

Detect, quantify, control.

QUANTUM smart miniature Mass Spectrometer is a non-invasive technique capable of performing quantitative real-time process-relevant measurements. A multipurpose device designed for use in pharma freeze dryers, it detects contaminants and process gases at concentrations down to ppm levels. Not only does this allow for silicone oil detection and for non-aqueous solvent detection, but QUANTUM can also be used as a system leak detection tool and as a process analytical tool for scale-up and development studies.

Robust, reliable and ultra-compact, QUANTUM houses a pre-calibrated modular sensor comprising a long-lasting ion source, a multichannel quadrupole array mass filter and the Faraday Cup detector.

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QUANTUM Highlights

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Small turbo and roughing pumps fully integrated within the enclosure allowing high pressure operation (3 orders of magnitude compared to standard RGAs).
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Innovative electronic and signal processing to deliver highly accurate measurements in the order of sub-1%.
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Remote browser based SW control: the Graphic User Interface (GUI) dashboard offers advanced features to support routine operation, while empowering skilled users to add customised capabilities.
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Easy integration in new or existing freeze dryers, both pilot and production scale.
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Silicone Oil Detection: each time the gas flows to the unfiltered path, Quantum detects and quantifies the oil content.
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Helium Leak Detection: when helium is introduced at the leak source, Quantum allows detecting and isolating the source of the leak.
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Primary and secondary drying detection to monitor and control the cycle to efficient completion.
QUANTUM system is out-of-the-box, plug & play, ready in less than 5 minutes and supports an Internet-of-Things (IoT), ready for Ethernet port communications and easy-to-use web browser-based software user interface.
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Measurement specification

Conditions/units

Installation Complete in 2 working days
Mass Range 1-100 amu 
Mass Resolution FWHM: 1 (m/z = 28)
Communication interfaces Ethernet (wi-fi upon request)
Mass number stability 0.1 amu
Sensitivity 5e-6 A/Torr
Linear response range  1e-9 Torr – 5e-3 Torr at 400 µA emission for N2

Minimum detectable partial pressure

1e-9 Torr for N2 / 1e-8 Torr for He / 1e-9 Torr for Ar

Minimum detectable concentration (LoD)

1 ppm for N2 at 1 mTorr

Maximum operational pressure

5e-3 Torr for N2

Scan speed per amu

10 msec/amu to 10 sec/amu adjustable

Sampling pressure range

1e-5 Torr – 1e+3 Torr (8 decades P range)

Operating temperature

10°C to 35°C

Electron energy

25 V – 100 V (70 V default setting)

Emission current

0.01 – 1 mA (0.4 mA default setting)

Accuracy

< 1% of reading

Startup-up time

3′ from out of the box

Weight

9 kg

Ambient temperature

5°C to 35°C, no air conditioning

 Power consumption  DC 24V, <100 W
QUANTUM Layout

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