«IC for the people» - Metrohm celebrates 25 years of ion chromatography

April 27, 2012

LCGC Europe eNews

This year it is 25 years since Metrohm launched its first ion chromatograph, the 690 ion chromatograph. Since then Metrohm has profoundly changed ion chromatography with instruments that are simple to use, robust, and affordable.

This year it is 25 years since Metrohm launched its first ion chromatograph, the 690 ion chromatograph.

In the early 1980s ion chromatography was very expensive and also rather difficult to use. Metrohm set out to change this with an ion chromatograph engineered to be simple to use, robust, and affordable. The result was the 690 ion chromatograph, which was launched in 1987. At the time it cost half as much as the competition, was simple to use and so rugged that even today papers are published based on data produced on 690 Ion Chromatographs.

The breakthrough for Metrohm ion chromatography came in 1997 when Metrohm invented compact ion chromatography. The 761 Compact Ion Chromatograph was the first ion chromatograph with all functional components contained in a single box and all capillaries for the flow path preinstalled.

The next big thing came in 2007 when the 850 Professional Ion Chromatograph and the MagIC Net™ software were launched. This system combines the compact design of the Compact IC’s with the flexibility of a modular system and takes usability to an entirely new level.

Currently Metrohm is working on the ion chromatograph of the future. This instrument will integrate even more automated sample preparation and liquid handling, requiring only minimum bench space, and supporting the user with even more intelligence.

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