Fast track to confident results
Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Exploris mass spectrometry is quantitative high-resolution, accurate-mass (HRAM) liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) with record-setting performance for your next-generation laboratory. The power of built-in intelligence, sensitivity and selectivity delivers depth of analysis to the lowest levels with high quantitative accuracy and precision. This extraordinary power is now available in an expanded portfolio to meet your exact analytical requirements. Scale up your research and translate your results more rapidly and simply than ever before with Orbitrap Exploris mass spectrometry.
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The evolution of 20 years of Orbitrap technology
Orbitrap Exploris MX mass detector
Accelerate biopharma commercialization, manufacturing and quality control by easily and reliably obtaining compliance-ready, high-quality mass information.
Orbitrap Exploris 240 mass spectrometer
Precision and accuracy to drive discovery and identification, confidently scale up and achieve impact, with application versatility and operational simplicity.
Orbitrap Exploris 480 mass spectrometer
Next-level insights, exploratory and targeted quantitation, next-gen power, performance, and ease of use for proteomics and biopharma applications.
Why choose an Orbitrap Exploris mass spectrometer for your lab?
Market leading resolution for uncompromising data certainty
The combination of high-resolution, mass accuracy and stability ensures you have the highest level of spectral quality to help simplify your most complex analytical challenges.
Day-to-day performance consistency
Set it and forget it for days of maximum mass accuracy with built-in internal system calibration.
Intuitive tuning, single-click calibration, drag-and-drop method setup, and pre-defined experiments driven by next-generation software are designed to help you get to reportable results easier, every day, for all users.
Improve lab operations with a compact footprint
Overcome space challenges even though your lab may be experiencing growth in sample volume, while still delivering maximum business value with the MS performance you need and expect, without compromising quality of results.
Maximize your return on investment in a unified Thermo Scientific mass spectrometry architecture from data acquisition and analysis solutions
Which Orbitrap Exploris MS is best suited for your lab?
The Orbitrap Exploris mass spectrometry systems offer a variety of performance features designed to address everyday research to routine testing demands and ideal for addressing mass spectral analysis of low-level components in complex matrices applications. Find the best system to design your next-generation laboratory capabilities and meet your changing business needs for more efficient screening (including targeted, suspected and nontargeted), identification, confirmation and quantitation.
|Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Exploris MX mass detector||Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Exploris 120 mass spectrometer||Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Exploris 240 mass spectrometer||Thermo Scientific Orbitrap Exploris 480 mass spectrometer|
|Analyses||Targeted / non-targeted screening (MS)|
Unknown Identification (MS)
Absolute and Relative Quantitation (MS)
|Targeted / non-targeted screening (MS)|
Unknown Identification (MS)
Absolute and Relative Quantitation (MS and/or MS2)
|Advanced Data-Dependent Experiments||N/A||N/A||Precursor Fit||SureQuant, Precursor Fit, Boxcar Scanning, TurboTMT|
|Next generation ion source interface||Yes|
|Quick start methods for various applications||Yes|
|Drag-n-drop method setup user interface||Yes|
|Almanac Web-Based Monitoring and Management||Yes||Requires Foundation 3.1 SP1 or later|
|Automated background exclusion||N/A||N/A||Requires Foundation 3.1 SP1 or later|
|Max Resolution (FWHM) @ m/z 200||180,000||120,000||240,000||480,000|
|Mass Accuracy (Internal Calibration)||<1 ppm for up to 5 days with EASY-IC ion source|
Thermo Scientific Pierce FlexMix Calibration solution
|Dynamic Range||>5,000 within a single Orbitrap mass analyzer spectrum||Up to 5 orders|
|Mass Range||m/z 40–3,000 up to m/z 8,000 with BioPharma option||m/z 40 – 3,000||m/z 40 - 6000|
(up to 8000 with BioPharma option)
|Scan Speed||Up to 22 Hz||Up to 40 Hz|
|Polarity Switching||1.4 Hz|
|Ion Source interface||OptaMax NG ion source|
|Multiplexing||N/A||Up to 20 precursors/scan|
|Scan Functions||Unique scan types are available||Unique scan types are available||Unique scan types are available
||Unique scan types are available
|Dissociation||In-source CID||In-source CID, HCD|
|Options and/or Upgrades|
|Intact Protein Mode||Included with BioPharma option||N/A||Yes|
|High Mass Range (HMR, up to 8000 m/z)||Yes, with BioPharma option||N/A||Yes|
|Sensitivity||Full Scan: 200 fg reserpine on column S/N 150:1||MS/MS: 200 fg reserpine on column S/N 100:1|
SIM: 200 fg reserpine on column S/N 250:1
|MS/MS: 50 fg reserpine on column S/N 100:1|
SIM: 50 fg reserpine on column S/N 150:1
|Chromatography system recommendations||Vanquish Flex HPLC system|
Vanquish Horizon HPLC system
|Vanquish Core HPLC system|
Vanquish Flex HPLC system
Vanquish Duo HPLC system
Transcend Multichannel system
|Vanquish Flex HPLC system|
Vanquish Duo HPLC system
Vanquish Horizon HPLC system
Vanquish Neo system
|Sources||OptaMax NG ion source|
FAIMS Pro Duo Interface
EASY-IC ion source
|APCI/APPI Combination Ion Source||FAIMS Pro Duo interface |
APCI/APPI Combination Ion Source
Nanospray Flex Ion Sources
|Externally triggered sources||N/A||AP-SMALDI5 AF source for MS Imaging||AP-SMALDI5 AF source for MS Imaging||AP-SMALDI5 AF source for MS Imaging|
What’s inside the Orbitrap Exploris mass spectrometer
The highly optimized design of Orbitrap Exploris mass spectrometers permits a compact physical footprint while providing high performance components and many new functionalities that advance performance for critical applications. The design allows us to achieve a more compact footprint with a single turbo-pump with six-stage pumping, thus fewer moving parts, less electricity consumption, noise and weight.
Ion path and key components of Orbitrap Exploris 120 and Orbitrap Exploris 240 mass spectrometers
TransMIT Center for Mass Spectrometric Development (TransMIT GmbH, Giessen, Germany) offers integrated high-end solutions for atmospheric-pressure Scanning microprobe Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometric imaging. These solutions are based on TransMIT’s proprietary SMALDI MS Imaging and 3D-Surface MS Imaging technology. The AP-SMALDI source generates ions under atmospheric pressure (AP) and the experimental setup allows to systematically scan tissue samples or 3D objects with the pulsed laser beam applying laser spot sizes of 5 μm routinely and without oversampling.
Due to its high performance in spatial resolution,TransMIT’s AP-SMALDI5 AF ion source is the perfect match for the high mass resolution and accurate mass capabilities of Orbitrap MS instrumentation.
The coupling of AP-SMALDI5 AF and Orbitrap technologies enables high mass and spatial resolution by providing:
- Automated matrix application with crystal size below 5 µm, via TransMIT's SMALDIPrep device
- Lateral and spatial resolution of 5 µm and MS Imaging acquisition modes with choices for highest acquisition speed (2D Line Mode) or highest sensitivity (Full Pixel Mode)
- Automated laser focusing to investigate non-flat surfaces and 3-dimensional surfaces (3D-Surface MS Imaging)
- TransMIT’s SMALDIControl Software to control ion source, laser, x,y,z-stage and mass spectrometer
- Orbitrap Exploris MS HRAM instrumentation supported by its Instrument Control Software (Tune and Method Editor application) supporting the capabilities to trigger the mass spectrometer by an external device suited for MS Imaging applications
- TransMIT’s Mirion MS Image generation software with full imzML integration for post-processing MS imaging raw data information
Schematic diagram of TransMIT’s AP-SMALDI5 AF ion source mounted to the Orbitrap Exploris platform.
AP-SMALDI ion source schematic detail: (1) the laser beam passes through a focusing lens (2) two mirrors directing the light through an objective lens (3) close to the sample. The objective lens (3) focuses the pulsed laser light to the tissue sample base plate (4). An off-axis camera (5) allows for sample inspection while the autofocusing (6) laser ensures the analyzing laser is always in focus. Technical details of the AP-SMALDI5 AF setup coupled to Orbitrap mass spectrometry for MS Imaging application. Note: AP-SMALDI5 AF ion source is a laser class 1 product.
TransMIT’s SMALDIPrep device, its AP-SMALDI5 AF ion source, its Mirion MS Image generation software and Orbitrap Exploris MS instrumentation allows for spatial multi-omics analysis from tissue and from surfaces of 3D objects.
Drug imaging and uptake kinetics in Fasciola hepatica parasite samples using AP-SMALDI MSI
AP-SMALDI MS Imaging enabled by Orbitrap technology allows to successfully track anti-Fasciola compounds during their penetration into parasitic tissues upon time course studies.
High resolution in mass and space: AP-SMALDI coupled with Orbitrap Exploris mass spectrometer for MS Imaging
High resolution in mass and space is achieved by Atmospheric-Pressure Scanning microprobe Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (AP-SMALDI) coupled with Thermo Scientific Orbitrap mass spectrometers.
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Thermo Scientific Compound Discoverer software helps you extract high-confidence understanding from comprehensive Orbitrap high-resolution, accurate-mass data.
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