Agilent Technologies introduces inert networked headspace sampler

System significantly improves sensitivity, performance, productivity; integrates seamlessly with Agilent GCs and ChemStation

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 5, 2004

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a network headspace sampler that features an inert sample pathway and significant improvements in sensitivity, performance and productivity. Agilent's newest sample introduction system integrates seamlessly with Agilent's gas chromatographs (GCs) and ChemStation software to provide a fully integrated GC system, from sampling to data analysis.

Headspace sampling is an attractive sample introduction method because it does not require sample preparation, an often time-consuming and difficult process. This method allows researchers to introduce volatile compounds from any sample matrix directly into a GC or gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) system.

The Agilent G1888 network headspace sampler is designed for a wide range of analyses in the chemical, environmental, food safety, forensics, and food and flavors industries. Its deactivated sample pathway, from sampling needle to transfer line, greatly reduces analyte degradation or loss to enable accurate, reliable analyses of problematic compounds such as pesticides and drugs. With an increased temperature range, it can handle analysis of semivolatiles at temperatures up to 230 C. The sampler's new multi-headspace-extraction concentration mode, in conjunction with cryo-focusing, significantly improves system sensitivity.

The Agilent G1888 headspace sampler provides several features to increase user productivity:

  • 70-sample tray for unattended overnight operation;
  • Power-on self-test and automatic leak testing;
  • Easy switching between manual pressure/flow mode and electronic pneumatics control; and
  • First available screw-cap vial, ideal for field sampling.

With optional software, the G1888 headspace sampler can be completely controlled by Agilent's GC ChemStation. Control is integrated with drop-down menus for easy method setup. An event log tracks every headspace sampler operation and reports any temperature or pressure deviation compared to the set point. The software integration increases automation and enables straightforward compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

U.S. Availability

Agilent is accepting orders for the Agilent G1888 network headspace sampler. More information is available at

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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