Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that the latest addition to its infrared spectroscopy portfolio has been recognized as one of 2018’s best analytical advances. The Analytical Scientist ranked the Agilent 8700 Laser Direct Infrared (LDIR) Chemical Imaging System among this year’s top innovations.

Agilent introduced the 8700 LDIR chemical imaging system in October. This innovative system takes a new approach to chemical imaging that brings greater clarity and unprecedented speed to pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, and materials science.

“The Agilent 8700 LDIR offers rapid processing, building chemical images over large areas in less than 30 minutes, which could save labs both time and money,” the editors wrote. “Imaging itself, which is fully controlled by the Agilent Clarity software, is an entirely automated process, taking the usual spectroscopy chores out of the hands of the operator, with a subsequent increase in the accuracy of results. Indeed, novice operators are able to run experiments from day one.”

“This award is a prime example of how Agilent is constantly adapting to meet the ever-growing customer needs in the laboratory,” said Phil Binns, vice president, and general manager of the Spectroscopy Division at Agilent. “With the Agilent 8700 LDIR, we are now able to provide greater levels of clarity at an unprecedented speed. This allows lab operators to work at a high level of specificity at a speed that has not been possible before now.”

Innovations were nominated by readers, and the winners chosen by a panel of independent experts, along with the publication’s editorial team.

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