Visit the Agilent ICP-MS spectrometry resource hub
To minimize costly downtime—and achieve great ICP-MS results—you must stay up to date with the best practices for instrument maintenance and operation.
The Agilent ICP-MS spectrometry resource hub makes it easy by giving you instant access to how-to videos, maintenance procedures, training opportunities, and more. Let us help you maximize your daily productivity—and significantly improve your lab’s success over time. Bookmark this page today, and be sure to check back often.
ICP-MS maintenance and troubleshooting videos
Part 1: Overview
Improve confidence in your analytical results. Learn about preparing accurate standards and samples, diagnosing sample introduction issues, and performing preventive maintenance.
Part 2: Sample introduction
Prevent costly downtime due to sample introduction problems. Discover how to check peristaltic pump tubing, prevent and remove nebulizer blockages, improve precision, and reduce memory effects.
Part 3: Torch box
Eliminate plasma ignition problems and maintain optimal performance. Learn how to inspect the torch, bonnet, shield plate, and RF coil. We’ll also show you how to clean the torch.
Part 4: Interface region
Eliminate drift and avoid costly sample reanalysis. We’ll teach you the right way to clean and condition your interface cones.
Insider tips for flawless ICP-MS performance
Prevent nebulizer blockage
Prefilter samples, optimize the autosampler probe height, and use only lintless wipes. Also, thoroughly rinse the nebulizer between samples—and at the end of each run. Learn more
Pay attention to the interface cones
Maintain high sensitivity, low background noise, and long-term stability by using proper cleaning techniques and conditioning cones before analysis. Learn more
Keep it clean
Enhance long-term performance and reduce contamination by using the right cleaning techniques for the nebulizer, spray chamber, and torch. Learn more
Set high standards
Ensure precise, accurate calibration data by preparing standards fresh from Agilent ULTRA chemical standards with known uncertainty. Only use high-purity reagents and deionized water to reduce contamination. Learn more
Don’t neglect the pump tubing
Improve precision and reduce QC failures by inspecting the peristaltic pump tubing regularly, and replacing when needed. Learn more
Inspect sample intro
Dirty, blocked, or damaged sample intro will adversely impact sensitivity, precision, and background. That’s why you should regularly inspect your cones, nebulizer, and tubing. Learn more
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Maintaining high skill levels is critical to ensuring instrument uptime, lab productivity, and analytical accuracy. Agilent University offers comprehensive learning opportunities—from beginner-level courses to advanced classes—for every member of your team. Courses can be taken in the classroom, on-site, and online. Prepaid credits are also available to help you manage your budget.