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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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