QuEChERS Automation – Product Launch Event

Martin Perkins

4th July 2013


The AutoMate-Q40 prepares food samples for residue analysis

There was a time when every laboratory analysing for pesticide residues had their own way of doing things. Sample numbers were low and sample prep was complex. Every analysis was time consuming, expensive and results differed significantly from laboratory to laboratory.

Then, as regulations around the World tightened-up, sample numbers started to increase and the old way of doing things became unsustainable.

In 2003, Steve Lehotay and co-workers from the US Department of Agriculture published a paper that changed everything*. The paper detailed  a streamlined extraction procedure that made it much easier and cheaper for analysts to perform the extraction of residues in all kinds of foods. This procedure was called QuEChERS (standing for Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe).

Over the last 10 years, sample numbers have ballooned. The QuEChERS approach has been widely adopted by residue labs everywhere and has proved itself to be capable of being adaptated to suit new challenges as they have arisen.

QuEChERS can now be considered the standard way of doing things.

One thing has been missing.

There has been no comprehansive instrumental solution for the automation of QuEChERS extractions.

Residue labs are stuck with laborious, manual extractions and have been unable to transition to the next level of performance, in terms of efficiency and quality of results that full automation would deliver.

Until now that is.

At 11:00am on Thursday 15th August, Anatune is pleased to host an event in our Cambridge laboratory to mark the European launch of the Teledyne Tekmar AutoMate-Q40.

The Tekmar AutoMate-Q40 is the product that residue labs have been waiting for.

You will be able to see the instrument working in our laboratory and also speak with Tom Hartlein, of Teledyne Tekmar, product line manager for the AutoMate-Q40, who has been involved with the product since its inception.

If you manage a busy residues laboratory and are unhappy with having to perform all of your extractions by hand, then the Automate-Q40 offers you a way of solving the problem. It would be sensible to come along and see, at first hand, what the future holds.

If you wish to register for this event, please call on 01223 279 210 or email today on enquiries@anatune.co.uk to book your place.

* Fast and Easy Multiresidue Method Employing Acetonitrile Extraction/Partitioning and “Dispersive Solid-Phase Extraction” for the Determination of Pesticide Residues in Produce. (M. Anastassiades, S.J. Lehotay, D. Stajnbaher, F.J. Schenck, J. AOAC International 86 (2003) 412.)