B&W Tek has announced updates to the NanoLIBS® handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyser for the pharmaceutical industry. The device’s hardware has been enhanced, allowing the ability to identify a range of specific target salts.
The NanoLIBS provides rapid incoming raw material identification and verification of monatomic salts based on elemental analysis without requiring reagents or the lengthy sample preparation of destructive laboratory methods.
With its intuitive user interface and advanced algorithms, the NanoLIBS provides users a pass / fail result within seconds of scanning the material, including salts used to make liquid products, injectable solutions, intravenous preparations, and dialysate solutions. Some of these salts include potassium bromide (KBr), potassium chloride (KCl), potassium iodide (KI), sodium bromide (NaBr), and sodium chloride (NaCl), while other materials are possible upon request.
The intuitive NanoLIBS OS software is 21 CFR pt. 11 compliant and allows for identification and investigation, library and method development, and data transfer to centralise information on general servers. With a bright touchscreen, the user-friendly software makes it possible for non-technical users to use the device quickly and effectively.
The NanoLIBS allows companies to quickly implement a ready solution for raw material identification as a complementary tool to the NanoRam® handheld Raman spectrometer already in wide use among the industry for the identification and verification of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), excipients, and intermediates.
Combining the use of these two instruments provides a total solution for raw material testing requirements in the pharmaceutical industry, while also saving time and increasing productivity.