FAQ Series: How Long Does it Take to Clean the Source, and How Many Parts are Involved?

In June 2020, we hosted a live event during the ASMS Reboot edition. If you have missed it, click here to see the demo we did on a Sciex mass spectrometer!

During that event, we were answering questions live and one of the questions we received was:  How long does it take to clean the source, and how many parts are involved?

Since this is a recurring question but also a tremendously important one, we chose to tackle it this week!
Not only should the maintenance of an instrument be part of your acquisition calculations, but in some cases, it may take a LOT of your precious time – and this is not even considering the annual maintenance of the instrument.

So, besides the typical annual maintenance that we suggest to have done by one of our certified Service representatives, the Luxon Ion Source® is a very low maintenance and easy-to-clean apparatus.

In fact, only two parts must be cleaned every 50,000 to 100,000 samples : the transfer tube and the nozzle seal.
The transfer tube should be cleaned on the inside with a cleaning swab and methanol. The exposed outer surface of the tube can also be cleaned with the cleaning swab.
The nozzle seal can be wiped down with a fiber-free cloth or Kimwipe® to remove dust.
This whole process should take about 5 minutes, including unhooking the Luxon from the mass spectrometer and reinstalling it.

If your LDTD needle seems dirty or bent, throw it out and install a new one in about 10 seconds!

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