We were responsible for developing the Industrial Design of enclosures for a new ion source, the OptiFlow™ Turbo V. Our work was integrated with that of the product development team and began early in the development phases of the project. From our previous experience in source enclosure developments, we were able to influence solutions to the arrangement of internal hardware, allowing optimization of the Industrial Design. With a lengthy list of design requirements, this was a challenging project but also a very rewarding one, being well received upon launch.
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This new source was required to be integrated with the aesthetics and geometry of the QTRAP™5500 and to comply with the safety requirements of IEC-61010. It also was required to stand on its own as seen in the previous slide.
In an earlier project (the Ion Drive Turbo V™), we updated the front dress panel used on the Time-of-Flight product, enabling source compatibility across platforms. This compatibility requirement extended to the OptiFlow™ Turbo V. It can be seen here, installed on the TripleTOF®6600, with a design that is functionally and aesthetically compatible with the new front dress panel
Included in this development project, was the Micro Column Heater, an integral source component that sits on top of the ion source.
Here are a few great detail shots of features we really love.
The design style of this Source was developed to work with all current SCIEX Mass Spectrometer platforms, and also to work with future platforms.
1) Ergonomic features: Handles, and grips for source removal.
2) Ventilation grills for achieving thermal requirements.
3) Ion flow viewing window.
4) Stability feet for passing tilt tests.