Consumer Goods Packaging Testing

Faster, higher throughput package testing with SIFT-MS

Faster, high-throughput packaging safety screening

SIFT-MS revolutionizes packaging testing with faster time to data across a diverse range of materials including:

• Polymers
• Adhesives
• Print products
• Laminates

Advantages of SIFT-MS Over Legacy Methods:

• Increased product testing achieved through faster analysis, providing earlier warning of quality issues in packaging materials
• Multiple packaging applications are conveniently and simply tackled by one instrument - no column changeover or other time-consuming chromatography steps required between analyses!
• High selectivity from rapidly switchable reagent ions
• High robustness to humidity, greatly simplifying testing procedures for high moisture systems

Benefits of SIFT-MS in Packaging Testing

Real-time and high-throughput analysis

High sensitivity and wide linearity range

Designed and engineered for demanding laboratory, R&D, and process-line applications

Sample analysis automation with headspace-SIFT-MS

Perform multiple product tests with a single instrument

Intuitive software and easy data interpretation

Consumer Packaging Testing resources

Application Note

Paperboard Volatiles 2 - MHE

This application note describes the application of MHE-SIFT-MS to detection of C1 -C10 aldehydes and other oxygenated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paperboard.

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Webinar

Direct MS Simplifies Analysis of Challenging Compounds

This webcast focuses on case studies that demonstrate simple analysis of chromatographically challenging compounds. Formaldehyde receives special attention, as it is important across a wide range of industries (from environmental to pharmaceutical testing).

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Webinar

Analysis of Volatile Emissions from Polymers and Paperboard

This webinar describes a recent addition to the portfolio of techniques available for routine sample analysis: SIFT-MS. SIFT-MS enables rapid, quantitative analysis of VOCs across the full spectrum of packaging materials.  Detailed case studies will describe applications in polymeric and paperboard emissions analysis.

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Application Note

Paperboard Volatiles 1 - Screening

This application note describes the application of SH-SIFT-MS to the detection of very diverse volatiles in eleven paperboard samples with analysis times of less than one minute per sample.

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Webinar

An Evaluation of SIFT-MS for Instrument-Based Sensory Analysis: A Packaging Case Study

This webinar addresses chemical and sensory-like analysis using SIFT-MS in the context of odors from paperboard packaging.  SIFT-MS is a powerful tool for rapid instrument-based sensory screening.

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Brochure

SIFT-MS Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry

Learn about direct mass spectrometry by SIFT-MS which provides real-time, quantitative analysis of volatile compounds with trace-level sensitivity.  There are also no requirements of chromatography, pre-concentration, or sample prep!  SIFT-MS is easy to use and interpret data. 

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Application Note

Paperboard Volatiles 3 - Odor Rating

SH-SIFT-MS provides an instrument-based odor rating technique for the analysis of diverse odor compounds – such as short-chain organic acids, aldehydes and reduced sulfur compounds. Throughput of at least 12 samples per hour can be achieved using this method.

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Brochure

Food, Flavor & Fragrance Solutions

SIFT-MS provides unique solutions to difficult analytical challenges faced within the food, flavors, and fragrances industry.  This direct mass spectrometry technique offers unmatched speed, sensitivity, and selectivity that are paired with a wide dynamic range for detecting VOCs.  This
brochure outlines several SIFT-MS based food, flavor and fragrance solutions that Syft provides.

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Webinar

Volatile Compound Analysis: Automated SIFT-MS

SIFT-MS provides direct, rapid sample analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with no or minimal sample prep required. When coupled with autosampler technology, SIFT-MS yields very high sample throughput (in excess of 100 samples per hour), including for challenging compounds like ammonia, formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide.  Learn how this direct mass spec technology serves a range of industries, from environmental analysis to food testing to pharma.

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Routine Analysis 2: Routine Lab Procedures Are Easy to Apply to Direct MS

Learn how you can adopt direct mass spectrometry in your routine analysis workflow.  Adaptation of routine procedures and techniques to automated SIFT-MS will be illustrated with case studies applicable to environmental, consumer product and biomedical laboratory testing. In particular, a head-to-head comparison of GC/MS and SIFT-MS for headspace analysis of volatiles in blood plasma will be described.

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Webinar

Syft App Talks #17. Time-Resolved Thermal Extraction of Volatiles from Plastic Materials using TD-SIFT-MS

In this presentation, examples of real-time thermal extraction and analysis of various plastic materials using TD-SIFT-MS are demonstrated, and its application to product development and processing environments are discussed. Direct, continuous analysis of formaldehyde from polyoxymethylene (POM) is of particular significance.

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Webinar

The SIFT-MS Automation Series: Episode 6 SIFT-MS Automation Past, Present and Future

In this sixth and final episode, Dr Perkins reflects on the automation journey and shares his practical "hot tips" for a wide variety of automated analyses.  The webinar (and series!) concludes with a discussion of how automated SIFT-MS is an excellent complementary technique to the conventional laboratory "workhorse" techniques: gas and liquid chromatography.

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The SIFT-MS Automation Series: Episode 5 Continuous Headspace Analysis… and Beyond and R&D laboratories.

In this fifth episode, Dr Perkins describes the novel continuous headspace analysis (CHA) technique that he developed to measure stripping of volatiles. (Note: CHA is not to be confused with dynamic headspace analysis!).  In addition, Mark describes simple, very high-throughput gas sample bag analysis and touches on other recent developments – including thermal desorption-SIFT-MS.

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The SIFT-MS Automation Series: Episode 4 Calibration Approaches for Automated SIFT-MS

In this fourth episode, Dr Perkins describes how simply and rapidly traditional instrument calibration is achieved with the automated SIFT-MS configuration. Traditional calibration approaches have not featured regularly in the SIFT-MS literature due to the widespread use of reliable library-based quantitation. However, calibration is essential for contract testing laboratories, so it is addressed in detail and from a number of different angles in this webinar.

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The SIFT-MS Automation Series, Episode 3: Advanced Headspace Methods with SIFT-MS

In this third episode, Dr Perkins describes the application of SIFT-MS to multiple headspace extraction (MHE).  You will learn how to determine matrix-independent concentrations from MHE. Furthermore, Dr Perkins describes how the speed of SIFT-MS analysis can be leveraged to accelerate method development for both SIFT-MS and conventional methods – for example, through rapid determination of headspace equilibration times.

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The SIFT-MS Automation Series, Episode 2: Accelerate Static Headspace Analysis with SIFT-MS

In this second episode, Dr Perkins provides a practical guide to automated static headspace (SH) analysis with SIFT-MS.  You will learn how SH-SIFT-MS can address throughput challenges and simplify analysis of chromatographically challenging species.

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The SIFT-MS Automation Series, Episode 1: Why Automate Analysis?

In this first episode, Dr Perkins answers the important question:

Why Automate Analysis?

This webinar introduces the benefits of automation and discusses how they can be applied to SIFT-MS, enabling straightforward adoption by the contract laboratory.

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Webinar

A Sensory Expert Shares His Experience with SIFT-MS

We asked Mike McGinley, President, St. Croix Sensory, Inc. about his experience using SIFT-MS.  Hear what he had to say about the speed of analysis and flexibility inherent to Syft's product solutions.

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A Consumer Safety Expert Shares His Experience with SIFT-MS

We asked David Light, CEO and Founder of Valisure, about his experience using SIFT-MS and how it impacted their dry shampoo safety study.  

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Application Note

High Throughput Screening of Recycled HDPE Pellets Using Untargeted Headspace-SIFT-MS-Analysis

Automated headspace-SIFT-MS analysis can classify pelleted recycled HDPE at throughputs over 230 samples per day, offering great potential for rapid screening of recycled packaging materials.

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Application Note

Rapid Screening of Paperboard For Volatile Leachables Using Static Headspace-SIFT-MS

Automated SIFT-MS analysis rapidly screens paperboard packaging for a wide range of functional groups in a single analysis, assuring that the volatile emissions meet manufacturer specifications.  This application note describes a Headspace-SIFT-MS method with throughput >10X faster than traditional GC/MS methods.

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Application Note

Rapid, Quantitative Analysis of Volatile Aldehyde Impurities In Paperboard Using Multiple Headspace Extraction

Quantitative determination of volatile aldehyde residues in paperboard is readily achieved using multiple headspace extraction-SIFT-MS analysis, with an eight-fold throughput increase over the equivalent conventional analysis.

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Application Note

Rapid Odor Screening of Paperboard Using Static Headspace-SIFT-MS

Automated SIFT-MS analysis coupled with multivariate statistical analysis provides rapid sensory screening of paperboard packaging, overcoming the low sample throughput of sensory panels.  The ability to use HS-SIFT-MS to achieve throughput of 12 samples per hour is demonstrated.

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Webinar

High-Throughput Analysis of Volatile Impurities in Sustainable Packaging using SIFT-MS

Pharmaceutical and food products are susceptible to contamination from packaging, whether from polymeric materials, printing inks, or paperboard.  SIFT-MS, a high-sensitivity direct-injection mass spectrometry technique, enables risks associated with sustainable packaging alternatives to be mitigated through economical, high-throughput automated analysis (typically a 4- to 15-fold increase over GC-MS).

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Application Note

Syft Tracer: The Next Generation of Volatile Impurities Analysis for Enhanced Workflows

This app note introduces the next generation of SIFT-MS, Syft TracerTM, which launched at Pittcon 2023.  It revolutionizes volatile impurities analysis workflows through unparalleled speed, performance stability, and reproducibility.  Learn about how this innovation to real-time trace gas detection outpaces chromatography-based methods in the analysis of challenging analytes such as formaldehyde in a PEG excipient.

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Document

SIFT-MS: Quantifying the Volatiles You Smell . . . and the Toxics You Don’t

SIFT-MS has been widely applied to quantitative analysis of a broad range of VOCs in applications from food products to workplace safety to environmental monitoring, and most recently to pharmaceutical testing. This review surveys the applications of SIFT-MS in odor analysis and in workplace, environmental and consumer protection, with a particular focus on the complementarity of this real-time mass spectrometry analyzer to sensor technology and conventional laboratory techniques—in particular, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

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Webinar

The Latest Innovation of Real-Time, High-Throughput Volatile Impurities Analysis by SIFT-MS

Join us for this webinar to learn about Syft Tracer, the latest advancement of real-time, trace gas analysis by SIFT-MS which launched at Pittcon 2023. Hear how the recent product innovations unlock analytical bottlenecks and enable faster decisions to be made in critical process steps.

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Application Note

Application Brief: Revolutionary Workflows for Volatile Impurities Analysis

This application brief summarizes a scenario relevant to contract research organization (CRO) and contract drug manufacturing organization (CDMO) laboratories where multiple volatile impurity methods need to be conducted in short runs. Five analyses are considered that can be handled by one Syft Tracer but require multiple legacy, chromatography instruments. For these analyses, SIFT-MS reports the first quantitative results 2- to 12-fold faster, and has sample throughputs 3- to 17-fold higher than the conventional procedures.

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Application Note

Headspace-SIFT-MS: Flexibility that Revolutionizes Workflows for Diverse Samples

The characteristic flexibility, stability, high throughput, and fast time to data of the Syft Tracer next-gen SIFT-MS instrument apply across multiple headspace approaches for diverse matrices. This application note briefly summarizes the use of (1) dissolution, (2) multiple headspace extraction (MHE), and (3) the method of standard additions, then provides a guide for identifying the appropriate headspace approach for various matrices.

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Webinar

Revolutionizing Workflows for Residual Solvents and Volatile Impurities Analyses by SIFT-MS

This webinar demonstrates how the new, automated Syft TracerTM SIFT-MS platform provides a comprehensive solution to workflow challenges and can replace multiple chromatographic systems.  Learn about how combining SIFT-MS with automation provides a very flexible and high throughput solution for screening volatile impurities in pharmaceutical and consumer safety applications, revolutionizing workflows.

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Application Note

Rapid Sensory Analysis of Paper Packaging Using SIFT-MS

This application note demonstrates that SIFT-MS effectively classifies paper samples by odor intensity rating and odor descriptor, in addition to distinguishing paper composition and mill of origin. When integrated with autosamplers, SIFT-MS provides throughputs of over 220 samples per day, supporting significantly enhanced quality assurance compared to conventional human sensory panels and gas chromatography-based analyses.

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Whitepaper

Revolutionizing Volatile Impurities Analysis Through Next Gen SIFT-MS

This E-book describes how next gen SIFT-MS enables rapid, continuous screening of toxic volatile impurities in pharmaceutical and consumer products. This advancement to SIFT-MS delivers trace-level detection sensitivity, unparalleled performance stability, superior selectivity, and highly reproducible, quantitative data. Never miss a contamination event again. 

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Webinar

Fast, Simple Quantitation of Odors by SIFT-MS

In this on-demand webinar, Michael McGinley, President, St. Croix Sensory, describes how SIFT-MS has advanced their ability to rapidly perform odor analysis. A variety of SIFT-MS-based odor applications correlated with conventional sensory panel assessment are presented.  Learn how Syft is Simply. Faster. for the analysis of odor compounds.

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Application Note

Improved MHE-SIFT-MS Workflows - Concentration Independent MHE Calibration

This application note investigates concentration dependence of MHE calibration in sample matrix.  Across the full range of analytes investigated in this study, MHE calibration holds for at least one order of magnitude change in sample concentration.  For analytes in the C7–C9 range, the MHE calibration applies over two orders of magnitude analyte concentration. These results mean that the MHE workflow can be applied to a wider range of samples in the matrix, further reducing calibration demand.

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Application Note

High-Throughput Screening of Polypropylene Polymer using Untargeted Headspace-SIFT-MS Analysis

This application note describes how SIFT-MS coupled with multivariate statistical analysis can be utilized for rapid screening of pelleted virgin and recycled polypropylene using an untargeted “fingerprinting” approach. Automated headspace-SIFT-MS analysis can classify and qualify polypropylene samples at throughputs of over 230 samples per day, offering great potential for rapid screening of recycled polypropylene feedstock for FCM applications. Adoption of SIFT-MS supports product quality and enhances sustainability.

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Application Note

High-Throughput Analysis of Polymers for Benzene and Volatile MOSH and MOAH Residues

This application note describes the utility of SIFT-MS in pre-screening polymer packaging materials for volatile MOSH and MOAH compounds.  Automated SIFT-MS can characterize 12 high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) samples per hour, or 220 / day.  Headspace-SIFT-MS readily analyzes benzene at high sensitivity as part of the same analysis.

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Application Note

EtO and Acetaldehyde in Polysorbate 80: Rapid Quantitative Analysis Using SIFT-MS

This study evaluates a headspace-SIFT-MS approach for Polysorbate 80 products from multiple suppliers and evaluates ethylene oxide and acetaldehyde recoveries. Results confirm that the headspace-SIFT-MS procedure reliably quantifies these analytes without requiring purification of Polysorbate 80 for matrix-matching the calibration standard. Hence, headspace-SIFT-MS analysis of ethylene oxide and acetaldehyde can revolutionize existing workflows.

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Application Note

Analysis of Volatile Residues in Polymers by SIFT-MS

This application note reviews polymer analysis applications of automated headspace-SIFT-MS. Rapid quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) screening of over 220 samples/day can be conducted using targeted or untargeted analysis, while quantitative volatile impurity analysis is achieved efficiently using multiple headspace extraction (MHE)-SIFT-MS. 

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Application Note

SIFT-MS Analysis of Benzene in Sunscreens and VOC Exposure

This application note summarizes the SIFT-MS results obtained in a study of exposure to VOCs from 26 retail sunscreen products – both VOCs intended as ingredients and those present as contaminants. The commercial products varied widely in VOC content and hence user exposure. Several products contained benzene contamination that was readily quantified using dynamic headspace-SIFT-MS analysis.

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Webinar

Quantitative Impurities Analysis of Consumer Products Using SIFT-MS

This webinar features David Light of Valisure and includes case studies that demonstrate how SIFT-MS provides faster and more accurate analysis of volatile impurities in consumer products.  Learn how benzene has been detected in commercial products like dry shampoo and sunscreens.  

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Next-Generation Workflows for Environmental Monitoring and Food Safety using SIFT-MS

This talk showcases environmental and food safety applications where SIFT-MS overcomes limitations of traditional chromatographic approaches resulting in faster time to data, significantly higher throughput, and more accurate determination of product and environmental contaminants.  Mobile and fenceline environmental use cases from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, and Korea are presented.

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Document

Real-Time Analysis of Volatile PFAS Compounds in Ambient Air

This presentation from Dr. Leslie Silva at Pittcon 2024 describes preliminary work that demonstrates the ability of SIFT-MS to analyze volatile PFAS compounds in real-time.  The use of negative reagent ions gives SIFT-MS a distinct selectivity advantage over competing technologies and legacy chromatographic methods.

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