|By Business Wire||
|August 20, 2014 11:00 AM EDT||
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Shimadzu Corp. today announced the release of each other’s GC instrument control for their respective chromatography data systems. The move provides customers in analytical laboratories with more freedom of choice when selecting a chromatography data system.
Agilent has released drivers for the Shimadzu GC-2010, GC-2010 Plus and GC-2014 integrating to Agilent’s OpenLAB CDS; Shimadzu has released drivers to control Agilent 6890, 6850, 7820 and 7890 GC instruments in Shimadzu’s LabSolutions. These releases are the result of the joint collaboration—employing RapidControl (RC.NET) instrument drivers—announced in May 2013 to preserve customers’ investments in workflows and operating procedures.
“Agilent continues to follow an open-systems approach for the laboratory to deliver value to our customers,” said Bruce von Herrmann, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Software and Informatics business. “To reduce costs and enhance the customer experience, we are working with other manufacturers, such as Shimadzu, to enable full and reliable control of lab instrumentation from any CDS. These new releases demonstrate that Rapid Control is the predominant industry standard for analytical instrument control.”
“At Shimadzu, we continue to deploy industry-standard drivers for instrument control to provide flexible instrumentation and software solutions for our customers,” said Masahito Ueda, Shimadzu general manager of the GC & TA Business Unit, Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division. “The adoption and support of RC.NET drivers provide a more integrated solution to customers who require a single CDS product to support seamless multi-vendor control of all instruments in their laboratory.”
The companies’ move expands control of each other’s instruments to gas chromatography. Since mid-2013, Agilent’s OpenLAB CDS has supported Shimadzu’s Nexera and Prominence HPLC lines, and Shimadzu’s LabSolutions CDS has supported Agilent’s 1100, 1200, 1260 and 1290 Series instruments.
For more information about Shimadzu’s LabSolutions chromatography systems, visit www.shimadzu.com/an/data-net.
For more information about OpenLAB CDS, visit Agilent’s Software & Informatics website.
About Shimadzu Corporation
Founded in 1875, Shimadzu Corporation, a leader in the development of advanced technologies, has a distinguished history of innovation built on the foundation of contributing to society through science and technology. Shimadzu maintains a global network of sales, service, technical support and applications centers on six continents, and has established long-term relationships with a host of highly trained distributors located in over 100 countries. For more information, visit www.shimadzu.com.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,600 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal 2013. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
In September 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement business. On Aug. 1, 2014, the company’s electronic measurement business began operating as Keysight Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary. The separation is expected to be completed in early November 2014.
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