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Quadrupole mass spectrometry for the food industry

Product Announcement from Hiden Analytical

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Mass Spectrometers for the Foodstuffs Industry

Development of food packaging and monitoring food storage and production includes studies of gas permeation, fermentation, fragrance and microbial activity.


In pilot plant and production scale fermentors, information relating to yield of product is of high importance. Hiden's gas analysers are configured with a multiport Off-Gas analysis manifold enabling simultaneous sampling from multiple fermentors. Data is used for the calculation of the respiratory quotient, carbon production rate and oxygen uptake rate.

The Off-Gas measurement provides the respiratory quotient in a time and space averaged form and with good response time. By comparison data from multiple dissolved species probes are more specific and can provide information about stirring efficiency, aeration and feed distribution within the fermentor. Dissolved gas measurements have the advantage of giving direct information on gas uptake and for dissolved output rates.

Hiden Analytical offers systems with either Off-Gas or dissolved species inlets or both.


QIC Biostream

Mutlistream gas/vapour analyser. Simultaneous sampling from multiple fermentors.


Laboratory style gas/vapour analyser. Multiple species -PPB to 100% measurement range.


Dissolved species analyser. Ecological studies, fermentation studies, Bio fuels.


QIC Biostream

QIC Series Gas Analysers - System Configurations

Mass Spectrometers for Gas Analysis Applications (2.79MB)


Quantal Software (110K)

Hiden's gas analysers are employed in a wide range of process monitoring, and research applications.

Gas Permeation Analysis

Ecological studies.

Fermentation Off-Gas Analysis

Simultaneous sampling from multiple fermentors.

Beverage Analysis

Gas analysers that address the broadest application range.

Microbial Studies

Gas analysers that address the broadest application range.

Fragrance Fingerprinting

Gas analysers that address the broadest application range.


Hiden HPR-40 Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometer System (1.68MB)

QIC Series Gas Analysers - System Configurations

Mass Spectrometers for Gas Analysis Applications (2.79MB)


Data from Fermentation Monitoring (3412K)

Oceanic Trace Gas Measurements by Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometry (4218K)

At the Forefront of Analytical Technology:

Hiden Analytical celebrates 30 years of design, development and manufacture of quadrupole mass spectrometers. Our products address a diverse range of applications - precision gas analysis, plasma diagnostics by direct measurement of plasma ions and ion energies, SIMS probes for UHV surface science, catalysis performance quantification, thermo-gravimetric studies - over a pressure range extending from 30 bar processes down to UHV/XHV

 Scientific Instrument and Equipment Design, Development and Manufacturing from Hiden Analytical


Hiden Analytical is a leading manufacturer of quadrupole mass spectrometers for gas analysis, plasma characterisation and both research and for process engineering and surface science.


Real time analysis of organic vapours and moisture in reactions.

Process monitoring for advanced manufacturing processes.

R&D and process monitoring for gas/vapour analysis.

Exhaust gas emissions, fuel cell technology, catalysts.

Development of special materials, hard coatings and metallurgical films.

Quadrupole mass spectrometry for the food industry.


Scientific Instrument and Equipment Design, Development and Manufacturing from Hiden Analytical


If you have concerns regarding the performance of your Hiden system, we can review data files and provide instrument tuning tips to optimise your system performance. Hiden Analytical mass spectrometers can be operated by our service department over the internet, enabling our service engineers to take control of your Hiden system, and make tuning function adjustments on-line in real time. We also offer worldwide site visits, customer support and consultancy services. Click here to see our Service section.


Hiden Analytical support provides:

  • Priority e-mail and telephone support for all our customers.
  • A fast personal response to service enquiries - you communicate directly with our senior engineers enabling first class effective support for your Hiden Analytical equipment.
  • A personal confidential data review service for our customers. We are pleased to review your data and confirm that your Hiden equipment has been correctly applied in your specific application. Our engineers are regularly cited in publication acknowledgements for useful communications.
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